JD Prater | Growth Marketer | San Francisco

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Night Time Goodies

Fracking and Water: E.P.A. Zeroes In on 7 Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen seven natural gas drilling sites where it will conduct case studies to evaluate the impact of hydraulic fracturing on local drinking water. (New York Times)

Taking sides: Top 5 albums of 2011 — so far
As 2011 hits the halfway point it’s time to take stock of the year in music so far. Here are each of our five favorite albums of the year’s first six months. (Washington Post)

Nationals vs. Mariners: Washington moves above .500 with win in bottom of ninth inning
As the Nationals have become baseball’s hottest team and perhaps its best story, they have come not to believe, but to know, they will somehow win regardless of the circumstances. That’s how winning teams think, and the Nationals, officially, are now a winning team. (Washington Post)
Egypt's farmers ready for independent organizing
For the first time in Egypt's history, the last four months have seen tens of thousands of peasants and farmers formally establishing unions and federations to defend their rights. These associations have been established in 16 governorates from Aswan to Alexandria. But questions remain about whether these agrarian associations can make their presence felt. (Al Masry Al Youm)

Climate of Denial
The first time I remember hearing the question "is it real?" was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by "professional wrestlers" one summer evening in the gym of the Forks River Elementary School in Elmwood, Tennessee. The evidence that it was real was palpable: "They're really hurting each other! That's real blood! Look a'there! They can't fake that!" On the other hand, there was clearly a script (or in today's language, a "narrative"), with good guys to cheer and bad guys to boo. (Rolling Stone)

Teacher training bill would cause education revolution
An impassioned national debate has erupted around what were once considered arcane matters deep inside the education world: How teachers’ skills should be judged, how to help less-skilled teachers get better and what to do if they don’t. But there are two points where pretty much everyone agrees: quality of teaching matters more than anything else, and we need to do the work that can put a strong teacher in every classroom. (Politico)

State Department Error Dashes Hopes of Thousands Seeking to Live in U.S.
But Ms. Guniya never packed her bags. After the State Department posted notices in the first days of May advising more than 22,000 foreigners worldwide that they had won the chance to become permanent residents of the United States, the department posted another notice on May 13 canceling the lottery results and voiding the winners, citing a “computer programming problem.” (New York Times)