Thursday, August 27, 2015

National Expert Michael Remus Named Director of Special Education | Sedona.Biz - The Internet Voice of Sedona and The Verde Valley

http://www.sedona.biz/education/national-expert-michael-remus-named-director-of-special-education/#more-28692


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Letter to The Editor: To Find The Truth, You Must Peel The Onion | Sedona.Biz - The Internet Voice of Sedona and The Verde Valley

http://www.sedona.biz/editorial-and-opinion/letter-to-the-editor/letter-to-the-editor-to-find-the-truth-you-must-peel-the-onion/

Of particular concern to the City of Sedona are the repeated attempts by our State Legislature to take control of Federal lands. The consequences of such an action are unknown, but it appears that the legislators that support this idea (including the Senator for our district, Sylvia Allen) would like to open our forestlands for mining and other exploitation. A National Monument designation would likely be excluded from any National Forest acquisitions by a State.

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One Hundred Years of Arm Bars

http://grantland.com/one-hundred-years-arm-bars-gracie-jiu-jitsu-mma/


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The conservative case for reforming America's sick gun culture

The only test most people have to pass to gain access to weapons of exceptional lethal power is this: Do you have enough cash or credit?

That's not enough. Classical republican theory restricts arms ownership to those it deems responsible enough to uphold public order. Our system of guns as a consumer good, and our democratic presumption of good citizenship, puts guns into unsteady and untrained hands.


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For Athletes, the Risk of Too Much Water - The New York Times

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/26/for-athletes-the-risk-of-too-much-water/?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=1


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sophia Retreat and Event Center Dolores, Co

http://sophiaretreatcenter.com/


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Predicting who will murder his wife or his family | EurekAlert! Science News

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/nu-pww082515.php


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Let’s stop talking about “rights”, or at least don’t assert them as unquestionable givens « Why Evolution Is True

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/lets-stop-talking-about-rights-or-at-least-dont-assert-them-as-unquestionable-givens/

I would prefer that we simply stop talking about "rights." That, of course, won't happen. But if we continue to do so, we should make it clear that they are social preferences, codified into law and behavior, that exist for reasons. This means that they are open for discussion, for of course "rights" will change as society changes. We now have a "right" to assisted dying (or so I feel), but that is something that reflects a chance in society's mores. Rather than "rights", I'd say "right", as in "it is the right thing to do to allow gays to marry". Or "it is the right thing to do to allow the terminally ill to end their own lives." Such a view allows us to discuss why these things are "right," and leads to possibility of constructive dialogue and examination of our own beliefs.

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Man dies after being run over by WWII tank on Jelly Belly chairman's property - LA Times

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tank-runs-over-man-20150824-story.html

Headline of the week.

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If you want to understand Donald Trump, look to the success of the European far-right - Vox

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9203405/trump-european-far-right

In most cases, immigration helps on all three scores. More immigration means at least marginally faster productivity growth, immigrants improve the ratio of working-age to retired people, and foreign-born health-care providers help contain the cost of caring for the elderly.

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History of infographics: Chart of American booms and busts up to 1943.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2015/08/24/history_of_infographics_chart_of_american_booms_and_busts_up_to_1943.html


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Sedona Area Maps

http://www.sedonaredrocktrails.org/SedonaTrailMaps.html


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Friends of the Forest Sedona

http://www.friendsoftheforestsedona.org/index.html


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Taleb on pinker

http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/pinker.pdf





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John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war | Books | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/13/john-gray-steven-pinker-wrong-violence-war-declining


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Why the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings


his study is the first to show empirical evidence that the aforementioned ownership rate "is the strongest predictor of [a country's] number of public mass shooters." His quantitative analysis, based on 46 years of data on mass shootings around the world, found that the US has 5% of the world's population but 31% of its public mass shootings (defined as the deaths of at least four people and excluding things like domestic incidents and fatalities during robberies). The US has the highest civilian firearm ownership rate, and Lankford says in a press release it's no coincidence that the other four in the top five—Yemen, Switzerland, Finland, and Serbia—are also in the top 15 for mass shootings.

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II then looks at the Facebook problem and the JOBS Act response. Given the technological changes covered in Part I, we argue that Congress missed the real issue when it increased the trigger for a company to have obligations under the 1934 Act from 500 investors to 2,000 because it continues to base that number on shareholders "of record," an archaic m 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tweet by James Martin on Twitter

James Martin (@Pundamentalism)
Apparently when you're told to 'think Popeye' at the supermarket, they mean buy lots of spinach, rather than put your penis in olive oil.

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Do atheists really only make up less than 1% of the prison population?

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/08/do-atheists-really-only-make-up-less-than-1-of-the-prison-population/

Another reason for the low representation of atheists in prison is that atheists tend to be well educated and have higher than average socio-economic status. Prisoners tend to be less educated and poorer than the average American. This points out a flaw in American society, not in atheists' morality." - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2015/08/do-atheists-really-only-make-up-less-than-1-of-the-prison-population/#sthash.wiCGwI3c.dpuf

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How do tech’s biggest companies compare on diversity? | The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/20/9179853/tech-diversity-scorecard-apple-google-microsoft-facebook-intel-twitter-amazon


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Ben Carson and Sharia law

Evangelicals fuel Carson's rise; is that enough?
http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/23/politics/ben-carson-evangelicals-trump/index.html


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