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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • A climate for change: A solution conservatives could accept

    Editorial Board
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    APROMINENT member of Congress has proposed a comprehensive national climate-change plan. It’s only 28 pages long, it’s market-based, and it would put money into the pockets of most Americans. This is not the first time that Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), a House Democratic leader, has made the point that the best climate-change policy is not complicated. He introduced a similar plan in 2009. The underlying logic is older still: Since the beginning of the climate debate, mainstream economists, left and right, have argued that the best way to cut greenhouse gases is to use simple market…
  • Russia’s new tactics of war shouldn’t fool anyone

    Editorial Board
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    AFTER AN inconclusive summit with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko this week in Minsk, Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Moscow would do “everything” it could to encourage a peace plan for eastern Ukraine and “create an atmosphere of trust.” But within hours of uttering those words, a new front in the conflict opened at the port of Novoazovsk, where Russia appeared to be backing a stealthy but concerted invasion with tanks and artillery, a counteroffensive to help Russia’s besieged separatist fighters near Donetsk. Read full article >>
  • The District’s serious issues deserve serious candidates

    Editorial Board
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    THE RACE for D.C. mayor has been an understated affair this summer. Candidates have knocked on doors, held meet-and-greets and gone about the business of raising money and organizing their campaigns. But for the most part, they have drawn attention only from political reporters and insiders. Read full article >>
  • A climate for change: The EPA’s limits on emissions are important but not enough

    Editorial Board
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    THE COUNTRY is about to see its fiercest climate-change battle. After years of congressional inaction, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is applying new rules to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, trucks and — most controversially — power plants, the biggest national emitters. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will try to restrict the EPA if Republicans take over the Senate. Mr. Obama’s executive actions will be an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Read full article >>
  • The Federal Reserve can wait to act on interest rates

    Editorial Board
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    THE FEDERAL Reserve has taken a consistent position on the “extraordinary measures” it has employed to salvage the stricken U.S. economy: Any withdrawal of the Fed’s support will depend upon progress in the labor market. Continuing policies bequeathed by her predecessor, Ben S. Bernanke, Fed chair Janet Yellen has responded to the downward drift in the unemployment rate by gradually winding down the Fed’s bond purchases, also known as “quantitative easing”; they are scheduled to end in October. And the Fed is still expected to raise short-term interest rates — which it has held…
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  • Robert A. Brown

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Just another weblog
  • The Woman Citizen

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:38 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.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:11 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

    22 Aug 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.
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  • Tonyaa Weathersbee: City Council shouldn't stand in the way of innovation

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Before there was uberX and Lyft, there were hackers. These men, usually elderly and African-American, provided a similar service to carless customers leaving urban core stores. They would charge customers who were carrying loads of groceries a small fee for a ride home. Like Lyft and uberX, they capitalized on a need for transportation cheaper than a cab but more efficient than the bus. That’s why it’s been worrisome to see the recent attempts by Jacksonville City Council members Stephen Joost and Robin Lumb to toughen regulations against the driver services. read more
  • Letters: It's nonsensical to blame Obama for everything under the sun

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    LIBRARY STRAW VOTE Ignorance wins Congratulations, voters of Jacksonville! I saw the results of the vote against our libraries. We certainly would not want to do anything to educate the citizens of our area! Let’s always vote to preserve our distinction as “the dumb city of the South.” We call ourselves The Bold New City of the South? I think not, at least with this vote! George Davis, Jacksonville POLICE REFORMS Privatization is the answer read more
  • Lead Letter: Building bridges of racial understanding

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    In watching the tragedy unfold in Ferguson, Mo., with the death of Michael Brown and our own Florida history with Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, I can’t find much to celebrate in our long road to racial justice and our national goal of racial equality. With Barack Obama’s election as president, people of all political persuasions thought we had broken the toughest barrier. Apparently not. And I say this with great sadness. MEDIA CAN’T DO IT read more
  • Combating blight is a team effort

