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  • Editorial: Beyond Screening for Ebola

    NYT > Opinion
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The 21-day monitoring program will be more effective than a travel ban, and it won’t discourage people from going abroad to help fight the epidemic.
  • Tonyaa Weathersbee: Black youths are developing a passion for science

    Opinion
    Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Yes, the University of Florida Gators lost big in football last week But Juan Gilbert certainly has some good news about UF. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at UF’s College of Engineering. LEADING THE NATION He told a gathering of the UF Association of Black Alumni that the school leads the nation’s research institutions in having the most African-American tenure track faculty in computer science. read more
  • Editorial: Why Kobani Must Be Saved

    NYT > Opinion
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    A setback in Kobani, Syria, would show the fragility of the American operation and hand the Islamic State an important victory.
  • Opinionator | Fixes: In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind

    NYT > Opinion
    By TINA ROSENBERG
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    A nationwide, door-to-door testing initiative has become a mobilizing force for better-quality education.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: Plutocrats Against Democracy

    NYT > Opinion
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The desire to suppress the vote in Hong Kong isn’t really so different from the agenda of the political right in the United States.
 
 
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  • Obama gives Syria’s Assad another pass on chemical weapons

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    ONE GRIM indication that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been emboldened by the U.S. air campaign in Syria is the fresh reports of chemical weapons attacks on civilian areas. The Institute for the Study of War has compiled 18 allegations by Syrian sources of chlorine gas attacks by the regime since U.S. strikes against the Islamic State began in August. The first strike was reported Aug. 19 — the same day that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it had completed the neutralization of the chemical weapons stockpile surrendered by the regime. The most…
  • Garment factories in Bangladesh still have massive safety problems

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    IT HAS been more than a year since Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing 1,138 garment industry workers who had been crammed into an unsafe building. American and European retailers promised to insist on better conditions in the factories they buy from. But they still have a long way to go: A consortium of European companies announced last week that they found more than 80,000 safety problems in the 1,106 factories they inspected since the Rana Plaza disaster. More than a tenth of the facilities were so bad that they required immediate retrofitting for production to proceed…
  • The Post’s endorsements for Prince George’s House and Senate elections

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    NOT A single Republican state delegate or senator represents a Prince George’s County district. This unhealthy situation tends to be self-perpetuating: GOP candidates have been so marginalized that few have the money, political base or basic familiarity with state government to mount a credible campaign for office. Lack of competition in turn allows some less-than-stellar Democrats to win election. Read full article >>
  • Military success has bred popular support for the Islamic State

    Editorial Board
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    WESTERN LEADERS sometimes suggest that the Islamic State is its own worst enemy, so extreme in doctrine and practice that it will galvanize opposition within the Islamic world. While that is proving true to some extent — Muslim governments, senior clerics and even other jihadist groups have joined the fight against the would-be caliphate — the sobering truth is that the Islamic State also has picked up popular support and the allegiance of other militants in countries as far away as Algeria and Pakistan. Read full article >>
  • The Post’s endorsements for Montgomery County House and Senate elections

    Editorial Board
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    MONTGOMERY AND Prince George’s counties have contributed heavily to what has become one-party Democratic rule in Annapolis: Not a single Republican state delegate or senator represents either of Maryland’s two biggest counties. That’s not healthy for those localities or for the state. Unfortunately, it’s also self-perpetuating: GOP candidates have been so marginalized that few have the money, political base and basic familiarity with state government to mount a credible campaign for office. Read full article >>
 
 
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  • Robert A. Brown

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • J.A. Jance

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
  • The Woman Citizen

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
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    Opinion

  • Tonyaa Weathersbee: Black youths are developing a passion for science

    Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Yes, the University of Florida Gators lost big in football last week But Juan Gilbert certainly has some good news about UF. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at UF’s College of Engineering. LEADING THE NATION He told a gathering of the UF Association of Black Alumni that the school leads the nation’s research institutions in having the most African-American tenure track faculty in computer science. read more
  • Guest column: Air power alone has never won a war

    Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    American-led air strikes over Iraq and Syria will likely continue for many months, but they alone cannot fix the long-term problem of “degrading and ultimately destroying” Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgents, the Pentagon press spokesman admitted the other day. Surprisingly, Rear Admiral John Kirby said that there is no “willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria.” And the same is basically true in northern Iraq. Outside Kurdish-controlled areas, after the collapse of the Iraqi army, no one has “boots on the ground.” read more
  • Letters: Why would anyone vote for a Democrat?

    Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    LETTERS FROM READERS Praise for writers I believe the contributors to the Letters From Readers section of the Times-Union deserve recognition for their efforts. As director of Letters to the Editor for Florida FairTax, I often monitor the Letters sections in most Florida city newspapers. And I find that few measure up to the quality of letters printed in the Times-Union, whether in substance, topic or writing ability. I often disagree with other writers’ views. But I nonetheless admire their ability to state their case. read more
  • Lead Letter: Take advantage of early voting

    Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Early voting started recently and will continue in Duval County through Sunday, Nov. 2. I do not take voting for granted. My ancestors did not always have the chance to vote. Poll taxes and other bogus rules were passed to keep African-Americans from the voting booths. REMEMBERING THE UNREST I was a rising senior in high school in August 1965. Living in the South, I remember lots of civil unrest due to racial intolerance. I can recall picketing some of the downtown eating establishments in Winston-Salem, N.C. read more
  • Rick Scott is the best choice for governor

    Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The Times-Union editorial board is in an unusual situation regarding the endorsement of Florida’s next governor. Neither Republican Rick Scott nor Democrat Charlie Crist received this newspaper’s endorsement the last time they ran. So maybe it’s fitting that Scott and Crist are now pitted against each other in a peculiar, tightly contested race. Crist was endorsed by this newspaper when he ran as a Republican for education commissioner, attorney general and governor — but not when he ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate against Marco Rubio. read more
 
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • When did Baltimore become so chic?

