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  • CNN, other Turner networks removed from Dish Network

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    CNN, Cartoon Network and several other Turner cable channels were removed from satellite TV giant Dish Network's systems late Monday after the two companies could not agree on a new distribution contract.
  • For the record

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dark money: An article on Oct. 19 in Section A on the rise of "dark money" campaign contributors said a 2010 Supreme Court decision cleared the way for a certain class of nonprofits, such as AARP and volunteer fire departments, to plunge into big-money politicking. The article should have...
  • Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for Palmdale rail-car factory

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    A Japanese company's much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead after months of clashes with local labor unions and community groups.
  • Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Monday evening 15 miles from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:10 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles.
  • NASA spacecraft around Mars send back images of comet Siding Spring

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has released the first resolved images of comet Siding Spring's nucleus -- and it's a lot smaller than people expected.
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  • Judicial elections are no place for money from interest groups

    Editorial Board
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    AMERICA’S UNUSUAL practice of electing judges has long undermined the integrity of the justice system. But the problem is getting worse: In the Citizens United age, the courtroom is becoming the next frontier in rancorous political division. Read full article >>
  • In Milan, Germany’s leader strikes the right note on Russian sanctions

    Editorial Board
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    WESTERN LEADERS boast that the sanctions slapped on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are inflicting real pain, and that’s true — even if Russia’s macroeconomic indicators still don’t look worse than those of France, Italy or even Germany. But there’s no indication that the punishment is having a salutary effect on Vladi­mir Putin. In a quick but high-profile trip to meet leaders in Milan last week, the Russian ruler was no more disposed than he has been to retreat from Ukraine or his larger neoimperialist agenda. Read full article >>
  • Cuba should not be rewarded for denying freedom to its people

    Editorial Board
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    THE OTHER day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in the New York Times that called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But Mr. Castro had one complaint: The Times mentioned the harassment of dissidents and the still-unexplained death of a leading exponent of democracy, Oswaldo Payá, and a younger activist, Harold Cepero, in a car wreck two years ago. Read full article >>
  • Falling oil prices put pressure on Russia, Iran and Venezuela

    Editorial Board
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    THE SILVER lining in the recent financial market turbulence has been the continued decline in the price of oil, which is down about 25 percent since June. In addition to creating a windfall for U.S. consumers — one analysis reckoned the savings could amount to $600 per household — the drop, if sustained, will place considerable pressure on three problematic petrostates: Russia, Iran and Venezuela. The aggressively anti-American foreign policies pursued by all three countries in recent years have been financed in large part by soaring oil revenue. Read full article >>
  • Rethinking solitary confinement

    Editorial Board
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    EVERY DAY, state and federal prison authorities subject tens of thousands of inmates to solitary confinement, a psychological and physical hell resulting from near-total isolation in often tiny and windowless cells. Those who go in can come out disturbed. Those who go in with preexisting mental illnesses often get worse. The result is hypertension, panic attacks, self-mutilation and suicide, not to mention extreme difficulties reintegrating into the prison population or society at large. Damon Thibodeaux, who spent 15 years alone in a Louisiana state prison before being exonerated, explained…
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  • J.A. Jance

    17 Oct 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • 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: Jags have bright future

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    DO-NOTHING CONGRESS Fault is with Democrats In response to the article “The do-nothing Congress,” it is the Democrats and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid who are at fault. If he would have checked the Congressional Record, since 2010 there have been 372 bills passed by the Republican-controlled House that Reid will not bring up for a vote by the Senate. So set the record straight, it is the Democrats who are the do-nothing party. Charles Nelson, Middleburg JAGUARS FUTURE It looks bright read more
  • Lead Letter: Only one scenario will reform pension plan

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The article on pensions in Sunday’s Times-Union has only one scenario that is a solution. This scenario has the City Council rejecting and replacing the pension plan that the Mayor’s Office negotiated with the Police and Fire Pension Fund. The fund has received most of the items to its benefit while few of the items are to the taxpayers’ benefit. The City Council should simply reject the mayor’s proposal as illegal under the provision of the Florida Statutes that any collective bargaining agreement shall not provide for a term of existence of more than three years. read more
  • Atwater built impressive record for re-election

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Government isn’t a business, but the chief financial office for the state of Florida is as close as it gets. Jeff Atwater, the state’s CFO, has used his banking and business experience to make impressive improvements for the taxpayers. Atwater has led a transparency effort that earned the state an A- by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. That is quite an improvement from the D grade in 2011. read more
  • Putnam the choice for ag commissioner

