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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Thousands defy Putin in Moscow

    Editorial Board
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    RUSSIANS KNOW all too well the possible consequences of joining protest rallies in Moscow. Police regularly attack and beat peaceful demonstrators, and some have been sentenced to long prison terms. Boris Nemtsov , one of the principal organizers of those rallies, was brazenly gunned down on a heavily secured bridge near the Kremlin late Friday. So it would have been understandable if the crowd for a march held in his honor Sunday had been sparse.Read full article >>
  • More evidence of racial bias in Ferguson

    Editorial Board
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    ACCORDING TO a report in Monday’s New York Times, the Justice Department is preparing to tell the embattled Ferguson, Mo., police department to shape up or get sued. In an impending analysis, the Justice Department will reportedly accuse Ferguson authorities of racially discriminatory practices, a move that will force them to change their behavior voluntarily or face a federal civil rights lawsuit. Read full article >>
  • Barbara Mikulski, lioness of the Senate

    Editorial Board
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI of Maryland — an impassioned, imperious, effective and unapologetically authentic lawmaker who has held fast to her blue-collar roots through 38 years in Congress — announced Monday that she will retire next year after five terms in the Senate. She did so having achieved the goal she set for herself in 1987, when she ascended to the upper chamber from the House of Representatives, “to use the good mind, the good mouth, the good heart that God gave me.”Read full article >>
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe embarrasses the GOP and the U.S.

    Editorial Board
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    SEN. JIM Inhofe (R-Okla.) chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee — and he seems determined to make that fact a national embarrassment. Mr. Inhofe delivered a Senate floor speech about the “hysteria on global warming” last week with two conspicuous props. One was a blown-up photo of his family standing in front of an igloo labeled “AL GORE’S NEW HOME.” The Inhofe clan constructed it following a 2010 “snowstorm that had been unprecedented, it set a record that year,” Mr. Inhofe explained.Read full article >>
  • Jailed without trial in Azerbaijan

    Editorial Board
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    THE PRESIDENT of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, is showing signs of a frantic despotism. Journalists, bloggers, lawyers, human rights activists and others who speak out for individual liberty are arbitrarily being swept up in a wave of arrests and detentions. Mr. Aliyev, suffering a decline in the oil revenue that has propped up his regime for years, seems to be striking out at anyone who opposes him. Read full article >>
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    seattlepi.com: Opinion & Commentary

  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:20 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

    27 Feb 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.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:34 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.
  • 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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  • Meet the candidate: Ryan Taylor

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
  • Meet the candidate: Scott Wilson

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    BIO OF SCOTT WILSON, CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 Scott Wilson – A Passion for Public Service read more
  • Meet the candidate: Ramon Day

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    BIO OF RAMON DAY CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 4 Ramon Day is a fifth generation Floridian and native of Madison, Florida. He grew up in Jacksonville and worked part-time at his uncle’s gas station while at Terry Parker High School and part-time at the Florida National Bank while in college at Jacksonville University. He also served as an intern at Barnett Bank while in graduate school at the University of Florida where he earned his MBA in Finance. read more
  • Meet the candidate: Fred Engness

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    BIO OF FRED ENGNESS CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 4   I was born and raised in Jacksonville. I graduated high school with honors and then joined the Army and serve our country. While serving I earned a degree in business management. After returning home I worked in Retail Management and eventually started his own business which I continue to run today. While the business has been successful, nothing came easy. It took hard work and dedication. read more
  • Letters: Church and state are separated in U.S.

    From readers
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    AMENDMENT 1 Protect the funds Amendment 1 passed with the votes of 75 percent of those voting. The purpose was to renew state spending on existing water and land conservation programs. Amendment 1 was not intended to fund water supply development projects that further deplete our water resources or to bail out developments that have neglected their own wastewater infrastructure needs. Nor was it intended that these new funds would simply replace other existing funds so that no additional benefits would accrue to these programs. read more
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Contenders for Mikulski's seat

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Political observers in Maryland will soon be treated to a rare phenomenon: a battle royal for an open United States Senate seat.
  • Better births at home

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    I am one of those women, fighting for home birth in Maryland.
  • Community development works

