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Indonesia, Malaysia urge ASEAN to hold talks on Myanmar coup

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia have expressed concern about Myanmar’s military coup and asked the foreign ministers of Southeast Asia countries to hold a special meeting to discuss the issue to maintain political stability in the region. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the coup was a step backward in Myanmar’s democratic transition and could cause regional instability. He and Indonesian President Joko Widodo said after meeting in Jakarta that they are also concerned about ethnic Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Urban Ag Trainer

first_img“When it was announced that Todd was moving to Athens and the Center for Urban Agriculture was seeking a training coordinator, it was the right time in my career to reach out to a statewide audience and challenge myself personally and professionally,” Huber said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing students at Southern Crescent (Technical College) over the past decade, and now I look forward to serving them as industry professionals through the Center for Urban Agriculture.” Huber and his wife, Beth, a speech pathologist and coordinator for the Exceptional Children’s Services Program of Fayette County Public Schools, are residents of Pike County, Georgia. They have three children: Davis, 12; Brooks, 9; and Eliza, 6. For more information on the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture, visit ugaurbanag.com. After college, he worked at Breedlove Land Planning, in Conyers, Georgia, where he prepared site construction documents, grading plans and stormwater drainage plans for schools, parks and recreation facilities. “Our specialty was site planning for public school systems across Georgia,” he said. “One of my first projects was designing a new student plaza, bus loop and baseball complex for my alma mater, North Gwinnett High School.”Transitioning into the world of higher education, Huber first worked part-time at Southern Crescent Technical College while also operating a landscape design and consulting business before becoming the college’s full-time horticulture instructor. He enjoys teaching and especially likes installing landscape projects and watching them develop over time. “Having a photo record of landscape projects from installation to maturity is a great teaching tool. It really helps the students understand how a seemingly sparse landscape installation project can grow into a fully developed garden,” he said. “It is rewarding to see a space turn out just the way you imagined it on paper.” Huber served on the GCLP Task Force and collaborated on many projects with former GCLP training coordinator Todd Hurt, who has since transferred to UGA’s Athens Campus where he now coordinates statewide programs for UGA Cooperative Extension. Huber has been an advocate of the GCLP program since the beginning of his teaching career and used the GCLP study manual in several of his classes at Southern Crescent Technical College. Georgia registered landscape architect Greg Huber has joined the staff of the University of Georgia Griffin Campus as the training coordinator for the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture.Huber comes to UGA after spending the past 10 years as program coordinator, lead instructor and adviser for the horticulture program at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Georgia. Many of his former students are employed in Georgia’s green industry — which encompasses landscaping, lawn maintenance and horticulture — and will likely attend the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (GCLP) and Georgia Certified Plant Professional programs he now leads.  “I am thrilled to welcome Greg as our newest member of the Center for Urban Agriculture team. Our programs and clientele will certainly benefit from his unique areas of expertise, experience and the energy he brings to every initiative,” said Kris Braman, director of the center and entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.A native of Suwanee, Georgia, Huber’s first experience working in the green industry was at a Christmas tree farm. “While in high school, I spent summer and winter breaks at the tree farm,” he said. “I planted, pruned and fertilized during summers and assisted customers with harvesting, shaking and loading trees during the holidays. I discovered that I really enjoyed working outside.” Huber took that love of the outdoors and plants into college, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from UGA. last_img read more

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MMU teacher wins NASDAQ award

first_imgMt. Mansfield Union High School Teacher Wins $1,000NASDAQ National Teaching AwardLaurel Ann Butler of Colchester, a teacher at Mt. Mansfield Union HighSchool in Jericho, was one of five regional semi-finalists in the annualNASDAQ Teaching Awards competition. The $1,000 award was announced by theNational Council on Economic Education and the NASDAQ Stock MarketEducational Foundation.Butler was one of 25 teachers nationwide and five in the northeast toreceive a total of $70,000 in prizes from the competition. The awards arebased on “best practices” lesson plans that can be easily replicated inother classrooms across the country. Her lesson, Creative Dreams withEnterprising Themes, was judged based on the following criteria:· Innovation and originality;· The degree to which the activities of the lesson engaged the students;· Correctness of economic content;· The use of a variety of appropriate instructional techniques;· The ease with which the lesson or activities can be adapted for use byother teachers;· The degree to which the lessons are correlated with national and statestandards in economics as well as other subjects as applicable; and· The effectiveness of the evaluation process.Laurel Butler has taught at MMU for the past three years and before thatworked in the private business sector. Her business experience hasprovided her with a wealth of experience that she uses in her classes atMMU. In Creative Dreams, her students combined economic and businessprinciples, social awareness, and civic responsibility in a unique andinnovative way. Her NASDAQ Teaching Award is a testament to the qualityof her teaching and innovation.last_img read more