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has a lofty ambition for his office. The Republican wants it to be a “transformational” agency that benefits everyone across the state. “We want to be (a department) that may have its nexus in agriculture, but is one that is relevant to all Floridians,” Putnam told the Times-Union editorial board during a recent candidate interview. And the department has certainly made huge strides toward that goal since Putnam became its commissioner in 2011. Since then, the agency has: read more
  • Frank Denton: Fan was a silly sideshow to governor debate

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    When I received my appointment to have my makeup applied at 2 p.m. Wednesday, five hours before the gubernatorial debate, I knew I was entering another culture — television. I didn’t know I was entering another universe. If you haven’t heard — and you probably have, since it’s gone viral on social media and TV news and comedy programs — I was one of the two panelists trying to interview Gov. Rick Scott and his challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, in their debate Wednesday night. Yes, the one that nearly got blown away by a cheap electric fan. read more
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • The future of classical music

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    As the new dean of Johns Hopkins' Peabody Institute, I have spent the past several months on a listening tour, talking with leaders among Baltimore's education and culture institutions, businesses, non-profits and government agencies. And for those of you who may have heard the premature rumors...
  • Chemical weapons cover-up reignites old argument

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The New York Times report that the George W. Bush administration discovered old chemical bombs and rockets in Iraq and withheld the knowledge "from troops it sent into harm's way" is an echo of the discussion over alleged new weapons of mass destruction that triggered its 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • Why aren't more African Americans supporting Israel?

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    I have recently had several spirited conversations with an old friend from high school over the Israel and Hamas conflict and the larger questions surrounding Israeli settlements, the Palestinian Intifadas and a dual state solution. My friend, a self-proclaimed Zionist and American Israel...
  • The return of the Clinton Democrats (not really)

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's self-proclaimed 'Clinton Democrats' are more like Mr. Obama than they want to admitToday's self-proclaimed 'Clinton Democrats' are more like Mr. Obama than they want to admit
  • Do you trust your government on Ebola?

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is no need for panic over Ebola, but there is need for concern about the CDCThere is no need for panic over Ebola, but there is need for concern about the CDC
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell continues to be 
Steelers’ difference-maker

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    In Dallas, where the Cowboys are an NFL-best 6-1, they are pushing hard for running back DeMarco Murray as the league’s Most Valuable Player. It is hard to argue. Murray has set an NFL record by rushing for more than 100 yards in each of the first seven games. He also has scored seven touchdowns.
  • Gene Collier: Shocking doesn’t begin to describe Steelers win

    By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Few things are guaranteed in this NFL, maybe you’ve noticed, and the prospect of the 3-3 Houston Texans combining with the 3-3 Pittsburgh Pennsylvanians to construct a sweepingly entertaining night of prime-time hi-jinks was not among them.
  • If UPMC is truly nonprofit it shouldn’t fear competition

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I find it appalling that UPMC and Highmark could not come to some kind of agreement about maintaining in-network UPMC access for Highmark patients. UPMC is supposed to be a nonprofit corporation. Why, then, does it fear competition?
  • The "map man" is helping to provide green solutions for water flow issues

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In February, the Clean Rivers Campaign called for a “Clean House at Alcosan” (Feb. 14 Perspectives) in order to ensure that our region can pursue a large-scale green-first strategy for our service area. Diana Nelson Jones’ recent story about Matt Graham shows that there is a road map to maximizing green infrastructure and making that strategy a reality (“The Map Man Has a Plan for Stormwater Solutions,” Oct. 12).
  • Ebola: We fear the sick stranger

    By Jonathan Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The other day I was playing tennis when I overheard a discussion on an adjacent court about the Ebola crisis. “We should just keep the Africans out,” one gentleman declared. His doubles partner nodded approvingly. “If you want to stop a leak, you turn off the water,” he said.
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • As other cities move ahead, Maitland seems stuck on hope

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    A lot has happened since the city of Maitland set out to remake an old Winn-Dixie shopping plaza into its town center nearly a decade ago.
  • Reaction to Crist pick

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The Orlando Sentinel has unfairly criticized Gov. Rick Scott since he was elected. It is no surprise that the Sentinel would give Charlie ("I'll take any political job, and what party is that in?") Crist its endorsement ("Our choice for governor: Crist," Sunday).
  • Gearing up for the Ebola threat

