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  • A Greek Burial for German Austerity

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    Joschka Fischer
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Even before the leftist Syriza party's victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the euro crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union's German-backed austerity policy in tatters.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: New York’s Real Scandal

    NYT > Opinion
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    The Sheldon Silver affair shows that some corruption can be perfectly legal.
  • Why sports fans see their teams as extensions of themselves

    The News Tribune -- Opinion
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This is not evidence of cognitive failure. Actually, we're all acting quite reasonably.Click to Continue »
  • Rushing to stop Obama

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    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    It took a while for Republicans to catch on to what President Obama is doing with the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But ...
  • Mercury News editorial: Disneyland's measles is a hard lesson in how vaccines work

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    The Disneyland measles outbreak shows that when it comes to contagious diseases, as the Los Angeles Times aptly noted, it's a small world after all.Measles is one of the most infectious and dangerous diseases known to man. Before the introduction of the measles vaccine, about 500,000 Americans got it every year, with thousands hospitalized and nearly 500 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control calls vaccination for this and other deadly diseases one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The growing anti-vaccination movement is one of the most frustrating developments…
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  • Reasonable reforms to military retiree health benefits are needed

    Editorial Board
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    THE PENTAGON budget is $496 billion, which sounds like a lot of money, and it is — until you take account of the fact that an increasing share goes not for weapons, training and readiness but for health care and pension benefits of former service members. No one would dispute the need, or indeed the moral duty, to compensate adequately those who served their country. At the same time, this nation can’t afford resource commitments that crowd out security needs. Read full article >>
  • What worked in controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    Editorial Board
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    THE WORLD’S tardy response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has killed 8,810 people, demands that lessons be learned. Toward that end, a fresh batch of scientific reports has emerged in recent days to guide future responses. The World Health Organization, which stumbled in the initial period, seems to be recognizing its mistakes and looking for ways to correct them.Read full article >>
  • A bad zoning plan would restrict expansion of housing in key D.C. neighborhoods

    Editorial Board
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    AFFORDABLE HOUSING was a major issue in District elections for mayor and council, with most candidates agreeing that new strategies and investments are needed to meet the demand. So it is rather curious — even counterproductive — that city planners have advanced a plan that would limit the ability to expand housing in key neighborhoods. The zoning board should not sign off on such an ill-advised plan. Read full article >>
  • The U.S. is complacent as Egypt repeats its history of repression

    Editorial Board
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    THE EGYPTIAN regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sissi again demonstrated its violent and cynical nature last weekend, as the country marked the fourth anniversary of the popular revolution that overthrew former ruler Hosni Mubarak. More than 20 protesters were killed by police, including liberal human rights activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, who was shot in the back as she walked toward Cairo’s Tahrir Square to lay flowers. Five witnesses who tried to give testimony about her slaying were charged with staging an illegal protest.Read full article >>
  • Donald Graham and D.C. CAP have transformed education in the District

    Editorial Board
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    IN THE spring of 1999, management and education consultant Argelia Rodriguez got a phone call that would eventually transform the lives of thousands of D.C. students and families. “We need to fix this city. We need to give every student an opportunity to go to college. And I want your help to do it.” That entreaty from Donald E. Graham, then publisher of The Washington Post, resulted in the creation of D.C. CAP, a program so successful in enrolling people in college and graduating them that it’s no exaggeration to say it has changed the educational landscape of Washington.Read full…
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  • J.A. Jance

    30 Jan 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Vivian McPeak

    10 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
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  • Frank Denton: Which public records aren't actually public?

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    You have the right to walk into a government office and inspect public records. You don’t have to say why you want to see the records, and you don’t have to identify yourself. You probably will never exercise that right, though others may on your behalf — your lawyer, for example, or your real-estate agent. read more
  • Sound Off: What can government do to help you most?

