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Dawson Park, historical hub of African-American culture, reopens with $2.7

Dawson Park, historical hub of African-American culture, reopens with .7
In the 1950s, when Joe Nunn's babysitter used to take him there, Dawson Park was the epicenter of African-American culture in Portland. The North Williams Avenue park had a regular farmer's market and its own radio broadcast, the Eager Beaver, whose …
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Art fair showcases Native American culture, history and tradition
The art fair showcases Native American culture, history and tradition through the works of Native American artists and craftspeople. Vendor participation is strictly limited to the American Indian community, and only Native American arts and crafts are …
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My Faith Doesn't Make My Culture Less Important
I was raised by an immigrant mother who came to America as an adult and raised me to be more Chinese than American. My mom has never assimilated into the dominant white American culture. But the “hyphen” has been forced onto me, and has always …
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Who is Foreign Aid For? Foreigners or US Corporations?
El Salvador is a recent example of corporate domination in U.S. foreign aid. The United States will withhold the Millennium Challenge Compact aid deal, approximately $ 277 million in aid, unless El Salvador purchases genetically-modified seeds from …
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US Maybe Kinda Taking It Out A Little Hard On Foreigners
United States criminal fines from 2001 to 2010 were about five times greater on average for foreign firms than for their American counterparts, a University of Virginia Law School study has found. The average penalty was 22 times bigger for foreign …
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Hollywood Actor Cole Hauser to Spend First USO Tour With Troops in the Middle East

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

TWITTER:     @ColeHauser will join @the_USO on his first tour to visit troops in the Middle East!

WHAT:     USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour featuring actor Cole Hauser

WHEN:     Summer 2014

WHERE:     Middle East

WHY:    Actor Cole Hauser will soon visit deployed troops in the Middle East on his first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. As part of the USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign, Hauser will create and share moments that matter with troops during his eight-day visit abroad. The moment-filled visit will include meet-and-greet sessions with troops, posing for photos and signing autographs.

Well-known for his appearances in blockbuster movies like “Dazed and Confused,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Tigerland,” “Hart’s War,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Tears of the Sun”, Hauser has been acting for more than 20 years. Recently, Hauser starred opposite Johnny Depp in the Warner Bros. film “Transcendence.” He is currently appearing in the new season of DirecTV’s drama “Rogue” with actresses Thandie Newton.

The “Every Moment Counts” campaign is the USO’s year-round intiative, inviting Americans to join in making moments that matter for troops and their families. From holidays and children’s births to sports games and date nights, our troops miss numerous everyday moments like this when they are deployed.

QUOTE:    Attributed to Cole Hauser: “I’m very excited to travel to the Middle East on my first USO tour and spend time with troops who are far from home and sacrificing so much for our country. I couldn’t be happier to show them my support and gratitude for their service.”

NOTE:    For more information about the USO, visit uso.org.

About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ (Afghanistan – July 29, 2010) … Three MORE Americans killed by suicide bomber dressed in police uniform — 2,000 U.S. deaths so far in the war (1 October 2012) …
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‘In Iraq, the signature weapon system that we hadn’t seen before was the IED.

We had to adjust to that.

Here, I think the signature attack that we’re beginning to see is going to be the insider attack.’
– General John Allen

General Allen spoke with 60 Minutes to discuss the disturbing trend of insider attacks.

‘I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,’ General Allen said.

‘We’re going to get after this. It reverberates everywhere, across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we’re not willing to be murdered for it.’

President Barack Obama’s plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan calls for the United States military to train Afghan’s to defend their own country as the remaining 68,000 American troops will return home in 2014.

‘The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability,’ General Allen said.

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… information on photo … Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ … Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on July 29, 2010

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Death: Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ, drapes an American flag over the remains of the first of two U.S. soldiers killed minutes earlier in an IED attack in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on July 29, 2010. U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000

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Three MORE Americans killed by suicide bomber dressed in police uniform as top general says he’s ‘mad as hell’ at insider attacks

…At least 14 people were killed this morning in an insider attack in Afghanistan
…The bomber was dressed as an Afghan police officer
…Top general says insider attacks are the ‘signature’ of the conflict
…Of the 2,000 U.S. deaths so far in the war, 1 in 5 has been caused by Afghan on American fire

PUBLISHED: 08:20 EST, 1 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:39 EST, 1 October 2012


A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a patrol of Afghan and international forces on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including three NATO service members and their translator, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came as relations between international forces and their Afghan partners have been pushed to the breaking point by a surge in insider attacks by Afghan allies.