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Last week, officials delayed a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Tampa because a passenger complained of Ebola-like symptoms. Officials transferred other travelers to another plane, disinfected the first plane, and tested the passenger. It was a false alarm. Yet, the incident underscored the...
  • Good Samaritan, 'Lost' and technology: Letters

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Good Samaritans abound
  • A plan to fix Maitland's traffic jams: My Word

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Poor little Maitland sits on one of the few east/west corridors that connect North Orlando to Northeast Semoran Boulevard (Howell Branch Road to Red Bug Lake Road).
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Letters

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Grateful for insurance
  • Yes, we can criticize Islam

    Bradley R. Gitz
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Although they are probably not the best equipped intellectually to explore such issues, the televised skirmish between Ben Affleck and Bill Maher regarding Islam has at least highlighted some of the contradictions flowing from the liberal embrace of cultural relativism.
  • A word in your ear

    Guest Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
  • Ebola vs. civil liberties

    <StaffMember: Charles Krauthammer>
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic "in its tracks." And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who developed Ebola, were not even among the 48 contacts that the CDC was initially following.
  • Raise the gas tax

    Bloomberg News
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Now that oil has fallen below $85 a barrel, and with America's highways and mass-transit systems starved for funding, is anyone in Washington sensibly calling for a gas tax increase?
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  • Mercury News editorial: Re-elect Chang, Green and Hover-Smoot to county board of education

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The scope and importance of the Santa Clara County Board of Education took a significant leap in recent years when it began evaluating charter school petitions and overseeing the schools' performance. That's in addition to the board's traditional role of governing early childhood education, special education and alternative schools.Charter schools are one of the hottest controversies in county education circles, especially when it comes to Rocketship schools, which attempted a rapid expansion that has been stopped or at least slowed by a court ruling. The county board needs knowledgeable…
  • Mercury News editorial: End the nightmare; elect Noelani Sallings, Jodi Muirhead and Andy Ratermann in Santa Clara Unified

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Chris Stampolis is not on the Santa Clara Unified School Board ballot for re-election this fall, but everything he stands for is. Bullying -- whether overt, like Stampolis' performance at Peterson Middle School, or subtle -- typifies the atmosphere Stampolis and his allies, including two who are on the ballot, have created in Santa Clara Unified. They have driven out a number of administrators, including principals and superintendents, and teachers are rebelling.To restore calm and stop the hemorrhaging of professional talent, elect Noelani Sallings and Jodi Muirhead in Area 2 and re-elect…
  • Mercury News editorial: State should nix hospitals' sale to Prime

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris should reject the sale of the six nonprofit Daughters of Charity hospitals to for-profit Prime Healthcare Services.The reason is obvious to anyone who has watched Prime operate. It's the same reason Harris' office gave in its 2011 formal notification denying consent of the sale of Victor Valley Community Hospital to Prime in 2011:"We have concluded that this proposed sale is not in the public interest and will likely create a significant effect on the availability or accessibility of health care services to the affected community."The…
  • Mercury News editorial: Vote Ellenberg, Zarghami in San Jose Unified

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    It's time for a change on the San Jose Unified School District board of directors. Not because the incumbents are bad representatives. Rich Garcia and Veronica Grijalva Lewis have been fully engaged and hard-working. But when board members' service runs into the decades, with few or no contested elections along the way, it's fair to ask whether new energy, different ideas and a tendency to intelligently question the status quo are higher needs for the board.We believe they are in this case. We recommend Susan Ellenberg to replace Garcia in Area 2 and Paymon Zarghami to replace Lewis in Area…
  • Mercury News editorial: Menlo Park Measure M is a disaster

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Menlo Park's Measure M is a sour-grapes anti-growth measure that will keep the city's stretch of El Camino Real -- the Royal Road -- a royal dump. Vote no. The City Council spent years, including endless hours of public meetings, drawing up a plan to create a well-designed urban area with public amenities on the ugly El Camino corridor.Residents who weren't happy with the result qualified Measure M for the ballot, ostensibly to limit the amount of office space and traffic. But the poorly drafted measure only will make it more difficult to change El Camino for the better. As one example, while…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Barack Obama: America will continue to lead in an uncertain world

