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  • Paul Krugman: Positive effects of Wal-Mart wage hikes

    FresnoBee.com: Opinion
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    In February, Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for 500,000 workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons. Read comments
  • The Battle of Ann Arbor

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    A philosophy professor’s belief in colorblind law led him to oppose the university’s use of affirmative action in admissions decisions.
  • Ferguson not unique with pattern of bias

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Justice Department study validates racial-profiling concerns.
  • Negative Interest Rates Threaten the Banking System

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    New rules to require more liquidity are achieving the opposite, driving it out.
  • School testing needs more deliberation to fix problems

    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We've begun the new Florida Standards Assessments, and what we're seeing isn't pretty. Districts throughout the state have experienced technical glitches and difficulty in cleanly assessing the test. This first week was one that had a lighter testing load than we'll see in the weeks to come, so...
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  • Rahm Emanuel pays the price for not pandering

    Editorial Board
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A RUNOFF election next month to determine if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets a second term appears to be close. His opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, is not as well known and has far less campaign money, but recent polls show him within single digits of Mr. Emanuel. Democratic Party purists and special interest groups have reached the startling conclusion that the able and decidedly liberal incumbent is not liberal enough, and they are intent on punishing him for not toeing their line. If there is no room in the party for a pragmatic progressive like Mr. Emanuel, who was President…
  • A naive U.S. welcome for Iran in Iraq

    Editorial Board
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    U.S. COMMANDERS are taking an upbeat view of Iran’s close involvement in an assault by Iraqi forces on the city of Tikrit, which has been held by the Islamic State since summer. After reporting that two-thirds of the attackers were from Shiite militias and the operation had “overt . . . Iranian support,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a congressional hearing Tuesday that “if they perform in a credible way . . . then it will in the main have been a positive thing.” Read full article >>
  • Virginia’s GOP moves further away from democracy

    Editorial Board
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    tHE FIX was in from the start when Virginia Republicans picked their ticket for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2013. Hard-line conservatives who control the state party apparatus decreed that the nominations would be determined not by primaries but by a convention, a mechanism well suited to limit the number of participants.Read full article >>
  • The EPA’s not-so-green emissions plan

    Editorial Board
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency is mandating cuts in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But dozens of environmental scientists from Princeton to Baton Rouge to Berkeley warned last month that the way the agency is writing the rules threatens to sharply increase forest clearing, undermining the EPA effort. The culprit is a familiar obstacle to good policymaking in Washington: bioenergy. Read full article >>
  • Virginia’s toothless ethics reform

    Editorial Board
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    AFTER MUCH huffing and puffing, and more than a little whining and blaming the media, Virginia lawmakers passed a state ethics bill last month so anemic you almost wonder why they bothered. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) can, and should, offer amendments to give it some muscle.Read full article >>
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  • J.A. Jance

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Robert A. Brown

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:20 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

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Vivian McPeak

    10 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
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  • Lead Letter: Jacksonville needs to tax commuters

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Our city’s leaders have overlooked a valid and equitable source of revenue over these recent years with the peripheral population growth in St. Johns and Clay counties. A large percentage of new residents in those counties have moved there from Duval but still work in Duval. They have a high impact on our city services. They travel the full extent of Jacksonville’s boundaries at least twice a day. read more
  • Saturday's Letters: Buckman Bridge needs safety improvements

    Letters from readers
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    DAYLIGHT SAVING Think of the schools Schools should synchronize daylight saving time and spring break! It is so difficult to have to spring forward, it would be much better to spring forward while on spring break!! Anne Shumaker, Jacksonville SPEEDING TRACTER-TRAILERS No enforcement in sight Why is 30 tons of tractor-trailer rig 10 feet off my bumper or 10 feet behind his trucker buddy rolling at 80 miles per hour? read more
  • Meet the candidate: Ju'Coby Pittman

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
  • Meet the candidate: Sam Newby

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
  • Meet the candidate: Michelle Tappouni

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    BIO OF MICHELLE TAPPOUNI CITY COUNCIL, AT LARGE, GROUP 5   Michelle is a dedicated community leader. She knows the issues facing our city and what it takes to work with government on the state and local level, to grow small businesses, strengthen our communities, and improve our neighborhoods. read more
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Ferguson, Mo., is not an exception

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    By now, it should come as news to no one that Ferguson, Mo., has a lousy excuse for a police department.
  • The Sikh's public relations problem

