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|Three Mile Island: A History of America's Worst Nuclear Accident
|Analysis of Beached Grey Whale in British Columbia for Fukushima Radioisotopes
| School Teacher Ditches Lesson Plan and Gives Students Class on Social Justice and Freddie Gray
On yesterday's program, Steven Singer, 8th grade school teacher from western Pennsylvania and member of the Badass Teachers Association, joined Rick to talk about how Pennsylvania Republicans are ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/06/2015||1|
|Republican Logic and Party Platform Planks, 2016
Put a conservative back in the White House and here is what we will do to take back this country for you, the people. This agenda will restore the proud dignity of our governmental institutions and ...
|Philly’s mayoral race is a microcosm of movement across America
On May 19th, Philadelphia voters will elect their party candidates for all city offices. 1199, led by the legendary Henry Nicholas, AFSCME, and almost all of organized labor are pushing as hard as ...
|Freedom is on the March... in Puerto Rico!
Puerto Rico’s governor signs decree to authorize medical marijuana Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal use, in a surprise move after ...
|Against All Odds, and Victorious
On this day in Labor History the year was 1937. That was the year that 400 black women who worked as tobacco stemmers walked off the job at I.N. Vaughn and Company in Richmond, VA. The tobacco ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/06/2015||1|
|Abstinence-Only TX High School Hit With Chlamydia
BWAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! From the Huffington Post (emphasis mine)... An outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Texas has forced administrators there to send a warning note home to parents. ...
|Pipeline to Prison Part 2
For us to talk about curing the problems of incarceration without addressing why it starts in the first place is merely placing a band aid on a sore. The problem is so severe that officials call it ...
|Blueberries . . .
Today is National Teacher Day. Schools are closed for the celebrations, right? Hah. Teachers have come to accept that we are often under- (or completely un-) appreciated, misunderstood, and maligned.
|Daily Kos Labor digest: John Oliver takes on standardized testing
And more: Sen. Patty Murray: Community members and civic leaders in cities and states across the country should absolutely keep fighting for living wages that work for their communities, but I ...
|PA-Sen: Toomey (R) Just Doesn't Have The Time To Explain Why He's Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee
This is ridiculous: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/pat-toomey-luis-restrepo_n_7214790.html?utm_hp_ref=...
|Head of Kansas GOP Calls Waitress Who Returned Brownback's Tip "Arrogantly Stupid" and "Ignorant"
|D.A.R.E. gets punked by false news site, reposts article about marijuana deaths and pregnancies
Reefer madness! The folks at D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) fell for a fake news story about a shocking number of deaths and pregnancies from the devil weed. They ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Lawson, "I shall fight for these principles as hard as I can, in jail or out."
They can put me in jail until the walls crumble, but they cannot stifle the cause for which I stand or destroy the great struggle in the interest of humanity. -John R. Lawson `````````````````````
|On the Persistence of Racism, Part 2
(Note: This diary got so long that I decided to divide it in two. The first part briefly recounts US oppression of African Americans up to the Civil Rights movement of the sixties. This second part ...
|The Power of Print
On this day in Labor History the year was 1852. It was the last day of a three-day convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Printers who worked for newspapers and other publications from fourteen ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/05/2015||2|
|Our Pipeline to Jail is so full;
we can't build Prisons fast enough! This is the first of a 4 part series. I gave a speech not to long ago that addresses many of the solutions available for solving our prison problem as we work ...
|Study saying EPA rules will save 3,500 lives should be nailed to door of every naysayer in Congress
Curbing coal plant emissions would save lots of lives. Not that this matters to EPA haters. A new study published in the ...
|The Slow Burn of Living Well
Hello world! Although this is my first Daily Kos diary, I'm willing to bet at least a few people on this site have read my name before, even if you don't recognize it. My name, by the way, is ...
|Hellraisers Journal: John Lawson, Hero of Colorado Coalfield Strike, Sentenced to Life in Prison
It is a privilege and a duty even by sacrifice to advance our priceless cause. I am therefore ready to receive the sentence this court should declare itself without either authority, right or ...
|The conservative answer on Baltimore: Blame the teachers
Kimberley Strassel What's responsible for Baltimore's problems? Republicans need answers other than "massive economic inequality, racism, and police violence," and when Republicans need answers but ...
|Former Cop Turned PA Lawmaker Has Somewhat Racially Charged Facebook Photo & It’s a Doozy
The following was crossposted from the Raging Chicken Press . There are more links and audio of Vereb comparing ...
