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  • Taking Note: Facts & Figures: Millennials More Accepting of Homosexuality Than of Abortion

    NYT > Opinion
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Forty-two percent of millennials say sex between people of the same gender is morally acceptable, according to a new survey.
  • The New Intolerance

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Indiana isn’t targeting gays. Liberals are targeting religion.
  • After-school programs make a difference

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are a critical time for children and teens, as this is the time each day that unsupervised kids are most likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. When children lack access to supervised activities or guidance...
  • Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It

    Earthbus Edutainment
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It By Michael Snyder February 22nd Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do.  These days, we don’t like to think of ourselves as “servants” or “slaves”, but that is […] The post Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • The method to Obama's Middle East mess

    The News Tribune -- Opinion
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    This administration has been persistently surprised by Middle East developments, and its self-justifications alternate between the exasperated and the delusional…Click to Continue »
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  • An Arab military force could compound the region’s problems

    Editorial Board
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    THE SAUDI-led intervention in Yemen and the announcement of a new transnational Arab military force may mark a historic turning point in the Middle East. Traditional U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, fed up with U.S. passivity in the face of mounting turmoil and alarmed by President Obama’s push for a nuclear deal with Iran, are moving aggressively to defend their interests without relying on Washington.Read full article >>
  • Indiana’s religious freedom law can have real discriminatory effects

    Editorial Board
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    INDIANA’S LEADERS are scrambling to “clarify” the state’s contentious new religious freedom law, which has attracted a tsunami of criticism since Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed it last week. But if they continue to skirt questions about how Indiana businesses can legally treat lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, they will neither get nor deserve an end to the scrutiny. The best way out of this self-imposed controversy is to legislate basic civil protections for people whose sexual orientation puts them in a minority.Read full article >>
  • Virginia officials have a chance to add teeth to ethics reform legislation

    Editorial Board
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    FOR ALL their talk about ethics reform, Virginia lawmakers have proved stubbornly reluctant to give up the freebies they seem to view as rightful fringe benefits of public office. The feeble “reform” bill that emerged from the recently concluded General Assembly session has so many loopholes that it’s a step backward in some respects. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is on the right track in trying to correct its most egregious problems, and Virginians should pay close attention to what lawmakers do next.Read full article >>
  • We don’t need labels on genetically modified foods

    Editorial Board
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
    EIGHTY-EIGHT percent of scientists polled by the Pew Research Center in January said genetically modified food is generally safe to eat. Only 37 percent of the public shared that view. The movement to require genetically modified food products to be labeled both reflects and exploits this divergence between informed opinion and popular anxiety.Read full article >>
  • Payday lending is ripe for rules

    Editorial Board
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    PAYDAY LENDING is capitalism at its unloveliest. It’s a business that wouldn’t even exist if the market were providing everyone with enough income to meet their needs — yet 12 million adults, the vast majority of them low-income, resorted to short-term, high-interest loans to cover cash shortages in 2010. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, a typical borrower takes out eight payday loans a year totaling $3,000, paying about $520 in interest. Not infrequently, borrowers pay off old payday loans with new ones, creating a pyramid of debt that ends in default.Read full article…
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    seattlepi.com: Opinion & Commentary

  • Robert A. Brown

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:13 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.
  • J.A. Jance

    27 Mar 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.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:55 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

    10 Jan 2015 | 5:43 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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  • Tuesday's Letters: Let's not complicate pension negotiations

    Letters from readers
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    IRANIAN AMBITIONS Act to stop danger The recent letter writer disparaging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not looking at the whole picture, blinded by disdain for the Republican Party. Iran has publicly called for the destruction of Israel many times. Iran’s missile program is capable of striking thousands of miles and is working on even longer ranges. Iran’s “peaceful” nuclear program is a farce, and the entire world knows it. read more
  • Lead Letter: Let's celebrate Women's History Month

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    It appears we so often get our priorities confused. March seemed to be celebrating March Madness more so than Women’s History Month. I cannot think of anything that we should be highlighting every month more than our appreciation for the role so many women serve in our life, our family, our home, our society and in making our world a better place every day in America. Our world would be lost without the care of a mother and so many real and genuine ladies that make our lives complete. read more
  • Florida prisons are in a state of perpetual crisis