The attack comes as top Afghanistan official General John Allen blasted the rash of insider attacks, saying he was ‘mad as hell’ that terrorist forces were taking advantage of the United States’ ‘vulnerabilities’ during the troop withdrawal and warned that the insider attack would be the ‘signature’ of the current stage.

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Blast: Afghan police inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack targeting a convoy of NATO’s soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), in Khost, Afghanistan, 01 October 2012


The bomber struck a group of Afghan police and international troops shortly after they got out of their vehicles to walk through a market area in Khost city, the capital of Khost province, said provincial government spokesman Baryalai Wakman.

Six civilians and four police officers were killed in the blast, Wakman said. He said the police officers were part of a specialized quick-reaction force.

Blood could be seen on the market road as Afghan police and soldiers tried to clean up the area after the blast. Slippers and bicycle parts were strewn about.


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‘I heard the explosion and came right to this area. I saw the dead bodies of policemen and of civilians right here,’ said policeman Hashmat Khan, who ran to the site of the blast from his job as security for a nearby bank.

Coalition spokesman Maj. Adam Wojack would only confirm that three NATO service members and their translator died in a bombing in the east on Monday, without giving an exact location or the nationalities of the dead.

The international military alliance usually waits for individual nations to announce details on deaths.

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Security: Afghan Police check people on a roadside check point following a suicide bomb attack targeting a convoy of NATO’s soldiers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Khost, Afghanistan, 01 October 2012


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Wounded: An Afghan man is treated at a hospital after he was injured in a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012



Most of the troops in the east and in Khost province are American. It was not immediately clear if the translator was an Afghan citizen or a foreigner, Wojack said.

Dozens of Afghan civilians were also wounded in the bombing. The city’s hospital alone was treating about 30 people injured in the explosion, said Dr. Amir Pacha, a physician working there. He added there could be other victims being treated at nearby private clinics.

‘In Iraq, the signature weapon system that we hadn’t seen before was the IED.

We had to adjust to that.

Here, I think the signature attack that we’re beginning to see is going to be the insider attack.’
General John Allen

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in text messages to media that the insurgent group was behind the attack.

Joint patrols between NATO and Afghan forces have become more limited following a tide of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies.

Last month, the U.S. military issued new orders that require units to get approval from higher-ups before conducting operations with Afghans.

Then, two weeks later, U.S. officials said most missions were being conducted with Afghans again, though the system of approvals has remained in place.

The close contact — coalition forces working side by side with Afghan troops as advisers, mentors and trainers — is a key part of the U.S. strategy for putting the Afghans in the lead as the U.S. and other nations prepare to pull out their last combat troops by the end of 2014.

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Conflict: US Army soldiers based at Zangabad patrol during a dawn operation at Naja-bien village on September 23, 2012. A total of 374 civilians were killed and 581 injured in August as a result of the war in Afghanistan, making it the second deadliest month for civilians since 2007

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Death: Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ, drapes an American flag over the remains of the first of two U.S. soldiers killed minutes earlier in an IED attack in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on July 29, 2010. U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000



But the rising death toll for international troops has increased calls in the U.S. and other allies to get out as soon as possible.

On Sunday, a U.S. official confirmed that an American soldier was killed in a firefight that broke out between Afghan and U.S. troops, sparked by either a premeditated attack or confusion about the origins of an insurgent strike.

img code photo … President Barack Obama’s plan for troop withdrawal


Withdrawal: Instability and vulnerability precipitated by President Barack Obama’s plan for troop withdrawal by 2014 has left an opening for insider attacks, a top general has said



General Allen spoke with 60 Minutes to discuss the disturbing trend of insider attacks.

‘I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,’ General Allen said.

‘We’re going to get after this. It reverberates everywhere, across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we’re not willing to be murdered for it.’

President Barack Obama’s plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan calls for the United States military to train Afghan’s to defend their own country as the remaining 68,000 American troops will return home in 2014.

