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  • Israel – A Wolf Mistaken for a Lamb

    Mike Ducheine
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    ISRAEL. While the Holocaust warranted sympathy for the Jewish people, Israel has proven to be a very “bad kid” since birth; contrary to most infants who are helpless at that stage in life, Israel first act proved it was no ordinary baby. By seizing Palestinian lands and expulsing its residents, Israel seemed to have justified whatever fate the Holocaust brought on the Jewish people. Israel’s leaders did not take long to inflict on the Palestinian people similar fate the Jewish people were subjected under the Nazis; unfortunately, the world’s sympathy towards a newborn nation, the…
  • Op-Ed Columnist: The Inflation and Rising Interest Rates That Never Showed Up

    NYT > Opinion
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    It’s amazing and depressing that we’ve spent six years at the big zero.
  • Separate and unequal: Indian schools, a nation's neglect

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Part one of four parts: Better futures aren’t built by indifference, but that’s how the federal government treats dilapidated tribal schools to which it owes resources. The results are tangible.
  • How Republicans can get things done

    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Like many Republicans across America, I spent a fair amount of time on the evening of Nov. 4 high-fiving other Republicans. The midterm elections were a smashing success for the GOP, which greatly surpassed my characteristically low expectations.
  • It is time to offer Putin a deal

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Ukraine will never succeed with a hostile Russia on its borders, writes John Thornhill
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  • Safety delays over faulty air bags

    Editorial Board
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    THE NATIONAL Highway Transportation Safety Administration is widening its crackdown on air bags at risk of exploding — potentially killing or maiming the people they are supposed to protect. This is another case in which it has taken years for the government and car companies to come to grips with the full scale of a deadly automotive defect, demonstrating again that the nation’s vehicle safety monitors aren’t doing a good enough job. Read full article >>
  • Marion Barry, gifted politician

    Editorial Board
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    FOR YEARS in the latter part of his eventful life, Marion S. Barry Jr. was something of a figure of fun, at least to many people who didn’t live in the District of Columbia. He never lost a passionate constituency of admirers in this city. But for many, it became all too easy to forget, as this city’s four-term mayor went from one crisis or scandal to another over his long career, that there was a time when he was a widely admired leader in his adopted home town. Read full article >>
  • The art of the deal between Democrats and Republicans

    Editorial Board
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    IT HAS been a tumultuous November for the American political system. The Republican party swept to victory in the midterm elections, ousting the Democrats from control of the Senate in a result widely interpreted as voter repudiation of President Obama. Undaunted, the president countered with bold executive action on immigration that the GOP denounced as a provocation of further partisan conflict. So we would not blame anyone for questioning the timing of this editorial series on areas of potential bipartisan agreement, “Beyond Gridlock,” the first installment of which appeared Nov. 2.
  • Mr. Obama needs a tougher deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions

    Editorial Board
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    THE DIPLOMATIC betting is that the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program will end with an agreement to defer Monday’s deadline for a few months. Sanctions on Iran would remain, as would Tehran’s suspension of its most dangerous nuclear activities. While the result may displease many in Congress and in the Iranian regime, it would be the best outcome. Read full article >>
  • Net neutrality and the Internet balancing act

    Editorial Board
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Everyone from giant Internet service providers to lone “Twilight” fan-fiction writers loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal Communications Commission and its frequently maligned chairman, Thomas Wheeler. Read full article >>
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  • Robert A. Brown

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:07 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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:33 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.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what is something that one of your children has done for you and your family that you are especially proud of and thankful for? Here is a sampling of the responses: read more
  • Frank Denton: The people who want to control your life

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Last week, I delivered a homily at the traditional Senior Presentation of the Class of 2015 at St. Johns Country Day School, right after a reading of the First Amendment. Here’s what I offered the 58 bright-faced, enthusiastic seniors, who stood before their admiring families and first-grade mentees: When you graduate from college, as I am told you will, you’ll get a job with a paycheck. Your parents will be bursting with pride, and you will revel in your new independence and freedom. read more
  • Several reasons to be thankful in Jacksonville

    Ron Littlepage
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Here’s a question for you: During this week of Thanksgiving, what makes you thankful for living in Jacksonville? The answers will vary, but I would begin with the people. We are a diverse city, and within that diversity are many people who gladly give of their time and treasure to make Jacksonville a better city for all of its residents. There are still problems to solve, some of them extremely challenging, but we can get there. I’ve lived my entire life in two states — Texas and North Florida (thankfully not South Florida). read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Obama has issued fewer executive orders than recent prersidents