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Councilwoman Denise Lee, who chairs a special committee on combating blight, often repeats a simple mantra. Only by working as a team, Lee frequently notes, can Jacksonville win the battle against neighborhood blight. She’s right. Whenever real progress has been made in attacking decay across our community, and plenty has been, it’s been because of strong alliances between city officials, agencies, departments and actively engaged residents and neighborhoods. This sense of cooperation must expand and endure. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Tensions at budget hearings to worsen in Jacksonville

    Ron Littlepage
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    For the past several years, budget hearings before the City Council’s Finance Committee have been — let’s opt for a polite term — tense. This year’s installment is no different with most of the committee members holding firm to the belief that the budget proposed by Mayor Alvin Brown is severely out of whack. Listening to what the committee members say during the hearings tells the story of their frustration. read more
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  • Now comes the hard part

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    OUR OPINION: Results of closely watched races bring promise, and possible problems
  • Wynwood will lose

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Letter writer Thomas Jelke has not enjoyed Wynwood as many people do, and with his estimate of three-hour maximum parking, many more will not. A gallery walk, a private gallery exhibition and cocktail, a movie at O Cinema or a theater performance followed by dinner will be a minimum of four to five hours.
  • No to new courthouse

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Re the Aug. 22 article Mayor: New courthouse would mean higher tax: As usual, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is complaining about the cost of operating the county. Now it is the expense of a new courthouse.
  • Lifetime Rocket fan

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I read with disgust the letter that Coach Roland Smith of Miami Central High received from a Hoover football fan. I have been an educator my entire life and I’ve tried to eradicate the ignorance of judging someone for the color of their skin. My mentor and best friend in the school system for years was Percy Oliver, a black All-American football player from Illinois who became principal and head of athletics for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He became my dad after my father died, and we never let the color of our skin determine the limits or boundaries of our friendship.
  • Lifetime Rocket fan

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I read with disgust the letter that Coach Roland Smith of Miami Central High received from a Hoover football fan. I have been an educator my entire life and I’ve tried to eradicate the ignorance of judging someone for the color of their skin. My mentor and best friend in the school system for years was Percy Oliver, a black All-American football player from Illinois who became principal and head of athletics for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He became my dad after my father died, and we never let the color of our skin determine the limits or boundaries of our friendship.
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  • In Rebuttal / Jared Cohon’s fracking role raises concern

    By Kevin Connor
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Not long before Jared Cohon became the president of Carnegie Mellon, he advised a tobacco industry front group designed to manipulate public opinion about secondhand smoke.
  • Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

    By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tuesday was social media night at the ballpark, so you can only hope that some of the 25,521 on hand enjoyed the drama on the field during perhaps the most critical game on the 2014 home schedule to date.
  • Don’t delete: Accountability for state officials begins with email

    By the Editorial Board
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq tried to explain why few emails existed in the work record of special gubernatorial adviser Ron Tomalis, she accidentally exposed a major flaw in how state records are retained.
  • Constituents are served well by Rep. Bill Kortz

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I just want to publicly thank my state representative, Bill Kortz, for service to all his constituents since 2007. As a veteran, I appreciate his being on the Veteran Affairs Committee as a voice in the state Capitol not only for me but for all veterans. He has helped me on transportation issues (he’s currently on that committee also), resolving all my troubles in an expedient fashion.
  • Meetings in Minsk: Talks between Ukraine and Russia may offer hope

    By the Editorial Board
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It appears that a conjuncture of forces working on the Eastern Ukraine issue is acting to bring the crisis to an end.
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  • Editorial: Michael Brown killing a symbol of not just race, but also the over-militarization of police

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    There are larger questions that this country must confront that include not just the issue of race, which persists, but also the growing inequity between rich and poor, and its violent and often deadly intersection with law enforcement. A lone protester with a peace sign runs down West Florissant Avenue to escape tear gas and smoke bombs fired at demonstrators on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Editorial: Sen. Hueso should have heeded his own advice about not drinking and driving

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    Former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh observed that legislators inexplicably considered themselves invisible. They’re not. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, enters the Senate floor as he returns to the Capitol on Monday after his DUI arrest last week.
  • Editorial: Sacramento police force must reflect the city it serves