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    I grew up here, so I'm allowed to say this: Baltimore is not known for being "cool."
  • Reducing student debt requires a national commitment

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Tonight, as families of high school students across the country sit down to eat dinner, talk will likely turn to college applications. For those in the midst of the process, the conversation will almost definitely touch on affordability. And for those still a year or two out from college, the...
  • VA is critical to medicine and vets

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    During preparation for my confirmation as secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), I was repeatedly asked, "Why doesn't VA just hand out vouchers allowing veterans to get care wherever they want?" For a department recovering from serious issues involving health care access and scheduling of...
  • We must address racial disparity in police shootings

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Why are black males 21 times more like than whites to be killed by police?Why are black males 21 times more like than whites to be killed by police?
  • Regulate Baltimore's e-cigarettes

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Baltimore City Health Department's mission is to help all city residents realize their full health potential. If passed, Bill 14-0371 (Electronic Smoking Devices), which was recently heard before the City Council Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee, will be a significant step...
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Tony Norman: August Wilson Center needs advice, so ...

    By Tony Norman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    Let’s face it. It wouldn’t be a normal week in Pittsburgh if the beleaguered August Wilson Center for African American Culture didn’t have to jump through some serious hoops on its way back to solvency.
  • Protect affordable health insurance for Pennsylvania's kids

    By Bruce Lesley
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    What if there were a bipartisan health care plan that worked? What if it gave states lots of flexibility and represented a true private-public partnership? What if it delivered quality care for kids at a cost their parents can afford? And what if it was incredibly successful and overwhelmingly popular with voters? You’d think Congress would be rushing to protect it. But think again.
  • Thomas L. Friedman / Putin and the pope

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Reading the papers these days I find that the two world leaders who stir the most passion in me are Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. One is everything you’d want in a leader, the other everything you wouldn’t want. One holds sway over 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the other over nine time zones. One keeps surprising me with his capacity for empathy, the other by how much he has become a first-class jerk and thug. But neither can be ignored and both have an outsized influence on the world today.
  • he Barbour sentencing change sends a terrible message

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Judge Jeffrey Manning’s recent decision to grant a convicted child abuser lenient sentencing (“Mother to Leave Jail to Care for Children,” Oct. 11) sent a horrible message to everyone it touched. According to the Center for Children’s Justice, more than 90 children in Pennsylvania died or nearly died from child abuse in 2013.
  • Assault on Canada: Two assailants jolt America’s northern neighbor

    By the Editorial Board
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Two unexpected attacks this week near Montreal and in Ottawa brought Middle Eastern developments and Canada’s role in them to the fore for Canadians.
 
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • Editorial: S.F.'s progressive blues

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Politically speaking, no large American city is deeper blue than San Francisco, or so we’ve all been led to believe. But the San Francisco of today has left many local leftists feeling betrayed. Yes, it’s increasingly expensive, tech-driven and...
  • Editorial: California's paradox of low voter turnout

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    What if you threw an election, and nobody came? It’s not quite that dire in the Golden State this election season, but we’re working on it. As Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters points out, only about three quarters of California’s 18 million...
  • Joseph Perkins: Expect some post-election 'surprises' from Obama

    BY JOSEPH PERKINS
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    During a tete a tete in March 2012 with Russia’s then-President Dimitry Medvedev, President Obama assured his counterpart that he would make certain concessions on missile defense. But Medvedev (and Russian president-in-waiting Vladimir Putin)...
  • Paul Atkins: Now they want a bite of your mutual fund

    By PAUL S. ATKINS
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs for investors, lower returns in the long run and less...
  • Today's cartoons: Canadian loonies

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Also: Is it Turkey or an ostrich?; Cuba to the rescue
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • Libraries boost communities' economy: My Word

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The public library is a place of learning, a hub for educational resources and a community center. Children discover new worlds as they're read to, young adults learn new skills and librarians assist patrons needing educational or business support.
  • Are vapor cigs safer than smokes?: Front Burner

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Smoking is cool again.
  • We asked you: Do candidates' debates affect your vote?

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Debates are media events staged by various groups seeking to gain public-spirit prestige. The events provide no new information, perspectives or even rationality to politics.
  • Clearing up hazy fallacies about e-cigs: Front Burner

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    They come in many shapes and sizes: a "cig-alike" device with a glowing light at the tip, a stylish pen or a thick cylinder with a small tank for liquid. An estimated 5 million smokers have turned to vapor products like e-cigarettes, often as an alternative to tobacco. The reasons are...
  • Regular smokes may be worse; e-cigs no panacea: Front Burner

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For many public-health professionals, e-cigarettes were the long-awaited solution to the tobacco epidemic. Finally, we have a product that looks like cigarettes, works like cigarettes and is popular among smokers, but without much of the harm of cigarettes. What more would we need to deliver...
 
