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  • Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It

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

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today we remember the ultimate sacrifice given by those in the service of our country in the preservation of our freedoms and the American way of life. The most recent sacrifice was by six Camp Pendleton-based U.S. Marines killed on a rescue mission...
  • Boy Scouts’ change of course is good news for local chapter

    The Seattle Times » Sections » Opinion
    Seattle Times editorial board
    24 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Boy Scouts of America President Robert M. Gates is right. The current rules allowing discrimination against gay adult leaders “cannot be sustained.”
  • Bringing Mammoths Back From the Dead

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    24 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Editing ancient DNA sequences into an Asian elephant genome might produce a “mammoth.”
  • We can save lives now

    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Heroin is not a new problem to Baltimore. Like many cities across the U.S., we have struggled with the heroin epidemic for years. Heroin ties into the very fabric of our city and cannot be separated from the problems of violence, mass incarceration and rampant health disparities.
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  • Living without the death penalty

    Editorial Board
    25 May 2015 | 4:27 pm
    “WE GOT the state out of the killing business today,” Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers said Wednesday, according to the Omaha World-Herald. His state would not be the first to live without the death penalty; it would be the 19th. It also would not be the first to eliminate it recently; Maryland, among others, marked earlier points in the trend. But Nebraska is remarkable in two ways: It is deep-red, and the legislature’s vote against executions was overwhelming. It is therefore the latest manifestation of a growing and positive movement, bridging left and right, toward smart justice…
  • Legally silencing Russia’s undesirables

    Editorial Board
    25 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    RUSSIA HAS just taken another step toward pernicious use of the law to buttress the authoritarian whims of its leader. Both houses of parliament recently passed legislation that would allow the government to label as “undesirable” — in effect, to outlaw — any foreign or international organizations deemed a threat to the “defensive capabilities or security of the state, to the public order, or to the health of the population.” President Vladimir Putin then signed the bill into law. This is the legal version of a blank check for ­repression.Read full article >>
  • Democrats’ irresponsible pension-funding bet in Maryland

    Editorial Board
    25 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    FOUR YEARS ago, lawmakers in Annapolis struck a deal to undergird Maryland’s perilously indebted pension fund. The deal rested on a pair of sacrifices: State employees would contribute 7 percent of their earnings into the fund, rather than 5 percent. And the state would reciprocate by chipping in $300 million annually in catch-up payments to restore the fund to a facsimile of good health over the next couple of decades. Read full article >>
  • What we owe

    Editorial Board
    24 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    IN MAY 1945, the German army, known then as the Wehrmacht, issued a final statement acknowledging its defeat after “almost six years of heroic fighting,” during which “The German soldier, true to his oath, has in the service of his nation achieved feats that will never be forgotten.” The statement, which of course leaves out quite a lot, concludes thus: “The dead compel us to unconditional loyalty, to obedience and discipline toward the Fatherland, bleeding from countless wounds.”Read full article >>
  • Burundi’s troubling course

    Editorial Board
    24 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    THINGS ARE not looking good for the small East African country of Burundi. Protests have roiled the nation since the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced in late April that he would run for a third term, in violation of the constitution as well as the peace agreement that helped to end Burundi’s bloody civil war. On May 13, while Mr. Nkurunziza was in Tanzania attending an emergency summit of the East African Community, an Army general and former intelligence chief announced an apparent coup. But with the military divided, the rebellion fizzled; after three days, 18 of those…
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  • Robert A. Brown

    23 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    18 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
  • Vivian McPeak

    8 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    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.
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  • Sound Off: What TV show would you recommend?

