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Student Who Spoke Up at Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall Tells Her Story

Diane Ravitch's blog

Hannah Nguyen reports what happened at the “teacher town hall” in Los Angeles that featured Michelle Rhee, George Parker, and Steve Perry.

The event was tightly controlled and scripted, and most of the discussion among the panel consisted of complaints about unions.

Yet this student managed to be heard. There is a link to the video embedded in her story.

What a brave and articulate young woman!

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Student Who Spoke Up at Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall Tells Her Story

Diane Ravitch's blog

Hannah Nguyen reports what happened at the “teacher town hall” in Los Angeles that featured Michelle Rhee, George Parker, and Steve Perry.

The event was tightly controlled and scripted, and most of the discussion among the panel consisted of complaints about unions.

Yet this student managed to be heard. There is a link to the video embedded in her story.

What a brave and articulate young woman!

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Countdown to a hurricane lateness record

Watts Up With That?

While Joe Bastardi forecasts a huricane within 72 hours…

…the clock is ticking on a satellite era record for the latest ever Atlantic hurricane formation.

Atlantic hurricane season – a record-breaking dud?

(Reuters) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which forecasters had predicted would be more active than normal, has turned out to be something of a dud so far as an unusual calm hangs over the tropics.

As the season heads into the historic peak for activity, it may even enter the record books as marking the quietest start to any Atlantic hurricane season in decades.

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Claim: Let’s put batteries on wind and solar farms

Watts Up With That?

From Stanford University

Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid

Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity than is needed by consumers. Storing that surplus energy in batteries for later use seems like an obvious solution, but a new study from Stanford University suggests that might not always be the case.

“We looked at batteries and other promising technologies for storing solar and wind energy on the electrical grid,” said Charles Barnhart, the lead author of the study and a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP).

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Mapping the skeptical blogosphere – WUWT seems to be the most central blog

Hmmm

Watts Up With That?

From the thanks for painting a target on my back department comes word of a new paper that attempts to figure our the mapping of the climate skeptic blogosphere.

Bishop Hill writes:

Readers may remember Amelia Sharman as one of the authors of the “Entrepreneur” paper, about the disreputable shenanigans that led to the EU’s biofuels mandate.

Amelia is now in the midst of a PhD looking at global warming sceptics and has just published a working paper, describing the results of a social network analysis of sceptic blogs.

The paper abstract is (full paper link follows):

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