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  • No comprende, senor [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Proficiency in the Spanish language is quickly becoming the norm. Will you be left behind?On a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, I was struck by a realization: Spanish is no longer merely a foreign language; it has officially become a domestic one.
  • A better bond [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    The state can improve the bail system — which too often leads to the incarceration of non-violent, poor defendants — by granting more people unsecured release pending trialSince September, when Maryland's highest court declared poor people had a constitutional right to a lawyer when first appearing before a judicial officer, the state's pretrial release system has been the subject of scrutiny, with many attorneys, judges and lawmakers calling for significant reforms.
  • College life ain’t what it used to be

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    The dream of escape from Loserville to meet Miss Perfect has been shattered by a nerdy need of other connections
  • Mercury News editorial: Californians deserve clear labeling of genetically engineered food

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Two years ago we reluctantly urged California voters to defeat the poorly written Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients.The proposition's intent was good. But backers skipped a basic step in lawmaking: Before taking a proposal directly to voters, give the Legislature a chance to deal with it. The deliberative process identifies potential flaws and improves the odds of ending up with a well-crafted law. Fortunately, Prop 37's supporters went back to the drawing board with Sen. Noreen Evans' SB 1381. The bill still needs work, but…
  • Minimal attitude suits climate action

    The Australian | Opinion
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    THE government’s Emissions Reduction Fund is a conservative response that is destined to disappoint anyone wanting more action.
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  • Editorial: Creating a Two-Speed Internet

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The F.C.C.’s proposal that would allow phone and cable companies to charge fees to content providers for faster delivery of video and data would harm competition and cost consumers.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: The Piketty Panic

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    New scholarship by the French economist is a bona fide phenomenon, and the right is terrified.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: The Piketty Phenomenon

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The reaction to Thomas Piketty’s new book says more about class rivalry within the educated classes than it does about expanding opportunity.
  • Editorial: A Questionable Decision on Egypt

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The repressive military-dominated government will surely see a vote of confidence from the United States after the Obama administration agreed to deliver 10 Apache helicopters.
  • Editorial Notebook: The Regeneration of ‘Degenerate Art’

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    An exhibition testifies to Hitler’s persecution of artists and to the eventual triumph of their art.
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  • Saudi Arabia’s MERS virus outbreak demands transparency

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    ON SUNDAY, the Saudi health minister, Abdullah al-Rabiah, struck a reassuring tone as the kingdom reported a surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a novel coronavirus known as MERS. The minister said he didn’t know why the case count had spiked but maybe it was seasonal. He said he didn’t think it necessary to change preventive measures and insisted that authorities were taking all due precautions. Read full article >>
  • The FDA begins evaluating the risks and benefits offered by cigarette alternatives

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    IN 2009, Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration wide authority to oversee tobacco products. The agency has moved cautiously in flexing that power. On Thursday, for the first time, the FDA “deemed” several tobacco products to be under its watch, including cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, hookahs and e-cigarettes. This move is welcome, if overdue. The FDA now has to conduct the tricky work of figuring out when further restrictions, particularly on e-cigarettes, help and when they might actually harm public health. Read full article >>
  • Virginia plays chicken with Medicaid

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    WHEN STATE governments shut down, people notice that something is badly amiss, possibly even more so than when the federal government closes. In Virginia, where Republicans in the House of Delegates have dug in their heels against Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to expand Medicaid, the possibility of a shutdown this summer is growing, and the experience in other states is not exactly heartening. Read full article >>
  • The U.S. intelligence chief’s gag order does not stir trust

    Editorial Board
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    AT A time when U.S. intelligence agencies need to regain the confidence and support of the American people, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, is taking a huge backward step. In a directive dated March 20 but disclosed only Monday, Mr. Clapper has restricted the circumstances under which intelligence-community employees can talk to the news media, even about unclassified information. The directive, No. 119, “Media Contacts,” is overly broad and wrongheaded and will prove counterproductive. Read full article >>
  • Keystone XL’s continued delay is absurd

    Editorial Board
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will…
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  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:39 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

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:19 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

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

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:03 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.
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  • Matt Towery: GOP may need to losen up a bit

    Matt Towery
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Polling numbers and political maneuverings are confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movement is no longer the dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012. But just because the “tea” might be a bit weaker, Republicans need to understand that the political atmosphere might still be lightening up. In the South, the hotbed for the tea party cause, many big contested GOP nominations expected to go to candidates “they” support don’t seem to be moving in that direction. TEA PARTY HAS HAD INFLUENCE read more
  • Guest column: State Senator Audrey Gibson supports civil citations