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    COMPARING OBAMA Critics are unfair According to conservative leaders in the House and Senate, our president is violating the law. Hey guys, chew on these numbers. Executive orders per year issued according to the American Presidency Project (tinyurl.com/3fy8888): ■ Ronald Reagan: 47.63 ■ George H.W. Bush: 41.50 ■ Bill Clinton: 45.50 ■ George W. Bush: 36.38 ■ Barack Obama: 33.10 Were they all violating the law or is this what presidents do? Now let’s compare the total number of vetoes (tinyurl.com/d6lasq9): read more
  • Sunday's Lead Letter: Children's Commission is working on mental health issues

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    On behalf of the Board of Directors and leadership of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, I would like to commend The Florida Times-Union for the reporting work it has done around the issue of mental health and mental illness and elevating the discussion of a pervasive, yet often ignored reality in our community. As the most recent JCCI study has shown, 1 in 5 individuals are living with a mental health challenge. The first step in finding solutions is removing the stigma and bringing the discussion out in the open. read more
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  • Closing the achievement gap would bolster U.S. economy

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    As an American, I am proud that our country leads the world in innovation and job creation. I am also aware that our success is leveraged on decisions we made more than a half century ago to invest in high-quality public education for all our children.
  • Obamacare is a 'varsity stinker'

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    OK, I can't help myself. Over the past three years, I have written at least a dozen columns critical of Obamacare (a.k.a. The "Affordable Care Act") in this space and devoted an entire chapter to the topic in my book "America: Hope for Change."
  • Kids ID cards cross a line

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    "The Hunger Games." "The Giver." "Divergent."
  • Calling women to action for a stronger democracy

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    There was a time that Maryland's congressional delegation included as many women as men. Remarkably, in 1984, Maryland voters elected women to half of the state's seats in Congress: Reps. Helen Bentley, Beverly Byron, Marjorie Holt and Barbara Mikulski. In the election of 2014, exactly 30 years...
  • Maryland delegation should petition for release of Cuban Five

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    In 1999, I accompanied the Baltimore Orioles on their historic trip to Havana, Cuba. This marked the first time since 1959 that a Major League Baseball team played in Cuba. Many of us hoped that a baseball game involving teams from the United States and Cuba might be a precursor to normalized...
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  • Joel Kotkin: Unnatural alliances within Democratic Party

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    As California morphs ever more into the grand blue-state role model, it also is becoming ground zero for the next great division within the Democratic Party. At a time when at least some progressives nationwide worry about the loss of the white...
  • Today's cartoons: 'Barry's tech services'

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Also: Obama's Undocumente; enviromentalism vs jobs
  • Carl Cannon: The politics of immigration

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    President Barack Obama’s immigration speech Thursday was mendacious, self-serving, ahistorical – and so tendentious that the networks declined to air it. Yet this was also a virtuoso performance by the president, calculated to rescue the...
  • Stephen Moore: America's $12 trillion house of cards

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    What is the price tag for the audacious Obamanomics experiment? How much has it all cost – the bailouts, the debt, the stimulus plans, the printing of cheap money, Obamacare and all the rest? The answer to that question is just shy of $12 trillion....
  • Doug Bandow: A perplexing foreign policy

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Obama administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. His officials reportedly have decided to focus on overthrowing...
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  • The Angel's Dictionary

    <StaffMember: Paul Greenberg>
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    With apologies to Ambrose Bierce, author of The Devil's Dictionary:
  • How Republicans can get things done

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Like many Republicans across America, I spent a fair amount of time on the evening of Nov. 4 high-fiving other Republicans. The midterm elections were a smashing success for the GOP, which greatly surpassed my characteristically low expectations.
  • The people you meet on Facebook

    <StaffMember: Philip Martin>
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    My birthday was last week. By the end of the day, more than 350 people had sent me good wishes. I was told it was only good manners to respond to each and every one of them with a personal message. I guess I'm not that polite a person; I posted a general thank you to all my correspondents before I went to bed.
  • Ukraine's low priority in the West

    FRED HAITT Washington Post
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:52 pm
    If someone had told you last fall that Russia would soon invade a neighboring country, annex part of it and occupy another chunk, you might have been skeptical.
  • U.S. birthrate is just about right

