In 1 minute, dozens of celebrities make the case: no more gun violence

Credit: DemandaPlan.orgUmpqua College should be the last school where students are killed by gun violence. This can’t be part of the education process.

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Shutterfly is giving 101 free prints thru Mon Oct 5!

shutterfly free 100 printsShutterfly is offering 101 free 4×6 prints through Monday 05 October 2015. See the promotion here.

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Harvard educated Obama schools GOP in governmental law fundamentals

It’s not that complicated.. the math is the math. We should try to leave out any extraneous issues that keep us from getting a budget agreement. I know there are many Republicans who are exercised up about Planned Parenthood. And, I deeply disagree with them on that issue and I think it’s mischaracterized what Planned Parenthood does … but I understand they feel strongly about it. And, I respect that.

But, you can’t have an issue like that potentially wreck the entire U.S. economy. Anymore than I should hold the entire budget hostage to do something about gun violence. I feel just as strongly about that, and I think I have better evidence for it. But, the notion that I will threaten the Republicans … that unless they pass gun safety measures that would stop mass shootings … that I would shut down the government and not sign an increase in the debt ceiling … would be irresponsible of me … and the American people rightly would reject that. Well, the same is true for them. They want to defund Planned Parenthood … there’s a way to do it. Pass a law. Override my veto. That’s how democracy works. I have no problem with that. But, you have to govern … and I’m hoping the next speaker understands that.

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SCOTUS to hear free speech case of Paterson PO demoted over political sign

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Art courtesy of My First Freedoms website

Paterson Police Officer Jeffrey Heffernan’s discipline case is going to the Supreme Court. The 1st Amendment provides for employees to support the political candidates of their choosing, but lower courts found that Heffernan couldn’t invoke this legal protection because he had no intention of participating in a campaign when he picked up a fallen sign that his mother wanted. He also isn’t a Paterson resident.

But still, Heffernan was demoted because city officials perceived him to be engaged in “overt involvement in a political election”. So, the heart of this matter remains free speech rights. reports:

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420 pound man fired for farting too much

funny-suprised-dog-did-you-fart-picsWell, it wasn’t just farting. The Daily News points out that Richard Clem had gastric bypass surgery because extreme obesity was threatening his life. Afterwards, he spent a lot of work time in the bathroom too, as he couldn’t control his bowels. According to his employer, Clem simply stunk too much, too often.

HuffPost reports that obesity is a condition protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act so Clem’s wife filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Case Pork Roll Co. in Trenton, where 70 year old Clem had worked as comptroller for 10 years.

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Don’t let the door smack you too hard on the way out, Traitor Duncan

Arne Duncan cartoon

Caricature Credit: DonkeyHotey

Good news today for people who care about students and the state of public education in America. As HuffPost put it: Arne Duncan Resigns Amid Legacy-Threatening Student Debt Crisis. And this summer, the Center for Media and Democracy wrote this about Duncan’s failed initiative to replace public schools with charters: Charter Program Expansion Looms Despite Probes into Mismanagement and Closed Schools.

Developer-owned charter schools are publicly funded but managed privately, without the obligation to provide any public accountability for either their teaching methods or financial expenditures. Not surprising that they’re a virtual breeding ground for a level of corruption so exaggerated that it turned GW Bush’s former Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch, into one of the country’s leading public education advocates.

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Women Entrepreneurs Rock event at legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Mon 10/19

womenentrepreneursrock bannerTo facilitate a real dialog about topics important to women in business, the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Brookdale Community College will hold its second annual “Women Entrepreneurs Rock” (aka WeRock) at a legendary music venue in Asbury Park on Monday, October 19. The event is free and open to the public.

19 October 19 2015
6-9pm (networking until 10)
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

A report in The State of Women Owned Businesses, 2014 from American Express OPEN says:

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Obama’s FAFSA filing date change will make student aid application process easier and more helpful

Changes in FAFSA reporting requirementsPresident Obama is working on removing barriers to students obtaining financial aid for which they qualify. Changes to the FAFSA filing period’s submission date will make the application process faster, easier and enable students to get earlier financial aid award notification. This will provide graduating (and transfer) students with valuable information they can use to help identify the best college match.