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. As Americans, we see the future not as something beyond our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. That was true this week, as we mobilized the world to confront some of our most urgent challenges. Read comments
  • California taxpayers burned by government-backed Solar City

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    One of the worst energy policies being perpetrated by the government on California taxpayers is the subsidization of alternative energy. Solar power has been one particular area of concern.  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been doing extensive research and grassroots outreach to households with SolarCity solar panels.   The biggest concern is that rooftop solar companies, like Elon Musk’s SolarCity, Corp., which are politically connected and favored, have found a way to claim the tax credit for themselves. These companies discovered…
  • EDITORIAL: Help the disabled by ending predatory ADA lawsuit scams

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:39 pm
    They remind us of something slimy, these bottom-feeding attorneys and their professional victims running a legal extortion scam perpetrated in the name of protecting the disabled. Read comments
  • EDITORIAL: Obama sets the right course by vowing to eradicate ISIL

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    So where is the nation 13 years after the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001? Read comments
  • Meet the Academic All-Stars

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    They're The Bee's 2014 edition of the best and the brightest from Valley schools. Read comments
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  • Killing 
the chances

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Judaizing East Jerusalem could eventually torpedo a future peace deal with the Palestinians.
  • The right can't get to define patriotism

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Israel’s left has got to forge its own symbols and concepts of patriotism. Otherwise it’s going to be as much use as a chocolate sundial in the Negev.
  • The party that’s no friend of Israel

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Britain’s Labour Party has had a depressingly consistent anti-Zionist policy since the foundation of the Jewish state.
  • See the cats guarding the cream

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Agriculture Minister Shamir’s policies mean Israelis will continue to pay exorbitant prices for dairy products from cow’s milk, and insane prices for products from sheep’s milk.
  • D.C.'s abusive rabbi voyeur: Why we shouldn't be surprised

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The allegations of voyeurism by a prominent D.C. rabbi are horrifying. They are also an extreme example of how male Orthodox rabbis control the ritual spaces to which women are confined.
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Steve Bell's If ... on George Osborne's disaster scenario

    Steve Bell
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Continue reading...
  • Power to the people? This recall bill will do no such thing | Frank Dobson

    Frank Dobson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Principled MPs would be vulnerable to attack from reactionary forces for daring to argue against conventional wisdomToday parliament debates the governments recall of elected representatives bill, which would allow voters to force a byelection if they were unhappy with their MP.Some supporters of recall are unhappy that the bill doesnt go far enough. It would allow an MP to be recalled if he or she was convicted of an offence and received a sentence of less than 12 months (MPs are already disqualified from parliament if they are jailed for longer than 12 months). But many want to be able to…
  • Prison suicides: the disgrace that Chris Grayling doesnt get | John Podmore

    John Podmore
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The justice secretary has presided over the worst deterioration in mood since Britain started building jailsThere is no crisis in the prison system, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, repeatedly asserts even as the prison and probation ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, says he is troubled and appalled by the rising rates of prison suicide; the chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, expresses concern about prisoners spending too long in their cells with nothing constructive to do; and Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform calls plans for a super-jail for children a recipe for…
  • David Cameron has now passed the point of no return on Europe | Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    The prime ministers impossible red lines on the EU will place him in the out camp in any referendumDavid Cameron has crossed the Rubicon. There is no going back. By proposing to limit free movement of labour from the EU he has planted himself on the side of the outs, as José Manuel Barroso made crystal clear in his Chatham House speech on Monday. The other 27 nations will never agree: if limiting national insurance numbers for EU workers is Camerons new red line then he has joined the Ukip wing of his party, who wont let him renege.I will go to Brussels, I will not take no for an…
  • First Dog on the Moon on ... the passing of Gough Whitlam - cartoon

    First Dog on the Moon
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Thanks, Gough Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...
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  • A Swiss banker on trial: A day of reckoning?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  A Swiss banker on trial Rubric:  Raoul Weil has gone on trial for aiding tax evasion Main image:  20141018_wbp503.jpg IN 2008 Bradley Birkenfeld, an American working for UBS, blew the whistle on the giant Swiss bank’s offshore operations, which had helped thousands of rich Americans to dodge their taxes. Among the lurid details that he revealed was the use of encrypted laptops, the smuggling of diamonds in toothpaste tubes for clients, and evidence of bankers travelling to America on tourist visas to avoid arousing…
  • ING: Up and at ’em

