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  • Letter: Syria’s Embattled Kurds

    NYT > Opinion
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    “Reaching out now to Syria’s embattled Kurds offers the United States a reliable ground force in future battles with the Islamic State,” Kevin McKiernan, a filmmaker and author, writes.
  • Paul Krugman / Plutocrats vs. democracy

    Post-Gazette -- OPINION
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich and provide more aid to those with lower incomes.
  • The 2014 Race Card

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Democratic appeals to racial division are worse than ever.
  • Letter: A Vision for 42nd Street

    NYT > Opinion
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Frederic S. Papert of the 42nd Street Development Corporation reflects on William J. Ronan’s legacy.
  • For the record

    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    Anaheim girl killed: In the Oct. 24 California section, an article about the shooting death of a 9-year-old girl in Anaheim said that the Disney resort was to the west of the neighborhood involved. It is to the south.
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  • A step backward for the housing industry

    Editorial Board
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    THE CLEAREST lesson of history, it has been said, is that people never learn the lessons of history. As if to prove that aphorism, federal regulators are relaxing rules governing the mortgage-backed securities business — less than a decade after an epic financial crisis, rooted partly in government indulgence of excessive risk-taking in the mortgage-backed securities business. Read full article >>
  • The Post’s endorsements for Congress in Northern Virginia

    Editorial Board
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    TWO OF Northern Virginia’s three congressmen — Frank R. Wolf, a Republican, and James P. Moran Jr., a Democrat — are retiring after long tenures. There are spirited, expensive races to replace them. The 8th District, which extends west through Arlington to Tysons Corner and south along the Potomac through Alexandria and Springfield to Woodbridge, is dominated by Democrats; despite various travails, Mr. Moran never faced a tight race for reelection. Read full article >>
  • Karl Racine is the elected attorney general D.C. needs

    Editorial Board
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    THE DISTRICT’S attorney general has looked askance at some of the promises made by the candidates vying for his office in next month’s general election, the first time the office will be subject to popular vote rather than mayoral appointment. “They’re talking about how they’re for education and affordable housing and so on,” said Irvin B. Nathan, “We’re all for that, but what does that have to do with the job of the attorney general?” Read full article >>
  • Obama gives Syria’s Assad another pass on chemical weapons

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    ONE GRIM indication that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been emboldened by the U.S. air campaign in Syria is the fresh reports of chemical weapons attacks on civilian areas. The Institute for the Study of War has compiled 18 allegations by Syrian sources of chlorine gas attacks by the regime since U.S. strikes against the Islamic State began in August. The first strike was reported Aug. 19 — the same day that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it had completed the neutralization of the chemical weapons stockpile surrendered by the regime. The most…
  • Garment factories in Bangladesh still have massive safety problems

    Editorial Board
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    IT HAS been more than a year since Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza building collapsed, killing 1,138 garment industry workers who had been crammed into an unsafe building. American and European retailers promised to insist on better conditions in the factories they buy from. But they still have a long way to go: A consortium of European companies announced last week that they found more than 80,000 safety problems in the 1,106 factories they inspected since the Rana Plaza disaster. More than a tenth of the facilities were so bad that they required immediate retrofitting for production to proceed…
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  • J.A. Jance

    24 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

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Times-Union sheds more light on city cronyism

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    With all the talk about the “$5 million cop,” COLA and DROP and last Sunday’s headline “Too much of a good thing?” about cronyism in the Police and Fire Pension Fund, I’ll bet you’re a little frustrated and impatient with the progress on pension reform. Please remember where we were 18 months ago. read more
  • Adkins deserves another term in House

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Rep. Janet Adkins doesn’t just acknowledge that she’s known as “a bulldog” and “a hammer” in Tallahassee, she does so proudly. “Leadership is about doing what’s right,” Adkins recently told the Times-Union editorial board. “If you’re going to have this position, you have to have the courage to do the hard things.” And on so many issues, the Fernandina Beach Republican has shown such fortitude and fearlessness in the Florida Legislature. read more
  • Monday's Lead Letter: U.S. debt is not a crisis

