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  • Opinionator | The Stone: Detroit’s Drought of Democracy

    NYT > Opinion
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The city’s emergency powers are being exercised to maximize financial efficiency. But there is no obvious connection between financial efficiency and the public good.
  • What’s the point when joke falls flat?

    The Australian | Opinion
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    THE real question is what large public art commissions are actually for.
  • Misplaced Facebook Outrage and Israel’s Apologist Legion

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    Christopher B. King
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The focus of this essay is the subject of Israel on Facebook, but it combines two separate posts that began on Facebook, but then I decided to publish them here together instead.   I use FB for a barometer of what many of my friends are paying attention, naturally, but also keep track of the amount of […]
  • The End of the Arab State

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    Christopher R. Hill
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests something bigger: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the fragmentation of Sunni Arabia. And, as state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen.
  • China’s Bad Dream

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    Gene Frieda
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since his first address as China’s president last year, Xi Jinping has been espousing his goal of advancing the so-called Chinese Dream. But the imperative of addressing the unprecedented amount of debt that China has accumulated in recent years is testing Xi’s resolve – and his government is blinking.
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  • The U.S. push for a Gaza cease-fire should empower moderate Palestinians

    Editorial Board
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    AS EFFORTS to forge even a temporary truce in Gaza founder, the Obama administration is indignantly protesting that its diplomacy has been unfairly maligned by critics, especially in Israel. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, officials say, has merely been trying to stop the bloodshed on the basis of previous cease-fire agreements, including an Egyptian plan that Israel accepted just two weeks ago. Read full article >>
  • VA bill shows that Congress can work when it faces a powerful constituency

    Editorial Board
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    HOUSE AND Senate conferees have agreed on a $17 billion bill to address the scandal over poor health-care service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation is now on a fast track to pass Congress before its August recess, showing that Republican and Democratic lawmakers can still agree on their concern for those who served their country in uniform — and their fear of facing those same veterans in town halls and, eventually, at the polls. Read full article >>
  • D.C. carry laws for guns must be quickly enacted in wake of court decision

    Editorial Board
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    THERE ARE powerful reasons why a federal judge’s decision striking down the District’s ban on carrying handguns outside of a person’s home should not stand. Some are particular to this city: Washington is where the president lives, where the country’s lawmakers convene and where the foreign diplomatic corps works. Having more guns on the streets would bring new risks to a city that already faces unique security challenges as the nation’s capital. Read full article >>
  • Iran should free Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his colleagues immediately

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    IRAN’S RELATIONS with international media have improved considerably since the election of Hassan Rouhani as president and the beginning of serious negotiations over its nuclear program. More Western journalists have been allowed to visit the country, Mr. Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have given numerous interviews to Western journalists and U.S. newspapers, including The Post, have featured their op-eds. So much has the climate improved that U.S. conservatives routinely charge that U.S. media have been seduced by the new leadership. Read full article >>
  • Texas’s war on abortion is shuttering clinics throughout the Lone Star State

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    ABORTION REMAINS legal in the United States, but states such as Texas are erecting legal impediments before clinics that perform the procedure. In effect, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to first-trimester abortion, pro-life groups and lawmakers are negating its effects. Read full article >>
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  • Vivian McPeak

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:55 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

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:56 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.
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  • Letters: Stop villifying the IRS

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    BUCKMAN BRIDGE DANGERS Just slow down The solution to the Buckman Bridge problem is that drivers shouldn’t follow other cars so closely at such high speeds that they are unable to stop. Karen Wells Higgins, Nocatee PENSION DEAL Shared sacrifice is key As a homeowner and retiree on a fixed income, I will support a property tax increase to cover pension fund costs if tied to a 1.5 percent annual cost-of-living adjustment. But the concept for pension reform was and still is “shared sacrifice.” read more
  • Lead Letter: Repealing Obamacare is no solution

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I saw that Jay Fant, who is running for the Florida House, wants to work with Congress to repeal Obamacare. I didn’t know that the Florida House of Representatives had any clout when it came to such issues since that legislation can only be done at the national level. However, I’m sure it appeals to the Republican base. Over the past few years Republicans in the U.S. House have voted about 50 times to repeal or reform the health care law. read more
  • Opinion roundup: A good start on VA reforms