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The mayor and police chief know the department must reflect the community. Attendees prayed before a community forum on the Ferguson shooting hosted last week by Mayor Kevin Johnson, the NAACP and the Sacramento Police Department.
  • Editorial: Stop the delays; pass groundwater regulation

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bills to create a system for managing groundwater are being undermined before they come up for final votes as early as today in the Senate and Assembly. The legislation would establish a framework to assess, manage and protect groundwater through local agencies. According to Michelle Sneed, USGS hydrologist, the buckling of concrete panels along the Delta-Mendota Canal is evidence of the land sinking due to overpumping of groundwater South of Los Banos in January. Tommy Hutchinson reacts as muddy water gushes out of a water well pipe as he and Angel Pimentel prepare to drill deeper on Juan…
  • Editorial: Wine and temblors, all part of life in California

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Earthquakes are an inescapable fact of California life. So are calls for vigilance once the shaking stops.
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  • He made the right call

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    It doesn't matter if it's not fair. Some folks are just held to higher standards than the rest of us. Take a look at the front page. If you're a politician holding public office in Arkansas, or trying to, and you take two homestead exemptions when you're only entitled to one, it's going to make the papers. The rest of us would just get a note in the mail.
  • 50 ways to beat the heat

    <StaffMember: Paul Greenberg>
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Happily, this has been the summer that wasn't in Arkansas. Between the rains in July and the cool spells that came with it, followed by a some remarkably temperate weather in August--in August! in Arkansas!--it's been a surprising summer. Also refreshing, delightful, and generally a pleasure.
  • Can't pay those people

    Los Angeles Times
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Before decapitating American photojournalist James Foley in the desert dirt, the insurgents of Islamic State sought--and failed--to persuade the United States to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release.
  • On the offensive

    <StaffMember: Brenda Looper>
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    One of the things not well understood about my job is that of what I believe. There's a reason for that: As far as the Voices page goes, <em>my</em> beliefs don't matter.
  • The land of rivers

    Rex Nelson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    It's quiet on this late summer day as I sit with several fellow members of the Arkansas Humanities Council on the front porch of the general store at Dalton. Yes, there are still places where you can eat lunch in rural Arkansas on the front porch of a general store. And this is not just any lunch.
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  • Farmington School Bus Driver Charged With DUI Has Previous Arrest For Drunken Driving

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    FARMINGTON — A school bus driver charged Wednesday morning with driving 20 students to Irving Robbins Middle School while intoxicated has a previous arrest for drunken driving, state officials said.
  • Foley Releases 10-Page Plan On Taxes, Economy

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    HARTFORD — Just hours before the first gubernatorial debate Wednesday, Republican Tom Foley unveiled his plans for Connecticut with a focus on improving the economy, creating jobs, fixing low-performing public schools, controlling state spending, lowering taxes and improving ethics at the state Capitol.
  • Blumenthal, Murphy Call For Moratorium On Closing Mail Centers

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy Wednesday called on the U.S. Postal Service to hold off on its cost-saving plans to close 82 mail processing plants, including the Wallingford and Stamford centers, for at least a year.
  • Why So Much Money? And 7 Other Questions About The CL&P Rate Case

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The application that Connecticut Light & Power made months ago to raise rates has moved forward in the complex and often heated process that occurs when public, regulated utilities request more money from their ratepayers. Letters are being written, politicians have taken stances and on Wednesday hearings began that will allow the public an opportunity to chime in.
  • State Audit: UConn Spent $902,000 On Software Licensing Fees It Didn't Use

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    University Also Failed to Follow Formal Selection Process On $10 Million Contract, Auditors FindThe University of Connecticut paid more than $900,000 in licensing fees on SciQuest software for three years, but did not use the software for most of that time, according to a state auditors' report released Wednesday.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Teen-agers will perform better with later school start times