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The new demographic reality for the United States, Europe and many countries in Asia and Latin America is an aging population. Governments will face increasing financial pressure as the number of taxpayers shrinks and baby boomers retire. Many see a broad threat to their economies; some countries have begun actively encouraging young people to have more children through tax breaks, subsidized child care, expanded parental leave policies and more.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Ukraine needs additional help

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Elections, Ebola and ISIS have, for the most part, nudged the critical confrontation between Ukraine and Russia from this nation's headlines.That's predictable, given the dynamic nature of news cycles and Americans' meager appetite for international news, but it is regrettable. While the headlines may be less glaring, rest assured things haven't gotten better in Ukraine. Ukraine's economy is, by any rational measure, a mess. And, the country needs much more help from Western nations than it is getting. Despite targeted sanctions by the U.S. and European nations, Russia continues to instigate…
  • Mercury News editorial: Tech industry must lead privacy fight

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The Senate charade Thursday allowing the National Security Agency to continue spying on Americans' phone records would be laughable if it didn't have such dangerous implications for both the tech industry and consumer privacy.One by one Senate Republicans stood up and announced their support for the NSA's "collect it all" mentality on the grounds that it's a crucial counterterrorism tool. Never mind that the United States has been able to point to only one case that came to light through a search of domestic phone records. And that one example was an Anaheim cabbie sending the vast…
  • Mercury News editorial:Turkey Trot, a startup 10 years ago, comes to scale

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Ten years ago the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose was an idea that seemed sort of, pardon the diminutive, cute. A cute name, a neat idea to give valley residents a nudge to get some exercise Thanksgiving Day to balance out the consumption of mass quantities of excellent (read: rich) food later that day.And when did "cute" start sounding silly? Maybe even that first year, when there were close to 2,000 runners and walkers, almost double what was expected. But definitely by year seven, when more than 22,000 serious runners, ambitious walkers and…
  • Mercury News editorial: PUC should order release of PG&E emails

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The California Public Utilities Commission has yet another opportunity Thursday to begin rebuilding the loss of public trust the regulatory agency has endured in the wake of the San Bruno explosion.Don't hold your breath. The PUC, under the abysmal leadership of President Michael Peevey, has made a mess of practically every chance to make amends since the 2010 tragedy.The PUC will consider Thursday what sanctions it will impose on PG&E for engaging in ex parte communications with Peevey, Commissioner Mike Florio. and their advisors. The violations occurred in January when PG&E…
  • Mercury News editorial: Legislature must put stop to abuse of prescriptions

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Eleven years after the deaths of two Danville children focused Bay Area attention on prescription drug abuse, state lawmakers finally should take tough action to curb addicts from doctor-shopping for medications and stop physicians from recklessly prescribing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called prescription drug abuse an epidemic. Per-capita use of prescription opiates in the United States increased fivefold from 1997 to 2007. Medicare-covered opiate prescriptions increased 24 percent from 2007 to 2010. And then there's the case of Troy Pack, 10, and his sister, Alana,…
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  • Clarence Page: Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity’

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity' Read comments
  • Thomas L. Friedman: Dubai’s effect on the Arab Spring

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Ever since the Arab awakening in late 2010, America has lurched from one policy response to another. We tried decapitation without invasion in Libya; it failed. We tried abdication in Syria; it failed. We tried democratization in Egypt, endorsing the election of the Muslim Brotherhood; it failed. We tried invasion, occupation, abdication and now re-intervention in Iraq and, although the jury is still out, only a fool would be optimistic. Read comments
  • Benjamin Cook: The Dust Bowl really was that bad

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On April 15, 1935, one of the largest dust storms in U.S. history smothered Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle in a cloud thick enough to nearly blot out the noon sun. It was this day, which would become known as “Black Sunday,” that produced the Associated Press article that coined the term “Dust Bowl.” Read comments
  • Jonah Goldberg: Feminists freak out over scientist’s gaudy shirt

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The European Space Agency’s Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It’s hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool. Read comments
  • Ruben Navarrette: Clearing the immigration reform fog

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    There is much confusion surrounding news reports that President Obama might soon take executive action to fix some of what’s broken with our immigration system. Read comments
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  • For their own benefit

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Regarding Elizabeth Warren’s column “Don’t let Wall Street dictate congressional agenda”: Someone, please tell her that lobbyists, lawyers and “well-heeled clients” do not make laws. ...
  • It’s still about the economy

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “Job Growth, but No Raises” was the editorial headline in The New York Times on Nov. 8, four days after the midterm elections. For many ...
  • Give thanks for vets