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Many opponents of the Affordable Care Act fear that it will turn into single-payer, government-run health care. We have an example of such a system — the Veterans Affairs health system. Care is pretty good if you get it. But there’s a better way. Give veterans vouchers that can be used in the private health care market. And downsize the VA system to focus in specialties that affect veterans, such as dealing with PTSD. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Stingy and shortsighted is no way to run a city

    Ron Littlepage
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    In defense of Mayor Alvin Brown’s proposed budget — sort of. Brown is absolutely correct in saying we have “under invested” in the city. There are a number of excuses for that, ranging from the Great Recession that devastated property values to silly political pledges like Brown’s promise of no new taxes no matter the need or circumstance. Successful business owners know if you don’t invest in a business, it stagnates. This also applies to cities. Brown is proposing to reverse the trend of under investment in a big way. read more
  • Extra Letters: Thugs are wreaking havoc across Europe - and we may be next

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    STATUE OF LIBERTY Send the thugs back! This may be controversial and harsh. But it’s time to delete the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. If European immigrant issues aren’t a sign of our potential future in America, we deserve what we will get. In France, Palestinian youth riot over the war with Israel. In the Netherlands, a journalist gets killed for an insulting caption towards Islam. Same goes for Denmark, Sweden, England, etc. Cars burned in France because Israel invaded Gaza? read more
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  • U.S. labor numbers don't tell the labor story [Commentary]

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Illegal immigration, assistance programs, retirement and sneaky tactics by employers contribute to jobless rateThe Labor Department is expected to report this week that the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent. But that hardly tells the story.
  • Don't pave paradise [Commentary]

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Baltimore leaders should scrap plans to turn waterfront volleyball courts into a parking lotTwo years ago I moved to Baltimore, where the roads are littered with pot holes (and litter) — I should know because I've had to circle them to find parking. Two of my housemates have had their cars broken into, my high taxes make my escrow payments exceed my mortgage, and a train bellows its horn in my neighborhood at all hours of the night. So it surprises me that in my first public request of this city, I am simply asking for it's leaders to do nothing at all.
  • Manage student debt with public-private partnerships [Commentary]

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Companies should offer student loan repayment assistance, with the state's helpStudent debt has grown to over $1 trillion in the United States and is continuing to climb. In fact, seven out of 10 undergraduates graduated with some form of student debt in 2012. Such enormous debt is likely to trigger another financial crisis as young adults and recent graduates struggle to pay back their loans.
  • The presentation dilemma [Commentary]

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You need to be able to write well to speak well in publicPresentations are big business today. When 34-year-old Chelsea Clinton, who has never held public office, can command $75,000 for a single presentation, people take note.
  • Obama's relevance hangs on Dem showing in midterms [Commentary]

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The president's coattails may not be long enough to carry local Democrats through this electionCongressional midterm elections, the poor cousin to presidential voting in the American political system, will take on a critical role for President Barack Obama in November. The results may well determine whether he will become a premature lame duck two years before his second and last term expires.
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  • Dan Simpson / Fracking compromises the future of Pennsylvania

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I guess that having lived in the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia tristate area for decades of my life should have hardened me to the apparently popular concept that it is completely acceptable to rape the environment to make a few people rich. But it hasn’t.
  • Conflicts around the world suggest World War III has begun

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We find ourselves in a Third World War, though no one I know calls it that. It stretches from Tunisia in northwest Africa to India. It is largely a war between conservatively reactionary young Muslim men and persons espousing the culture of the secular West. In some instances this war is between such Muslims and Christians and Jews.
  • Where’s the work?

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    During the two years that Ron Tomalis was state education secretary, he was one of the most visible members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Cabinet, running one of the largest departments and serving as the public face of significant administration efforts.
  • Graphic photos of abortions would make people think

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tony Norman’s column about how he is changing his opinion on the morality of televising executions has some excellent points (“Put the Horror of Executions on Public View,” July 25). While I would not want to watch it, if people today watched these executions, there could be a great deal less public support for the death penalty.
  • Witness to fairness