    25 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    A couple of popular television shows were recently canceled: “American Idol,” which will present its last season in 2016, and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” But with the proliferation of networks and channels, there is always something new to watch. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group which is the one television show they would recommend and why, Here is a sampling of the responses: read more
  • Frank Denton: A nation in crisis finds its spirit

    22 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    CHERNIHIV, UKRAINE | Sunday, as they have for uncounted generations, the old people dressed in their modest finest came and gathered at the long, narrow central park that is the spine of this 12-century-old city. Smiling, forgetting their considerable woes for a time, they listened, swayed and danced to traditional Ukrainian music, enjoying spring after a long, hard winter. read more
  • We must learn lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan

    Times-Union Editorial
    22 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has been in a continuous state of war. Thanks to a volunteer army and no additional taxes directly connected to these wars, most Americans are not directly affected by this. Though the number of deaths have been far fewer than previous wars, the numbers who have returned with physical and mental injuries are substantial. Recently, authors have tried to make Americans come to terms with this issue. read more
  • Lead Letter: Stop trying to sugarcoat thuggery

    David Scott
    22 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
    In her recent column about U.S Rep. John Lewis and his work in the civil rights movement, Tonyaa Weathersbee incomprehensibly compares Lewis’ numerous arrests for nonviolent resistance in the 1960s to the actions of young blacks today by saying the latter “don’t know how to protest. They only know how to vent.” Weathersbee wrote that some black youths are merely “venting by turning to the drug trade and joining gangs” while others are “venting” by using guns and violence. Excuse me, but “venting” is something that’s reserved for clothes dryers. read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Curry's win is a victory for Jacksonville's fat cats

    Letters from readers
    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    VIOLENT YOUTHS Hold parents accountable Gang violence in Jacksonville and our surrounding area is a problem. But the atrocities being carried out by some of our youth go much deeper than gangs. It is a horrendous lack of parenting that is breeding teenage killers, unfortunately mostly African-American. Something must be done to rein in the lack of responsibility by parents who refuse to take control of their own children. It is time to hold the parents of these deviant loser children accountable for their lack of parental control. read more
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Going gentle into that good night in Md.

    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Despite widespread support in the General Assembly, the "Death with Dignity" bill, which would permit a doctor to prescribe life-ending drugs to certain terminally ill patients, was not voted upon in its recent legislative session. Instead, it was remanded to "summer study." There are some who...
  • On Memorial Day's memorials

    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    World War I was one of the most destructive events in human history, killing 16 million soldiers and civilians worldwide, including 116,000 Americans. The Great War also destroyed much of the next generation: those who would have provided leadership to Europe in the 1920s and '30s, when once again...
  • Hillary: hiding in plain sight

    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In President Barack Obama's struggle with Congress to win fast-track authority on trade with 12 Pacific nations, a conspicuously missing voice has been that of his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, now a declared 2016 presidential candidate. It's in keeping with her obvious strategy to...
  • Will accomplishment deficit be Hillary's undoing?

    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here's one more.
  • We can save lives now

    24 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Heroin is not a new problem to Baltimore. Like many cities across the U.S., we have struggled with the heroin epidemic for years. Heroin ties into the very fabric of our city and cannot be separated from the problems of violence, mass incarceration and rampant health disparities.
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • UPMC has another corporate tantrum in rejecting Highmark Medicare Advantage

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    UPMC’s claim that it has no obligation to keep Highmark Medicare Advantage patients in-network is one more example of how little it cares for the people of our community, the people who pay the taxes to make UPMC what it is (“UPMC: No Obligation to Renew Medicare Advantage Contract With Highmark,” May 13).
  • George F. Will: Sen. Tim Kaine's quest for war legitimacy

    By George F. Will
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- The Revolutionary War and Civil War ended in Virginia, which was involved, by the 9/​11 attack on the Pentagon, in the beginning of today’s war with radical Islam. Now a Virginia senator is determined that today’s war shall not continue indefinitely without the legitimacy conferred by congressional involvement congruent with the Constitution’s text and history.
  • Rough country: Pennsylvania’s rural roads need more attention

    By the Editorial Board
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Country roads, take me home?” For the 27 percent of Pennsylvanians who live in rural counties, the old John Denver song may sound a bit optimistic.
  • Ron Cook: Morton's job is to keep momentum rolling for Pirates

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    If Jim Leyland said it once in his Pirates managing days, he said it dozens of times.
  • Escape clause: Bankers, not just banks, should be prosecuted

    By the Editorial Board
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Justice Department announced last week that four banks, American giants Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase plus Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland, have agreed to plead guilty to illegally manipulating the $5-trillion-a-day foreign currency trading market.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • The special significance of this Memorial Day

