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‘Holistic’ Controversy

Question: What are Holistic Admissions? Most of the country’s highly selective colleges and universities have holistic admissions, but what exactly does this mean for an applicant? Answer: “Holistic” can be defined as an emphasis on the whole person, not just select pieces that make up the whole person.If a college has holistic admissions, the school’s admissions officers consider the whole applicant, not just empirical data like a GPA or SAT scores. Colleges with holistic admissions are not simply looking for students with good grades. They want to admit interesting students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways. Under a holistic admissions policy, a student with a 3.8 GPA might be turned down while an award-winning trumpet player with a 3.0 GPA might get accepted. The student who wrote a stellar essay might get preference over the student who had higher ACT scores but a bland essay. In general, holistic admissions take into account a student’s interests, passio…

Regardless of who wins, America’s relations with the Arab World will change

By Robert Fisk October 30, 2012 “The Independent” –  After last week’s Obama-Romney love-fest for Israel, the Arabs have been slowly deciding which of the two men would be best for the Middle East. It looks like Barack Obama is their man; but the problem – as always – is the sad, pathetic and outrageously obvious fact that it doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference. George Bush invaded Iraq after giving Ariel Sharon permission to go on colonising the occupied West Bank. Obama got out of Iraq, increased drone strikes on the Pakistan-Afghan border and then behaved like a dog when Benjamin Netanyahu told him there would be no discussion about Israeli withdrawal to 1967 borders. Instead of saying, “Oh yes there will”, like a strong and independent president, Obama sat cowed in his White House seat as the Israeli prime minister effectively told him that UN Security Council resolution 242(that is the wiki definition of the resoltion, and I think we all know anyone can change what it says…

Obama Signs New Executive Order Expanding Homeland Security Mission In The U.S

On Oct. 26, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands the role and scope ofHomeland Security in states and areas across the country. This order, which establishes a new Security Partnership Council, will have far reaching effects in the overall mission of Homeland Security, and for state and local areas that interact with the Federal agency. Economically, the Establishing the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council Executive Order will increase funding and resources to state and local governments to fulfill Homeland Security programs and doctrines, as well as increase Federal oversight in the implementation of directives tied to the agencies mission. The purpose of this order is to maximize the Federal Government’s ability to develop local partnerships in the United States to support homeland security priorities. Partnerships are collaborative working relationships in which the goals, structure, and roles and responsibilities of the relationships are mutual…

Mitt Romney In GOP Debate: Shut Down Federal Disaster Agency, Send Responsibility To The States

During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA's cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response. "Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?" "Including disaster relief, though?" debate moderator John King asked Romney. "We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids," Romney replied. "It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our ki…

1976, Monsanto announced plans to phase out production of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB).

1976, Monsanto announced plans to phase out
production of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB). In 1979 a lawsuit was filed against Monsanto and other manufacturers of agent orange, a defoliant used during theVietnam War. Agent orange contained a highly-toxic chemical known as dioxin, and the suit claimed that hundreds of veterans had suffered permanent damage because of the chemical. In 1984 Monsanto and seven other manufacturers agreed to a $180 million settlement just before the trial began. With the announcement of a settlement Monsanto's share price, depressed because of the uncertainty over the outcome of the trial, rose substantially.
Also in 1984, Monsanto lost a $10 million antitrust suit to Spray-Rite, a former distributor of Monsanto agricultural herbicides. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the suit and award, finding that Monsanto had acted to fix retail prices with other herbicide manufacturers.

EPA provides various paths for the public to access information about PCBs.  On this w…

What, Israel is Calorie Counting to make sure they aren’t charged with a ‘Crime Against Humanity?’

Israel approves more expansion of settlement near JerusalemJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Thursday issued a detailed plan for the building of some 800 new homes on annexed land in the West Bank that is certain to attract further international condemnation of its settlement policies. A planning committee issued a call for bids from contractors to start building 797 housing units on the western slopes of the urban settlement of Gilo, an area that Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war and later declared part of Jerusalem. The annexation has never been recognized internationally.
Israel “planned to starve” the people of Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military calculated the number of calories that Gaza’s residents would need to consume to avoid malnutrition during a sweeping blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory from 2007 to mid-2010, according to a document that the Defense Ministry released under a court order and that was made public on Wednesday. The military insisted that…

Among Israelis, Romney Appears The Favorite

Israelis view the American presidential election much the way they tend to view most issues: What does it mean for Israel?
And by a wide margin, Israelis seem to believe that Republican candidate Mitt Romney would be more attentive to Israel's interests than President Obama. The Peace Index Poll, commissioned by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute, found that Romney was favored 2-to-1 by Israelis back in August. Such pro-Romney sentiment is rare outside the U.S. A recent BBC poll of 21 countries found Obama favored in 20, with Romney taking only Pakistan. Israel was not included in that survey, though, and Israelis are long used to being a prominent — if not the dominant — foreign policy topic in U.S. presidential campaigns. In Monday's foreign policy debate between Obama and Romney, Israel was mentioned more than 30 times — far more than Europe, Afghanistan or the Arab Spring, let alone Africa or Latin America. The only country mentioned more often than Is…

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Seattle police plan to deploy spy drones, FAA Releases Lists of Drone Certificates—Many Questions Left Unanswered

SEATTLE—<<<< Protestors shouted down officers during the Seattle Police Department's presentation Thursday on the department's new unmanned aerial vehicle, or "drone." The presentation was held at 6 p.m. at the Garfield Community Center at 2323 East Cherry Street in Seattle. Seattle police, who are drafting a policy on the use of drones, invited the public for their questions and feedback. Protestors at the event shouted and often talked over police during the event. "We say no to drones," one protestor said. Another protestor said funds for the drone "could be used to fund more progressive projects in the community that have really nothing to do with violence and surveillance or these more negative aspects which are only bringing more negative qualities out of people in general." The Seattle Police Department is one of 50 organizations authorized by the federal government to use the drones. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washin…