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Two federal lawsuits in four months against the Pittsburgh police robbery squad with a third expected has prompted Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. to demand changes in the police’s eyewitness identification procedures.
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • Overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Who do our politicians represent — their constituents or big funders? Consider the U.S. Sugar Corp. Maybe you share U.S. Sugar's views about Florida's tax, agricultural and environmental policies; maybe you don't. But you didn't give over $650,000 in state elections, and you don't have 29 lobbyists working for you in Tallahassee. So when it comes to issues like restoring the Everglades, who do you think has more influence over how our representatives vote: you or Big Sugar?
  • Gun safety, joyful noise, and Fair Districts: Letters

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Gun safety or control?
  • Officials act in Winter Park's best interests: My Word

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I serve on Winter Park's Planning and Zoning Board and offer Cynthia Mackinnon's My Word on June 17 as a demonstration of emotion absent fact — and this from a retired judge ("Citizens speak up, is Winter Park listening?").
  • More judge picks, circuits 9, 18: Editorial

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Campaign signs for would-be judges have sprung up like wildflowers — or weeds, if you're not a fan of outdoor political advertising — along roadsides in Central Florida. But these races are too important to be settled based on whose sign is more memorable.
  • Politicians, lobbyists and free trips – a recipe for trouble

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Twenty years ago, Democrats in this state were so tight with lobbyists they practically shared the same beds.
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  • Editorial: One week, four California governors and (please) no mischief

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    None of the acting governors this week can really do anything dramatic, unless, of course, they do. Acting Gov. Mike Curb with tax crusader Paul Gann on February 26, 1979.
  • Editorial: NFL punishment for Ray Rice does not fit the crime

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    NFL to fans – hitting your girlfriend is not as bad as smoking pot. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice joins the team for training camp practice on Thursday in Owings Mills, Md.
  • Editorial: VA health care deal is a big chance for Congress

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans. Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and Rep. Jeff Miller announced a bipartisan deal Monday to fix the vast VA health care system.
  • Editorial: From the ashes of the Sand fire, volunteers rise to help out neighbors

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Amid the tragedy and fear of the wildfire in El Dorado and Amador counties, which has so far scorched about 4,000 acres and displaced more than 1,200 people, Californians of all ages and stripes demonstrated what’s right with this country. Needing no formal organization, neighbors reached out to neighbors, as we do time and time again in moments of crisis.
  • Opinion Extra: A (smart) call for California-style top-two primaries in all U.S. states.

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right. But for open primaries, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, might have advanced to the general election to face Gov. Jerry Brown in November.
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  • Letters

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Compassion for them
  • Return to the rockers

    <StaffMember: Mike Masterson>
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Nine years had passed since my daughter, Anna, and I shared rocking chairs on a cabin's deck at Gaston's White River Resort where the setting sun left us peacefully creaking back and forth well into the darkness.
  • A need for speed

    <StaffMember: John Brummett>
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    Better broadband for schools
  • California dreaming

    PAUL KRUGMAN New York Times
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true.
  • How to prevent the unthinkable

    ROBERTA COHEN In the Washington Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    Since the UN Commission of Inquiry issued its report on North Korea in February, UN bodies, human rights organizations, governments and think tanks have been working to respond to the crimes against humanity it documented, including the systematic abuse of prisoners and food policies that lead to starvation. But the report's most chilling section rarely gets discussed: standing orders at North Korea's political prison camps (the kwanliso) to kill all prisoners in the event of armed conflict or revolution.
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  • Domestic Violence Fatality Committee Recommends Study, Stepped-Up Communication

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Friend Of Murder Victim Asks: "Could I Have Done More?"   Follow Your Town News On The Courant's Hartford Facebook PageHARTFORD — Kelly Annelli thinks about her friend and neighbor, Kyla Ryng, every day, wondering if there was anything she could have done to prevent Ryng's shooting death in June at the hands of her husband.
  • New Leader Appointed For Jumoke Charter Schools

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Pryor Demands Jumoke's Cooperation In State Probe   Follow Your Town News On The Courant's Hartford Facebook PageHARTFORD — Troy Monroe, a former academic director for the beleaguered charter school operator FUSE, has been named the new leader of Jumoke Academy.
  • Diaco Can't Wait To Get Started

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    UConn Picked 9th Of 11 By MediaNEWPORT, R.I. – Never mind the season, UConn coach Bob Diaco can't wait for practice to begin.
  • Arrest Made In Hebron Teacher's Death

