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Orbit is taught to pull laundry from the dryer at Freedom Service Dogs in Englewood on Friday, March 8, 2013. (Anya Semenoff, Your Hub file)

A fundraising effort to benefit Freedom Service Dogs in Englewood was a success, and Dogs of Denver is hosting a party.

Freedom Service Dogs is a 27-year-old nonprofit that rescues abused or abandoned dogs from shelters and trains them to be helping partners for people with disabilities, including wounded veterans.

Sean McNeil of McNeil Designer Portraits started Dogs of Denver to raise enough money to fund the training of one dog. He put together a coffee table book that features portraits of dogs from around the metro area whose owners paid $250 to have their dog photographed.

The project raised more than $40,00 for Freedom Service Dogs.

“I have a rescue dog of my own, and when I heard about Freedom Service Dogs and what they do, I was sold,” McNeil said in a news release. “I knew that I needed to get out into the community and raise enough money to sponsor a dog for their program.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, McNeil and Dogs of Denver will host a launch party for the book at Lone Tree Brewing Company at 8200 Park Meadows Dr. from 6 to 8 p.m. No RSVP is necessary, and “friends, family and pups” are welcome to attend.

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Architecture, Landscape And Liberty – Andrew Ballantyne –
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Freedom For Sale: How We Made Money And Lost Our Liberty – John Kampfner
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Offshore: Tax Havens And The Rule Of Global Crime – Alain Deneault
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Interpreting Corruption: Culture And Politics In The Pacific Islands
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Madonna “The Beast Within” Satanic Illuminati Blasphemy! The Whore of Babylon!
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

4:15 p.m. EDT, September 22, 2014

And then there was the time the Future Islands guys hung out with John Waters at the Eightbar.

Before the Baltimore-based band went onstage at Hampdenfest, they hung out in a green room of sorts — at Atomic Books, and the store’s bar.

John Waters, who gets his fan mail delivered to the store, stopped by and chatted with the band members before they played Saturday night, according to Rachel Whang, who is a co-owner of the book store and a co-organizer of Hampdenfest.

“They were just hanging out before the show,” said Whang, who posted this photo of the group to Instagram.

Future Islands, which slid its way into a national spotlight this year after an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, brought a record crowd to the festival, Whang said.

Although official crowd counts were not yet available, Whang said Hampden shops and restaurants reported their best sales to date for a Hampdendest.

Whang said the crowd for Future Islands’ performance seemed significantly larger than in past years.

Among those in the crowd was Waters, who stuck around to see the show.

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Managing the SEO strategy for an enterprise-level corporation can be a challenging task. The sheer size of an enterprise business means that there are lots of moving parts and endless amounts of data to be carefully considered before developing and launching a new search campaign.

As part of our coverage from the BrightEdge Share 14 conference in San Francisco,I caught up with Dan Mooney from Wiley to discuss enterprise SEO management, data analytics, and how to overcome challenges of high volumes of data to create an outstanding, highly effective search strategy.

In the video below, Dan explains the key to managing enterprise SEO is to have all of the tools and data necessary to make good decisions and develop strong campaigns:

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Murray is Deputy Editor at Search Engine Journal,Murray founded The Mail in 2013, an angel-funded startup publication covering performance marketing and mobile marketing. Murray is an advisor to a number of bay area startups including VigLink. In 2011 Wiley published his book Online Marketing: A User’s Manual. Born in England, Murray moved to the USA in 2011 being recognized by the US government as “an alien of extraordinary ability”. Murray co-authored Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals with Bruce Clay. Murray runs the agency Influence People bases in San Francisco.

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Why atheists are disproportionately drawn to libertarianism is a question that many liberal atheists have trouble grasping. To believe that markets operate and exist in a state of nature is, in itself, to believe in the supernatural. The very thing atheists have spent their lives fleeing from.

According to the American Values Survey, a mere 7 percent of Americans identify as consistently libertarian. Compared to the general population, libertarians are significantly more likely to be white (94 percent), young (62 percent under 50) and male (68 percent). You know, almost identical to the demographic makeup of atheists white (95 percent), young (65 percent under 50) and male (67 percent). So theres your first clue.