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    In 2013 the popular retailer GAP featured a turbaned Sikh actor in a major advertising campaign. Sikh-Americans were thrilled. When the company responded to the vandalism of the ad in New York by using the original photo as the background of its Twitter page, Sikhs' spirits were buoyed even...
  • Reserve ignition interlock for hardcore offenders

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Maryland lawmakers are considering new legislation that would require every drunk driving offender to install a Breathalyzer, known as an ignition interlock device, in his or her car. Putting more interlocks in more vehicles might seem like a sensible way to curb alcohol-related fatalities, but...
  • Allow children sentenced to life a second chance

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    I am a successful Baltimore businessman and nonprofit leader, but when I was 17, I made the worst mistake of my life. I overreacted during an argument and took a man's life. I was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Maryland.
  • Jeb Bush yet to pass the tea party litmus test

    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The significance of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) recently held in a Washington suburb was what it revealed about how far the speakers were willing to go to establish their credentials for being there.
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • These "extremists" do not in any way represent Islam

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I applaud President Barack Obama’s distinction between “extremists” (of all stripes) and the faithful followers of Islam. The thugs of the so-called Islamic State group obviously have a strategy to provoke the West into a “religious” war and create the impression that Islam is under attack.
  • Tax-exempt status allows hospitals to help communities

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Post-Gazette columnist Brian O’Neill noted that there is a constitutional amendment in the works in Pennsylvania that would allow the Legislature to determine the tax-exempt status of hospitals (“Tough Scrutiny Ought to Be the Cost of Tax-Exempt Status,” Feb. 22). Senate Bill 4 would give power to the Legislature to determine the tax-exempt status of all entities, including hospitals.
  • The Petraeus deal: Sharing top-secret documents calls for prison time

    By the Editorial Board
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Retired U.S. Army general and former CIA chief David H. Petraeus appears on his way to receiving light punishment for taking home and handing to his mistress, who was writing his biography, highly classified intelligence documents.
  • Samantha Bennett: Who knew? Baking Brits anything but boring

    By Samantha Bennett
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Another reality TV contest show has come to its dramatic conclusion, and I can’t believe I am typing this for publication, but I care.
  • Unintelligent design: Partisan House districts tie the hands of voters

    By the Editorial Board
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Why should Pennsylvanians care how the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case challenging the authority of Arizona’s independent election reapportioning commission? Because the outcome could kill any hope that Pennsylvania or 49 other states will eliminate political gerrymandering from the process of setting up congressional districts.
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  • A Churchillian warning against appeasement on Iran

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON – Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing “O” in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the...
  • Some black leaders' disregard for Israel extends to Jews

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is a street in central Jerusalem named for Martin Luther King Jr. – the only such tribute to the great American civil rights leader in the entire Middle East. It is a reminder that Dr. King stood with Israel when others challenged its right...
  • California parks system stuck in park

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The vast and varied California state parks system boasts abundant natural beauty, but is extremely light on cash and has been beset with problems for years. Now under new management, and guided by a report from the Legislature-created Parks Forward...
  • Needing to up the ante on pensions

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Costa Mesa’s Pension Oversight Committee brought a report to the City Council in late September, citing a very large number: $228 million. That, according to a 2012 estimate from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, was the...
  • Today's cartoons: Why Israel should thank Obama

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: Sign of the times for embattled Hillary.
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • An imperfect world

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:58 am
    In a perfect world, there would be no need for a defense against . . . anything. In a perfect world, there would be no need for a military. For that matter, in a perfect world, there'd be no need for that police station down the street. You'd never even so much as need help looking for a lost cat. It'd be perfect!
  • Some response that was

    JENNIFER RUBIN Washington Post
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:58 am
    To all those who imagined President Barack Obama would not let Iran keep its illegal nuclear program and then get a green flag for breakout after 10 years, you were wrong.
  • A legacy in the balance

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:57 am
    As the last two years of his tenure move toward their conclusion, President Barack Obama’s increasingly probable legacy—on top of the much-discussed debt he will leave to punish future generations—could be a nuclear-armed Iran and a striking diminution of rule of law and American freedoms.
  • Live long and prosper

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    Leonard Nimoy is dead at 83. And here we'd thought pointy-eared Vulcans, even one who was half earthling, lived much longer. For he had long been identified with his alter ego--Star Trek's cool, hyper-rational Mr. Spock, perhaps the most fascinating if not the only fascinating character in the colorless crew of the starship Enterprise, a generalization that definitely includes its deadly dull Captain Kirk.
  • What transparency?

