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Is Common Ground Possible Anymore on Global Climate Change? 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you enjoy good writing, solid thinking and interesting perspectives on issues such as global warming, you're probably a fan of David Roberts on Grist . Recently back from a yearlong hiatus in which he rediscovered life outside the blogosphere, Roberts has resumed his provocative and often pensive postings. One of the latest is titled, Polarization in America is here to stay. "Polarization is now, and is likely to be for the foreseeable future, a fact of American life," Roberts writes. He calls political gridlock "the new default." Not everyone agrees, of course, and Roberts provides links to both sides of the polarization question. One link leads to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, which concludes from its polling that "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines - and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive - than at any point in recent history." So, are some of us naïve to hope that bipartisan collaboration is still possible on the more important ...
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A doubter’s approach to the bagging dilemma 25.9.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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The Paths We Refuse 23.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
(Book Cover: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)The latest media offering from the best-selling authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, award-winning, married journalist couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is a book that comes out today called A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Press materials from publisher Alfred A. Knopf herald a first edition of 200,000 copies, and rights for translated editions in European, English and Asian languages have already been sold. The story will also be shown on PBS as a film, in January 2015. Still, it's a modest print run for the follow-up to the book we are given to believe started a movement, a book that, according to the Half The Sky Movement website, "is essential reading for every global citizen," of which who knows how many of the earth's 7.3 billion people count themselves. A Path Appears is clearly just a small part of a very large project, likely to encompass even more social media platforms, ...
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The Paths We Refuse 23.9.2014 Truthout.com
(Book Cover: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)The latest media offering from the best-selling authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, award-winning, married journalist couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is a book that comes out today called A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Press materials from publisher Alfred A. Knopf herald a first edition of 200,000 copies, and rights for translated editions in European, English and Asian languages have already been sold. The story will also be shown on PBS as a film, in January 2015. Still, it's a modest print run for the follow-up to the book we are given to believe started a movement, a book that, according to the Half The Sky Movement website, "is essential reading for every global citizen," of which who knows how many of the earth's 7.3 billion people count themselves. A Path Appears is clearly just a small part of a very large project, likely to encompass even more social media platforms, ...
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A Few Unexpected Wedding Guests Resulted In One Magical Photo 23.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Oh deer! We bet the bride and groom didn't expect to see these guys in their wedding photo: Ian Christmann / Catalyst Photography This incredible pic -- which racked up over one million views in just under five hours -- was posted to Reddit Monday with the caption, "My brother shot a wedding this weekend, they had some unexpected guests." Photobombs don't get much cuter than that! Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Weddings on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest . Sign up for our newsletter here ...
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Dolores Huerta Says Obama Made The Right Decision On Deportation Relief 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is standing by President Barack Obama on his decision to delay executive action on immigration and is asking the immigrant community to have patience. “We have to look at the big picture and don’t get caught up in saying we want it now,” she said, referring to action on immigration. “We’ve been waiting—we are a community that can wait. And we have to have faith in our president, because the Republicans have shown their hand. We know what they want to do.” Many Latinos have been critical of Obama’s move to delay executive action to reform portions of the nation’s immigration system until after the November elections, but not Huerta. She said in an interview with VOXXI on Tuesday that an immigration announcement by the president before the midterm elections could possibly cripple Democratic efforts to maintain control of the Senate. Currently, Democrats hold 53 seats in the Senate and Republicans hold 45. There are also two independents who caucus with ...
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5th Grader Found With Loaded Gun Had List Of Names: Cops 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a fifth-grade boy found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula had created a list of classmates' names.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and MLive.com report that the title of the list, found on the back of a homework assignment belonging to the boy, suggested he wanted to harm those on the list. The boy, however, told authorities he didn't intend to harm anyone.

The Grand Traverse County sheriff's department says another student at Kingsley Middle School told a teacher the boy had the gun Monday afternoon. No one was injured. Authorities say the boy said that he took the .25-caliber pistol from his grandfather's house on Friday.