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This year, Memorial Day, when we pause to reflect on the sacrifices of our fallen veterans, has special historic significance. In 2015, Memorial Day will fall between the 70th anniversary of VE Day and the 70th anniversary of VJ Day on Sept. 2 –...
  • Today's cartoons: Honor those who fought and fell

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: Our other national debt.
  • Honor heroes who fell in war, peace

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today we remember the ultimate sacrifice given by those in the service of our country in the preservation of our freedoms and the American way of life. The most recent sacrifice was by six Camp Pendleton-based U.S. Marines killed on a rescue mission...
  • Letters: Veterans' needs should be first priority

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    On Memorial Day, we respectfully honor the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving, our country. I can’t help but be reminded of the numerous billboards along our local freeways, asking for help to support our homeless...
  • GOP faces potential trap on free-trade deal

    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Surprising no one, the Republican Party leadership can’t wait to pass the biggest new trade pact since NAFTA, a generation ago. With its big business and free-trade bona fides, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been almost a nonissue for the GOP...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • This memorial day

    25 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    They are beyond it all now, the dead. The soldiers who charged, never to see what happened next. The airmen who took off, but never landed. The Marine or sailor who gave everything. They are beyond all the empty words--even beyond the slow, mournful sound of Taps. They are beyond the sweat and muck and blood. They are beyond the pain and death, the anguish spoken and unspoken, the horror first anticipated, then recalled. They are beyond even the heroism and courage of men at war, which we rightly celebrate today, and poets since Virgil have exalted. Of arms and the man I sing . . . .
  • Fighters to the end

    CHRIS LOMBARDI In the Philadelphia Inquirer
    25 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    This year, Memorial Day comes on the heels of two big anniversaries--the 70th observance of V-E Day and the 45th of the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Vietnam.
  • War goes on and on

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    25 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    A conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh last week underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms.
  • Others to remember

    PETULA DVORAK Washington Post
    25 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    They moved into their low-slung Florida home on Memorial Day 37 years ago.
  • Seeking Greek

    Bill Rausch Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    25 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    It's that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, grass is greening, noses are wheezing. And the birdies and the bees--um--well, they're doing what the birdies and the bees have done since time immemorial.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Memorial Day, honor the living soldiers as well

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Across the Peninsula and the South Bay, residents have been treated to a Memorial Day preview the past week: World War II aircraft from the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour have been welcoming the public at Moffett Field and, for a price, flying the braver history buffs in the vintage planes on loops around the region. Lucky Livermore will host the tour Sunday through Tuesday, allowing for an actual Memorial Day peek into the kinds of aircraft most of us know only from television documentaries of The Greatest Generation's war -- the last true military victory the United States…
  • Mercury News editorial: Tech industry must secure privacy rights

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The tech industry should lead a national conversation on privacy as a major component of the 2016 presidential campaign.The notion that Americans no longer care about privacy is absurd. A comprehensive Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday shows that 93 percent of adults say "being in control of who can get information about them is important," and 74 percent feel it is very important.The tech industry should get the candidates on record and engage them in a broad, public debate.Americans' legitimate fears over data insecurity are a huge threat to the tech industry's future.
  • Mercury News editorial: Moderates increasingly rule in Bay Area votes

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The special election for a vacant East Bay state Senate seat this week highlights what's wrong and what's right in California politics today.Voters in the 7th Senate District saw what was wrong every day when they searched for their bills and letters in mailboxes buried under campaign brochures supporting and opposing Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord. The combined $10 million spent by the candidates and independent committees served as noise-canceling headphones: The mailers created just enough dissonance to ensure the opposing message couldn't…
  • Mercury News editorial: UC needs to fund benefits or end them

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Fund it or end it.It's time for University of California officials to start responsibly setting aside money for their workers' retiree health care program or eliminate the benefit.Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano recently culminated months of negotiations with a deal that blocked her threatened tuition increases and forced the university system to implement long-needed efficiency reforms.Kudos to Brown for insisting the university begin responsibly analyzing its costs; help students complete undergraduate degrees in four years or less; maximize use of facilities by…
  • Mercury News editorial: CMA validates ethics of death with dignity bill