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Integrating court system computers will be challenging

first_img January 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Integrating court system computers will be challenging A ccording to a senate interim report Integrating court system computers will be challengingcenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A permanent statewide board should be created to oversee the construction of an integrated computer system for the state court system, according to an interim project report commissioned by the Florida Senate’s Committee on Appropriations.The report also recommends that the legislature clarify statutory integration definitions and requirements and that integration of the court system’s information technology should be addressed at two levels — intra-circuit integration and statewide integration. The report also suggests that boards be set up in each circuit to develop and implement integration solutions to meet the minimum requirements established in law.“The entities in the state courts system must be able to share and report information relating to revenues, performance accountability, case management, data collection, budgeting, and auditing functions,” the report said.“The integrated computer systems must also enable the electronic exchange of case information, sentencing guidelines and score sheets, and video evidence stored in integrated case-management systems over secure networks.”F.S. §29.008 requires counties to provide computer systems for court functions pursuant to Revision 7 to Article V. The law also requires the integrated system to be operational by January 1, 2006.Since enactment of §29.008, representatives from the various court system entities have questioned what would constitute an “integrated system” under the law, how such a system would be implemented, and what their obligations and responsibilities would be.This Senate interim project found:• Availability of information technology infrastructure in Florida’s court system is widely diverse. Some entities or jurisdictions have up-to-date technology, but some are poorly equipped and not capable of participating in significant integration strategies without acquiring better hardware and software. There is currently no source of funding for such acquisitions, the report said.• There are so many different applications and systems in use that integration strategies requiring replacement of systems or developing hundreds of complex interfaces may be impractical due to the high cost and disruption of the local court operations.• State and local funding and control of IT systems are enmeshed and diverse to such a degree that broad statewide integration mandates that account for these differences will be difficult to craft. The report said different court system entities across the circuits and counties may need to be responsible for selected components of such mandates.• Significant local efforts to share data and integrate systems have been recently achieved or are being implemented in many jurisdictions. “Statewide integration strategies that ignore these efforts may generate unnecessary costs, operational disruptions, and political opposition,” according to the report.• More progress has been made to integrate information relating to criminal cases than for civil and all other types of cases and state requirements that provide for integration of data for all types of court system cases will require more work than for only criminal cases.• The state’s requirements for IT integration found in §29.008 need clarification to include some mechanisms for establishing standards, procedures, and governance for statewide and intra-circuit IT integration.The report said the permanent statewide board should be comprised of appointed representatives of the counties, the clerks of the court, the courts, the state attorneys, the public defenders, the sheriffs, and the State Technology Office to establish for the court system: “principles and requirements for minimal horizontal integration within any given circuit, and minimal vertical integration across circuits and with state entities; standards and protocols needed for integration; and strategies for achieving the statewide vertical integration.”The report said the permanent boards in each circuit should be comprised of representatives from each of the counties in that circuit, the court, the state attorney, the public defender, the sheriff, and each of the clerks of the court in that circuit.In order to implement Revision 7, the legislature enacted Chapter 2000-237 to specify the elements of the state court system and the responsibilities of the state and counties in providing those elements. The law further defines the responsibility of counties to fund communications services, which includes all computer systems and equipment, maintenance, support staff and services necessary for an integrated computer system to support the operations and management of the state court system.The study found that it has been generally understood by judicial system participants that the IT infrastructure and organization in Florida’s judicial system is very diverse in several major ways and an understanding of this diversity is essential to formulating goals and strategies for integrating information technology.The report said the availability