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Refreshingly Independent Politics – smerconish.com is to create a clearinghouse for non-ideological thinking. We want to give people a chance to contribute to, and consume media that isn’t predicated on the usual, extreme talking points of the polarized media. Instead, we aim to promote independent thinking and diversity of thought.

Is a Journalist a Truth Teller or A Mirror?

30 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

We see journalism criticized often— with both sides droning on about the “lamestream” media, fake news, pandering to “bothsidesism”, or not reporting the hard facts. What truly is the role of a journalist?

What Cybersecurity Can Teach Us About Defending Democracy

28 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

The loudest voices can oftentimes control the national megaphones, even wishing to curtail our liberties under the guise of saving them. Cybersecurity expert, Nick Espinosa, explains why defending ourselves against the suspension of rights is best understood through the lens of how we approach cybersecurity.

Close the COVID Student Achievement Gap by Leaning into the Future

26 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

We need to improve student achievement ASAP! With COVID’s documented impact on the instructional process, it is no surprise that the U.S. Department of Education announced declines in reading and math scores as the sharpest since 1990.

Football and the Midterms

25 September 2022 @ 9:20 am

The midterm political football continues to bounce. We've had so many last-minute factors in past elections: the 2008 economic crash and Barack Obama, Anthony Weiner’s laptop and 2016 — or Hunter Biden’s laptop — or even the timing of the release of the Covid vaccines. We still have no idea what last minute bounce the ball could still take in the 44 days between now and November 8.

NC Swing Voters Support Student Loan Forgiveness, but It’s Not a Voting Issue

23 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

National polling indicates President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan enjoys majority support from the public at large. But how do swing voters feel about it?

How to Enact Effective Medical Debt Legislation

21 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

With rising inflation and a looming recession, the medical debt crisis in the U.S. is about to get worse. In light of this, more states are preparing legislation to make healthcare services more affordable.

Quarterbacks and Mermaids, Books and Migrants

19 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

Dr. Michael Gavin, author and President of Delta College describes the blurred lines between white fantasy and reality, while the imagined and physical borders for our own citizens are being drawn more rigidly to oppress non-whites, women, and LGBTQ+ people.

We Haven’t Yet Solved Our Semiconductor Dilemma

18 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

While the CHIPS and Science Act will bolster U.S. semiconductor production and make critical investments in domestic production of modern technology, Russia’s war on Ukraine has squeezed the market for rare gases that are vital to this production – highlighting our continued vulnerability in an unstable world.

Three Ways to Spot Opioid Dependency

16 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

Opioid addiction is on the rise around the world. Most people know someone who is struggling with opioid dependency, but we might not realize it. If you are concerned that your friend or a loved one has been affected, there are certain signs you can look for.

The Second Amendment and the Right to Self-Defense From Lions, Tigers, and Bears

14 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

For those who live in urban areas, sometimes it’s easy to forget how much of rural America remains as remote and self-sufficient as the frontiers of old. Defense against animals was a crucial part of the self-defense equation during the founding of the Second Amendment, and so it remains today.

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The Intercept is an award-winning news organization dedicated to holding mainstream views and misinformation.

Com Senado bolsonarista, impeachment de ministros do STF fica ao alcance de Jair

3 October 2022 @ 3:46 pm

Casa com a prerrogativa de cassar mandatos na suprema corte terá bancada maciça de bolsonaristas radicais. The post Com Senado bolsonarista, impeachment de ministros do STF fica ao alcance de Jair appeared first on The Intercept.

Meet the Military Contractor Running Fare Collection in New York Subways — and Around the World

3 October 2022 @ 10:00 am

Cubic Corporation does transit projects like New York City's OMNY, but also cleans up on government surveillance and security contracts. The post Meet the Military Contractor Running Fare Collection in New York Subways — and Around the World appeared first on The Intercept.

Barry Jones Is Running Out of Options. Will He Ever Leave Death Row?

2 October 2022 @ 1:20 pm

Months after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out evidence of his innocence, Jones is still fighting to clear his name. The post Barry Jones Is Running Out of Options. Will He Ever Leave Death Row? appeared first on The Intercept.

How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Helped Fund the Campaign to Overturn Roe

1 October 2022 @ 6:00 pm

The Independent Women’s Forum isn’t explicitly an anti-abortion group, but it worked to create the conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court. The post How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Helped Fund the Campaign to Overturn Roe appeared first on The Intercept.

Partidos investiram até sete vezes mais em campanhas de reeleição

1 October 2022 @ 12:05 pm

Das 513 cadeiras, 83% serão disputadas por quem já as ocupa; 5,5% dos candidatos concentram 30% do dinheiro público gasto. The post Partidos investiram até sete vezes mais em campanhas de reeleição appeared first on The Intercept.