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The historic decision by the California Medical Association to drop its opposition to a proposed death with dignity law validates the medical ethics of the legislation.It should clear the way for the Legislature to pass SB 128 and give Californians the comfort of knowing that if they become terminally ill and face excruciating suffering that no painkillers can reach, they can choose to end their lives humanely. The bill sponsored by Sens. Bill Monning and Lois Wolk would provide the same right that Oregon residents have had since 1997. It should become law.But first it has to clear the Senate…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Gray water fine for plants

    12 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    In reference to Kathleen Williams’ letter (May 7): She has it right. I did some research on this, and since Nov. 15, 2014, I have been watering nine lantana, six rose bushes, one tree and assorted other small plants in my front yard (mostly) with the water from the third rinse cycle. We have reduced the amount of soap, and we try to wash less often. Read comments
  • David Brooks: Mothers and presidents

    10 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Americans are embarrassed. Over the last 35 years there have only been two elections without a Bush or Clinton on the national ticket. Next year both names could rest atop the ballot. In one poll voters saw this as a bad thing by a ratio of 8 to 1. Read comments
  • Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Don’t disrespect Sen. Cruz, Senor

    9 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago: Read comments
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Anti-government stance is GOP’s beating heart

    9 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.” Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing.” Read comments
  • Charles Krauthammer: Men wielding power in hellish times

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    WASHINGTON – “Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More – is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good. Read comments
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  • PAT & RIDC

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Re. the article “RIDC employees confront mile-long trek” (May 15): I am a retired PAT driver whose route was the 74B between Harmar and Oakland. ...
  • Shame on Pitt

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Shame on the University of Pittsburgh administration for not only sponsoring anti-Israel events, but for encouraging student attendance with promises of academic favors (“Pitt shouldn’t ...
  • Hold the bacon

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Is it Fittsburgh or Fatsburgh? In the wake of the Pittsburgh Marathon, I was uplifted to learn about the Kids of Steel program and the ...
  • Another broken promise: ObamaCare in the ER

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Add reducing expensive emergency room visits for routine care to ObamaCare’s list of broken promises. Heartland Institute editor Justin Haskins recalls President Obama’s 2009 assertion ...
  • Scholarships to a brighter future

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    It’s hard to say which is more galling: when politicians want to extend the life of a program that doesn’t work or when they want ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Religious conservatives’ shifting role

    25 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In a de-Christianized culture, it becomes harder to imagine yourself part of a “moral majority.”Click to Continue »
  • When the rapist doesn't see it as rape

    25 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Far more common than false rape accusations is another kind of injustice: perpetrators who get away with it again and again.Click to Continue »
  • The Duggars' dangerous cult of purity

    25 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    The revelation of Josh Duggar's molestation allegations is about more than hypocrisy. This is a reminder of how badly the cult of purity lets victims down.Click to Continue »
  • It’s small stuff that wrecks presidential runs

    25 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    U.S. presidential campaigns usually aren’t sunk by major policy mistakes or the attacks of an opponent. They result from self-inflicted, unforced errors.Click to Continue »
  • Technology and the big meh

    25 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    A funny thing happened on the way to the techno-revolution: We did not get a sustained return to rapid economic progress.Click to Continue »
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  • I want the Labour Party to lead a revolution in family support

    25 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    There’s never any shortage of politicians using the word “family” – promising to be family-friendly, help working families or hard-working families.
  • Labour leadership contest: 'Moderniser' is just a vague and overused label

    25 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Hands up those of you who regard yourselves as modernisers! Before we go further, I should add that recently on Twitter I asked for a precise definition of “moderniser”, one of the more ubiquitous terms in British politics. In most cases, the attempts from some brilliant political writers to define the term chimed in with their views as to what form successful leadership should take.
  • Letters: EU vote disenfranchises those most affected

    25 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    It has not taken long for David Cameron to depart from his victory script, again bowing to appease the Tory Eurosceptics and Ukip (report, 25 May).
  • Children's TV shows like Grange Hill used to connect us to the real world