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Kudos to the River City Brass Band, conducted by James Gourlay, for its recent series of excellent “American Heroes” concerts honoring the countless men and ...
  • Obama’s next mass pardon

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    President Obama has shown his “compassion” by granting amnesty to up to 5 million illegal aliens through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, ...
  • U.N. Watch: Cheering on Iran

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Only before the United Nations’ human rights hypocrites could Iran claim that a “media blitz” and “propaganda” from the West sealed the fate of a ...
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  • A greener Britain: Politics would benefit from a stronger Green presence

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Britain’s only Green MP, Caroline Lucas, believes that her party is in spitting distance of replacing the Liberal Democrats as the main rival to Labour for the centre-left vote after the next election. At first sight this seems like a tall order. The Lib Dems have 56 seats, while Ms Lucas has bohemian Brighton. Besides that, unlike the Greens the Lib Dems are heirs to a deeply rooted political tradition  as the party of Gladstone, Lloyd George, Keynes, Beveridge and a host of other greats. Still, Ms Lucas may be on to something. The Lib Dem vote is collapsing, as demonstrated by the…
  • The new poor: The social demography of poverty in modern Britain is changing fast – and tackling it will take more than slogans

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    In the 20th century, social reformers who wanted to find out more about “the condition” of the poor didn’t have to look far. In London, they took themselves off to the East End, in Glasgow, to the Gorbals. Of course, Britain had its genteel poor, whose plight was mined by a host of writers, from Trollope to Orwell. Generally, however, the poor were defined by geographical location and by a visibly ragged appearance. Today, as the new Rowntree Foundation report shows, it is a different world. Poverty in modern Britain not only comes in many guises but is often found where once it was…
  • Sadly, it needs to be said again: being a Muslim is not a crime

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Modernist as well as conformist Muslims are relieved that some action is being taken against hard-line and backwards Wahabi Islam in schools. In our own little madrasas, boys and girls are programmed to accept doctrines and instruction meekly.
  • Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Chatting with my favourite Lebanese banker-journalist before a trip to the Gulf last week, I asked him what he thought I should discuss with the investors and asset managers I was to talk to in Abu Dhabi. “Iran,” he said. “Whatever happens with the nuclear talks, it will again be the most powerful nation in the Muslim Middle East one day. People should plan to invest in the new Iran. If the Americans and the Iranians can reach agreement, Iran could again be the policeman of the Gulf.”
  • Don't sneer at the white van driving flag waving man

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    My dad drove a white van. There, I said it. Actually, he drove variously a van for the family ice cream company and an ice cream van. The former delivered factory wafers to ice cream shops, the latter drove around blasting out Greensleeves.
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  • Koalas at the G20: First Dog talks through the cartoon – audio

    First Dog on the Moon
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    In which some of Australia's cutest animals are handled inappropriately by the leaders of the free worldTo view the main cartoon click here Continue reading...
  • The Guardian view on low pay and migrant workers: better pay and fairer workplaces would help to beat Ukip | Editorial

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    An overlooked report shows that employers trying to fill low-paid jobs draw migrants to the UKPitch-rolling is becoming a well-established political device. On Sunday morning on the Andrew Marr Show, the home secretary Theresa May had the heavy roller out, as she set to work on the wicket ahead of a sticky political week, first on security matters and than, once more, on immigration. On Thursday the monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics will confirm the abject failure of one of David Cameron’s bigger hostages to fortune, his pledge in 2011 to bring net migration down to…
  • Grotesque inequality is not a natural part of being human | Owen Jones

    Owen Jones
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Studies showing we are innately selfless debunk the idea that dog-eat-dog capitalism is our only optionFor those of us who believe in a more just and equal world, reality is a relentless test of our optimism. Nearly half-a-million Britons are reported to have been driven to food banks in the first half of this year, and yet this is one of the most prosperous nations that has ever existed. Squalor is accompanied by unparalleled wealth: indeed, the fortunes of the richest 1,000 Britons have doubled during five years of economic trauma. Rampant greed goes unchecked, while benefit claimants,…
  • The Guardian view on Ofsted’s reports: exam results are not the only measure of a school’s success | Editorial