Bolsonaro pode perder eleições e acabar com PL ao mesmo tempo

1 October 2022 @ 9:00 am

Na última semana, presidente dobrou aposta e emitiu nota de ataque às urnas. Falta um dia para pôr fim ao golpismo pelo voto. The post Bolsonaro pode perder eleições e acabar com PL ao mesmo tempo appeared first on The Intercept.

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Prepare to Impeach Larry Krasner

30 September 2022 @ 10:29 pm

Pennsylvania Republicans have fought Philadelphia’s reform DA since his first election. Now, some Democrats are falling in line to oust him. The post Pennsylvania Lawmakers Prepare to Impeach Larry Krasner appeared first on The Intercept.

House Democratic Leadership Designed Stock Trade Ban to Fail, Negotiators Say

30 September 2022 @ 5:32 pm

Nancy Pelosi is a controversial figure, but one thing her supporters and detractors agree on is her tactical skill as a legislator and power broker. Somehow, those legendary skills failed her this week. The post House Democratic Leadership Designed Stock Trade Ban to Fail, Negotiators Say appeared first on The Intercept.

Abin monitora risco de violência próximo a clubes de tiro no dia das eleições em São Paulo

30 September 2022 @ 1:04 pm

Com possibilidade de vitória de Lula, agência teme ações extremistas e avisará forças policiais caso identifique ameaças à segurança. The post Abin monitora risco de violência próximo a clubes de tiro no dia das eleições em São Paulo appeared first on The Intercept.

Bolsonaro on the Brink as the Far Right Rises in Europe

30 September 2022 @ 10:00 am

After Giorgia Meloni's win in Italy, can Lula secure a new presidential term in Brazil? The post Bolsonaro on the Brink as the Far Right Rises in Europe appeared first on The Intercept.

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To critically evaluate the global response to COVID-19 and present a series of responsible pandemic exit strategies to help ensure that total harms are minimised.

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THE PEOPLE’S UNION OF BRITAIN
Taking back sovereignty through common law.

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The Good Law Project is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that uses the law to protect the interests of the public. The Good Law Project fight cases that defend, define or change the law and we use litigation to engage and educate. The Good Law Project challenge abuses of power, exploitation, inequality, and injustice.

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An updated list of candidates you can vote for the up and coming UK elections.

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Politics news from the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng admits ‘turbulence’ caused by mini budget

3 October 2022 @ 5:04 pm

After announcing this morning that the plan to scrap the 45p income tax rate would be abolished, the chancellor has spoken at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. In a reference to the U-turn, the chancellor admitted his mini-budget had “caused a little turbulence”. “What a day, it has been tough but we need to... Read more » The post Kwasi Kwarteng admits ‘turbulence’ caused by mini budget appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Shaping the healthcare agenda of the new government

3 October 2022 @ 1:43 pm

There is a full in-tray facing Therese Coffey, the new Health and Social Care Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister. As the new government takes shape, we are told that the priorities of the new Secretary of State will be ‘ABCD’: ambulances, backlogs, care, doctors and dentists. Anyone involved in the delivery of healthcare knows, there... Read more » The post Shaping the healthcare agenda of the new government appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Chancellor says he has ‘contrition’ as he reverses plans to cut 45p rate of income tax

3 October 2022 @ 8:07 am

The new chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that the government has cancelled plans to abolish the 45p rate of income tax on those earning over £150,000. Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme this morning, Mr Kwarteng said, “On the 45p rate, it is very simple, we talked to a lot of people around... Read more » The post Chancellor says he has ‘contrition’ as he reverses plans to cut 45p rate of income tax appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Truss ‘stands by’ her budget as Conservative MPs start to express concerns

2 October 2022 @ 8:49 am

A week on from the government’s mini-budget in which the chancellor Kwarsi Kwarteng announced a range of tax cuts, including the abolition of the top income tax rate of 45p, the approach has been defended by the prime minister. Speaking on the BBC 1 Laura Kuennsberg programme this morning, Liz Truss said, “The 45p rate... Read more » The post Truss ‘stands by’ her budget as Conservative MPs start to express concerns appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Week-in-Review: The canny politics behind Starmer’s ‘GB Energy’

30 September 2022 @ 5:23 pm

A week is a long time in politics, so you will be forgiven for forgetting that Labour closed their annual party conference on Wednesday. Since then, the Bank of England has begun buying bonds to prop up the British economy, the pound dropped to a low of $1.05, interest rates seem destined to rise further... Read more » The post Week-in-Review: The canny politics behind Starmer’s ‘GB Energy’ appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Polling shows 11 Cabinet ministers set to lose their seats

30 September 2022 @ 9:49 am

Drawing on the opinion polls published in the week since Kwarsi Kwarteng’s mini budget, politics.co.uk’s latest Westminster model provides a graphic illustration of how the Conservatives would be decimated in any election held today. Half of the current cabinet would lose their seats at Westminster as Labour would gain the Isle of Wight. In the... Read more » The post Polling shows 11 Cabinet ministers set to lose their seats appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

The Green Party Annual Conference- what to expect.

