Month: March 2020

Politic Nation – Home of the Bias Meter

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Government Speech | Wex | US Law

Although the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause limits government regulation of private speech, it does not restrict the government when the government speaks for itself. For example, if the government allows private groups to hold rallies in a public park, it may not exclude a white supremacist rally solely because it disagrees with the rally’s message. See Forums. The city is not, however, required to include the white supremacists’ message when it holds diversity programs at its schools. This doctrine does not allow the government to ignore other parts of the Constitution. For example, even though government speech is not regulated by the Free Speech Clause, it is still subject to the Establishment Clause.

It is not always clear when the government is speaking for itself instead of unconstitutionally restricting others’ speech. For example, the Supreme Court said that when the government funds family-planning programs, it may forbid healthcare providers

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The William Morris Society U.S.

Founded in New York in 1971 as an affiliate of the UK William Morris Society, the William Morris Society in the United States strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates. We coordinate our activities with our fellow Morris Societies in the UK and Canada, and distribute UK and US Newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.

Conferences:

Re-evaluating the Pre-Raphaelites (MLA 2020)

The William Morris Society will sponsor sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, January 9th-12th, 2020.

The 56th United Nations Graduate Study Programme, at UN Headquarters in Geneva. From more than 1000 applications from several universities in 193 countries, 52 participants from 45 countries were selected to attend the Programme in July 2018. One of these was University of Reading MA International Security Studies student Mustafa Aryan.

For two weeks, Mustafa studied with amazing people from organisations around the world and he has shared his report with us. Continue reading

How research can support and strengthen the United Nations

Please join us for a one-day conference, and launch of the UN and Global
Order Programme at the University of Reading

KEYNOTE SPEECHES
IAN MARTIN
Former Special Representative of the
Secretary General in Libya, Nepal, and Timor-Leste
DOMINIK ZAUM
Research Dean for Prosperity and Resilience

THURSDAY 26 APRIL
9:15 – 4:30

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:45AM

UNIVERSITY OF READING, LONDON ROAD CAMPUS
LO22 G01

ADMISSION FREE, BOOKING

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Opinion | China’s Power Politics

While Mr. Zhou is Mr. Xi’s biggest and most recent target, just a month earlier, on June 30, Gen. Xu Caihou, formerly the most powerful figure in the People’s Liberation Army, was handed over to prosecutors to face charges of corruption. Only now, with both men officially destroyed, can Mr. Xi safely say that he is in control of a system where power still flows from the barrel of a gun.

General Xu will probably be courtmartialed for bribes allegedly received in exchange for promotions, and Mr. Zhou will be tried in connection with the massive empire that his relatives built on the back of inside oil deals. But behind closed doors, they may also be accused of political transgressions like conspiring to protect the first Politburo “tiger” who was in Mr. Xi’s sites: the former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai, whose rising political power was seen as a threat

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The British Fantasy Society | Welcome to The British Fantasy Society

The British Fantasy Society | Welcome to The British Fantasy Society

Short Story Competition 2020

March 12, 2020

The BFS Short Story Competition 2020 will open on 01/04/2020. Anyone can enter, regardless of how many times they have been previously published. The competition is open to […]

Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole. Review.

March 20, 2020

Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole Angry Robot, pb, £9.99 Reviewed by Sarah Deeming America and China are in conflict over the moon’s resources, not quite at war, but it’s in […]

LEGACY OF ASH by Matthew Ward. Review.

March 16, 2020

LEGACY OF ASH by Matthew Ward. Orbit Books. h/b. £25. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Otherwise known as the Phoenix of prophecy, Lady Katya, dowager duchess of Trelan, rides […]

Steel Frame by Andrew Skinner. Review.

March 13, 2020

Steel Frame by Andrew Skinner Solaris Books, pb, £8.82 The opener is one of the
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War | Politics and War Wiki

War is a game mechanic in which two nations’ militaries are pitted against each other. As nation leader, you have control over your nation’s military, and must decide what units to build, what battles to execute, and what your overall war strategy is. This manual covers the details of how war mechanics work, and provides insights into the different units, battles, and facets of war.

Resistance and Military Action PointsEdit

Wars are based on a system called Resistance. Each side starts the war with 100 resistance and resistance is reduced through every attack or increased through a specific action. The nation that reduces the opponent’s resistance to zero wins the war and the nation that loses gets “beiged”.To

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About Our Government | Congressman Mike Doyle

 

Government in the United States consists of three separate levels: the federal government, the state governments, and local governments. The Constitution, the fundamental legal authority for government in the United States, gives the federal government the power to undertake certain tasks – and assigns all other powers to the state governments. State governments each establish the local governments within their territory and delegate certain powers to them.

Each level of government is divided into three branches: the legislative branch (which makes the laws), the executive branch (which carries out the laws), and the judicial branch (which applies the laws to specific court cases, determines whether someone has broken the law, and evaluates laws to make certain that they are legitimate).

The following web pages provide additional information about the three levels of government in the United States:

  • National Government – the “United States Government” or the “Federal Government” 
     
  • State Governments 
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Ten Best Government Intranets

Compared to the private sector, the public sector faces unique usability challenges. At our usability conferences, for example, participants often ask why government agencies should even care about usability. After all, private companies are typically compelled by the realities of profit making; they embrace usability to increase their customer-conversion rates and improve their marketing. Government entities, however, don’t have such profit-oriented motivations.

So why should government agencies care about usability? The answer is that usability’s return on investment (ROI) can be realized outside the realms of sales and profit. If taxpayers are already funding an agency’s mission, diverting a tiny fraction of that funding to improve usability will improve overall agency performance — a desirable outcome. Thus, any time a government organization’s mission includes interacting with the public or disseminating information, website usability can easily be justified.

For government intranets, the answer is even easier: projects that increase civil servants’

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