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  • Inequality of opportunity in the U.S.A.

    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun
    Joshua Kassner
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We like to tell ourselves stories about the virtues of America, particularly as Independence Day rolls around each year. There is, perhaps, no better example than the story we tell our children that no matter your race, gender or wealth, in America you can become anything you want to be. This particular...
  • California’s vaccination bill may go a bit too far

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
    THE RIGHT to swing one’s fist ends at the next person’s nose, and — at least according to California legislators — the right not to get vaccinated ends at a statewide measles outbreak. That’s what lawmakers decided last week when they passed a bill mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren, regardless of personal or religious objections. California’s move to increase vaccination rates is welcome, though it may go slightly too far.Read full article >>
  • July Fourth reflections: Our view

    USATODAY - Opinion
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Those who serve and protect; ruling on gay marriage; and freedom and Cuba.         
  • An ObamaCare-Inspired Rebellion

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    The law is driving people into high-deductible plans, inadvertently seeding a consumer-driven market.
  • Enlightenment on Confederate flag was long overdue

    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun
    Leonard Pitts Jr.
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -- after they've tried everything else."
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  • California’s vaccination bill may go a bit too far

    Editorial Board
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
    THE RIGHT to swing one’s fist ends at the next person’s nose, and — at least according to California legislators — the right not to get vaccinated ends at a statewide measles outbreak. That’s what lawmakers decided last week when they passed a bill mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren, regardless of personal or religious objections. California’s move to increase vaccination rates is welcome, though it may go slightly too far.Read full article >>
  • A much-needed wake-up call on solitary confinement

    Editorial Board
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:14 pm
    “VIOLENTLY INSANE,” the Supreme Court wrote in 1890 of prisoners who had experienced solitary confinement. “The edge of madness, perhaps . . . madness itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy echoed 125 years later. Justice Kennedy’s concurring opinion last month inDavis v. Ayala all but invited a legal challenge to the age-old practice of holding prisoners in near-total isolation. Such a challenge is overdue: Solitary confinement is incontestably cruel but unfortunately far from unusual.Read full article >>
  • Despite Mr. Obama’s ‘engagement,’ Cuba continues its repression

    Editorial Board
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    IN ANNOUNCING the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, President Obama said “nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight” by his policy of “engagement.” That’s just as well because in the first six months of Mr. Obama’s normalization of relations with the Communist regime, most indicators of human rights on the island have moved in the wrong direction.Read full article >>
  • Puerto Rico, America’s Greece

    Editorial Board
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:24 pm
    THE ORIGINS and consequences of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis are eerily similar to those of Greece’s debt crisis. In both cases, a semi-sovereign, economically uncompetitive entity finds itself mired in slow growth but enmeshed in a currency union with a far larger and stronger neighbor. Both places have been enabled to live beyond their means by years of artificially easy credit — in Puerto Rico’s case, due to U.S. laws making its bonds “triple tax-free.” But, at last, the inevitable day of reckoning has arrived, and as the best and brightest young people cross open borders in…
  • States should stop trying to defy the Supreme Court on gay marriage

    Editorial Board
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:18 pm
    FRIDAY’S SUPREME Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges raised some new legal questions, but it answered one resoundingly: States must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Strange, then, that some are still trying to keep courthouse doors closed to gay and lesbian couples: Officials in Louisiana and Texas have advised court clerks that they may ignore the watershed decision if they have religious objections. These politicians should change course, and quickly.Read full article >>
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  • J.A. Jance

    26 Jun 2015 | 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    19 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    7 Jun 2015 | 4:08 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.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    2 Jun 2015 | 7:02 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.
  • Vivian McPeak

    8 May 2015 | 5:26 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.
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  • Friday's Letters: Bring back the draft

    Letters from readers
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    RELIGIOUS FREEDOM A false equivalence I am appalled that some politicians try to equate personal religious beliefs with the right to persecute others. Couching discrimination against same-sex marriage, abortion and contraception as your religious right does not justify or empower you or other religious practitioners to violate the legal rights and cultural heritage of others. Closing abortion clinics threatens livelihoods of others. Burning the Quran or holding draw Mohammed events are evidence of religious intolerance. read more
  • Lead Letter: A Christian's view of Biblical teaching on marriage