of efficient technological tools varies significantly from county to county and circuit to circuit. The report found that many circuits manually process the same data that other circuits process with technology. Various specialized technologies are in use in some circuits, including video conferencing, digital court reporting and video evidence systems. In contrast, many jurisdictions have few or none of these technology tools.The degree to which existing technology systems are outdated varies as well. The report found that 72 percent of the court environments use technology that is nearing obsolescence. The courts in a number of Florida counties are using personal computers and servers considered by the Office of the State Courts Administrator to be below current standards and many circuits still use older mainframe programming technologies developed several decades ago.“These applications have been extensively modified through the years and are no longer supported by vendors,” the report said. “Those processes and data that are automated use a wide range of different hardware and software solutions across counties and circuits. Many applications have been developed in-house using county or court system entity programmers, and other applications have been purchased from various vendors as off-the-shelf solutions. Many of the off-the-shelf solutions have also been customized to varying extents.”With regard to the operations of the 20 circuit court administrators, there are at least 139 different versions of court applications in the 20 circuits/67 counties.Funding for IT staff support is yet another significant difference within and across circuits. The study found court administrator’s offices may have in-house IT staff that program and maintain case management systems owned by the court, but the county may provide the funds for those staff, while in other entities such staff are state-funded.“This variation in support staffing is significant both across the entities within one jurisdiction and across jurisdictions,” the report said.Besides the diversity of systems, funding, ownership/control, and business processes, other cited obstacles to integration of court entity data include:• Inadequate delineation of the goals and definition of the “integrated” system in §29.008. Several of those interviewed indicated greater specificity is needed in law as to the data elements to be integrated, the court system participants that must be involved, and the functional requirements that must be achieved. There is uncertainty as to whether integration requires the use of a common computer system or application by all parties, or simply a mechanism for efficiently sharing data electronically. The term “integration” can mean different things to different people.• Lack of standards and protocols for data element definitions, data transfer (e.g., via extensible markup language, XML), and security. A state standard for digital signature technology will be needed also.• Lack of a common personal identifier to be used by all entities. Some interviewees suggested the use of a biometric identifier based on fingerprints or eye scans (although this would be impractical for civil and probate cases), while others felt that algorithms using person-specific data, such as is used for a driver’s license, would suffice.• Inadequate standard statute table for use in charging and recording dispositions. Many state attorney and public defender interviewees indicated that the FDLE statute table lacks the level of subsection/subparagraph detail necessary for accurate charging. Many state attorneys and public defenders maintain their own statute table.• Lack of a governance mechanism that can facilitate the needed cooperation of all the constitutional officers, judicial officers, and counties.• Insufficient data accuracy and timeliness. In some cases, entities are having to correct data submitted by another entity before it can be used, and in some cases data is simply not entered in an automated system soon enough after the event to make the automated data useful to other entities.• Difficulty and cost of changing proprietary applications, whether off-the-shelf or customized programs. Many applications have been purchased and licensed from private vendors. In-house programs are more easily modified than applications restricted by licensing and changed only through cooperation of private vendor programmers.• Inadequate security mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access to data shared in an integrated system.• Lack of funding.The study found that in general, “the vast majority of court system entity representatives recommended that integration of court information should be approached in a manner that allows local jurisdictions to maintain their existing systems and independent processes, but provides technological linkages between data systems.“Integration is perceived more as efficient data sharing than implementation of common systems statewide,” the report said. “Furthermore, several circuit interviewees indicated that proposals to segregate county versus state responsibilities for court system IT are not feasible because the current technology today does not allow for clear distinctions between communications services, for which counties are responsible for under Revision 7, and computer processing.”last_img read more