    25 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    It was with a sharp and peculiar sadness that I heard of the death of the actor Terry Sue-Patt. I didn’t know him at all, but certainly felt I knew Benny, the character he played in yesteryear kids TV drama Grange Hill. Little Benny who hung about with cheeky and dishy Tucker and loveable lump Alan. Brave Benny who fronted up to vile Gripper Stebson when he was monstering poor Roland.
  • Novel translation lets us know what is really happening in the world

    25 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    As he previewed David Cameron’s meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, the BBC journalist turned automatically to a handy metaphor. These were, he explained, very early days in the long process of EU renegotiation. In effect, the Chequers discussion represented no more than “the opening overs” in a five-day Test match. Come again, señor?
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • 'Athleisure' wear: because I go to the gym too, don't you know | Tamara Davis

    Tamara Davis
    25 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Are our lifestyles so fast-paced that we need gymwear for all situations? Or do we just need to ‘share’ our healthy lifestyles?When Kanye West presented his first collection for Adidas Originals at New York fashion week in February, it was what you would call a moment. The presentation was thoroughly unexpected in that it was completely devoid of, well, flashiness. There were worn-in sloppy joes over dance tights, basic sweats, sporty backpacks and bomber jackets so utilitarian they would just about render their wearer invisible, designed to blend into the urban landscape like a scrap of…
  • Tim Carmody can't demand reform as part of his severance package | Mark Bahnisch

    Mark Bahnisch
    25 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    The embattled Queensland chief justice’s bluster over court modernisation shows he fails to understand the separation of powers Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen famously had some difficulty explaining the concept of the separation of powers. Perhaps he could be forgiven, as the Westminster maxim was all too often belied by practice in the Sunshine State. The upper house of parliament, an unelected rump, was swamped by a Labor “suicide squad” in 1922 and abolished. Parliament was too often supine to the might of the Executive, with governments routinely enjoying large majorities and mechanisms of…
  • Mass surveillance makes us subjects of the state. That's chilling | Richard Ackland

    Richard Ackland
    25 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Surveillance, censorship and data retention: are they having a ‘chilling effect’ on Australian life? In his Pen 2015 Free Voices lecture, delivered at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015, Richard Ackland takes the temperature of freedomIn the 1980s there existed in Sydney something called the Free Speech Committee. It was mainly comprised of hairy lefties who believed free speech should be absolute – even broader than the first amendment.Soon strange old men with sweep-over hair dos began to appear at meetings of the FSC with leaflets about the virtues of “boy love”. The sweep-overs…
  • I wasn't surprised by Four Corners. Bullying in medicine is as old as the profession | Ranjana Srivastava

    Ranjana Srivastava
    25 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Finally, a light is shining on harassment and bullying in medicine. But the profession has a lot of soul-searching to do before anything changesLast night’s Four Corners again laid bare the fraught issue of bullying and harassment in medicine, demonstrating the service that surgeon Gabrielle McMullin did to the profession by highlighting it earlier this year. Her blunt comments that trainee Caroline Tan would have been better off giving a surgeon who sexually assaulted her a blow job rather than filing a complaint were decried at the time but her detractors have been sorely disproven as…
  • Ben Jennings on Cameron's Euro mission – cartoon

    Ben Jennings
    25 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Prime minister dines with Jean-Claude Juncker at Chequers to ‘share concerns of British people over EU membership’ Continue reading...
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    Business and finance

  • Nash's Nobel prize

    24 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Our coverage on the award of the Nobel prize for economics to John Nash in 1994The games economists play | Oct 15th 1994  Game theory is now part of almost every economist's tool-kit, as this week's Nobel economics prize recognisesIT SOUNDS like a sports fan's dream. In Stockholm on October 11th, three men shared a $1m prize for their skill at analysing games. They are not television pundits, or armchair critics of Manchester United or the Miami Dolphins, but economists. Two Americans, John Harsanyi and John Nash, and a German, Reinhard Selten, have won this year's Nobel prize…
  • Financial crime, Ukraine's economic mess and "basic income" policies

