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- Learning Musical Elements Through Listening 5-00
- Listening Skills (CASAA)
Provides suggestions for improving listening skills.
- Active Listening (Mining Co. - Walker)
Provides nine papers on improving listening skills.
- Editorial - The Wolf is Real and No One is Listening (International Herald Times - Booker)
"Once upon a time, Washington could have exercised its clout as the most powerful nation in the world and handily won over the support of these recalcitrant members. But now, the country that cried wolf has lost the moral authority it needs to rally its global neighbors to real action against genocide in Darfur." 9-04
- -02-07-07 Broader Audience Now Listening on Global Warming (ABC News)
"This time around, far more people are ready to listen."
"This sea change comes after two years of TV and cinema documentaries and specials, unseasonable weird weather extremes, heat spikes and downpours, backyard bugs, birds and flowers out of synch, disappearing mountain glaciers and ski seasons, as well as a rapidly growing chorus of alarmed politicians." 02-07
- -Editorial: Listening to Outcasts (Truth-out.org)
"And here is the dilemma we face as a civilization. We march collectively toward self-annihilation. Corporate capitalism, if left unchecked, will kill us. Yet we refuse, because we cannot think and no longer listen to those who do think, to see what is about to happen to us. We have created entertaining mechanisms to obscure and silence the harsh truths, from climate change to the collapse of globalization to our enslavement to corporate power, that will mean our self-destruction. If we can do nothing else we must, even as individuals, nurture the private dialogue and the solitude that make thought possible. It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one's own country, than an outcast from one's self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind." 07-12
- Reading and Writing
Includes listening skills, study skills and related resources.
- Internet Explorer 5.0 With Alta Vista Power Tools (Alta Vista)
Provides Internet Explorer 5.0 with tools from Alta Vista to improve Web performance, including a radio for listening while you look, added search capabilities, and language translation. 8-99
- Study Skills Strategies (Berkeley - CAlREN Project)
Provides ten articles regarding procrastination, notetaking, taking tests, and effective listening. 4-01
- 06-22-03 Iraqis Claim U.S. Administrators Ignorant of Conditions (Independent - Cockburn)
"Asked about Baghdad's lack of electricity at an air-conditioned press conference, Paul Bremer, the American head of the occupation authority, looking cool in a dark suit and quiet purple tie, simply asserted that, with a few exceptions, Baghdad was now receiving 20 hours of electricity a day. 'It simply isn't true,' said one Iraqi, shaking his head in disbelief after listening to Mr Bremer. 'Everybody in Baghdad knows it.' "
"Only 15 minutes' walk from Mr Bremer's office Shamsedin Mansour, a poor shopkeeper in an alleyway off al-Rashid street, gave a bleak picture of how he and his neighbours live. 'We have had no electricity for six days,' he said. 'Many of our people are suffering from heart problems because of the heat. We live with as many as 42 people in a house and do not have the money to buy even a small generator. Without light at night it is easy for gangs of thieves with guns to take over the streets, and the shooting keeps us awake. If we try to protect ourselves with arms, the Americans arrest us.' " 6-03
- Bad Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Distruction (MSNBC News - Newsweek - Barry and Hosenball)
Reviews the circumstances leading up to the U.S. failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Identifies a key problem to be that the CIA and the Bush administration did not have real evidence of an Iraqi program of weapons of mass destruction, but yet they stated that they did have the evidence.
U.S. chief weapons inspector Kay noted that "...Iraq was a monumental intelligence failure."
"How did it happen? The United States spends more to run spy satellites and supersecret listening devices than the gross domestic products of many countries, yet it didn't have a clue as to what was really going on inside a sanctions-racked dictatorship it was about to attack?"
"But if for no other reason than to restore American credibility, an unbiased review of the Iraq intelligence process may be vital. Who will believe the next American official who goes to the United Nations wagging a vial of fake anthrax, arguing that North Korea or Iran or some other 'rogue state' needs to be taken out before it attacks first? More worrisome still, the next dire warning may well be right." 1-04
- 03-21-04 Methodist Church Acquits Lesbian Pastor (CBS News)
"A lesbian Methodist minister said she was relieved by her acquittal in a church trial over her sexual orientation — but so was the pastor who prosecuted her, and even the bishop who filed the complaint."