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Anyone with teenagers knows how hard it is to get them up by 6 or 7 a.m. for school. Imagine how hard it is for teachers to educate them before 8 a.m., when nearly half of California high schools start the day.The American Academy of Pediatricians declared Monday that chronic sleep deprivation is a public health issue and called on middle and high schools to push back their start times to 8:30 or later. It's an idea many parents have supported for years, and it's time to take it seriously.Oh, the naysayers preach that rising at the crack of dawn was good enough for them. Kids today just…
  • Mercury News editorial: Truth in campaign advertising should be the law

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Supreme Court rulings leave little room to regulate the influence of big money on political campaigns except in one very important area: disclosure. Corporations, unions and other organizations have unfettered rights to bankroll campaigns, but at least they can still be required to clearly disclose who's writing the checks.Yet for the second year, Californians' attempt to pass a law requiring clear disclosure of who's funding campaigns is in trouble. Voters and good-government organizations need to gang up on the Assembly by Saturday, when the DISCLOSE Act, SB 52, is scheduled for a floor…
  • Mercury News editorial: Napa quake brings home our own vulnerability

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    What can we say about a 6.0 earthquake in one of our favorite parts of California, the historic towns and wineries of the South Napa Valley?That we're amazed and relieved no one died of injuries, although a few lives still teetered Monday, and the toll of injuries and of heartbreak for lost homes and businesses was high.That the nature of the Napa Valley, thankfully, is to restore and rebuild -- evidenced by contractors everywhere you looked Monday morning to begin tackling what's likely to be hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.That any time there's a major earthquake, whether just…
  • Mercury News editorial: De Leon must send foes of plastic-bag ban packing

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    State Sen. Kevin de Leon is getting his first big test this week on how effective he'll be when he takes over in January as Senate president pro tem. As a primary backer of legislation banning single-use plastic bags in California, de Leon needs to use his political clout to pass the bill despite fierce 11th-hour opposition from an out-of-state company that brings nothing to the debate except tons of lobbying money.De Leon derailed Sen. Alex Padilla's bag ban bill last year because he said it would cost jobs in his district. He promised to come up with a better one, and sure enough, he joined…
  • Mercury News editorial: California over-drugs --and fails --foster youth

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Will Lightbourne, head of California's Department of Social Services, says there's no simple way to end the pattern of thousands of foster children spending much of their youth drugged into malleability -- the horror eloquently revealed by reporter Karen de Sá on Sunday's Page One. He says it has to be part of the holistic rethinking of the entire foster care system that's under way, giving doctors better options than prescribing psychotropic drug upon psychotropic drug to control children who act out.Really? Really? If this isn't a crisis, then what is?The abusive use of…
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  • Police: Diplomat accused of beating; no charges

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    WASHINGTON — The ambassador of Equatorial Guinea is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but won’t be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said today.
  • Boston suspect's sister charged in N.Y. bomb threat

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    NEW YORK — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sister has been accused of threatening to bomb a New York City woman and has been arrested.
  • 'Cops' crew member killed

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    OMAHA, Neb. — Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show “Cops” as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said today.
  • Diane Sawyer exits as ABC evening anchor

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    NEW YORK — Diane Sawyer has signed off as anchor of ABC’s “World News,” telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the “home port” of the network’s news team each weeknight.
  • Court overturns convictions in Amish

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    CINCINNATI — An appeals court panel today overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio, ruling that religion wasn’t their driving motive.
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  • Missing WJAS

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Like many longtime listeners of WJAS-AM, I was dumbfounded when, on the morning of Aug. 8, I turned my kitchen radio dial to 1320, expecting ...
  • Better school security

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The news story “Security tightens for Westmoreland, Fayette schools as year begins” discussed how some local schools are stiffening their security by adding cameras, increasing ...
  • Oberdorf firing incomprehensible

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Leechburg Area School Board released softball coach Jim Oberdorf on Aug. 19 with no input from the community or students. When the Heritage League ...
  • The Thursday wrap

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Inquiring minds want to know if Pittsburgh’s iconic H.J. Heinz Co. could be the next corporation to flee the United States for a foreign country ...
  • Blacks must confront reality

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can ...
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  • Class action: The age-old divides in British society show no sign of disappearing...