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Now that the new year is upon us, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what is the one thing they would want the city, state or federal government to do that would impact you most greatly? Here is a representative sampling of the responses: read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Downtown is roaring to life

    Ron Littlepage
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the Super Bowl came to Jacksonville. Dusting off the memory bank, a few things still stand out about that week. one is the crowd of people, both visitors and residents, who filled downtown. Both the Northbank and Southbank riverwalks were hubs of activity and perfectly showcased the St Johns River. And the two were connected by a Main Street bridge that was only open to pedestrian traffic. read more
  • More resources, awareness needed to fight eating disorders

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Take all the issues involved in mental illness — lack of understanding, too few therapists and lack of resources. Now double them, and you have an idea what is involved in treating eating disorders. Food is among the most basic of life’s substances. For some, a switch turns on in the brain that turns eating behaviors into an addiction. It can be deadly. read more
  • Lead Letter: Florida's epilepsy sufferers need medical marijuana

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Imagine a seizure striking without warning while attending your son’s or daughter’s soccer game. This is the fear that more than 375,000 Floridians and their families face every day involving epilepsy. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida is to eliminate as much uncertainty for our members as possible. Epilepsy doesn’t always have a cure; as a result, those impacted by the disease are desperate for any treatments that reduce symptoms. We applaud Sen. Jeff Brandes for his recent proposal to expand access to medical marijuana to those most deserving. read more
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  • Street policing doesn't belong in school

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    In recent months, there has been a flood of video evidence of police violence in our communities. Earlier this week, a gut-wrenching video surfaced that shows a school police officer violently attacking three young girls inside one of our middle schools. The incident starts when one of the...
  • Look to animals to cure Ebola

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    GlaxoSmithKline and Merck will test new Ebola vaccines in West Africa this month. They're racing to cure this disease that causes severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and other mammals. To date, Ebola has claimed more than 8,600 lives and infected more than 20,000 people in Sierra Leone,...
  • The changing face of higher education

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    We have been reading for some time now about the demographic shift that was occurring in the nation, but I don't think we in higher education have truly digested the impact it will have on our institutions. Two weeks ago, the Southern Education Foundation released a report, A New Majority,...
  • Obama sticks to his comfort zone

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    More than week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Barack Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world.
  • Why Black History Month?

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Every February, college professors like myself are tasked with reminding students and the general public of the significance of Black History Month. Undoubtedly, many people understand the potential value behind a designated month dedicated to this part of American history. Our country is...
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  • A view from the seats

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    A musical standby among those with tastes as distinctive as his own, Randy Newman visited Central Arkansas last week. Not surprisingly, his show at the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas soon sold out. The kids may know Randy Newman only as the man who sang "You've Got a Friend in Me" and other songs for the Toy Story movies. Older folks who know their stuff may know that Mr. Newman is responsible for any number of songs you hear on classic-rock radio nowadays. In the 1970s, he'd put out an album and other artists would trip over themselves to…
  • Now, about those weapons

    ELI LAKE Bloomberg News
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    With the victory this week over Islamic State forces at Kobani, Syria, one might think that the United States and Iraqi governments would be looking to increase shipments of armaments to the Kurdish forces who did the actual fighting. But according to the Kurd overseeing much of the ground campaign in Kobani, his Peshmerga units are facing a shortage of ammunition and guns just at the moment they have turned the tide against the jihadists.
  • Cry for Argentina

    Bloomberg News
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    No one familiar with the ugly history of Argentina's intelligence services would argue against its reform. Yet few would have chosen President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to lead the charge--and her dissolution of it is yet another effort to warp Argentina's government to suit her interests and allies.
  • I need a station break

    JACK OHMAN Sacramento Bee
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    Being of an age where I can remember my parents' black-and-white Zenith Trend-Setter television set (with "Jet" styling!) that gave me a shock each time I turned it on, I am well familiar with the ubiquity of TV in our lives.
  • In right direction

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    Please consider this analogy. A person needs CPR. However, a hidden power restricts you to only one breath every 30 seconds.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Cortese sets a collaborative, inclusive tone

