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Peter King Leaked Classified Info



Report: Peter King Leaked Classified Info During Hearing


“If you weren’t privy to secret intelligence information, you definitely missed it, but according to The New Yorker, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) leaked classified information during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza noted how during the hearing Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) asked FBI Director James Comey: “Wouldn’t it be a little preposterous to say that, historically, going back to Ronald Reagan and all that we know about maybe who the Russians would prefer, that somehow the Russians prefer Republicans over Democrats?” And then King followed up with a peculiarly phrased question: “I would just say on that because, again, we’re not going into the classified sections, that indicating that historically Russians have supported Republicans, and I know that language is there, to me puts somewhat of a cloud over the entire report.” According to two Democrats on the committee, Lizza reported, the conclusion that “historically Russians have supported Republicans” was in a classified portion of an intelligence report, and not in the portion made public. Asked about his leaking of that information, King told Lizza, “I have to watch myself. I think it was in the public report that came out, the unclassified report, that there was a finding in there that historically—so don’t quote me on this, O.K.? Because I’m not sure if this was the classified or the unclassified, but there was a conclusion that historically the Russians have favored Republicans.” In the past, Congressman King has repeatedly called for journalists who leak classified information to be prosecuted”

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Montsanto Inflating Shrimp with CMC

Vietnam is one of the top 5 exporters of shrimp, and one of the members of the TPP aka Trans-Pacific Partnership.

We must stop the TPP during the Lame Duck Congress #NoLameDuck

Register: http://www.flushthetpp.org/register/
Stop this #NAFTAonSteroids

Invite Friends to #StopTPP: http://bit.ly/2cWm8sF

Companies in Vietnam inject substances to shrimp in order to increase sales.

We will not be able to stop this practice if the TPP becomes law. Companies will sue anytime their abilities to make profits are prohibited. The Supreme Court will not have the power to stop this as they will lose out to an ISDS Court (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) of 3 corporate lawyers that will decide financial payments to corporations.

We must stop the TPP during the Lame Duck Congress

Register: http://www.flushthetpp.org/register/

Stop the #NAFTAonSteroids

Invite Friends to #StopTPP: http://bit.ly/2cWm8sF



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Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes

Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact.
 Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri – Brock University
Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups.
In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets, we found that lower general intelligence in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology.
A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact.
All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.
Gordon Hodson, Department of Psychology, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1 E-mail: ghodson@brocku.ca
Michael A. Busseri
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William Doyle: The Post-Technology Classroom

This resonated with me: “We’re very hands-on. When hands are involved in learning, children really remember. If you’re in the middle of the creative process there is nothing worse than clearing up – if you cease the flow then you lose the dream, you lose everything.”

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William Doyle describes an emerging international consensus about the appropriate and limited use of technology in the classroom.

Doyle starts from the proposition that “Technology in the classroom has so far had little positive effect on childhood learning.”

That’s the stunning finding of the OECDs September 2015 report “Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection.” The report found that despite billions of dollars of frantic government spending, where ICTs [information and communications technologies] are used, their impact on student performance has been “mixed, at best,” in the words of the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher. “In most countries, the current use of technology is already past the point of optimal use in schools,” said Schleicher. “We’re at a point where computers are actually hurting learning.”

This supports a growing body of other research indicating that, with some exceptions like distance and special needs learning, there is little evidence that digital tools are…

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Is Trump Mad? Or Does He Exercise Poor Judgment? Or…..

He hates, hires and marries immigrants. He encourages foreign governments to commit espionage against his opponent. Yeah, I’d say he’s a dangerous narcissist.

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The story about Trump’s rambling news conference had this headline in the Washington Post:

“Trump Invites Russia to Meddle in the U.S. Presidential Race with Clinton’s Emails.”

This is a story that is very troublesome.

He is running for president of the United States, and he asks a foreign power to intervene in the presidential contest.

This is unprecedented.

Either he is suffering from some kind of classifiable mental disorder.

Or he has terrible judgment.

Or he is unbelievably ignorant of foreign affairs and national security.