    Diann Catlin
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    What if God, creator of the universe, wrote down his ways saying his ways were not our ways but he wanted us to know them, to hide them in our hearts so we would not sin against him? What if he conceived marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and designed men and women anatomically appropriately so that in their union a child could be born. What if that same God described himself as very, very holy? As such a holy being, he could not be in the room with practicing sin. read more
  • New center connects past to the future downtown

    Times-Union Editorial
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Jessie Ball duPont Center is much more than a building. The renovated Haydon Burns Library is a statement about downtown. It’s coming back in a dynamic way. A building constructed for mid-20th century has been remodeled for the 21st century. It’s a symbol of the dynamism of Jacksonville’s nonprofit sector, which has recently received national attention for its great work in helping bring people out of poverty. The building itself is open, airy, designed for collaboration. By bringing local nonprofits into one space, brainstorming is built into the design. read more
  • Tonyaa Weathersbee: Brown deserves credit for his service to our city

    Tonyaa Weathersbee
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Last Friday afternoon, Mayor Alvin Brown was arranging for a photograph of the sign that greets visitors on their way from Jacksonville International Airport before his name was erased from it. That was not the scenario he expected in March when he finished ahead of his Republican opponent, Lenny Curry, in the first election. read more
  • Thursday's Letters: The Supreme Court simply did its job

    Letters from readers
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    SUPREME COURT Criticism was unfounded In the recent Lead Letter, “Supreme Court justices are off their rockers,” the writer expressed displeasure because the court’s rulings appeared to be attempts to write law. Whether or not one agrees with the writer’s opinion regarding the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, it does not change the fact that the president does not make laws and the Supreme Court cannot make a president abide by the laws. read more
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  • Could a state property tax cap stimulate Baltimore's economy?

    Louis Miserendino
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When Gov. Larry Hogan announced his rejection of the Red Line, an east-west rail transit line in Baltimore City, he seemed to derail the high hopes of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and many other supporters of the $2.9 billion project. "He canceled a project," lamented the mayor, "that would have...
  • Urban America should give up on the Democrats

    Richard Franz
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my lifetime (I was born in 1950), the Democrats have had an extraordinary opportunity to run some of America's largest cities and apply their brand of liberal policies to the social and economic problems that have plagued them. Look at the history in just eight of these cities, according to...
  • Inequality of opportunity in the U.S.A.

    Joshua Kassner
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We like to tell ourselves stories about the virtues of America, particularly as Independence Day rolls around each year. There is, perhaps, no better example than the story we tell our children that no matter your race, gender or wealth, in America you can become anything you want to be. This particular...
  • Enlightenment on Confederate flag was long overdue

    Leonard Pitts Jr.
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing -- after they've tried everything else."
  • The burdens of being black

    Raymond S. Blanks
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    I was born human more than a half century ago but also birthed with the burden of being black. I discovered racial discrimination early in life. I grew up among the black poor in Hartford, where a pattern of housing segregation prevailed. One city, but separated North end and South end on the basis...
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  • Lives improved by high court rulings

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I constantly tell my students that they should think of court decisions not just in terms of the legal rules, but in terms of their impact on people’s lives. The two most important Supreme Court decisions of the year will each have a dramatic,...
  • Cartoons: Beware of Greeks bearing debt

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: Getting that Greece stain out of the European Union.
  • O.C. nearly free of red-light cameras

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Santa Ana joined the growing number of cities in recent years to correct a failed experiment with red-light cameras. Last month, the city ended its relationship with its red-light camera operator. That company now has 60 days to remove the cameras....
  • Gerrymandering loses before Supreme Court

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    In a boon for California, sensible election districts won in the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Specifically, the court upheld Arizona’s redistricting law, passed by a 2000 referendum. It set up the Independent Redistricting Commission to eliminate...
  • American citizenship is an aerobic exercise

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The United States of America turns 239 this weekend and, by the looks of things, the years have been pretty hard on the old gal. We’re currently nearing the end of the second consecutive presidency in which roughly half of the country has regarded...
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  • It's all Israel's fault