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    When Matt Mahood and Ben Field took the stage to co-emcee this year's State of the County speech, they left no doubt of the tone Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese wanted to set: Collaborate. Work together. Look past what divides us and focus on goals we have in common.Amen to that.The annual State of the County and State of the City speeches are mostly forgettable lists of programs and goals for the year ahead. But there's special interest this year because last fall's San Jose mayoral election was between Cortese and new Mayor Sam Liccardo. It was a bitter…
  • Mercury News editorial: PUC should tell FCC to nix Comcast-Time Warner merger

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    The new president of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Picker, has to restore consumers' trust in the regulatory agency. That only got harder Tuesday with the raid by the state Attorney General's Office on former PUC President Michael Peevey's home seeking further evidence of "ex-parte communications, judge-shopping, bribery, obstruction of justice or due administration of laws, favors or preferential treatment" in Peevey's dealing with PG&E and other utilities. Next comes the release of 65,000 additional PG&E emails Friday further detailing the extent of the…
  • Mercury News editorial: Let's hope real power tempers Greece's new ruling party

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    This week's election in Greece -- small world -- is what sent U.S. stock markets into a tailspin Tuesday. But that's just the start of its potential to harm this country and our allies and to bolster our favorite bully, Vladimir Putin.Champions of government spending unfettered by lack of actual money are applauding voters in Greece for electing a populist leader. Alexis Tsipras has vowed to ignore finances and rehire laid-off government workers, raise the minimum wage and hike government spending to pay for free electricity and health care for the poor. It is a dangerous gambit.Once again,…
  • Mercury News editorial: Brown, Napolitano go head to head on UC budget

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    When Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitany formed a committee of two to solve the problems of the University of California system, the first thing that occurred to us was: Who's the referee?The two have conflicting visions of how to maintain UC's once solid but now precarious place among the top universities in the country. Napolitano has set out a plan for tuition hikes that would offer stability. Brown thinks this would make the system too costly for students and played the gambit of withholding funding from the state budget if the Board of Regents alpproves…
  • Mercury News editorial: Disneyland's measles is a hard lesson in how vaccines work

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    The Disneyland measles outbreak shows that when it comes to contagious diseases, as the Los Angeles Times aptly noted, it's a small world after all.Measles is one of the most infectious and dangerous diseases known to man. Before the introduction of the measles vaccine, about 500,000 Americans got it every year, with thousands hospitalized and nearly 500 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control calls vaccination for this and other deadly diseases one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. The growing anti-vaccination movement is one of the most frustrating developments…
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  • Saturday essay: A new (& blue) feeder

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The squirrels and the birds of winter were upset that the feeders had gone empty. And the blame didn’t rest with an inattentive boniface. No, ...
  • In memory of ‘Lee’ Elby

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The recent passing of Leonard “Lee” Elby evokes the clattering sound of manual typewriters, smoke-filled offices — and memories of having been fortunate enough to ...
  • Rushing to stop Obama

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    It took a while for Republicans to catch on to what President Obama is doing with the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But ...
  • Quit hitting up the taxpayers

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    In regard to the Jan. 15 article “Leechburg Area fears it may have to raise taxes above state limit”: Like many of us, the Leechburg ...
  • Accelerating moral decline

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Elizabeth B. Wydra’s column “Doing the right thing on marriage” comes at a time of greater acceptance of immorality in society. Offer this up 30 ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Angela Merkel must accept that her austerity policy is now in tatters | Joschka Fischer

    Joschka Fischer
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Syriza’s victory in Greece has produced an unambiguous defeat for the German chancellor and her strategy for sustaining the euroNot long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in a continuing crisis. The latest error, as with most of the earlier ones, stemmed from wishful thinking – and, once again, it is Greece that has broken the reverie.Even before the leftist Syriza party’s overwhelming victory in the recent…
  • VS Naipaul’s notorious conceit has drained away – and the man who remains is hard to read | Ian Jack