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The national debt as of Sept. 30, was about $17.7 trillion, or about 103 percent of our gross domestic product; a rather high number. As a percent of GDP, the current debt is the highest it has been in more than 100 years with the exception of World War II debt, which reached 119 percent of GDP in 1946. Many members of Congress and the public believe that the mounting debt has reached crisis proportions and should be addressed urgently as a top national priority. read more
  • Monday's Letters: Amendment 1 is good legislation

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    PROTECTING FLORIDA Vote for Amendment 1 Florida voters are sick of self-serving politicians selling out the best interests of the state to the rich and powerful. They are tired of politicians who have personal agendas and ideologies that are harmful to our economy, environment and best interests. read more
  • Cheers: Habijax wins honor

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    HabiJax has been doing inspiring work to rebuild and strengthen Jacksonville. Over the past three years, HabiJax’s $16 million campaign in the city’s New Town area has helped some 100 families become homeowners and completed renovation projects for more than 100 property owners there. The campaign has marshalled hundreds of selfless community volunteers — and it has made a truly transformational impact in the New Town neighborhood. So it’s only fitting that HabiJax has received an Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute North Florida. read more
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  • Annapolis Library to expand in place

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Anne Arundel County officials have approved plans to double the size of the Annapolis Library and — here is the best part — keep it right where it is. In my neighborhood.
  • Why narratives are more powerful than ideas

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    The only reason an idea's time ever arrives is that some story gives birth to itThe only reason an idea's time ever arrives is that some story gives birth to it
  • We have much to learn about homegrown jihadists

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Cyber jihadists are now recruiting U.S. teens with the lure of romanceCyber jihadists are now recruiting U.S. teens with the lure of romance
  • Abolish sovereign immunity

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the past few months, this country has been rocked by the unfolding horror story at dozens of veterans hospitals. There have been reports of veteran deaths due to malpractice, serious mismanagement at all levels of Veterans Affairs and the resignation, in disgrace, of the VA secretary. In the...
  • Ebola: taking practical steps

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is truly terrifying. The New England Journal of Medicine's lead article in the Oct. 16 issue states that "the current epidemiological outlook is bleak" in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and that "unless control measures improve quickly, these three...
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • The list is growing of U.S. agencies showing ineptness

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I find it extremely disturbing that so many government agencies are not doing their jobs correctly — for example, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secret Service, the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Charles Krauthammer / Barack Obama continues to be a bewildered bystander

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.
  • Road warriors: Route 28 drivers near the beginning of the end

    By the Editorial Board
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Motorists who use Route 28 should be forgiven if they’re grumpy this weekend, and their complaints will be justified later this month when access from the Veterans Bridge is temporarily shut down. But that should be the end of their griping.
  • Paul Krugman / Plutocrats vs. democracy

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich and provide more aid to those with lower incomes.
  • Hamstrung: Unwieldy government hurts Bosnia-Herzegovina

    By the Editorial Board
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bosnia-Herzegovina this month held national elections, which were still smothered by the heavy political superstructure placed on it by the 1995 Dayton accord ending its war.
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  • Today's cartoons: Remembering Benjamin Bradlee

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Also: Homegrown terror; papal round up
  • Mark Landsbaum: In government we trust?

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    America is losing faith. Not religious faith. That’s been on the wane for decades. America is losing faith in its secular god, government, the replacement for the real God jettisoned from the public square. Like all gods made in man’s image, it...
  • Timothy Spangler: ISIS eyes Turkey

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Despite U.S. efforts to turn the tide on Islamic State, this week the jihadist group appeared ready to potentially open a new front in the fighting. Rather than retreat from their positions in Syria and Iraq in response to airstrikes ordered by...
  • Richard Ralston: Outrageous FDA horror stories

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    You may think you have the right of access to drugs that could save your life. But at the urging of the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree. The FDA has vigorously defended its power to deny drugs to the terminally...
  • Editorial: Mario Guerra for 32nd Senate District

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Voters in the 32nd state Senate District, which includes Buena Park, haven’t been represented in Sacramento for eight months. That is because their current senator, Ron Calderon, is suspended from the Senate while he fights 24 federal corruption...
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  • Against Issue No. 5