30 September 2022 @ 8:24 am

The Green Party’s Autumn Conference starts today in Harrogate.  The conference will run at the town’s Convention Centre until Sunday. As with last years event, the conference will be fully hybrid, and members can choose between attending in person or joining and voting online. The Conference is expected to debate the  current energy crisis with the party leadership... Read more » The post The Green Party Annual Conference- what to expect. appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Farron: Migration has to be part of the solution to labour shortages

30 September 2022 @ 6:25 am

If we want to see economic growth then a good place to start is addressing labour shortages. The post Farron: Migration has to be part of the solution to labour shortages appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Truss and the mini-Budget: Does she stick or twist?

29 September 2022 @ 2:02 pm

Britain is reeling from the fall-out of last week’s mini-budget, as the government’s economic rebalancing project, code-named ‘Operation Rolling Thunder’, continues to take relentless damage from market forces. On Wednesday, central bankers scrambled to panic stations in an attempt to ward off a vicious spiral of a crashing currency, rising interest rates and weaker growth.... Read more » The post Truss and the mini-Budget: Does she stick or twist? appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

Truss not yet for turning as she hits the airwaves with 24 regional broadcast interviews

29 September 2022 @ 7:27 am

After a week during which the prime minister has been largely invisible from Britain’s airwaves, Liz Truss is today undertaking some 24 different radio and TV interviews to defend her government’s recent mini budget. Truss spoke live to speak to 8 BBC Local radio stations between 8am  and 9am, followed by 16 separate interviews with... Read more » The post Truss not yet for turning as she hits the airwaves with 24 regional broadcast interviews appeared first on Politics.co.uk.

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Introducing arts thinking into politics and promoting creative, scientific and evidence based ideas that improve the lives of as many people as possible, while mindful of the few.

Arts Party Conference 2019

16 August 2019 @ 9:30 am

The Arts Party welcomes it’s first party conference from the heart of where water meets dirt, Brighton. We will be hosting debates for purposes of socialising, conversation and recreation. Located in Camelford Street, Brighton, BN2 1TQ, United Kingdom. All are welcome to attend, please use the contact form below to register your interest. [Fully booked] The post Arts Party Conference 2019 appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Dinner for few

9 June 2019 @ 12:41 pm

A short and stark reminder of the state of play in politics today/yesterday. Thanks to a Dinner for a few, award winner from Nassos Vakalis. DINNER FOR FEW from Nassos Vakalis on Vimeo. The post Dinner for few appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Scotland takes steps to put culture at the forefront of policy-making

6 July 2018 @ 9:31 am

A CULTURE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND – reflecting the past, challenging the present, shaping the future . The strategy seeks to stimulate a step change that will bring about a shift in how society and government view and value culture. It aims to build collaborative alliances that will help to realise the full potential of culture … Continue reading "Scotland takes steps to put culture at the forefront of policy-making" The post Scotland takes steps to put culture at the forefront of policy-making appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Arts teachers in decline

5 July 2018 @ 9:35 am

As well as a fall in teaching hours, the arts has lost almost a quarter (9000) of teachers working in secondary schools in England since 2011. Sourced from https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/arts-teacher-numbers-plummet-almost-quarter The post Arts teachers in decline appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Why the Arts Matter

12 May 2018 @ 7:11 am

We’ve come across a great graphic that really sums up why the Arts matter – enjoy! The post Why the Arts Matter appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Creativity and politics

17 April 2018 @ 11:19 am

Heather McGhee talks about the influence that music, film, and other arts can have on social change. https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/heather-mcghee-on-creativity-and-politics/ The post Creativity and politics appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st century?

