Bonds on the Run – The


While we obsess over domestic politics — not that there’s anything wrong with that, since a lot depends on whether the next leader of the world’s most powerful nation is a racist xenophobe, a sinister theocrat, an empty suit, …

Bonds on the Run – The New York Times
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UWS High School Teacher Claims She Was Fired For "Central Park Five" Lessons


UWS High School Teacher Claims She Was Fired For "Central Park Five" Lessons An English teacher at an Upper West Side high school claims that she was fired because of a lesson on the Central Park Five which administrators warned her would “rile up” black students. [ more › ]

UWS High School Teacher Claims She Was Fired For “Central Park Five” Lessons
Ben Yakas
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 22:30:00 GMT


Race Matters: GOP Darkened President Obama’s Skin Color In Ads During Election To Play On White Fear


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GOP Darkened President Obama’s Skin Color In Ads During Election

A new study shows that negative ads targeting President Obama in 2008 depicted him with very dark skin, and that these images would have appealed to some viewers’ racial biases according to the Washington Post:

The finding reinforces charges that some Republican politicians seek to win votes by implying support for racist views and ethnic hierarchies, without voicing those prejudices explicitly. The purported tactic is often called “dog-whistle politics” — just as only canines can hear a dog whistle, only prejudiced voters are aware of the racist connotations of a politician’s statement, according to the theory.

That debate has been prominent in the 2016 campaign, primarily targeting Donald Trump, but it has existed in almost every recent presidential election. To hear their opponents tell it, when Republican politicians say they oppose a generous welfare system, they really mean black beneficiaries are lazy. If they endorse strict immigration enforcement, they really mean that Latinos are criminals, critics say.

Analyzing 126 advertisements from the presidential campaign in 2008, the authors first digitally measured the darkness of the two nominees’ skin in each spot, then sorted the ads into categories based on themes. President Obama and his opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), looked very different in various advertisements depending on how the footage was edited and produced.

That was particularly the case in negative advertisements, in which each campaign manipulated the images of its opponent to shadow or wash out his face for dramatic effect.

Check out one of the ads below:


Race Matters: GOP Darkened President Obama’s Skin Color In Ads During Election To Play On White Fear
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:56:59 GMT


How to Self-Publish a Paperback Book with Createspace


As self-published authors, it’s important that we build a professional image to differentiate us from the thousands of others ebook authors out there. One of the ways I do this is by converting my Kindle books into paperbacks using Createspace. Not only does this improve the professional image of my book page, it also allows me to reach a whole new market who may not own a Kindle, or who just prefer the old school experience of holding and reading a paperback. A bigger audience means a potential boost in sales.
Although I still get more sales through Kindle, being able to indicate that I am a paperback, an audiobook, as well as a Kindle author, really improves the credibility and professional image of my book page. Viewing my author page, readers can immediately see I’m not just another self-published author offering just another Kindle book.
Converting your Kindle book to print version using Createspace is a simple process if you know what you are doing. Fortunately I have done this many times before so I am here to help you along the way. I’ve written this quick and easy step-by-step guide to help you take your ebook from digital format right through to an ink and paper book you can hold in your hands.
In a nutshell, the process includes: formatting your book cover for Createspace specifications, formatting your book for paperback, and uploading it through Createspace per their qualifications.
Before starting you’ll need your finalized book in digital format, a good idea of what you want to put on the cover, a clear marketing strategy, and of course, an account with Createspace.
Got all of that ready? Then let’s get started.
Step 1: Use Upwork to find a book formatter


Before you can upload your book to Createspace or have your cover designed, you need to hire a formatter to convert your book’s content to Createspace format. Upwork is a great place to find a book formatter at an affordable price.
Step 2: Enter in a brief description of your job


There are a lot of formatters on Upwork, so you don’t need to enter in a very detailed description of your requirements. Above is a screenshot of what I include.
Step 3: Create a book cover for Createspace


Before you upload to Createspace, you’ll need both a book cover and a book file. You can either use Fiverr to convert your Kindle book cover to a Createspace cover, or have your Kindle designer do it for you. You will need to tell your designer how many pages your book is so they can make the spine the appropriate size.
Step 4: Start a new project on Createspace