    The Times-Union
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Just hint at supporting giving children an opportunity to redeem themselves, and a firestorm breaks out to make sure that the opportunity never happens in a way that could be fully beneficial to young people. Not only is this the road well-travelled by State Attorney Angela Corey’s office, it’s also the same one-way, dead-end street that others want to travel. read more
  • Letters: Corruption and IRS go together

    The Times-Union
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    SUPREME COURT Reducing equality The latest decision by the Supreme Court will reduce educational opportunities for blacks. The latest voter ID laws will reduce the number of black voters. Is this is the “constitutional order” of fairness and equality that Justice Anthony Kennedy claims we Americans are aspiring to? You decide, but I say no Michael Cross, St. Augustine   IRS Corrupted system A recent letter mentioned corruption. read more
  • Lead Letter: Kudos for story on medical care

    The Times-Union
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Finally, a thoughtful, in-depth article about our growing crisis in medical care is published. Kudos T-U! Doctors have been warning about this only to see it getting much worse. My father was the founding dean of both the University of Florida and Hershey medical schools. He grew up in rural Appalachia in the 1920s and ’30s where he witnessed the limited care his mother, suffering from TB, received. The rural doctor had too many patients. read more
  • Editorial: GOP may win control of Congress in the fall

    The Times-Union
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Some of the smartest political analysts are predicting that Republicans will win control of the Senate this fall and with it Congress as a whole. Nate Silver, whose computer skills have become legendary, says that Republicans are a “slight favorite” to win the Senate and thus all of Congress. That means a net gain of six Senate seats. That’s a tall order, but Republicans have several advantages. read more
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  • No comprende, senor [Commentary]

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Proficiency in the Spanish language is quickly becoming the norm. Will you be left behind?On a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, I was struck by a realization: Spanish is no longer merely a foreign language; it has officially become a domestic one.
  • A better bond [Commentary]

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    The state can improve the bail system — which too often leads to the incarceration of non-violent, poor defendants — by granting more people unsecured release pending trialSince September, when Maryland's highest court declared poor people had a constitutional right to a lawyer when first appearing before a judicial officer, the state's pretrial release system has been the subject of scrutiny, with many attorneys, judges and lawmakers calling for significant reforms.
  • Two GOPs is one too many [Commentary]

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Maryland Republican Party needs to join its factions if it hopes to thrive in the futureIn backing Del. Steve Schuh this month over incumbent Laura Neuman in the GOP primary for Anne Arundel County Executive, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. cited Mr. Schuh's attendance at national Republican conventions, his membership in a local Republican club, and his past volunteer activities as reasons to support him. He also faulted Ms. Neuman for having no involvement in intramural GOP politics.
  • 'The Grapes of Wrath' resonates 75 years later [Commentary]

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Steinbeck's seminal masterpiece of American literature seems freshly relevant today, in this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing povertyIt was an angry book.
  • Parkinson's takes a toll on families too [Commentary]

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Parkinson's is a complex, chronic illness that we still know very little about; continued research, education and advocacy are crucial to getting closer to one day finding a cureThis year, approximately 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Parkinson's, joining the 1 million people already living with the disease in the United States and the 4 million to 6 million diagnosed with it worldwide. Their painful struggle is one that I know all too well.
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    MiamiHerald.com: Opinion

  • Heated negotiations

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    OUR OPINION: As County Mayor Gimenez and the Heat make a deal, keep taxpayers’ money the primary concern
  • Sun Life soccer

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Why, after Sun Life Stadium hosted a record soccer crowd of more than 71,000 people in November, does David Beckham want to build a 25,000-seat stadium rather than play at Sun Life?
  • Biodiesel oil is working

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The April 20 article Fuels from corn waste not better than gas includes what the Environmental Protection Agency has suggested are dubious conclusions about some potential energy sources. One important fact was overlooked — America’s first nationally distributed advanced biofuel, biodiesel, is working — now.
  • Safe travels without phones

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    If drivers spent as much time using their turn signals and brakes as they do using their cell phones, the roads would be safer for all of us.
  • Why Hillary Clinton should run in 2016

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Free choice, not restrictions.
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • That’s a work ethic