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Why America's approach to punishing financial crime is muddled, lenient and self-defeating (Leaders)Why the West should do much more to help Ukraine's economy (Leaders)And don't forget to take a glance at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at why introducing a "basic income" for all is unaffordable.
  • Slipping away from the West

    21 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    IN A LEADER this week we argue that the West should treat Ukraine like it treated Poland in the early 1990s. Poland has had bucketloads of aid and economic assistance thrown at it since the 1990s, its economy booming as a result. Ukraine, on the other hand, has recieved hardly any at all. Now both its politics and its economy are in a mess.Here are a few charts that show how the West has got it wrong with Ukraine. Firstly, as we argued in this week's leader:In the early 1990s Poland wanted a European, not a Russian, future. The West saw its chance. From 1990 to 2000 Poland received a…
  • Unsettling settlements

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    THE scene was familiar: regulators meting out vast penalties to banks, scathing statements about gross misconduct, yet no individuals charged with any crimes and some confusion as to what exactly the banks were admitting to and what effect that would have. On May 20th a consortium of American and British government agencies announced settlements with six international banks regarding claims that they had manipulated currency markets. The six—Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS—agreed to pay $5.6 billion in penalties. All but Bank of…
  • Waste not, harm not

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    BLUNDERS in economic policymaking abound, but among the worst are energy subsidies. They stoke waste, squeeze other spending, enrich middlemen and help the comfortably-off more than the poor, who use little energy.Include the cost of pollution and the bill is even higher. A new IMF working paper puts it at a stonking $5.3 trillion, or 6% of global GDP—more than all government spending on health care. The+ biggest subsidies are in the poorest countries (where they can reach 18% of GDP) and the lion’s share goes to coal, the dirtiest fuel, which no country taxes properly. By contrast,…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Ed Emery on dancing for Kobane

    25 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    Ed Emery makes regular visits with fellow musicians to Calais to talk to and make music with Kurdish people who have fled from Syria and hope to gain entry to the UK: what he calls ‘musical solidarity work with migrants' as part of a wider Kurdish songbook project. In this podcast he tells George Miller more about the project. - 2015/04 / Podcasts, 2015/04 - Kobane
  • Destroying what remains

    Dahr Jamail
    23 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, “the great one.” During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state's highest peaks. It was there that I took in my own insignificance while living amid rock and ice, sleeping atop glaciers that creaked and moaned as they slowly ground their way toward lower elevations. (...) - Open page
  • Dubai's police chief speaks out

    Alain Gresh
    19 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    As deputy chief of Dubai's police and general security department, which is led by the emir himself, and as someone who is listened to carefully when it comes to the fight against terrorism, he seems to be a man of the shadows. Yet, he does not fear polemics and has no appetite for doublespeak. He claims that, since he is not a politician, his positions are his responsibility alone. Can we believe him? Either way, no one stops him from expressing himself very openly, a rare quality in a (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Writing history before it happens

    Tom Engelhardt
    19 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    It's commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can't be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say, is the fog of human life. As Tomorrowlands at world fairs remind us, despite a human penchant for peering ahead and predicting what our lives will be like, we're regularly surprised when the future (...) - Open page
  • The kids aren't all right

    Nick Turse
    18 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    MALAKAL, South Sudan — I didn't really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn't draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction. It was unnerving. I don't know how old he was. I'd say 16, though maybe he was 18 or 19. But there were a few soldiers nearby who looked even younger — no more than 15. When I was their age, I wasn't trusted to drive, vote, (...) - Open page
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  • Ageing All Blacks: Are they too old?

    25 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Remember the uproar about the ageing All Blacks amid the ruins of their 1991 World Cup defence.They were "up themselves", "down on harmony and over the hill". Accusations were nasty, personal and on many fronts were embarrassing...
  • Sarah Baker: Serious news deserves platform on NZ television

    25 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    News of the axing of Campbell Live was met with widespread condemnation but as it is replaced what would we, the viewing public, be losing? Campbell Live is seen as a stalwart of New Zealand current affairs but the erosion of...
  • Ten most annoying things you can say to a vegetarian

    25 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    A long time vegetarian once told me she could never eat anything with a face. For me, the act of eating meat, particularly anything bone-in, began to feel more like performing an autopsy than enjoying a meal (maybe the dissection...
  • What made the Pope swear off telly for good?

