Category: Education & Information

The Lesko Bros Raw Video Archive

Lesko Bros 1st Testimony Against Cigarette Vending Machines Morgan and Max Lesko testify in favor of Montgomery County Council bill #5-91, Tobacco Products and Vending Machines. Maryland, 1991. The Lesko Brothers describe their independently inspired and executed sting operations to buy cigarettes from vending machines at ages nine and six. This bill was passed, then brought to court, and fought at the state level.   Lesko Bros News Clips From Annapolis The Lesko Brothers video […]

Colin Powell: “But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right.”

Colin Powell, Sep 6, 2015: “If we had known the intelligence was wrong, we would not have gone into Iraq. But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right. My speech at the UN was based on that information. But guess what? 376 members of Congress, if I have my number correctly, voted on the basis of that intelligence, that it was something the president can do. We tried to avoid […]

James Clapper, 1/5/17: “We need a U.S. Information Agency on steroids…”

“I’m speaking personally, this is not an institutional response. As I commented earlier to Senator McCain, I do think we need a U.S. Information Agency on steroids that deals with the totality of the information realm, and to mount a — in all forms, and to include social media.” – James Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Jan 5, 2017 “The United States Information Agency (USIA), which existed from 1953 to 1999, was a […]

Questions For Darrell, #QFD 001: The Cascade Failure of Certainty

Greetings, viewers! This is the first installment of Questions For Darrell. This episode is an exploration of humility, curiosity and flexibility, guided by a discussion about the personal beliefs that were changed due to new evidence and ideas being discovered. MP3 Audio: Cross-posted: “What conclusions did you once hold as firm, unyielding and did not audit or question?” Thank you so much for joining us again, Darrell, for our inaugural episode of Questions […]

Time for Rest – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: You don’t have infinite energy.  But it is tempting to pretend like you do. Especially during the hecticness of the holidays, with so much going on, so much to do, and cultural and family expectations to live up to, it is tempting to pretend that we can do it all.  We make long to-do lists.  We consume large amounts of caffeine and sugar to keep us working.  And then we beat ourselves […]

“It’s deeply troubling that some of those false reports could lead to violence.”

In and beyond the nation’s capital, it also raised fears about hoax stories proliferating the Internet and whether they are stoking new dangers from society’s fringe. Even the White House weighed in on Welch’s alleged crimes. “Even without knowing precisely what the motives were, there’s no denying the corrosive effect that some of these false reports have had on our political debate,” said Josh Earnest, press secretary for President Obama. “That’s concerning in a political […]

Coding with Laravel: Installing Homestead on a Mac

I have only been learning Laravel for a year, but below is the Homestead install process which has worked best for me. Homestead is Laravel’s own development environment, powered by Vagrant. (Replace all references to “ProjectName” with a short name for your own project.) Install XCode from the App Store. Open it, and accept the user agreement. Install VirtualBox: Install Vagrant: To the command line (Mac OS Terminal, or iTerm)! Create local ssh […]

Cannabis for President 2016

During the 2016 general election, nine states had ballot initiatives for to loosen their marijuana laws. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted on legalization. Arkansas, Florida, and Montana voted on medical marijuana, and North Dakota voted on expanding their medical program. Eight out of nine measures were passed by voters in those states, Arizona being the only one to fail. After hearing that marijuana got more votes than either presidential candidate (in the states […]

A Time for Healing – by Kind Communication

Re-posted From: The election is over. It was a long and bitter primary season and then election season.  On all sides there were angry and divisive attacks and accusations made.  And now living in the aftermath of a Trump’s election there are many seeds that could further the fractured and divided state of our nation. Now is a time for healing. Please, bring all that you’ve learned about Compassionate Communication into your political dialogues […]

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