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Bowling for Columbine: Teachers’ Guide

Welcome to the Bowling For Columbine TEACHER’S GUIDE. The lessons and activities in this GUIDE are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills, historical analysis, and open their minds on many universal issues. –Bowling for Columbine: Teachers’ GuideĀ (Bowling for Columbine) 1) Moore is a very talented filmmaker. 2) I am personally in favor of all kinds of gun-control legislation. 3) Using a teacher’s guide authored by (or at least…

Remembering the People who Give Back to the Net, and All of Us

The Internet has become a grossly commercialized Wild West in so many ways. But the community spirit on which it was founded is alive and well. The Net depends on the same spirit that motivates volunteers in the physical world: a commitment to solve problems and make life better for those who might otherwise not have the resources or expertise. –Dan Gilmor –Remembering the People who Give Back to the…

Idaville Detective 'Encyclopedia' Brown Found Dead in Library Dumpster

“Detective Brown’s death is a great loss,” said Idaville Police Commissioner Rupert “Bugs” Meany, a longtime critic of Brown’s unorthodox investigative technique who nevertheless appeared to be shaken by the murder. “Thanks to him, Idaville has the highest arrest-to-conviction-due-to-obscure-trivia rate in the nation. I believe I speak for everyone in Idaville when I say that Encyclopedia Brown was truly the greatest sleuth in sneakers.” –Idaville Detective ‘Encyclopedia’ Brown Found Dead…

Book explores eugenics' origins

In his new book, War Against the Weak, investigative reporter Edwin Black makes the case that 20th century American proponents of eugenics — the belief that controlled breeding can improve humanity — had substantive ties to the architects of Hitler’s racial extermination machine. — Dan Vergano –Book explores eugenics’ origins (USA Today) A student in my “Seminar in Thinking and Writing” class blurted out, as part of a long and fairly…