Your second clue is that atheist libertarians are skeptical of government authority in the same way theyre skeptical of religion. In their mind, the state and the pope are interchangeable, which partly explains the libertarian atheists guttural gag reflex to what they perceive as government interference with the natural order of things, especially free markets.

Robert Reich says that one of the most deceptive ideas embraced by the Ayn Rand-inspired libertarian movement is that the free market is natural, and exists outside and beyond government. In other words, the free market is a constructed supernatural myth.

There is much to cover here, but a jumping-off point is the fact that corporations are a government construct, and that fact alone refutes any case for economic libertarianism. Corporations, which are designed to protect shareholders insofar as mitigating risk beyond the amount of their investment, are created and maintained only via government action. Statutes, passed by the government, allow for the creation of corporations, and anyone wishing to form one must fill out the necessary government paperwork and utilize the apparatus of the state in numerous ways. Thus, the corporate entity is by definition a government-created obstruction to the free marketplace, so the entire concept should be appalling to libertarians, says David Niose, an atheist and legal director of the American Humanist Association.

In the 18thcentury, Adam Smith, the granddaddy of American free-market capitalism, wrote his economic tome The Wealth of Nations. But his book has as much relevance to modern mega-corporation hyper-capitalism today as the Old Testament has to morality in the 21stcentury.

Reich says rules that define the playing field of todays capitalism dont exist in nature; they are human creations. Governments dont intrude on free markets; governments organize and maintain them. Markets arent free of rules; the rules define them. In reality, the free market is a bunch of rules about 1) what can be owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies? votes?); 2) on what terms (equal access to the Internet? the right to organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections?); 3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?); 4) whats private and whats public (police? roads? clean air and clean water? healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); 5) how to pay for what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?). And so on.

Atheists are skeptics, but atheist libertarians evidently check their skepticism at the door when it comes to corporate power and the self-regulatory willingness of corporations to act in the interests of the common good. In the mind of an atheist libertarian, both religion and government is bad, but corporations are saintly. On what planet, where? Corporations exist for one purpose only: to derive maximum profit for their shareholders. The corporations legally defined mandate is to pursue, relentlessly and without exception, its own self-interest, regardless of the often harmful consequences it might cause others, writes Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.

Corporations pollute, lie, steal, oppress, manipulate and deceive, all in the name of maximizing profit. Corporations have no interest for the common good. You really believe Big Tobacco wouldnt sell cigarettes to 10-year-olds if government didnt prohibit it? Do you really think Big Oil wouldnt discharge more poisons and environmentally harmful waste into the atmosphere if government regulations didnt restrict it? Do you really believe Wal-Mart wouldnt pay its workers less than the current minimum wage if the federal government didnt prohibit it? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be an atheist libertarian in desperate need of Jesus.

That awkward pause that inevitably follows asking a libertarian how it is that unrestricted corporate power, particularly for Big Oil, helps solve our existential crisis, climate change, is always enjoyable. Corporations will harm you, or even kill you, if it is profitable to do so and they can get away with it recall the infamous case of the Ford Pinto, where in the 1970s the automaker did a cost-benefit analysis and decided not to remedy a defective gas tank design because doing so would be more expensive than simply allowing the inevitable deaths and injuries to occur and then paying the anticipated settlements, warns Niose.

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You Are Not Alone, the book – Freedom – Ashley Freeman
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Needless to say, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate will strike close to home for many Wesleyan students. This book, written by Greg Lukianoff and published in 2012, explores the evolution of free speech rights on college campuses and unveils what Lukianoff perceives as a rise of censorship that has swept the nations institutes of highereducation.

Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), writes articles regularly on free speech and education. His work at FIRE served as the foundation for Unlearning Liberty; the organizations mission is to defend free speech, religious liberty, and due-process rights across campuses. FIREs cases are usually submitted by students, and are handled by FIRE staff intervention or, when necessary, litigated with FIREs LegalNetwork.

Lukianoff prefaces his book with a note on the political dynamics surrounding campus censorship. He writes that although he considers himself liberal and that his mission to defend student and faculty speech rights is consistent with this view, he is often vilified as an evil conservative. This is because, he says, much of the speech FIRE works to defend is advocating conservative positions; on college campuses, this speech tends to face morescrutiny.