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The Revolution Will Be Satirized: Comedic Activists Deliver Tough Truths, With A Punch(line)

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York From Left to Right: Molly Knefel, Lee Camp, Jamie Kilstein and John Fugelsang. They all sat down with the Long Island Press and talked about political satire and their careers. (Photo by: Jim Lennon/www.jimlennon.com)[dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore “binders full of women,” planning to fire Big Bird or calling “47 percent” of Americans irresponsible victims, failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his camp unleashed the infamous Etch-A-Sketch analogy.A year ago last month, John Fugelsang, the Setauket-native actor/comedian who hosts the Current TV political talk show Viewpoint, asked Romney’s chief spokesman the question on CNN that sparked the remark that haunted the flip-flopping former Massachusetts governor until November.“Is there a concern that the pressure from [Rick] Santorum and [Newt] Gingrich might force the governor to attach so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?” Fugelsang had asked Eric Fehrnstrom while both were guests on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.Fehrnstrom, a tad too honestly for his own good, replied: “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”Twitter blew up. Etch A Sketches became a must-have accessory for Romney critics. The toy company’s stock soared. Although it was a serious Q&A on a straight news channel, the reply provided fodder for enough Mitt jokes to last through campaign season.The quote ranked seventh on Yale Law School’s annual quotes of the year list, which “47 percent” topped. It was also the among the first Internet political memes in a presidential election year that was defined by public obsession with viral gaffes and one-liners.Looking back on the kerfuffle, Fugelsang—a 43-year-old self-described “recovering cynic” inspired by comic social critic George Carlin—has mixed emotions. He’s amused he stirred up controversy, less so about his ensuing lesson in the backward priorities of national political broadcast journalism.“The next day I went in and I said to a producer at CNN, ‘Hey, that was pretty cool we made international news about the Etch-A-Sketch thing,’ and this producer said back to me, ‘Yeah, we’ll never get him on the air again,’” Fugelsang recalls. “It was so depressing that they cared more about not getting access than the fact that they had the story of the year on the campaign trail.”Nowadays on his show, Fugelsang makes fun of whatever public figures he wants without fear of retribution—a freedom afforded to him as a political comedian on a fledgling cable network. And he’s got company. He met with the Press recently at McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan along with a crew of up-and-coming political satirists exposing awful truths with every punchline well after Election Day.(Video contains mature language)The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher and The Onion may be the household names in satire. But as much as they’ve increasingly delved into comedic activism—Rally to Restore Sanity, anyone?—they’ve also got more competition now.Born of mainstream media’s failure to adequately cover issues such as the legal fight over a law allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens, the explosion of the Internet and social media is enabling aspiring comics to reach countless fans from their homes. A public saturated with pop culture, viral headlines and YouTube videos are much more easily reached by a growing number of comedic activists—though, how many is impossible to definitely quantify—who are undoubtedly gaining more prominence and shaping the public dialogue about everything from corporate malfeasance and foreign affairs, to, as Fugelsang’s CNN appearance is testament, politics.All have come a long way since Mineola-born Lenny Bruce’s obscenity convictions—the last of which, in 1965, a year before his death at age 40, New York State posthumously pardoned him for, just a decade ago.Click Here: Behind the scenes photos of Long Island Press‘ interview with the four comedians“Political comedy’s been around for a long time, satire in particular,” says Amy Becker, a Towson University professor who teaches a class in political humor. “There’s always a constant stream, it just picks up right before the election.”Lewis Black, a comedian who skewers politicians on both sides of the aisle in his Daily Show segment, “Back in Black”—and who’s performing at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on April 26 and 27—recalls a time when he couldn’t get on TV because he was “too political.” He sees fake news programs like the one he appears on as a much-needed release valve for viewers with information overload.“The reason The Daily Show and Colbert work is ‘cuz there’s …five cable outlets or whatever doing news, there’s like 7,000 hours of news a day. That kind of barrage created a need for some sort of insulation from the nonsense,” he tells the Press. “It’s kind of like at the end of the day, enough is enough.”Lee Camp at McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan. His Moment of Clarity podcast has become a hit on the web. (Photo by: Jim Lennon/www.jimlennon.com)THEMS FIGHTIN WORDS[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s a snowy recent Thursday night when the crowd settles into their tightly packed seats at the tiny EastVille Comedy Club in Manhattan to start their weekends early with a two-drink minimum and few cheap laughs amongst friends.First comes the warm-up comedian, who works the crowd with reliable jokes about who’s from where, why those places suck and who’s dating whom in the room. After a self-deprecating monotone act and a self-congratulatory narcissist get things rolling, a scruffy Lee Camp storms the Subway-stop-styled stage and unleashes a diatribe.