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I decided to treat myself to breakfast recently, and I went to the Eat’n Park in Bridgeville. My server was a woman by the name of Mary Jo. What was so remarkable about Mary Jo that would prompt me to write this letter? For starters, she greeted me with much enthusiasm, was very efficient and friendly, was in constant motion with her server responsibility and knew many of her customers by name. I kidded her when I told her she exhausted me by watching her do her job. So why was she so remarkable? She said that on April 16 she would be working at the same job at the same location for 32…
  • Slippery non-decision: The Obama administration ducks the pipeline

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A decision not to make a decision mocks the principle of good government. To its shame, that is what the Obama administration did last week in extending its review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
  • The KKK fights back

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week CNN sparked a backlash with its headline, “Can the Klan Rebrand?” The network’s story was a look at the Ku Klux Klan’s efforts to distance itself from its reputation as a violence-inciting hate group in the wake of former Klan Grand Dragon Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, being charged in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish facilities in Kansas.
  • Unity divides: A Palestinian accord should not end the talks

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The division between Fatah and Hamas in the Palestinian camp has been a barrier in the talks with the Israelis to the successful outcome that the United States seeks — two states, living side by side, recognized and in peace. But now their reconciliation has prompted Israel to suspend its participation in the talks.
  • Nicholas D. Kristof / Moldova, the next Ukraine

    25 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    CHISINAU, Moldova — If there were an Olympic competition for bravest country in the world, the gold medal might well go to Moldova. Wobbly politicians from Europe and America should come here to get spinal transplants.
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • Defense: Time for spending cuts?: Front Burner

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, squeezed by global and fiscal realities, lobbed a grenade in the direction of war hawks. Hagel proposed downsizing the military. Cuts would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels.
  • Lawmakers can give app a boost

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Protectionist behavior inadvertently shaped Florida into the tourism mecca it is today. In the early 1960s, Walt Disney had plans to locate his new studios and theme parks in New Orleans, but he faced such fierce protectionist behavior from officials there that he chose Central Florida instead for his grand plan. The rest is history, and Floridians can hardly imagine life without Disney.
  • With peace on the horizon, Pentagon needs a haircut

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    After 13 years at war and a budget that peaked at $750 billion in 2011, the U.S. military has entered a period of drawdown. This is a good thing.
  • In slashing military, costs may be more than savings

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    It is no secret that the United States is facing a fiscal dilemma that will require a series of painful choices in the future. Some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts will be needed. And just like everything else, when it comes to spending cuts, defense spending should be on the table.
  • We asked you: Should Florida establish a bear-hunting season?

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    YES 35% NO 65%Reasonable measures 1st
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • How this racket works

    <StaffMember: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette>
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    THE STATE’S official, permanent, legalized and constitutionalized numbers racket keeps running into trouble with the number that counts most to those ceaselessly trying to promote it: how many college scholarships it can hand out. Which is the high-minded rationale for the lottery.
  • Our illiquid assets

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    Polls show that Americans still view their homes as the best and safest place to invest their hard-earned cash. Gallup asked Americans this month to choose the best “long-term investment.”
  • An ordinary, beautiful day

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    As the elite women runners took their first strides in Hopkinton, Chris Manjourides was standing over a grill at Charlie’s on Columbus Avenue in the South End, slinging hash.
  • Thanks to the stowaway

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    The 16-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., boy who hopped a fence onto the tarmac at Mineta San Jose International Airport early Sunday to hitch a ride in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner did us all a favor.
  • Whistlin’ Dixie

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Tell me about the South … What do they do there? How do they live there? Why do they?
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  • Lawmakers, Stop Meddling In School Subjects

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Enough already with the laundry list of suggested studiesWhen the General Assembly passed a law two decades ago encouraging schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocidal action, it seemed like a good idea.
  • Keno Madness At The State Capitol

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Repeal Keno, the gambling game that has nine livesUnfortunately, keno lives.
  • Thumbs Down For Eastern Prof, Up For New Spring Weekend

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It was with the support of Republican governors and legislators that the state began pouring more than $1 billion into Connecticut State University campuses 15 years ago. So it's unfair for an Eastern Connecticut State University adjunct professor to tell his creative writing class that "colleges will start closing up if they, if these people" — meaning Republicans — "have their way. They don't think money should go to giving you people dangerous ideas about how the world should be run." Thumbs down. The professor has apologized for those and other insults, and he does have…
  • Don't Sell City Parking For Quick Budget Fix

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Hartford mayor relies on a major gimmick to balance the budgetThough it may be damning with faint praise, Hartford's budget has been better managed in the past three years than in most of the preceding decade.
  • Cities, Towns Can't Pay For PTSD Expansion

