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  • Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Editorial Board
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    GOV. SAM BROWNBACK of Kansas says he has come to regret characterizing his policy agenda as a “real live experiment” that would test the efficacy of deep tax cuts to spur jobs and economic growth. In fact, Mr. Brownback’s choice of words was apt. Few if any governors have undertaken such an extreme trial-by-revenue-deprivation in a state so clearly lacking the economic means to withstand it. Read full article >>
  • Over-the-counter availability of ‘the pill’ wouldn’t be a panacea

    Editorial Board
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    YOU KNOW it’s a weird political season when several Republican senatorial candidates are trumpeting their support for making oral contraceptives available without a prescription — and Planned Parenthood’s political arm is running TV attack ads against them. Obviously, the GOP is trying to deflect the Democratic charge that it is waging a “war on women,” while Democrats and their allies are determined to make it stick. Read full article >>
  • After D.C. enacts rules allowing the public carrying of guns, it should appeal

    Editorial Board
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    MAYOR Vincent C. Gray (D) and the D.C. Council are moving with appropriate speed and care to put in place emergency legislation that addresses a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. The proposed permit and testing requirements are aimed at safeguarding public safety. We hope, though, that the District’s planned action isn’t an indication it won’t seek another remedy, namely to seek to overturn the judge’s finding that residents have a constitutional right to carry guns on the streets of the nation’s capital. Read full article…
  • Venezuela doesn’t deserve a seat on the U.N. Security Council

    Editorial Board
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    THE ODDS that Venezuela, once Latin America’s richest country, will suffer a catastrophic economic collapse shortened significantly this month. Nicolás Maduro, the economically illiterate former bus driver who succeeded Hugo Chávez as president last year, rejected the advice of pragmatists proposing common-sense measures to rein in soaring inflation of more than 60 percent and crippling shortages of basic goods such as milk and toilet paper. Instead he gave a speech claiming that “our problems are the result of economic war waged by the opposition and private business.” Read full…
  • The challenge of fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs

    Editorial Board
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    WHEN SOME of the best science minds in the United States say a problem has become “dire,” requires “urgent attention,” is growing at an “alarming rate” and has become “a crisis” that threatens medicine, economic growth, public health, agriculture and national security, it might be wise to listen. That is what President Obama’s outside science advisers told him Thursday about the rise of antibiotic resistance, the growing tendency of bacteria to overcome the antibiotics that are a bedrock of modern medicine. Read full article >>
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  • J.A. Jance

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    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

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:47 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:40 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.
  • The Woman Citizen

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
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  • Letters: Rude drivers are giving Jacksonville a bad name

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    COMMENTS ON NEWS Rapid-fire opinions Here are random observations based on recent news stories and opinion pieces. Voting. Editor Frank Denton chided the citizens of Jacksonville for not voting. Chief Judge Donald Moran wants to make sure that citizens do not have the right to vote for a judge. Go figure. National politics. How can you tell when Congress is not in session? The average work week is five days, not three. read more
  • Lead Letter: Air National Guard is critical to national defense

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Last week, Sept. 16, the Florida National Guard celebrated the 449th anniversary of the first muster in St. Augustine of citizen-soldiers on the North American continent. Last week also marked the 67th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. Throughout our past, both the Florida National Guard and U.S. Air Force have forged a culture of selfless service, courage and innovation to achieve our goals. The rich heritage that we draw upon sustains our resolve to meet the challenges of the future; however, resolve alone will not assure enduring success. read more
  • Other Republican states are expanding Medicaid - why not Florida?