On this day in Labor History the year was 1886. This was one of the most significant days in US labor history. A mass meeting of workers was called for that night in Chicago’s Haymarket Square.
|The Rick Smith Show||05/04/2015||2|
|Do we all live in a giant hologram?
The large scale universe projected onto a two-dimensional boundary There is an active field of research in cosmology and physics seeking to explain the cosmos in terms of a radical idea: we live ...
|Smith Trustees: Transgender women are women
The Smith College board of trustees has voted to accept that transgender women are women. The shift to a self-identification admissions policy at the women’s college in Northampton goes into ...
|Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Bringing In The May: The Heroes of Haymarket
One hundred and twenty-nine years ago today, history was made at the Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois. This piece of history was so critically important to the lives of working men and ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Landlords want tenant farmers with plenty of "force," meaning little children.
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Monday ...
|That 2012 Bernie Sanders Speech That Could Help Him Win In 2016
"You know, I, for the love of me, I cannot understand why people who have billions of dollars are compulsively driven for more and how many people have got to die because they don't go to a doctor,
|Salon nails it about Bernie's campaign!
Salon's Bill Curry says it very well here: Bernie Sanders really matters: He doesn’t have to win to build a progressive movement Stop thinking about winners, losers and the dumb horse race. Let's ...
|Voices of May Day: How Emma Goldman, at Age 18, Became an Activist
Haymarket Tragedy Note: This is not presented as a general overview of May Day history and the Haymarket Martyrs. For a general overview, please ...
|Yes it's Sunday and once again...
time for the dizzy monster to eat dark holes in the spirit world' On this blessed, gettin' up Sunday morning I would like to talk about faith and the power of GOD...God...god! (think Echo...echo.
|Glacier National Park: Red Rock Falls (Photo Diary) and Meet Up Stuff
Last Tuesday (April 28), we drove up to Avalanche and then walked up the road to Red Rock Falls. The photos are below the Orange Snow Bank:
|The Inoculation Project 5/3/2015: Physics in Baltimore
Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
|March that will make MAY DAY
On this day in Labor History the year was 1886. A little after three o’clock on that Monday, in Chicago, radical labor activist and newspaper man August Spies climbed onto a box car to give a ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/03/2015||1|
|Mom Brings Gun to Daughter's Brawl With Girl over a Boy
They say a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. Apparently that doesn't apply to women. . . . A Texas (where else) teenager (fourteen) showed up behind Pasadena High School for a ...
|House Republicans launch direct attack on Earth Sciences slashing $300 to $500 million from NASA
Republican shills for Big Carbon are launching a direct assault on NASA funding designed to gut any future enhancements to the Earth Sciences capabilities to monitor changing conditions on our ...
|What's the deal with Arizona education officials and websites? Please proceed
If it weren’t for his racist and asinine blog posts, former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal would likely be sitting in the same office today. Although the former ...
|Maryland - Truth & Reconcilliation
Baltimore - Washington - 2015 Born and raised in Maryland in the 1940s and 50s, I've spent the last half-decade settling family affairs in Prince Georges County between Baltimore and Washington DC. ...
|8-Year Old Creates Stunning Victory For Gender Equality
Congratulations to Els, from North London, for her astounding accomplishment. The 8-year old managed to convince a mega book publisher to stop marketing books that are titled 'for boys' and '...
|What Bernie's campaign means to me from a systems perspective
I have said many times that we will never change the system through the electoral process. Now Bernie sanders seems to be contradicting me. But is he? Let's pretend that Bernie wins the ...
|Teachers' Lounge: Reading Suggestions
This past semester I have been teaching a class that introduces students to Interdisciplinary Studies in preparation for them proposing their own interdisciplinary major. There are generally two ...