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    HEBRON — The driver who backed into a Hebron teacher outside the middle school in March, fatally injuring the teacher, has been charged, state police said Tuesday.
  • 'Don't Look Down': Fundraisers Rappel Down Hilton Hartford

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    He's wrapped in a rappelling harness with a rope in hand. He's 22 stories up on the roof of the Hartford Hilton. And he's about to lean backward, over the edge.
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  • Mercury News editorial: PUC president's unethical behavior laid bare

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    We knew Michael Peevey was PG&E's biggest ally in fending off accountability for the deadly San Bruno explosion. We knew the president of the California Public Utility Commission placed his cozy relationship with the utility above any responsibility to the public. We've been calling for his head for three years. But now, thanks to the Public Records Act, there's proof of where Peevey's loyalty lies. Emails between PUC officials and PG&E executives released Monday lay bare the extent of Peevey's attempts to protect PG&E. The state Attorney General and the federal Department of…
  • Mercury News editorial: A Veterans Administration bill finally on its way to passage

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Members of Congress have been working overtime to prove that, in their world, even legislation overwhelmingly sought by both sides of the political aisle must have drama. But finally, on Monday, House and Senate negotiators from both parties reached a tentative deal to make significant changes to the operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's about time.Negotiators toiled through the weekend in a struggle to reconcile a pair of slightly different reform bills that had separately passed overwhelmingly in its house of origin. It should have been a simple matter to combine the two…
  • Mercury News editorial: In San Jose pot wars, sanity prevails

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Every now and then, a good deed does go unpunished. So it appears with San Jose's regulation of medical marijuana distributorships.Some wrenching decisions loom for the mayor and city council, including whether to put any tax measures on the ballot, and every serious policy debate this fall will be complicated by heated races for mayor and several city council seats. But at least there will be no ballot battle over the city's new laws regulating medical marijuana operations.Signatures for a referendum on the rules passed in June fell short, and activists have given up on a separate measure…
  • Mercury News editorial: Sustain the mission of O'Connor and Saint Louise hospitals

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    For more than 160 years, the compassionate, altruistic leadership of Daughters of Charity have made it their mission to provide high-quality medical care to Santa Clara County residents regardless of income. It would be a shame -- in fact, a health care disaster for the county -- if Daughters tarnished that legacy in their rush to sell San Jose's O'Connor Hospital and Gilroy's Saint Louise Regional Hospital in the face of financial difficulties.Multiple sources say the Catholic Church ministry is negotiating exclusively with for-profit, Southern California-based Prime Healthcare Services to…
  • Mercury News editorial: Yes on Proposition 44's rainy day fund

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Leave it to the governor and state legislators to take a good idea and screw it up. That's what happened with the plan for a rainy day fund on the November ballot.Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers, and that deserves voter support. The unacceptable additions are contained in separate legislation that lawmakers can -- and absolutely must -- rescind this fall. If this measure has a feeling of déjà vu, it's understandable. Ten years ago then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger convinced voters to approve $15 billion of one-time borrowing in…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Remembering Bee columnist Eli Setencich: A last look at 'Through a Glass Lightly'

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Editor's note Read comments
  • Listen as Eli Setencich shares World War II memories in radio interview

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In August 2008, former Fresno Bee columnist Eli Setencich was interviewed by Paul Loeffler for an episode of the "Hometown Heroes" radio series. The episode aired locally on KMJ. Setencich, who died Saturday at age 90, flew 142 combat missions in Europe with the Army Air Corps. Setencich worked for The Bee for 41 years, retiring in 2002. Read comments
  • Meet the Academic All-Stars

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    They're The Bee's 2014 edition of the best and the brightest from Valley schools. Read comments
  • Use The Bee's voter guide

    29 Jan 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Get inside the heads of the candidates in the June primary with The Bee's voter guide. Read comments
  • There is momentum for reform

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    Congress faces an important task in the coming months, and the pressure is mounting. We must achieve comprehensive immigration reform that provides a reliable work force for the appropriate industries, addresses the millions without proper documents living and working in the United States, and protects our borders. Read comments
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  • Lucas County merges 2 departments

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Lucas County will have one new department trying to do a better job of two existing ones starting Aug. 4, the result of which — if all goes as planned — will be more streamlined efforts to promote economic development and job opportunities.
  • Man shot allegedly in domestic dispute