“We just need an obesity exchange program,” the 32-year-old Washington, D.C. native says, channeling anti-establishment comic Bill Hicks. “We should take some of our little land manatees and ship them over to some of the Third World countries and then they could send over some over their heroin-chic kids and then we can fatten up their kids with our traditional diet of deep-fried skittles and chocolate-covered butter … and then our kids would slim down on the traditional Bangladeshi diet of sticks and sticks. Then once they’ve changed in weight you could ship ‘em back, globalize the fat, share the love handles.”At one point he pauses, pulls a notepad out of his pocket and reads an observational, apolitical crowd-pleasing one-liner: “Have you ever noticed that acorn and unicorn both mean one corn?”Although delivered in the stream-of-consciousness cadence of a street corner doomsday preacher, Camp’s on-stage act is relatively tame compared to his Moment of Clarity podcast—a sort of investigative rant on topics such as the evils of fracking, Wall Street greed and perpetual war, using comedy as a Trojan Horse for the infiltration of harder-hitting realities.“Over 13 years ago the only trial ever held concerning the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. was concluded—and no, it wasn’t done in someone’s basement under the cover of tinfoil hats,” he says in a Feb. 4 edition while expressing outrage at the lack of common knowledge about the verdict. “The jury took less than an hour to decide that … multiple government agencies were responsible for the murder [and] James Earl Ray, the man who we’ve always been told pulled the trigger, had nothing to do with it.”While true and reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post from the time noted the absurd lack of attention the case received, it’s important to note that it was a civil trial, where the burden of proof is a preponderance of evidence, rather than the higher standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court. The verdict also far from resolved the conspiracy theories. The FBI’s King files are sealed until 2027.John Fugelsang, host of Current TV’s “Viewpoint” at McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan. (Photo by: Jim Lennon/www.jimlennon.com)Standing at McSorley’s bar with a mug of their dark lager in one hand and tattoo on his forearm revealing a Howard Zinn quote—“small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world”—Camp gets serious for a moment to reflect on how he wound up in this line of work.“The average person is dealing with far more information than we’ve ever had before,” he says. “Even if you claim to be apathetic or you claim to not read news articles, you’re still online getting endless amounts of information, and comedy is a great shortcut or a great way to get past the clutter and to get people to forward it to their friends and think about it.”At another point in our conversation, Camp contemplates performing more widely accessible material, then dismisses the idea when considering the fork in the road the nation is generally believed to be facing.“As a comedian, it could be so much easier to take a path … that didn’t offend so many people, that didn’t push people to things they don’t want to think about,” he says. “And it would be easier. But I feel like we’re in such a crucial time … it’s like, how can you not be talking about this?“My skill, my talent, is getting people who would violently disagree with me to continue listening to me and continue enjoying the show,” adds Camp.ROGUE COMICS[dropcap]J[/dropcap]oining the conversation at McSorley’s are two more stand-up comedians who, like Camp, have taken to podcasting their sardonic takes on under-reported news and mainstream media bias.Jamie Kilstein founded Citizen Radio—“Like CNN but with more swearing”—with his wife, Allison Kilkenny, while Molly Knefel co-hosts the likeminded Radio Dispatch with her brother, John. Both shows are unapologetic in their activism and have a clear sense of mission.“Comedy is really an amorphous, complex beast that is hard to distill,” says Knefel, an upbeat, sprightly feminist with cutting wit. “We’re in a moment where political satire, political comedy, is more able to provide more criticism than mainstream journalism outlets…because mainstream journalism outlets have no objectivity—they are married to the very corporations that they could be criticizing. So comedy does have an opportunity to provide that criticism.”The 27-year-old Iowan-turned Brooklynite says she’s also got an uphill personal battle working against the stereotype that women aren’t funny—even from her colleagues.“I get teased a lot from comedians for being feminist because the stereotype is that feminists aren’t funny and I get teased for being too political or too sincere,” she says.Kilstein, 31, originally from New Jersey, is among the male political comedians that back Knefel—and he has no shortage of venom for her detractors or the likes of fratty funnyman Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, whose rape jokes got him in hot water last summer.Molly Knefel of Radio Dispatch at McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan. (Photo by: Jim Lennon/www.jimlennon.com“There’s nothing edgy about defending the patriarchy—that’s the most fucking generic thing you can possibly do,” Kilstein says. “Oh, finally someone stuck up for men,” he says sarcastically, then adds, “It’s like, go fuck yourself.”His rant illustrates a larger point. It’s the difference between telling jokes relying on the status quo—hackneyed jokes about racial stereotypes, for example—and doing clever bits challenging authority that sets the satirists apart from other comics.“Good comics have shitty lives and they use comedy as a defense mechanism or as a weapon and it’s a way for the little guy to take down the powerful,” continues Kilstein. “If you’re standing up for the oppressor you can’t be funny, you’re boring.”“You know if you can make people who disagree with you laugh, it’s really disarming. And once they’re disarmed you can start to cram your agenda down their throat!” he adds.Consensus in the quartet at McSorley’s is that comedy should attack up, not down. The admittedly left-leaning group is hard-pressed to find a comparable satirist on the right, when the conversation turns to Dennis Miller—a self-described libertarian who was perceived as liberal early in his career and now is a Fox News Channel contributor.