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Party v the people Fly Title:  ING Rubric:  Slim, trim and solvent, ING is looking to regain its disruptive mojo Location:  AMSTERDAM LESS than a decade ago ING Group, with its orange lion logo, was the epitome of finance rampant. Its banking, insurance and asset-management activities sprawled across the globe. Today, as it emerges early from a state bail-out precipitated by its large portfolio of American mortgages, it is again an example—this time of the sort of institution that new, more demanding prudential rules…
  • Business this week

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Main image:  20140927_WWC772.png The superlatives came thick and fast to describe Alibaba’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the world’s biggest, raising $25 billion after underwriters exercised an option for extra shares at the debut price of $68, and it was far ahead of Facebook’s IPO, which had held the record for a tech flotation. Alibaba’s share price rose 38% on the first day of trading, though it fell back somewhat in following sessions. Capping it all Jack Ma, who founded the company, was…
  • Arab Bank: Consorting with terrorists

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  Arab Bank Rubric:  A venerable Jordanian bank is found complicit in terrorist attacks Location:  New York AFTER a six-week trial it took only two days for a jury to find that Arab Bank knowingly provided assistance to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, and consequently was complicit in two dozen terrorist attacks Hamas launched between 2001 and 2004 in which Americans were hurt or killed. The case was originally filed a decade ago and this week’s verdict notwithstanding, it…
  • The future of banking: You’re boring. Get used to it

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  The future of banking Rubric:  Big banks have changed a lot, but there is more restructuring to come Main image:  20140927_FND001_0.jpg SINCE the financial crisis, it has become commonplace to argue that banks should be run as utilities, not casinos. At least in terms of their financial performance, that seems to be happening. In 2006, the eight American banks that regulators have since labelled “globally systemically important” generated casino-like profits, with returns on equity of 30% on…
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  • Communist Party was a true champion of democratic rights - until it came to power

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Proverbs reflect the wisdom of a people, as passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes they can be traced to an individual who is not as well known as the words he or she coined.
  • Sell public housing to help defuse Hong Kong protests

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The youth protest movement that started on September 26 is demanding greater political freedom, but there is also an obvious socioeconomic cause behind this action: the divergence in fortunes between Hong Kong’s wealthy and the general public.
  • Put health before image in pollution battle

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A picture tells a thousand words - and those images, beamed around the world, of runners in the Beijing marathon wearing gas masks to ward off the city's notorious smog spoke volumes.
  • Who said it?

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Every LDP politician with seniority over her ... probably hates her guts Japanese academic Jun Okumura, on Yuko Obuchi, who has resigned from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet
  • Let Hong Kong, not Beijing, deal with democracy protesters

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If Beijing really trusts Leung Chun-ying and his government, it should seriously consider stopping its micro-management of the official handling of the Occupy protests.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Edward Snowden and the golden age of spying

    Tom Engelhardt and Laura Poitras
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We're talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, (...) - Open page
  • What could possibly go wrong?

    Peter Van Buren
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car — and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?” Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the (...) - Open page
  • Investing in junk armies

    William J Astore
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. The collapse drew much notice in our media, but not much in the way of sustained analysis of the American role in it. To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and -armed, (...) - Open page
  • A trip to Kuwait (on the prairie)

    Laura Gottesdiener
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn't expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn't really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer. “Can you cover the floor?” the other waitress yelled around 11 p.m. as she and her crop-top sweater sidled behind the bar to take over (...) - Open page
  • Obama's new oil wars

    Michael Klare
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was “the oil weapon” — and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it's smart, it's effective, and it's the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without (...) - Open page
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • John Armstrong: John Key drops clue on real agenda

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Today's Speech from the Throne outlining the new National minority Government's legislative and policy programme is unusually non-contentious. So non-contentious that it seems rather bland.And that is just the way the Prime Minister...
  • Peter Lyons: Ignoring super is political hypocrisy

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Winston Peters, Sir Michael Fay and John Banks have something in common. They are eligible for a benefit paid out of the social welfare budget. This is because they are aged 65 years and above. This is not a criticism of these individuals....
  • Keith Locke: Take on extremists with words not war

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    New Zealanders are right to be concerned about the rise of the Islamic State (Isis), but our best contribution would be to provide more humanitarian support, rather than play a military role.In Syria and Iraq the solutions are mainly...
  • Bob Jones: Labour's choice - nutters or normals

