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FOR PROFIT COLLEGE$

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College, Inc.Investigating how Wall Street and a new breed of for-profit universities are transforming the way we think about college in America.

Watch Educating Sergeant Pantzke on PBS Frontline.

FRONTLINE investigates how for-profit colleges are aggressively recruiting huge numbers of new veterans with educational promises that many now question whether they can keep.

www.frontline.org

STATE SENATOR KLEIN BBQ

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While we still keep strong the memory of those we lost on September 11th, some of us also don’t want to forget to stop to say THANK YOU to our first responders like you; not only for what you did on September 11th, but also for your continued commitment to protecting our safety in the face of constant danger.

In this spirit of thanks, please join me and your local veteran groups for a special event, my first annual:

FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION BBQ

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Ferry Point Park

WAR POWERS ACT

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US Representative Rep. Scott Rigell, a second term Republican from Virginia has penned a letter that will be sent to the president later today.

Rigell is joined by dozens of his Republican and Democratic colleagues in demanding that the president first acquire consent from Congress, citing the War Powers Resolution of 1973, before responding militarily to the Syrian government’s purported use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21.

Happy Valentines Day

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February 14 is Valentine's Day and its also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.

Top 50 Love Songs of All Time http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/1538839/top-50-love-songs-of-all-... via @billboard

https://youtu.be/YQHsXMglC9A?list=PLRNGf69jPtYLyoCALT1l1_5H6O2AaqkAH via @YouTube

CHRISTMAS MOOD MUSIC

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CHRISTMAS MEDLEY 1 (1 of 5) (An Hour Of Christmas Songs & Pictures): http://youtu.be/97iw7qdSGRw

VA HEALTH BENEFITS

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VHA Health Eligibility Center Health Benefits Website

VHA Health Eligibility Center (HEC) has enhanced its ability to communicate with the Veteran community by launching the new Health Benefits website.

This site replaces the previous Health Eligibility website and is designed for easier navigation and is more interactive to enhance the user’s experience. The new website is an online resource for Veterans, family members and care givers to learn about eligibility, enrollment options and benefits offered by VHA.

ASIAMERICA?

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China keeps building bridges throughout Latin America, as The US continues to talk about building a wall.

PRC President Xi Jinping is attending a Pacific Rim summit as part of his tour in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, as the Chinese leader continues to play a key role in trade throughout the entire region.

China is ready to pounce if Trump axes Pacific trade deal http://cnnmon.ie/2g2PYMb via @CNNMoney

China, Ecuador pledge to boost production capacity, trade cooperation - Xinhua | English.news.cnhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/18/c_135840749.htm

4534 CITY ISLANDERS - FACTS & FIGURES

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Geography: US CENSUS
Subject Number Percent
SEX AND AGE
Total population 4,534 100.0
Under 5 years 178 3.9
5 to 9 years 204 4.5
10 to 14 years 269 5.9
15 to 19 years 220 4.9
20 to 24 years 185 4.1
25 to 29 years 174 3.8
30 to 34 years 229 5.1
35 to 39 years 286 6.3
40 to 44 years 334 7.4
45 to 49 years 411 9.1
50 to 54 years 374 8.2
55 to 59 years 363 8.0
60 to 64 years 390 8.6
65 to 69 years 278 6.1
70 to 74 years 209 4.6
75 to 79 years 155 3.4
80 to 84 years 137 3.0
85 years and over 138 3.0

Median age (years) 47.0 ( X )

16 years and over 3,840 84.7

CITY ISLAND CIVIC MEETS TONIGHT

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THE MEETING OF THE CITY ISLAND CIVIC ASSOCIATION WILL BE AT 7:30 PM 190 FORDHAM ST.

Where's EPA?

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Where are the necessary EPA officials? Are they missing in action after Texas floods? Americans need to be monitoring this very closely as fears grow of pollution from oil refineries after #HurricaneHarvey. There are flooded toxic waste sites and a burning plant full of secret chemicals. WTF?

AP: Toxic Waste Sites Flooded http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Toxic-Waste-Sit...

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.