“When you have someone coming from a place of power making fun of those who don’t have power or don’t have money, it’s very hard to laugh at,” says Camp. “For me, a case in point is Dennis Miller, who I loved when he was in the middle…I find him hard to listen to now.”Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio at McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan. (Photo by: Jim Lennon/www.jimlennon.com)CROWD WORK[dropcap]T[/dropcap]rying to count just how many more political comics are delving into activism is as futile a task as answering a knock-knock joke. But, there are as many anecdotal examples of satire blurring the lines with politics and activism as there are chickens that have crossed the road.U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a longtime Saturday Night Live writer and performer who unseated Republican Norm Coleman in 2008, may be the most high profile—writing the laws being the ultimate form of activism. Libertarian comic/perennial candidate Randy Credico has thrown his hat in the ring for New York City mayor. And two months ago, comedian Beppe Grillo, the “clown prince” of Italian politics, proved his Five Star Movement party a force to be reckoned with in that nation’s parliament.While the list of American comedians to have run for office—jokingly or not—is longer than open-mic night at Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore, faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert upped the comic activism ante last year when he put his viewers’ money where his mouth is and launched a SuperPAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. He then used the funds to air satirical commercials in early presidential primary states.The Daily Currant, an online satirical newspaper, launched last year—hilariously duping some unwitting readers into believing their stories—includes links to nonprofit organizations to encourage civic engagement. They’re competing with The Onion, which grew from a newspaper into The Onion News Network on IFC in 2011.Citizen Radio likewise encourages its listeners in various ways to get involved with organizations it’s aligned with, such as Occupy Wall Street, Food Not Bombs and Veterans for Peace.Becker, the Towson professor, published a study in November exploring how various types of satire can sway perceptions of political candidates. The study compared 400 college-aged viewers’ reactions to Colbert mocking U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his 2008 presidential run versus the senator’s self-satire in an SNL appearance.“Exposure to political comedy can have a significant impact on political evaluations and attitudes but…this impact depends in part upon the type of comedy presented,” Becker wrote in her analysis, adding that the Colbert bit had more of an effect than the SNL skit. She noted, “It is possible that subjects may have found both clips to be purely funny and nothing else.”It’s not just academics taking Stewart and Colbert’s brand of satire seriously. Last month, the Republican National Committee released its Growth & Opportunity Project, which the GOP dubbed its “autopsy” report detailing how to rebound from its 2012 election losses, suggesting that “Republican leaders should participate and actively prepare for interviews with The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, MTV and magazines…”Colbert mockingly welcomed the news on his March 26 episode. “If you come on my show, you will reach the youth,” he said. “Or as I call it, ‘You’ll get youth-anized.’”SATIRISTAS[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile many in the satire business agree that it’s a field dominated by liberals, for the most part, they’re equal-opportunity offenders.“The problem with the left as comic fodder is that the Democrats are dumb and the Republicans are stupid,” says Lewis Black, recalling one of his bits. “Dumb isn’t funny, stupid is.”Miles Kahn, a Northport native and producer for The Daily Show, admits that former President George W. Bush was a better target, but it was inevitable that President Barack Obama would wind up the butt of jokes, too.“If you’re gonna make fun of politics, you should make fun of everything,” he says. “The idea that we wouldn’t be able to find comedy in the leader of the free world? He’s gonna say stupid shit, just like everybody else.”Observers agree that sometimes bias is in the eye of the beholder.“There’s more humor to be found in the Republicans,” says William Horner, a professor of political science at the University of Missouri who studies satire. “That leads people to believe there’s a left-leaning bias. It’s really just looking for the joke that they think are gonna make people laugh.”Molly Knefel of Radio Dispatch adds that conservatives have especially made themselves targets with their controversial policies regarding female reproductive rights. “It takes a certain amount of male privilege to say the two parties are the exactly same because the Republicans weren’t coming after the penises!”Camp and his cohorts wouldn’t mind getting an audience like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, for example, but they wouldn’t want to betray their politics to get there.“You could argue that Jay Leno talks about the issues of the day,” says Camp, “but I don’t want to do Jay Leno because I don’t think he actually cares about the issues he’s talking about or has a point he’s trying to make. He’s just joking.”Fugelsang, who joined Current TV just in time for its founder, former Vice President Al Gore, to sell it to Al Jazeera—a move that “will surely shake up the way we do media here,” Gore told the Long Island Association last month—takes pride in offending all sides.“If I can go out there and do a really political set and get a mixed audience of conservatives and progressives laughing, it’s a very special emotional victory,” he says, noting that he makes fun of liberals first to give himself cover to mock conservatives later. “Because if you take on the two-party system, it’s a lot easier.”Fugelsang sees his role in Shakespearean terms. “You can’t make them laugh without an element of truth, which is why I think by the end of the play the only one that King Lear trusts is the fool.“Comedy is that spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.”last_img read more