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Currently Labour's best chance of victory in 2017 lies in National's total demise through their MPs all dying of laughter at Labour's leadership woes.Seeking a fifth leader in six years has to be a world record for any democracy's...
  • Wynne Gray: Hard working Luatua squeezed out by Vito

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Warnings about his fitness have piggybacked Steven Luatua's second year with the All Blacks.He got the message from coach Steve Hansen before the June test series with England then suffered in the loose-forward squeeze created by...
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  • Tearful memorial at Don Bosco school for victim of shooting

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    In a darkened high school auditorium, Jina Samouie shook and sobbed as a photo of her smiling son appeared on a screen in front of her.Nearly 100 friends, family, school staff and students attended a public memorial event Monday evening at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary for 17-year-old student, Zaid Youssef. The boy was shot and killed in broad daylight outside an Etobicoke apartment building two weeks ago. “I think in the first and second and third day, I was thinking this is just a dream, I’m going to wake up,” Samouie said after the memorial. “Me and his dad, we…
  • Oscar de la Renta, fashion icon, dies at 82

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Oscar de la Renta, one of the world’s most well-known fashion designers, has died at the age of 82. His death was confirmed by his wife, Annette de la Renta, according to the New York Times.Two of his company’s executives released a handwritten note saying that the designer died at home surrounded by family, friends and “more than a few dogs.” “While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much (with) us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company,” the statement…
  • Is Toronto a ‘great’ city? Ford differs with Tory and Chow

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    At the end of the Toronto Star’s debate on “Big Ideas” to improve Toronto’s future, the top two mayoral candidates presented starkly different views on the city’s present. Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard), effectively running as the incumbent, took issue Monday with John Tory’s frequent promise to take Toronto “from good to great.”“I believe that we have the greatest city in the world,” Ford said. “And I also believe in not reinventing the wheel. If things aren’t broken, we move forward.” He added:…
  • Ebola-infected travellers more likely to be caught at departure rather arrival points, study finds

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    A new study predicts that three Ebola-infected people from West Africa will try and board an international flight every month — and more than 60 per cent of travellers from the outbreak zone will fly to lower-income countries with weak health-care systems.But the study, led by Toronto researchers, also found that airport screening measures are far more likely to catch infected passengers at their departure points than at arrival airports, especially when their destinations are countries like Canada, which receive relatively few travellers from the region.“I think we’re…
  • Woman battles Ottawa in court to gain Indian status

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    A native woman who has launched a court challenge against the federal government over being denied First Nation status says not having that standing has caused her to lose out on health-care benefits, and the connection to her people and culture.Lynn Gehl, 52, was in Superior Court in Toronto Monday as her lawyers and lawyers for the federal government argued a motion to determine if the case can go forward in court.Gehl applied to the federal government for registration as an Indian in November 1994, but was turned down.The reason behind the rejection is that the identity — and…
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  • Ebola in America

    Abdul El-Sayed
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Despite the arrival of Ebola in the US, a serious outbreak is unlikely to occur, thanks to the strength of the US health agencies. But budget cuts introduced over the past decade could jeopardize the fight against any future epidemic.
  • Brazil’s Institutional Limbo

    Camila Villard Duran
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Brazil's presidential election will determine the future of the central bank – and therefore the country's macroeconomic trajectory. The 50-year old institution is ripe for reform, but neither candidate seems ready to give it the independence it needs, or to ensure that it is truly accountable to citizens.
  • America, the Balanced

    Jeffrey Frankel
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    It may be time to stop worrying about the US current-account deficit – and not only because of adjustment at home and in China. It is possible that, properly measured, America's true deficits were smaller than has been reported, and even that, in some years, they were not there at all.
  • Europe’s Essential Unity

    José Manuel Barroso
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Over the past ten years, the EU has endured a series of unprecedented crises, the likes of which it is unlikely to see again. But other, no less daunting challenges lie ahead, and Europeans would do well to remember the lessons learned along the way.
  • The End of Ebola

    Abdul Tejan-Cole
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only the lives of West Africans, but also the social and economic progress that their countries have made in the last decade. As health workers labor tirelessly to manage the epidemic, researchers have a limited window of opportunity to learn how to treat Ebola and prevent future outbreaks.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Downward Dogged

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    “This dog treat entitles me to 15 minutes of drool-free yoga.” The post Downward Dogged appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Airport Screen Test