    Times-Union Editorial
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    First of three parts Florida’s prison system is in deep trouble.The state’s management of its prisons has not kept up with best practices. And people have begun noticing. Just consider that last year was the deadliest in the prison system’s history with a record 346 inmates dying behind bars. The U.S. Department of Justice has its eye on the state for possibly violating inmates’ constitutional rights. And the state’s courts are trying to sort through the morass. read more
  • Frank Denton: When a factual error leaves a human impact

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    When I was a journalism student 50 years ago, my professor Mary Gardner was as tough as you would expect from her Marine Corps pedigree. On assignments, if a student misspelled a word — even if just a typo — she awarded a D, no matter how compelling the story, no appeal. And if there was any kind of factual error, even “avenue” rather than “street” in an address, it was an automatic F, no appeal. After a career of trying to live up to Dr. Gardner’s standards, last week I was reminded why accuracy and truth are sacred to us journalists. read more
  • Sound Off: Admiration goes to these presidents

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Although President’s Day has come and gone, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group which president in history do they most admire and why. Here is a representative sampling of the responses: I would have to say first choice is George Washington; he set the example of what a president is. Second choice is Harry Truman; he was thought to be incapable and was really outstanding (paid his own cost to travel, too). Keith M. Myers, Jacksonville read more
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Obama can't escape war

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    There's a certain irony in the fact that the American president who won the office vowing to end the two wars he inherited finds himself after six years as much a wartime president as the man he succeeded.
  • Helping ex-offenders stay out of prison

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Every year, roughly 10,000 people leave prison and return to Baltimore City; 4,000 of them — 40 percent — will return to prison within three years. This must change.
  • Health insurance exchanges need an upgrade

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Healthcare.gov exchange and its 14 state-run counterparts have enrolled more than 11 million people — 800,000 of whom were sent incorrect tax information, the Obama administration admitted last month.
  • Can Jewish Americans support both Democrats and Israel?

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    "I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their president," vented Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, on Boston Herald Radio last week.
  • A future-oriented agenda for the GOP's presidential candidates

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's some advice, not only for Mr. Cruz, but for the other would-be GOP candidates: Instead of nonstop attacks on President Obama, adopt a positive and future-oriented agenda.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • H.B. needs more housing, revenue

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Recently, my community of Huntington Beach has been debating what our future should look like. It’s an important conversation to which I want to contribute so that balance is part of the equation. Some say the city cannot accommodate roughly 3,100...
  • After-school programs make a difference

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are a critical time for children and teens, as this is the time each day that unsupervised kids are most likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. When children lack access to supervised activities or guidance...
  • Today's cartoons: Harry Reid hangs up the gloves

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Also: Bergdahl controversy; pilots and mental health.
  • Is network news still relevant in online era?

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Thanks to “NBC Nightly News” suspended anchor Brian Williams’ fondness for Walter Mitty-like stories about being shot at in the Iraq War, Americans have been paying close attention to the network news. Inquiring minds want to know whether...
  • Time for clarity on defense spending

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the wake of the so-called budget “sequester,” Pentagon planners found themselves almost unimaginably short on money. A quote attributed to Winston Churchill made the rounds: “Gentlemen, we have run out of money; now, we have to think.”...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Letters

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    Oops, so sorry, my bad
  • No nukes for Iran

    <StaffMember: Bradley Gitz>
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    Barack Obama appears intent upon concluding an agreement with Iran that, according to critics from both parties, could allow it to become a nuclear power on the installment plan. About which, several observations:
  • A benefit to all

    Marcy Doderer Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    During my 20+ years in health care, I've bumped up against my fair share of glass ceilings. Of course, I'm not alone.
  • Bored with school?

    LEONID BERSHIDSKY Bloomberg News
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    The London newspaper The Independent recently published a sensational story about Finnish plans to abandon subject teaching in public schools. No more math, history and geography as separate lessons, it reported. Instead, students will study topics such as the European Union, picking up language and math skills and knowledge about geography and history as they go along. Even though that's not exactly what's happening in Finland, the article took off on social networks. Apparently, adjustments to rigidly compartmentalized learning sound good to a lot of people.
  • Another mystery

    Chicago Tribune
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    Anyone who boards a commercial jetliner knows the safety risks. Passengers buckle up and sometimes fortify themselves with a drink and the assurance that, statistically, flying gets safer and safer because planes are better engineered and pilots are better trained.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Rare Boehner-Pelosi health care compromise deserves applause