‘The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability,’ General Allen said.

img code photo … COMISAF General John Allen


Trend: COMISAF General John Allen, center, says that insider attacks are the ‘signature’ of the Afghan conflict

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img code photo … Collaboration: An Afghan soldier


Collaboration: An Afghan soldier stands guard during a gathering in Gushta district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012



On Sunday, the Pentagon announced th death of the 2,000th servicemember. This year, 1 in 5 combat-related deaths of American or NATO-allied troops has been the result of Afghan insider attacks.


Barnhardt Manufacturing Company Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification and Label for High Q

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) May 31, 2014

Barnhardt Manufacturing Company has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its High Q® Cotton. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine ingredients.

“This logo/label will allow our High Q® cotton to be immediately identified as a certified USDA BioPreferred product,” said Chuck Allen, Director of Product Development at Barnhardt.

All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better informed purchasing decisions.

“We are proud that Barnhardt Manufacturing Company has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label,” said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred Program Manager. “Biobased products add value to renewable agriculture commodities, create jobs in rural communities and help our nation decrease its reliance on foreign-sourced and non-renewable petroleum.”

The label is estimated to be on certified products and available for consumers by May 12, 2014. Our product was certified to 98% biobased and the remaining 2% being fossil carbon.

About USDA BioPreferred

The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, please visit http://www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

About Barnhardt Manufacturing Company:

Barnhardt Manufacturing Company is a privately owned company that began operation in 1900. It is a global supplier of high quality bleached and purified cotton fibers for use in medical, feminine hygiene and consumer products as well as the adult and baby diapers. Visit http://www.barnhardtcotton.net.

From Threat and Problem to Defense and Solution, Radiological and Nuclear Detection Symposium, March 25-26, 2014 in Fairfax, VA

Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) March 19, 2014

VIP GlobalNet, LLC would like to thank the following sponsors who made this event possible: ORTEC, SRI International, Morpho, eV Products, Passport Systems Inc., and NorthStar Engineered Technologies, LLC.

Mr. Frank Vorwald, AMETEK Division Vice-President and GM of ORTEC, a Platinum Sponsor of the conference, will be presenting and will be at the conference both days. ORTEC, one of the leading companies in providing advanced nuclear detection and identification products for Homeland Security applications, is pursuing strategic alternatives and teaming relationships where appropriate. Mr. Vorwald will be available for strategic relationship discussions during the conference.

SRI International’s featured speaker, Dr. Jesse Wodin, will discuss the advantages of a multi-INT approach to detecting nuclear weapons and materials at their source, in order to move from a consequence management-oriented mission to a prevention-oriented mission.

Morpho’s featured speaker, Mr. Lester Koga, will discuss “Advances in CZT-based Handheld Radio-Isotope Identification Devices”.

eV Products will provide an overview of a new generation of field-proven CZT and SiPM scintillator based modules and products for gamma and neutron detection. The speaker will give a description of the sensors and their differentiating features, and discuss how these are being integrated into application-focused end products for nuclear threat detection and identification.

Mr. Randy Ridley, President of Foederati Consulting, will present field demonstration results of Passport Systems’ new G300 belt-sized Radiation Detector. The G300 is paired with a Droid phone and uses data fusion to provide real time situational awareness for the user in “Detect-to-Prevent” situations.

NorthStar Engineered Technologies, LLC will showcase their Automated Radionuclide Separation System.

The following organizations from industry and government will also be presenting on relevant topics at the Radiation Detection Symposium: H3D Inc.; Arktis Radiation Detectors Ltd.; Image Insight Inc.; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Applied Research Associates; Johns-Hopkins University; the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the NBC Industry Group; the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; the University of Missouri-Kansas City; VIP GlobalNet, LLC; Joint Research and Development Inc.; the National Defense University; and additional experts from government agencies.

VIP GlobalNet, LLC can provide complementary registrations for active duty military, law enforcement, and relevant federal government personnel interested in attending. Please contact the event organizer directly, Mr. Tony Crego, at tonycrego(at)vipglobalnet(dot)com to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Bob Morris New Biography Pays Tribute to Father, United Auto Workers

Canton, Mich. (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Brutal beatings. Gangsters. Assassination attempts. This is not the latest Martin Scorsese script.

“Built in Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster” (published by iUniverse) by author Bob Morris, is the real-life history of the United Auto Workers’ struggle against hostile forces as it sought to bring justice to automobile workers in the 1930s and 1940s.