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:49 am
    It may be the most familiar, and the most predictable, story in the day's news. It is certainly one of the most recurrent. It's a wonder newspapers don't just keep it in type and save themselves the trouble of having to rephrase the headline or change the dateline. ("Palestinians press court on Israel/ War-crimes files handed over at the Hague; inquiry sought"--Page 2A, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 26, 2015)
  • Supreme Court disasters

    <StaffMember: Thomas Sowell>
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about Obamacare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.
  • Failure is an option

    BETH KASSAB Orlando Sentinel
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    Only in the space industry can something as spectacular as an exploding rocket be considered part of the process. Such was the case over the weekend when a SpaceX Falcon 9 blew up two minutes after liftoff.
  • Tubman for the $20

    Chicago Tribune
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    Political decisions often are about standing on the right side of history, which is why South Carolina is confronting its treatment of the Confederate battle flag. So here’s a related choice: Should America stand with a courageous patriot who led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad? Or with a slave owner who offered bounty hunters $50 for the return of a runaway, plus 10 bucks extra “for every hundred lashes” inflicted?
  • More to be done

    Mike Norton Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    Josiah Norton, my great-great-great-grandfather, fought for the Confederacy. He was murdered during the war by bushwhackers sympathetic to the Union. Jennie, my great-great-great-grandmother, picked the kids up afterward and moved from Kentucky to Arkansas.
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  • Body Of Man Found In Watertown Well

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    WATERTOWN - The body of a 50-year-old local man was found at the bottom of a well on his property by a family member Thursday.
  • Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to run for president

    Tribune wire reports
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is running for president, joining a field of Democrats challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination.
  • Governor Vetoes Requirements For Education Commissioner

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed a bill requiring the state's education commissioner to have classroom and administrative experience, saying enshrining job requirements in state law could hamstring a governor's ability to choose the best candidate.
  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    Tribune wire reports
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.
  • Clients Of Late Lawyer Owed $1.8 Million, But Only $300,000 Remains

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    A total of 24 former clients of the late New Haven attorney William Gallagher are owed $1.86 million from their dealing with Gallagher, but court records show his bank accounts contain only about $330,000.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Gov. Brown showed courage signing vaccination bill

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to sign California's hotly contested vaccination bill into law is a triumph for those who believe science should trump personal emotions on matters of public health.It's an even greater victory for California's children, The state's vaccination rates have been plummeting in recent years, with a corresponding increase in outbreaks of communicable diseases that needlessly put kids at risk. The recent Disneyland measles outbreak that hospitalized some victims got lawmakers' attention. The new vaccination law taking effect a year from now will make California one of…
  • Mercury News editorial: California's citizens' redistricting panels are here to stay

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    It was amusing -- in a good way -- to see California's political leaders gushing about their relief that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of citizens, through an initiative, to set up a nonpartisan system for drawing congressional districts.The case was from Arizona, whose politicians argued that the Constitution assigned the power to draw district lines directly to legislatures -- which, in a natural exercise of self-preservation, typically have gerrymandered boundaries to keep themselves in power. California has a nonpartisan redistricting system set up by a ballot proposition that…
  • Mercury News editorial: Greek crisis will hit home in American 401ks

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Confidence is an essential underpinning for healthy economies, which helps explain why Greece is in so much trouble right now. It doesn't inspire any. The European financial institutions that have propped up the Mediterranean nation for half a decade don't have much confidence. Neither do the fellow member states of the European Union. Nor do the world's financial markets, as Monday's stock market plunge showed. After this past weekend, it is clear that even the heretofore irrational confidence of the citizens of Greece has waned as well. Even the most optimistic must reel when a nation's…
  • Mercury News editorial: Cheering Magdalena Carrasco's non-candidacy

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    This may be a first: applauding the non-candidacy of a possible contender for public office. San Jose Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco finally has decided whether to run for Nora Campos' 27th District Assembly seat next year, and her answer, fortunately, is no.Carrasco was just sworn in as a council member from East San Jose this year, and she has brought a well-deserved infusion of fresh and ethical leadership to the mostly low-income and too often neglected District 5. It had to be flattering to be recruited by the Latino Caucus to run for Assembly, but accepting would have been a slap…
  • Mercury News editorial: Limit solitary confinement for California youth