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Across the state, local efforts are quietly strengthening Maryland communities.
  • Obama finds his veto pen

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Barack Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
  • 'My Girl': 50 years and counting

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are sounds it feels like you've known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it's hard to believe they were ever new. One of those sounds is this:
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Deer in Mt. Lebanon pay the price while humans do the real damage

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Regarding the Mt. Lebanon deer “cull”: The irony is staggering:
  • Here's a GOP plan to replace Obamacare

    By Sens. Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander and John Barrasso
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday about whether the Obama administration used the IRS to deliver health insurance subsidies to Americans in violation of the law. Millions of Americans may lose these subsidies if the court finds that the administration acted illegally. If that occurs, Republicans have a plan to protect Americans harmed by the administration’s actions.
  • Failure to govern: In the House, it’s another abdication of duty

    By the Editorial Board
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Late Friday night, the House of Representatives solved a problem it created, channeling Scarlett O’Hara, who famously said, “I’ll think about that another day.”
  • Power play returns to top form for Penguins

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The talent is extraordinary, from Sidney Crosby to Evgeni Malkin to Patric Hornqvist to Chris Kunitz to Kris Letang. The Penguins’ power play should score three goals from time to time, as it did in the 5-3 win Sunday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In theory, if not reality, it should score at least one goal every game.
  • Korea’s tension: Tempers over war exercises make a case for talks

    By the Editorial Board
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan Monday, the day that U.S.-South Korean military exercises began.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • Can a child attend school where she lives during the week?

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Should the child of a live-in nanny be able to legally attend the “neighborhood” school of the home in which the nanny works? Since last fall, this question has been debated in the affluent, mostly Caucasian Bay Area community of Orinda, even...
  • Today's cartoons: Netanyahu addresses Congress

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: Genie out of the bottle
  • Netanyahu knows he can't trust Iran

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today marks the third occasion that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress. But unlike his uncontroversial appearances in 2011 and 1996, Mr. Netanyahu’s speech today has fomented much sound and fury in...
  • Letters: Many reasons why Keystone XL makes sense

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Balancing priorities” [Letters, March 1], supporting President Obama killing the Keystone XL pipeline after Congress (including some more logical Democrats) approved it, is disconcerting at best. The Keystone pipeline is important for many...
  • What happens to all that police bodycam data?

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Thanks to pioneering programs in San Diego and Los Angeles, California has been leading the way on the use of body cameras to improve neighborhood relationships with police. The logic is straightfoward: Residents can be sure their word won’t be put...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Letters

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    Voter apathy
  • Which right is right?

    <StaffMember: John Brummett>
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Let us explore the supposed conflict between a right to discriminate and the right to hold religious beliefs and act on them.
  • An odd case indeed

    <StaffMember: Mike Masterson>
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    I'm still scratching my woolly noggin over the odd news story last week about the Fayetteville police officer who's contesting a reprimand and a 30-day suspension before the city's Civil Service Commission.
  • No need for marketing experts

    ALBERT R. HUNT Bloomberg News
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:44 am
    Hillary Clinton has enlisted a Coca-Cola marketing whiz to help brand her expected presidential campaign. This is quintessential Clinton. The most politically savvy couple in America has a penchant for seeking out the latest shiny toy, a magic bullet to make everything work.
  • Wal-Mart's visible hand

    <StaffMember: Paul Krugman>
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    In February, Wal-Mart, America's largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons.
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    Breaking News - Hartford Courant

  • For Victim's Family, Pugh's Conviction Brings Relief

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
    MILFORD — First, it was the grueling hours after his sister's murder that tortured Matthew Ducsay, endless moments of wondering who had killed the aspiring actress and whether there would ever be justice for his family.
  • Huskies Dispatch USF 88-65

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    TAMPA, Fla. – Back in the day, as Geno Auriemma would say, UConn's regular season always ended with a crescendo. There was Notre Dame, until the Irish left the Big East. Then there was Louisville, until the Cardinals bolted the American Athletic Conference, too.
  • Cabbies: Make Uber Follow Stricter Taxi Rules

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    HARTFORD — Depending on who is speaking, regulating Uber and the ride-share industry in Connecticut would either protect under-informed customers, block unfair competition — or choke off job-creating entrepreneurs.
  • More Snow Coming Tuesday; Sleet, Rain On Wednesday

