NEWS: Democrats for Education Reform Will Back Some Democrats (But Only if They Support Charters)

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is a striking story about a group called Democrats for Education Reform, known as DFER. It was created in 2005 by hedge fund managers Whitney Tilson and John Petry. They held their first meeting in a plush apartment in New York City owned by another hedge fund manager, Ravenel Boykin Curry IV. Their speaker that evening was a brilliant young senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. In the past 11 years, they have funneled millions of dollars into state and local elections to elect candidates who support charter schools. They endorse Republicans and Democrats alike, so long as they support charter schools.

In New York State, they have supported Republican control of the State Senate and Governor Cuomo, as well as any Democrat who is charter friendly. Now comes news that DFER has decided to spend serious money to flip control of the State Senate to Democrats this fall…

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Master The Outline – 12 Methods For Plotters & Pantsers – Part I

Sacha Black

OutlineingIf you cut my wrist, I’d bleed pantser all over you. Which, for anyone that knows me in real life, is about as ironic as you can get. I’m hyper organised. I have lists of lists and spreadsheets to make even the hardiest of geeks weep. I’m so extreme my wife has to schedule in time for spontaneity.

Which is why, when I first started writing, I knew without hesitation I was a plotter. Except that I really wasn’t. I tried to plot my way through to finishing a novel and I couldn’t.

Plotting led to me drowning myself in cliches: balled up scraps of paper littered my living room, my laptop screen lay barer than the sahara and enough empty coffee cups loitered on my table to wakeneven the most exhausted mother. I was blocked.

In the end I threw my rigid-frigid-plottingrule book in the fuck it bucket and…

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President Obama and Turkey’s Erdogan Prepare for an Awkward Meeting at the G20

The Muslim Times

Turkey Hosts The G20 World Leader's Summit ANTALYA, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 15: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, greets U.S President, Barack Obama during the official welcome ceremony on day one of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 15, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey. World leaders will use the summit to discuss issues including, climate change, the global economy, the refugee crisis and terrorism. The two day summit takes place in the wake of the massive terrorist attack in Paris which killed more than 120 people. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Source: Time

By Jared Malsin/Istanbul

President Obama is set to hold talks with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China on Sunday, and there is a wealth of evidence that it will not be a comfortable meeting.

The sources of discord are many. Turkey—a U.S. and NATO ally—is currently engaged in a standoff with Kurdish-majority militias in northern Syria…

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World Health Organisation Confirms Nigeria’s Third Polio Case |The Republican News

The Republican News

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German boy, nine, saves young brother in Korbach pool

The Muslim Times

Source: BBC

A nine-year-old German boy has been hailed a hero for resuscitating his two-year-old brother after he fell into a garden swimming pool.

The brothers were being looked after by their grandmother at her home in Korbach in central Germany.

When she went to find a nappy, the younger boy Rudolf went into the garden and fell face down in the water.

The toddler, who had stopped breathing, was pulled from the pool by his brother Markus and his grandmother.

Markus then called paramedics because his grandmother has poor German and primarily speaks Russian.

The elder brother was told over the phone how to provide first aid, giving heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Rudolf began breathing again before paramedics arrived and airlifted him to hospital in Marburg, north of Frankfurt.

The paramedic who helped him praised the boy’s actions saying Markus followed instructions exactly, despite his initial panic.


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BREAKING NEWS!! First solar-powered Tricycle aka Keke Napep Made By an Igbo Man Unveiled.


A solar-powered tricycle made by Arthur Energy Technology Ltd. has been unveiled. The tricycle which does not use petrol or diesel is powered by renewable energy from the sun. It is purely powered and driven by solar energy.

This is the first of its kind to be invented, designed and developed in Nigeria, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Arthur A Okeyika hails from Ihiala, Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria.

This is a great technological feat at a period when the cost of premium motor spirit is increasingly prohibitive where available in Nigeria.

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What do you think about blogging myths?

Jean's Writing

Do you believe everything you read?

Sometimes it’s hard not to. I mean those wrinkle creams pictures look amazing.

Okay, sometimes maybe I take the internet and especially Facebook posts way too serious. Guess it’s time to consider the source, and do a little homework.

Here’s my take on her list of myths:

Thumbs up, I agree it’s a myth. thumbs up           Thumbs down, I disagree, it’s a fact. thumbs down

  1. Keyword certainty. Definitely a myth. We all know nothing is certain but death and taxes. thumbs up
  2. Posting every day is not difficult. Fact. Yes, I believe it’s hard, especially if you are writing other things, like say a novel. thumbs down
  3.  Write to beat writer’s block. Can be- fact. I think writing…

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Isaiah 39

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Isaiah 39 has Hezekiah having a lapse in judgment in how he relates to the king of Babylon.  This was after the miraculous recovery of Hezekiah. The Lord was good enough to give King Hezekiah 15 years more of life; but it was up to Hezekiah if those years would be lived in wisdom and to the glory of God. The “king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered”.  On the surface this seems pretty noble and good natured, but this was an attempt to bring the kingdom of Judah on to the side of the Babylonians against the Assyrians.

Hezekiah doesn’t put two and two together.  He “welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that…

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RECESSION: Buhari Admits That He Mismanaged Nigeria’s Economy Due To Wrong Policies, Promises To Reverse Them

The Republican News

The Nigerian President, Mr Muhammadu Buhari has finally agreed that his policies are responsible for the crashing of the Nigerian economy and promising to reverse some of them to the position they were before he took over from the last administration.

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The President who Nigerians brands as “Baba Go Slow” made this known through the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Babachir David. To make matters worse, the President lamented that the earnings accruable to the federal government shriveled by 40%.

Mr. Babachir stated that, “We cannot guarantee the implementation of constituency projects in the 2016 budgets. As a government, constituency projects are championed by members of the National Assembly. Likewise Legislature, members of the Executive are politicians who canvassed for votes.

He added that, “Lawmakers are aware that oil production has dwindled to about 800,000 barrels per day. This has led to the inability of the government to finance…

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