17 April 2018 @ 11:15 am

There is no concept more politically important today than creativity. I’ll give four reasons why but first a definition. ‘Creative’ has narrow, broader and even broader connotations in English. It’s the last of these we should be most interested in. The narrow meaning immediately leads one to think of activities directly associated with the arts. … Continue reading "Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st century?" The post Why is creativity the most important political concept of the 21st century? appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Arts can help children avoid a lifetime of gang crime

14 April 2018 @ 11:05 am

Andria Zafirakou, who won the $1million title in Dubai last month, said subjects such as art, music and drama can transform the lives of vulnerable young people and give them the confidence to walk away from gangs. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/arts-can-help-children-avoid-a-lifetime-of-gang-crime-says-1m-prizewinning-teacher-a3813071.html The post Arts can help children avoid a lifetime of gang crime appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Creativity and the arts in decline

1 February 2018 @ 11:34 am

Creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England, a BBC survey suggests. More than 1,200 schools responded – over 40% of secondary schools. Of the schools that responded, nine in every 10 said they had cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. … Continue reading "Creativity and the arts in decline" The post Creativity and the arts in decline appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

Drawing the Future

20 January 2018 @ 10:34 am

A report launched by Education and Employers and found that children’s career aspirations only marginally differ from age 7 to age 17. It also showed that some sectors vital for economic health look set to be badly under-resourced in future. In the biggest survey of its kind, primary school children aged seven to 11 were … Continue reading "Drawing the Future" The post Drawing the Future appeared first on ARTS PARTY.

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Keeping tabs on the UK’s parliaments & assemblies

How to find out the history of an ex-military Land Rover

3 October 2022 @ 10:24 am

Suppose you’ve bought a Land Rover but you don’t know anything of its history. Might it have had an exciting past as a military vehicle? Has it had any major faults in its previous life? Freedom of Information is one way to find out. And indeed, a number of people have been using WhatDoTheyKnow to…

Making councils’ climate progress easier to understand

30 September 2022 @ 8:34 am

We spoke to Rebecca Sawyer of Brighton Peace and Environment Centre, to discover how their ReForest Brighton project interfaces with our own CAPE and Council Climate Scorecards sites. As it turns out, our projects have a lot in common. Both aim to make it easier for everyone to understand and assess the progress a council…

Innovations in Climate Tech: catch up – and bid for one of our grants

29 September 2022 @ 12:12 pm

Last Wednesday a varied audience convened online for our Innovations In Climate Tech event. The aim: to showcase some of the remarkable and effective projects being implemented in the UK and further afield, and to spark inspiration so that these, or similar projects, might be replicated in other UK regions. mySociety has three £5,000 grants…

Help WhatDoTheyKnow find contact addresses for public authorities

26 September 2022 @ 8:00 am

You can send Freedom of Information requests to more than 45,000 public authorities on WhatDoTheyKnow. For each of those authorities we need an email address to send those requests to, which means we often need to do some maintenance to keep everything up to date. For some authorities in our database we don’t have a…

How to unlock the value of fragmented public data: your views wanted

22 September 2022 @ 3:29 pm

Data users in the UK often encounter fragmented public data, where  public authorities are each spending money to publish data independently, but their outputs are difficult to find and join together. This means that a lot of effort is going into creating data which cannot be used to its full potential. As a joint project…

TheyWorkForYou alerts are helping keep prisoners informed

21 September 2022 @ 8:01 am

The TheyWorkForYou alerts system will send you an email every time your chosen keyword is mentioned in Parliament. A recent survey revealed that this system is being used by a broad range of different organisations and individuals. We’ve been speaking to a few of them to find out more. First of these is Ben Leapman,…

Publishing and analysing data: our workflow

13 September 2022 @ 11:06 am

This is a more technical blog post in companion to our recent blog about local climate data. Read on if you’re interested in the tools and approaches we’re using in the Climate team to analyse and publish data.  How we’re handling common data analysis and data publishing tasks. Generally we do all our data analysis…

We want you to build on our local climate data. Tell us what you need!

13 September 2022 @ 10:56 am

One of the things we want to do as part of our Climate programme is help build an ecosystem of data around local authorities and climate data.  We have a goal of reducing the carbon emissions that are within the control of local authorities, and we want to help people build tools and services that…

A change in the monarchy: how it does (and doesn’t) affect FOI

9 September 2022 @ 12:52 pm

[UPDATE: Since this post was published, the 19 September has been declared an official bank holiday – our assumption in the final section of this post, that ‘no bank holiday will be formally declared’, and the conclusions we came to as a result, were incorrect. We’ve updated the section accordingly.] On 8 September 2022, Buckingham…

August monthnotes from the climate programme

6 September 2022 @ 2:46 pm

We’re now six days into September. We’re feeling a strong ‘back to school’ vibe after the long summer in which many of the team were away on annual leave at one point or another.  Prototyping is behind us and we’re shifting our focus to what we want to achieve in the last six months of…