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Kim Jong Lucy

    JAMES GIBNEY Bloomberg News
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    In what passes for a charm offensive, North Korea just released one of three Americans it has been holding prisoner.
  • No fries with that

    Chicago Tribune
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    In January 1990, when the dreary and declining Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was opening to the world, McDonald's arrived as a symbol of American prosperity and freedom.
  • The vanishing monarch

    ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. In the Chicago Tribune
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    Nearly every autumn I head to the hills to band and release hawks, eagles and other powerful raptors as they ride the mountains' updraft on their southern migration.
  • A friend on Wastebook

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    They kept saying that Tom Coburn was retiring from the U.S. Senate, but some of us didn't want to believe it. Not even after he said so himself.
  • The KISS principle

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    You may have heard about the KISS principle--Keep It Simple, Soldier--and how well it works in the military. When it's tried.
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: For East Side Union, incumbents Biehl, Herrera and Le should be re-elected

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The East Side Union High School District -- the largest in Northern California, with 24,000 students -- has struggled traditionally with high dropout rates and other academic failures once written off to the lower-income neighborhoods in San Jose that it encompasses.But East Side is on the way up. It has an exceptional, creative superintendent in Chris Funk, a falling dropout rate and, if Measure I passes as it should, a head start on technology funding that could make East Side an educational trendsetter. And it has a civil, functional school board, which wasn't always the case.So for the…
  • Mercury News editorial: Showalter, Rosenberg and Siegel best for Mountain View

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    North Bayshore is a defining issue in Mountain View this fall: whether to further study the idea of building housing close to the thousands of jobs in the area between Highway 101 and the bay, or whether to keep it essentially a business park, as the current City Council, on a narrow vote, has decided.We believe creating more of a neighborhood is, at a minimum, worth closer study, and so do Pat Showalter and Ken Rosenberg, the best qualified candidates in a field of nine for three seats with no incumbents running. They are experienced in civic leadership and thoughtful in their approach…
  • Mercury News editorial: California voters should stand up for plastic bag ban

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    If ever a referendum deserved to be trashed, it's the plastics industry's attempt to undo California's first-in-the-nation plastic bag ban.An industry group calling itself the American Progressive Bag Alliance -- talk about an oxymoron -- began gathering signatures Sept. 30 for a proposition for the November 2016 election. It has to collect 504,760 signatures by Dec 29 to get on the ballot and the plastics industry is expected to spend $5 million to make it happen.If it does, let's call it the Right to Pollute Streams and the Ocean, Kill Wildlife and Overflow Landfills Initiative.And why…
  • Mercury News editorial: Re-elect Chang, Green and Hover-Smoot to county board of education

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The scope and importance of the Santa Clara County Board of Education took a significant leap in recent years when it began evaluating charter school petitions and overseeing the schools' performance. That's in addition to the board's traditional role of governing early childhood education, special education and alternative schools.Charter schools are one of the hottest controversies in county education circles, especially when it comes to Rocketship schools, which attempted a rapid expansion that has been stopped or at least slowed by a court ruling. The county board needs knowledgeable…
  • Mercury News editorial: End the nightmare; elect Noelani Sallings, Jodi Muirhead and Andy Ratermann in Santa Clara Unified

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Chris Stampolis is not on the Santa Clara Unified School Board ballot for re-election this fall, but everything he stands for is. Bullying -- whether overt, like Stampolis' performance at Peterson Middle School, or subtle -- typifies the atmosphere Stampolis and his allies, including two who are on the ballot, have created in Santa Clara Unified. They have driven out a number of administrators, including principals and superintendents, and teachers are rebelling.To restore calm and stop the hemorrhaging of professional talent, elect Noelani Sallings and Jodi Muirhead in Area 2 and re-elect…
 
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Richard Besser: Fight fear with facts on Ebola

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn't protect two Dallas nurses from Ebola. When government officials tell us we are safe and then caregivers get sick, what does this do to trust? Read comments
  • Barack Obama: America will continue to lead in an uncertain world

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. As Americans, we see the future not as something beyond our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. That was true this week, as we mobilized the world to confront some of our most urgent challenges. Read comments
  • California taxpayers burned by government-backed Solar City

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    One of the worst energy policies being perpetrated by the government on California taxpayers is the subsidization of alternative energy. Solar power has been one particular area of concern.  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been doing extensive research and grassroots outreach to households with SolarCity solar panels.   The biggest concern is that rooftop solar companies, like Elon Musk’s SolarCity, Corp., which are politically connected and favored, have found a way to claim the tax credit for themselves. These companies discovered…
  • EDITORIAL: Help the disabled by ending predatory ADA lawsuit scams

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:39 pm
    They remind us of something slimy, these bottom-feeding attorneys and their professional victims running a legal extortion scam perpetrated in the name of protecting the disabled. Read comments
  • EDITORIAL: Obama sets the right course by vowing to eradicate ISIL

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    So where is the nation 13 years after the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001? Read comments
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  • Harold Douthit Jr: 1927-2014; Publisher of weeklies led newspaper group