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    DEFIANCE — A Defiance man was flown to a Toledo hospital Tuesday night after apparently being shot in his home that afternoon.
  • A bigger, more high-tech Mott library gets OK

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Toledo City Council cleared the way Tuesday for a new Mott Branch library to be built along the Dorr Street corridor, a $5 million to $6 million project the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library expects to start in 2016 or 2017 across the street from the existing 42-year-old facility.
  • Husted calls for Lucas Co. GOP suit’s dismissal

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has urged the Ohio Supreme Court to throw out a Lucas County Republican Party lawsuit challenging his refusal to appoint its nominees to the county board of elections.
  • More shootings injure 2 in Toledo

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    A Toledo man remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after he was shot in the abdomen the night before.
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  • An outdated notion about ‘the rich’

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The human mind is impressive relative to the minds of other earthly creatures. Still, the capacity of our minds is more limited than we often ...
  • Uncaring toward soldiers

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A U.S. Marine wallows in a Mexican prison for months and President Obama does nothing. Yet he trades five of the worst terrorists in Gitmo ...
  • PETA & its tactics II

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    In response to Nafari Vanaski’s column “Vanaski: PETA’s lettuce offered to aid city”: PETA’s time and resources spent on media stunts promoting veganism have a ...
  • PETA & its tactics I

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Regarding Nafari Vanaski’s column “Vanaski: PETA’s lettuce offered to aid city”: I’m one of many PETA supporters who chooses to wear a lettuce-leaf bikini in ...
  • Bad cartoon

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    As a Roman Catholic, I am upset with the editorial cartoon published July 18. Are you suggesting that Pope Francis is concerned only with immigrant ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • First Dog on the Moon on ... Australia's new giant mine - cartoon

    First Dog on the Moon
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Ian the Climate Denialist Potato is thrilled thrilled! to hear a new coal mine has been given the go ahead in Queensland Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...
  • The Lib Dems could survive in government by going back to their roots | Rafael Behr

    Rafael Behr
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    The national party is toxic for campaigners on the doorstep, but the popularity of local MPs may keep them in power in 2015To find Liberal Democrats in Eastbourne, head for the Nuthouse. This turns out not to be an unkind metaphor but the name of the pub next door to the local partys headquarters. The staff member who gives me directions warns, with weary resignation, that all the obvious jokes have been made. Besides, since joining the coalition, Lib Dems have been called a lot worse than nuts.The partys president, Tim Farron, once affectionately described his colleagues as cockroaches, by…
  • The 'busyness' curse: our time is valuable, and its under threat | Sarah Burnside

    Sarah Burnside
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    We are told our old world is being superseded by an exciting 24/7 economy. It might be inevitable, but when were any of us asked whether this was what we actually wanted?In the modern age we measure out our lives in trend pieces, and a recent rash of stories demonstrates that busyness (both real and imagined) has become a thing: worthy of attention, analysis and snark. In the focus on being busy as either a source of status or a means of evading existential angst, though, a major question often goes unasked: how did it come to be so commonplace? Busy bragging may be obnoxious, but what kind…
  • Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you? | Eleanor Robertson

    Eleanor Robertson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Dawkins in 2014 is a man so convinced that he possesses God-like powers of omniscience that he cant understand why everyone is angry at him for pointing out the obviousAnother day, another tweet from Richard Dawkins proving that if non-conscious material is given enough time, it is capable of evolving into an obstreperous crackpot who should have retired from public speech when he had the chance to bow out before embarrassing himself.Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.Imagine someone holding…
  • Unemployed and applying for 40 jobs a month: if you didnt laugh, youd cry | Stephanie Convery

    Stephanie Convery
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Barely-liveable salaries, job ad buzzwords, no acknowledgement of receipt everyone has their Centrelink stories. One thing is clear: the Australian job searching system is brokenIve been looking for a new job for 10 months. I still havent decided which part of the process is my favourite. Perhaps its the undisclosed and often barely-liveable salaries on offer in my industry. Maybe its constant the job ad buzzwords that make you want to tear out all the pages of a thesaurus and papier-mâché them in front of the recruiter. Or perhaps its the slow but inevitable self-loathing that…
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  • Not your fault, but simply deal with it

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Collateral damage is a terrifying thing, a concern accentuated because it stems from events that tend to be beyond your control. However, as the dismal example provided by McDonald’s in Hong Kong shows, it is always possible to make a bad situation worse.
  • Talking points

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Legislators discuss donation declarations
  • Who said it?