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    More snow is on the way Tuesday night, then followed by sleet and rain into Wednesday morning.
  • New DCP Commissioner: Empower Consumers. Plus: Top 10 Complaints Of 2014

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Jonathan Harris, who succeeds the retired William Rubenstein as commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection, inherits a moneymaker that collected $43 million in fees last year (spending $20 million), oversees Connecticut's first medical marijuana program and, in the past year,...
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  • Mercury News editorial: Bay Bridge bolts--the sequel

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:31 pm
    The latest and perhaps most serious construction problem discovered in the $6.5 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge has implications beyond the thousands of Bay Area residents who use the bridge every day. Caltrans, the state agency that oversaw the work, is responsible for infrastructure projects throughout California including roads, tunnels and all kinds of bridges.The bolt debacle in 2013 that threatened the span's scheduled opening and undermined trust in Caltrans is still fresh in memory. In that case, the officials in charge had ignored warnings from inside and outside the…
  • Mercury News editorial: Shirakawa should go to jail for malicious campaign mailer

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    George Shirakawa Jr. is fresh from a seven-month jail term after his conviction on corruption charges last year. But the former Santa Clara County supervisor should get more than a slap on the wrist for producing a malicious campaign mailer that helped his crony Xavier Campos win a San Jose City Council election in 2010.Superior Court Judge Ron Del Pozzo indicated last week that he would sentence Shirakawa to community service after the defendant agreed to plead no contest to the felony charge of false impersonation. Del Pozzo routinely tries to settle cases to avoid the cost of a trial, and…
  • Mercury News editorial: New visa rules for spouses bring cheers from tech industry

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    No region appreciates better than Silicon Valley the benefits that a diverse group of well-educated immigrant families brings to our economy and culture. For years the rule against spouses of H-1B visa holders obtaining work permits has deprived the nation of talented workers. Some choose not to come here at all because their highly educated spouses would have to either stay behind or put their own careers on hold. Others who do come here feel forced to return home instead of supporting our innovation economy.Fortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Thursday that the…
  • Mercury News editorial: Oakland would be crazy to put up public money for Raiders. Again

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Oakland loves the Raiders, but the city would be crazy to put up more public money to keep the team. It would be like paying an abusive partner not to leave you. Again.The financial deal Oakland and Alameda County made to bring the team back from Southern California after it left in 1982 was a disaster. There's still more than $100 million in debt to be paid off -- and now the team is threatening to leave again. That would be sad and frustrating for the Raiders' loyal East Bay fan base, but throwing good money after bad is never a good idea.The prospect of another Raiders move came up…
  • Mercury News editorial: County needs model cellphone tracker ordinance

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    One of the biggest issues confronting Silicon Valley is privacy concerns over the tech industry's most innovative and revenue-generating products. The future of Apple's iPhone, Google's search engines, Facebook's posts and a multitude of other applications hinges on the public's trust that their rights will not be abused.Santa Clara County should therefore be among the first to explore the efficacy of new tools for law enforcement and craft intelligent policies and ordinances for their use in the most transparent manner possible.The Sheriff Office's effort to obtain a portable cellphone…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Dr. Brian Guthrie: Why I don’t want to die in a hospital

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a pediatrician for the past 30 years, I have thankfully had little occasion to deal with end-of-life issues except as they applied to my own family. I’ve spent my life working in hospitals. Read comments
  • Thomas L. Friedman: ISIS heads to Rome

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Italians got this one right. Last week, The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor helpfully collected tweets that Italians put out after a murderous video issued by the Islamic State, or ISIS, warned: “Today we are south of Rome,” one militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.” Read comments
  • Doug Vagim: Fresno water plan is a boondoggle

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    The City of Fresno says if it builds the proposed southeast water-treatment plant, the water will come. Not true! This will be just another city boondoggle like the Grizzlies Stadium and the rest. Read comments
  • Hugo Morales: CPUC can close Digital Divide

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    You probably didn’t feel the earth shake Feb. 13, but the news from San Francisco has the potential to impact the San Joaquin Valley in ways never felt before. Read comments
  • Mark Keppler: Ken Maddy’s last wish

