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Posted by Playinghardball | Sat May 23, 2015, 03:13 PM (2 replies)

Bernie Sanders: We must revolutionize our nation's higher education system....

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat May 23, 2015, 01:40 PM (2 replies)

Bernie Sanders: An Orwellian society...

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat May 23, 2015, 01:36 PM (2 replies)

Robert Reich: Bernie Sanders Is Right—We Need Free College for All

Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free.

I couldn’t agree more. Higher education isn’t just a personal investment. It’s a public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce and better-informed and engaged citizens. Every year, we spend nearly $100 billion on corporate welfare, and more than $500 billion on defense spending. Surely ensuring the next generation can compete in the global economy is at least as important as subsidies for big business and military adventures around the globe.

In fact, I think we can and must go further — not just making public higher education tuition-free, but reinventing education in America as we know it. (That’s the subject of this latest video in my partnership with MoveOn, “The Big Picture: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy.” Please take a moment to watch now.)

In the big picture, much of our education system — from the bells that ring to separate classes to memorization drills — was built to mirror the assembly lines that powered the American economy for the last century. As educators know, what we need today is a system of education that cultivates the critical thinking skills necessary for the economy of tomorrow.

We have to reinvent education because it’s not working for too many of our kids – who are either dropping out of high school because they aren’t engaged, or not getting the skills they need, or paying a fortune for college and ending up with crushing student debt.

How do we get there?

More here: http://www.alternet.org/economy/ten-ideas-save-economy-5-free-higher-education-all
Posted by Playinghardball | Sat May 23, 2015, 01:00 PM (10 replies)

A letter from my 5 year old niece. Right out of the mouths of babes!

Fahmida Zaman PhD
‏@DrFahmida @POTUS A letter from my 5 year old niece. Right out of the mouths of babes!

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 22, 2015, 04:33 PM (7 replies)

Luckovich: Student loan debt

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 22, 2015, 04:23 PM (2 replies)

These Photos of Sea Creatures Soaked by Oil in California Will Break Your Heart

Volunteers fill buckets with oil near Refugio State Beach. Michael A. Mariant/AP

On Tuesday, an oil pipeline burst near Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara, California, sending an estimated 105,000 gallons of oil onto the beach. Up to a fifth of that oil is believed to have reached the ocean, Reuters reports.

Now, volunteers and private contractors are racing to clean up the oil. About 6,000 gallons have been collected so far, according to the AP. But damage has already been done. At least two pelicans have been found dead, and five more pelicans and one sea lion were sent for rehabilitation. Biologists have also found many dead fish and lobsters. Local officials have closed the beach at least through Memorial Day, and possibly for "many weeks" after that, one scientist at the scene said.

A young female sea lion affected by the Santa Barbara oil spill receives treatment from the SeaWorld California animal rescue team. Rex Features/AP

The company that owned the pipeline, Plains All American, has one of the country's worst environmental safety records. An analysis by the Los Angeles Times found that the company's rate of incidents per mile of pipeline is more than three times the national average. A spokesperson said the company deeply "regrets this release," but it remains unclear what penalties it could face for this latest accident.

It could be years before the full impact is truly understood, since damage to the ecosystem can sometimes take a while to manifest. Five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, biologists are still tallying the damage.

Here are some of the latest images coming in from the scene:

Refugio State Beach Santa Barbara News-Press/ZUMA

A small crab covered in oil Troy Harvey/ZUMA

Two whales surfaced near an oil slick off Refugio State Beach. Michael A. Mariant/AP

A dead lobster covered in oil on the shoreline Troy Harvey/ZUMA


Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 22, 2015, 03:35 PM (5 replies)

...back when education was for the 99%...

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 22, 2015, 01:34 PM (3 replies)

Look at what they're doing to the rhinos!!

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 22, 2015, 12:56 PM (28 replies)

Bernie Sanders: News

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Senator Sanders

Trans-Pacific Partnership On Thursday the Senate voted by a narrow margin to break a filibuster on legislation, giving President Obama fast-track authority to forge a multi-national trade deal, The New York Times and International Business Times reported. "If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class and creating the millions of good paying jobs we desperately need, we must fundamentally rewrite our trade policies. NO to fast track and NO to the TPP." Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an op-ed for The Huffington Post and The Gazette.

Patriot Act In his AMA on Reddit, Sen. Sanders reiterated his opposition to the Patriot Act. "I believe strongly that we can protect our people without undermining our constitutional rights," Sanders said, according to Fast Company, and he is more closely aligned with Sen. Rand Paul on the issue than any other presidential candidate, reported International Business Times. Sanders has, however, indicated support for the bi-partisan Freedom Act, reported NBC News.

Free College Tuition Sen. Sanders introduced legislation into the Senate earlier this week that would eliminate tuition to all public colleges and universities, WJW in Cleveland, WDDE in Philadelphia, and Education Dive reported. Tom Ashbrook discussed the idea and how it could alleviate the burden of student debt with his gusts on On Point. Robert Reich backed Sen. Sanders’ proposal in The Huffington Post writing, “Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn't agree more.”

Income Inequality Sen. Sanders has offered the most aggressive plan of all the presidential candidates to combat income inequality. His plan includes making public colleges and universities tuition-free, breaking up the big banks, increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, among other proposals, CNN reported.

Speaking Fees Sen. Sanders netted $1,867.42 for two paid speeches and a television appearance last year, which he gave to a charity to help low-income families in Vermont, according to financial disclosure reports, The Hill reported.

Filibusters Sen. Sanders and two other Senators have spent over two days combined filibustering, The Washington Post reported.


Wealth Inequality Growing World-Wide In a report issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, they say that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing in its 34 member-states, the BBC reported. The OECD warns that this widening gap is a threat to economic growth and stability.

Saudi Airstrike Saudi shells hit an international aid office in Yemen on Thursday killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounded ten, Al Jazeera reported.


Oil Spill Up to 105,000 gallons of oil have leaked from a broken pipeline in California, The Associated Press reported. Of that, an estimated 21,000 gallons reached the sea, where clean-up crews are now working 24 hours a day to clean up the spill.

Amtrak Senate Democrats on Thursday pushed Republicans to provide more funding for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance backlog, AP reported.

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 22, 2015, 12:39 PM (1 replies)
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