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Compensating those with mental stressWhere are Connecticut's cash-strapped municipalities going to find the money to shoulder open-ended costs associated with mental stress claims brought through an expanded workers' compensation system?
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  • Mercury News editorial: The Russians are coming! No, seriously

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! No, seriously, they are. But instead of the hilarious landing on New England beaches depicted in the 1966 classic film, they are engaged in a deadly incursion into neighboring Ukraine. Russia snatched the low-hanging fruit of Crimea with precision, thus protecting a crucial warm-water port. Now, its troops are moving into parts of eastern Ukraine.To be sure, they affect the usual "who-us?" demeanor -- as they did in Crimea -- claiming Ukrainian chaos is simply an uprising of the people against an illegal government in Kiev. But…
  • Mercury News editorial: Californians deserve clear labeling of genetically engineered food

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Two years ago we reluctantly urged California voters to defeat the poorly written Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients.The proposition's intent was good. But backers skipped a basic step in lawmaking: Before taking a proposal directly to voters, give the Legislature a chance to deal with it. The deliberative process identifies potential flaws and improves the odds of ending up with a well-crafted law. Fortunately, Prop 37's supporters went back to the drawing board with Sen. Noreen Evans' SB 1381. The bill still needs work, but…
  • Mercury News editorial: Affirmative action is yesterday's solution to inequality

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's voter-approved ban on race-based affirmative action effectively puts an end to what was always a controversial strategy. Once considered our best hope to level the playing field for minorities and women held back by discrimination, the policy to provide opportunities in universities and in the workforce succeeded by many measures. Blacks in particular were able to crack barriers at a time when racial prejudice and discrimination were overt. But it's been clear for some time that affirmative action was a strategy of the past -- too divisive to be a…
  • Mercury News editorial: San Jose airport stowaway does us all a favor

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The 16-year-old Santa Clara boy who hopped a fence onto the tarmac at Mineta San Jose International Airport to hitch a ride in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner did us all a favor. We're just glad he beat the odds and, miraculously, was still alive when the plane landed on Maui.While parents of their own rebellious teens were struck cold by the tale for fear of copycats, the rest of us immediately thought: terrorists. If the kid could get onto the runway and into a wheel well overnight, why not a guy planting a bomb?That's where the favor comes in. The porous security was…
  • Mercury News editorial: Feinstein bill risks further damage to Delta

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's willingness to do Big Ag's bidding at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is increasingly alarming. Last week she released a revised drought bill that has environmentalists up and down the state fuming -- with good reason. Feinstein stripped out the best part of her original legislation: $300 million for conservation and efficiency measures and aid to low-income farmworkers hurt by the drought. She admits she did it to attract Republican support. It raises the question of how far she is willing to go to maximize the amount of water…
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  • EDITORIAL: Easter and Passover are time to reflect, renew

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    For millions of Christians around the world, Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection. For millions of Jews, Passover represents the celebration of the release of the Israelites from the Egyptian pharaohs. For some, it's a moment for the Easter Bunny, which, upon first inspection, seems like it might well have been created by an advertising agency. Read comments
  • EDITORIAL: Bill to provide emergency allergy care for students deserves support

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction triggered by a variety of things, from getting stung by a bee to eating just one nut. It comes on quickly and can kill a person in a few minutes. Read comments
  • The Fresno Bee's SW Parra is honored for cartoon

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:24 pm
    SW Parra's editorial cartoon on the Boston Marathon bombing, which appeared in The Bee on April 17, 2013, has been chosen for the book "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2014 Edition." Read comments
  • There is momentum for reform

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    Congress faces an important task in the coming months, and the pressure is mounting. We must achieve comprehensive immigration reform that provides a reliable work force for the appropriate industries, addresses the millions without proper documents living and working in the United States, and protects our borders. Read comments
  • Congress should support Obama on Syria

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    President Obama has asked Congress to support his use of military force against another nation. This is the most consequential vote any Congress can take. We support a well-crafted use-of-force resolution against Syria and urge the president to take decisive, effective action. Read comments
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  • Realtors, appeals & disclosure II

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Mike Suley strongly objects to the Allegheny Institute’s argument that Realtors have an obligation to inform buyers of vastly underassessed homes that a municipality’s policy ...
  • Realtors, appeals & disclosure I

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    In its April 16 online post “Dealing with Municipal and School District Assessment Appeals,” the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy suggested Realtors were at fault ...
  • Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On the “Watch List”: • Pittsburgh’s bid for the Democratic National Convention. Many of those waxing poetic about possibly hosting the 2016 coronation cite the ...
  • Facebook photo use insensitive