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Solitary confinement as a punishment in prison may not always be "cruel and unusual" in the Constitutional sense. But for youth in detention facilities, it is cruel by any human definition. And while it's banned or seriously limited for youth in many states, in California, unfortunately, it is not at all unusual.These are troubled kids pretty much by definition. Many have the potential to turn their lives around with treatment and a little more maturity. Solitary confinement is a form of torture that has no therepeutic benefit and can do enormous harm.Youth and human rights advocates…
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  • Obama seeks to repair rift with labor

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    WASHINGTON — After the push for trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor, President Obama is embarking on something of a repair mission.
  • Taliban attack kills 7 police in Afghanistan

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says a nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic Wardak province south of the capital, Kabul, has killed seven local policemen.
  • 1 dead after multiple people stabbed in SW Ohio

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    SPRINGDALE, Ohio  — A stabbing at an apartment complex in southwest Ohio left one person dead and four people, including children, injured, authorities said today.
  • Bodies found in Ariz. may be missing couple

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    MARICOPA, Ariz. — The bodies of a man and a woman believed to be a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week were recovered from a property near their home, and a man who lives there was arrested, authorities said today.
  • U.S. factory orders fell 1 percent in May

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories fell in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped for a second month.
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  • Stay safe

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In this violent and abusive world, we need to watch our backs. This is especially true for young ladies. As many as a third of ...
  • A liberal worth heeding

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    When liberals and conservatives agree on a common threat to all Americans, there’s definitely a problem at Mission Control. As a conservative, I very rarely ...
  • Feeding the fed-ed Leviathan

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    If the principle of zero-based budgeting had been applied to the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at regular intervals during its 50 years ...
  • BDS decried

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Regarding the letter “BDS distorted”: I was surprised to see a global cultural studies professor write that there is some kind of failed peace process ...
  • The Thursday wrap

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    When a 5-4 liberal majority won the day in this week’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona’s independent redistricting commission, The Associated Press pretty much offered ...
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  • War with Isis: If the US wants to destroy the group, it will need to train Syrians and Iraqis

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Launching air strikes last August in Iraq to blunt the galloping advance of Isis across the country was one thing, but it was barely a month before the Pentagon alongside Arab allies expanded the campaign into Syria. The reasoning was clear. If Isis was ignoring the border between the countries, then so should we.
  • Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    So the Greeks are going to vote Yes on Sunday. Fear. Humiliation. Patriotism (pro-European or pro-euro, we shall see). Or pragmatism, that great industrial powerhouse of European politics.  And so the EU, the IMF, the ECB, the lot – they will have won.  Greece – nil.  Delete the Second World War.
  • A result for women’s sport: The World Cup has won over hearts and minds

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Many people will have woken up yesterday morning and felt a familiar sense of queasiness as they heard the news that England had been knocked out of a World Cup semi-final. But some may have been surprised at their level of disappointment; a sign they had invested more emotion in the women’s game than perhaps they had expected.
  • Creaking mechanism: The British Constitution needs modernising if it is to serve a semi-devolved United Kingdom

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    For a knotty constitutional problem that has vexed the finest minds for decades, the Government’s proposals for so-called English Votes for English Laws is a surprisingly elegant solution. The West Lothian Question, to use its older title, asked why an MP sitting for a Scottish constituency in Lothian could vote on, say, the organisation of the NHS in the rest of the UK, but an English, Welsh or Northern Irish MP would never be able to vote on a matter devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The notion of a double-majority – where, as appropriate, Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish members can…
  • Greece crisis: The shameless double standards of the IMF and ECB bully boys

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    It’s very generous of the International Monetary Fund and the banks to tell the Greeks that the government they elected isn’t allowed to do any of the things they were elected to do.
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  • Tsipras can turn away, or help Europe reinvent itself | Natalie Nougayrède

    Natalie Nougayrède
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The Greek leader’s headache echoes that of his predecessor Andreas Papandreou. He is leading a country at a crossroads between west and east, past and futureA freshly elected Greek radical leftwing prime minister takes on Europe’s institutions. He wants to change the way things are done. He is astutely aware of the proud nationalism that runs through Greece’s history. He appeals to those who have felt downtrodden. He has misgivings about the west in general, liberal economics in particular, and wants people to believe he can turn elsewhere – occasionally, to Moscow. He has read…
  • How to get poor pupils into the best state schools? Smash the glass floor | Gaby Hinsliff