The student has been suspended for 10 days. He could face charges and be expelled.
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These Architect-Designed Cat Cribs Are Seriously Classy 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You've never seen cats chill in cribs like these before. No one had until last weekend in Los Angeles, when top architects with local offices showcased a series of cat houses they'd designed for display at a fundraiser for FixNation , a non-profit working to control cat populations the humane way: trapping, neutering and returning kitties to where they were found . The architects' creations, which were donated to FixNation, are truly fantastic. Plus, the kitties seem to love them: Studio: NAC Architecture. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Formation Association + Edgar Arceneaux. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: DSH Architecture. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: HOK. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Space International. Photo: Joshua White Studio: Standard Architecture Design. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Abramson Teiger Architects. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Wolcott Architecture Interiors. Photo: Grey Crawford Even though these cribs appeared for a one-night-only event, they'll help more feral cats lead happy, healthy ...
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Joe Biden Apologizes For Using Term Some Deem Offensive Toward Jews 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Wednesday for using the term "Shylocks," which some Jews deem offensive, in a Tuesday speech for the Legal Services Corporation's 40th anniversary campaign. Biden talked about how his son Beau visited Iraq while he was Delaware's attorney general and found that one of the things veterans and service members needed most was legal help for those who had been victims of unfair banking practices. "When he was over there in Iraq for a year, people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being, I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, of these women and men while overseas," he added . "Shylock" is a Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" who demands a pound of flesh from a man who fails to repay a loan. Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League , a group whose mission includes fighting anti-Semitism, chided Biden for using the term in ...
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At Yale 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups, especially Muslims, this time the critics include Ali’s fellow ex-Muslims and atheists. “We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). “Although we acknowledge the value of her story, we do not endorse her blanket statements on all Muslims and Islam.” Those statements include calling Islam “the new fascism” and “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” She has called for the closing of Muslim schools in the West, where she settled after immigrating from her native Somalia, and is a vocal advocate for the rights of women and girls in Islam. The students’ statement continued: “We believe Ayaan Hirsi ...
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New York Times Casts Doubt On Obama's ISIS War Plan 12.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -– President Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president in a row to drop bombs in Iraq, vowed Wednesday to destroy Islamic State militants there and in Syria, a country mired in a three-years-long civil war. Under Obama's new strategy, the U.S. would strengthen the Syrian opposition, currently fighting both President Bashar Assad's forces and the Islamic State, while also working with an international coalition against the militants. Obama stressed the urgency of fighting the Islamic State, or ISIS, by noting 16 times that the extremist group presents a “threat” to U.S. or regional allies. In scanning the New York Times front page in the two days since, a counter-narrative can be found: The U.S. doesn't need to act immediately to confront the Islamic State, and both America's Middle East allies and the Syrian opposition appear unwilling or unprepared to fight the militants on the ground. The Times’ recent coverage of yet another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East has been markedly ...
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Crowdfunding Site GoFundMe Won't Let Crowds Fund Abortions 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A crowdfunding site touted as "Kickstarter for the rest of us" has decided that the rest of us doesn't include people who are pro-abortion rights. GoFundMe, a site that allows people to solicit money online for personal causes like medical bills, house repairs and scholarship funds, is coming under fire after it censored fundraisers related to abortion. On Tuesday, the company issued an update to its guidelines saying it wouldn’t fund projects linked to “termination of life,” “weapons & violence,” “adult material” and other topics. On GoFundMe's Facebook page , several people responded in outrage: The company will now review projects to make sure that hosting a campaign is best for the GoFundMe “brand and community,” a spokeswoman wrote in an email statement. “GoFundMe makes no distinction and places no restrictions on a pro-life or pro-choice group’s ability to fundraise for rallies or protests,” she said. But as Salon points out , the projects that come up when you type “abortion” into the site’s ...
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Thirteen Years After September 11, 2001, Terrorism Financing Remains Our Biggest Challenge 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the brutal attacks of September 11, 2001. While we honor and remember those we loved and lost, much still remains secret about who financed the 19 hijackers who were responsible for the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Not withstanding the horrific death and destruction of that day, followed by endless wars with mounting human losses and taxpayer costs already in the trillions, why has the truth about who was behind these attacks been withheld from the American people? Since the war in Afghanistan began, there has rarely been as bleak a picture about the future of that region of the world as now. Terrorist organizations like al Qaeda, ISIS, al Nursra and countless others rely on vast sums of money for their daily operations of feeding, clothing, sheltering and supplying weapons, vehicles and ammunition to the tens of thousands terrorists who carry out heinous acts of violence and murder against innocent men, women and children all over the globe. ...