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The purpose of this letter is to express outrage on behalf of my family at the Valley News Dispatch for its insensitive use of the ...
  • Wage discrimination

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    “President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap,” read one headline. Another read, “Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men’s Dollar In 2012.” It’s ...
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  • Nigeria's grief over the abducted school girls is uniting our country | Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

    Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
    25 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Boko Haram's attempts to tear the country apart have succeeded in showing just how much Nigerians can care about one another 200 girls are missing so why doesn't anybody care?The mood in Nigeria at present reminds me of one of those adventure-horror films where an unseen fiend is let loose upon a community and survivors keep glancing backwards in dread, not knowing when or whom it might strike next.Just when the country was nursing its grief caused by the rush-hour bombing of a bus park in the capital Abuja, which killed 71 people and wounded dozens more, we were struck another devastating…
  • Journalists' sources are no longer safe in Australia | Paul Farrell

    Paul Farrell
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Can government agencies instantaneously track down journalists sources? It's looking more and more likely, and it's a dangerous state of affairs Read Guardian Australia' submission to the telecommunications inquiry about journalists' sources The idea of living in a world where government agencies could almost instantaneously track down journalists sources, no matter what the public interest considerations are, seems like a chilling prospect.But it's also largely the state of affairs that journalists now find themselves subject to in Australia. Continue reading...
  • The case for privatising marriage | Julie Novak

    Julie Novak
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    If the Abbott government wont give way to the growing appeal of same-sex marriage, gay people should just go ahead and make their own private marriage arrangementsMany gay and lesbian couples were left bitterly disappointed that the Abbott government successfully challenged the ACT same-sex marriage laws last year not least the 31 couples who wed in Canberra, only to have their marriages later annulled by a stroking of a jurists pen.With the demise of the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 a legal reality, the process of strategic soul searching for equal rights advocates surely…
  • What my great grandfather's diary taught me about war and Gallipoli | Alex McClintock

    Alex McClintock
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Its natural to assume that people were just made of sterner stuff back then. Yet it does the generation who went to war a disservice if we believe they were supermenNinety-nine years since the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli, I cant help but feel proud of the men who went to off war in 1914 both those who returned and those who didnt. Im especially proud of my great grandfathers George McClintock, Arthur Blackburn, Alexander Forbes and Tom Roberts all of whom were lucky enough to survive Gallipoli and the western front.Yet what those men did has very little to do with me. On an intellectual level,…
  • Steve Bell on Ukraine and Russia fighting over Slavyansk cartoon

    Steve Bell
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
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  • Coal's continuing dominance in Chinese energy supply makes clean-air campaign an uphill battle

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    ‘Airpocalyse’ and ‘Beijing cough’ are terms commonly used to describe the air pollution crisis in China nowadays, as official data shows that China last year had the largest number of smoggy days out of any over the past 52 years.
  • No winners as Manila bus hostage row finally ends

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Hong Kong can finally normalise relations with the Philippines. It never made much sense to ensnare our entire community and government over the Manila bus hostage crisis. But that we did.
  • China must tackle soil pollution as a priority to safeguard food chain

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Unlike air pollution, soil contamination cannot be so easily seen. Yet it is arguably more harmful to health, due to its impact on food safety. The release of a mainland government study showing that almost one-fifth of surveyed land had been degraded by toxic heavy metals is a much-needed acknowledgement of the nature and scale of the problem.
  • Talking points

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    US President Barack Obama will be in Seoul today on the latest stop of his Asian tour. Security will top the agenda when Obama meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye after the US leader stated that North Korea was the most destabilising factor in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Who said it?

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It will be an event of global significance.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • An apartheid of dollars

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    There are many sides to whistleblowing. The one that most people don't know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that follows the decision to risk it all in an act of conscience. Here's a part of my own story I've not talked about much before. At age 53, everything changed. Following my whistleblowing first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, I was run (...) - Open page
  • Egypt's diplomatic card game on the Blue Nile

    Nizar Manek
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    No electricity flows yet from the 6,000-megawatt Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a dream of the late rebel-turned-statesman Meles Zenawi. His unilateral decision to construct it is unravelling into an equally grand hydro-political fallout with Egypt. Addis Ababa has built strong regional diplomatic support behind the GERD. For Egypt, the preamble to its new constitution echoes Herodotus: “Egypt is the gift of the Nile and the gift of Egyptians to humanity.” Suspicion over what is set (...) - Blog posts
  • Too big to jail?