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Wonder of wonders: House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi compromised on crucial health care legislation last week for the good of all Americans, and the deal actually passed by a resounding 392-37 vote.The Senate still needs to ratify the bill ending a two-decade fight over the Medicare formula for paying doctors and extending the children's health insurance program for two years. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't rally his troops to quick action Friday, but we're hopeful they'll succeed after a two-week recess. So let's savor the moment:"I hope…
  • Mercury News editorial: LGBT office in county still is timely

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    You might think Santa Clara County is a tad late to plan an Office of LGBTQ Affairs (as in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning). Gay marriages are being performed in about half the country. Silicon Valley companies are longtime champions of gay rights, standing up for their workers and in some cases (see Tim Cook) their CEOs.Then, just in the past week, we have: A court appeal by California Attorney General Kamala Harris for permission to reject a ballot measure submitted by attorney Matthew McLaughlin that essentially would sanction vigilante killing of anyone…
  • Mercury News editorial: Taking a deeper look at safety of fracking

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    When Sen. Fran Pavley pushed the toughest fracking regulations in the nation through the Legislature in 2013, she insisted on requiring a statewide environmental impact review of the practice. If it showed a need for tougher laws, the Agoura Hills Democrat said, she would lead the charge.The facts are trickling in, and Pavley may want to start looking for her flag. The analysis is not complete but it's getting harder to believe oil companies can frack California's vast Monterey Shale in a responsible fashion, particularly as we face a drought of historic proportions.Fracking involves…
  • Mercury News editorial: At last a PUC president who stands up for consumers

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:13 pm
    New PUC President Michael Picker appears to be bent on changing the culture of the California Public Utilities Commission. Since leadership begins at the top, it's a promising sign for a regulatory agency whose previous leader destroyed its credibility.Picker on Friday revealed a revised plan that increases the proposed punishment of PG&E for its role in the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. The proposal puts the public interest ahead of utility profits -- a welcome departure from the cozy relationship with utilities that marked the…
  • Mercury News editorial: More outrage at the Oakland VA office

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:21 pm
    For years the Oakland regional office of the Veterans Administration has been a national disgrace -- part of a larger pattern of incompetence or worse that seems to have engulfed the VA nationwide. The latest report on this is as befuddling as it is frustrating. The change promised by the president and Congress to better serve veterans has yet to take root. At best, confusion reigns.In Sunday's edition of this newspaper, staff writer Mark Emmons described a report by the VA Office of Inspector General last month about the Oakland office, which supposedly handles claims for more than 780,000…
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  • NHL roundup

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
  • Cavaliers slip past 76ers, 87-86

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers won’t get style points for Sunday’s 87-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Ailing Wade, aching Heat beat Pistons

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    MIAMI — Dwyane Wade was playing a day after having fluid drained from his left knee. Udonis Haslem is dealing with a slew of injuries, including problems with both ankles. An already decimated Miami Heat roster had two more players scratched at halftime.
  • Girl, 15, missing in Lenawee County

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    The Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding 15-year-old Makayla Rose McLaughlin, who was reported missing and may be headed out of state with a man. 
  • White Sox top House, Indians, 4-1

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Tyler Flowers and George Kottaras had key doubles in Chicago’s three-run fourth inning, spoiling T.J. House’s day after he was told he earned a spot in Cleveland’s rotation as the White Sox beat the Indians 4-1 on Sunday.
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  • ‘Annie’ terrific

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    ‘Annie’ terrific I must commend the cast and crew at Apollo Ridge High School for the entertaining and enjoyable musical “Annie.” The talent displayed is ...
  • Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Fitting honors: Seventeen Pennsylvania military veterans — from World War II to Vietnam — are the latest inductees into the Hall of Valor at Soldiers ...
  • Still bad decision

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Still bad decision I would like to thank the Unity Township supervisors for backing out of the former Latrobe-Unity parks and recreation partnership. It cost ...
  • ‘Canary in a coal mine’: The SSDI dilemma

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Social Security Disability Insurance, used by an estimated 11 million disabled workers and their eligible spouses last year, will be broke by the end of ...
  • Deer-culling alternatives II

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    What we’ve learned: Mt. Lebanon is overrun with Odocoileus virginianus , the whitetail deer, a native species that hoofed those hillocks for thousands of years ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Don’t make a bad situation worse

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work – and surely will have unintended consequences.Click to Continue »
  • The virtues of the smoke-filled room

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Suspicion about compromise should be surprising in a nation that resulted from the Great Compromise. But it reflects a broader trend that has reshaped the attitudes of both parties: polarization.Click to Continue »
  • The method to Obama's Middle East mess