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Pope Francis hasn't watched TV since 1990! He says it was after he made a promise to the Virgin Mary, but I'm sure there was an earthly reason too, perhaps he was disappointed by a show, once loved perhaps, but now so awful that...
  • Front line approaches Kiwis

    25 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    New Zealand's 100-plus contingent of military training specialists plus support personnel have barely arrived in Iraq. Yet the folly of this military (mis)adventure is already rapidly becoming apparent.Last week's fall of the city...
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  • 生え際の不安

    18 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    私は髪の生え際に不安があります。 気のせいかもしれませんが鏡を見ると年々おでこが広くなっているような気がして恐怖を感じています。 Deeper3D 効果 http://www.deeper3d.jp/
  • ポジティブハゲとネガティブハゲ

    11 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    私の仕事の先輩は、まだ20代だがハゲ始めている。 そして、私の前職の先輩も30代前半だったが、ハゲていた。 この歴代の先輩2人は、性格も見た目も体型も全く違うが、 同じ共通点がある。 それは、私が「大嫌い」ということだ。 何か理不尽な事を言われた時に、 心の中で「黙れ、うるせーな、ハゲ!」と呟き続けてきたせいか、 特に、今の仕事の先輩は、初めて会った去年に比べて明かに生え際が後退している。…
  • 友人の姿が一変

    1 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    およそ2年ぶりくらいに会った旧くからの友人の頭皮が、大惨事でした。 こんなこと本人にはとても言えませんが、子供が見れば「ハゲオヤジ」なんて呼ばれ方を普通にされてしまいそうな風貌になっていました。 何度か会ったことのある彼の親父さんとそっくりです。 まだ30代も半ばだというのに、神様はなんて残酷な運命を背負わせるのだろうと天を仰ぎたくなる気持ちにさせられました。…
  • 男性は思ったよりも見ている

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    しかし大学に入った時に仲良くなった男の子に「お前、膝の毛くらい剃れよ!」と言われてしまいました。 足の毛は剃っていましたが、その時の自分にとって膝は盲点であまり気にしていませんでした。 仲がよかったから言ってくれたのだと思い、それからあちこちの毛を気にするようになりました。
  • 理想の彼氏をゲットするために脱毛を開始

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

    Samura Kamara
    25 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Discussion about China’s establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has focused on questions about the AIIB's governance and standards. This risks eclipsing a far more important discussion about the role that multilateral investment institutions play in supporting economic growth in emerging markets.
  • Paradise in Peril

    Charles Tannock
    25 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    The plight of Mohamed Nasheed – the former president of the Maldives who has now been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the military government that overthrew him in 2012 – seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. This is bad news for the Maldives, where a fledgling democracy’s fate is inextricably tied to that of Nasheed.
  • Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

    Yanis Varoufakis
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Greece's government is eager to implement an agenda that includes all of the economic reforms that its creditors expect, and is uniquely able to maintain the public’s support for a sound economic program. What it will not do is embrace a cure – deeper austerity – that kills the patient.
  • Capital Markets for Development

    Ethiopis Tafara
    22 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity in the developing world are noble goals; but they are also expensive ones, requiring financing on a scale far greater than what governments in developing countries can provide. But if the proper conditions are created, capital markets will be well positioned to meet those needs.
  • New-Model Development Finance

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    China’s establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is the latest sign of a broader move away from the view that aid to developing countries is best provided in the form of massive government-to-government transfers. Ironically, it may be the US, which opposed the AIIB’s creation, that is leading the shift.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Nope

    24 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    “I thought you’d be thrilled to be virtually included.” crossdresser ten million galleries The post Nope appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Clucked

    22 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    “Egg prices are jumping, bird flu is spreading… Guess a Cancun Cruise is out.” The post Clucked appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • What Planet R You On?

