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Writing Blogs Just Got Easier

November 15, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

Today, we added the CKEditor to the body section of the blog post submission page. This was done to make posting a blog with customization easier and nicer looking. The type of things you can do is add images inside your post, change the font type, realign text and much more.
For example, lets talk about how to add an image to a post. First write your whole post in the body section. Add any text formats you like, i.e font type, color, bold, etc. Then on the top row of the CKEditor look for the icon that looks like an "image". It should be on the top right side of the CKeditor. Click on it and a box will appear. In the "URL" section you will put the image URL.
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Being told you're wrong

September 25, 2013 by daniel.f.strunk

My AP English teacher once told me that I would get beaten up at least once in college for telling people I was a Republican. She made the comment in the middle of class, laughing as she said it. I don’t think it was necessarily meant as an insult, but the memory has stuck with me ever since.

It’s a bit funny to think about now. Not only have I never gotten into a brawl surrounding politics (that would be a low point in anyone’s life I think), but a majority of my good friends at Duke University are of the opposite political persuasion.

In fact, I haven’t just peacefully coexisted and debated the other side—I’ve actually experienced it. This past summer I worked for two organizations simultaneously. The first organization was the Romney campaign, where I acted as the student overseeing all of the Young Americans for Romney campus groups in North Carolina. The second organization, Friends of the Earth, I interned with for a short period of time in London. It’s as liberal as the name might lead you to believe. It was quite a dichotomous pairing.    Read more

The Danger of Political Labels

September 25, 2013 by Jay Ruckelshaus

I recently had a conversation with an Australian student in which neither of us knew what the other was saying. We were both speaking English, but it was probably the most unproductive conversation you can imagine.

We were ostensibly discussing the merits of the liberal commitment to supporting the welfare state. It was one of those moments I was looking forward to while signing up for the Duke in Oxford program; here was my chance, I thought, to attain enlightenment in an oak paneled room while discussing a subject whose pretension matched that of my environment. And with a foreigner!

But it was not to be. I became increasingly confused because he said there was no commitment at all – liberals are only concerned with supporting the free market. I tried explaining that liberals generally favor expanding the welfare state and otherwise checking the unregulated market. After several minutes of fruitless efforts we decided to change the subject.    Read more

England's Royal Baby, America's Royal Mess

July 25, 2013 by Living Liberally

We rejected a King 237 years ago, yet now accept the government's authority to spy on, detain & even assassinate Americans.

We replaced our royals with a revolution, but now our country's economic reality sees the greatest wealth disparity in ages & the least opportunity for upward mobility.

We pioneered the democratic experiment, yet now are too familiar with stories of elected officials enriching themselves while ignoring the needs of the public.

Meanwhile our old royals have mellowed out, give the tabloids something to talk about, have no impact on English government and just got everyone excited about a baby.

If we're going to have aspects of our old monarchy, we might as well get some of the benefits too. They have a royal baby; we have a royal mess.

Although their baby George makes the world cheer. If the Bushes produce another George, it won't quite be as thrilling...

The Revolution began in bars and we're still gathering at happy hours to share what we think while sharing a drink at your local progressive social club.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Should Reflect the Compassion of the American People

September 28, 2012 by fidlerten

It is of course necessary for the U.S. Government, like any government, to do what it can to protect its own interests. However, has not the United States government had policies in the past that was not so much for the interest of the country as a whole, but wealthy interests instead?

For example, the influence that Big Oil has over our elected leaders would lead some to think that perhaps we have had wars in the past because the oil industry was interested in the black gold that existed under the feet of our enemies.    Read more

Twitter and Political Beef Over Embassy Attacks

September 14, 2012 by fidlerten

Don’t you love how we’ve advanced as a people? 160 characters are able to shake the bones and communicate effectively to this extremely world. At any given moment one is able to know what a political official is thinking, something unlike we’ve ever imagined.

Recently, Twitter has popped up a lot in political news, especially regarding the domestic and international reactions to the anti-Muslim video.    Read more


August 10, 2012 by cherose228

I don’t know if the rest of y’all have been watching commodities prices lately, but I have, and what I’m seeing is starting to really scare me. A lot.