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    SANDUSKY — Harold K. Douthit, Jr., a publisher and owner of suburban weekly newspapers and of magazines who lobbied for strong public records and open meetings laws as he encouraged in-depth reporting on local government, died Tuesday in Stein Hospice, Sandusky. He was 87.
  • 57 arrested in domestic-violence sweep

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Police officers had to get creative Wednesday when a suspect tried to avoid officers by barricading himself in his basement and using his “pit bulls” as guards.
  • About 4% of area home mortgages are overdue

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    The percentage of Toledo-area home mortgages at least 90 days overdue dropped to 3.98 percent in August, the 23rd consecutive monthly decline, according to CoreLogic.
  • Gunmen had trip planned to Syria

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    OTTAWA - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process,” police said on Thursday.
  • New York doctor has Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    NEW YORK — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.
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  • Greensburg Tuesday takes

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On the “Watch List”: The Rev. Joseph Maurizio’s “investments.” The Somerset County priest, accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy, reportedly ...
  • Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Laurel: To the Springdale Council. Members voted 4-3 to keep Police Chief Julio Medeiros on the job. Now if the micromanagers and wannabe police chiefs ...
  • For U.S. House, Pa.: Re-elect Rothfus, Shuster, Kelly & Barletta

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On Nov. 4, vote to keep Pennsylvania Republicans Keith Rothfus (12th District), Bill Shuster (9th), Mike Kelly (3rd) and Lou Barletta (11th) in the U.S. ...
  • Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Laurel: To Chevron. For putting its money where future jobs are through a $20 million tri-state education initiative to help train a new generation of ...
  • Not man for job

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    In response to the letter “Why Corbett’s losing GOP voter”: I am 67 and fairly recently moved to the Pittsburgh area. Over the last 30 ...
 
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Sleazy campaign ads reflect poorly on candidates

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mailings in the 26th and 28 districts are misleading at best, offensive at worst.Click to Continue »
  • All charter amendments are worthy of consideration

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The misguided message that voters should just dismiss all 12 amendments without weighing both pros and cons is crass, cynical and presumes voters lack the judgment to evaluate each on…Click to Continue »
  • Into the Middle East morass?

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The purposes, parameters and prospects of the war are increasingly uncertain. Americans have a right to be concerned about the whole enterprise.Click to Continue »
  • Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The president reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.Click to Continue »
  • Stalemate with IS

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Although we don't have Islamic State fighters on the run, neither are they continuing to grab new territory.Click to Continue »
 
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  • Amid fierce debate over Britain’s EU membership, an abiding belief in its benefits is a welcome sign

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Something strange and possibly wonderful is happening to British public opinion. Even as the UK Independence Party is enjoying a disruptive moment not seen in politics since the launch of the Social Democratic Party in 1981, sentiment towards the UK’s membership of the European Union is growing warmer.
  • DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When my children have been particularly naughty, I force a little game upon them. We drive to the nearest DIY superstore and I make them search for lengths of 2 x 4 lumber and 30mm self-tapping screws.
  • Weight of expectation: Is it the duty of employers to ensure their staff’s fitness?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    It is not such a ridiculous idea, having companies encourage their staff to lose weight and generally become healthier; even the most militant libertarian might find it difficult to challenge that mild proposition. Drinking too much, eating too much, smoking (at all) and exercising too little evidently costs individuals, their families and the NHS dear.
  • Immigration is the issue many in Labour fear most

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    For some Labour MPs, the biggest single mistake of Tony Blair’s premiership wasn’t going to war in Iraq or allowing the national deficit to escalate.
  • Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Rural Britain transported by ire over rail cuts

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Nothing better illustrates the late Congressional Speaker Tip O’Neill’s mantra that “all politics is local” than Transport Questions. To sit through it is to be exposed to a living gazetteer of little-known villages inadequately or unsafely served by rail and road links. “What progress [has the Secretary of State] made...” ran a typical question from the Tory Laurence Robertson, “... in improvements to the A417 and A419 at Nettleton Bottom and Crickley Hill; and [will he] make a statement?
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • I was arrested in Parliament Square where free speech should prevail | Jenny Jones

    Jenny Jones
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It is an indictment on Britains police and politicians that the Occupy demonstrators cannot protest peacefully without fear of arrestDespite all my years and experience of protests, nothing quite prepares you for how it feels to be arrested. I was far more upset than I thought I would be; in that moment you suddenly feel as if you have absolutely no power. This was the first time Ive been arrested. I like to think Im a law-abiding citizen, I dont drop litter, run red lights on my bike, or take backhanders to lobby on behalf of dodgy corporations.I originally went along to the Occupy camp in…
  • Mine-detecting rats: First Dog on the Moon talks through the cartoon audio

    First Dog on the Moon
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 pm
    The truth about the incredible mine-detecting rats of Mozambique Continue reading...
  • Barry Spurr v New Matilda: the facts, the law and the porridge

    Richard Ackland
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Barry Spurrs whimsical games are set to go a lot further as his court action against New Matilda continuesWhat is so touchingly gormless about University of Sydney professor Barry Spurrs slurs is that he should commit them to writing and send them around by email to friends and colleagues.Its as though he was begging someone to forward what he thought were amusing little chortles to the rest of the world. Abos, Mussies, Chinky poos, whores, bogans, fatties, slobs, people who dont speak properly all have been part of what Spurr now characterises as either a whimsical or linguistic game.Others…
  • Ill drink to child-free pubs and cafes | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

    Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The increased presence of children in adult spaces might reflect progress, but sometimes I want a drink without someone screaming in my earAn Australian business owner did a brave thing this week. Jodie Morris announced that her cafe would no longer be accepting badly behaved children. If parents were looking for somewhere for children to run rampant and annoy other customers, she wrote on Facebook, then her premises were not child friendly.This has upset some customers, but I imagine others will breathe a sigh of relief. I would have gone further. The well behaved rule will no doubt lead to…
  • Isolation is a tyrant, but we can confront it | Emily White

    Emily White
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I found a way out of loneliness by reaching beyond my private ties. If we try, togetherness will comeWe are living in what George Monbiot described in these pages last week as the age of loneliness. This is something I am pretty familiar with. For years in my thirties I was grindingly lonely. I woke up every morning to an empty flat, and I dreaded the end of the work day since it meant another long evening alone. I craved connection, but had no idea how to create it, and so wound up in a loop: I was so often lonely, I assumed that loneliness was all there was.The fact that so many of us are…
 
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  • Banking in Myanmar: Twinned with South Sudan

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The world’s biggest economic problem Fly Title:  Banking in Myanmar Rubric:  Myanmar has licensed a few foreign banks. Its financial sector is still broken Location:  YANGON Main image:  Spot the gilded facade Spot the gilded facade SPEND a few days in Yangon, and you can almost believe you are in a country with a functioning financial sector. ATMs, completely absent just a few years ago, now dot the city. Credit cards are increasingly (though still not widely) accepted. Outside the big cities, however, this façade…
  • A Swiss banker on trial: A day of reckoning?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  A Swiss banker on trial Rubric:  Raoul Weil has gone on trial for aiding tax evasion Main image:  20141018_wbp503.jpg IN 2008 Bradley Birkenfeld, an American working for UBS, blew the whistle on the giant Swiss bank’s offshore operations, which had helped thousands of rich Americans to dodge their taxes. Among the lurid details that he revealed was the use of encrypted laptops, the smuggling of diamonds in toothpaste tubes for clients, and evidence of bankers travelling to America on tourist visas to avoid arousing…
  • ING: Up and at ’em

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Party v the people Fly Title:  ING Rubric:  Slim, trim and solvent, ING is looking to regain its disruptive mojo Location:  AMSTERDAM LESS than a decade ago ING Group, with its orange lion logo, was the epitome of finance rampant. Its banking, insurance and asset-management activities sprawled across the globe. Today, as it emerges early from a state bail-out precipitated by its large portfolio of American mortgages, it is again an example—this time of the sort of institution that new, more demanding prudential rules…
  • Arab Bank: Consorting with terrorists

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  Arab Bank Rubric:  A venerable Jordanian bank is found complicit in terrorist attacks Location:  New York AFTER a six-week trial it took only two days for a jury to find that Arab Bank knowingly provided assistance to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, and consequently was complicit in two dozen terrorist attacks Hamas launched between 2001 and 2004 in which Americans were hurt or killed. The case was originally filed a decade ago and this week’s verdict notwithstanding, it…
  • Business this week

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Main image:  20140927_WWC772.png The superlatives came thick and fast to describe Alibaba’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the world’s biggest, raising $25 billion after underwriters exercised an option for extra shares at the debut price of $68, and it was far ahead of Facebook’s IPO, which had held the record for a tech flotation. Alibaba’s share price rose 38% on the first day of trading, though it fell back somewhat in following sessions. Capping it all Jack Ma, who founded the company, was…
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    The Scotsman - News Feed

  • V&A unveil William Morris inspired game for iPad

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    HE WAS a lauded textile designer who longed to see Britain transform into a socialist utopia, but although a visionary, William Morris could never have imagined he would one day inspire a computer game.
  • Cameron: Tories different from Ukip on immigration

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    DAVID Cameron has vowed the Conservatives will not echo Ukip’s “tone” on immigration as the party battles eurosceptics in a second by-election sparked by a Tory defector.
  • SNP apology call after North Sea oil discovery

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A ROW broke out last night over the long-term viability of Scotland’s oil reserves as the discovery of a new oil field off the Aberdeen coast sparked fresh claims of “scaremongering” by the No camp during the independence campaign.
  • Tinnitus sufferer sues music shop for £20k

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A WOMAN is suing for damages after she claims she was left suffering from tinnitus when a cymbal was struck in a music shop she was visiting.
  • Joss Stone joins armed forces heroes at Cenotaph

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    MUSICIAN Joss Stone has pledged her support for this year’s poppy appeal by joining soldiers at the Cenotaph in central London to mark the start of the Royal British Legion’s annual fundraising campaign.
 
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • The importance of being exceptional

    David Bromwich
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The origins of the phrase “American exceptionalism” are not especially obscure. The French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, observing this country in the 1830s, said that Americans seemed exceptional in valuing practical attainments almost to the exclusion of the arts and sciences. The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, on hearing a report by the American Communist Party that workers in the United States in 1929 were not ready for revolution, denounced “the heresy of American exceptionalism.” In (...) - Open page
  • Fighting the last war

    Karen J. Greenberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    These days, two “wars” are in the headlines: one against the marauding Islamic State and its new caliphate of terror carved out of parts of Iraq and Syria, the other against a marauding disease and potential pandemic, Ebola, spreading across West Africa, with the first cases already reaching the United States and Europe. Both wars seemed to come out of the blue; both were unpredicted by our vast national security apparatus; both have induced fears bordering on hysteria and, in both cases, (...) - Open page
  • Edward Snowden and the golden age of spying

    Tom Engelhardt and Laura Poitras
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We're talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, (...) - Open page
  • What could possibly go wrong?

