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September 2013

The Glass-Floor Problem

By RICHARD V. REEVES NYTimes September 29, 2013, 9:02 pm WHEN it comes to the economic malaise facing America, the biggest problem is not the widening gap between rich and poor, but the stagnation of social mobility. When the income gap of one generation becomes an opportunity gap for the next, inequality hardens into social […]

U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions

By JUSTIN GILLIS Published: September 27, 2013 NYTimes STOCKHOLM — The world’s top climate scientists on Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time, establishing a target level at which humanity must stop spewing them into the atmosphere or face irreversible climatic changes. They warned that the target is likely […]

The Climate Change Denial Machine Is Going Up to 11

By Phil Plait SEPT. 26 2013 10:56 AM Slate As I predicted, with the advent of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report due tomorrow, the noise machine is out in full force. Still, when I saw that James Delingpole had written yet another climate change denial piece for The Telegraph, I dithered. After all, […]

A Must-Read Book for Anyone Wanting to Reform Our Education System

by Erin Aubry Kaplan on September 26, 2013 2:00 PM KCET Not to brag, but I had dinner last week with educator and author Mike Rose. He’s one of those deservedly famous L.A. people whose name and work I’ve known about forever — his books include “Lives on the Boundary” and “Possible Lives” — but […]

LOA KIRK ANDERSEN | Preparing for pandemic: What is pandemic influenza?

Posted September 27, 2013 at midnight KitSap Sun Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series. Pandemic influenza: those words send shivers down my spine. Fortunately, reality is unlike Hollywood’s dramatic interpretation. It’s still scary, but examined objectively, fear gives way to understanding. Hopefully, that understanding will encourage you to prepare, as there […]

‘It is time to end the war on drugs’, says top UK police chief

Henry McDonald The Observer, Saturday 28 September 2013 16.00 EDT One of England’s most senior police officers has called for class-A drugs to be decriminalised and for the policy of outright prohibition to be radically revised. In a dramatic move that will reignite the debate over the so-called war on drugs, Mike Barton, Durham’s chief […]

‘Extremely likely’: Top scientists blame mankind more clearly than ever for global warming

AP With Reuters 9/27/13 NBCNews OCKHOLM — Top climate scientists blamed mankind more clearly than ever as the main cause of global warming in a report on Friday meant to guide governments in dealing with rising temperatures, delegates said. Calling man-made warming “extremely likely,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) used the strongest words […]

A Report Card on Education Reform

By DAVID LEONHARDT NYTimes September 25, 2013, 10:00 am I sat down last week in Washington with Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, and Mitch Daniels, the former Indiana governor and current Purdue University president, after they had met with several dozen chief executives of big companies to talk about education. Their meeting was at […]

Whatever happened to climate change?

PAUL VALLELY The Independent Sunday 22 September 2013 Whither global warming? Apart from a succession of puerile puns – fracking awful quips, as the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, might have put it in his conference speech – the issue hardly raised its head at the Lib Dem gathering in Glasgow. It is not looming large […]

How Far Are We From a Super-Pandemic?

SEP 19, 2013 11:20 AM ET // BY ERIC NIILER Discovery Fall is flu season and this year, as usual, federal health officials are asking the public to get their annual flu vaccine shot. But scientists say there are much more deadly bugs lurking out there that could someday make the jump from local outbreak […]