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    This administration has been persistently surprised by Middle East developments, and its self-justifications alternate between the exasperated and the delusional…Click to Continue »
  • Changing Islam from within

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Today, there are many dissidents who challenge Islam. Yet the West either ignores them or dismisses them as “not representative.”Click to Continue »
  • Imaginary health care horrors

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    One indisputable fact about the Affordable Care Act is that it's costing taxpayers much less than expected - about 20 percent less, according to the Congressional Budget Office.Click to Continue »
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  • i Editor's Letter: Why it won’t be the i wot won it – our promise to you

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “You’ve decided who you’re backing then?” asks Peter Beck. Bexhill i reader Robert Sharkey, meanwhile, levels the accusing finger: “No doubt who the i  supports. The dodgy Conservatives and Rupert Murdoch! Get real!” Regular correspondent  Mr Sharkey won’t mind me  disagreeing in forthright terms once I’ve finished spluttering into my tea: codswallop.
  • Letters: The voters’ favourite – None of the Above

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    I have been discussing the general election with friends and family members and have discovered that, almost without exception, no one is sure how they will vote come 7 May.
  • Letters: The voters’ favourite – None of the Above

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    I have been discussing the general election with friends and family members and have discovered that, almost without exception, no one is sure how they will vote come 7 May.
  • Atheists are being hacked to death in Bangladesh, and soon there will be none left

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    “Words cannot be killed”. This is the Facebook cover page of Bangladeshi blogger Washiqur Rahman. It's a statement of solidarity with Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger who was murdered last month in the capital of Dhaka by religious extremists.
  • David Cameron needs to learn some new tricks – and fast

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    For all his commanding self-assurance David Cameron endures a roller-coaster ride as a leader. He has yet to win an overall majority and polls suggest that he will never do so, meaning that the current election would be his last. Cameron began his leadership hoping to be the Tony Blair of his party, changing the Conservatives so they might make headway in the north of England, and indeed in Scotland, in the way that New Labour stormed the south in 1997. Now he contests the closest election for many decades, hailing policies that are similar to those espoused by his recent predecessors as Tory…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice | Matt Noffs

    Matt Noffs
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    To tackle ice, Australia needs brave leaders who understand that there will always be people who take meth, and no amount of law enforcement will ever change thatIn its report on the methamphetamine market, the Australian Crime Commission has identified ice as the illicit drug posing the highest risk to the Australian community. As well as documenting the health, social and economic harms caused by the drug, the report comprehensively outlines the role of organised crime in producing and distributing ice. Additionally, it concludes that the market will continue to grow in the short to medium…
  • The 'worthwhile ideas' in Hockey's Re:think on tax are straight out of 1975 | John Quiggin

    John Quiggin
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Despite claims of ‘exceptional openness’, Joe Hockey’s Treasury paper ignores virtually every new idea in tax policy since the deregulation of the 1970sAs the Treasury’s tax discussion paper, released yesterday, notes “Over the last 40 years Australian governments have initiated many reviews of the tax system”. This paper, boldly entitled Re:think, promises something new, more appropriate to the changing world we live in. Moreover, “the government will be considering every worthwhile idea, even if it does not fit neatly with the existing set of major taxes we now have”.
  • The Australian government can't safeguard Putin's data. That means yours isn't safe, either | Scott Ludlam

    Scott Ludlam
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    As the G20 data leak shows, storing data creates the potential for it to be compromised. Brace yourself for more breachesOne of the questions I’ve been asked most in recent months is whether members of parliament will have their metadata stored under the government’s mass surveillance regime. The answer? Absolutely. Almost every Australian has skin in this game, including some people who really shouldn’t, given the government and opposition’s protestations that this regime is a vital issue of “national security”. Related: Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by…
  • The Guardian view on election 2015: it really matters | Editorial

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Political discord is back. Good. The decisions confronting Britain this year are too important to gloss overStanding in front of the black door that says “prime minister” to the world, David Cameron gave up on the statesman pose on Monday, and assumed the role of partisan. That’s no bad thing. While much of the country will be turned off by the negative slogans slung at Ed Miliband from the Downing Street steps – warnings of chaos, runaway taxes and mounting debts – it’s surely better that politicians should disagree fiercely for the next few weeks than pretend that they are all…
  • The Guardian view on Greece and the eurozone: time for realism and compromise | Editorial

