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"Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education" -- Henry B. Adams, 19th century American historian.

*A last blast of summer: What do you get when you mix tubing, an invasive species, slow-motion photography and an aria?:

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com

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* Michigan policy has been moving in a strong pro-cyberschool direction recently. Other states are moving in the opposite direction:

http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2012/oct/03/online-schools-face-backlash-as-states-question-results/

* Another crisis for Detroit -- processing its waste water:

http://www.freep.com/article/20121003/NEWS05/310030120/Strike-at-wastewater-plant-can-t-drag-on-some-warn

8 Auto sales are surging in the United States, with the big gains being made by Toyota and Honda. Pickup trucks don't seem to be selling too well:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/business/g-m-and-ford-post-lackluster-sales.html?_r=0

* Wondering about the foliage in the U.P.? Here's a handy tool:

http://www.uptravel.com/fallreports#.UGxEMmBqn4g.facebook

* A Transportation Security Administration agent (convicted) says stealing is common:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/09/29/pythias_brown_fomer_tsa_agent_says_stealing

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