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    While the Florida House stubbornly resists taking federal money to expand Medicaid, other Republican-dominated states found a way. Pennsylvania recently became the ninth state led by a Republic governor to accept Medicaid expansion that fits Republican principles. Pennsylvania will use managed care organizations just like Florida has done with Medicaid reform in Northeast Florida and Broward County. Iowa and Arkansas, also led by Republican governors, are using private insurance to expand Medicaid. read more
  • Guest column: Research shows regular spanking is harmful

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    It is impossible to have missed the many news stories in the past few weeks focusing on NFL players beating their loved ones. It continues to shock me that they also have so many defenders. Minnesota Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson is facing charges in Texas for felony child abuse based on allegations that he beat his 4-year-old son with a “switch,” or tree branch. Pictures of the boy show a series of bloody gashes and welts from the attack. Peterson told police that “the whooping” he gave his son was what he received as a child. read more
  • Frank Denton: A real threat to the new Jacksonville

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Try as you may, you will not be able to escape it. If you live, visit or work in Jacksonville, one way or another, it will touch your life and not in a good way. When Governing magazine and AARP convened 30 community leaders last week, we were supposed to discuss and share ideas for “Creating Livable Communities for All Ages.” Similar roundtables are being held in St. Louis, Portland, Ore., and New York City. read more
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  • The challenge of stopping do-it-yourself jihadism [Commentary]

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Islamic State has discovered that beheadings have a huge impact in the West, dont require special training and are not easily thwartedOn Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australia's attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nation's history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least 12 properties, was necessary because, "If the ... police had not acted today, there is a…
  • What is and is not child abuse [Commentary]

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout themMy mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.
  • Why do Americans hate America? [Commentary]

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We had better get back to teaching the current and future generations values we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nationAfter some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of  Britain’s schools to again teach “British values ."
  • Tribal law in America [Commentary]

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Two New Jersey cases -- that of Ray Rice's and mom of two Shaneen Allen -- reveal the bias in our societyAn anthropologist looking back from some more enlightened future at American values and gender roles in this young century would learn much from the cases of Shaneen Allen and Ray Rice, concluding that we remain a highly patriarchal, tribal and violent society not much more advanced in our legal or governing systems than our most primitive ancestors.
  • Don't rule out 'boots on the ground' [Commentary]

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    President Obama's assurances that the U.S. won't send ground troops to defeat ISIS is short sightedGeopolitical analysts are especially fond of quoting Edmund Burke and George Santayana on the folly of ignoring the lessons of history and the dangers of repeating the original decisions. But what's even more imprudent, and potentially fatal, is to learn the wrong lessons from history — and by avoiding the previous mistakes, plow ahead without understanding the causes of their failure.
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  • Gene Collier: No shame in staying home for Pirates

    By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    The very best baseball summer in the history of PNC Park ended pretty much the way it began here Sunday, with a tense 1-0 victory against a divisional opponent, the first on an extra-inning home run by Neil Walker way back on March 31, the last when Andrew McCutchen caught Ryan Braun’s lazy fly to push the Milwaukee Brewers to the absolute edge of further relevance.
  • Ron Cook: Steelers defense gets banged up, but shines anyway

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For one game, anyway, the Steelers defense wasn't too old or too slow or too inexperienced or too lacking in talent. It answered its many critics in a big way Sunday night. The Steelers came into Bank of America Stadium to take on a Carolina Panthers team that had won eight consecutive home games and is considered a Super Bowl contender in the NFC. No matter, the defense powered the Steelers to a shockingly easy 37-19 win after two really lame performances against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
  • My Nepali friends give excellent care to my son at Verland

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Thank you for the most interesting and informative article about the Nepali refugees who now live in Pittsburgh (“Lives in Limbo,” Sept. 14). I had no knowledge of the struggles or horrible treatment they suffered while being exiled from their homes. I know several of these new Pittsburghers. In fact, they have a very important place in my life and my heart. You see, they, along with their other co-workers, take excellent care of my son, Kevin Beggs.
  • Biking as transit won’t take off until employers are invested, too

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In reference to Brian O’Neill’s Sept. 14 column on biking (“Motorists, Bicyclists Creep Toward Truce on City’s Busy Streets”), I think that the biggest factor that is never discussed in the promotion of biking is locker rooms at places of employment. It’s relatively easy for a politician to get lane closures to create bike lanes, but much, much harder to get employers to invest dollars to create locker rooms where bikers can shower and dress for the workday.
  • George F. Will / Cashing in at the polls in LA

