Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

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In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.

— Valerie Strauss: Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

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Singer Mark Donnelly proved the old adage that there are no mistakes (just great recoveries!) when he seamlessly continued to perform Canada’s national anthem prior to the Penticton VEES Game despite tripping on a red carpet.

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California Drying

The above images are not satellite photographs. They show how much groundwater has been lost from central and southern California over the past decade, mostly due to agriculture. (Image: NASA, via the Los Angeles Times)

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Well, we can hit home runs… We don’t live and die by them. We have other things that we can use to help us win ballgames.

— Royals Manager Ned Yost, speaking to the media after the team won its third consecutive postseason victory in extra innings, taking a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels, who finished with the best record in the majors (Five takeaways from heartbreaking Game 2 loss for the Angels).

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Pedro Celis mocked by conservative radio hosts for vague answers

The Republican running against Suzan DelBene in Washington’s 1st District continues to stumble. Despite having been given three opportunities by KIRO Radio to talk about his candidacy and the federal budget, Celis refused to name any specific cuts he’d favor, saying only that he supported a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget and maybe another “across the board” style cut. After blowing his third opportunity to speak intelligently, he was mocked by two of KIRO’s resident conservatives.

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns after security lapses

The head of the United States Secret Service today offered her resignation to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who accepted it following confirmed reports of two serious security lapses within the past few weeks – one at the White House and one at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 

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My phone was bought. It was paid for. It is mine, and I ought to be able to choose what apps I want. This is the way America used to work. Nosiree, says the monolith from Cupertino: You will take what we offer. We know best and, besides, your phone is not yours. It is ours (or sometimes the government’s) and so when you are sleeping the phone could be do anything it wants. And there is nothing you can do about it.

— Excerpt from Richard Cohen’s Dear Apple: Can I please own my phone?

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Early voting is changing election ‘day’ into election ‘month’

The Los Angeles Times discusses the rise of voting by mail, which Colorado has now adopted, following the lead of Oregon and Washington.

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I think it’s a stinking maneuver to rob her of her job and rob the voters of their votes.

— U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, condemning Marriott Vacations for firing a senior manager running for office as a Democrat (via Bloomberg Businessweek).

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Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Japanese media are reporting that four of the thirty-one people known to be on or near the peak of Mount Ontake have been confirmed dead after their bodies were found by rescuers. The ten thousand foot mountain is the second highest volcano in Japan.

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A snapshot of Bold Organics' new pepperoni pizza

Pictured above is Bold Organics’ new gluten-free, frozen pepperoni pizza, which is making its debut as an option in the frozen foods aisle. (Image courtesy of Bold Organics)

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Inside the Koch brothers’ toxic empire

Rolling Stone: “Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money.”

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BlackBerry CEO takes jab at Apple: Just try bending our new phone

Making light of Apple’s problems with the iPhone 6, BlackBerry CEO John Chen joked at the launch event for the BlackBerry Passport that it would take a lot of force to bend the smartphone out of shape. The Passport has a steel frame inside and is solidly built.

 

 

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Healthy eating: The mind games of supermarkets

From the BBC Future’s Taste of Tomorrow: You’re often manipulated to buy at the supermarket. Now hidden design tricks can sway you to pick healthier food without realising, says Veronique Greenwood.

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Israeli government’s policies an incredibly divisive topic among Jews

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, many North American rabbis are agonizing over how to talk about Israel. The Israeli government’s policies are such a divisive topic that many Jews don’t want to hear anything that could be construed to be criticism or praise for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

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We need rules… If businesses are to move here and start here rather than start in Europe or Brazil or Australia — they’re going to look around and make sure, ‘Oh, does the power stay up?’ And they’ll look for other things. ‘Is the Internet open?’ Will they have to effectively bribe their ISPs to start a new service? That’s what it looks like from the outside. It’s bribery.

— World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, making a strong case for robust net neutrality rules (via The Washington Post).

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No, in terms of its image, the NFL is not good, it has never been worse. When Goodell stepped to the podium, he was fighting a reputation of arrogance. When he stepped down, he had confirmed that reputation while adding cluelessness and helplessness.

— Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke, condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference on players’ off-field conduct.

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Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.

— Excerpt from The Queen’s message following Scotland’s referendum.

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Where to go for more coverage of the Scottish independence referendum

In a momentous vote, Scotland has said no to independence and yes to staying in the United Kingdom. This is one of the biggest political developments in the history of the United Kingdom, and it will have huge ramifications not only there, but around the world. For in-depth coverage of the election and its consequences, we recommend turning to media based in the United Kingdom, which are offering perspectives and insights lacking from media based on the United States.

At the top of our list are the BBC and The Guardian, but there are many other publications in the U.K. worth checking out, such as:

 

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Scotland voted for a stronger Scottish Parliament backed by the strength and security of the United Kingdom and I want to congratulate the No campaign for that – for showing people that our nations really are better together.

— Excerpt from David Cameron’s statement on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum. Cameron also declared that the U.K.’s federal parties will honor “in full” its commitments for further powers for the Scottish parliament.

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Scotland votes no: the union has survived, but the questions for the left are profound

The Guardian’s Martin Kettle discusses the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum and what it means for the future of the United Kingdom.