The transition means that:

  1. For the 2017-18 school year, students can submit the FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 (two months ahead of the current submission date).
  2. Students will submit their 2017-18 school year FAFSAs with year 2015 financial information.
  3. 2017-18 school year is the first year that “prior-prior” (in other words, 2 years back) financial information for parents and student will be used for the FAFSA.
  4. Most parents and students will be able to use the IRS automatic retrieval tool to import tax return information directly into the FAFSA without needing to type it in (because 2015 tax returns filed by April 15, 2016 will have been processed by October 1, 2016).
  5. PELL grant award information will become available to graduating high school students (and college transfer students) months earlier in the college application process. This will aid families in selecting a school that offers the right combination of academic and financial opportunity for the student.
  6. In order to accommodate the new FAFSA submission date, filing students will fill out two FAFSAs in calendar year 2016:
    1. The school year 2016-17 FAFSA after the old submission opening date on January 1, 2016;
    2. The school year 2017-18 FAFSA after the new submission opening date on October 1, 2016. (See chart above.)
    Year 2015 financial information will be used for both the 2016-17 school year and the 2017-18 school year. (See chart above.) Year 2016 financial information will be used for the 2018-19 school year FAFSA. (See chart above.)

    From the Federal Student Aid website:

    On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting next year, students will be able to do the following:

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Inspiring Dog and Monkey prove you can do anything, if you try

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If you’ve ever said, “I can’t do it,” watch this monkey and dog make their way across the river on stepping stones. You can do anything if you only try!

Posted on Facebook by David Tan on Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Following – and honoring – Jimmy Carter

Honoring Jimmy CarterDaily Kos has a nice article about Jimmy Carter: how he’s dealing with cancer … the fact that he kept this country from war during his presidency … and about the man’s fabulous advocacy for the rights of women.

And here’s a Facebook page honoring President Carter. It reached the 50,000 Likes mark in just a few days and shares information about Carter’s life and accomplishments.

Love and light, Mr. Carter!

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Kafkaesque police capture boy & grill him for not saying his clock is a bomb

Ahmed and his clock

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In a Kafka novel, a man is accused by the police of a crime that’s too top-secret for them to discuss or reveal which government department has brought charges against him – and that’s the whole novel. In a similar circumstance, 14 year old Ahmed Mohammed from Irving, Texas brings a home-made clock to school to show his engineering teacher and she accused him of making a bomb to threaten her. The police arrive to handcuff, arrest and then grill him for hours because Ahmed wouldn’t say that his clock was something other than a clock. Because it’s a clock.

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Biden helped put millions in prison & tightened noose on student loans

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Highest student debt is in Biden’s home state of Delaware

All I can tell my fellow Dems is: if you want a true democracy in the United States, vote for Bernie Sanders because the competition ain’t looking so good. I’m sorry to report some disturbing facts I’ve learned about our Vice President, Joe Biden, who seems not to be the egalitarian playing-field leveler that his media image portrays.

Along with Bill Clinton, Biden helped drastically increase the United States prison population. According to the ACLU 1 in 99 US adults are living in prison and, “One in 31 adults are under some form of correctional control, counting prison, jail, parole and probation populations.”

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New York Times calls for firing of brutal officer & systemic change to NYPD

James BlakeNot being exactly known as the champion of the average New Yorker makes the New York Times’ scathing editorial calling out the NYPD for brutality all the more remarkable. In an uncommon act of public representation, the NYT Editorial Board calls for the dismissal of the latest officer caught in a brutal and illegal act of racism and demands that systemic changes be made to the police department’s operating policies.

…the New York City police officer who jumped and assaulted an innocent man, James Blake, in Manhattan last Wednesday, has disgraced the department. Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio should make an example of him. They should make it clear that his unprovoked aggression — caught by a security camera, so there is no doubt about what he did — reflects everything that causes people to distrust and hate the N.Y.P.D. The officer’s further transgressions — not identifying himself to Mr. Blake, not apologizing, failing to void the arrest in follow-up paperwork — speak to an appalling lack of judgment by someone unfit for the job.

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The history of desk spaces from 1980 thru the internet cloud era

time lapseA Harvard Innovation Lab team took on the challenge of showing how our desktops have evolved through transferring all of the functions we used to have physically present on our desk spaces that are now on portable laptops. Watch ‘the history of the computer desk’, a truly marvellous time lapse video.

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Viral! Foto of breastfeeding military moms in uniform

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Photo credit: Tara Ruby Photography

Photographer Tara Ruby share a photo of military moms in uniform breastfeeding their kids on Facebook and it’s gone viral even though Facebook deleted it from her page the first time Tara posted it. When she reposted, here’s what Tara said:

I posted this on here last night at 11:59pm. It has since disappeared from my feed and my wall. So we are posting this here again. :)

Today I believe we made history. To my knowledge a group photo to show support of active duty military mommies nursing their little’s has never been done. It is so nice to see support for this here at Fort Bliss.

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