    Tom Engelhardt
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    How the mighty have fallen. Once known as “Obama's favorite general,” James Cartwright will soon don a prison uniform and, thanks to a plea deal, spend 13 months behind bars. Involved in setting up the earliest military cyberforce inside U.S. Strategic Command, which he led from 2004 to 2007, Cartwright also played a role in launching the first cyberwar in history — the release of the Stuxnet virus against Iran's nuclear program. A Justice Department investigation found that, in 2012, he leaked (...) - Open page
  • A run for freedom

    Heidi Morrison
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Palestine held its second annual marathon last week in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. There was not one loser in the bunch of roughly 3,000 local and international participants. Personal goals were achieved, categories of prizes awarded, and records broken. The greatest win, however, was a group effort - a win not against oneself, one another, or even a clock, but against occupation. There was no stopwatch to record this win or finishing line to mark it or trophy to honor it. The evidence (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Iraqi elections, but where are the women?

    Sawsan Al-Assaf
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Iraqi women have been well known for their pioneering role in Iraqi society since the 1930s. They became members of political parties (especially the Iraqi Communist Party), actresses, singers, newscasters and lawyers. Their position was boosted when the first Iraqi (and Arab) woman was appointed minister in 1959, a year after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy. In 1967 a new constitution gave women equal voting rights. Between 1980 and 2003, under the Baathist regime, there were (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • Justin Marshall Chalkboard: Beware of Michael Hooper

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Michael Hooper. Those are two words that should have come up plenty of times during John Kirwan's strategy sessions ahead of this evening's clash against the Waratahs.He's the best in the world at getting over the ball at the moment....
  • Jill Goldson: Can kids cause jealousy in a relationship?

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    It's impossible to cope with being caught in the middle of a situation like yours without feeling crazy - but of course you are not. Certainly sounds like your husband is not happy either - and it's likely your son is aware of the...
  • Tim Groser: China trade not our only option

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    New Zealand's exports to China are increasing exponentially. In the three years prior to signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2008 our exports increased on average by a little under 4 per cent. In the comparable three-year period...
  • Editorial: War needless, but values beyond debate are its legacy

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Today's Anzac Day may feel like a mere overture to next year's centenary of the Gallipoli landings, but this one is a centenary too. In the first week of August it will be 100 years since World War I began. A few months before, on...
  • Wynne Gray: Kirwan has passion - something Blues need

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    My admiration for John Kirwan remains.His rise from butcher boy to All Black demigod was the stuff of legend, as were his battles with depression and his public campaigns to help others with a similar affliction.He is quirky and...
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  • Police board clears tough new carding rules

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Toronto police, for the first time, have clear civilian direction from the police board on how to carry out interactions with the public after the board passed its first carding policy Thursday night.“We hope to reestablish the trust with communities,” said board member Marie Molinar.Officers will now only be able to stop and document an individual, or card them, when there is a public safety purpose that includes investigating or preventing a specific offence, or series of occurrences, according to the tough new policy passed unanimously by the board.Carding for…
  • Toronto Star journalist narrowly escapes detention in Ukraine

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    SLAVYANSK, UKRAINE—We were just a few nervous steps from the taxi when the small mob descended.Four angry faces, bulged tight with tension on the ready-to-blow streets of Slavyansk, getting right up in ours. Three men and a woman. Fifty-something. Friends of Russia. Civilians.Show us ID. Now.The Star’s interpreter, Mikhail, gave me a fleeting look I had yet to see in our week together. An end-of-the-world look.They studied his Ukrainian passport, then spun my way. I’d left mine back in our room, deliberately, because Canada, as we’ve reported, is an especially…
  • Anti-immigration flyers single out Sikh community in Brampton

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    In Brampton, set to launch Sikh Heritage Month on Friday, residents a stone’s throw from city hall were shocked this week to find on their doorsteps anti-immigration flyers highlighting the Sikh community.“Racism is real; it’s still here. People have the fallacy that it’s ended and stopped. It’s very much not that,” said Wellington St. resident Jamal Jones, who discovered the flyer on his door earlier this week.Jones, 23, a second-generation Jamaican Canadian, found it offensive and racist. He decided to draw attention to this unacceptable act by…
  • Eve Adams’ rival accuses MP of exceeding campaign spending limits