    Gaby Hinsliff
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Heads of selective schools, like Adams’ Grammar in Shropshire, know that professional parents often raise their kids higher than their talents deserve – so keeping other kids outEvery year, at the beginning of July, hundreds of boys converge on Gary Hickey’s school to sit an exam that only about one in six will pass. And every year the headmaster gets a somewhat disturbing insight into the things some parents will do to ensure their child gets the golden ticket.It’s not at all unusual, apparently, when the bigger cars roll up to the gate, to spot personal tutors in the back, pushing…
  • The Guardian view on English votes for English laws: the problem of Evel | Editorial

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Chris Grayling’s plans are another piece of constitutional tinkering that is bad for parliament and bad for the unionCelebrating its liberation from the trammels of coalition, the government is in a hurry. The hundred days syndrome is an understandable weakness of a new administration, especially one with an uncertain majority, but it is no excuse for a headlong rush into a major piece of constitutional reform. That is what Chris Grayling, the leader of the house, is attempting with his proposal to introduce English votes for English laws through the arcane and obscure mechanism of amending…
  • The Guardian view on bombing Isis in Syria: just say no | Editorial

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    The urge to strike back at Isis is understandable. But air campaigns work only when there is an effective army on the ground – and there’s not one in Syria that we should supportIn the wake of the horrifying murders of innocent tourists in Tunisia, we feel instinctively that something must be done. Attacks on holidaymakers are terrorism in its purest form, designed to frighten away others, to weaken the economy of Tunisia and so to damage the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of equally innocent Tunisians – and plunge them into the kind of misery and deprivation that makes it easier…
  • Am I enjoying the heatwave? No, I’m at my desk | Peter Bradshaw

    Peter Bradshaw
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Work emails laced with jolly topical references to the weather only make me even more Eeyore-ish about it allIt’s happened. It has come to pass. Now I know we really are in the middle of a blistering summer heatwave, and the temperature in Britain is officially higher than an exploding sun. It’s not the skin cancer warnings or the Hieronymus Bosch press photographs of Brighton beach. It’s getting work emails from people saying: “Hope you’re enjoying the lovely weather!”It has become de rigueur to begin emails with a kind of jolly topical reference to the sunshine – as compulsory…
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  • A Caribbean fuse

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    On the verge of a tumultuous descentFOR more than two years Alejandro García Padilla, Puerto Rico’s governor, told the island’s creditors what they wanted to hear. The autonomous American territory, he said, had a “moral obligation” to service its $72 billion debt. It could not default on its “general-obligation” bonds, he added, because its constitution gives payments on them priority over all other expenses. He called attention to his record of tax increases and spending cuts. But after 30 months of reassurances, the governor reversed course this week and announced that he…
  • Cornering the markets

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    THE world’s biggest consumer of commodities is no longer just an insatiable buyer of everything from coal to gold. A richer, slower-growing and choosier China is becoming an exporter as well as importer. It is also using its clout to change the way commodities are traded, bringing markets closer to home and drawing up rules that suit its needs instead of those of producers and Western financiers.This week, for example, Chinese regulators gave the go-ahead for foreigners to trade crude-oil futures in Shanghai. When that starts—probably by November—it will be the first time that outsiders…
  • Beautifying bankruptcy

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    Heavy weather for small businessesIN MEDIEVAL Italy, when a merchant did not pay his debts, the bench at which he conducted business was smashed to force him to stop trading. The word “bankrupt” derives from banco rotto, meaning “broken bench”. Italy’s contemporary bankruptcy laws are less violent (though until 2006 debtors lost their right to vote, and had their mail read by liquidators). But the system is painfully slow, and usually ends in liquidation rather than restructuring.Italy’s justice ministry has appointed a commission to come up with plans for a comprehensive…
  • Return to China

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    EACH day on the dot of noon, a former naval artillery piece is fired from a platform at the eastern end of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. Pulling the trigger is one of the 430,000 employees of Jardine Matheson, a British-run and family-owned conglomerate with interests in retail, property and carmaking. The ceremony harks back to Jardines’ origins in the 1830s as an intrepid tea-and-opium trader, and is usually attended by a gaggle of tourists. It is an oddly public display by a firm that otherwise prefers to pass unnoticed.Over the past decade few Asian conglomerates have performed as…
  • A middle-class mirage