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    “They told me I didn’t have a temperature and I’m not ovulating.” The post Airport Screen Test appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • A-B-CDC

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Clipboard guy with guys in hazmat suits; One of these things is not like the other.” The post A-B-CDC appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Fortune 500 Teller

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    ” Your stocks are sliding.” The post Fortune 500 Teller appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • That Sinking Feeling

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    “Mona discovers there’s no app for that.” The post That Sinking Feeling appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Una manzana cada día

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    GLOBAL. La manzana disfruta de muy buena fama entre las dietas recomendadas por los médicos y profesionales de la salud. Sus propiedades son muchas y muy beneficiosas. Una manzana al día no sólo ayuda a perder peso, sino que protege el sistema cardiovascular.  Esta fruta no sólo influye en el descenso del colesterol LDL , conocido popularmente como “el colesterol malo”; sino que también ayuda a aumentar el HDL, “el colesterol bueno”. Así, una manzana diaria protege nuestras arterias. Nunca sustituirá a los fármacos destinados a controlar estos problemas, pero…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Malasaña

    DECA MADbudget
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. MALASAÑA, MADRID. The Malasaña district is a popular area that hosts some of Madrid’s best cultural and alternative venues for shopping and social activities. Malasaña is located in the north of Gran Via on the streets between Fuencarral and San Bernardo which cluster around the social square Plaza Dos de…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Chueca

    DECA MADbudget
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. CHUECA, MADRID. Madrid takes pride in the fact that it caters to all, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. Perhaps one of the best-known gay areas in the city is Chueca. Chueca: A diverse and vibrant area This ‘barrio,’ or neighbourhood, can be found in the centre of Madrid, just off Gran…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Opera

    DECA MADbudget
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. OPERA, MADRID. The neighbourhood of Opera is home to Madrid’s main Opera Theatre the Teatro Real (or Royal theatre). Opera, Madrid.   The Teatro Real   In front of this theatre is the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace now serves as a cultural monument and is sometimes used for state functions. The architecture…
  • Basking in the Sun at the Klewenalp

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    KLEWENALP, SWITZERLAND. Goats bask in the sun and hold their posts on a sunny afternoon at the Klewenalp mountain. Klewenalp The post Basking in the Sun at the Klewenalp appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
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  • Wifi as a Public Service

    Lucas Krupinski
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    I’m visiting Amherst, Massachusetts presently, and for all of its other differences with from my native Florida, the existence of a public wifi network covering the downtown area really stands out. Makes me think that this should be a feature … Continue reading →
  • Revisiting Pantera’s “bitcoin could replace all the world’s gold” claim

    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    A week or two ago, Pantera Capital’s published a report titled “Gold versus bitcoin as a store of value“, which claimed that bitcoin has a potential future value of $4.2 million USD per BTC. The basis for this prediction is for bitcoin to replace both … Continue reading →
  • Mac OS X Yosemite installed. Will let you know what I think…

    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Just upgraded my computer to Mac OS X Yosemite! Upgrade went fine, though I am using about as modern a Mac as you can get (MacBook Pro circa December 2013). Biggest thing so far is that I updated my computer to … Continue reading →
  • Another one bites the dust. Bit-Trader this time.

    Lucas Krupinski
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A disturbing post just popped up on Reddit this morning, allegedly from the operator of bit-trader. Long story short, the operator of bit-trader was opposed to proving solvency to his clients, but reluctantly agreed to do so. During the course … Continue reading →
  • Thanks for the help, Turkey

    Lucas Krupinski
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    In the Middle East, our attention has been focused on the Kurdish enclave of Kobani in Syria, which has come under threat from ISIS fighters intent on taking over the city. Just over a month ago, President Obama announced to the country (and … Continue reading →
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    Papa Of The Year

  • Separated at Birth? Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Channels the Ghost of Joe McCarthy

    Stewart Lawrence
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    By Stewart J. Lawrence The two men bear an uncanny physical resemblance:  Ted Cruz, the grandstanding junior Republican senator from Texas, who has emerged as one of President Obama’s most vitriolic policy critics, and the late Wisconsin Republican Senator Joe McCarthy, who garnered the national spotlight in the 1950s by charging that “communists” had infiltrated the American government. And it’s not just their looks. Cruz has a way of interrogating witnesses that’s filled with snide insinuations and calculated innuendo. It’s the same heavy-handed tactic…
  • Which Cast Member Of “The Walking Dead” Will Die Next?