    Peter Van Buren
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car — and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?” Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the (...) - Open page
  • Investing in junk armies

    William J Astore
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. The collapse drew much notice in our media, but not much in the way of sustained analysis of the American role in it. To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and -armed, (...) - Open page
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Brian Fallow: Wealth gap goes mainstream

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It is a sign that the times, they are a-changin' when leading central bankers, of all people, are publicly deploring prevailing levels of, and trends in, inequality.It is hard to imagine Alan Greenspan ever making a
  • Toby Manhire: Pomp and tosh in fantasyland

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    A great big soup of imported pageantry and indigenous ritual, the state opening of Parliament used to take place every year, but at some point in the 90s they decided to limit the strange and mostly boring spectacle to the start of...
  • Brian Rudman: At last! Hope for St James Theatre

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Let's not pop the champagne corks just yet to celebrate the saving of the St James Theatre. Given Auckland's chequered history in saving heritage buildings, best to keep the Lindauer on ice for the time being.But the purchase of...
  • Editorial: Speaker gives PM, ministers a licence to duck for cover

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The Prime Minister began his third term by warning National MPs and ministers that he did not want to see any hint of arrogance creeping into their behaviour.Fast-forward a month and that very trait was implicit in John Key's response...
  • Paul Thomas: Foul stench rising from squalid Wallabies

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Former Wallaby captain and current Australian Rugby Union board member John Eales described Ewen McKenzie's lonely "exit stage left" after announcing his resignation as Wallaby coach as "one of the saddest sights I've seen in sport".What...
 
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    TORONTO STAR

  • Defiance will come, but emotion in Ottawa still too raw: Tim Harper

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    OTTAWA—The strains of O Canada started faintly, but gradually built.It was sung by cabinet ministers, MPs from all parties, public servants on their way to work, a bicycle courier and university students. We all sang, but this was a plaintive rendering of the anthem. Spontaneous, yes, but delivered more in grief than defiance, behind police barriers, under a suitably leaden sky, in front of the crime scene known as the National War Memorial.This city is not yet OttawaStrong, despite the best effort of hashtags on social media.It’ll get there, but not the day after. Not so…
  • RCMP brass says attacks are ‘difficult threats to detect’

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:09 pm
    OTTAWA—The two Canadians who killed soldiers this week both wanted to go to Syria but, frustrated in their attempts to go abroad, brought terror home instead.“These are difficult threats to detect,” RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson told a news conference Thursday. “There’s no way of knowing where or when such an attack will take place.”Paulson said aside from their desire to go abroad, the RCMP’s investigation had not found any link between Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and Martin Couture-Rouleau, who killed a Canadian soldier in a…
  • China seeks to end Confucius deal with Toronto school board

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The Chinese government wants to immediately “terminate” the agreement between the Toronto District School Board and the Confucius Institute, says a letter sent by an education department official on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by the Star.“Given that the TDSB failed to fulfil our agreement on the Confucius Institute, the co-operation between our two parties cannot proceed, so I officially propose that we terminate our partnership on the Confucius Institute as from today,” says the Oct. 23 letter to Donna Quan, director of education for the Toronto…
  • Steve Nash’s transcendent career has come to a close: Arthur

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    You’ve got to understand how unlikely any of this was. In 1992, in British Columbia, Steve Nash’s team won the provincial title at the old Agrodome, and he was in complete control, so cool. What a player, we all thought. Man, Steve Nash.But we expected him to go to the University of Victoria. You know? Kids from B.C. almost never went to the States; when he got a scholarship to Santa Clara, the one Division I school to offer one, it was incredible. When he played in NCAA tournament games as a freshman, in an upset of No. 2 Arizona, it blew our minds. He’d left the map at…
  • Leafs try to move on past shadow of Ottawa tragedy: Feschuk

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The regular workday was done. Various Maple Leafs were leaving the ice and hitting the hot tub. But Nazem Kadri had a whimsical idea: He could enjoy an in-season spa treatment on any day. Today he wanted to try goaltending. So the fun-loving forward swapped some of his usual gear for a stash of equipment belonging to James Reimer. And outfitted with a blocker, a catching glove and a stick with a paddle, Kadri stepped between the pipes to take on all comers.All comers, even on half-speed breakaways, nearly all scored. Perhaps you’re aware of the NHL-standard manoeuvre known as the…
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Ebola’s Next Frontier

    Hrishabh Sandilya, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Ebola outbreak that has wreaked havoc in West Africa is stoking fears of an uncontrollable pandemic, though developed countries – and most developing countries – have little to fear. India, however, could be in serious danger.
  • Europe’s Fiscal Wormhole

    Guntram B. Wolff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The fulfillment of policy rules in the eurozone appears to be impossible without growth, but growth appears to be impossible without breaking the rules. With all of the rules pointing toward recession, how can Europe boost recovery?
  • A New Macroeconomic Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Both neo-Keynesians and supply-siders have tried and failed to overcome the high-income economies’ persistently weak performance in recent years. It is time for a new approach, one based on sustainable, investment-led growth.
  • The WTO’s Reform Crisis

    Emily Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevêdo, has called for an urgent shakeup of his institution, and one of the main reform proposals is to abandon consensus-based decision-making. That might boost efficiency, but it could jeopardize one of the WTO’s greatest assets: its legitimacy.
  • The Rebirth of Egypt

    Merit Al-Sayed, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    If macroeconomic indicators are to be believed, Egypt’s economic growth has ground almost to a halt over the past three years. Worse, however, the past three decades attest to the failure of conventional macroeconomics to guide policymakers in managing development.
 
