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Life without Our Wise Overlords

Rollback

The first 24 hours after a book becomes available to the public are anxious ones for an author. Will people love the book, hate the book, or be indifferent? And so you wait.

I was in that very position earlier this month. And then I read what Jeffrey Tucker wrote about my new book, Rollback:

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Breastfeeding Call to Action
On Jan 20, 2011, Dr. Diane L. Spatz of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joined U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin for her release of "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding." In this video, Dr. Spatz discusses the importance of breastfeeding in the lives of at-risk newborns and provides lactation support at CHOP for a new mother and her 2-day-old daughter.
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A Year in Focus - Assessing Gordon Brown Part 3
 Steven Fielding

In this podcast Doctor Steven Fielding takes a look back at Gordon Brown's first half-term in office.

In the third and final part of this podcast Doctor Fielding looks ahead to 2008 and what political issues could possibly dominate in the New Year.

Doctor Fielding works in the University's School of Politics and International Relations. He i
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Watching the gatekeepers
 In this podcast find out why the recession may just be one of the best things to happen to British politics in years.

BBC Political Journalist John Hess speaks to the UON Podcast about his career, on the heels of a talk he gave for the Centre for British Politics, in the School of Politics and International Relations.

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Northern Ireland - return to violence?
 Reflecting on the recent killings of soldiers and a policeman in Northern Ireland, Professor Stefan Wolff assesses the fallout.

He breaks down the Republican dissident groups - the Continuity and Real IRA - who have separately claimed responsiblity for the killings, their possible motives and what this will mean for the future of the Northern Ireland peace agreement.

Professor Wolff is Professor of Polit
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Obama and the media
Why, despite some major political successes is Barack Obama openly attacked in some sections of the US media? Visiting expert Professor David Paletz (from Duke University) chats about this and other topics from his guest lecture on Obama and the media.
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Virtual Maths - Numbers, Find the angle quiz
Interactive simulation quiz, 8 questions, Find the Angle using the simulation and enter the answers
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"Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization" (video)
Lester Brown book coverA talk by author and Earth Policy Institute founder Lester Brown. As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are replacing oil, coal, and natural gas, at a pace and on a scale we could not have imag
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Breaking Beams
Students learn about stress and strain by designing and building beams using polymer clay. They compete to find the best beam strength to beam weight ratio, and learn about the trade-offs engineers make when designing a structure.
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Instruments in action
Students will demonstrate mastery of eight measures of four beats by speaking, moving and playing. They will classify instruments metals, woods, scrapers, ringers, shakers, etc.
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Exploring the Moon
This is a teacher's guide for learning about lunar geology and regolith (loose material on the moon's surface), distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites, and life support systems. Lessons focus on calculating the distance between scale models of earth and the moon, designing a spacecraft for travel to and from the moon, the locations and geology of the six Apollo landing sites, and calculating the diameter of the moon using proportions.
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Reasonable Basic Algebra
Reasonable Basic Algebra is: * An introduction that appeals to the reader's reason rather than to her/his ability to memorize. * A complete tool for teaching "developmental" students twice a week for 15 weeks. * A way for adults to learn some mathematics—more or less in the same spirit as mathematicians do. * A text, with a story-line, written to be read and reread. * A presentation that pays pedantic attention to the linguistic difficulties the reader is likely to have in
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Draw Your Own Visualization
The purpose of this activity is to learn about visualizations by designing and drawing one. Students draw a visualization based either on their interests and ideas about the world or based on actual GLOBE data. They are asked to justify the design choices they make and to interpret the visualizations of their peers. Intended outcomes are that students learn to identify and communicate important patterns in a dataset by drawing a visualization, and begin to interpret those patterns. Students sele
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Teaching about Thanksgiving
Resources and activities to help you bring historical accuracy, cultural sensitivity, and a broader context to discussions about the quintessentially American holiday.
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Lunch Poems: Harryette Mullen
Harryette Mullen admits to being "licked all over by the English tongue." Her fifth poetry collection, Sleeping with the Dictionary, published by UC Press, was a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry for its "gleeful pursuit of the ludic pleasure of word games." Her work combines the experimentation of the French OULIPO group with an American funk and political awareness. Mullen is associate professor of English and African American Studies at UC
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Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Steven Weber (4/28/03)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley A Conversation with Steven Weber Professor of Political Science "Power in the Information Age" This interview took place on April 28, 2003. Steven Weber is a Professor of Political Science at U.C. Berkeley. His publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S. - Soviet Arms Control; the edited volume, Globalization and the European Political Economy; and forthcoming from Harvard University Press,
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Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
This site offers teaching activities, four political cartoons, and a narrative about reforms proposed by three major presidential candidates in 1912: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.
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Fossil Fuels: Oil
This lesson provides an introduction to the world oil market and the United States' dependence on it. Topics include our current usage, sources, and the political implications of acquiring oil from an international market.
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Experimental Analysis
Central to good science are accurate observations, testable hypotheses, well-designed experiments or other tests, and reasonable data analyses. The purpose of this activity is to introduce the basics of designing and analyzing experiments.
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Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War
The Spanish-American War was a complex and significant event that should be examined from all angles and perspectives. Students may be particularly interested in Spanish-American War issues that remain relevant today, namely the role of the media in the war and questions regarding foreign intervention. Educators are encouraged to use the film CRUCIBLE OF EMPIRE: THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR to complement their lessons in history, journalism, government, and political science classrooms.
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