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As people remember Sen. Ken Maddy on the 15th anniversary of his passing Thursday, the state’s political leaders and political columnists continue to describe him as “a class act…unfailingly charming, articulate and pragmatic…exceptional.” Read comments
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    Toledo Blade Latest Headlines

  • The Andersons 2Q dividends at 14 cents

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The Andersons Inc. has declared a second quarter cash dividend of 14 cents per share, payable April 22 to shareholders of record as of April 1.
  • Health Care REIT offerings raise $1.5B

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Toledo’s Health Care REIT Inc. said it has finished its public offering of 19.5 million shares that were priced at $75.50 per share, raising about $1.5 billion that the local real estate investment trust will use to pay debt and make investments in health care and seniors’ housing properties.
  • W. Central Meijer pharmacy open 24/​7

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Michigan retailer Meijer Inc. said Monday the pharmacy at its Sylvania Township store will be open 24 hours daily.
  • 3 IHOPs to give out pancakes to donors

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Three local IHOP restaurants are offering free pancakes to patrons today to help raise money for Mercy Children’s Hospital, the Toledo area’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
  • Bankruptcy filings flat in February

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Bankruptcy filings in northwest Ohio were flat essentially in February compared with the same month a year ago.
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    TribLIVE Opinion Stories RSS Feed

  • Courts & collecting

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Melissa Daniels’ news story “Pa. courts finding success in collecting fees online” notes that Pennsylvania courts are having new success at wringing money from criminal ...
  • COLA capers

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Butler County commissioners are circumventing the law concerning the county’s pension plan and no one is calling them on it. The board stopped giving ...
  • Reauthorize CHIP

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This year, Congress must decide whether to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as CHIP. This critical program has dramatically helped children and ...
  • Nemtsov’s murder a direct result of policy that demonized him

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The assassination of Boris Nemtsov on Friday only steps from the Kremlin marks the final blow to the dream of a liberal democratic Russia, a ...
  • Greensburg Tuesday takes

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Delmont’s “dummy-up” policy: A new rule that prevents employees from publicly discussing borough business and threatens termination could trample their free-speech rights. In Pickering v. ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Netanyahu's risky bet in speech to Congress

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Netanyahu's gambit supposes that Obama's Mideast policies have so alienated Israelis that he will be rewarded rather than punished in the March 17 election for a frontal attack on the…Click to Continue »
  • Boehner's sorry spectacle

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The government of the world's leading military and economic power cannot be funded on a week-to-week basis. There's no one to blame but Boehner.Click to Continue »
  • Getting Africa's health systems to be self-reliant

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Growth rates and the discovery of natural resources are pushing countries toward middle-income status, but their health systems are still too weak for donors to withdraw support.Click to Continue »
  • Dome would pop out with Warhol’s blooming design

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Tacoma has a chance it missed out on 33 years ago to give one of the world’s most influential artists perhaps the biggest canvas possible.Click to Continue »
  • Boris Nemtsov's death, and Putin's rule by fear

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Nemtsov's murder - regardless of who ordered it and pulled the trigger - plays into the Russian leader's hands more than anyone else's.Click to Continue »
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs

    Tom Service
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:13 am
    Conductor’s appointment as LSO music director could be catalyst for genre’s revitalisation, from schools to (new) concert hallsSir Simon Rattle’s return to Britain is a once-in-a-generation opportunity; not just for the London Symphony Orchestra, whose national significance and international profile his appointment raises exponentially, but for the whole of orchestral and classical music in the country. His presence at the top of Britain’s most acclaimed ensemble has the potential to be the catalyst for a revitalisation of classical music, from schools and music hubs to conservatoires…
  • Fighting Ebola requires a culture change in the west, as well as west Africa | Peter Piot and David Miliband

    David Miliband and Peter Piot
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    Only by turning our response to Ebola upside down can another epidemic be avoided: communities need to be front and centre to eradicate this diseaseToday in Brussels African political leaders and experts will meet to discuss how west Africa should be supported to respond to the Ebola catastrophe that has killed nearly 10,000 people.There has been a significant improvement in the situation, with fewer than 150 cases a week instead of the thousands at the height of the latest outbreak. But we are concerned by the dangerous mismatch between perceptions and the reality of the situation. Unless…
  • Steve Bell's If … on Jihadi John's schooldays