The Great Drought of 2012 hasn’t yet come to a conclusion, but we already know that its consequences are going to be pretty devastating. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is going to fall far short of predictions. This is going to boost food prices, both domestically and abroad, to go through the roof, and it’s going to cause increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported U.S. grains.    Read more

Immigration Policy: Obama Ends Deportation of Young Hispanics

June 19, 2012 by fidlerten

Back in 2010, Obama introduced to Congress an answer to the problem of young Hispanics that were brought to the United States illegally as young children by their parents. A piece of legislation he called the American Dream Act would allow these young people a chance to become an American citizen by going to college or joining the U.S. Military for a stint.  It was a decent bill being that it solved a quandary about what to do about innocent young immigrants who have known no other home except America.    Read more

War On English–By the Mexicans

June 6, 2012 by fidlerten

I am one of the unemployed persons in this economy. It is hard as hell to find a job, first and foremost, and I have been doing since the end of the school semester. I’ve had two interviews and few prospects but nothing has been landed.

Yesterday my mom was on her driving route and recommended a spot to apply. “Some Mexican restaurant across from QT,” she says.

The next morning I drive around that area and find the restaurant to be Los Lupes. I walk inside the place, ask for an application, only to be told, “We don’t applications at this location. Go to the one next to Chase bank.” I think, “Why would you have “now hiring” on the building but no applications?”

Whatever that reason may have been, I returned home.    Read more

"Mom, I got!" How to avoid becoming a victim of fraud?

May 26, 2012 by vorobev.7676

three o'clock in the morning. Wake up on the growing roar of turbines - so I have a signal the arrival of SMSes. "Mom, I got! Immediately went to number 900 rubles ... ". Lazily yawning, I turn to the side and fall asleep better at first wrapped his only year-old son.

I hate these people who despise there ... you can answer, but it does not matter. It is important that as long as the light, they will always be among us. So our challenge - to do an interview with them as much as possible for the sad past. We can not know all the rules of detention and execution of contracts, paperwork, transactions, winnings, but we must always remember that these rules exist.    Read more

Why did things go wrong?

May 24, 2012 by vorobev.7676

We're always missing something. Constantly something, but not satisfied. I would like some changes for the better. Often it is a complaint to life are the themes of our good cheer. And as we diligently search for the answer to the question: "Well, why nothing is changing? I did so want to change! "Only now is not the answer. Why?

Guess the mystery: in the same three-liter jar fit three liters of muddy water from puddles and three liters of clean water? At the same time - no way! It is necessary first to pour dirt. Then - clean up the bank. And only then you can pour clean water. By the way, you can not pour. And you can - and do not water. But that's you define.    Read more

Nations hold intervention with Iran. It does not go well.

May 24, 2012 by pileofbabies

On Wednesday, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, China, and Britain staged an intervention for Iran to get it to come to terms with its use of threats about nuclear weapons.

At 6:00 in the evening, Iran returned home from work to find all six nations sitting and waiting for it. A facilitator from the United Nations began the conversation.

“Iran, my name is Michael. Your friends are very worried about you, and we would like to talk to you about your problem with nuclear weapons.”

Iran immediately got defensive. “Fuck you guys! I don't need to listen to this!”

“Yes, I think you do,” said the United States, taking Iran by the arm and leading it to a chair.
“I swear to god I will fuck you guys up!” yelled Iran.
“Ah oui. We know.” said France, rolling its eyes.    Read more

It's Hip To Be Critical, Not Hypocritical

May 24, 2012 by Living Liberally

Every Memorial Day, we remember our war dead, we pray to end wars & promise to lessen such loss -- while we leave a force in Afghanistan, threaten Iran and accept the the casualties caused by drone strikes.

More Dems, & even GOP, come out for marriage equality, criticizing those who don't stand for civil liberties -- except both parties accept "security" over liberty via surveillance & tactics criminalizing our population.

Candidates all blast money in politics & negative ads -- spreading that critique through expensive campaigns, elaborate fundraising & the help of their Super PACs.

They oppose wars, invasions of privacy & political money except when it's their wars, invasions & money.

It's hip to be critical, but they wind up hypocritical, and it ends up being a lot more hype than hope.

If campaigns get you down, let us raise your spirits as we raise ideas and raise a few pints at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY Find - or start - a chapter near you.

fb Astronomers

May 23, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Just a quick heads-up for those who don’t know yet: there is closed group “Astronomers” on facebook. It is by invitation only, ie some existing member must add any new member. You must have an fb account to be added.
The group has about 4,000 members, most all professional astronomers from around the world.

There is some interesting discussion going on in that group and some useful info being passed around.

The closed group feature seems to work well for some combination of intensity of topic focus and size – not too small, not too big.
‘fraid I wouldn’t tell how to monetize the feature though.    Read more

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