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    OTTAWA—MP Eve Adams’ main political rival for a new seat is accusing the Mississauga MP of exceeding legal spending limits in a bid to win the Conservative nomination for Oakville North-Burlington.The campaign of Natalia Lishchyna, Adams’ opponent, has provided a written estimate to the Conservative Party of Canada of what it believes Adams has spent so far.More at thestar.com:Flood of foreign workers drives up western unemployment: Tim HarperIt ranges between $78,570 and $192,965, based on different calculations of the value of Adams’ mailed-out pamphlets, events…
  • New streetcars roll out Aug. 31; Presto readers not until Nov. 3

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The TTC will roll out the first of its new low-floor, air-conditioned streetcars on Spadina on Aug. 31. But, contrary to months of promises, the first of those vehicles won’t have working Presto fare card readers.Presto needs a period of testing before it goes live on the new vehicles, expected to happen on Nov. 3, says a report from TTC CEO Andy Byford to the transit board on Wednesday.The reason for the delay is in part to ensure the new streetcars and the electronic fare card system work properly together.“We want to make sure we get it right. We’re not going to test…
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  • Europe’s Next Moral Hazard

    Hans-Werner Sinn
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The limit beyond which eurozone governments' creditors become anxious has been raised significantly by the bailout architecture put in place over the last two years. This will bring a few years of calm as debt levels climb steadily to that limit, before the architecture collapses, injuring ordinary citizens the most.
  • Re-Governing China

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Chinese leadership's Third Plenum last November produced a reform blueprint of unprecedented scale, depth, and complexity. In order to implement it successfully, China's leaders must upgrade and recalibrate the tools of central control on which they have long relied.
  • Alarm Bells in Asia

    Brahma Chellaney
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over the last two years, America’s Asian allies have received three wake-up calls, all of which have delivered the same clear message: the US cannot be relied upon to protect their interests. Indeed, America's weak response to regional disputes could spur game-changing developments.
  • The Other Transatlantic Partnership

    Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, et al.
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The EU and Canada have been deepening bilateral ties, including the recent completion of a strategic partnership agreement and a comprehensive economic and trade agreement. Given the crisis in Ukraine and both countries' rising tensions with Russia, this effort could not be more timely.
  • Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. If US President Barack Obama demonstrates that he can order the use of force in circumstances other that secret drone attacks or covert operations, the result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • It Ain’t Over

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    “Mona takes the first step to reinventing her life in comfy flats.”  The post It Ain’t Over appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Diss-Approval

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    “Powdered alcohol? Like we’re not busy enough.” The post Diss-Approval appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Rich Dog, Poor Dad

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    “Pets are a 50 billion dollar industry; Time for us to control it.” The post Rich Dog, Poor Dad appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Hoppin’ Old School

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    “Peeps, Cadbury Creme Eggs, Jelly Beans…  I don’t do organic dark chocolate with sea salt.” The post Hoppin’ Old School appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Housewives Try-Outs

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    “We’ve got Botox Bitchin’ Bourgeois #BravoTV lives.” The post Housewives Try-Outs appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • North Korea, Continually Closing Borders and Purging Political Elites

    Sardor Abdullaev
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    NORTH KOREA. The beginning of April, marked by the live-fire drill occurred at sea between South and North Korea, once again reminded the international community of the Korean stalemate with nuclear aspects. In this regard, the political situation in North Korea and its uncertain future remains to be the “blistering brainteaser” for many experts who consider the Korean “settlement” the main issue for stability in the region. Pyongyang, Celebrations | Photo: Stephan Schinning The enigmatic country with one of the most closed and oppressive regimes in the world is hard to be analysed by…
  • Postcard from … Vicente Calderón Stadium, Madrid

    DECA MADbudget
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    South end of Vicente Calderon before kickoff | Photo: Robert Gabriel Modiga MADRID. SPAIN. Right before kickoff of the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals between Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. Atletico de Madrid ended up winning 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) on a goal from Koke in minute 5. Do you have a photograph that could be published in our POSTCARD FROM … series? Send it to us at editor@madbudget.es, indicating “POSTCARD FROM ” in the subject title.
  • Gran Canaria: Where to Go, What to Do

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    Playa de Amadores | Photo: El coleccionista de instantes THE CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN. The Canary Islands are a chain of five islands off of Morocco that are Spanish territories. Although the Islands are mainly known for Tenerife and Gran Canaria, there are actually seven in total: El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, Lanzarote, and La Palma. The Islands are Spanish territory and provide a rich experience for tourists all year round. While there are many different islands you can go to, each with its own character, fauna, animals, etc., I would highly recommend Gran Canaria instead…
  • Elections in Afghanistan: A Fervent Second Round in Sight