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    AMERICA’S workers have seen better days. Over the past decade private-sector wages have grown at an average yearly rate of just 0.3% after accounting for inflation—a fraction of their typical pace of growth. One response, embraced by Barack Obama this week, is to oblige firms to grant 5m more workers “overtime pay”—1.5 times their normal wage—for any period they work in excess of 40 hours a week. Hillary Clinton, the probable Democratic candidate for president, called it “a win for our economy and workers”. The economic evidence behind the policy, though, does not justify her…
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  • The superpower conundrum

    Tom Engelhardt
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It's been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet. So it's hardly surprising, when faced with a country once regularly labeled the “sole superpower,” “the last superpower,” or even the global “hyperpower” and now, curiously, called nothing whatsoever, that the “decline” question should come up. Is the U.S. or isn't it? Might it or might it not now (...) - Open page
  • Hope at last for Ukraine?

    John Pedler
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    US Secretary of State John Kerry's tweet (CNBC, 12 May 2015), ‘Had frank discussions with President Putin & FM Lavrov over key issues including Iran talks, Syria, Ukraine', is truly historic. For it could signal a determination on President Obama's part to use the last 17 months of his presidency to usher in a period of cooperation in world affairs, ending the resurgent neo-conservatives' push for a ‘unipolar' world dominated by the US. If followed through — and it's a big if — despite (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Urban development in Panama City

    Cécile Marin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
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  • A country divided

    Cécile Marin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    - Africa / Password, Map, 2015/07 - Africa
  • Kurdistan's bold, brave women

    Nada Maucourant
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    In Iraqi Kurdistan, there are only about 600 women in the legendary Kurdish female battalion out of an army of 190,000 troops. And women fight just as hard against the structures of Kurdish society. Helly Luv, real name Helan Abdulla, is an emblem of the Kurds' fierce struggle against Islamic State (IS), releasing patriotic pop songs available worldwide. Her music video Revolution (2015) calls on Kurds to defend their homeland against the invader — implying IS (Islamic State). With her hair (...) - 2015/07 / Password, 2015/07 - Women
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  • Andrew Mulligan: We need this title

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The first rule of Hurricanes Club was to not to talk about Hurricanes Club. The second rule of Hurricanes Club was to not talk about Hurricanes Club. And if it was your first Hurricanes Club you had to attempt reason.Giving up such...
  • Cartoon: Crowdfunding

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
  • Sideswipe: July 3: Know your own bum

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    40 years, same card Brothers Jeff and Ron Somethingorother have been exchanging the same birthday card for more than 40 years. The pair have been sending a Peanuts card, featuring the character Linus, back and forth since 1973....
  • Peter Bromhead: Greek philosophy

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    My first experience of how philosophically Greeks deal with a crisis happened some years ago, when I was staying in a small hotel on Poros, an island in the Southern Saronic Gulf.The hotel, a modern concrete shell built in a style...
  • Editorial: School ensured swipe was given oxygen

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    A 15-year-old girl's sweeping criticism of her teachers would not normally be the stuff of nationwide debate. But it has been achieved by Anela Pritchard thanks largely to the reaction of her school, Napier Girls' High. In over-reacting...
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  • Lessons for Oslo

    Julia Gillard
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    As the world prepares to agree to the Sustainable Development Goals that will guide development efforts for the next 15 years, there is a growing recognition of the degree to which the development agenda depends on education. The upcoming education summit in Oslo reflects that recognition.
  • What Energy Shortage?

    Jostein Eikeland
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    We humans are not facing a shortage of energy. We are facing a technical challenge in capturing it and delivering it to consumers; and one of the most efficient ways to meet that challenge is by investing in better ways to store it.
  • Saving Ukraine

    Wolfgang Ischinger
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Addressing the challenges facing Ukraine will require policymakers inside and outside the country to stabilize its economy, protect its territory, and create breathing room for reforms. In order to accomplish this, they will also have to secure greater cooperation from Russia.
  • Cuba Comes in from the Cold

    Hector R. Torres
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    A few years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine Cuba knocking at the doors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Today, it seems only a matter of time before the country joins both institutions – to the benefit of all involved.
  • The Escalating Arab Wars

    Maha Yahya
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    The violence that has plagued North Africa and the Middle East since the beginning of the Arab Spring may turn out to be just a first taste of what is to come. Without a change of course among the region's leaders, a further spiral into chaos, violence, and bloodshed is likely to become the only alternative left.
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  • Holy Peacamole!