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Best Places to Retire?

    DW
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    “Venus is too hot, Jupiter’s gassy, and Earth is too crazy.” The post Best Places to Retire? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Downward Dogged

    DW
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    “This dog treat entitles me to 15 minutes of drool-free yoga.” The post Downward Dogged appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Airport Screen Test

    DW
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    “They told me I didn’t have a temperature and I’m not ovulating.” The post Airport Screen Test appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • A-B-CDC

    DW
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Clipboard guy with guys in hazmat suits; One of these things is not like the other.” The post A-B-CDC appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Fortune 500 Teller

    DW
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    ” Your stocks are sliding.” The post Fortune 500 Teller appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    ROOSTERGNN

  • The Iroquois: Cooperation in Politics and Agriculture

    Michael Goodyear
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Residing in what are now the northeastern parts of the United States, the Iroquois were once one of the most successful and powerful groups of Native Americans in North America. The Haudenosaunee, or “People of the Longhouse”, came together from disparate tribes around the 16th century to form a concentrated block of power which would dominate New England. In their politics and agriculture the Iroquois successfully utilized cooperation to fuel their rise to power. According to legend the Iroquois were initially a series of squabbling but culturally related tribes who warred against each…
  • American Public Schooling: Imagining the Unimaginable

    Athanasia Olga Livas
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    As a follow-up to ROOSTERGNN’s Education Series, we publish this article on American public schooling. U.S.A. The American public education system has overlooked perhaps the most fundamental feature of American life—a rich, vibrant, at times terribly inefficient diversity. To impose sweeping nation-wide reforms upon widely diverse students in disparate communities is not only impractical, but also detrimental to ideological and cultural plurality. What we desperately need in the market for education is a supply that matches the variety of demand. Education is as much about…
  • Lo que la tecnología no puede enseñar: motivación, empatía, respeto

    Elena Bermúdez
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Puesto que en este tercer milenio todo el conocimiento se encuentra a un clic de distancia gracias a Internet, el papel de los profesores no es tanto el de enseñar determinadas áreas de conocimiento sino el de ejercer el coaching para asesorar a los jóvenes y acelerar su progreso hacia el futuro. Esta ha sido una de las ideas remarcadas el pasado lunes 20 de octubre por Marc Prensky (pensador sobre la educación y creador del concepto “nativo digital”) en la conferencia “El mundo necesita un nuevo currículum”, celebrada en la Universidad Camilo José Cela. Así, la…
  • Una manzana cada día

    ROOSTERGNN Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    GLOBAL. La manzana disfruta de muy buena fama entre las dietas recomendadas por los médicos y profesionales de la salud. Sus propiedades son muchas y muy beneficiosas. Una manzana al día no sólo ayuda a perder peso, sino que protege el sistema cardiovascular.  Esta fruta no sólo influye en el descenso del colesterol LDL , conocido popularmente como “el colesterol malo”; sino que también ayuda a aumentar el HDL, “el colesterol bueno”. Así, una manzana diaria protege nuestras arterias. Nunca sustituirá a los fármacos destinados a controlar estos problemas, pero…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Malasaña

    DECA MADbudget
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. MALASAÑA, MADRID. The Malasaña district is a popular area that hosts some of Madrid’s best cultural and alternative venues for shopping and social activities. Malasaña is located in the north of Gran Via on the streets between Fuencarral and San Bernardo which cluster around the social square Plaza Dos de…
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    Dioxidized.com

  • A Future-Tech Computing Idea

    Lucas Krupinski
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Just throwing this out there. Your data, anywhere you are. That was and is the promise of the cloud. Unfortunately, with the revelations of Edward Snowden, we now know that the data that we store in the cloud isn’t for … Continue reading →
  • Wifi as a Public Service

    Lucas Krupinski
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    I’m visiting Amherst, Massachusetts presently, and for all of its other differences with from my native Florida, the existence of a public wifi network covering the downtown area really stands out. Makes me think that this should be a feature … Continue reading →
  • Revisiting Pantera’s “bitcoin could replace all the world’s gold” claim

    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    A week or two ago, Pantera Capital’s published a report titled “Gold versus bitcoin as a store of value“, which claimed that bitcoin has a potential future value of $4.2 million USD per BTC. The basis for this prediction is for bitcoin to replace both … Continue reading →
  • Mac OS X Yosemite installed. Will let you know what I think…

    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Just upgraded my computer to Mac OS X Yosemite! Upgrade went fine, though I am using about as modern a Mac as you can get (MacBook Pro circa December 2013). Biggest thing so far is that I updated my computer to … Continue reading →
  • Another one bites the dust. Bit-Trader this time.