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Alexis Tsipras is dangerously isolated in Europe, but that’s bad for Europe tooNegotiating with Greece’s lenders was bound to be a struggle for Alexis Tsipras’s government. The radical left prime minister hoped not only to pull Greece out of austerity programmes that have caused so much social suffering but also to put the whole of Europe on to a new economic course. That was always an ambitious project, and now it’s unravelling fast. The inexperience of Greece’s new leadership has certainly played a role. But the odds were difficult from the start: Greece’s European partners have…
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    Business and finance

  • From books to builders

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    HAS Amazon ever seen a market it did not want to enter? The internet behemoth started by selling books, before becoming a retailer for everything from art supplies to zombie-survival kits. It went on to branch out into e-readers, cloud computing and tablet computers, and now even makes its own nappies. On March 30th it announced its latest move: an expansion into the booming “on-demand” economy, in the form of Amazon Home Services, a marketplace that connects customers with nearby builders, plumbers, mechanics, music teachers and even goat grazers in several American cities.Amazon has…
  • A human response to a human tragedy

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    IT HAS been less than a week since the catastrophic loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 and its precious cargo of 144 passengers and six crew. In that short time investigators have pointed the finger of blame squarely at Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old first officer who appears to have locked his captain out of the flight deck and deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps. Though incomprehensible, his gruesome deed is not without precedent for commercial pilots. Fear of falling victim to such asymmetric evil will, inevitably, plague the minds of the 9m passengers who take to the skies…
  • Predicting the next crisis

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    HOW resilient are emerging-market economies? Many are struggling, thanks to the economic impact of a strong dollar. But what would happen if things suddenly got a lot tougher? A new paper, from Liliana Rojas-Suarez of the Centre for Global Development, a think-tank, offers some interesting data.Let’s imagine that something really bad happens. The Federal Reserve tightens its monetary policy too soon; some new global debt crisis begins; Russia launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ms Rojas-Suarez wants to understand which emerging-market economies are most vulnerable.To do so she…
  • South Korea's economy, a riposte to Piketty and skyscrapers

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:South Korea's economy: A tiger in winter (Finance)Milk and economic development: No use crying (Finance)Inequality and housing: Through the roof (Finance)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at whether skyscraper booms augur well for the global economy. 
  • The power of the almighty dollar

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    "THIS is a great time for Americans to travel internationally," the Washington Post proclaimed last month. The main reason? The strong dollar. Russia is now a much cheaper place for Americans than it was a year ago but, of course, there's less reason for business travellers to go there since the harsh sanctions were introduced. More significant is the dollar's strength versus most European currencies, in particular the Euro. But all is not as it seems, explains Evan Soltas, an economics blogger. A strong dollar, he argues, doesn't have much influence on Americans' travel habits. But it…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • What lies behind the recent surge of Amazon deforestation

    Richard Schiffman
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    After declining by more than 70 percent in recent years, deforestation in the Amazon is soaring. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, scientist Philip Fearnside explains what's driving the clearing of the Amazon and what needs to be done to once again bring deforestation under control. Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world's largest tropical forest. A professor at the (...) - Open page
  • Military strategy? Who needs it?

    William D. Hartung
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow. McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama's demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars (...) - Open page
  • 'The Chinese dream is a daydream'

    Peter Bengtsen
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Sung Wei has a dream. It drives him out of bed in the morning and off to work for up to 12 hours daily. It has driven him more than 2,000 kilometres from the Yunnan province that neighbours Myanmar (Burma) and Tibet all the way to Xiamen at the coast. Here, he moulds tires in one of the Cheng Shin Tire factories, the world's biggest bike tyre manufacturer. Sung Wei dreams about his future savings. He dreams of spending his, so far, imaginary, savings to set up a small shop in his hometown (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • “I plead guilty” (to insubordination)

    Paula Giddings and Howard Zinn
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    The excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings are from the Nation magazine's 150th Anniversary Special Issue on newsstands in April. They appear here with the kind permission of the editors of that magazine. Finishing School for Pickets By Howard Zinn (August 6, 1960) One afternoon some weeks ago, with the dogwood on the Spelman College campus newly bloomed and the grass close-cropped and fragrant, an attractive, tawny-skinned girl crossed the lawn to her (...) - Open page
  • Can you say “blowback” in spanish?