    Ian Jack
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A writer’s personality can colour your sense of his work – but at a literary festival in India last week, the sad problem was almost the oppositeFew books have meant more to me than some of those written by VS Naipaul, although the more I knew (or thought I knew) about the author, the less straightforward my admiration of his books became. One school of thought says this is foolish: a writer and his work need to be seen in separate compartments, so that the work can’t be contaminated by the author’s reputation as a wife-beating drunk, child molester or antisemite. Naipaul is…
  • Good luck, Andy! From your biggest fan! | John Mullin

    John Mullin
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Andy, our bromance has been going for a dozen rollercoaster years now. And today I’ll be with you at the Australian Open, every point of the way, on my sofaAs bromances go, it’s my Big Love. It’s lasted a dozen rollercoaster years and has come through woeful lows and dizzy highs. Those testing times have made us stronger, with the soaring moments justifying my unshakable faith. It is so strong a relationship that it will last until my dying day.True, it’s a little one-sided. And yes, I’ve had to spend much of my time, as folks do, defending their chosen one from the slings and…
  • Queensland, meet your new premier! | First Dog on the Moon

    First Dog on the Moon
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Queenslanders: you could vote for Campbell Newman, or Annastacia Palaszczuk, or you could change your state forever with a vote for this excellent cassowaryGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and printsSign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published. Continue reading...
  • Martin Rowson on the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's funeral

    Martin Rowson
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
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    Business and finance

  • How to stop a plane

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    OVER the past several weeks, airlines in America have been the victims of a dramatic spike in social-media bomb threats, according to CNN. No bombs have been found, but because airlines and the American airport security apparatus treat every threat seriously, numerous flights have been delayed, diverted or even cancelled.This presents a big challenge for the American airline industry. Several of the people making the threats have claimed or implied that they support or are affiliated with IS, the rebel Jihadist group that now controls large parts of Iraq and Syria. (It is hard to…
  • Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    THERE is a lot of criticism of the German government in the press at the moment, particularly in Britain. A Guardian columnist described Angela Merkel asthe most monstrous Western European leader of this generationwhich rather takes the breath away when coming from a liberal newspaper. Merkel has called on voters to beware the anti-immigrant movement Pegida; Syriza, which the same columnist praises as "the politics of hope" has gone into coalition with an anti-immigrant and anti-semitic nationalist party.Greece's new prime minister is fighting for a debt write-off and an end to austerity for…
  • A crash course in probability

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    GULLIVER will soon fly from Heathrow to Milan on a British Airways Airbus A319. That flight has a one-in-4.8m chance of crashing. Shortly after he is jetting from Heathrow to JFK on a Virgin-operated A330. Chance of crashing? One in 5.4m. That means that he could apparently expect to fly on the route for 14,716 years before plummeting into the Atlantic. These figures come courtesy of “Am I Going Down?”, a recently released iPhone app that claims to calculate the odds of a disaster on a particular flight. Users input three variables: the departure and arrival airports, the airline,…
  • Chance encounter

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    OUR blog post on "Am I Going Down", an app that purports to reveal the odds of crashing on a flight, mentions a few different ways to think about just how small this probability is. Thanks to reader guest-isjswsa, who commented on both that blog post and this, to explain what the developers must have had in mind.The app suggested that, given a one-in-5,371,369 chance of a particular Heathrow to JKF flight crashing, you could expect to fly for 14,716 years before plummeting to Earth. Here’s how to think about this number. Imagine lots and lots of people taking this flight every…
  • Rules and laws

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    LAST October China’s Communist Party announced an “extensive and profound revolution” aimed at establishing the rule of law by 2020. It was a tacit admission that the country so far has relied more on connections than on statutes and contracts. China did not permit private firms until 1992, and its legal sector is underdeveloped: it has $7.6 billion in annual revenues, or 0.1% of GDP, compared with more than 1% in big European countries.So scoffers abound. But on January 27th Dentons, a Western firm, merged with Dacheng of China. Called Dacheng there and Dentons abroad, the new law firm…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Rivalries in the China Seas

    Philippe Rekacewicz
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    - Energy / Password, Map, 2015/02 - Asia oil
  • No real right to data privacy

