Below are Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.

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Education - money - business

Alec Behind Common Core Education Standards

In 2010, the United States adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), purportedly to streamline states’ education curricula using standards-based education reform principles. The controversial decision to implement national educational content standards has been referred to as an “uncommonly bad idea” for American education by many. Recently, educator and education advocate Morna McDermott has illuminated the initiative’s extensive corporate ties, many stemming from the American Legislative Exchange Council. … Read more.


Tea Party Attacks Kentucky Public Libraries

The Tea Party has a special, strange desire to attack and dismantle things that are usually inherently good. They have warped views on civil rights, the economy, and education and knowledge. The latter has recently come under heavy attack. However, it isn’t the schools that the Tea Party has targeted this time, it’s public libraries. … Read more.

Fukushima - nuclear

Fukishima’s Impact on Nuclear Energy

The nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima, Japan two years ago has lasting implications for the entire world. Recent radiation readings around the water storage tanks at Fukushima have spiked to their highest levels and researchers are concerned about the radioactive elements of cesium and strontium.  In America, support for building more nuclear power plants dropped from 61 percent supporting in 2008 to 42 percent after witnessing the dangers of Fukushima. … Read more.


Florida Joins NRA Crusade to Allow Teen Handgun Sales

In a recent push by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to have the U.S. Supreme Court repeal a 1968 law that prohibits the sale of handguns to anyone under the age of 21 by licensed gun dealers, Florida has joined the 21 other states that support the repeal. … Read more.


Investigation Into Tie Between Propecia and Sexual Dysfunction Continues

The Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation has announced that it will fund the second major clinical study of post-finasteride syndrome (PFS) through the Baylor College of Medicine. … Read more.


Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. Follow him on Twitter @Joshual33.