    Stewart Lawrence
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    By Stewart J. Lawrence The handicapping hasn’t started yet, but avid watchers of the hit cable TV series, “The Walking Dead,” are bracing themselves for another painful death of a beloved cast member. Miraculously, two episodes into the fifth season, the core of the survivor group remains intact.  In the season premiere, they barely escaped the clutches of a bizarre cult intent on dismembering and barbecuing them for food. Now they’re back wandering the woods of rural Georgia and once again encountering hordes of carnivorous zombies, while dodging new bands of…
  • Gallery: Happy Birthday Vladimir Putin

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    October 7th is Vladimir Putin’s birthday!!! Enjoy the photo gallery exhibiting Vladimir Putin’s wonderful character.       The post Gallery: Happy Birthday Vladimir Putin appeared first on Papa Of The Year.
  • Yoga Booty: Have Stretch Pants Become Too Hot for High School?

    Stewart Lawrence
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    By Stewart J. Lawrence It’s every Mom and Dad’s worst nightmare: Their teenage daughter shows up at the breakfast table wearing something “inappropriate” for school — and refuses to change. Typically it’s a skirt that’s just a little too short — or maybe way too short, especially since “Her Highness” insists on wearing her favorite red thongs underneath them, as well. Or maybe it’s a blouse with a plunging neckline or one that’s so sheer, it exposes her obviously bra-less midriff. These days, though, with gender hysteria at an all-time high,…
  • Valeriya Kutsan: 2D or Not 2D Art

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Artist Valeriya Kutsan shows off her face painting skills on her latest project: 2D Or Not 2D. Also be sure to check out her darker and moving work: Weird Beauty.     The post Valeriya Kutsan: 2D or Not 2D Art appeared first on Papa Of The Year.
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • Whitewashing History

    S.L. Tate
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    In North Korea, history is taught ideologically, not academically. History is deleted, censored, exaggerated, and completely rewritten in order to promote patriotism, nationalism, and control. The country is always viewed in a positive light without the discomforts of shame or embarrassment, and certainly without lessons to be learned from mistakes made. Sound familiar? It should, this is the same way that history is being edited by conservative-leaning school committees in Texas and Colorado. During the week of September 22nd 2014,  high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado,…
  • Vaccine Thought Experiment

    S.L. Tate
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece, not a research paper, and as such I may come off snarky, sarcastic, and, well, opinionated. As a resident of Washington State who lives twenty minutes from Bastyr University, an institute specializing in homeopathy and producing naturopathic “doctors,” I am fully aware of the new anti-modernity religion that has taken hold over mainly internet-educated moms in recent years. Yes, I am referring to the "crunchy" movement. Now, before you get upset because you are one fourth “crunchy,” let me make it perfectly clear who I am referring to: I am…
  • My Daughter's Open Heart Surgery

    S.L. Tate
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Raven: 6 weeks old When my Raven was born she did not cry, even though it was via c-section and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. She strained to open her eyes, gazing around the room with her hands cupped near her chin, quietly observing her new world. She would always be that way as she grew into a sweet, soft spoken little girl, who needed time to warm up to new situations, and would rather watch people than join them. She was always small, barely hitting the five percentile range at the doctor’s office and, while most happy when she was singing or dancing alone, she was…
  • Battling Depression

    S.L. Tate
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    LoboStudioHamburg via Pixabay My flaws are all I ever seeMy big dumb nose, my pimples, my molesI can never be cool, I will never fit inI am awkward, clumsy, and nervousI am not worthy of friendsI stumble on my own words and trip over my own feetI mumble under my breath and force myself to breatheNo one understands or cares or triesThey are all so much greater and have better livesI am broken and cannot be repairedMy scars are showing, my scars are glowingI am endlessly sick and scaredI can’t escape the ugly voices from the beautiful eliteI can’t let them see me smile or enjoy being…
  • Education: One size does not fit all

    S.L. Tate
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    What is it like to have a child that constantly does what they are told, sits still at age five, and hits their milestones with minimal instruction or one-on-one time? I wouldn’t know. My son always stands out from others and requires a conference with teachers. I watch other parents simply pick up their children from school and go right passed the teacher and momentarily wonder what that would be like –to pick up your child from school without the anxiety of having to listen to what they are doing wrong or need to improve. For the last four years, since my son was in preschool, I have…
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