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the city council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote.
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  • The jihadi logic

    <StaffMember: Charles Krauthammer>
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton)--sure to inflame public opinion?
  • 483 and 379 reasons

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    "If voters can vote for president and governor and senator and congressman and mayor and state representative and dog catcher on the real Election Day, school districts should be able--indeed, they should be obliged--to elect the members of their school boards on that day, too."
  • The image sacked

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    The NFL reigns supreme as the national cathedral of virility and masculinity. So perhaps it's only fitting that it's also become the conduit for a national discussion about domestic violence.
  • Billions and billions gone . . .

    Bloomberg News
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    When does a $23 billion spending cut result in no savings at all? When it's part of the U.S. farm bill.
  • A critical element

    Loy Bailey Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Across the United States, Americans are working on improving their health and the health of their families. People are curbing tobacco use, eating better, and moving their bodies more.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Climate summit has the right people in place

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    An array of political leaders, scientists and diplomats gather Tuesday at the United Nations in New York to continue the noble task of finding realistic ways of cutting the world's carbon emissions. If past is prologue, and we expect that it is, this will be a tough -- no, monumental -- slog. Organizers of the summit expect it to take about a year to hammer out some sort of treaty that could be signed in Paris by the end of 2015. That is an optimistic timetable, but it would be reachable if all participating nations -- including our own -- act in good faith. One reason for cautious optimism…
  • Mercury News editorial: County should seek new bid for ambulance service

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    It's a huge relief that Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith is recommending that the county seek a new bid for ambulance service rather than extending the five-year, $375 million contract with Rural Metro that expires in 2015.Rural Metro went bankrupt in 2013, and, as Smith acknowledges, it's too early to tell if it has emerged on solid footing. (We never particularly thought it was on solid footing, but that's another story.) The Board of Supervisors should approve the plan Tuesday and begin the complex, two-year task of issuing a Request for Proposals and evaluating the results.
  • Mercury News editorial: Re-elect Jerry Brown

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Jerry Brown is the smartest and shrewdest politician in California today. His capacity to get things done is virtually unmatched, and at the time he became governor, we needed that skill desperately. He reminded Californians what political leadership looks like.Brown doesn't always use his power wisely. We disagree on some major issues. But he has stabilized the budget, begun to pay down debt and raised the state's credit rating from rock bottom, where he found it. His opponent, moderate Republican Neel Kashkari, is not a serious contender, so Brown is headed for another term -- his fourth,…
  • Mercury News editorial: 'Cost of dying' gets attention it deserves

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been two years since the Bay Area News Group's Lisa Krieger turned the personal experience of her father's final days into a powerful, well researched series called "The Cost of Dying." Her work was validated this week in a landmark study by the respected Institute of Medicine, which echoed her conclusion that our society handles death badly and needs to make end of life care more rational and humane.The report also validates President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal that doctors be reimbursed if a patient asked for a consultation on end-of-life considerations, such as…
  • Mercury News editorial: Governor should sign domestic violence bills

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The San Francisco 49ers' clumsy handling of Ray McDonald's arrest is shining a spotlight on the NFL's indecipherable policy on domestic violence. But if the Niners and the NFL are guilty of turning a blind eye, so is society at large.Police and sheriffs receive roughly 500 domestic violence calls in California every day. In 2012, there were 147 domestic violence homicides in the state, about 5 percent of all homicides in California. Until there's a high profile murder or arrest, the crime doesn't get much attention.The Legislature, fortunately, has taken note: Gov. Jerry Brown has at…
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  • TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska.
  • Father of Browns owner in car crash

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A family spokesman says Pilot Flying J truck stop founder and father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is all right after being involved in a three-car accident.
  • Central Trail told to boil water

