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VISIONS

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Seeing is Believing - Visions of Canada.

http://visionsof.org/

NO MORE ELEPHANTS

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to stop using elephants by 2018, following multiple complaints from animal rights groups.

NEWS U For You

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Today marks the eighth anniversary of Poynter's News University. They now have more than 250,000 registered users and almost 300 courses. We are the leader in journalism training online thanks to you!

As a way of saying thanks, they're giving you half-off any Webinar, video replay or other self-directed course that has a fee.

Getting the discount is easy. Just enter the promo code 13ANNE50 on the check-out page of the course you want. It's good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, April 14, so you've got time to find just the right training.

INDEPENDENCE DAY USA

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This is the land of the free, and home of the brave, with the most powerful military in the world.
Headquarters to the largest companies on earth. the best technology and proudest people.
A country made up many races creeds and religions.
The nation helps everyone around the world and intervene in conflicts.
Has one of the best histories out of almost every country even though they are fairly a young country.
A large nation, but not too large population.
Biggest Country in the world if you take unused land by Russia and Canada in which most parts are in habitable.

The Declaration of Independence - Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776

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When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

SUPPORT FOR HR 2954

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) applauds the introduction of H.R. 2954, The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011. The bill, introduced by the members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus — comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — builds on previous successes and provides the tools necessary to address the health and health disparities experienced by minority and under-served communities.

NYC SUBWAY REPAIRS

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Attention all NYC Subway strap-hangers in the Bronx: The MTA has officially begun a million dollar rehabilitation project to fully renovate the stations at Pelham Bay Park, Buhre Avenue, Middletown Road, Zerega Avenue, and Castle Hill Avenue.

From October 5th until May 2014, the Middletown Road and Castle Hill Avenue stations will be CLOSED. All 6 train users are urged to use the closest stations during this time period.

DRUMPF

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What is orange, full of hot air and will eventually be deflated by the majority of intelligent American citizens?

The Donald's family changed the surname from "Drumpf" to "Trump," but their timing is not clear.

Donald Drumpf http://www.snopes.com/donald-drumpf/

'Drumpf' hats outsell 'Trump' hats at NJ hatmaker http://cnb.cx/252FdgR

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO) https://youtu.be/DnpO_RTSNmQ

HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW

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The holiday season has arrived and there’s nothing like an electrifying display of lights to charge you up for the season and zap US with that jolly-good Christmas cheer. Luckily for us, there’s no place in the world that does holiday lights quite like US.

From the east side to the west side, dazzling displays to brilliant bulbs, sparkling city skylines to mesmerizing megawatt-lined drives, when these destinations for holiday lights flip their switches, they mark an even more spectacular holiday season, guaranteeing spectators a sparkling dose of over-the-top seasons greetings.

BRONX BIRTHDAY

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Today is The Bronx 100th anniversary... Happy New Year, and Happy 100th Birthday. Back In 1914, The Bronx became a NY county, being officially separating from New York County.

The Bronx gained its legal identity when it became a borough of Greater New York in 1898. Bronx County, with the same boundaries as the borough, was separated from New York County after that time, coextensive with the Borough of Manhattan officially on January 1, 1914.

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.