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Will you see Issue No. 5 on the ballot a week from Tuesday? Of course--or maybe of course not. Have the ballots been printed already? If so, would any votes for or against the minimum wage proposal be counted?
  • The red line gets dimmer

    Washington Post
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    One grim indication that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been emboldened by the U.S. air campaign in Syria is the fresh reports of chemical weapons attacks on civilian areas.
  • The Ebola fight is on-target

    BETH MEYERSON McClatchy-Tribune news Service
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    Ebola is a recent phenomenon for most people. Their thinking might also be that the Ebola horse has left the barn and our government, specifically the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cannot catch it.
  • But politics is in the way

    VERONIQUE DE RUGY McClatchy-Tribune news Service
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    As the Ebola epidemic deepens in West Africa and puts U.S. citizens on alert, critics are increasingly questioning the Obama administration's halting response to the crisis.
  • A wink and a nod

    Bill Rausch Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    I always thought that the title stood for Governor Lite. You know--lieutenant governor.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Anti-fracking measures are a bellwether

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    San Benito County, which covers roughly the same acreage as Santa Clara County, has a population of 50,000. But all of California, not to mention the U.S. energy industry, is watching that county's election Nov. 4 because it includes a ballot measure to ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, to extract oil and gas from the ground. Santa Barbara County has a similar measure. So does Denton, a town in oil-friendly Texas, of all places. Across the country, Americans are increasingly leery of the potential effects of fracking on sensitive water supplies and seismic activity.There's…
  • Mercury News editorial: Bay Area's Ebola threat is near zero--for now

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    There's no denying the seriousness of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives. The World Health Organization announced Thursday that there are nearly 10,000 reported cases, and the virus is racing ahead of efforts to contain it. The threat of an Ebola outbreak in California still is remote, but Bay Area health authorities have been wise to undertake thoughtful and thorough preparations. If the United States and other nations -- many in more direct danger than we are -- don't quickly get the epidemic under control in West Africa, where it is currently…
  • Mercury News editorial: Chappie Jones, Maya Esparza and Don Gagliardi for San Jose City Council

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    The San Jose City Council will change dramatically next year, no matter who is elected to replace termed-out members Madison Nguyen, Pete Constant and Sam Liccardo, who's running for mayor. They're all strong leaders with distinctive styles but a shared commitment to fiscal reform.In downtown District 3, we recommended businessman and neighborhood activist Don Gagliardi in June, and he's now facing off with Police Officer Raul Peralez to replace Liccardo. We still see Gagliardi as the best choice for a growing but still struggling downtown.In the other races, candidates we preferred in June…
  • Mercury News editorial: Vote yes on East Side Union's Measure I

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    The quandary of how to finance technology in public schools is confounding. Or was. The East Side Union High School District is floating the first ever Ed-Tech bond this fall -- and it's not just the name that's new. It's set up as an ongoing resource to buy technology and, most important, upgrade or replace it as needed, all at a lower-interest cost than regular bonds.Measure I will pay for technology infrastructure and for keeping it up to date without shortchanging basic classroom needs -- including teachers, without whom the best computers can be useless. It was developed with the Silicon…
  • Mercury News editorial: Don't miss Honda-Khanna debate Monday night

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Monday night's televised debate between embattled Congressman Mike Honda and his challenger, Ro Khanna, will be a little more structured than we'd like. General topics have been identified ahead of time. But we hope the panel of questioners will ask about the leaked emails that appear to show Honda's congressional staff linking campaign fundraising to invitations to a State Department roundtable Honda co-hosted that month at Santa Clara University. That would violate congressional ethics.The 6:30 p.m. debate will be aired on NBC affiliate KNTV, which is co-sponsoring the forum with the…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Richard Besser: Fight fear with facts on Ebola

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    When you work in public health, you become tuned in to fear. And the fear level in the United States just ticked up a notch. All our high-tech equipment, protective gear and disease management didn't protect two Dallas nurses from Ebola. When government officials tell us we are safe and then caregivers get sick, what does this do to trust? Read comments
  • 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
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  • 4 dead in escape bid from Dominican Republic jail

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    SANTO DOMINGO - At least four prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at a prison in the southern Dominican Republic, officials said today.
  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said today.
  • Remains ID'd as missing Va. student