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Central Trail Elementary School was under a boil water advisory Monday.
  • Starbucks tests latte with stout flavor

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    NEW YORK — Starbucks is testing a latte that it says has the “savory toasty malt” flavor of a foamy mug of stout.
  • Toledo couple indicted in assault, kidnapping

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A Toledo couple who allegedly drugged, abducted, and assaulted a 21-year-old Michigan woman were indicted today by a Lucas County grand jury.
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  • Majority defied

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Following a threat by Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County chief executive, that he would veto a bill if Allegheny County Council voted to approve displaying the ...
  • Missile defense, not talks

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Regarding the news story “Odds on nuke deal with Iran? 50-50, Carnegie think tank expert says”: If our chances of stopping Iran from going nuclear ...
  • A chilly reception

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    With leaders from China and India backing out of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s trumpeted “Climate Summit” on Tuesday, the United Nations conference portends to be an ...
  • Saving RadioShack: Innovation vs. focus

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Verging on bankruptcy while seeking new financing after 10 unprofitable quarters, RadioShack teaches a critical business lesson: Without consistent, sustained focus, innovation is worth little. ...
  • Rocky Mountain jihad

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Something’s fouling Colorado’s crisp air — and I’m not talking about the pot smoke. In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Academia must act to protect college women

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Anyone who thinks campuses aren’t chocked full of date rape opportunities is living in a fantasy world.Click to Continue »
  • The vain and the desperate

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Has running for public office become less attractive than ever? Does it frighten off potential leaders who might benefit us and clear a path for aspirants with less to offer?Click to Continue »
  • Grand illusion in Syria

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    There might be a lesson here about how hard it is to conjure up reliable allies amid the chaos of the current Middle East.Click to Continue »
  • Willie Nelson, my Mr. Miyagi of pot

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    So, Sensei, if I ever decide to give legal pot a whirl again, what do I need to know?Click to Continue »
  • Three cheers for pluralism over separatism

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Where does innovation come from? It comes from mashing up different perspectives, ideas and people.Click to Continue »
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  • TfLs boss is right: good public transport is key to social inclusion | Christian Wolmar

    Christian Wolmar
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Peter Hendy has put the spotlight on transport concerns in London, but what about Boris Johnsons housing schemes that are excluding the poor? Looming London transport crisis risks sparking riotsPeter Hendy, head of Transport for London, is right to highlight the dangers of a divided London. However, in many respects it is the policies of his boss, Boris Johnson, that are responsible for the trouble he says is brewing.As I have toured the capital talking to local groups in my quest to obtain the Labour nomination for mayor, it has become clear that people are not interested in Londons status…
  • Labours child benefit stance maintains the momentum of Tory cruelty | Suzanne Moore

    Suzanne Moore
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Ed Balls continued pursuit of Iain Duncan Smiths war on women is in the name of responsibility, but its an abandonment of the partys core valuesIt would be better to say Labour know not what they do. But they do. Fresh from making some lobby hack bleed, Ed Balls has announced a cap on child benefit. How lovely. One minute you go from the cosiness of a football match with the press, in which women can only watch from the sidelines, then you have the thrilling announcement that Labour will continue to pursue Iain Duncan Smiths war on women.You think its bit much to talk about child benefit caps…
  • Federalism works in Germany but may not in Britain | Jochen Hung

    Jochen Hung
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    A federal system needs a strong bond to hold individual elements together. Postwar Germany had that; its doubtful the UK doesIn yesterdays Observer, Andrew Rawnsley bemoaned the fact that the British helped to give Germany a federal constitution, but have not yet been able to give one to themselves. Federalism seems to be working out for Germany so could it in a sort of constitutional re-import be a model for a devolution revolution in the UK?The German federal states, the so-called Bundesländer, enjoy far-reaching autonomy: according to Germanys basic law, legislative authority rests…
  • The myth of the Angry Black Woman is a scandal of white supremacy | Hanna Giorgis