    Steve Bell
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Continue reading...
  • Flight of the feathered racists: the Swedish bird names that had to go | Patrick Barkham

    Patrick Barkham
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The hottentott teal and Gypsy bird have been renamed by Sweden’s birders. Happily, boobies and shags are the worst UK ornithology can offerThe names we give animals and plants are rooted in history and culture, so it’s hardly surprising that when ornithologists compiled 10,709 Swedish names for birds, they found 10 racist species. The Swedes called a dabbling duck the hottentott teal, derived from the derogatory name for the Khoikhoi people; the white-rumped swift was kafferseglaren –“kaffir-sailor”, from the racist South African term; the zigenarfågel translated as “Gypsy…
  • Pension freedom day? Pension fleecing day, more like | Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Fraudsters and City types can’t wait for next month’s scramble to relieve older people of their retirement pots. Never have so many lambs been so ripe for fleecingThe old don’t, in my experience, grow much wiser – but one of David Cameron’s more cynical tropes is that anyone reaching pension age, however venal their former lives, is magically bestowed with virtue and sagacity. Showering better-off pensioners with bribes, Cameron avers it’s “what people who have worked hard and saved all their lives deserve” – regardless of the cost to current hard workers.Some are about to…
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    Business and finance

  • A Kayak for buses

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    GULLIVER is an evangelist for Kayak.com, the travel search site that Priceline bought for $2.1 billion in 2013. Its simple, clean and intuitive interface made searching for a cheap flight or hotel room much easier, faster and more enjoyable than on its cluttered and confusing competitors.Now a team of Boston-based entrepreneurs is aiming to do for intercity bus travel what that site did for plane tickets and hotel rooms. The company is called Wanderu, and its site looks a lot like Kayak's.I have taken intercity buses between New York, Philadelphia and Washington dozens of times, and it can be…
  • Elusive prudence

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    CHINESE monetary policy is rarely straightforward. This weekend’s interest cut was no exception. The third loosening move in little more than three months, it should be evident that China is now in all-out easing mode. But in describing its actions, the central bank insisted that its policy stance remains “prudent”. This is the same definition it has applied for four years, supposedly connoting neutrality (neither loose nor tight), though in fact it first signalled a shift to tightening. Language is important, not least when it comes from the mouths of central bankers, so it is worth…
  • Saturday morning pictures

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    “IT IS quite obvious that incremental change is not going to take us anywhere,” claimed Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, at the start of his 95-minute budget speech on February 28th. “We have to think of a quantum jump.” Mr Jaitley thus set the scene for a bold, visionary and reforming budget of the sort that would convince investors, foreign and home-grown, that India was a country on which to place long-term bets. The budget was undoubtedly a reforming one: Mr Jaitley announced a welter of initiatives, many of them ambitious, almost all conducive to economic growth. What…
  • Steady on

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    THE LAST few weeks have seen a flurry of good data about the America economy. Firms added more than 1m new jobs, in net terms, in the three months to January, the best showing since 1997. At 5.7%, America’s unemployment rate is now one of the lowest in the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries. GDP data, released this morning, shows that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014—one of the fastest growth rates in the OECD. All this is welcome, of course; but this recovery is still a fragile one.The pessimists have plenty to point to. For…
  • Get your income here

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    BUY bonds for income and equities for growth. That is what many a financial adviser will tell you. But it isn't really true any more. According to Citigroup, the dividend yield on the equity market is higher than the 10-year government bond yield in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. In the US, the two yields are neck-and-neck but equity investors can get an extra cashflow boost from buy-backs.To some, this means that equities are ridiculously cheap. For much of the last 50 years, it was argued that equities should always yield less than government bonds because of the…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Whose politics and which green?