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    “It’s not just the peas in guacamole, it’s the name peacamole.” viagra cialas comparisondrug screening for cialiscialis testimonialssafe place to buy viagraviagra for teensbest price cialisgeneric cialis coupon codeviagra pfizer canadafirst time viagra usercheap cialiscanadian generic cialis pillsviagra and proper dosagebuy viagra now onlinebuyviagrageneric viagra 100 mg The post Holy Peacamole! appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • The Power of Side-Eye

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    “I’m guessing from your side eye – that’s a no.” The post The Power of Side-Eye appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Buzzy The Vampire Slayer

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    “Sorry Dude, but you tested positive for West Nile.” The post Buzzy The Vampire Slayer appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • #VaccinesWork #SB77

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    “Rabies vaccine is mandatory in every state… Vaccines for people? Not so much.” The post #VaccinesWork #SB77 appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • #MeatlessMonday

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    “The FDA says eat more fish… So, you’re next.” The post #MeatlessMonday appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • 6 books that became famous after film

    Anela Muhic
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    “But it wasn’t like that in the book,” is one of the most annoying things you can hear as you leave a cinema. Novels and films are very different media and scripts can’t just slavishly reproduce the story and dialogue from a book. If nothing else, that would make most film adaptations about ten hours long.  The best film adaptations retain the spirit and themes of the books, but turn them into something uniquely cinematic. Here are some films that we think intelligently translated their tales from page to screen. 1.The Hunger Games The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic…
  • Trabajo | Azafata en Madrid: todo lo que necesitas saber

    Beatriz Benés
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    Trabajar a tiempo parcial y los fines de semana es una opción de ganar algo de dinero de forma fácil para muchos estudiantes universitarios. Las clases entre semana a veces hacen imposible compaginar los horarios con un trabajo. Por eso, si te interesa trabajar en algo que no te robe mucho tiempo y así ganarte un dinerillo para tus caprichos, esta idea te interesará. 1. No hace falta experiencia Para trabajar como azafato/a no hace falta tener ninguna experiencia en el sector. Es un trabajo sencillo, no te pedirán ningún requisito más allá de superar la mayoría de edad. Deberás…
  • Why big companies have to invest in green

    Irene Tutone
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    In today’s world, broadband access has become necessary for everything. Listening to music, travelling, attaining jobs, everything. The Internet and the free movement of data is an important and growing driver of economic growth and increases productivity, reducing costs, also stimulating trade. According to the Internet World Stats, Internet users latest data count more than three billion people using the network around the world. The 42% of the world population, percentage grown by 753% in the last five years. Estimates from the industry expect Internet data to triple from 2012 to 2017. A…
  • Fiestas del orgullo gay, la locura de Madrid

    Beatriz Benés
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    ¡Hoy comienza MADO Madrid Orgullo! Es desde hace años el mayor evento urbano que se celebra en Europa dado que reúne a casi 2 millones de personas en las principales calles y plazas de la capital. Las banderas y guirnaldas del barrio de Chueca desde principios de semana recuerdan que las celebraciones por el Orgullo Gay están a punto de comenzar. Fiesta del orgullo gay via Madrid Smart Los actos programados para estos días se celebrarán en seis espacios diferentes: 1. Plaza Chueca   A las 20:30 se emitirá el pregón de fiestas que inaugurarán estos intensos días de celebración…
  • How Does Facebook Affect People?

    Anela Muhic
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
    I realized that my network of close personal friendships — the people  I spend time with in my local community — has been altered over the years by my exposure on Facebook. I also realized that everybody’s network of friends is altered (good or bad) by Facebook, whether you’re using the site or not. I am referring to that real life network of friends, family and acquaintances who you try to stay in touch with. This includes the people you spend time with plus people you communicate with via phone, email, snail mail, etc. With more than 1 billion users, it’s no…
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