    Hannah Giorgis
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Contrary to the New York Times stereotype of Shonda Rhimes, we are more than props. We are human. We are women. We are not your sidekickIn a much-critiqued review of the new TV series How to Get Away with Murder, New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley introduced award-winning super-producer Shonda Rhimes by suggesting that she should call her autobiography How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman. The clichéd piece, which Stanley later said was intended to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype, was misguided and…
  • Roger Goodell wants YOU to accept his nightmare of violence and sexism | Jessica Valenti

    Jessica Valenti
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Throwing money at womens rights groups is not how you fix a fundamentally misogynist institutionIn the wake of the Ray Rice horror show, and the Adrian Peterson horror show, and the Greg Hardy horror show, and the Ray McDonald horror show, and the Daryl Washington horror show, and the Jonathan Dwyer horror show, and the 725 other arrests among the players who make money for him, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Friday afternoon in a mea culpa press conference that all 32 teams and their employees must attend educational sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. Sounds…
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  • Scottish infrastructure hiatus shows

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Until the Scottish independence question intervened, UK infrastructure investment had been looking healthy
  • Counter Google with a European version

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Brussels should create the conditions in which a strong alternative for information sharing can thrive
  • Miliband and the English question

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    English self-rule is one of those ideas that is impractical in the short term and inevitable in the long term. Nearly everyone agrees the union must get looser
  • Heat rises for fossil fuel industry

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    World leaders are expected to meet in Paris in December next year to sign a global agreement on greenhouse gases driving climate change
  • Samba socialism

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    The incumbents seek to portray the Socialist candidate as a dangerous radical, the same charges that Lula faced when he stood for election
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  • Planning board should reject Hopewell's Wan Chai project

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Hopewell Holdings' application to turn its previously approved plan for a hotel on Queen's Road East into what is effectively a convention and exhibition centre, is due to be heard by the Town Planning Board this Friday.
  • This time, unlike 2003 and 2012, history may not repeat itself

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    We did it in 2003. We did it again in 2012. We can do it again today. That was pretty much the sentiment I got from the more thoughtful of thousands of students at Chinese University.
  • Who said it?

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    He will only consume lemonade with some honey and a cup of tea every day An official on the strict religious fast Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe during his U.S. visit
  • With transparency, China can lead world in safe nuclear power

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    China has big plans for its nuclear industry. It wants to be a world leader in nuclear power by the end of the decade, dramatically increasing electricity production and exports of indigenously developed technologies.
  • Talking points

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    C.Y. and Zhang Xiaoming to open IT forum
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Education with a debt sentence

    Hannah Appel and Astra Taylor
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. And imagine that these corporations receive tens of billions of dollars in (...) - Open page
  • Ferguson ‘taste of things to come'

    Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, a district of St. Louis County in Missouri, and the spate of civil unrest that followed, could set a precedent for the future of American society according to a senior Iraq war veteran and Pentagon defence analyst. Terron Sims, an African American active in local Democratic politics who had previously served five years in the United States Army, told me during an interview last month that without a fundamental cultural and (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Anti-politics of the Scottish referendum

    Chris J Bickerton
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The opinion polls had suggested the result would be too close to call, but when the referendum on Scottish independence finally took place on 18 September, the voting showed a more definitive outcome — 55% against independence, 45% for. First Minister and SNP (Scottish National Party) leader Alex Salmond had called the campaign a “festival of democracy” and in recent weeks the British media have focused on little else. All commentators agreed that new political energy has come from the (...) - Blog posts / Open access
  • The wheel turns, the boat rocks, the sea rises

    Rebecca Solnit
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly — from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways. Yet when we argue for change, notably changing our (...) - Open page
  • In the hands of IS