With his father, Ken Morris, playing a significant role in the rise of the union, Bob Morris learned first-hand many untold stories. Bob Morris knew the leaders of a generation when the Michigan labor movement was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s.

In his new book, “Built in Detroit,” Bob Morris explores the beginning of the United Auto Workers (UAW), its battles with the automobile companies, the union’s internal struggles and the company-instigated violence that followed. Additionally, the book shares Ken Morris’ journey of working in Detroit’s toughest auto plant, his active participation in the fledgling union and his work life after World War II, when he was subjected to mob violence against the UAW.

The story covers the brutal attack against Ken Morris and the assassination attempts against union leader Walter Reuther and Reuther’s brother, Victor. The book trails private detectives to find the perpetrators of this violence and gives readers an inside look at the U.S. Senate’s Kefauver hearings on interstate criminal activities – a one-man grand jury, the Detroit underworld and a crooked Detroit cop.

With vivid descriptions and suspenseful storytelling, “Built in Detroit” aims to provide an authentic look into the day-to-day lives of autoworkers and the mysteries that surrounded their history. It brings to life a lost chapter in Detroit and American history that has relevance to today’s labor struggles.

Built in Detroit

By Bob Morris

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 414 pages | ISBN 9781475994360

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 414 pages | ISBN 9781475994353

E-Book | ISBN 9781475994377

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Bob Morris grew up in southeast Michigan and knew many of the great auto labor leaders in the state. As an adult, he spent his career developing public policy in Lansing, Mich. – the state capitol. Morris currently lives in Canton, Mich.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

Call to Makers Now Open for Maker Faire Detroit 2014 at The Henry Ford

Dearborn, MI (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

Attention all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: The call for entries is now open for Maker Faire Detroit 2014 at The Henry Ford. Now in its fifth year, this unique, two-day, family-friendly event promises to bring makers from all over the nation to celebrate their unbridled creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire Detroit will be held July 26-27, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

To participate in Maker Faire Detroit, an entry form must be completed at http://www.makerfairedetroit.com/call-for-makers. Entries can be submitted by individuals or by groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. The Henry Ford particularly encourages exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. The closing date for all entries is June 6, 2014.

Maker Faire Detroit is looking for a wide variety of eclectic, diverse and out-of-the-box ideas that highlight the DIY and tinkerer spirit. Exhibits and displays can range from student projects, robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets and R/C toys, sustainability, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics, electric vehicles, biology/biotech and chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles, shelter (tents, domes, etc.), and unusual tools or machines.

Help kickoff the Call to Makers this year during Week of Geek, now through April 5. Activities include Tinker.Hack.Invent Saturday inside Henry Ford Museum and open maker spaces at i3Detroit, Maker Works and TechShop throughout the week. GR Makers will be hosting a meeting on April 2 from 8 pm – 12 am. Stop by Detroit Public Library for Crafternoon on April 3 from 4 pm – 5:45 pm and on April 5 Arts and Scraps will be hosting a free Robot Institute from 11 am – 3pm.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.makerfairedetroit.com or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/makerfairedetroit. Maker Faire Detroit is independently produced by The Henry Ford in collaboration with Maker Media.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination where stories and artifacts from 300 years of America’s history bring to life the accomplishments of ordinary and extraordinary individuals alike. A national historic landmark with five unique venues, unparalleled collections and world-class expertise, The Henry Ford is a force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspiring a ‘can-do’ culture. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

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How to Fight Against Citizens United Without a Constitutional Amendment

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We are approaching the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 2010 decision, Citizens United. Recall that Citizens United allows unlimited spending on political campaigns by outside groups, including corporations.

Despite two federal elections and 1,000 or so days passing since Citizens United was decided, the coalition determined to roll back the Court's decision has thus far failed to stop corporate spending from poisoning our democracy.

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This is a great solution to the question of how to take on Citizen's United

It’s simple, we kick the money out of politics

My thoughts are to make all elections from dog catcher to president 100% publicly funded, and when you burn through your war chest IT’S GONE! And you’re not going to get anymore. Equal funding. Equal time. Equal voice.

Wal-Mart Black Friday and Protests

Reblogged from San Diego News - Bowler's Desk:


Wal-Mart sent out a press release.

They say they had more than 10,000,000 transactions between 8PM and midnight yesterday.