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Parents teaching fiscal responsibility, look to prepaid

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Parents are increasingly turning to prepaid cards to teach their preteen and teenage children about financial responsibility.Recent data from the Prepaid International Forum (PIF) found 60 percent of parents believed prepaid cards offered their kids a greater sense of financial responsibility and served as effective budgeting tools. For parents with children under the age of 12 specifically, prepaid is the No. 1 tool they use to introduce money management to their kids.Because children (or anyone for that matter) can’t spend more than what’s loaded on a prepaid card, parents have the peace of mind their children won’t incur debt as they taste financial freedom. Of parents with children using prepaid cards, 43 percent said they most appreciated receiving their children’s balance and transaction histories.PIF, which surveyed 1,000 parents of children under 16, concluded 26 percent of kids 15 and under had used financial products to make purchases. Forty percent of those used debit cards, while 58 percent used prepaid cards. Additionally, children under 16 make up 35 percent of first-time prepaid account openings. For those under the age of 12, prepaid is five times more popular than debit cards and mobile payment accounts. continue reading »last_img read more

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Brisbane’s supercharged suburbs tipped for future price growth

first_imgChapel Hill, where this house at 9 Columbia St, is under contract has become even more popular with buyers. Picture: realestate.com.auHe said property markets across metropolitan Brisbane had faded a little in mid 2016 but had strengthened since then.“Our two most recent surveys have revealed notable increases in sales activity, with the number of growth suburbs rising from 29 (in Spring 2016) to 38 (earlier this year) to 54 (in this report).’’ SIGN up for the latest real estate news direct to your inbox Mr Ryder had seen an improvement in all sectors of the Greater Brisbane area, with the exception of the inner-city apartment markets.“We expect Brisbane to continue this improvement in 2017, boosted by the improving state economy, strengthening population figures and impending major spending on infrastructure projects.’’ RISING STEADILY SUBURBS Annerley AshgroveAspleyArana HillsBurpengaryBellmereBald HillsBrassall Cleveland Collingwood ParkCalamvaleCarina Chapel Hill Chermside WestClontarfCrestmeadEverton HillsFitzgibbonGoodnaGreenslopes Hawthorne More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoHeathwoodHillcrestJimboombaKallangurKippa-RingKeperra KingstonKurabyLogan CentralLoganleaMargateMcDowallMorayfield MorningsideMurrumba DownsNorth LakesNarangbaNorman Park OrmistonPaddingtonRedbank PlainsRed Hill Redland Bay Regents ParkRochedale SouthSpringfield LakesSunnybank HillsThe Gap ThornesideVictoria Point WarnerWaterford West Wavell HeightsWishart Sales levels are rising steadily in suburbs such as Cleveland where this property at 22/157 Long St, is listed for offers over $439,000. Picture: realestate.com.auBRISBANE has more “super charged’’ suburbs tipped for future price growth than even the southern property powerhouse, Sydney.More than 50 suburbs within greater Brisbane have been identified with transaction levels which are rising steadily — which is generally considered a precursor to price growth.The Sydney metropolitan area only has 39, according to the latest Hotspotting Price Predictor report.Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the results showed that Brisbane more broadly would experience property price increases. AUSTRALIA’S most viewed homes “Right now the (local government) areas that have got the most rising steadily suburbs are the cheaper ones, Moreton Bay region up in the north around Caboolture and Logan City in the south, half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast,’’ he said.South east Queensland also had two entries in Mr Ryder’s top five star growth markets in Australia — Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane’s northside. 19 Victoria Tce, Annerley. Picture: realestate.com.auThose areas were predicted to deliver strong price growth in the near future.Mr Ryder said the Sunshine Coast was now the top market in regional Queensland.“The region’s position has strengthened thanks to a revival in the Noosa market,’’ he said.“Noosa Heads and its neighbours have delivered little growth in the past decade but are now rising, with both sales levels and prices increasing.’’Mr Ryder said northern Brisbane had also experienced a revival in sales activity. HOME owners could save thousands “The Brisbane market generally is rising and these northern precincts are leading the way,’’ he said.last_img read more