Unlearning Liberty is a smooth read, with an emphasis on case studies and a smattering of political philosophy. Lukianoff cites John Stuart Mill, focusing on his argument that dissenting voices need to be protected not only because there is some possibility they could be right, but also because the discussion inspired by dissent can strengthen and clarify everyonesviews.

Unfortunately, Lukianoff argues, the ability to present dissenting opinions is being eroded. One focus of the book is the adoption of speech codes by many universities. These are often vague and unenforceable, for example including a complete prohibition of hurtful or offensive speech. Not only is speech that falls under these categories integral to free thought and free discussion, but these codes are also often enforced arbitrarily by administrations to silence speech they find personallyobjectionable.

Lukianoff also makes the point that people have lost the drive to protect their own Constitutional rights, accepting certain limitations without really questioning them. He attributes this to dynamics rooted in elementary and high schools, where rules are structured to emphasize protection of feelings and the image of the administrations rather than on protection of student rights. As a result, he adds, apathy abounds as people internalize a newnorm.

The book, while getting perhaps a bit repetitive with its reliance on case studies that are all similar in nature, definitely provides readers with plenty of anecdotes with which they can pepper their conversations. For example, readers learn that in 2006, Drexel Universitys speech code included a ban on inconsiderate jokes and inappropriately directed laughter. At Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis, a janitor was threatened with disciplinary action on the grounds of racial harassment for openly reading a historical account of the Ku Klux Klan while on hisbreak.

I would recommend this book to any Wesleyan student who is looking to feel slightly uncomfortable. In addition to no-brainers such as the Ku Klux Klan anecdote, Lukianoff defends, or at least entertains, situations that many would find repugnant, such as fat-shaming dorm posters and exclusionary religiousgroups.

It seems very much that the book is directed at an audience that would naturally disagree with many of its conclusions. It aggressively forces readers to consider difficult questions. At what point does expressing a view become the equivalent of censoring another one? Where is the line drawn between insensitivity and harassment? Can preventing another persons free speech be defended on the grounds that you are expressing yourown?

Although the Wesleyan administration is nowhere near instituting free-speech corners (designated spots that are the only free-speech protected locations on campus), as has happened at several universities discussed in the book, it is interesting to consider the extent of our free speech rights, given the framework Lukianoff outlines. Another type of censorship, perhaps, comes from within the student body; often I have heard the complaint that as tolerant as our population claims to be, it is difficult to express unpopular views without coming underfire.

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Investigative journalist and ‘Dirty Politics’ author Nicky Hagar was in Hamilton delivering public lectures about his work and recently published book.

Convincing knowledgeable people to speak on the record is the main defence against dirty politics, investigative writer Nicky Hager says.

The author of Dirty Politics was overwhelmed by the 750-strong crowd that turned up at a public meeting held at Waikato University yesterday.

They listened to him dissect his book and propose a way forward for democracy in New Zealand.

To overcome dirty politics in New Zealand, academics, scientists and public servants needed to be “re-empowered” to be able to give their views openly, without fear of repercussions, he said.

“Scientists used to be some of our outspoken public interest people,” Hager said.

“If an issue came up there would be a scientist on the radio, a scientist would be giving their point of view, scientist saying things.

“Nowadays it’s hard to find a scientist who isn’t scared of losing their jobs before they say stuff.”

During his university days public servants were the backbone of civil rights and political groups, Hager said.

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A little known children’s book, which could have easily disappeared from store shelves, is making a comeback, in spite of a controversial target audience.

The children’s book is entitled My Parents Open Carry, and tells the story of parents trying to explain to their child why they openly carry guns, and why the second amendment is important.

Late night talk show hosts have found plenty of fodder for discussion because of the book.

Written by two Michigan authors, My Parents Open Carry, is a book that supports second amendment rights, but not everyone thinks the message is presented properly.

“It kind of shocked me at first. I don’t think it’s appropriate for that age group of child,” says gun rights supporter Waymon Strong.

The story depicts a girl’s parents as openly carrying sidearms everywhere they go for protection.

LeTourneau University professor Kathy Stephens says politically charged children’s books are nothing new.

“I see it more often where adults want to push their agenda on children. And they do it through children’s books. It is something that we see in school classrooms periodically,” she says.

When political hosts began knocking the book, sales dramatically increased.

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