|This week in the war on workers: Death on the job
This week, in honor of Workers Memorial Day, the AFL-CIO released its Death on the Job report. Some facts: In ...
|Michigan Seismic Event -- 4.0
Michigan experienced a 4.0 seismic event ----8 kilometers south of Galesburg, MI -- at 12:23 PM today, Saturday. It shook my house in East Lansing, was noted by MSU employees and East Lansing ...
|Lower the Voting Age
On March 23, 1971, the 26th Amendment was passed, lowering the national voting age from 21 to 18. It came about as a response to the fact that young people could be drafted but couldn't vote. Today, ...
|Obama touts education programs in weekly address
In a global economy, we’ve got to help ensure that everyone, of every age, in every zip code—urban and rural—has the chance to learn the skills that lead directly to a good job. President ...
|This week in science: stardrive?
There is great excitement in some corners of the space exploration community this week, as several NASA people opened up a discussion with engineers and others outside the agency over a mysterious,
|Shocking Facts for Anti-Blacks
Has anyone visited the comment section of an MSN news story, which involved police brutality of blacks, or just blacks? If you have, you probably noticed an ill feeling in your gut as you read the ...
|From the Bedroom to the Streets
On this day in Labor History the year was 1968. That was the day the administration shut down the Paris University at Naterre. Student protests at the school had begun weeks before around the ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/02/2015||1|
|How To Read A Seismic Hazard Map
Now that the USGS has preliminary come up with a way to quantify the short term hazard of potentially induced earthquakes it’s important to know what these maps are and mean.
|Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Celebrates 83 Years, Recalls Birthday Spent in Jail for "Her Boys"
I am down at the Fleetwood whenever they want to put me in jail for violation of the law. Come along for me, come. There is coming a day when I will take the whole bunch of you and put you in jail.
|Which 8 Dems Don't Think VA Doctors Should Be Able to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Sick Veterans?
Yesterday, I wrote about the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that the House just passed. I wanted to highlight the vote on the medical marijuana amendment in its own ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/01/2015||8|
|#BaltimoreRiots: PA Legislator Compares Union Workers to Rioters
No, really folks. A Pennsylvania Republican, Mike Vereb, went on a conservative radio show based out of Philadelphia and compared unions to Baltimore Rioters . Of course there's some back story ...
|NASA: EM Drive shown to work in space-like vacuum
The EmDrive which made made headlines last year is back in the news with the results from a new set of tests by NASA showing that the drive has been successfully tested in a hard vacuum. The EM ...
|Hellraisers Journal: State Rests in Murder Trial of John R. Lawson, Hero of the Colorado Coal Miners
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Friday ...
|In anticipation of Bernie's candidacy
First of all, the fact that Bernie is a Democratic Socialist and has the backing of DSA is just icing on the cake for me. It is what Bernie articulates publicly every day that makes him my choice.
|The Voyage of the "Trieste"
In January 1960, two ocean explorers named Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard took the manned submersible Trieste to the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, the deepest spot in the ocean.
|Hellraisers Journal: Fight Is On- "Federal Injunction Is Issued to Check Striking Chicago Teamsters"
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Saturday ...
|The elephant in the living room: soil
The complexity of our global situation is not easily understood when we approach it piecemeal. It is a system and all of its "parts" are interacting. Carbon is a common thread but we look at it ...
|What the Drug War Did to Baltimore
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I am deeply unsettled this morning with an un-fun appointment only 50 minutes away, yet concerned enough to try and codify my distress. For the first time in my ...
|On "tipping points" and oppressive systems
Systems are stable and remain so if they can successfully absorb or destroy any movement that threatens them. When they can no longer do that they become unstable. System instability is a ...
|My limited experience with riots for what it is worth
I grew up in Chicago and was exposed to racism from the beginning of my life. My family was racist but would claim otherwise. Mom and Dad were FDR democrats after all. I have lived in the South ...
|I will miss my garden, but I will try to support local producers.
I decided that since I can not stand without aid that I will not plant a garden this year. I fell once in the garden last year and I guess I really decided then. The decision becomes real as I let ...
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