    Carl Drott
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Sitting by a walnut tree in his family's courtyard, Comard, 29, plays a short piece on his clarinet. This is the Kurdish town of Kobanî (Ayn al-Arab) in northern Syria, which is besieged on three sides by the Islamic State (IS, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL); neighbouring Turkey keeps the border closed on the fourth. Here Comard can play freely: for over two years, the town has been under the control of the People's Protection Units (YPG, a secular Kurdish (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • Bob Jones: Cunliffe should man up and quit

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It was a wonderful night of jubilation, rising to euphoria when the worst ratbag ever to grace Parliament, namely Hone Harawira, was excised from the public purse.Two days before the election the New Zealand Herald gave space...
  • Patrick McKendry: Cruden will bounce back

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Going on a drinking session before a long-haul flight to Argentina was an extremely poor decision by Aaron Cruden, one that seems totally out of character, but it needn't define him.Just like Israel Dagg and Cory Jane, who went...
  • Colin Hogg: Late night brekky all oafs, no fibre

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    You could watch a show like Late Night Big Breakfast for a long time and still not know what it was about, except being further evidence that dear old TVNZ still doesn't quite know what's funny.I actually didn't watch it for a...
  • Steve Maharey: Journey to the centre of real world

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    One of the most memorable scenes played out as American tanks rolled across the desert into Baghdad under orders from President George W. Bush involved a character dubbed Chemical Ali by the world's media.When war was declared he...
  • KiwiSaver: Land part of deal for first-home buyers

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    My wife and I are building a new house on some of my parents' land, adjacent to their house.The plan all along has been for us to be gifted the land by my parents.However, this may take any number of months to happen, so in the...
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  • Mike Tyson aids motorcyclist after Las Vegas crash

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    LAS VEGAS — Retired boxer Mike Tyson may be famous for his aggressiveness, but he showed his compassionate side last week when he came to the rescue of an injured motorcyclist who had crashed on a Las Vegas interstate.Attorney Stephen Stubbs said his client, 29-year-old Ryan Chesley, was on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when a taxi cut him off and he went down.Stubbs said Chesley was lying on the ground when he looked up and recognized Tyson, who was yelling at people not to touch Chesley."He thought he was hallucinating," Stubbs said. "He thought…
  • South Korean free trade deal a key foothold in Asia, Stephen Harper says

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    OTTAWA—Canada’s new free trade agreement with South Korea — its first with an Asian nation — marks an important foothold in a region where the federal government is striving to make economic inroads, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.Harper joined Park Geun-hye, president of South Korea, in Ottawa Monday to formally sign the agreement that is the product of years of negotiations.Both leaders praised the long relationship between the two nations and said the trade pact will mean closer economic ties in the future.“This landmark agreement will bring…
  • Olivia Chow blames delays in station accessibility on costly Scarborough subway plan

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The TTC doesn’t have the money to install elevators and other measures to improve accessibility at its subway stations, says mayoral candidate Olivia Chow — and that’s because of the Scarborough subway extension.“I’ll tell you where the money has gone to; the money has gone to the Scarborough subway money. It’s eating up all the TTC budget,” Chow told about 200 people at a disability issues debate Monday at Ryerson University.The Toronto Transit Commission’s capital budget says there is no funding for $2.7 billion in capital projects…
  • Condo developer hit with $29 million class-action suit

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    First there were the multi-million lawsuits over falling glass and faulty balconies, then came the class-action suit against a North York condo developer for allegedly failing to deliver a promised subway connection.Now a frustrated Toronto condo owner has launched a $29 million class-action suit over a relatively small, but potentially dangerous, issue — wildly fluctuating water temperatures in a Charles St. highrise project that are being blamed on the installation of improper water valves.In a lawsuit filed late last week, Etienne de Muelenaere alleges that Great Gulf, the developer…
  • Maple Leafs couldn't veto NHL expansion to GTA, Bettman says