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Making sure schools fit their students for the society they will live in is part of the inspector’s jobIf the idea of replacing the studiously divisive Michael Gove as education secretary with the soothing approach of Nicky Morgan was to take Britain’s schools out of the headlines, the prime minister will need another stratagem. Barely a week passes without some manifestation of how society’s wider problems are playing out in the classroom.Last week, a clutch of Ofsted inspections prompted debate about the role of schools in equipping students to make a positive contribution to modern…
  • We don't know why a mum abandoned her newborn baby. But we do know that the system fails mothers | Amy Gray

    Amy Gray
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:28 pm
    As crimes go, abandoning a newborn in a drain is awful. Cases like this are exceedingly rare, but our society’s neglect of mothers makes them possibleA woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son, whom police say she left for dead in a drain on Tuesday before he was found on Sunday by passersby. As crimes go, it’s horrific. Babies are fragile, dependent on the care of others for their every need. No matter how bad things get, we are still shocked when someone callously disregards a newborn’s safety.There’s a temptation to dismiss this crime as a rarity. But…
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  • The Red Army sell signal

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    THREE times in the last 35 years, Russian military forces have crossed international borders - in Afghanistan in 1979, Georgia in 2008 and the Crimea earlier this year. As Simon Derrick, the currency strategist at BNY Mellon points out, each occasion coincided with a peak in the oil price. And each incursion was followed by a very sharp fall in the price of crude (see chart).Now of course, one can't say the Russian actions caused the oil price fall. However the oil price peaks, by boosting the economy, may have bolstered the confidence of Soviet/Russian leaders and thus encouraged the…
  • The right call

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    CHINA has cut interest rates for the first time in more than two years, a powerful signal that the government wants to step up support for the slowing economy. As fate would have it, a rate cut was the very thing we had called for in our leader on Chinese monetary policy this week. But we cannot claim to be clairvoyant. We had not expected the central bank to move so quickly. Nor, for that matter, had most analysts or investors – hence the big gains for stocks, commodities and currencies sensitive to Chinese demand in the hours following the announcement.It is tempting to look at the rate…
  • Five reasons to sell sterling

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    EVERY country, bar America, seems to want a weak currency at the moment to hold off deflation. Some, like the Japanese, actively seem to be pushing the currency down. Sterling may have fallen off the radar but it has five key weaknesses.Political uncertainty. Despite last night's by-election result, UKIP probably won't win many seats in the May 2015 election but it is frighteing the other parties, and prompting them to question their policies and their leaders. The Tories may lose seats to Labour as a result of UKIP's surge but Labour will lose just as many seats to the Scottish National…
  • Thrift seekers

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    BACK in 1956, in austere post-war Britain, Harold Macmillan (pictured), the then chancellor of the exchequer, unveiled a new savings product. Called premium bonds, they aimed to boost the country's saving levels by adding an element of gambling into the way interest on government bonds was doled out. Instead of paying every participant in the scheme the same flat rate of interest, payments are instead randomly distributed in the form of prizes worth between £25 ($40) and £1m, via a lottery run by a computer called “the electronic random number indicator equipment”, affectionately…
  • Make it a Tripr to remember

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    A NEW travel app designed to help take the solitude out of lonely road trips had its "hard launch" recently". Tripr, the brainchild of Nicholas Green and Alexander Dru, allows travellers to enter an itinerary and seek out like-minded companions who will be in the same place at the same time. The app replicates some of the functionality of Tinder, a dating app, by allowing people to dismiss or accept potential travel companions, arriving at suitable matches quickly.This may not be a perfect fit with the typical business traveller. Tripr generally targets backpackers looking for friends to…
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  • Train journeys of Colombia

    Robin Oisín Llewellyn
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    He was already a veteran of two civil wars, a war-hero grown sick of fighting who arranged to be abroad for all of Colombia's Thousand Days War (1899-1902). In 1901 he told the Pan American conference in Mexico: In times past it was the Cross or the Koran, the sword or the book that accomplished the conquests of civilization; today it is the powerful locomotive, flying over the shining rail, breathing like a volcano, that awakens people to progress, well-being and liberty. …Those who do not (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • The outpost that doesn't exist in the country you can't locate

    Nick Turse
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the U.S. military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge (...) - Open page
  • Fossil-fueled republicanism

    Michael Klare
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including (...) - Open page
  • Two detroits, separate and unequal

    Laura Gottesdiener
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit's courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city's historic bankruptcy trial, “Commander” Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company. Brown rolled down the window to ask a middle-aged woman walking her dog whether everything was okay (it was), and whether she had seen anything out of the (...) - Open page
  • Did America shift to the right?