    21 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    “Televangelist defends $65 million for private jet…  Yo Dreamer, we’ve got a used spacecraft for sale.” The post What Planet R You On? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Meanwhile I’ll Be…

    21 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    “Endless online articles on masturbation… My weekend stress reliever will be cheap wine and a good potato salad.” The post Meanwhile I’ll Be… appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Safety First

    20 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    “Our Takata airbags have been recalled… So, dealership then dinner?” The post Safety First appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Una oportunidad histórica perdida

    Pedro Donaire
    25 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Desde hace más de 35 años se dividieron el país en partes, esto para uno, esto para el otro. Con el correr del tiempo fueron entretejiendo sus redes clientelares de gente, agentes sociales y empresariales que debían favores a unos y a otros, repartiéndose territorios y las arcas públicas. El arribismo y la corrupción fue anegando todos los rincones, desde los pequeños ayuntamientos hasta el mismo Gobierno que representaban, mientras ellos iban aumentando su poder a través de una estructura administrativa cada vez más acaparadora y mastodóntica. Sus argumentos, tan falaces como su…
  • Qué hacer si pierdes el pasaporte en España

    Alejandro Malonda
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    MADRID. ¿Qué debes hace cuando eres extranjero y pierdes tu pasaporte en Madrid? Lo primero es mantener la calma y armarte de paciencia ante los trámites burocráticos que tienes por delante. Recuperar tu pasaporte es un proceso fácil pero tedioso y, dependiendo de tu país de origen te llevará más o menos tiempo. Para que te sea más fácil, te presentamos una guía en la que te explicamos cuáles son los pasos a seguir en caso de pérdida del pasaporte en España si eres extranjero.   PASO 1: Avisar a las autoridades españolas El primer paso es ponerte en contacto con la…
  • Un día en las urnas del 24M

    Sara Roman
    25 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Todos hemos seguido estas elecciones Municipales y Autonómicas del 2015, ¿pero todos las hemos vivido? A la mayoría le interesaban los resultados electorales para saber que determinado partido ha ganado o perdido, ¿pero han estado contando y recontando los votos de esos partidos? Los españoles han sido parte de una jornada histórica en la que la balanza del sistema político en España ha dado, sino la vuelta, un gran giro, y lo que estaba preestablecido ha cambiado hacia una nueva forma de hacer política más joven, más concienciada y reivindicativa. Todo esto ha sido decidido por la…
  • Haciendo Historia

    Victor Chamizo Sanchez
    25 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Ayer fue un día diferente. Fue distinto a otras veces. La gente, en la calle, transmitía una sensación de ilusión. Pensé que, por fin, este país había despertado de su letargo, que se había liberado del miedo y del peso de los años de alternancia de dos partidos en el poder, de ese siglo diecinueve trasladado primero a finales del XX y luego a los principios del XXI. Ayer fue un día intenso, largo, expectante. Los resultados que arrojaron las elecciones no me sorprendieron, mentiría si dijera otra cosa. No era fácil desprenderse del lastre de tantos años, y quedó patente que los…
  • Saca el friki que llevas dentro

    Raquel Diaz
    25 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    Este 25 de mayo se celebra el Día del Orgullo Friki o ‘Geek Pride Day’, repasamos sus orígenes y otras fiestas a las que apuntarse. El evento se celebró en nuestro país por primera vez en 2006, aunque su origen data de unas fiestas celebradas en 1999 en un bar de Nueva York bajo el nombre de ‘Geek Pride Festival’. Es una fecha señalada que coincide con varios acontecimientos. Orígenes En primer lugar el estreno del primer largometraje de la saga ‘La Guerra de las Galaxias’ (Star Wars: Una nueva esperanza). También coincide con el Día de la Toalla,…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • Community College or “Workforce Development” Institution?

    23 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    I was already an adult with a worldview when I started taking classes and working as a student employee for a small community college outside of Houston circa 2000, during the process of transition to a “workforce development” institution. Indeed, since private trade colleges had successfully established that state-funded community colleges were direct competitors for […] The post Community College or “Workforce Development” Institution? appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Recently Uncovered Meme circa 1550s Bemoans Technology

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

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

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

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