Now you are ready to upload your book. Head over to Createspace and log in to get started. Enter in your book title, select paperback format and choose either the guided or expert setup process based on your level. I choose the “Expert” process as the “Guided” process doesn’t actually make it much easier.
Step 5: Upload your book cover to Createspace


Once you have got your cover back from Fiverr, provide feedback if you require more changes or, if you’re happy with it, download it as pdf to upload to Createspace.
Step 6: Enter all book information on Createspace


Enter all the relevant information for your book such as title, subtitle, author, description and categories. It’s best to just use your Amazon book description to describe your book. Here’s an example of mine below.


Step 7: Submit for review


After you’ve entered all the information needed for the cover and interior of your book, submit it to Createspace for review.


Your files are now under review and Createspace will get back to you within the next 24 hours. Once it is ready, you’ll then have the chance to either order a physical copy or view online for publishing
Step 8: Receive email accepting interior and cover files


You will receive an email from Createspace once your interior and cover files have been accepted. You are now ready for a final review.
Step 9: Proof your book


You can choose to either proof your book in digital or physical format. Once you have reviewed it, click “change” to make changes if necessary, and then “approve” once you are happy and ready to move on to the next step.
Step 10: Your setup is now complete


Once your book has been improved, it will immediately be live on Createspace. You will need to wait a bit longer for it to be available on Amazon.


Your book is now live! Remember to go back to your Createspace dashboard to check your royalties and watch the passive income roll in! To learn more about self-publishing on Amazon and book marketing, grab my free 29-step checklist here.

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How to Self-Publish a Paperback Book with Createspace
Michael B. Fishbein
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:26:30 GMT


Delaware Governor: State Must Apologize For Its Role In Slavery


Delaware Governor Jack Markell, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery in the United States, announced on Sunday a resolution to officially apologize for his state’s role in slavery.

“We must publicly and candidly acknowledge the lasting damage of past sins – damage that continues to reverberate more than 150 years after the abolition of slavery,” Markell told worshippers at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware, his office said.

The ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially ended U.S. slavery on Dec. 6, 1865.

Markell made the comments at a time of heightened debate and protests in the United States over racial equality in response to police violence involving minorities.

Markell, a Democrat, unveiled a joint resolution on Sunday – which will be considered by the Democrat-controlled legislature in 2016 – to officially condemn and apologize for Delaware’s role in slavery.

It is a pledge “to fix the long legacy of damage that continues to result in inequality and unfair obstacles for countless citizens because of their race,” Markell said.

Delaware, which in the 1800s was a slave owning state although it remained in the Union, joins a handful of other states as well as the U.S. Congress in its modern day expression of regret for the legacy of slavery.

Markell unveiled the resolution a month after he issued a posthumous pardon for Samuel Burris, a free black man from Delaware who helped slaves escape in 1847 through the Underground Railroad.

One of the sponsors of the resolution, Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry of Wilmington, said expressing sorrow for past wrongs paves the way for doing right in the future.

“Who we can be tomorrow is predicated upon our ability to show empathy for each other today,” Henry said. “An apology for slavery is just that: an act of empathy that won’t undo the past, but will once and for all acknowledge the experience of so many Delawareans who still feel its harsh effects.”

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Delaware Governor: State Must Apologize For Its Role In Slavery
Chloe Angyal
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 19:51:28 GMT


NYC offers ‘Clean Slate’ program for petty criminals


City officials are launching an event offering New Yorkers the opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants for a host of low-level crimes.

NYC offers ‘Clean Slate’ program for petty criminals
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:43:28 GMT


How The Navy SEALs Prepare For Extreme Cold Weather Survival, And How You Can Too


If you want to learn a potentially life-saving action, you need to practice it. And if you need to learn if your clothing and other gear is capable of saving your life, you need to test it. This is how the Navy SEALs do just that for cold weather emergencies.

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How The Navy SEALs Prepare For Extreme Cold Weather Survival, And How You Can Too
Kate Siberell on Indefinitely Wild, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:25:13 GMT