    Peter Newell
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Talk of transformation is back in vogue. This time the call is for a green transformation. Recent and recurrent financial and environmental crises have drawn attention to the ecological, social and economic sustainability of the global economy. This has prompted calls for a new green industrial revolution, transitions to a low carbon economy or for more radical restructuring for de-growth or the pursuit of prosperity without growth. While calls for radical transformations are often made, (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • My war on terror

    Tom Engelhardt
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:35 am
    Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I've been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start this way: you should feel free to call me an American nationalist. It may sound ugly as hell, but it's one way I do think of myself. True, we Americans usually reserve the more kindly word “patriot” for ourselves and use “nationalist” to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the (...) - Open page
  • Integrating Muslims

    Rumy Hasan
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    In his 19th January letter to 1,000 mosque leaders, the UK communities secretary Eric Pickles asks how belief in Islam can be part of British identity — an acknowledgement by the government that there is lack of integration among Britain's Muslim communities. The immediate response by Muslim leaders and organisations was typical: take umbrage and put up a “do not disturb” sign. But on 1st February the Muslim Council of Britain opened the doors of some mosques to the public as a gesture of (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • The great game in the Holy Land

    Michael Schwartz
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises. Amid the many fossil-fueled conflicts in the region, one of them, packed with threats, large and small, has been largely overlooked, and Israel (...) - Open page
  • Security issues and actors in Africa

    Cécile Marin
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    - Africa / Password, Map, 2015/03 - Global jihad
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  • 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。…
  • 脱毛って肌にいい

    6 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Austerity Is Not Greece’s Problem

    Ricardo Hausmann
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:50 am
    When looking out a window, it is easy to be fooled by your own reflection and see more of yourself than the outside world. This seems to be the case when US observers, influenced by their own country's fiscal debate, look at Greece.
  • Kremlin Murder Incorporated

    Nina L. Khrushcheva
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The murder last week of Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition politician and a former deputy prime minister, should come as no surprise. But it should come as a shock – and as a wake-up call for those Russians who until now have tolerated a culture of lawlessness and impunity.
  • The Migration Opportunity

    Peter Sutherland
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    In the last year, more than 4,000 people have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe. As EU commissioners prepare to debate an immigration strategy, they must overcome the temptation to grasp at knee-jerk solutions and instead develop a robust plan of action both at home and abroad.
  • Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

    Yuriko Koike
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Six months after Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century generated so much buzz in the US and Europe, it has become a bestseller in Japan. But vast differences between Japan and its developed counterparts in the West, mean that Piketty's argument, like so many Western exports, has taken on unique characteristics.
  • The Costs of Grexit

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    From Greece's perspective, leaving the euro would be highly disruptive, which explains why there is very little support for it in the country. But there is very little agreement outside Greece about how a Grexit would affect the rest of the eurozone.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • That’s Hot

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    “We’re menopausal CEO’s – Might as well use our mood swings for a corporate take-over.” The post That’s Hot appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Pet Provocateur

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
      “I distinctly heard them complaining about your excessive shedding and licking.” The post Pet Provocateur appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • It’s Not You, It’s The Dress

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    “I see blue & black, you see white & gold… And I’m not OK with that.” The post It’s Not You, It’s The Dress appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Wage & Age In-Equality

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    “Spider Man’s working on another sequel… While aging superheroes  with superpowers are ignored.” The post Wage & Age In-Equality appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Don’t Ask Who I’m Wearing

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    “If it’s not about the dress or tux, then why not T.J.Maxx for all their Oscar needs?”  The post Don’t Ask Who I’m Wearing appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

    Sinziana Paduroiu
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Film Festival (FIFDH) 13th edition, 27.02 – 08.03.2015, brings together filmmakers from all over the world, journalists, politicians and human rights activists in an intense ten days festival. This year’s edition pays tribute to Razan Zaitouneh , recipient of the Sakharov prize for freedom of thought in 2011 and The International Woman of Courage Award in 2013, who disappeared in 2013 and to Ilham Tothi, an economist and law professor from the Uyghur minority who has been incarcerated since 2014 in response to his criticism to the Chinese…
  • ¿Quién ganó el debate?