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The Last Summer 'Supermoon' Of 2014 Is Also A Harvest Moon 8.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Skywatchers, you're in for a treat. Tonight's "supermoon" is a pretty special one. When the moon turns full on Monday, Sept. 8 at 9:38 p.m. EDT , it not only will become the last supermoon of the summer, but also this year's Harvest Moon -- which is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. (Story continues below.) Supermoons are full moons that coincide with "lunar perigee," when the moon's orbit brings it closest to Earth . This moon appears bigger and brighter than a typical full moon. Though Monday's supermoon won’t be the largest of the summer's trilogy of supermoons (that distinction went to the full moon of Aug. 10 ), the coming lunar event is unique in its own way -- it coincides with the Harvest Moon. For several nights around the time of the Harvest Moon, the moon rises around the same time that the sun sets, giving the moon a reddened, swollen, pumpkin-like appearance. According to NASA, the name comes from the days before the invention of the lightbulb, when moonlight helped ...
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Graphic Anti-Terrorism Coloring Books Introduce Kids To ISIS 5.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A man crucified by militants of the Islamic State group, his bowed head covered in wounds; a depiction of Osama bin Laden’s last few moments alive; and the faces of the five Taliban prisoners who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year. All these images can now be found in the pages of a coloring book meant for kids. Last week, Really Big Coloring Books -- a St. Louis-based publisher that ignited a firestorm of controversy a few years ago when it launched a graphic 9/11-themed coloring book for children -- announced that it was releasing new material for its anti-terrorism coloring book series that would provide kids with a “ terror update on global jihad .” In an Aug. 25 YouTube video, company founder Wayne Bell said the publisher was re-issuing its two terrorism-themed coloring books : “ We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom ” and “ The True Faces of Evil Terror (with trading cards) .” The books, said the company, will now come with new supplemental pages. These ...
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Health Care Workers Struggle To Enroll People Who Have No 'Concept Of Insurance' 3.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DEARBORN, Mich.--Signing people up for health insurance is the easy part of Rawha Abouarabi’s job ministering to immigrants and Arab Americans in this manufacturing hub along the Rouge River. But many of those she’s enrolled are surprised and indignant when they go to the doctor and are asked to a pay a bill— perhaps a copayment. They insist they’ve already paid their monthly insurance premium. “They call us and say, ‘it’s a scam’,” says Abouarabi, an insurance navigator for the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS), a nonprofit agency that specializes in helping the largest Arab-American population in any U.S. city. That’s just one example of the confusion immigrants face as they try to navigate the U.S. health care system. Even after signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, advocates find that explaining to clients that they will still have to pay out of their own pockets each time they go to the doctor or get lab tests requires more than translating words like ...
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Does the American Public Want More War? 3.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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America's Snowiest Ski Resorts Must Be On Your Winter Bucket List 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're sick of summer's heat and are itching for some snow, don't fret: Ski season is just a few months away. That means you should start planning your winter jaunts now. In order to know which American slopes you should head to this year, it might be helpful to know which ones had the best season last year. The ski resorts below had the highest percentage of their average seasonal snowfall, according to data from weathertoski . No one can say for sure how these spots will fare this season, but we'd guess there will be plenty of snow to go around. Check out the snowiest ski resorts in America below. 1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado (128% of average seasonal snowfall) 2. Big Sky, Montana (127% of average seasonal snowfall) 3. Loveland, Colorado (120% of average seasonal snowfall) 4. Aspen, Colorado (116% of average seasonal snowfall) 5. Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire (114% of average seasonal snowfall) 6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming (109% of average seasonal snowfall) 7. Grand Targhee, Wyoming (102% of average ...
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Safety Board Final Report On Lac Mégantic Disaster Is Sharply Critical of Railway Regulation, But Federal Government Unmoved 3.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Penn State Student Gains Reputation As The Squirrel Whisperer 2.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy."

Junior Mary Krupa tells WJAC-TV ( http://bit.ly/1B9IvPf ) that she's able to dress up the squirrel in party hats, or get Sneezy to hold doll-sized props, simply by feeding the animal.

Krupa and Sneezy's exploits are chronicled in a Facebook page titled "Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel."

So far, the squirrel is proving quite popular as its Facebook page has more "likes" that a page dedicated to the school's official mascot, the Nittany Lion.

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Information from: WJAC-TV, http://www.wjactv.com
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