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That Damn Critical Eye

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I've also been reporting lately on the wonderful headway the LGBT community is making. Imagine my surprise when Jay Leno disclosed how many transgendered folks populate California's Senate:



And since this is OpEdNews, a political blog for lefties, we must show where Bimbo Bush thinks his heart is, or wonder what the world's elites might be eating:



These next two headlines come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention, but the error is subtle.  To make unethical politicans headline news is to imply most are ethical:



OEN writers continue to expose the corruption of science at the hands of politicians, sparked by ongoing research from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  But this headline really proves it. Then look what happens to gymnasts who live near toxic waste dumps:



The chemically-free might enjoy this street sign, but will surely object to this Elks Lodge project:



So, while we editors may drive our friends and family nuts with our propensity to check facts and correct spellings and word usage, the benefits surely outweigh the annoyance.  Or, as we editors know in our bones, ignore us at your reputation's peril, should Jay Leno catch you.

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

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