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    At first glance, the report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission contains few surprises. After all, do we really need the UK’s official monitor of progress in making the country a fairer place to tell us it’s unfair?
  • i Editor's Letter: The power balance is still heavily skewed in favour of the ruling elites

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “In every single sphere of British influence, the upper echelons of power  are held overwhelmingly by the privately educated or the affluent middle class.” That was Sir John Major last year. All of our political leaders agree.
  • Trust in Tusk: David Cameron is right to push the Polish PM forward

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The last time David Cameron went to Europe to do battle over a senior EU appointment, he mustered only one ally from the other 27 member states – Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, who has since declared that his mission is to turn his homeland into an “illiberal state”. The argument over Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as President of the European Commission was the second instance in less than three years in which the Prime Minister had placed the UK in a minority of 26-2. In 2012, the UK and the Czech Republic were the only states to oppose new budgetary controls.
  • Happy to pay for the privilege of picking olives? Then Sting might have a job for you...

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    You know those fields you drive past in summer, awash with plastic greenhouse sheeting, where you see a sign that reads “Pick Your Own” and you wonder if it might be worth stopping the car, walking through the rows of strawberries with a pair of scissors, snipping the biggest, reddest and juiciest you can find, then taking them home and amazing your friends with your self-harvested trove of nature’s scarlet summer bounty?
  • Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    ’Twas not a famous victory – but that’s what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media when the fireworks burst over that shattered land on Tuesday night. After more than 2,100 dead – about 1,700 of them civilians – and 100,000 wounded, what did they have to crow about? An end to the killing? Peace?
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  • Political donations: Victoria's smugness is misplaced | Gay Alcorn

    Gay Alcorn
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Victorians look across the border to NSW with a mixture of horror and complacency look at those ex-convicts with their grubby corruption! But things aren't much better hereVictorian Greens MP Sue Pennicuik rose in the Upper House in May to propose that the major parties refuse to accept donations from property developers, and to legislate a cap on political donations. One would have thought she had suggested legalising incest, such was the spluttering from the major parties. Neither the Liberals nor Labor have any plans to change Victoria's political donation laws, considered among the most…
  • Top of British society is a racket for the privileged | Owen Jones

    Owen Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Statistics should provoke Britain's media into prolonged period of self-reflection. They probably won't, since 54% of top 100 media professionals went to private schoolsMuch of the upper crust of British society is a racket for the privileged in defiance of the democratic wishes of the majority. That really is the core of Elitist Britain, that while 95% of Britons believe "in a fair society every person should have an equal opportunity to get ahead", the figures in a government report published on Thursday reveal an ingrained unfairness.Only 7% in Britain are privately educated, and…
  • The UKs exit from the EU is in the hands of Scottish voters | Peter Sutherland

    Peter Sutherland
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    If Scotland opts for independence, the UKs divorce from Europe would swiftly followThe referendum on Scottish independence, due on 18 September, comes at a time of growing opposition in the UK to remaining in the EU. This is significant because Scotland is the strongest base of pro-European sentiment in the UK.A poll conducted earlier this year determined that if a referendum on continued EU membership had been held in June in the UK as a whole, 47.1% would have voted to leave, with 39.4% voting to remain. But a poll in February 2014 showed that in Scotland, 48.7% would vote for the UK to…
  • Steve Bell on Christine Lagarde cartoon

    Steve Bell
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
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  • We shouldnt turn a blind eye to race over the Rotherham abuse scandal | Samira Ahmed

    Samira Ahmed
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Its not racist to question the towns Pakistani community for at least some of the answersI read the Jay report into child exploitation in Rotherham from cover to cover. As I did, I remembered my own experience as a Channel 4 News reporter in Bradford after the 2001 Manningham riots. It may have been young men throwing bricks and petrol bombs, but I wanted a deeper understanding of what was going on in a town that seemed to simultaneously becoming more religiously and racially segregated, while manifesting the familiar and growing British urban malaise of drug addiction, gang culture and…
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  • Scottish independence: Carmichael to quit if Yes