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The NHL isn’t looking to expand right now, but if it wanted to one day put a new franchise in the Greater Toronto Area it could happen without the approval of the Toronto Maple Leafs, says league commissioner Gary Bettman.In an interview following his appearance at the Canadian Club Monday, Bettman bristled when asked if the league or its teams would be able to enforce territorial exclusivity. “If you’re asking me what the vote is if we’re going to grant an expansion franchise? An expansion franchise is a three-quarters vote. Nobody has a veto,” said…
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  • The Limits to Fighting the Islamic State

    Gareth Evans
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    It is to be hoped that US President Barack Obama’s decision to wage war against the Islamic State will not prove to be another misconceived and over-reaching foreign military intervention in the Middle East. But as the US-led mission is currently conceived, it is not clear whether its objectives are achievable at acceptable costs.
  • America’s Never-Ending War

    Brahma Chellaney
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    US President Barack Obama has effectively declared war on the Islamic State, using the very rhetoric that his predecessor George W. Bush used when launching America's "war on terror." The US now risks becoming enmeshed in a permanent war against an expanding list of enemies – often created by its own policies.
  • China’s Measured Embrace of India

    Minghao Zhao
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India strongly suggests that China is determined to inhibit the bilateral rivalry from intensifying. But, despite Xi’s investment pledges, it is far from certain that Asia’s two giants can bridge the differences that continue to burden the bilateral relationship.
  • Burning Down the House

    Donald Kaberuka
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    World leaders must act on all global challenges when they recognize them. Preventing bank failures and stopping terrorist attacks are important goals; unless we get serious about addressing climate change, we are likely to have more of both.
  • Reuniting the United Kingdom

    Chris Patten
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    In the end, democracy came to the rescue, and the people of Scotland voted by a comfortable margin to remain part of the UK. Still, the country's identity has been fractured, perhaps beyond repair, and things will never be quite the same again.
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  • NowsVille

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Sheila was deep in thought – when fall showed up.” The post NowsVille appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Career Day

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    “When I grow up I want to be a Club DJ or Celebrity Eyebrow Stylist.” The post Career Day appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Go Figure

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    “The 50 most powerful women list includes companies with lower revenues and lawsuits… But we got resourced for doing a great job?” The post Go Figure appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Family Time

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    “Virtual nagging and stress is my life.” The post Family Time appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • From Zero to Over 50’s

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    “Totally over working for other people…. Time to launch a startup.” The post From Zero to Over 50’s appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Throw Away Your iPad, Mobile+ Is Here

    Mike Ducheine
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Everyday someone somewhere in the world is thinking about a way to cure a devastating illness, a way to end war and poverty, a way to make life a little easier. Mankind has made tremendous progress towards that end but we still have a long way to go. Today, someone (yours truly, Mike Ducheine) has come up with an innovation that will help carry the office everywhere. It’s a technological advance that extends the functionality, usefulness and practicality of a tablet. In addition to the general functions and features most tablets come in with nowadays, this innovation, fondly named Mobile+…
  • Estado Islámico: Entre la amenaza, las dudas y la desinformación

    Xavier Boltaina Bosch
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    GLOBAL. Que la denominada organización terrorista “Estado Islámico”, grupo yihadista que está sembrando el terror y perpetrando actos de genocidio en Siria e Irak, es un peligro para los ciudadanos de estos países, es un hecho incontestable. Las escenas transmitidas por televisión en donde se degolla a periodistas y los actos de genocidio perpetrados en Irak dan prueba una vez más no sólo de su perversidad sino también de la caótica situación de Irak y Siria, fruto en gran parte de la decisión de Bush en el 2003 de atacar Irak de Saddam Hussein bajo la falsa premisa de las…
  • ‘A Tale of Two Parliaments’: The Libyan Deadlock

    Alex Dunne
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    In the seemingly endless maelstrom of notably severe headlines emanating from North Africa and the Near East of late, one would nearly be forgiven for not keeping a closer eye on the trouble brewing in post-revolutionary Libya. Staggering to define itself after decades of dictatorship, like a rag doll it’s being torn apart by feuding militias, renegade generals & foreign meddling. Libya has gone from simmer to boil and now poses not just a threat to its self but to its neighbors and regional partners too. All too often, the wresting for control of Libya is reduced to a fight between…
  • “No sé si volveremos a España”

