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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 1/25

Newflash: St. Paul isn’t Minneapolis (and that’s a good thing)

from by Nathaniel M. Hood

The odd thing about these projects is that they aren’t what the average resident of St. Paul really cares about. It appears as if these funding requests are typically large ticket items aimed at attracting people from outside St. Paul to come visit.

The good, the bad, and the in-between: Breaking down the Dayton budget

from Brick City Blog by Sean Olsen

Governor Dayton’s budget proposal has a lot of moving pieces.  Let’s look at the components of the plan, and see whether they make sense or not.

Kline and Paulsen will be feeling some advocacy pressure as well

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

But unlike his Minnesota colleagues who support the extremes on guns, Kline saw his district lose its rural emphasis, while gaining a more suburban look. His representation on this issue will become a bit more dicey as he has to face the new northern Dakota County voters.

Will this be an Israeli spring?

from TCJewfolk by Roni Levin

It all started with a young woman, in the summer of 2011, who created a great fuss. She was thrown into the street because she could not pay the rent, so she set up a tent on one of Tel Aviv’s busiest streets, Rothschild Boulevard.  A few days later, the street was filled with tents of other frustrated tenants from every level of society. People protested that the cost of living was too high, that the burden should be equal, and that the middle class was broken. This was not the first time such statements were made, but it was the first time hundreds of thousands of people came out to demonstrate.

Growth? Hai domo!

from Barataria by Erik Hare

Are you ready for the next Ronald Reagan?  Not here, in Japan.  The new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been in office for less than a month and is already making a lot of waves with a bold new vision – spending  whatever it takes and a strong dose of saber-rattling nationalism.  It’s the latest – or really the first – plan to get Japan out of the two decade long doldrums and back onto the world stage.  Will it work?

The Raptor Center

from The Blogunteer by Stacy Pearson

In 2012, The Raptor Center received nearly 800 patients including eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons.  These birds are all raptors because they have hooked beaks, sharp talons, and sharp talons.  When we visited in December 2012, they had 52 bird patients.

Jesus had a brain (and other organs)

from Theoblogy by Tony Jones

Jesus of Nazareth was fully human. He pooped (everybody does!), he had spirals of DNA, and he had gray matter in his skull. He was a material being, and I am a materialist Christian theologian; so far, so good.

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