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    THE Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, has indicated he would resign from the coalition government in the event of a Yes vote and join Alex Salmond’s Team Scotland to negotiate the terms of independence.
  • Afghan vote recount hit by pullout of observers

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election was caught up in more turmoil yesterday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamid Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a vote held in June.
  • Shooting instructor dies as girl loses control of Uzi

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A GIRL aged nine accidentally killed an Arizona shooting ­instructor as he was showing her how to use an Uzi submachine gun in a case which has led to bafflement at American willingness to allow children­ access to weapons.
  • Scottish independence: Archie MacPherson backs UK

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    FOOTBALL commentator Archie MacPherson yesterday made an impassioned plea for a United Kingdom saying a No vote was the “right and moral road”.
  • Wigtown Book Festival to set sail on Solway Firth

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    IT is best known these days as a historic market town whose fortunes have been transformed since being celebrated as a magnet for literature lovers.
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  • Former judge says Hong Kong's town planning process is unfair

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Those that take the time and effort to object to planning applications at the Town Planning Board have long been angered by the unfairness of the process. It is routinely criticised for rubber-stamping developer applications, no matter how awful their impact on the community.
  • Who said it?

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    We strongly support the ceasefire agreement … All parties [should] comply with its terms.
  • Hong Kong students protest too much over Occupy Central

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Dostoevsky poses an eternal, unanswerable question at the start of Crime and Punishment: why do so many university students commit to radical politics when they could have made far better use of their time enriching their mind and soul by focusing on their studies?
  • Near-collision evidence of testing times for Sino-US military relations

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Every South China Sea story has two sides, it seems. In the latest, the US Navy claims a Chinese J-11B fighter jet engaged in "Top Gun" antics as one of its P-8 Poseidon surveillance planes was on a routine mission 220km east of Hainan Island.
  • After water contamination blunder, tighten regulation of dentistry school

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Teaching hospitals lie at the heart our public health system. They not only train our future doctors and dentists, but they provide affordable access to large, well-equipped institutions for people of limited means, including many elderly.
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  • America's continuing border crisis

    Aviva Chomsky
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Call it irony or call it a nightmare, but the “crisis” of Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, which lasted for months amid fervent and angry debate, is now fading from the news. The media stories have been legion, the words expended many. And yet, as the “crisis” leaves town, as the sound and fury die down and attention shifts elsewhere (even though the children continue to arrive), the real factors that would have made sense of what's been happening remain essentially (...) - Open page
  • Why Washington's war on terror failed

    Patrick Cockburn
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    This essay is excerpted from the first chapter of Patrick Cockburn's new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, with special thanks to his publisher, OR Books. The first section is a new introduction written for TomDispatch. There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention. In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the (...) - Open page
  • The American cult of bombing

    William J Astore
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn't be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe). Poor (...) - Open page
  • Century of disaster

    Eduardo Galeano
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano's history of humanity, Mirrors (Nation Books). Stalin He learned to write in the language of Georgia, his homeland, but in the seminary the monks made him speak Russian. Years later in Moscow, his south Caucasus accent still gave him away. So he decided to become more Russian than the Russians. Was not Napoleon, who hailed from Corsica, more French than the French? And was not Catherine the Great, who was German, more Russian than (...) - Open page
  • To terrify and occupy

    Matthew Harwood
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Jason Westcott was afraid. One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott's handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the investigating officers responding to Westcott's call had a simple message (...) - Open page
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Josie Pagani: Wage inequality reflects broken economy

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    If a few are doing well and the rest of us aren't, then things are out of whack.For all the attention in the election campaign to blogging, burning, swearing and smearing, not much of it affects us directly.Our real worries are...
  • Chris Rattue: Sonny Bill's arrogant but just too good

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    There's only one hope left for Sonny Bill Williams naysayers like me: the great one turns out to be such a rugby flop this time even his gushing All Blacks handlers can't pick him for the 2015 World Cup and he is also denied his Olympic...
  • Brian Fallow: Seismic shift needed in perverse tax rules

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    How's this for an anomaly: if a commercial property is munted in an earthquake, and maybe even kills someone, it gives rise to a tax deduction, but seismic strengthening work to reduce the risk of that happening does not.The Seismic...
  • Christopher Adams: Fonterra's China play a canny move

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings was facing the fallout from the disastrous botulism false alarm, which sparked panic in markets across the globe, especially China.Spierings...
  • Which minor party do you want to hold the balance of power?