    Harvey B. Feigenbaum
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    Republicans made major gains in the recent midterm Congressional elections. They returned to the majority in the Senate and improved their majority in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives. Understandably, Republican partisans were gleeful. Their adversaries in the Democratic Party were, also understandably, glum. Commentators in the mass media pronounced the election a “wave” and speculation turned to what the impact would be of this “shift to the right”. The problem is that, (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • John Armstrong: Labour's reshuffle - radical and ruthless

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The Labour Party caucus has rarely witnessed a reshuffle of rankings and shadow portfolio re-allocations as extensive and as bruising as the one conducted by the party's new leader, Andrew Little.Ignore for a moment the installation...
  • Bryce Edwards: Sexual politics and state integrity

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Should Iain Rennie go? The State Services Commissioner is under fire for his handling of Roger Sutton's departure from Cera. The whole controversy raises important questions and concerns about sexual politics and the state. Does the...
  • Liam Dann: All signs point to happy Christmas

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Christmas madness is about to begin and for many retailers the stakes have never been higher.Retailing has been a tough business since the global financial crisis. As well as the economic slowdown there has been the consumer...
  • Chris Rattue: No one to touch Hansen right now

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    He is a giant of a man who has become a giant of the game.Steve Hansen deserves a contract extension past the next World Cup - his three years in charge of the All Blacks is so impressive that the New Zealand Rugby Union is bang...
  • Deborah Hill Cone: Finding our shadow makes us whole

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    'How common it was to find a dedicated anti-fascist who conducted his erotic life as if he were invading Poland."I do love this quote. In only 21 words WH Auden manages to perfectly capture the contradiction at the heart of human...
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  • Toronto Zoo revenues down $8.3 million despite pandas’ arrival

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Despite the much-anticipated arrival of pandas from China, the opening of Ripley’s Aquarium and a brutal winter saw the Toronto Zoo’s revenues drop $8.3 million from last year.As of October this year, the zoo had nearly 300,000 fewer visitors, which resulted in decreased ticket sales, parking passes, food and retail sales.The zoo took three major hits late last year: three star elephants finally departed for California in October following a bitter battle over their fate; Ripley’s opened its doors in a prime downtown location in October; and a brutal December kept…
  • New Brunswick man attempts 100 curling matches at 100 clubs across Canada

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The first words out of Rob Swan’s mouth are: “I’m tired.”For good reason — in less than six days, the New Brunswick native has curled in 17 matches across the GTA.It’s all part of the plan he dreamt up this summer, a “curling across the nation” quest that is pretty much what it sounds like: 100 games in 100 clubs. One man. One broom.Or as the 48-year-old good-naturedly calls it: “My stupidity.”He has no podium ambitions. He simply wants to save his hometown Harvey Station Curling Club so there is always home ice to play…
  • Meet the Ferguson Rage Whisperer

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    FERGUSON, MO.—You hear him before you see him, blowing in the dark, in the rain, even. A solitary trumpeter, caressing the ears of the angry with cool, melancholy jazz and soul.Eugene Gillis, 56, was here late Saturday night, doing his soothing best barely a block from where unarmed black teen Michael Brown was shot dead in August. Blowing in the drizzle, trying to “bring down the temperature” as a crowd of protesters half his age or less marched past riot police in memory of what happened and fury at what may come.Call him The Rage Whisperer: Gillis, 56, pays the bills…
  • Kyle Sinclair was ‘protector’ of his family, his mom recalls

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    It was the call no mother wants to hear.Anna Loveman received word Friday afternoon that her 27-year-old son, Kyle Sinclair, who was serving in the Canadian army at CFB Petawawa, had been taken to hospital injured. “They just said that he was in critical condition and you should get up there right now,” the Whitby resident said.Sinclair died not long after from an injury following what the military has so far called an “unfortunate incident.” The Globe and Mail was reporting Sunday that Sinclair suffered traumatic head injuries when a seat malfunctioned while he…
  • WSIB says no to U.S. program that inspired double amputee to walk

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Giuseppe Chessari taps his toe against the stair riser and his computerized prosthetic limb bends at the knee so he can haul himself up to the next step, a process he will repeat with his other leg as he climbs to the second floor of a College St. building.The double amputee lost his legs in 2009 after his boss told him to clear a clogged bailer at the Mississauga recycling company where he worked. Three seconds after he entered the idling machine — and just as he was giving his supervisor the OK — the hydraulics that push the cardboard and newspaper started forward and sliced…
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  • 高校の体育の授業