    Rebecca Gordon
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power. They have penetrated the local, state, and national governments and control entire sections of the country. They provide employment and services to an impoverished public, which distrusts their actual government with its bitter record of corruption, repression, and torture. They seduce young people from several countries, including the United States, (...) - Open page
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Tony Gibson: Port will choke unless it can grow

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    When I came to Ports of Auckland in 2011, I inherited a plan for a 23ha reclamation and a 250m extension into the harbour. There were howls of rage and calls for us to think again, to come back with something smaller. We listened....
  • Bob Jones: All that red tape's tying us in knots

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    In 1931 the then-world's tallest building, New York's 103-floor Empire State was constructed in just over a year. In 2015, a simple deck restaurant on one of my Auckland office building's terraces was completed in the same time, at...
  • KiwiSaver: First home snag with Australian funds

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    My husband and I moved back home to New Zealand from Australia in January 2014.When we tried to bring our super across there was a lot of confusion (mainly from bank here) as to rules regarding what we could access should we want...
  • Siobhan Keogh: How I learned to love DLC

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I have a confession to make: I like DLC.DLC, or downloadable content, has drawn the ire of gamers since its inception. Essentially, DLC is additional content that's not in the base game. There are legitimate reasons DLC might...
  • Editorial: RMA looks likely to stay largely intact

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    The Prime Minister was quick to "rip up" the Government's intended reform of the Resource Management Act after the Northland byelection. Suspiciously quick. He may be oddly relieved to lose the numbers he would need in Parliament...
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  • 理想の彼氏をゲットするために脱毛を開始

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    私が脱毛をはじめることになったきっかけは、 ずっと前から狙っていた外国人彼と初めて対面することになったことです。 インターネットで知り合った彼と初めて対面するため、彼の国に旅立つことになりました。念願の外国人彼氏が目の前まできた時、私は果たして女子として彼にふさわしいだろうか、そんなふうに考えました。 今では足腕、脇をしていますが、VIOも気になってきています。 無事外国人の彼氏もGETしました^^
  • 物凄くイケメンなのにハゲは辛い

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
  • 女性タレントさんの足の映像を観て脱毛に興味

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
    私にとって、芸能人の特に女性は、全て、そのような事に関して、もう少し、神経を使っている人ばかりだと思っていましたので、正直、興ざめしたのです。 其の後、他の番組で、今度は、ある女優さんが、足の毛のみならず、全身、毛深い体質の為、共演男優に不評だという理由で、海外で、全身脱毛を行って帰国したというエピソードを聞き、案外、毛深さで悩んでいる人の多さを改めて感じたのでした。
  • 髪がないとモテない

    4 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
  • ヒヤヒヤした時期があります

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    私の身内にはハゲている方はいません。 父も祖父も、母方の叔父、祖父も誰もハゲてる人がいないので、ハゲている方への耐性が無いままに生きてきました。 それだけでは無く、自分がハゲていない事を良い事に、父は私に対して、ハゲている人とは結婚しないで欲しいというような事を、 小さな頃から言われていた記憶があるので、ハゲている方に対して、正直偏見のある目で見ていたと思います。…
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  • China and Global Governance

    Javier Solana
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The West has failed to accord China — much less the other major emerging economies — the degree of influence over global governance structures that it merits. But this is about to change, because China has decided that it will no longer sit still for it.
  • China’s New Normal and America’s Old Habits

    Stephen S. Roach
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    China is generating a lot of confusion nowadays, both at home, where officials now tout the economy’s “new normal” but are unclear about what it is, and abroad, where the US is embracing “containment” of China’s rise. On both counts, the disconnects are striking, adding a new dimension of risk to a fragile world.
  • The Coming Emerging-Market Debt Squeeze

    Andrés Velasco
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    The emerging-market debt crises of the recent past could not only happen again today; they could happen on a much larger scale than in the past. Taking advantage of ultra-low interest rates in the advanced countries, emerging-market banks and firms have been borrowing like never before.
  • Last Chance for Ukraine and Europe

    George Soros
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ukraine has reached a critical point in its survival struggle; but so, too, has the European Union. And the line beyond which all possible scenarios worsen – for Ukraine and the EU alike – may be just days or weeks away.
  • The Monetarist Mistake

    J. Bradford DeLong
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    The inadequate response to the Great Recession reflects policymakers' acceptance of Milton Friedman's analysis of the Great Depression. And yet the dominance of Friedman's monetarism has less to do with the evidence supporting it than with the fact that economics is all too often tainted by politics.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • #IndianaBoycott

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
      “How can you refuse to serve me – I’m a tabby too.” The post #IndianaBoycott appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Retired- Now What?!