A jury of 13 pastors said it decided in favor of the Rev. Karen Dammann “after many hours of painful and prayerful deliberations, and listening for and to the word of God.” 3-04
- Editorial - Scare Tactics from Both Sides (MSNBC News - Alter)
"It's fright night in the 2004 presidential campaign—Halloween come early. President Bush says you'll be taxed into poverty, then blown up by a terrorist if you vote for John Kerry, while Kerry says that voting for Bush means retiring on cat food, if you survive a back-alley abortion and being drafted to fight in the Middle East."
"But it's the job of the news media and what one Bush aide dismissively calls the 'reality-based community' to parse the claims and connect them to how each man might actually govern. Just repeating that 'both sides are using scare tactics' doesn't tell us which ones are closer to the mark."
"Bush's major assault is on Kerry's ability to defend us from terrorism. On this score, the president is—how to put this delicately?—lying. He keeps saying on the stump that Kerry won't hit terrorists until they hit us and would apply a 'global test' before intervening. This is a clear and deliberate misrepresentation of what Kerry actually said."
"The irony of Bush's 'wolf ad' (featuring pictures of scary wolves as the announcer talks about Kerry's weakness on defense) is that it's the president who has a wolf problem. The greatest single consequence of the botched war in Iraq is that the next time trouble arises somewhere in the world, our allies won't believe U.S. intelligence about an 'imminent threat.' With a toxic combination of arrogance and incompetence, Bush has become the boy who cried wolf."
"This year Kerry is actually right that Bush's plan to privatize a portion of Social Security would eventually lead to at least a trillion-dollar shortfall and huge benefit cuts. But fewer people are listening, which means that Democrats, too, are paying the price for crying wolf. Fortunately, Bush probably wouldn't be able to do much to Social Security. Once the public recognizes that letting younger workers invest their retirement benefits in the stock market means hurting Grandma and Grandpa (under the system, today's workers fund today's elderly), the Bush plan will die." 10-04
- Keefe, Brandon - Hero of Books (MyHero.com)
"He was bored, playing his Game Boy, but half-listening, and so he heard that Hollygrove Home needed a library but didn't have any resources. All they had was an empty space and lots of kids without books."
"The next day, when Brandon’s teacher asked the students to come up with ideas for a community service project, Brandon recalled his mother's conversation at the Hollygrove Home. There was a problem that needed to be solved. An idea occurred to him at once. What about all the books he had read and outgrown?" 7-05
- -08-25-05 Study: MP3 Players Dangerous for Ears (CBS News)
"Since damage to hearing caused by high volume is determined by its duration, continuous listening to an MP3 player, even at a seemingly reasonable level, can damage the delicate hair cells in the inner ear that transmit sound impulses to the brain."
"Studies have shown that people exposed to 85 decibels for eight hours tend to develop hearing loss," Brian Fligor, ScD, of Children's Hospital in Boston, tells WebMD. He found that all the CD players he examined produced sound levels well in excess of 85 decibels."
"Every time you increase a sound level by three decibels, listening for half as long will produce the same amount of hearing loss. The kid who cuts my grass uses an iPod. The lawn mower noise is about 80 to 85 decibels. If he likes listening to his iPod 20 decibels above that, he's in the range of 100-105 decibels. At that sound level he shouldn't listen for more than eight to 15 minutes." 8-05
- -02-03-06 Students to Track Orbiting Spacesuit (USA Today)
"The spacesuit project, known as SuitSat-1, was the brainchild of a Russian ham radio operator. It will send several words in code for schoolchildren listening on the ground. Radio operators will be able to pick up the messages by tuning into FM frequency 145.990 MHz."
