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And the Oscar goes to… Denial, Oppression and Suffering for 2015!

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How would you feel if someone occupying your country, while ethnic cleansing your people, and systematically targeting your children gave free trips to celebrities as a way to cover up their crimes?

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand up for much." --Marion Wright Edelman

Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

4PalKids

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February 17, 2016 | Oscar? You mean an Academy Award? 

Yes. Oh Yes!

You bet the answer is yes! Especially when the Oscar committee fills its swag bags for celebrities with $55,000 trips to Israel.

Why the sarcasm?

Because these trips are tools of manipulation.

These trips cover up crimes while building world support on the story that Israel is the true victim of the Middle East. That those pesky terrorist militant knife-wielding rock throwing Palestinians won’t let Israel exist or function like any other nation.

4PalKids is an international non-governmental organization with a mission to transform the lives of Palestinian children and youth in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Yet another #OscarsSoWhite, Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon 

http://cdn.billmoyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/takingaboutrace_606x154b.jpgOnce again, the Academy rewards white people for their great accomplishments in film

The Academy has a special talent for nominating all the white people involved in black films 

Slam dunk | Cop responds to kids 'disturbing the peace' by joining their game.

  • The Gainesville Police Department just delivered a powerful course on how to serve its community through basketball.
  • And wait 'til you see who they brought in for backup!

Doyin Richards, Upworthy

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When Officer Bobby White from the Gainesville Police Department in Florida decided to investigate a noise complaint from a citizen, all he found was a bunch of young kids having fun playing basketball. 

So what happened next? Did White yell at them? Pull out the handcuffs? Draw his weapon?  

Doyin Richards: First and foremost, I'm a proud dad to two amazing tiny female humans. After that, I'm a writer, a dreamer, a doer, a disrupter, and a fan of really bad professional sports teams. We owe it to ourselves and our children to make the world a better place, and I'm happy to do my small part to help. If you like my work here, be sure to check me out on Facebook and Twitter for more good stuff.

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Free University Education Via Accredited Remote Learning – All Education Should Be Free For All

  • Free University Education Via Accredited Remote Learning – All Education Should Be Free For All  
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?

Gideon Polya, CounterCurrents

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http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture8_1268251845.jpg_310x220 31 January, 2016 | Education is a basic human right and all education should be free. Free university education has been adopted by about 20 variously rich or poor countries for all or a substantial proportion of their university students. However the Anglosphere countries (the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) ) are peculiar in imposing a huge and unjust education debt on university students as well as imposing a huge and inescapable Carbon Debt on young people through disproportionately huge greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. However Accredited Remote Learning (ARL) via Free Universities (FUs) (e.g. an Australian Free University) can circumvent this pro-One Percenter, neoliberal perversion.

Education underpins science-based personal and societal changes to maximize personal and societal health, happiness, dignity and opportunity, and accordingly all education should be free, whether pre-school (kindergarten), primary education (elementary school),  secondary education  (high school), tertiary education (university, technical training) or life-long learning. Indeed all education can and should be free.  Education is regarded as a basic human right [1-3] , which is why all developed countries make basic primary and secondary education free (although Educational Apartheid in some countries  determines differential access to good quality education  depending upon parental wealth, race or home location) [4, 5].

Gideon Polya taught science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career.

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Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016? Jon Nichols, Political Moll

  • “Read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education,” the high school teacher said to me at the end of the night.
  • What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages

These People Think Martin Luther King Jr. Endorsed Donald Trump

  • Now this would be huuuuuge.
  • MLK's dream just became a nightmare.
  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

Bill Bradley, Huffington Post 

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01/19/2016 | MLK's dream just became a nightmare.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew out to ask people what they thought about the announcement that Dr. King was endorsing Donald Trump.

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons that's not true -- mostly because Dr. King died in 1968 -- but that didn't stop some of these people from totally buying into it. 

Bill Bradley, Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post 

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

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