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    “Develop open source software or learn the ukulele or something.” The post Retired- Now What?! appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Let’s Talk

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    “I don’t care means you don’t want to have a bitchfest.” The post Let’s Talk appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Me, Myself & My Dog

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    “I’d rather hang with my dog than dumbass people any day.” The post Me, Myself & My Dog appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Spirits Guide

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    “Everything in my fridge has been recalled… Just wine is just fine.” The post Spirits Guide appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • Recently Uncovered Meme circa 1550s Bemoans Technology

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Internet archaeologists have uncovered a 500-year-old internet meme made by old people who thought they were being clever for decrying the latest technology of the time, READING BOOKS. The cycle of old people bemoaning youth and technology is a habit that still dominates society today; the image above is a current example of the ancient meme […] The post Recently Uncovered Meme circa 1550s Bemoans Technology appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • THIS is why I use MEGA for my Cloud Storage Provider!

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    How can Users Trust their Cloud Storage Providers? One of my facebook friends just posted this link on her timeline. Turns out Dropbox, (and other cloud storage providers) are accessing data beyond the ‘sync’ folder. This is exactly why I stopped using dropbox over two years ago. It is no secret that I pimp MEGA […] The post THIS is why I use MEGA for my Cloud Storage Provider! appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It By Michael Snyder February 22nd Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do.  These days, we don’t like to think of ourselves as “servants” or “slaves”, but that is […] The post Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Price Volatility No Match for Bitcoin’s Potential

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    For those seeking a better remittance system or a cheaper, freer, and more inclusive solution over bank transfers, bitcoin is a revolutionary technology regardless whether its price tag is US$1 or $1,000.+ The post Price Volatility No Match for Bitcoin’s Potential appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Bitcoin Bingo!

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Now that Bitcoin is increasing its’ market cap back up to $4Billion, we are also seeing the flood of mainstream news article about bitcoin. Here’s a game you can play as the new wave of FUD inevitably is stirred up with the tide of news; it is called Bitcoin Bingo! The way you play the […] The post Bitcoin Bingo! appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • More people need to be having sex!

    Summer L Tate
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Explore your sexuality without shame or reservation. By Emerson Quinn via flickr. CC More people need to be having sex, masturbating, and experiencing orgasms…it is almost urgent. Too many are stressed, tense, aggressive, and unknowingly living in a state of sexual repression. Something is backwards when violence is more acceptable than any expression of sexuality. Years ago America seemed to lose its shit when Janet Jackson’s nipple was exposed for a second during the Super Bowl and more recently the same shit was lost when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on ESPN after…
  • 13 reasons we are still crazy in love after seventeen years and two kids

    Summer L Tate
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    By Camdiluv via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 First, let me clear the air: I do not believe purely in monogamy for human beings. It works for some and not for others, and there is no definition of a “perfect” couple. I also do not subscribe to the ideas that everyone must be in a romantic relationship, are better off married rather than divorced, or are “incomplete” if single. Having said that, I would like to discuss my relationship with my spouse and give some reasons that may explain our longevity.I have been with my husband since a week before my sixteenth birthday. We have been…
  • My Generation

    Summer L Tate
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:46 pm
    What is it with kids these days, with their i-phones, i-pads, and i-attitudes? With their crappy music, limited attention span, and social media? In my day kids were well mannered perfect soldiers who never complained, respected their elders, only listened to good music, and spent hours on a corded phone communicating the old fashioned way. Yes, in the good old days. Unfortunately this is a typical attack by an older generation painting a younger generation with a broad, degrading stroke, while patting themselves on the back for being a part of the better decade. Whenever there is an article…
  • Stop Holding Our Hands: Marijuana, privacy, and the American Way

    Summer L Tate
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    “That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right... The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his…
  • Holding onto the Rebel

    Summer L Tate
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Charlie Hebdo exemplified controversy, satire, and courage. By Kanichat/Je suis Charlie via Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  On 7 January 2015, two Islamic terrorists with guns forced their way into the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, France, known for inflammatory and politically incorrect cartoons, and killed twelve people. The newspaper’s office had a history of being a target for terrorists and had been firebombed in 2011, had its website hacked, and was even sued by Islamic organizations for publishing images of Muhammad. The bravery of the Charlie…
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