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search by thousands that took weeks and left the campus and community on edge.
  • Calif. sheriffs' deputy fatally shot

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle has died.
  • Prep football scores: 10/24

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
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  • Hospital’s hero & more

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I recently was told the sad news of the passing of my friend, Martin Griglak. As the years go by we have a tendency to ...
  • Running against Obama

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    In what is likely to become a theme of the last weeks of campaigning before the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton all but begged ...
  • Better in long run

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Those thinking their votes for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 and 2012 would be good for America were, as has been proven, erroneously wrong. Those ...
  • U.S. Steel worthy of grant

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I was disappointed reading the editorial (“The U.S. Steel grant: There’s no excuse,” Leader Times, Oct. 11) scolding Gov. Tom Corbett for a $31 million ...
  • White House callous toward American lives

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Do you get the feeling that the United States government is trying to get us all killed? OK, not all of us. Some of us. ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • A photograph seen once, long ago, haunted me and taught me to distrust memory | Glenn Patterson

    Glenn Patterson
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    When I tracked down a Nazi soldiers snapshot of an execution, it reminded me how warily you must tread when you try to enlist the past, however good your intentionsI have been working off and on for a couple of years with an architect friend, Declan Hill, on an attempt to map the wall or rampart that in the 17th century surrounded the town of Belfast or, at least, may have surrounded it. There is some debate about whether maps of the time show an existing structure or sketches for work never carried out. Declan and I meet occasionally to look at places where we think the old town plan…
  • Martin Rowson on David Cameron and the EU bill cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
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  • Dont let those high achievers bring you down | Fay Schopen

    Fay Schopen
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Thanks to social media were all aware of the feats of Mark Zuckerberg and his superhuman ilk. But its OK to be a mortalAs someone who works from home, I consider getting up and getting dressed in the morning the pinnacle of achievement. Getting up without an urgent need to is a herculean task. I have been known to get round this tricky problem by, on occasion, working from bed.And often I get up but somehow fail to get dressed. Yesterday my neighbour asked me to help him move a heavy picture, and I had to go outside in the street in my pyjamas. To be fair, he could see me working in my…
  • In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand | Jonathan Freedland

    Jonathan Freedland
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The prime minister rages at the EUs £1.7bn bill, but his miscalculations have lost Britain vital allies in EuropeAnger suits David Cameron. Its one of the modes he does well. He is skilled at contrition his Bloody Sunday apology was the moment he became, rather than merely held the office of, prime minister but fury is his forte. The cheeks colour, the fist pounds the lectern, the words turn plain and demotic. On Friday he channelled the voice of middle-aged men everywhere as they open a brown envelope to discover an unexpected demand for cash. Im not paying that bill, he said, the face…
  • Britain, dont put your faith in Russell Brands revolution | Hadley Freeman

    Hadley Freeman
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The comedians excitable appearance on Newsnight this week betrayed the incoherence of his political viewsOh, Britain have you not read your King James Bible recently? Permit a New York Jew to quote some to you: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.It is one such fruit that is up for discussion today: Russell Brands interview on Newsnight with Evan Davis on Thursday night. If you missed this because you were too busy washing your hair, I shall catch you up. As you doubtless remember, it was…
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  • Banking in Myanmar: Twinned with South Sudan

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The world’s biggest economic problem Fly Title:  Banking in Myanmar Rubric:  Myanmar has licensed a few foreign banks. Its financial sector is still broken Location:  YANGON Main image:  Spot the gilded facade Spot the gilded facade SPEND a few days in Yangon, and you can almost believe you are in a country with a functioning financial sector. ATMs, completely absent just a few years ago, now dot the city. Credit cards are increasingly (though still not widely) accepted. Outside the big cities, however, this façade…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • The importance of being exceptional

    David Bromwich
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The origins of the phrase “American exceptionalism” are not especially obscure. The French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, observing this country in the 1830s, said that Americans seemed exceptional in valuing practical attainments almost to the exclusion of the arts and sciences. The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, on hearing a report by the American Communist Party that workers in the United States in 1929 were not ready for revolution, denounced “the heresy of American exceptionalism.” In (...) - Open page
  • Fighting the last war