    Jérôme Thorel
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    The EU Court of Justice ruled last year that Europeans had a right to be ‘forgotten' on the Internet, contradicting an earlier EU decision about digital footprints.The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) last April declared a 2006 EU directive on electronic data invalid because it seriously interfered “with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population”. The court noted that retention and use of digital data “without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to (...) - 2015/02 / Password
  • Turkmen timeline

    David Garcia
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    1881: Turkic-speaking nomad tribes living in the desert regions of Central Asia since the 6th century and long dominated by the Mongols become subjects of the Russian empire after the siege of Geok Tepe. Turkmen territories are absorbed into the Russian province of Turkestan. 1924: The Russian Soviet Socialist Republic of Turkmenistan is established, with the same borders as the present independent republic. The nomadic Turkmens are forced to settle. 27 October 1991: Turkmenistan (...) - 2015/02 / Password, 2015/02 - Bouyguestan
  • The desert kingdom of Bouyguestan

    David Garcia
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    The presidents of gas-rich Turkmenistan have made the French construction group Bouygues rich in exchange for splendid, scarce-used buildings — and flattery. When President Saparmurat Niyazov died on 21 December 2006, Turkmenistan's state television channels broadcast the news on a loop.There was consternation at Bouygues, the French construction group, which had been operating in the Central Asian republic since 1994; Niyazov had been a very good customer. The self-proclaimed Türkmenbaşy (...) - 2015/02 / Password, 2015/02 - Bouyguestan
  • Japan no longer an island

    Marc Humbert
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    Abe Shinzo's Liberal Democratic Party won the election in December and can now go ahead with its unpopular plan to allow large-scale immigration. Japan's prime minister Abe Shinzo called an election last November, with the campaign slogan Kono michi shika nai (There is no other way), modelled on Margaret Thatcher's “There is no alternative”. The first two components of Abenomics — monetary easing and commissioning public works — have produced mixed results. He has shelved plans for a further (...) - 2015/02 / Password
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Mike Dillon: Watershed moment at Karaka

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Loosely speaking Karaka's horse sales complex is about selling dreams. The dream is about to change slightly.This week's sales series will be looked back on as a watershed moment in the thoroughbred business.The suddenly changing...
  • Steve Braunias: The secret diary of ... Eleanor Catton

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Monday Interesting questions of gender and identity are raised at the Jaipur literary festival in India when I'm judged to have lost the egg and spoon race.I don't wish to complain. But it's vitally important for writers and...
  • Fran O'Sullivan: Turei needs to quit as well if the Greens want power

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    If the Greens are intent on becoming a mainstream political party with sufficient cachet to be a credible Government partner they should persuade Metiria Turei to join Russel Norman in resigning. Norman's resignation - announced with...
  • John Roughan: Child poverty - a lesson for Key's team

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    In the flush of election victory, John Key said something about tackling child poverty in this term. He was looking for fresh ideas from ministers in the new year.I hope the books Anne Tolley (social development), Paula Bennett...
  • Editorial: Greens must do more than hint at centre

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Russel Norman had many talents as co-leader of the Green Party. He was articulate, sharp and combative and schooled himself in economic policy alongside the environmental and social specialties of his caucus. Armed with a political...
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  • Canadian medical professionals risk their lives to save others in Syria

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    REYHANLI, TURKEY—This was not part of the plan. Not when time is precious and it is only a few kilometres to the Syrian border. Not when there is a trunk full of medical equipment and contacts anxiously waiting in Syria, ready to whisk Toronto pediatrician Jay Dahman and Ammar Zakaria, a doctor who has defected from the Syrian military, to a field hospital where they can deliver the much-needed supplies and training.But with a Turkish police officer’s wave of the hand our car is pulled over and passengers ordered out. Passports examined. Every bag unloaded and unpacked.When an…
  • Raptors rally, take down Nets in overtime