    María Palma Martos
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    El debate sobre el estado de la nación ha suscitado una gran polémica en la sociedad española. En los hogares, niños y mayores se preguntan quién ganó o quién dio los mejores argumentos, en las universidades hacen master class para lograr entender el debate y sus implicaciones para la sociedad española. Las cafeterías se vuelven a llenar de poetas, escritores y artistas que comentan todas las replicas dadas por Mariano Rajoy en el Congreso la pasada semana. Las redes sociales siguen echando humo hablando del #DEN15 y todavía se pueden ver los últimos coletazos de los discursos de…
  • La guerra de los cerdos

    Tania Martínez-Raposo
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    Hace más de un mes muchos europeos mirábamos a Grecia con atención. Con sus elecciones generales, no estaba solo en juego el futuro próximo del país heleno, sino toda una cadena de posibilidades para los países de la Europa del Sur, que podía cerrar la puerta a las políticas de austeridad promovidas desde la Comisión Europea. Políticas que han resultado especialmente asesinas -sí, ha muerto gente, podemos hablar con propiedad- para estos países sureños. Hoy en España se abren los magazines matinales con una idea básica: el fracaso de Tsipras (Syriza). Sintiendo mucho quitarle…
  • Perlas de una semana

    Victor Chamizo Sanchez
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    No soy valenciano, pero si lo fuera, me sentiría profundamente avergonzado por el episodio de “la Cridá”, protagonizado por Rita Barberá. De hecho, sin serlo, lo estoy. Más bochornoso que el propio hecho del mal uso de la lengua valenciana, por llamarlo de algún modo, es el hecho de que alguien que ocupa un cargo público en la ciudad de Valencia, no conozca el idioma, cuando el aprendizaje de la lengua es algo obligado para los estudiantes valencianos y mucho más para los funcionarios que trabajan en la administración local que ella misma gobierna. Bochornoso es que la señora…
  • In Memory of Leonard Nimoy

    Kamala Espig
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, MA on March 26, 1931 and died at the age of 83 on Friday, February 27th. Leonard Nimoy’s career in show business stretched for more than six decades. Other than acting, Nimoy was a published poet, an accomplished photographer and even a singer. His acting resume includes several films including the 1987 movie, “Three Men and a Baby”. Nimoy’s most recent acting role was on the television series “Fringe.” His most lasting role however was Mr. Spock, a character on “Star Trek”. Spock was an elf-eared, half-Vulcan character of “Star Trek”. His…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • In the Name of Tradition

    George T. Sipos
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Japanese Salarymen. Photo: ArMania: The Armenian Portal “We’re not here some nōryoku shugi (meritocracy) like America. This is Japan. We value seniority above all,” muttered the elderly human resources clerk and gave me one last dismissive look before heading out the door, clearly annoyed by my insistence. For the past 30 minutes, I had been trying to convince him to revise the salary offer we were about to send to a foreign applicant for a position within our department. The candidate held an advanced degree from a prestigious American university, was perfectly fluent in Japanese (as…
  • Globalizing Higher Education in Japan

    George T. Sipos
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Please note: This is a response to the article “The Challenges to Internationalizing Japanese Higher Education” published by Robert Dujarric on December 19, 2014, in Asian Pathways. Japan’s current higher education system does, indeed, work well, as Robert Dujarric argued, but only as long as Japan does not deem it necessary to globalize overall. The author of the article seems to be relying on the good old Japanese principle of jikyū jisoku (self-sufficiency), but I don’t truly think that anyone in Japan today is still relying on that principle hoping it would work in a…
  • Modern Democracy and Its Ingrained Autophagy

    George T. Sipos
    31 May 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Senate in Ancient Rome Democracy as we practice it today is a construct perfected through trial and error over the course of the formation of the modern nation state which started in the 19th century. Loosely based on what we believe Greek and Roman democracies to have been, we, in fact, altered the old concept gradually increasing the body of those with voting rights to its contemporary size when almost everyone is allowed to vote and thus participate in the election of the system leadership. Limitations aside, the current system, has been argued, is the best we can possibly envision. What…
  • Prophecies about the (Urban) Future of Our Planet, and why I Hope They Won’t Come True

    George T. Sipos
    8 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The plot of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report takes place in the not-so-far-in-the-future city of Washington D.C. The United States capital in 2050-ish is, in Spielberg’s imagination, a direct descendant of dystopian narratives such as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (1921), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) The city is a combination of skyscrapers and phenomenally intricate networks of highways, where hover cars travel at unimaginable speed. Said cars travel vertically as well using the building walls as…
  • Paying for the (American University) Brand, or The New Era of Higher Education Colonialism