    Lucas Krupinski
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A disturbing post just popped up on Reddit this morning, allegedly from the operator of bit-trader. Long story short, the operator of bit-trader was opposed to proving solvency to his clients, but reluctantly agreed to do so. During the course … Continue reading →
 
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    Papa Of The Year

  • Separated at Birth? Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Channels the Ghost of Joe McCarthy

    Stewart Lawrence
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    By Stewart J. Lawrence The two men bear an uncanny physical resemblance:  Ted Cruz, the grandstanding junior Republican senator from Texas, who has emerged as one of President Obama’s most vitriolic policy critics, and the late Wisconsin Republican Senator Joe McCarthy, who garnered the national spotlight in the 1950s by charging that “communists” had infiltrated the American government. And it’s not just their looks. Cruz has a way of interrogating witnesses that’s filled with snide insinuations and calculated innuendo. It’s the same heavy-handed tactic…
  • Which Cast Member Of “The Walking Dead” Will Die Next?

    Stewart Lawrence
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    By Stewart J. Lawrence The handicapping hasn’t started yet, but avid watchers of the hit cable TV series, “The Walking Dead,” are bracing themselves for another painful death of a beloved cast member. Miraculously, two episodes into the fifth season, the core of the survivor group remains intact.  In the season premiere, they barely escaped the clutches of a bizarre cult intent on dismembering and barbecuing them for food. Now they’re back wandering the woods of rural Georgia and once again encountering hordes of carnivorous zombies, while dodging new bands of…
  • Gallery: Happy Birthday Vladimir Putin

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    October 7th is Vladimir Putin’s birthday!!! Enjoy the photo gallery exhibiting Vladimir Putin’s wonderful character.       The post Gallery: Happy Birthday Vladimir Putin appeared first on Papa Of The Year.
  • Yoga Booty: Have Stretch Pants Become Too Hot for High School?

    Stewart Lawrence
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    By Stewart J. Lawrence It’s every Mom and Dad’s worst nightmare: Their teenage daughter shows up at the breakfast table wearing something “inappropriate” for school — and refuses to change. Typically it’s a skirt that’s just a little too short — or maybe way too short, especially since “Her Highness” insists on wearing her favorite red thongs underneath them, as well. Or maybe it’s a blouse with a plunging neckline or one that’s so sheer, it exposes her obviously bra-less midriff. These days, though, with gender hysteria at an all-time high,…
  • Valeriya Kutsan: 2D or Not 2D Art

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Artist Valeriya Kutsan shows off her face painting skills on her latest project: 2D Or Not 2D. Also be sure to check out her darker and moving work: Weird Beauty.     The post Valeriya Kutsan: 2D or Not 2D Art appeared first on Papa Of The Year.
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • Whitewashing History

    S.L. Tate
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    In North Korea, history is taught ideologically, not academically. History is deleted, censored, exaggerated, and completely rewritten in order to promote patriotism, nationalism, and control. The country is always viewed in a positive light without the discomforts of shame or embarrassment, and certainly without lessons to be learned from mistakes made. Sound familiar? It should, this is the same way that history is being edited by conservative-leaning school committees in Texas and Colorado. During the week of September 22nd 2014,  high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado,…
  • Vaccine Thought Experiment

    S.L. Tate
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece, not a research paper, and as such I may come off snarky, sarcastic, and, well, opinionated. As a resident of Washington State who lives twenty minutes from Bastyr University, an institute specializing in homeopathy and producing naturopathic “doctors,” I am fully aware of the new anti-modernity religion that has taken hold over mainly internet-educated moms in recent years. Yes, I am referring to the "crunchy" movement. Now, before you get upset because you are one fourth “crunchy,” let me make it perfectly clear who I am referring to: I am…
  • My Daughter's Open Heart Surgery

    S.L. Tate
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Raven: 6 weeks old When my Raven was born she did not cry, even though it was via c-section and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. She strained to open her eyes, gazing around the room with her hands cupped near her chin, quietly observing her new world. She would always be that way as she grew into a sweet, soft spoken little girl, who needed time to warm up to new situations, and would rather watch people than join them. She was always small, barely hitting the five percentile range at the doctor’s office and, while most happy when she was singing or dancing alone, she was…
  • Battling Depression

    S.L. Tate
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    LoboStudioHamburg via Pixabay My flaws are all I ever seeMy big dumb nose, my pimples, my molesI can never be cool, I will never fit inI am awkward, clumsy, and nervousI am not worthy of friendsI stumble on my own words and trip over my own feetI mumble under my breath and force myself to breatheNo one understands or cares or triesThey are all so much greater and have better livesI am broken and cannot be repairedMy scars are showing, my scars are glowingI am endlessly sick and scaredI can’t escape the ugly voices from the beautiful eliteI can’t let them see me smile or enjoy being…
  • Education: One size does not fit all

    S.L. Tate
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    What is it like to have a child that constantly does what they are told, sits still at age five, and hits their milestones with minimal instruction or one-on-one time? I wouldn’t know. My son always stands out from others and requires a conference with teachers. I watch other parents simply pick up their children from school and go right passed the teacher and momentarily wonder what that would be like –to pick up your child from school without the anxiety of having to listen to what they are doing wrong or need to improve. For the last four years, since my son was in preschool, I have…
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