"Along with the radio transmitter, the stuffed spacesuit also will have internal sensors to monitor temperature and battery power. As it floats along, it will transmit its temperature, battery power and time it has been in space to the ground." 02-06
- -05-11-06 USA Today: NSA Collecting Phone Records of 200 Million Ordinary Americans (MSNBC News)
"USA Today reported Thursday that the National Security Agency has been building up the database using records provided by three major phone companies — AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. — but that the program 'does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations.' "
" 'It’s the largest database ever assembled in the world,' the paper quoted one source as saying. The agency’s goal is 'to create a database of every call ever made' within U.S. borders, it said the source added." 05-06
- -05-13-06 Newsweek Poll: Americans Wary of Domestic Spying (MSNBC News)
"According to the Newsweek poll, 73 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Republicans think the NSA’s program is overly intrusive. Details of the surveillance efforts were first reported on Wednesday by USA Today. The newspaper said the NSA has collected tens of millions of customer phone records from AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Bell-South Corp., in an effort to assemble a database of every call made within the United States. While the records include detailed information about when and where phone calls were made, the government isn’t listening in to the actual conversations, a U.S. intelligence official familiar with the program told the newspaper." 05-06
- Experts: Schools Need to Rethink Security (MSNBC News)
"Schools should focus more on listening to kids to deter school attacks, experts say, instead of relying only on physical security." 10-06
- 12-15-06 Survey: Snapshots of the U.S. (Guardian Unlimited)
"Data released by the US census bureau today forecasts that Americans will spend a total of 65 days watching TV next year and 41 days listening to the radio. A week each will be given to reading newspapers and surfing the internet." 12-06
- -09-04-08 Editorial: Fact Check on Palin's Speech (Washington Monthly - Hilzoy)
"Palin: 'But listening to him [Obama] speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.' "
Hilzoy contradicts Governor Sarah Palin's statement with a list of Obama's achievements and a statement: "I gave a rundown of Obama's accomplishments in the Senate here. They include the Lugar-Obama bill on nonproliferation, and an ethics reform package that the Washington Post called 'the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet.' " 09-08
- -One Last Chance to Save Mankind (TreeHugger.com)
"For those that don’t know who James Lovelock is here’s the one sentence bio: Originator of the Gaia hypothesis, chemist, did work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons which eventually led them from being banned, advocate of nuclear power. Which is to say, that when James Lovelock says humanity only has one chance left not to get annihilated by the effects of climate change in the 21st century, it’s worth shutting up and listening to what the man says." 10-10
- Editorial: Election Reform Needed (CNN News)
"Given that the primary system gives particular influence to party activists who are usually on the extreme end of the political spectrum, potential candidates are forced to think about how their decisions will play to them rather than moderates."
"One potential reform has to come from the media. If the major news outlets devote more attention to policymaking and less to the statements of potential candidates, there will simply be fewer opportunities for people like Romney (or any comparable Democrat when a Republican is in the White House) to run this early. Nobody will be listening. The endless campaign thrives on receiving media attention."
"The second change has to come from government. The White House and Congress must tackle campaign finance reform and attempt to restore some of the system that had been put into place as a result of the Watergate scandal. Only with public finance, enforced contribution limits and possibly expenditure limits would the nation be able to dampen the fundraising pressures on candidates." 06-09
- 06-17-09 Obama Signs Gay Benefits for Federal Employees (MSNBC News)
"President Barack Obama signaled to gay rights activists Wednesday that he's listening to their priorities by extending some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. But he didn't give them even close to everything they want, bringing growing anger against the president to the surface."
"The president signed a memo giving the same-sex partners some benefits, but not not health care." 06-09
- Signals of Trouble (CBS News)
"What are some of the warning signs that someone in your life might snap and be capable of acts of violence?"
"1) Notice or look for someone who becomes more withdrawn from others -- friends, family, co-workers."
"2) They begin to lose interest in their usual activities: They stop exercising, listening to music, going to work -- the things that mattered most to them, no longer matter."
"3) They are always complaining about the unfairness of it all, ill-treatment by others, etc. Today, they often post things on the Web (as Hasan may have). People provide warnings -- verbal or written complaints about the hopelessness of the world."
"4) They begin to have frequent interpersonal conflicts with others. They become more tense and prone to feeling insulted or slighted."
"5) Look for signs that they are making plans for the end (Hasan apparently cleaned out his apartment recently). They give away treasured objects, close bank accounts, etc." 6-05
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