    Sardor Abdullaev
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    AFGHANISTAN. The first round of presidential elections was held on April 5, 2014, in Afghanistan and experienced for this country a high turnout – almost 60%. As a result, international media hastened to declare that the first round elections demonstrated a certain level of unity of the Afghan population and also proved the success of the national security agencies to deal effectively with the threat of the Taliban. The preliminary official results will be announced on April 24, but there is unanimous opinion that none of the candidates received the required 50% plus 1 vote to be directly…
  • SERIE: Educación | Educación en familia

    Irene Briones
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bajo el lema “la educación es la clave”, ROOSTERGNN publica una Serie Especial dedicada exclusivamente a uno de los temas más importantes hoy en día: Educación. Puede seguir la Serie completa aquí.  ESPAÑA. La principal responsabilidad en la educación la tienen los padres, son éstos quienes deben saber elegir la escuela en la que será formada la mente y la conciencia de sus hijos, llegados a este punto, algunos prefieren una alternativa a la escolarización, el ambiente de familia como propulsor  del desarrollo personal y académico. Homeschooling | Imagen: roberthuffstutter En…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Paying for the (American University) Brand, or The New Era of Higher Education Colonialism

    George T. Sipos
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    During my years as an in-house global strategy consultant for a major Japanese auto manufacturer, I found myself on numerous occasions in the position of delivering not-so-good news and reports from the outside world to company’s top executives. Cloistered as they were at the company headquarters (no, I don’t mean the Tokyo headquarters, but the real ones, in the majority of cases lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere-Japan), and most of the time surrounded by a posy of Japanese employees too worried for their jobs, or too shy in front of their superiors to say anything remotely…
  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
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    Expect Attitude

  • Let’s Throw Stones

    Benjamin Tod
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’m Sure You’ve Heard This Bible Verse Before “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” – John 8:7 King James Bible. Out of the few that there are, this may be my favorite Bible verse. It is illuminatory not only for it’s insipid, and stupid injunction that only those who are without fault may judge, but also because it serves as the logical basis for why I conclude it is in fact, only atheists who are capable of “throwing stones”. I often enjoy discussions of…
  • Volvo’s Magnetic Roads Might Make Self-driving Cars Viable

    Jordan Perch
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Self-Driving Tech Closer Than You Might Think Volvo is one of the car makers that have been putting a lot of effort into the development of autonomous driving technology, along with Toyota, Nissan, and General Motors, as well as tech company Google. The Swedish automaker hopes to become a leader in driver-less cars, and in addition to working on cars that can drive themselves, Volvo is also focusing self-parking technology and other projects that are supposed to provide the necessary infrastructure for self-driving cars. In order for these cars to be able to safely move on roadways without…
  • Visions Of Religious Icons Explained Using Science

    Chris Munzenrider
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Science Always Provides A Rational Explanation The human brain is a pretty extraordinary thing. The ideas it can conjure up, the stories it can create and the ability to understand complexities like science and mathematics are only a small fraction of everything it is capable of. It’s amazing to me how differently people utilize this crazy processor we all carry around. Some are more creative while others more mechanically inclined. Some are genius, some not so much. We are taught from a young age to use our brain to question things that seem too good to be true, and to apply logic and…
  • Social Media & Its Role In The Recent Surge Of Atheism

    Chris Munzenrider
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Social Media Is A Very Powerful Medium There is no denying anymore that atheism is becoming more and more accepted as well as adopted by society today. It’s all happening rather quickly too. Not very not long ago the simple act of saying you were atheist could have resulted in execution or being ostracized by society. Modern day though that’s not so much the case. So how is it then that something that goes so against the grain of the mainstream system of beliefs like being an atheist has risen so much in popularity recently in the United States? The answer I believe is science,…
  • Avatar Inspired BioEngineered Glowing Plants Set For Sale

    Chris Munzenrider
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    Reality Catches Up To Sci-fi With The Glowing Plant Kickstarter has brought us some pretty neat stuff recently but this one is truly a first. Inspired by the movie Avatar, a group setup a Kickstarter campaign to bring bio-luminescence to plants in a way nature has not gotten to yet by bio-engineering plants to glow and making them commercially available. Well not only did they meet their fundraising goals, they shattered them. The company Glowing Plants is taking pre-orders on their site for the seeds of a genetically engineered glowing flowering plant in the mustard family…
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