    Karen J. Greenberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    These days, two “wars” are in the headlines: one against the marauding Islamic State and its new caliphate of terror carved out of parts of Iraq and Syria, the other against a marauding disease and potential pandemic, Ebola, spreading across West Africa, with the first cases already reaching the United States and Europe. Both wars seemed to come out of the blue; both were unpredicted by our vast national security apparatus; both have induced fears bordering on hysteria and, in both cases, (...) - Open page
  • 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
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Editorial: Blind-spot warning is a safety winner

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    One recent safety feature that's a stand-out for me is blind spot monitoring.The warning lights on the side mirrors of cars are no longer only a feature of expensive European marques. The feature has now filtered down to such...
  • John Roughan: Ocean eco-caution being taken too far

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The consortium that pumps gas from the Maui offshore platforms appears to have been forgivably naughty. It has sent two "side-track" drills into new wells in the field without asking permission from the Environmental Protection Agency.The...
  • Fran O'Sullivan: Key misses opportunity to clear air with more questions to come

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Watching John Key tell Parliament he had not spoken to blogger Cameron Slater "in my capacity as Prime Minister" immediately brought to mind the famous words uttered by one of the legal profession's more accomplished Silver Foxes.That...
  • John Armstrong: Taxpayer looks the loser in English's pet reform

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bill English's masterplan to radically "reform" the Labour-initiated, octogenarian state housing scheme has all the hallmarks of being ideological for ideology's sake.The power combo of English and the Treasury is a pretty unstoppable...
  • Wynne Gray: Wallabies can't wait to work for Cheika

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    What a tumultuous few weeks in Australian rugby. It's been some time since the NZRU had to deal with any ructions to rival that fallout across the Trench.There was robust chat about Graham Henry's credentials after the rest and...
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  • Royals edge Giants in World Series Game 3: Griffin

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO—It was a game any manager would love. On Friday at a sold-out AT&T Park, the Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a one-game lead in the World Series heading to Game 4. Though AL managers have often struggled with the NL rules, Royals manager Ned Yost made bold lineup changes that paid off, both offensively and defensively, while deprived of the bat of DH Billy Butler, on the bench in favour of starter Jeremy Guthrie. Yost shuffled his Game 3 batting order and defensive lineup for two reasons: no DH and the expansive real estate that needed to be covered in the outfield…
  • Brampton mayor successfully appeals audit payback amount

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell has dramatically reduced the amount she must pay back to taxpayers after appealing the results of a forensic audit that found she should return $34,118.In her report Friday, Janet Leiper, the appeal arbitrator hired by the city, found that Fennell did not break city rules when she used Air Canada’s Latitude economy flight passes for city business. Leiper did rule Fennell must repay $3,522.97 for a business class flight to London and a hotel suite at the Fairmont Whistler.Fennell’s lawyer, David Shiller, had argued that the flight passes fell under…
  • Tories hint at even tougher anti-terror laws

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    OTTAWA—The Conservative government suggested Friday it will bring in even tougher anti-terror powers than previously planned, as a highly charged week of violence left MPs emotionally drained and the opposition warning against a rush to legislative change.Through strategic leaks and oblique references by Conservative ministers Friday, the government suggested it would look at lowering the legal threshold for taking “preventive action” against terror suspects. Leaked media reports suggested the Conservatives are mulling new hate speech legislation that would make it…
  • Canadians in Ottawa and along Highway of Heroes pay respects to dead soldier

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    OTTAWA—Thousands of Canadians turned out Friday to salute a fallen soldier’s emotional return home and his comrades’ brave return to duty.From Ottawa to Hamilton, bystanders packed the overpasses and crowded the roadside to stand in silent tribute as a motorcade carried the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to his hometown.Travelling along the Highway of Heroes, the stretch of Highway 401 where the casualties of Canada’s Afghan campaign were returned home, a crush of bystanders waving Canadian flags and wearing poppies gave Cirillo an outpouring of support and…
  • Former Chow strategist suing Tory official for $100K

