• Homework Hotline: New York State Government: Legislative Branch
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    Homework Hotline: New York State Government: Legislative Branch

    (Narration) The Legislature is the lawmaking branch of our state government. It is a bicameral branch of government which means it has two houses: the Senate and the Assembly. Members of both the Senate and Assembly are known as legislators and they have the same basic duty, to represent the people of New York and pass laws. New York is a large, diverse state with millions of people and places, all of which have different things to offer and different needs to fulfill. This makes representing everyone a big job that could never be done by just one person. The people that the legislators represent are called their constituents. Each…

  • Cheng I Sao – Pirate Queen – Extra History
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    Cheng I Sao – Pirate Queen – Extra History

    1809. Imperial forces have trapped China’s largest pirate fleet in a bay. The government has 95 ships, 1200 cannons, 18,000 men and 4 Western vessels. But the Pirates have something no number of ships will overcome. Cheng I Sao. Leader of the Pirate Confederation. By the time this is over, she will dictate terms to them. *intro* Let’s go back a couple years. Cheng I, the first the leader of the Pirate Confederation is dead. Swept overboard in a typhoon. The commanders of the six fleets gather to choose their new leader. And those are some big shoes to fill. Cheng had been a good commander. He’d been with the…

  • The Battle Of Thermopylae Dissected – The Last Stance, Sources & Scholarly Debates
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    The Battle Of Thermopylae Dissected – The Last Stance, Sources & Scholarly Debates

    In the summer of 480 BC a large Persian army marched towards Greece. The ancient historiographer Herodotus dramatizes this by stating that their footsteps made the ground tremble and their thirst emptied vast rivers, leaving behind just miserable rivulets. This force approached the mountain pass of Thermopylae, where a small squad of Greek defenders, led by the famous Spartan king Leonidas, expected them with sharp spears. What led to this situation? One of the most common narratives in contemporary historiography explains it as follows: As the young Persian empire expanded towards Europe in the 6th century BC, Greece and Asia Minor were caught in the Persian sphere of influence. At…

  • Engineers Created A New Bionic Arm That Can Grow With You
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    Engineers Created A New Bionic Arm That Can Grow With You

    “These are the deus ex panels which you can see look really nice. With this arm, I’m able to open and close as you can see, tense my muscles, there you go, I can change the thumb, and then if I press the middle button it flashes. I love it because everyone’s so distracted by the arm, opening and closing it that AHHHH that’s mad and I love the reactions.” “Open Bionics is a Bristol based startup and our mission is to create and democratize technology that enhances the human body, so in other words, we turn disabilities into super powers. The Hero Arm is our first bionic product, it’s…

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    The United States Goes Dry – Alcohol Prohibition I THE GREAT WAR

    It’s January 1920, and in America it’s about to get a lot harder to get a drink. The Volstead Act has come into force, making it illegal to sell alcohol across the United States. But the ban on drink would not be easy to enforce – it’s prohibition. Hi, I’m Jesse Alexander and welcome to the Great War which is made possible by the generous support of our Patreons. Help us keep The Great War free for everyone as a learning resource and support us at patreon.com/thegreatwar – and now on to the show. The immediate post war period was a time of great social revolution across the globe, including…

  • Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies? | Big Think
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    Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies? | Big Think

    Many, many, many, many more hundreds of eggs are fertilized than become humans. Eggs get fertilized and by that I mean sperm get accepted by ova a lot. But that’s not all you need. You have to attach to the uterine wall, the inside of a womb, a woman’s womb. But if you’re going to hold that as a standard, that is to say if you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it’s therefore has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue? Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman who’s had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy who’s sperm…

  • Leading an Industry Turnaround: Lessons from Government Interventions at GM and Chrysler
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    Leading an Industry Turnaround: Lessons from Government Interventions at GM and Chrysler

    Thanks for having me. I think since we’re in a classroom setting, as Mike said, we can make this very interactive. I’ ll make a few opening remarks and sketch out what we did and we did it as quickly as I can with the clock back there reminding me what time it is and then would love to take your questions on any aspects of this. I’ll start at the end actually because when GM went public that day I had agreed to co-host CNBC and was sitting on the set of CNBC as the various GM executives and the floor people and bell rang and the first share…

  • Universal basic income: The plan to give $12,000 to every American adult | Andrew Yang
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    Universal basic income: The plan to give $12,000 to every American adult | Andrew Yang

    Universal basic income is an idea that’s older than America, where Thomas Paine was for it at the founding of the country, he called it the citizen’s dividend. Decades later Martin Luther King, Jr. was for it. He championed it before he was assassinated in 1968. And Milton Friedman and 1,000 economists signed a study in the late ’60s saying this would be tremendous for both the economy and society. It received so much support that it passed the House of Representatives twice under Richard Nixon in 1971. And the only reason it didn’t become law was that Democrats in the Senate wanted an even higher income threshold. So a…

  • Can Universal Basic Income / Social Democracy  Fix America’s Inequality? | Jeffrey Sachs
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    Can Universal Basic Income / Social Democracy Fix America’s Inequality? | Jeffrey Sachs

    There’s a proposal around that’s got a lot of interest called universal basic income where everybody is guaranteed at least a certain level of income in the society. Some free market economists like Milton Friedman talked about a negative income tax which in effect had the same features of guaranteeing a certain level of income for everybody as a base. I think from a human rights and decency standard there’s a lot of sense to the idea that everybody in a society should be able to meet their basic needs. There’s on the other hand this sense if you give someone a check whether they’re trying, not trying, working, not…