    George T. Sipos
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    During my years as an in-house global strategy consultant for a major Japanese auto manufacturer, I found myself on numerous occasions in the position of delivering not-so-good news and reports from the outside world to company’s top executives. Cloistered as they were at the company headquarters (no, I don’t mean the Tokyo headquarters, but the real ones, in the majority of cases lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere-Japan), and most of the time surrounded by a posy of Japanese employees too worried for their jobs, or too shy in front of their superiors to say anything remotely…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • Kim Dotcom Has Big Plans For Bitcoin And Blockchain Technology

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Kim Dotcom Has Big Plans For Bitcoin And Blockchain Technology by TRADERMAN Cryptocurrency writer for BTCfeed.net and Founder of Razor’s Forex Trading Blog —>http://razorsforex.blogspot.com It is slowly dawning on everyone how centralized and corrupt the political and monetary system of the world has become. In 2010, Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks organization found out how quickly […] The post Kim Dotcom Has Big Plans For Bitcoin And Blockchain Technology appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • “Just Don’t Look”: The Passive-Aggressive Approach to Defeating Advertising “Monsters” That Anyone Can Do

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Read “Just Don’t Look” by The Simpsons on Genius Earthbus is powered by millibitcoins…more donations to this site will result in more content. The post “Just Don’t Look”: The Passive-Aggressive Approach to Defeating Advertising “Monsters” That Anyone Can Do appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • The REAL Internet: Get AirVPN Using Bitcoin

    8 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I decided to update the page where I feature a business that takes bitcoin which I have used and recommend; click here to check it out. Streaming media blocked outside of the US or UK is a great benefit to using a VPN, but the most important parts of using a VPN configured router is […] The post The REAL Internet: Get AirVPN Using Bitcoin appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • To Show Their Solidarity Against the Marchers

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    The post To Show Their Solidarity Against the Marchers appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • “Guerilla Marketing,” Influence, and Deceit are Not New to People Paying Attention

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    In 1998, I was sitting at the end of a bar talking with the bartender and a couple of people sitting on the other corner. From my place, I could see down the length of the bar past the couple to the area where the wait-staff picked up their drinks and beyond to where other […] The post “Guerilla Marketing,” Influence, and Deceit are Not New to People Paying Attention appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
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  • Future RIP to Dioxidized.com

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    As follow-up to my earlier thoughts about where and how I should be blogging, I have decided to separate my blogging efforts going forward. That should also make me more “prone” to blogging, in the grander scheme of things… For … Continue reading →
  • “General blogging” vs “Niche Blogging”, I’d prefer a few niches myself…

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    I feel like this blog is waaaay too scattershot, encompassing anything that captures my interest, when instead, I should be a lot more focused. I am working on a new site specific to Lake Worth, Florida, so that’s one new … Continue reading →
  • Pictures from the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival (2nd set)

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    This is far from the definitive collection of pictures from the Street Painting Festival, but I just wanted to post a few more pics here while I sort through, adjust, crop, edit and then post the best out of the hundreds … Continue reading →
  • Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    The absolute coolest thing to happen in Lake Worth (Florida) is the Annual Street Painting Festival … This year is like a bonus – I missed last years festival because I went on a cruise instead, and this year, while I had … Continue reading →
  • Bitcoin – concerns from a business or audit standpoint

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:58 pm
    I am not an auditor. Let me just preface with that. And this blog post isn’t too thought out, it’s a stream of thoughts that just hit me at 1 in the morning. But regardless… Bitcoin and audits. Bitcoin sucks … Continue reading →
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • 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…
  • The Interview debacle: Sony shows us how NOT to deal with threats

    Summer L Tate
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    "The Interview 2014 poster" by evan goldberg. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia  Sony Pictures kowtowed to the demands of the cyber hacker terrorists, G.O.P. (Guardians Of Peace) who claim to originate from North Korea, by pulling its highly marketed satire comedy, The Interview, from its Christmas Day release: and this is how the United States of America lost its courage and integrity and thereby slowly weakened into a slave state taking cues from its terrorist overlords. Maybe this is the beginning of World War III; maybe this is the beginning of the end of the First…
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