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Israeli criticism of John Kerry's efforts to secure a ceasefire with Hamas
  • Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A word of caution to those heading to a new eatery which opened yesterday. It's owned by the famous "Naked Chef".
  • BRICS can be alternative lender

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Four years of inaction on an agreement to give China and other emerging economies a bigger say in the International Monetary Fund have spawned an alternative international lending institution.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • The black hole of US government contracting

    Danielle Marie Mackey
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    In January 2008, a 24-year-old Green Beret from Pennsylvania, Ryan Maseth, was electrocuted and killed while showering at Radwaniyah US base in Iraq. The cause, his family alleges in a negligence suit filed in district court in Tennessee, was improper electrical wiring by Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), the contracting company in charge of the base. He is one of at least eighteen U.S. soldiers who have been electrocuted in similar situations at U.S. bases in Iraq. Then, in 2012, KBR was (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Dead Is Dead

    Peter Van Buren
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    You can't get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without trial. It claimed this was a legal act it is prepared to repeat as necessary. Given the Fifth Amendment, how exactly was this justified? Thanks (...) - Open page
  • Iran's president one year on

    Ahmed Shaheed
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Last year the Iranians elected Hassan Rouhani as president. His popularity along the campaign trail was predominantly related to a fundamental domestic issue — restoring respect for the rights of all Iranians. Shortly before people voted, Rouhani presented himself as the most committed reformist candidate and said: “All Iranian people should feel there is justice. Justice means equal opportunity. All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice,” and “anyone who (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • The ghost of Communism haunts Tula's graveyard

    Jens Malling
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    All Saints cemetery in the Russian city of Tula is home to thousands of hidden and overgrown tombs. Several burial sites are laid out in Communist design and decorated with the symbols of its ideology. The cemetery was founded in 1772 after a decree by Catherine the Great. Burials took place until 1969. Now the graveyard is a memorial, which according to the city authorities is unique in Russia. A high, thick wall keeps out the sounds of car hooters and acceleration. Entering through (...) - Photo essays from around the world / Exclusive
  • Letter from Gaza

    Ellen Cantarow
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur. He had spent two weeks in Gaza during Israel's Operation Cast Lead attack in the winter of 2008-09, tending to the wounded and the dying in Al-Shifa hospital, and again for another week during a similar assault (Operation Pillar of Cloud) in 2012. As then, Gilbert is now once again caring for streams of patients rushed into Al-Shifa (the name means (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • Brian Rudman: Taking a broad jab at the flu not to be sniffed at

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    We humans are a strange lot. Punching or stabbing or running down your neighbour in your car is severely frowned upon. Even bad-mouthing him in public could have you before the courts on defamation charges. But infect him with a nasty...
  • Wynne Gray: Blueprint for victory - stop Dan

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The Waratahs are concocting a plan to suffocate Daniel Carter in the Super Rugby showdown.Success in shutting down Matt Toomua in the semifinal has persuaded them the path to a title win this Saturday in Sydney lies in repeating...
  • John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It seemed just a slip of the tongue. Or was it? Nick Smith surely meant to talk of "co-operation", not "collaboration", in Parliament yesterday.The Conservation Minister was out to quash any notion that this week's stoush with Fish...
  • Fran O'Sullivan: Changes in China offer us a prize

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Xi Jinping's version of what the move to the free market means China-style is said to come down to the "invisible hand of the market guided by the visible hand of Government".It's a neat phrase, and one that appealed to John Key...
  • Juha Saarinen: Aussies clamp down on dastardly downloaders

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Spare a thought for whanau and friends over in Australia who are getting fresh Game of Thrones episodes via the Internet and streaming programmes from Netflix when they're not supposed to - the Coalition government there is about...
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  • Disclosure of First Nations salaries raises eyebrows