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    周りの女子生徒はみんな足も腕もツルツルなのに、私は剃り跡が赤くポツポツしたり、剃ってもすぐに生えてチクチクとしていたりして、とてもみっともなかったです。 抜けば跡が残らなくて綺麗に処理出来るのかと思ったのですが、抜いても毛穴が赤く炎症してしまい、駄目でした。 しかも時間がかかるし痛いので毎日のケアには向いていませんでした。 周りの子はどうしてムダ毛も剃り跡も無くスベスベの肌なのか本当に不思議でした。…
  • ハゲについての個人的見解について

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
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  • China’s Monetary-Policy Surprise

    Stephen S. Roach
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    In economic policy, as in most other areas, actions speak louder than words. By cutting its policy benchmark interest rates, the People’s Bank of China has underscored the tactical focus of Chinese government’s stabilization policy: it aims to set a floor of around 7% on GDP growth.
  • Germany’s Four Neins

    Marcel Fratzscher
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Germany’s stance toward Europe has become one of refusal and rejection: No to a more active fiscal policy for distressed eurozone countries; no to a European investment agenda to boost demand; no to anything but a domestic budget surplus; and, most ominously, no to the European Central Bank. On all four counts, Germany is wrong.
  • China’s New Global Leadership

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the US as the world’s largest economy. And, while China’s geopolitical status is rising rapidly, alongside its economic might, the US continues to squander its global leadership.
  • The Children’s Revolution

    Gordon Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    The world can end child labor, child marriage, child trafficking, and discrimination against girls by establishing a new international children’s court and, with it, a proper reporting and sanctions system. In fact, violations of children’s rights are now so rampant that there simply is no alternative.
  • Post-Soviet Confidence Games

    Stefan Wolff
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    It is starting to look like a pattern: After painstaking talks, the parties in the Ukraine conflict come to an agreement – only to have it fall apart or fail to be fully implemented. And confidence-building efforts aimed at resolving other post-Soviet conflicts do not offer much room for hope.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Thanksgiving 5K

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    “Forget the trot, run like hell!” The post Thanksgiving 5K appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Holiday Flavored Coffee

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    “a)Dark Roast Turkey b)Mashed Mocha c) Decaf Gravy d)Green Bean Casserole e)Cornbread K Cup  The post Holiday Flavored Coffee appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Overheard in the Arctic

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    “Buffalo? You know I can’t take lake effect snow.” The post Overheard in the Arctic appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Existence 101

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    ” Since Paris Hilton won Female DJ of the Year – I’m questioning my own purpose driven life.”     The post Existence 101 appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Data Duh

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    “We’ve been hacked… But they just got our spam folders.” The post Data Duh appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Ferguson, MO – The New Civil Rights Movement in America

    Mike Ducheine
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    U.S.A. The Modern Civil Rights Movement is in now full fledge; the movement itself has been brewing under the surface for a while now. With plenty of scenarios to cite as examples of bias, prejudice and discrimination, Blacks in the United States have been frustrated trying to get something done to change their predicament. From being subjected to constant suspicion, frequently frisked, wrongly accused, and denied equitability in the justice system to having their rights violated, incarcerated without charges, gunned down like animals and simply watched their assailants walk free – such as…
  • World Television Day Backlash

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    SANTIAGO, CHILE. Chilean photographer Óscar Echevarría records his urban surroundings, where a fellow inhabitant has painted his TV to say “Apaga la tele, viva tu vida” – “Turn off the TV, live your life.” An implicit protest against World Television Day, one of many celebratory days commemorated by the United Nations. Since 1996, November 21 has been declared to mark a day “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening…
  • Remembering Francisco Franco at the Rastro

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    MADRID, SPAIN. A book at Madrid’s Rastro fleamark recalls the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who died on November 20th, 1975. The post Remembering Francisco Franco at the Rastro appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
  • Klaus Iohannis Takes the Power as Romania’s Newly Elected President

    Angie Ivan
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    ROMANIA. German ethnic Klaus Iohannis won the second round of Romania’s presidential election held on November 16, 2014. Iohhanis, the mayor of Sibiu, which is one of Romania’s largest cities, has scored an unexpected final victory with 54,50% of the votes over Prime Minister Victor Ponta with 45,49%. This is after the first round of presidential elections on November 2, 2014, placed Ponta ahead of Iohannis with more than 10%. The coalition Ponta’s Cabinet is currently supported by holds the majority in both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. Iohannis is the leader of…
  • Israel – A Wolf Mistaken for a Lamb