Bill Simon CEO also tries to down play protest.

For more on these and other stories check bowlersdesk.com

And as always please feel free to post, re-post, and share.


I think is a testament to the cause of the workers that all the Wal-Mart brass can do is play down the size but cant refute the workers claims

Local police disperse, arrest Black Friday protesters on behalf of Walmart

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The treatment of peaceful protesters compared to the unruly and sometimes violent crowds of stampeding Black Friday shoppers couldn't be more different. While the former is ostracized and forcibly removed by police, the latter is encouraged to come out for a competitive brawl over marked off goods. Nowhere is this contrast more clearly defined than in the police treatment of Walmart protesters over the last 24 hours.

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Thank you much for writing about this.

Black Friday, Black Heart

These are human beings goddamnit, their lives have value!

I’m most likely preaching to the choir and hope the my voice can add to the thousands literally starving for change here in the first world of the United States, and push the issue of labor rights just a bit further. Lets take a look at today’s Huffington Post Black Friday reports. Seriously go take a look I’ll wait… … … … So are you mad or disgusted yet? I hope so. There is a time for anger, righteous anger. That time is now.

Personally I have seen both sides. I worked those way before pre-dawn hours at a big box store for many years. And been a witness to appalling customer behavior, intentional stock shortages and staff pushed beyond levels of decency by management. It would easy to point the blame at retailers like Wal-Mart and say. “You’re an evil corporation that is ruining people’s lives and depriving your employees of a decent standard of living.” And why this is generally true. It’s much harder to stand in front of that dressing room mirror and say “My unconscious consumption is ruining people’s lives and depriving people around the world including Americans a decent standard of living.”

If Americans were more conscious about where and how their money was spent the tide of violence and aggression that has become the day after Thanksgiving could then and only then be stemmed. Private corporations are more democratic than we give them credit for. Your wallet casts a vote every time you exchange currency for goods and the cash register is the ballot box. Every time you purchase a product from a retailer or manufacturer that mistreats its employees you are showing your explicit approval of that companies practices and give them the incentive and capital to not only continue but to expand their immoral practices.

I know its hard not to do this. Most of us work shit jobs that pay shit wages so in return the only places we can shop are places that treat people like shit. It’s a circle that is quickly destroying our nations middle class. I don’t have all the answers on how to break this cycle but I know where we can start. Buy less things for a start. By doing this you can save money. So when it is time to make that purchase of something you need you can spend the extra money to buy something of quality and if possible buy something made in America. We didnt get to this sorry state overnight so it’s going to take time to get us out of it. The only ones with the power to fix this is us, the consumer. The American worker and our very way of life is depending on us.

Look, I’m no hermit. To quote the Dennis Leary song Asshole “I like football and porno and books about war” I like fatty foods and I don’t drive a hybrid and I don’t buy organic. Everyone has their cross to bear. Mine is video games. It’s hard for me to not pull the trigger on the newest murder simulator released every other week. But I have gotten to the point that before I buy that new game I’ll take a look at my shelf and on my computer hard drive and see all the games that have that have gone unfinished and come to the realization that whatever new virtual world that a company is pushing on me at the time is not going to enhance my experience in my actual physical reality. I imagine it’s like kicking an addiction. I still have the trigger to buy new games but I don’t follow through. Your burden might be shoes, clothes or electronics. But make no mistake by consuming these cheap poorly made goods you are consuming the very heart and soul of America.

Before you buy slow down. Think, “Do I need this?” and “what is the real cost of this item in human capital. Am I contributing to suffering or contributing to a living for another human being or a fellow American?”If you do what you know is right with your hard-earned dollars then you will change your life and others for the better.

The Church of Stop Shopping

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"Reverend Billy" wants you to stop shopping. Especially today. Your buying products that have been shipped from sweat shops in Asia caused Hurricane Sandy. Why do you continue to hurt the earth?

The Church Of Stop Shopping believes we are the problem, and that the 99% is somehow related to their overall message. Maybe it's just an attention getter.

Billy even has a choir:

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I re-blogged this because I really like this blog. But this post is a prime example of how you can hear the sermon but miss the teaching completely. Push past the surface not only on a word press blog but with people in general find out who people are and why they think and act the way they do and they might shock you. Like Rev Billy.

Contains adult language and universal logic

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