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    OTTAWA—Records showing a native councillor with construction contracts worth $300,000, a chief with a six-figure salary, and an eight member band council each making about $6,500 annually are among dozens of revelations that emerged Tuesday under a new transparency law targeting First Nations leaders.The information came from multiple First Nations communities across the country trying to meet a deadline set by the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which requires them to publish a range of annual business and financial records, including salaries and benefits.The…
  • Blue Jays: Stroman dominates distracted Red Sox at Fenway: Griffin

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    BOSTON—With the entirety of Red Sox nation engaged in a Hub-wide tizzy over Jon Lester — will he stay or will he go? — there was still a game to be played at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. With Lester now officially scratched from Wednesday’s scheduled start in favour of Brandon Workman, as confirmed by manager John Farrell after a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, it becomes an announcement akin to waving the white flag on 2014. The reeling Sox are now believed to be awaiting the best offer from up to eight suitors before making what’s considered an inevitable deal…
  • Newmarket family stranded on Boston whale-watching boat

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    A whale-watching tour that was supposed to last just a few hours turned into a smelly, exhausting night at sea near Boston for a vacationing Newmarket family.“It smelled like vomit and stinky diapers from the babies. There were lots of babies,” said 10-year-old Emma, who got seasick during the ordeal. Her dad, Craig Bawden, said the family was sitting inside on the main deck of the Cetacea when the boat unexpectedly shuddered and came to a halt Monday afternoon, snagged on a mooring line about 20 kilometres off the coast.It was the beginning of an ordeal that left all 163 on…
  • EU, western nations hit Russia with economic sanctions

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The European Union and western nations joined on Tuesday to try to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop his military aggression in Ukraine by isolating Russia from the global economy with a series of sanctions targeted at banks, the arms industry and the oil sector.After a lengthy debate in Brussels, the EU agreed to impose a series of restrictive measures against Russia, or phase three sanctions that hit entire chunks of the economy. Along with new sanctions coming from the United States and Canada, this combined move is said to be is the boldest swipe against Russia economically…
  • Maple Leafs sign Jake Gardiner to five-year deal

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Sensing the best is yet to come from Jake Gardiner, the Maple Leafs committed five years and $20.25 million (U.S.) to the sleek-passing, smooth-skating defenceman.The Leafs and Gardiner agreed to a contract on Tuesday night that gives the 24-year-old enough financial security that he was willing to give up a year of unrestricted free agency in the long-term deal.It also means the Leafs spent a little more than they might have on a short-term deal, but the team gets some cost certainty in a player whom most believe has star-power upside.“He had a great year last year,” said Leafs…
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  • China’s Bad Dream

    Gene Frieda
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since his first address as China’s president last year, Xi Jinping has been espousing his goal of advancing the so-called Chinese Dream. But the imperative of addressing the unprecedented amount of debt that China has accumulated in recent years is testing Xi’s resolve – and his government is blinking.
  • The Dark Side of Physics

    Maria Spiropulu
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Almost a century ago, the first galaxy beyond our own was discovered, and within a decade the theory that the universe is expanding was first proposed. Since then, astounding technological developments have contributed to revolutionary progress in science, and physics now stands at a new threshold.
  • The End of the Arab State

    Christopher R. Hill
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests something bigger: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the fragmentation of Sunni Arabia. And, as state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen.
  • Soccer Lessons for Europe’s Economy

    Harold James
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Though a solution to the euro crisis continues to elude European leaders, the foundations of one are not difficult to discern. In fact, Europe’s recent soccer experience – in the EURO 2012 tournament and this year’s World Cup – provides insight into how to revive Europe’s economy and address its deeper identity problem.
  • The Internet’s Next Act

    J. Bradford DeLong
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In many respects, the ICT revolution has delivered more than it promised – and often in unpredictable ways. And yet most people, though enjoying easy access to technology and low prices, have lost ground, with real wages falling for many years.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • GET UP

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    ““Sitting too much is bad for our health – Let’s stand and argue.“ The post GET UP appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Traded

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    “You may be a team player, but we don’t promote from the Minors.” The post Traded appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • 50 Shades of Hey

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    “Saw the trailer…  Another controlling guy with big windows.” The post 50 Shades of Hey appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Hire Power

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Millennials are entitled, self centered, immature…  But I’m working and you’re not, Mom.” The post Hire Power appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • KickButt Starter

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    “The business plan is to hire dedicated, professional, aging employees.” The post KickButt Starter appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • VIDEO: Undercover Sting Operation in School Entraps Special Needs Student