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Support for New Zealand First and the Conservative Party has surged since the release of Dirty Politics, while both National and Labour have stumbled in the latest political poll.The 3News-Reid Research poll, conducted in the week...
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  • Military jets escort plane back to Pearson

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Canadian fighter jets escorted a plane back to Toronto after disruptive behaviour by two female passengers Wednesday night, according to Peel Regional Police. The Sunwing flight was enroute to Cuba when the pilot decided to divert the plane back to Pearson International Airport. “They said something that was of a concern and the pilot decided to divert the plane back to Toronto,” said police spokesman Const. George Tudos. Both women were arrested upon the plane’s arrival at 8:27 p.m., he said. It’s not clear what the women said or did onboard the plane and if…
  • Justice Minister Peter MacKay poses in pro-gun T-shirt

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Justice Minister Peter MacKay is drawing criticism after appearing in a photo wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a logo from Canada’s National Firearms Association (NFA) — a pro-gun lobby group — during a Conservative Party fundraiser in Edmonton last week. The photo shows MacKay standing between two people wearing a black T-shirt with a white image combining a maple leaf and an assault rife and the words “No Compromise” written underneath it. “A Canadian veteran wounded in Afghanistan approached me at an event in Edmonton, handed me one of his…
  • Barack Obama seeking UN ‘name & shame’ greenhouse gas reduction pact

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    WASHINGTON—It’s not what climate deniers want. It’s not what poor countries want. It’s not even what climate activists want.But in the absence of the slightest chance a gridlocked U.S. Congress is ready to take action on planet-warming carbon emissions, the Obama administration is moving to bypass its own lawmakers and instead strike a global agreement that would include “naming and shaming” countries that fail to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.And that could be bad news for Canada, which is on pace to place uncomfortably high on the…
  • Natives need resurgence of political will, not more research: Cohn

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    CHARLOTTETOWN—The murder of yet another aboriginal girl has captured the country’s attention. But the political fracas since 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s death — over whether to call a national inquiry into violence against native women — won’t focus our attention on where we need to go.In recent days Canada’s premiers not only joined the chorus for an inquiry, they pounced on Prime Minister Stephen Harper for refusing to go along. By personalizing their disagreement — demonizing the PM — they risked distracting Canadians and…
  • Why Rob Ford will win again in Toronto

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Don’t get me wrong — I’m no fan of Rob Ford. In fact, let me declare a small bias up front: I consider our incumbent mayor a repugnant, vicious, bullying thug.But after 40 years of reporting on, analyzing, strategizing within and dissecting municipal, provincial and federal elections, I see a perfect storm brewing — a unique set of four factors that points toward the re-election of our chief reprobate.I would dearly love to be wrong. But when I share my disturbing outlook with friends and colleagues, most of them ardent social progressives and realistic fiscal…
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  • The Silence of the BRICS

    Jaswant Singh
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    The world, it seems, is in the grip of geopolitical anomie, with no leader, group of leaders, or institution commanding sufficient authority to restore order. For many, this global rudderlessness recalls Europe’s sleepwalk into catastrophe 100 years ago.
  • A Step Closer to Brexit?

    Peter Sutherland
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The referendum on Scottish independence, to be held on September 18, comes at a time of growing opposition in the UK to remaining in the EU. This is significant, because Scotland is the strongest base of pro-European sentiment in the UK.
  • The Next-Generation Greenhouse

    Esther Dyson
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    The challenge of ensuring adequate, nutrient-rich food for an expanding global population is a daunting one, especially given tightening constraints on key resources like water and land. Could vertical farms – stacked greenhouses that use artificial light to grow crops – be the solution the world has been awaiting?
  • The Stall-Speed Syndrome