Or he is a traitor, who puts the interests of a foreign nation above that of his own.

Does he realize that his warm and fuzzy approach to President Putin makes our European allies very nervous?

His comments reek of megalomania at best.

I know I should ignore what he says, but I can’t. At present, he is leading in most polls. A majority…

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Real Sustainability: Dry Farming in a Drought | Earthjustice

As the historic drought continues in the American West, policy makers, scientists and residents are bracing for the potential impact drought will have on our country’s food system. Many have their gaze set on agricultural reform in California, in particular, since the state is responsible for growing nearly half of our nation’s fruits, veggies and nuts. While larger agricultural shifts may be on the horizon, some California farmers are finding solutions to challenging drought conditions in the here and now by engaging in an age-old practice that uses hardly any water at all: dry farming.

Dry farming is a set of farming strategies that greatly reduces the need to use irrigated water. Dry farmers capture the residual moisture in soil after the rainy season by cultivating a protective “dust mulch” over the soil to seal in moisture and prevent evaporation. They choose more drought tolerant strains of crops and space the crops adequately so they don’t compete with one other for water. If planting is done right, most dry farmers will go the entire dry season without having to use any additional water.

A video featuring Molino Creek Farm Collective in Davenport, CA where tomatoes are dry farmed.

Dry farming can produce some truly delicious results. So delicious, in fact, that some of the finest wines and olive oils in the world have been created with dry farmed crops, as water-stressed fruits, nuts and some veggies concentrate their sugars and flavor in smaller, more potent packages. Dry farming has a long history in the Mediterranean region, and to this day, farmers in Spain, Greece, France and Italy continue to dry farm crops like grapes, olives, apples, squash, potatoes and grains.

Vineyards and orchards in Italy.

Vineyards and orchards in Italy.

Not only is dry farming delicious, it’s helping to preserve precious water and encourage a more sustainable relationship with the land. The California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative explains that “dry farming is not a yield maximization strategy; rather it allows nature to dictate the true sustainability of agricultural production in a region.”

That’s not to say that dry farming doesn’t have its challenges. A recent KQED reportprofiled the dry farming techniques at Manzanita Manor Organics, a winery and walnut orchard in Paso Robles, California run by Jutta Thoerner and Cynthia Douglas. True to form, their walnuts are indeed smaller than traditionally grown walnuts, but also, they claim, far tastier.


A walnut before being harvested.

While some customers have a discerning taste and clamor for delicious dry farmed crops, others are used to buying only larger, blemish-free fruits, nuts and veggies at the supermarket, which can put dry farmers at a disadvantage if they haven’t yet found a devoted market. The lower yield also means fewer crops and lower profit margins for farmers. Dry farming is best suited to coastal or foggy environments, so it wouldn’t be the best practice for a large operation planting in sandy soil. Manzanita Manor Organics is indeed a success story, but it can be far harder to make a living on a dry farm.

While dry farming won’t be the solution to all the West’s agricultural woes, it could be one valuable part of a plan to transition to more ecologically sustainable and resilient food production. And while dry farming is hard work, it’s possible for farmers to thrive. Jutta Thoerner tells KQED she hopes young farmers will explore dry farming:

“Some of them are just a few years out of school. All they know is the drought,” she says. “The new generation that is not afraid to try new things, I want to tell them: ‘Just dry farm. You absolutely can make a living if you work your behind off.’”


Thirsty Thursdays is a weekly blog series exploring the historic drought in the western United States. In the ongoing series, we’ll share expert opinions, breaking news, compelling articles and the work Earthjustice is doing to protect water resources in a time of extreme water scarcity.

Don’t miss last week’s post: “Drought Drains California’s Energy Grid.”

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Mike Huckabee threatens actual war on women … with troops to stop abortions

huckabee war on women


Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and a founder of Lady Parts Justice, said: “Mike Huckabee wants to drive a tank into your vagina, so that’s a thing.”
“Well, we did say they’d stop at nothing,” tweeted Planned Parenthood, which Republicans are trying to de-fund  again.

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