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    This segment from “Vice” sheds light on a story from Riverside, California, where a special needs student was befriended by an undercover cop pretending to be a student.  It is a true “21 Jump Street” type of story, except that in this reality there is no comedic relief, and the only drug dealers on the campus are manufactured by the police themselves. The undercover agent for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office repeatedly harassed and coerced lonely and introverted students into seeking out drugs to sell to the undercover.  One of these students, Jesse…
  • Aliens Are Real! : The Mathematical Case

    10 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Besides that of God, the existence of extraterrestrials is likely the most hotly contested “real or not” question left to answer. (Sorry to all of you Bigfoot people…and ghost hunters.)  A fairly significant percentage of the population is convinced that they have encountered a UFO at some point in their lives, and a much smaller segment claims that they have had a ‘close encounter’ or been outright abducted.  Many of these claims have been disproved, and many others cannot be proven false and remain a mystery. Despite all of the countless pictures, grainy cell…
  • Doctors to Start Using Suspended Animation on Humans

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    “Suspended Animation.”  It is one of those long time bastions of science fiction right up there with teleportation and the laser blaster.  The ability to put life on hold for an extended period of time, so that a human can be repaired and resuscitated later, has long been a staple of the movies and a far-flung dream for real medical professionals.  Well, it would appear that we are indeed living in the future because Dr. Sam Tisherman leads a team of surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA that claim they are going to do just that. The procedure, dubbed EPR…
  • U.S. Marshals Trying To Keep Police Spying Records Secret

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Earlier this year the ACLU filed what should have been a fairly routine request for public records with the Sarasota, Florida police department.  After waiting patiently, representatives from the ACLU had an appointment on Tuesday to review the records pertaining to that departments use of a controversial  ’stingray’ surveillance device in a specific case.  But before they could get there, the U.S. Marshals swooped in at the last minute, seized the records and whisked them away to an undisclosed location. “We’ve seen our fair share of federal government attempts to…
  • Smile! That Selfie Could Be a Mugshot For the N.S.A.

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    As is the case with much of the information divulged by the Edward Snowden N.S.A. document cache, these things don’t necessarily come as much of a surprise.  Deep down, I think we all knew long ago that the N.S.A. was collecting data, spying on web histories and hording personal information on anyone and everyone.  Despite our own previously held suspicions however, it is still jarring when specific programs and actions are brought to light. The newest revelation is that the N.S.A. has, for years now, been collecting millions of images a day from emails, text messages and social media…
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  • “Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

    Christopher B. King
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As far as I can read, that’s not quite the case and coindesk is overstating a bit. I’m reserving further judgment for a few days to see what the fallout, further explanations, or wider reactions will be. But I will say this, most Ecuadorians have not even heard of bitcoin yet and most won’t understand […]
  • Why I’m A Bitcoiner by Justin O’Connell

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This is a great post to Max Keiser’s blog by Justin O’Connell of Goldsilverbitcoin.com answering the question many of us get asked, “Why are you into bitcoin?” Earthbus.org has a great history with goldsilverbitcoin.com, not only have we ordered many ounces of silver from them, we had such a great experience with them, we’re also an affiliate. […]
  • On Science and the Defense of Theory

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    On Science. Recently, Clif High wrote on his website that included the insistence that he is crazier than David Ikes. I tweeted to him that I say the same thing all the time; to which he responded, “Hopefully only about me.” I said, “No, about myself, however I use ‘Have YOU heard of Clif High’ […]
  • Misplaced Facebook Outrage and Israel’s Apologist Legion

    Christopher B. King
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The focus of this essay is the subject of Israel on Facebook, but it combines two separate posts that began on Facebook, but then I decided to publish them here together instead.   I use FB for a barometer of what many of my friends are paying attention, naturally, but also keep track of the amount of […]
  • Where are all the ‪#‎Bubble‬ ‪#‎Shriekers for the #Dow‬?

    Christopher B. King
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Amazing things are possible when central banks loan money at negative interest rates to insiders so they can buy their own stock back and park the risk on the public balance sheet. Yep, amazing things.   The DJIA, or dow jones industrial average is a price-weighted average of 30 of what are called “significant” stocks. […]
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