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Does Kevyn Orr Live in Detroit?

Last week the headlines asked a question, and no one has really provided an answer. the question was “Is Kevyn Orr living too large in Detroit?” Local news reported that along with the six figure salaries for himself as Emergency Manager, his assistant and the

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Nobody Likes Being A Guinea Pig

Especially when they know they're being used as a guinea pig against their own best interests. Guinea Pigs used in research never end up living happier, healthier lives either. The scientists and financial backers slap each other on the back and tell each other, “Oh

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The Top 11 Reasons Teachers are Undervalued

We've all heard the complaints about teachers: They're lazy, they get the whole summer off. What do they even do all day with those kids? It's not like they actually produce anything. Once they get tenure it's impossible to get rid of them no matter

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Ed Snowden Reveals His Nuclear Option

It seems that Ed Snowden has guaranteed that he will not be silenced – or, rather, that the information he gathered on the NSA's (constitutionally-questionable) spying activities will not be buried.  No matter what happens to him, the info will be made public. Let's check

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Sometimes, Bachmann Writes The Jokes FOR Me

The diaries don't get much shorter than this. Right now on the Recommended List is THIS DIARY by Animal Nuz titled, “FBI Has Sworn Testimony & Documents Alleging Bachmann Approved Illegal Secret Payments”. I see significant legal trouble in this woman's future. The companion quote

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3 People Are Dead and 17 Wounded in Chicago

This is going to be a short diary.  I'm going to link you to the story in the Chicago Tribune after the Kospaghetti. While this certainly sounds like a mass shooting (and the results are exactly the same) all of these shootings happened in less

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What Should One Little Old Lady's Funeral Cost?

People die.  Every single day.  Western tradition dictates that the dead be buried.  It's a cultural thing that has been practiced by various civilizations for thousands of years.  Other cultures have had or have developed their own, different ways of dealing with the dead –

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Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay Prison

Years after President Obama promised to close that hell hole, the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have begun a hunger strike, and it seems that it didn't start just recently.  Some have lost “30 pounds or more” according to one lawyer who represents 15 of

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The Sh*t in Your Food

Okay, while it isn't actually REAL poop (well mostly it's not real poop) – you don't want this in there. I'm not going to address the allowable level of rodent feces in hot dogs here.  I'm not even going to extoll the dubious virtues of