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Ørsted Makes Operating Model Changes

first_imgMatthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia Pacific, has been appointed to the new role of Head of the Asia Pacific Region (APAC), based in Taipei. “The evolution of Ørsted’s business strategy is a result of the increasing importance of offshore wind in the regions and in new markets. Offshore wind is forecasted to flourish in APAC and our new operating model will prepare us for the next decade of growth,” said Bausenwein. According to the company, each region will be accountable for its market, project development and asset management. Construction and operations activities will be delivered from Ørsted’s global EPC and O&M organization, in collaboration with each region. Ørsted’s offshore business will be organized into four regions, including Asia Pacific, the UK, Continental Europe and North America. Ørsted has introduced a new operating model for its offshore wind business with an aim to support the further development, execution and operation of its project pipeline and future growth. The new organization is effective from 1 January 2020.last_img read more

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Indiana State Police Seek Future Troopers

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — If you want to become a police officer now is the time to apply.The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for the 75th Recruit Academy.Individuals interested in beginning the rewarding career may apply online here. The website also provides career information.Applications must be received by Sunday, November 30.Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for an Indiana State Trooper:Must be a United States citizen.Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is November 20, 2015)Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.Must possess a valid driver’s license to operate an automobile.Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma(GED).The Indiana State Police Department salary is competitive with the surrounding agencies. A recruit is paid $1,417.40 bi-weekly during the academy training. At the completion of academy training, the starting salary is $38,444.00 a year.The Indiana State Police also offers an excellent health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees, along with their families.The Indiana State Police pension program provides a lifetime pension after 25 years of service. Additionally, the Indiana State Police Department provides comprehensive disability coverage and a life insurance program.last_img read more

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‘You can’t compare Lewandowski and Messi’

first_imgBayern Munich boss Hansi Flick stayed neutral in the debate whether his striker Robert Lewandowski is better than Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final clash in Lisbon Barca face Bayern at the Estadio da Luz for a place in next Wednesday’s semi-final.Advertisement Lewandowski is enjoying the best season of his career so far with 53 goals in 44 games, while Messi has managed 31 in 43 matches.However, treble-chasing Bayern need to come up with a plan on how to contain Messi.“You never defend against him alone. In the (previous Bayern) games against Messi, it always worked well when the whole team played their part,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.“If the first player doesn’t win the ball (from Messi), the next comes and tries.“We have to act together, go into the challenges aggressively, but cleanly.“It will be exciting, but in our games in the last few weeks, we have shown that we can do it,” he added with Bayern unbeaten in their 13 match since the restart.Read Also: Simeone defends Atletico Madrid stars after UCL exitFlick insists Friday’s showdown is not “Bayern against Messi. Of course he’s a world-class player and we have thought about how to play against him.“We have to be there as a team, be smart and put pressure on him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Earlier on Thursday, Barca coach Quique Setien said Lewandowski is “clearly” not at Messi’s level after former Bayern star Lothar Matthaeus said the Poland striker had overtaken the Argentina forward as the world’s best player.“You can’t compare the two players,” insisted Flick.“Robert is absolutely world-class as a central striker.“He has a lot of quality, especially in the penalty area, he guarantees goals and creates them too.“Messi has been by far the best player (in the world) for many years.“I don’t know whether there will be a player like him again.” Loading… center_img In the build-up, there has been much debate whether Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top-scorer with 13 goals in seven games, or six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi is the better player. Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more