    Mike Ducheine
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    ISRAEL. While the Holocaust warranted sympathy for the Jewish people, Israel has proven to be a very “bad kid” since birth; contrary to most infants who are helpless at that stage in life, Israel first act proved it was no ordinary baby. By seizing Palestinian lands and expulsing its residents, Israel seemed to have justified whatever fate the Holocaust brought on the Jewish people. Israel’s leaders did not take long to inflict on the Palestinian people similar fate the Jewish people were subjected under the Nazis; unfortunately, the world’s sympathy towards a newborn nation, the…
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  • Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night 2014

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    In case you missed it, here are images of the great Guy Fawkes Night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night in the UK. It commemorates the day when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords — upper house (Senate) of the Parliament of Great Britain. Every November 5th, the British unite lighting bonfires and watching extravagant firework displays, celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life.     The post Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night 2014 appeared first on Papa Of The…
  • Video: Experience Being a Woman Walking in NYC

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    This fantastic video shows Shoshana B. Roberts walking through the streets of New York City while Rob Bliss walks in front of her, secretly recording.  In the midst of 10 hours, Shoshana received over 100 different forms of verbal harassment in addition to winks and whistles. The video is meant to call attention to the verbal sexual harassment occurring in public places. Hollaback partnered with Rob Bliss to create the video and help power the movement to end street harassment.  Hollaback aims to better understand street harassment and develop strategies to make our streets a more…
  • Sea Monster Lagarfljotsormur Caught On Video

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Back in 2012, Icelandic farmer Hjortur Kjerulf, filmed what is believed to be the great mythical sea monster: Lagarfljotsormur — a large worm like creature whose legend dates back to 1345. Kjerulf said: “I began to wonder what I was seeing and whether it was related to the Lagarfljot worm. I thought it would be wise to take some pictures of this thing because it looked so real… It reminded me of a swimming crocodile or even some kind of monster. The first thing I thought of when I saw this was the worm… There is absolutely no foul play on my behalf in this case. I did not…
  • Latino Swing Voters To Obama: “NUNCA MAS”?

    Stewart Lawrence
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Stewart Lawrence. Article adapted from his forthcoming book: MAÑANA: Barack Obama and the Politics of Ethnic Co-Optation. Are Latinos planning to vote in the midterm elections two weeks from now? Belatedly, and ever more desperately, top administration officials from the President down are urging Latinos to show up, even after Obama went back on his word last month and “postponed” a planned executive order to legalize untold millions of undocumented immigrants, most of them Latino. Of course, it’s not the first time Obama has reneged on a solemn promise of support to…
  • Separated at Birth? Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Channels the Ghost of Joe McCarthy

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

  • Why I am an atheist

    S.L. Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    I have never believed in a deity. When I was four years old my mom told me that Jesus lived in my heart. I thought about it for a moment and then asked, “if he lives in my heart, then could I poop him out so we can play?” When I was about five years old I went to Sunday school and was told that the grape juice I drank was the blood of Christ. I remember being disgusted by the idea of drinking blood and then insulted that it was merely grape juice. Were we supposed to pretend that it was blood? Was this a rehearsal for the big sacrifice? Was I amongst cannibals? I liked playing…
  • The taboo of death

    S.L. Tate
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    When my son was four years old our dachshund, Mollie, died in my arms as the veterinarian injected her with a lethal dose of medicine. I had watched Mollie suffer immensely for three days with seizures, an inability to drink or eat without vomiting, incontinence, and paralysis of her back legs. The pain, confusion, and utter suffering behind her big brown eyes ripped at my conscience. The vet had suggested that we force feed nearly a thousand dollars worth of medications into poor Mollie so that she may get through the weekend. She was clearly dying and the medicine would only be delaying her…
  • America's war on pain patients

    S.L. Tate
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Words that are difficult these days to say to physicians: Percocet, Vicodin, or simply that dreaded ‘n’ word, narcotic. On October 6th restrictions went into effect thanks to the federal government that reclassified medications containing hydrocodone (such as Vicodin) from Schedule III to Schedule II. Joining its close friend oxycodone, hydrocodone meds now find themselves in a category of controlled substances known for being highly addictive and prone to abuse. What does this mean? Patients are limited to a shorter supply of medications and must see their doctor each time they need to…
  • Whitewashing History

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

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