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Former Olivia Chow strategist Warren Kinsella is proceeding with a $100,000 lawsuit against John Tory campaign official Nick Kouvalis for tweets he alleges are defamatory.The Twitter showdown in question dates back to late August, when Kouvalis tweeted: “The campaign made a very smart move dumping Kinsella et al today.” The message came shortly after the Chow camp announced Kinsella would “step back” from the day-to-day affairs of the campaign, but would stay on as a volunteer. That announcement came in the wake of a controversial tweet from Kinsella, who wrote…
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  • American-Made Financial Repression

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The late economist Ronald McKinnon argued that China and the US, by working together, could alleviate financial repression and enhance global monetary stability. Unfortunately, this advice is not popular among US economists and policymakers, who prefer the short-term political advantages afforded to them by free-market rhetoric.
  • The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder

    Ghia Nodia
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned.
  • Ebola’s Next Frontier

    Hrishabh Sandilya, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Ebola outbreak that has wreaked havoc in West Africa is stoking fears of an uncontrollable pandemic, though developed countries – and most developing countries – have little to fear. India, however, could be in serious danger.
  • Europe’s Fiscal Wormhole

    Guntram B. Wolff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The fulfillment of policy rules in the eurozone appears to be impossible without growth, but growth appears to be impossible without breaking the rules. With all of the rules pointing toward recession, how can Europe boost recovery?
  • A New Macroeconomic Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Both neo-Keynesians and supply-siders have tried and failed to overcome the high-income economies’ persistently weak performance in recent years. It is time for a new approach, one based on sustainable, investment-led growth.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Best Places to Retire?

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    “Venus is too hot, Jupiter’s gassy, and Earth is too crazy.” The post Best Places to Retire? appeared first on 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.
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  • Waterfronts: The New Face of Tourism

    Michael Goodyear
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    As our world continues to progress it looks back to its history for urban development. Since the 1970s there has been an increase globally in the development of old centers of social life and commerce following the relaxation of industrialization. Historical city centers and plazas and especially waterfronts have begun to be regenerated following a new vision of urban planning following the decentralization of cities in the twentieth century. This provides new socio-economic opportunities for neglected areas as places of diversified business, social life, and tourism in waterfronts across the…
  • The Pursuit of Perfection

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    HONG KONG, CHINA. A construction site claims that the pursuit of perfection is in progress, please be patient. The post The Pursuit of Perfection appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
  • The Restaurants of the Future

    Pablo Aguilar Aguilar
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Restaurants are evolving into true institutions of science from the back to the front of the house. Considered a second-class profession in the past, today service in hospitality across the world from NYC, Paris, China to Argentina, service and cooking professions are getting their dues; many people have embraced these careers as the in-fashion profession. It’s cooking time now! But these professions don’t go alone – they go hand-in-hand with complex cultural and scholarly roots, and as a result ,the professionals in this industry are increasingly becoming more educated, more…
  • The Iroquois: Cooperation in Politics and Agriculture

    Michael Goodyear
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Residing in what are now the northeastern parts of the United States, the Iroquois were once one of the most successful and powerful groups of Native Americans in North America. The Haudenosaunee, or “People of the Longhouse”, came together from disparate tribes around the 16th century to form a concentrated block of power which would dominate New England. In their politics and agriculture the Iroquois successfully utilized cooperation to fuel their rise to power. According to legend the Iroquois were initially a series of squabbling but culturally related tribes who warred against each…
  • American Public Schooling: Imagining the Unimaginable

    Athanasia Olga Livas
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    As a follow-up to ROOSTERGNN’s Education Series, we publish this article on American public schooling. U.S.A. The American public education system has overlooked perhaps the most fundamental feature of American life—a rich, vibrant, at times terribly inefficient diversity. To impose sweeping nation-wide reforms upon widely diverse students in disparate communities is not only impractical, but also detrimental to ideological and cultural plurality. What we desperately need in the market for education is a supply that matches the variety of demand. Education is as much about…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • Manipulating Emotions; It’s Not Just Facebook!

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

    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 […]
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  • A Future-Tech Computing Idea

    Lucas Krupinski
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Just throwing this out there. Your data, anywhere you are. That was and is the promise of the cloud. Unfortunately, with the revelations of Edward Snowden, we now know that the data that we store in the cloud isn’t for … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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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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