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CSC, COMELEC reminds civil servants to uphold political neutrality

    “No officer or employee in the civil service, as well as any member of the military, shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political activity, except to vote,” said Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala quoting the 1987 Philippine Constitution.  568 more words

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Trump: I'd Likely Seek Replacement for Yellen at Federal Reserve

Donald Trump says that he likes low interest rates, but as president he would look to replace Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. “I think she’s done a serviceable job,” Trump tells Fortune magazine in an interview that will be published this week. 329 more words

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"This is not MY Flag."---and Mississippi's Still Burning...

‘Well into middle age, after years working as a writer and an editor in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, I found myself unemployed and floundering. I eventually stumbled across a job, teaching as the Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar in Southern Studies at Millsaps College, a place loved by Miss Welty (to call her anything else would violate Southern propriety) and a quick walk from the house where she wrote her novel “Losing Battles.” I grew up on a farm near the small town of Mount Olive, and attended Ole Miss, a college where the Confederate battle flag was flown at football games. 1,235 more words

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Fraying at the Edges

The New York Times published a special section this Sunday. It told the story of Ms. Geri Taylor who received a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s and how she coped with what followed. 157 more words


Trump flying to campaign stops on expired plane registration

Damn, they are grasping at straws, to try and take him out. Trump may be in hot water with the Federal Aviation Administration for reportedly flying to campaign stops on an expired airplane registration. 332 more words

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For (not against) a better publishing model

I was unhappy to see this piece on the American Sociological Association (ASA) blog by Karen Edwards, the director of publications and membership.

The post is about Sci-Hub, the international knowledge-stealing ring that allows anyone to download virtually any paywalled academic paper for free. 826 more words

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In The News This Week - May 1, 2016

We pull together the top Canadian political stories from this past week to keep all our millennial colleagues up to date:

1. Canadian hostage John Ridsdel was tragically executed by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines this week after their ransom deadline passed. 189 more words

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