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by Frank Jordans

December 30, 2011

The World Health Organization is warning that dangerous scientific information could fall into the wrong hands after U.S. government-funded researchers engineered a form of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus more easily transmissible between humans.

In a strongly worded statement Friday, WHO said it was "deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences" if the results of the study were used to create biological weapons or the mutated virus was accidentally released. "This is not the kind of research that you would want to have out there," WHO's top influenza expert, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

poconorecord.com

by Andrew Scott

January 15, 2012

How safe are the people in whose care parents leave their children, and have those people had proper criminal background checks?

The recent case involving a Pocono Summit karate instructor charged with raping a 12-year-old female student raises those questions. Public and private schools, day care centers, children's camps, foster care and other programs working with children are required by law to have prospective employees and volunteers undergo criminal background and child abuse clearance checks with the state Department of Public Welfare or state Department of Public Education, state police and FBI.

USA Today

by Greg Toppo

July 16, 2011

When students in Biloxi, Miss., show up this morning for the first day of the new school year, a virtual army of digital cameras will be recording every minute of every lesson in every classroom.

So far, Biloxi is the only school district in the nation to install Webcams in every classroom - nearly 500 so far. But school districts in cities nationwide and in England are experimenting with classroom Webcams for security reasons, installing the affordable cameras in hallways and selected classrooms and planning devices for future schools. One security firm says it's negotiating with an undisclosed urban district to install 15,000 cameras so security personnel can keep an eye on classes, hallways and parking lots.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)

by Bob Paynter, Sandra Livingston and Scott Stephens

May 19, 2006

In the name of reform, $1.4 billion has been re-routed to charters most of which can't get a passing grade

Nearly a decade after David Brennan set out to prove he could out-educate the educators and make money doing it, the godfather of Ohio's charter schools is now at the heart of what looks to many like a bungled experiment " of massive proportions. In the name of reform, Ohio has routed more than $1.4 billion in taxpayers' money away from traditional urban schools " much of it going to profit-seekers like Brennan, the Akron entrepreneur who has dominated the charter scene here.

dailypaul.com

by Shahe_B

April 17, 2012

The idea of that we would need the Government to provide us even the most essential things like infrastructure or postal services and that without Government nothing would get done is a terrible fallacy.

This is really fascinating. I'v never understood subsidies or the growing dependence on government help. If something can't stand on it's own, it means people aren't willing to pay for it. So why should the gov't force the people to pay for it? Someone will come along and do it better or more efficiently. It's always been the case in history. Look at the US Post Service. It's a joke. We spend $5 billion a year subsidizing its losses, yet FedEx and UPS and DHL and all of the other carriers around the globe are raking in BILLIONS in PROFITS. So why do we still allow this to happen? Why don't we demand that the USPS rebuilds itself to be more efficient and economical instead of demanding that the people cover their losses?

nogov4me.net

by Larken Rose

June 26, 2013

"Without a government, there would be no roads, police, fire department, schools, or any other services (now financed by extortion)." --Anonymous Authoritarian Twit

Who would finance and maintain roads, without taxes? First issue: benefits and obligations: Benefitting from something (directly or indirectly) does not create an obligation. Furthermore, a service being provided in a free market does not require all beneficiaries to pay. Even-further-more, economic transactions are not isolated and independent events.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

by Laura Diamond

March 31, 2008

Georgia already offers universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds and there has been talk about expanding the program to 3-year-olds.

Some argue the state shouldn't teach more children until it can provide quality education to its k-12 students. They question why the state should get involved when part of the problem comes from poor parenting.

Time

by Julie Rawe and Rita Healy

September 17, 2007

Luke Perkins has been living "two disparate lives," court documents say: one at school in Berthoud, Colo., where the autistic boy was making some progress, and the other outside school.

At home the 9-year-old was so unruly he could not take part in such basic activities as going to church or eating in a restaurant. He became so destructive at night that his family resorted to locking him in his bedroom, which had been stripped of furniture because he kept smearing feces all over everything.

World Net Daily

November 30, 2005

Seven California parents filed a petition with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to set aside its controversial decision declaring they had no right to be "exclusive providers of information about sexual matters."

Ruling on a complaint against a sexually charged student survey, the three-judge panel concluded Nov. 2 parents "have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students."

Wired.com

by David Kravets

October 15, 2012

Ask politicians whether campaign contributions influence their decisions, and they'll tell you certainly not. Ask any citizen, and they'll likely give the opposite answer.

With that in mind, we're re-introducing a web-based embeddable widget - for anybody to use - that lists the top 10 donors and their contributions to any member of the House and Senate, their opponents, and the presidential candidates. Wired updated the widget in conjunction with Maplight, the Berkeley, California-based nonprofit dedicated to following money and politics. "Corporate influence in politics has gone off the charts, and it's more important than ever for voters to understand who is financing candidates," said Evan Hansen, editor in chief of Wired.com. "Maplight has done the hard work of compiling the data. At Wired, we're happy to help get that information out to the wider public, and share it as broadly as possible with this web-based embeddable widget."

      

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