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COP17 Climate Change Summit

World leaders are gathered in Durban, South Africa to discuss the pressing issue of climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Why do we need summits like this? Here’s what Incoming COP17/CMP7 President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane had to say:

Given the political climate in the US, there are lots of people who say that climate change is exaggerated or even not a significant issue at all. 

So what do you think?

What can we do about climate change? Should we even be trying to do something about climate change?

How will it come into play in the US during the 2012 election?

latimes:

Atheists in U.S. military seek official recognition: A small but growing movement complains of religious bias and seeks the same status as Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Capt. Ryan Jean wanted to perform well on the Army’s psychological evaluation. But he also wanted to answer the questions honestly. So when he was asked whether he believed his life had a lasting purpose, Jean, an atheist, saw no choice but to say no.
Those and other responses, Jean says, won him a trip to see the post chaplain, who berated him for his lack of faith.

Photo:   Army Capt. Ryan Jean, an intelligence officer at Ft. Meade, Md., is an atheist who seeks official recognition for nonbelievers on par with that of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Credit: Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun

latimes:

Atheists in U.S. military seek official recognition: A small but growing movement complains of religious bias and seeks the same status as Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Capt. Ryan Jean wanted to perform well on the Army’s psychological evaluation. But he also wanted to answer the questions honestly. So when he was asked whether he believed his life had a lasting purpose, Jean, an atheist, saw no choice but to say no.

Those and other responses, Jean says, won him a trip to see the post chaplain, who berated him for his lack of faith.

Photo: Army Capt. Ryan Jean, an intelligence officer at Ft. Meade, Md., is an atheist who seeks official recognition for nonbelievers on par with that of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Credit: Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Hulu Makes Play for 2012 Political Dollars as TV Ad Prices Heat Up

utnereader:

TV continues to be the sledgehammer of political campaigns, with even the most digital-oriented candidates, like Scott Brown, who ran for a Senate seat in Massachusetts in 2010, only spending about 10% of their media budgets online. But that percentage is expected to inch upward in the 2012 election cycle, and sites like Hulu stand to benefit as media buyers look to buy political spots in competitive districts in expensive media markets.(via Ad Age)

What about you? 

Even in our excitement for San Fran, we couldn’t forget Boston. Between the close up of Lowell House’s famous blue bell tower and the Boston skyline, we’re pumped for the best HMC Boston yet!

Even in our excitement for San Fran, we couldn’t forget Boston. Between the close up of Lowell House’s famous blue bell tower and the Boston skyline, we’re pumped for the best HMC Boston yet!

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Did you know, not only do we have a rocking conference in Boston every  year, but we also host another conference on the West Coast: HMC San  Francisco? This year’s conference will be in January and we’re already  getting pumped.
Will we see you there?

Did you know, not only do we have a rocking conference in Boston every year, but we also host another conference on the West Coast: HMC San Francisco? This year’s conference will be in January and we’re already getting pumped.

Will we see you there?

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todaysdocument:

Dated November 11, 1947, this photo shows President Harry Truman laying a  wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Armistice Day observances.  Established following the end of World War I, Armistice  Day would be officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

How are you remembering veterans today?

todaysdocument:

Dated November 11, 1947, this photo shows President Harry Truman laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Armistice Day observances. Established following the end of World War I, Armistice Day would be officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

How are you remembering veterans today?

motherjones:

This Election Day, Mississippi is asking voters to decide whether or not to ban all abortions and many forms of contraception.
If anti-abortion groups get their way, similar measures will be on ballots across the country in 2012.

What do you think about this measure? How would you have voted?

motherjones:

This Election Day, Mississippi is asking voters to decide whether or not to ban all abortions and many forms of contraception.

If anti-abortion groups get their way, similar measures will be on ballots across the country in 2012.

What do you think about this measure? How would you have voted?