    Stephen S. Roach
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    As tempting as it may be to attribute developed economies' latest growth slowdown to idiosyncratic factors, weakening performance in the US, Europe, and Japan is not so easily dismissed. In all of these cases, the post-recession rebound has not been nearly large enough to alter the sluggish underlying trend.
  • Peace in an Age of Extremes

    Michel Rocard
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    The international community's approach to the conflicts in the greater Middle East, centered on national interests, is clearly inadequate to temper religious extremism and limit human suffering. Given the factors that have led to today’s turmoil, the solution must begin with religious, not political, leaders.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Mood Swinger

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    “At 3:30 a.m Sheila decides to get up and bitch at the moon.” The post Mood Swinger appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Stream-On

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    “Larry quits his job to become a professional binge-watcher.” The post Stream-On appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Vap-O-Rub

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    “Vaping is one thing – But liver & cheese?” The post Vap-O-Rub appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Back To The Land

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    “Tomato crop is ready for harvesting.” The post Back To The Land appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • UnCharted Waters

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    “The FDA says eat more fish… And mercury.” The post UnCharted Waters appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • En las entrañas de la Selva Negra

    María S. Olmo
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    FRIBURGO, ALEMANIA. Puede que el ser humano sea nómada por naturaleza, por puro placer o por la satisfacción de descubrir como primerizos esos rincones del planeta ignorando lo que en su destino encontrará. Cada viaje ensancha la experiencia y cada camino nos regala nuevos ojos a través de los que mirar. Este es el reflejo de los míos sumergidos en el corazón de la Selva Negra Alemana. Comenzamos por su arteria aorta. La preciosa ciudad de Friburgo de Brisgovia se erige a los pies de este complejo montañoso y está en el cuarto puesto según número de habitantes dentro del Estado…
  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage?

    Abby Concha
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    U.S.A. With the average number of divorces at an all time low, the number of marriages is following the same decline, according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and NCHS National Vital Statistics System. What does that study mean for Americans? In a poll by Pew Research Center, 44 percent of Americans ages 18-29 believe that marriage is becoming obsolete. The older age groups saw a slight decrease in pessimism, but not very much. Therefore, more and more Americans are avoiding divorce and marriage all together. Are Americans becoming more pessimistic about…
  • Sunset Walk in Chicago

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    The post Sunset Walk in Chicago appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
  • Your Move, Putin

    Maryum Alam
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    RUSSIA. Last month’s downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in Eastern Ukraine has been something of a game changer for Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. The flight was brought down by what is now suspected to be a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile, fired by pro-Russian separatists. The details of the actual mechanism by which the rebels downed the plane seem fuzzy, but the most likely explanation is that they did so mistaking it for Ukrainian military aircraft. These actions have only solidified suspicions by many in the international community of Putin’s support of the…
  • Great Gains & Cautious Consolidation: The Islamic State In Iraq

    Alex Dunne
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    IRAQ. With their brutal beheading of photojournalist James Foley last week, the world has been ever more drawn into the world of the Islamic State and the barbarism at the heart of their methods. The group deemed ‘too extreme’ by Al-Qaeda in Iraq has held onto vast territorial gains in the face of U.S. airstrikes, Western armed Kurdish Fighters, the Iraqi army and even the forces of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria. ISIS may be more disciplined, wealthy and politically astute than any militant jihadi organization the West has ever had to contend with. But what exactly do we know about them, their…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • A Night in the Desert with Cops and Bodies All Around

    Christopher B. King
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I know how to act around the guys with guns that are protected by badges just like I know how to act around a potentially dangerous dog. Don’t make sudden movements, don’t turn your back, DON’T KEEP YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS. Simple stuff really. But the key is that you cannot LOOK like you […]
  • Thoughts on Robin – Depression Sucks

    Christopher B. King
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Facebook post of Mark Pitta August 22, 2014 Fuck you, depression. Fuck you for taking my friend. Fuck you for being the only ailment where no advancement in treatment has been found. May you burn in hell depression…oh that’s right…you are hell. Depression is a table for one. Depression is a silent killer. Depression took […]
  • “Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

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

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

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