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    BROOKLYN—Competing at Barclays Center for the first time since losing Game 6 of last year’s first-round playoff series, the Raptors seemed not to be thinking about that post-season disappointment, beating the Nets 127-122 in overtime. The Raptors surrendered a 17-point lead in the second half to trail late but managed to take the game into overtime with Nets’ Brook Lopez missing a 22-foot jumper at the buzzer. The Raptors got a clutch basket from DeMar DeRozan with a circus shot to put them up by two with just over a minute left in OT. But it came down to a putback by…
  • Court quashes deadline for single taxi licence

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    A Superior Court decision quashed the City’s deadline to have all taxi drivers operating under one standard licence by 2024. Friday’s decision was a result of a Toronto Taxi Alliance challenge to the City’s efforts to overhaul the industry last year. The Alliance argued that the City acted in bad faith, did not provide it with enough notice that it would be enacting changes to regulatory regime at a February council meeting and that the Alliance was not given enough notice of a deadline for mandatory licence conversion.There are currently two main types of licences…
  • 3,000 home and community care workers on strike across Ontario

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Nearly 3,000 home and community health-care workers hit the chilly picket lines across Ontario Friday as CEOs, managers and administrators stepped up to the front lines. Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) workers voted to strike on Thursday evening after negotiations between the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and the CCACs broke down over wages. All but one of the CCAC catchment areas with representation by ONA voted to strike. “I’m really, really pleased with the 3,000 of them that are out there on the line today,” said ONA president Linda Haslam-Stroud, who…
  • Canada’s new backward-looking terror law: Walkom

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Stephen Harper’s new anti-terror bill is tough, backward-looking and almost certainly unnecessary.Bill C-51 would allow a judge to impose up to a year of house arrest on someone who has neither been convicted nor charged with any crime. The judge could also require that the target wear an electronic bracelet.The only requirement in the bill, introduced Friday in the Commons, is that police produce satisfactory evidence this person “may” commit a terrorist offence.That’s tough. Not as tough as the anti-terror laws of, say, Britain or North Korea.But in Canadian…
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  • 女性タレントさんの足の映像を観て脱毛に興味

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

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

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

    6 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
  • わき毛

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    特に冬の時期は長袖なので人に見られることもないのでついつい忘れているともさもさになる。 ある日冬の温室プールに行ったところわきの処理をしていなかったことにきずいた。 とても恥ずかしくなりプールを泳ぐはずが見られたら嫌なのでウォーキングだけして終わらせた事がありました。…
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  • The Democratic Merits of Selective Schools

    Andrés Velasco
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Chile’s Instituto Nacional, a completely free secondary school for boys, ranks among the best in the country – not least because of its wholly meritocratic admissions policy. Given this, the government's plan to institute an admissions lottery is wrong-headed – and could end up weakening Chilean democracy.
  • A Greek Burial for German Austerity

    Joschka Fischer
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Even before the leftist Syriza party's victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the euro crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union's German-backed austerity policy in tatters.
  • Wall Street for President?

    Simon Johnson
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    America's Democratic Party – including President Barack Obama – is apparently of two minds on the extent to which it should defend its own financial legislation from attack by the country's powerful megabanks. It can have the 2010 Dodd-Frank reforms, or it can have Wall Street's campaign contributions, but it cannot have both.
  • The Keys to Maintaining the Kingdom

    Christopher R. Hill
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    As with all political successions, Saudi Arabia’s was inevitable. But it was not inevitable that King Abdullah’s demise – and the emergence of Crown Prince Salman as his heir to the throne – should come at a time of peak instability in a region already buffeted by the type of change that the House of Saud welcomes least of all.
  • Harnessing Disruption for Sustainability

    Simon Zadek
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The inevitable shift toward sustainable development will increasingly disrupt lifestyles, livelihoods, and economies. But these disruptions, and the short-term crises they may cause, can serve a valuable purpose, providing the world with a powerful incentive to guide the shift toward a more sustainable, inclusive future.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • 50 Shades of Beige

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    “No need for blindfolds or handcuffs…  I’ve already been nagged & annoyed.” The post 50 Shades of Beige appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • A New Leaf

