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The Moral Bucket List. NYTimes.com no longer supports Internet Explorer 8 or earlier.

The Moral Bucket List

Please upgrade your browser. LEARN MORE » ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. Virtually No Food Additives Have Been Properly Studied By FDA: Report. Many food additives allowed by the FDA in commercial foods have not been sufficiently studied and may pose serious risks to human health, according to a new report.

Virtually No Food Additives Have Been Properly Studied By FDA: Report

New standardized tests bring technical challenges, concern - seattlepi.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — Call this the year of the test.

New standardized tests bring technical challenges, concern - seattlepi.com

Or, at least the year of standardized test mania. Standardized test season in K-12 classrooms has been dominated in some states by widespread technical problems or by parents allowing their children to opt out. But testing officials say the rollout this spring of new standardized tests taken by computer in many U.S. public schools has been without major problems in much of the country. Why the White House Won't Pursue GOP Senators' Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation - The Daily Banter. The open letter that 47 Republican senators wrote to the leaders of Iran was the hot topic at the White House on Monday, drawing strong words of condemnation from Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the daily briefing, and shortly thereafter, a stinging assessment from President Obama that echoed some of what Earnest had said.

Why the White House Won't Pursue GOP Senators' Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation - The Daily Banter

The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran. By Jack Goldsmith Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:55 AM Please like our Facebook page and follow Lawfare on Twitter: Josh Rogin reports that a “group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office.”

The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran

Approaches to Foreign Policy. Neither a cold-blooded realist nor a bleeding-heart idealist, Barack Obama has a split personality when it comes to foreign policy.

Approaches to Foreign Policy

So do most U.S. presidents, of course, and the ideas that inspire this one have a long history at the core of the American political tradition. In the past, such ideas have served the country well. Democracies of Bread. The author of Day of Honey discusses ancient Iraqi cooking, the Middle East’s dependence on imported wheat, and the link between bread and civilian uprisings.

Democracies of Bread

In the summer of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo married Mohamad Bazzi, who was then the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday. They moved from New York to Baghdad, where they lived on and off for fifteen months. As reporters and newlyweds living in Iraq a mere seven months into the U.S. invasion, and two years after September 11, 2001, they faced mounting violence and insecurity. Design For a Better World! Study Reveals Earth is Moving Towards an Extinction 'Danger' Zone.

Geometry of Thinking for Sustainable Global Governance. 24th October 2009 | Draft Cognitive Implication of Synergetics Produced in relation to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2010, organized by The Buckminster Fuller Institute, in support of the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

Geometry of Thinking for Sustainable Global Governance

IntroductionSystems as polyhedraChallenge to comprehension"Uprightness" and global geometryMatrix representation of psychological types and their styles of categorizationEpistemological "body odour"Self-reflexivity in global modellingIntegrating disagreement and dissentRequisite variety of perspectivesSelf-reflexivity through a "shadowy" dualKeys to global governance "embedded" in synergetics as a meta-modelImplications for a "meta-model"Cognitive engagement with globalityChallenge of cognitive geometryExistential and experiential engagement with globalityGeometry as a metaphorical magic mirror of thinkingThe secret within "Bucky's Ball"? Conclusion Introduction. Foreign affairs: 23 new books I wish Obama and Romney would read - 'The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution,' by Marwan Bishara.

The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason  The numbers are in. 2014 was the hottest year on Earth ever recorded (records go back to 1888).

The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason 

December finished it off as the hottest month ever. 6 of the months last year, in fact, hold that record. The last time a 'coldest month ever' was recorded, was 1916. Things are heating up. But not just heating up. Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level. First proposed by a group of Earth system and environmental scientists, planetary boundaries is an Earth system framework designed to define “safe operating space for humanity.”

Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level

According to Wikipedia, this framework was designed for governments at all levels, international organizations, the scientific community, private sector and civil society, and is based on research that has shown that human activities have become the main driver of global environmental change since the Industrial Revolution. Damn Interesting. Today’s Headlines and Commentary. Yesterday, in what many have termed an unprecedented move, 47 Republican senators released an open letter to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” making note that any deal without the expressed support of Congress would only be an executive agreement, which could be reversed by the next president.

The White House expressed outrage over the letter, with President Obama calling Republicans in Congress and hardliners in Tehran “an unusual coalition.” However, Democrats were not the only dissenters. Prominent Senate Republicans such as Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) also voiced concern. Politico reports that Senator Corker concluded that the letter might derail his ultimate goal of passing a veto-proof bill that would require a Congressional vote on deal. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. A strong defense of the skeptical paradigm. Sagan is a generally good writer, and in this now-classic book he penned a strong and usually compelling defense of the skeptical paradigm. The book is replete with good examples, and has several chapters well worth reading for those who are either budding skeptics, or are interested in learning about how to think critically and scientifically.

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