    Beatriz Carrillo
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    Dejaron la mitad de su vida en Madrid. Continuaron porque de eso se trata la vida. Buscaban algo mejor. Y ahora aseguran que no saben si volverán algún día a España. Manolo es geólogo y trabajaba en una empresa que se dedicaba a obras públicas. Con la crisis, las obras dejaron de hacerse y se quedó en paro. Comenzó a asistir a clases de inglés para perfeccionar lo que sabía. Porque pensaban irse a cualquier lugar del mundo donde encontraran trabajo. María Luisa era procuradora, pero no tenía demasiados asuntos y sus ingresos no eran muy altos. Así que apoyaba el cambio en sus…
  • SERIE: LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN | Un derecho por consolidar

    Beatriz Monerri Molina
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    La libertad de expresión es un derecho fundamental del ser humano y el valor principal sobre el que se sustenta ROOSTERGNN. En una Serie Especial, ROOSTERGNN explora la situación de la libertad de expresión en el mundo. Siga la serie completa aquí. GLOBAL. Con la libertad de expresión nos enfrentamos, desde una perspectiva lingüística, a la unión conceptual de dos palabras que poseen grandes connotaciones histórico-filosóficas. Constituye, además, uno de los derechos fundamentales más controvertidos y difíciles de implantación a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad y ha sido…
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  • Depression Quest | An Interactive (non)fiction Game about Living with Depression

    Christopher B. King
    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

    Christopher B. King
    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 […]
  • Its Always A Good Time to Start Composting

    Christopher B. King
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I really like the idea and the look of this composter. If it actually works, it would be even cooler. I know most my friends and readers of this site are in North America, but you all may not know I’m in South America now; so I can’t get one of these delivered to me. […]
  • Is “the state” JUST the Government? Or is There Something More Creating our Ways of Life?

    Christopher B. King
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    One point where I seem to split from many of my friends who call themselves “anti-government,” market capitalists, and even anti-capitalists to some extent, is that I apply the term “State” to include not just the government, but also all industry that directs technological and infrastructural developments (like car/oil companies for example) which depends on […]
  • A Night in the Desert with Cops and Bodies All Around

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Site was hacked the other day. Guess I need to learn a bit more about hardening WordPress. Thankfully, there are a lot of tutorials on the subject, so HOPEFULLY there won’t be a recurrence. To whoever did so – i know it s a longshot, but perhaps you could share with me where I went … Read More →
  • Remittance, a place where bitcoin can shine today.

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The remittance market is HUGE. In 2012, for instance, migrant workers sent $400 billion back home to their families, and that’s a number that increases year after year. The costs associated with remittances are huge as well – the world bank estimates that remittance prices averaged 9% of the sum being transferred. Looking at the … Read More →
  • Hey Al, Where Are All The Hurricanes You Promised?

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Do you remember An Inconvenient Truth? Al Gore’s film, warning to humanity of the dire consequences of global warming? One of the films claims tried to capitalize on an event that was firmly embedded in most Americans short term memories – the threat of more and more Hurricane Katrinas. An Inconvenient Truth made a lot of … Read More →
  • Accoustic Kitty

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    I just happened upon the story of Accoustic Kitty yesterday. Naturally, I was taken in, since it encompasses two of my favorite topics, spies and cats. Apparently, back in the 1960’s, the CIA decided that cats could take on an active role in spying on the Soviets. To that end, they basically created a cyborg … Read More →
  • ISIS Banning the Teaching Evolution In Schools?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Apparently, Talking Points Memo is trying to drum up support for ISIS amongst Americans. Afterall, by banning the teaching of evolution, ISIS has put itself in the esteemed company of Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky. We’ve even got “esteemed” sounding organizations advancing the idea, such as the “Institute of Creationism … Read More →
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