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    “Kale is so last year, romaine lettuce is so now.” The post A New Leaf appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • #Blizzardof2015‬

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    “The blowing snow has covered the fashionable snowman’s UGG boots.” The post #Blizzardof2015‬ appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Vaccination Land

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    “The Mickey Mouse shaped rash on your torso is measles – not a reaction to eating cheese.” The post Vaccination Land appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Call Him On It

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    “I administered, completed and sent you the status email.  Now let’s chat about your micromanagement.” The post Call Him On It appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Esta semana en Madrid: 30.01 – 06.02.2015

    DECA MADbudget
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    MADRID, ESPAÑA. ¿A dónde te apetece viajar hoy, sin tener que salir de Madrid? DECA MADbudget prepara un plan de ocio y actividades de ocio realizadas en lugares públicos o entidades sin ánimo de lucro, con el afán de promover la faceta intercultural de la capital: Esta semana en Madrid. GASTROFESTIVAL Llega la sexta edición de esta cita anual dedicada al mundo gastronómico, así como a su relación con otros ámbitos como la literatura, la moda o el cine. Participan más de cuatrocientos establecimientos madrileños, con el objetivo de dar a conocer la variada y destacada cocina de…
  • Japanese Bliss: Expanding Your Pallet with Sushi

    Caroline Burke
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    U.S.A. Ever have that moment when you’re craving something no one else likes? This can be a common occurrence for us sushi lovers so I’m sharing why I obsess over this Japanese dish. If you are skeptical about trying raw ingredients and unfamiliar things, don’t be discouraged. I promise if you take the plunge, the worst thing that can happen is you realize it’s not for you and them move on to something else. Here’s why I enjoy this cuisine so much: Every time I visit a Japanese restaurant, I am amazed by the array of fresh seafood lining the sushi bar. Chefs are always working…
  • Siria, el Estado Islámico y la Comunidad Internacional

    Cesáreo Espada
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    SIRIA. 1. El de Siria (2011-2015…), un conflicto interno internacionalizado. El actual conflicto armado en Siria arranca el 6 de marzo de 2011. Ese día un grupo de adolescentes fue detenido en Dara, al Sur del país, por dibujar en una pared un graffiti contra el régimen. Esta detención generó grandes manifestaciones en la ciudad, que fueron reprimidas por fuerzas de policía; se abrió fuego contra los civiles; las protestas se extendieron por todo el país en cuestión de meses. En julio de 2012, el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja califica ya la situación en Siria como de…
  • Cash Cows: The Exploitation of Undocumented Persons by For-Profit Prisons

    Joseph Matthews
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    U.S.A. On April 23, 2010 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, also known as the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, into law. Almost immediately after this, SB 1070 soared to the center of the American media and political consciousness. SB 1070 received criticism both nationally and internationally for its ruthless anti-immigration content as well as alleged discrimination against Latino/Hispanic American citizens. Arizona’s SB 1070 immediately became controversial because it gave law enforcement the power to stop and question…
  • Los 25 años más creativos de Ferran Adrià

    Elena Bermúdez
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    MADRID, ESPAA. Nacido en 1962 en L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), Ferran Adrià ha sido considerado el mejor chef del mundo. Y lo cierto es que, si bien el cierre en 2011 de su restaurante elBulli ha suscitado controversia, se situó durante mucho tiempo en la cúspide de la innovación y la creatividad culinarias. “Auditando el proceso creativo” es el título elegido para la exposición que, desde el pasado 29 de octubre y hasta el 8 de marzo, muestra en Espacio Fundación Telefónica un repaso de sus últimos veincitinco años. La escultura de un pequeño bulldog,…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • To Show Their Solidarity Against the Marchers

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
  • “Guerilla Marketing,” Influence, and Deceit are Not New to People Paying Attention

    28 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    In 1998, I was sitting at the end of a bar talking with the bartender and a couple of people sitting on the other corner. From my place, I could see down the length of the bar past the couple to the area where the wait-staff picked up their drinks and beyond to where other […]
  • Manipulating Emotions; It’s Not Just Facebook!

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Recently, a new bit of clickbait has been showing up on my Facebook “news stream.” I’ve seen it get posted by at least 3 different people on my timeline and I have watched their threads degenerate into arguments. In the last case, the OP commented, Apparently this post caused some angry private messages, not by […]
  • Depression Quest | An Interactive (non)fiction Game about Living with Depression

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Depression’s cycle is made worse by its power over sufferers which forces them to internalize their struggle and which renders friends and family’s attempts to “help” more destructive than supportive. Tragically, it is this misunderstanding of the depressed persons thought-processes by everyone (including/especially the depressed person) that their concern inadvertently reinforces the overwhelming sense of […]
  • Love of Billionaires in a Zero-Balance Economy

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    If, in a zero-balance economy made up of entries on balance sheets and where one person’s entry on the asset column of their balance sheet is an equal entry on the debts column of another person’s balance sheet then, some people have more “money” BECAUSE others have less or none at all. But don’t read […]
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  • EXTRA! EXTRA! Silk Road was operated by Mark Karpeles!

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:17 am
    No, the headline is not true. Mark Karpeles is not Dread Pirate Roberts, nor is he accused of being Dread Pirate Roberts, nor (to my knowledge) has Ross Ulbricht actually said that Karpeles (by name) is the person that he … Continue reading →
  • Futility in action: The search for intelligent life

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Don’t get me wrong. I love science fiction. Give me spaceships, planets, alien civilizations, and I’m a happy camper. Tonight, though, I’m watching a documentary about the search for life in the universe, and, well, I don’t see the point. … Continue reading →
  • New site coming up… Say hello to ntonweb.com

    11 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    I discovered I actually had a small fraction o f a bitcoin that I’d been unaware of… After 2 minutes of looking, I found that Name Cheap accepts Bitcoin, so I created an account with them, funded it with $13 and registered … Continue reading →
  • Starting out 2015, the George Zimmerman way.

    10 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Yes, apparently George Zimmerman went and got himself a new mugshot last night, this time for aggravated assault, in another apparent case of domestic violence. I’m not sure if it’s the same girlfriend who he was accused of attacking in … Continue reading →
  • Search Engine Optimization 101

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    Search Engine Optimization, SEO for short, is a hot topic, and a lot of money is spent in an endless cycle of one site trying to one-up the next site, and so forth and so on. It’s also highly in … Continue reading →
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • Stop Holding Our Hands: Marijuana, privacy, and the American Way

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

    Summer L Tate
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Charlie Hebdo exemplified controversy, satire, and courage. By Kanichat/Je suis Charlie via Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  On 7 January 2015, two Islamic terrorists with guns forced their way into the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, France, known for inflammatory and politically incorrect cartoons, and killed twelve people. The newspaper’s office had a history of being a target for terrorists and had been firebombed in 2011, had its website hacked, and was even sued by Islamic organizations for publishing images of Muhammad. The bravery of the Charlie…
  • The Interview debacle: Sony shows us how NOT to deal with threats

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

    Summer L Tate
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Protests are shaking U.S. cities after two grand juries in New York and Missouri refused to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Both unarmed and black,  18 year-old Brown was shot over six times in a confrontation with officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and 43-year-old Garner was held in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo, after resisting arrest, and died just before mustering the words, “I can’t breathe,” in Staten Island.  Amidst the outrage over these non-indictments, headlines are streaming in news sources of more unarmed…
  • Varicella Zoster: The virus that never dies

    Summer L Tate
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The picture my son took that let me see the shingles rash. It started with an ache behind the right side of my neck, like I had not slept right. The ache quickly developed into a terrible burning sensation, resembling a bad sunburn. It was overly sensitive to touch and even my hair felt like tiny needles grazing an open wound. My son took a picture of the back of my neck so that I could see what was happening. Staring at the raised oval shaped rash on the camera I had a sinking feeling that, at age thirty-three, I had somehow managed to reawaken a virus that had laid dormant in my body since…
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