    Seattle Times
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:54 am
    President Barack Obama continues to boast that he runs "the most transparent administration in history" with a straight face. But the claim doesn't even pass the giggle test.
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  • Mercury News editorial: California's public hospitals need fair financing deal

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    California is the most successful working model for President Obama's health care reforms, thanks in part to the state's 21 public hospital systems -- and Santa Clara County's Valley Medical Center network is in the vanguard. The county's approach to expanding coverage and providing access to specialty care is being copied throughout the state and beyond.But the state and the federal governments can't realize the full potential of reform unless they reach a fair agreement on a new five-year financing deal to reimburse public health systems such as VMC and other types of systems that treat…
  • Mercury News editorial: Sex offender decision by California court is right

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    It's hard for some to see Monday's California Supreme Court ruling on Jessica's Law as anything but Predators 1, Children 0. But setting emotion aside, the justices have a point.Lawmakers need to repair the law, which 70 percent of voters passed in 2006 as Proposition 83. Among other provisions, it included restrictions on how close registered sex offenders can live to a park or school. In some cities, overlapping restricted areas leave almost nowhere for offenders to live and often leave them homeless. In San Jose, one reason city officials were concerned about safety in the creekside…
  • Mercury News editorial: Gun decision for Sunnyvale gratifying

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Sunnyvale is fighting the good fight for reasonable gun control.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the city's ban on possessing high-capacity magazines that was approved by 66 percent of voters in 2013 as part of Measure C. The magazines are suited for mass killing and are overkill for home defense, unless you've ticked off a band of laid-off Blackwater mercenaries. The federal appeals court said communities can regulate firearms without trampling the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The U.S. Supreme Court strengthened the Constitutional protection in a 2008 ruling…
  • Mercury News editorial: Nemtsov assassination likely linked to Putin, Russia's thug-in-chief

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Friday night's assassination of Boris Nemtsov in the shadows of the Kremlin is the most significant political killing to occur in the 15 years Russian President and Thug-in-Chief Vladimir Putin has been in power. Not because Nemtsov had any realistic hope of challenging Putin for power. He didn't. But rather because of what Nemtsov represented. He was the rarest of all creatures in Russia's political constellation -- a true reformer whose ethical compass pointed due north. Political assassinations have often been employed in Russia as an effective tool for keeping order. Nothing like a…
  • Mercury News editorial: Celebrate Nasdaq milestone, but...

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Break out the Champagne. The tech-fueled Nasdaq closed at 5,000 Monday for the first time since 2000. Despite a small drop Tuesday, it's within range of breaking the all-time high closing of 5,048.62.When the tech bubble burst in 2000, naysayers declared that Silicon Valley's best days were behind it, and Rust Belt denizens took a perverse joy in seeing the industry (Pets.com? Really?) get its comeuppance. But today the success of Apple, Google and Facebook, hardly flashes in the pan, are fueling a boom. With what seem like daily developments in everything from sensors to medical…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Adam Vine: Minus Art LaBoe, I’m so lonely I could cry

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “The town I live in is lonely. So lonely I could cry.” So goes the refrain from one of Thee Midniters’ hits, and such is the feeling in my heart now that DJ Art Laboe has been taken off the air in Los Angeles because his station changed formats. HOT 92.3, which played old-school R&B, has become REAL 92.3, “LA’s Hip-Hop N’ R&B” station.” Read comments
  • Thomas Friedman: What Bibi didn’t say to Congress

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his case on Iran before Congress, with all the circus atmosphere it involved, let’s get to the serious questions: What is America’s interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel’s are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi? Read comments
  • Paul Krugman: Positive effects of Wal-Mart wage hikes

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    In February, Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for 500,000 workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons. Read comments
  • Dr. Brian Guthrie: Why I don’t want to die in a hospital

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a pediatrician for the past 30 years, I have thankfully had little occasion to deal with end-of-life issues except as they applied to my own family. I’ve spent my life working in hospitals. Read comments
  • Thomas L. Friedman: ISIS heads to Rome

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Italians got this one right. Last week, The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor helpfully collected tweets that Italians put out after a murderous video issued by the Islamic State, or ISIS, warned: “Today we are south of Rome,” one militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.” Read comments
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  • Toledo forum on combatting racism Saturday

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Seven dialogue groups from Dialogue to Change Toledo will present, in a public forum Saturday, their action plans to combat racism .
  • N.J. senator could face corruption charges

    6 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorney General Eric Holder declined to answer questions Friday about a possible corruption indictment against Sen. Bob Menendez, despite reports that he recently authorized federal prosecutors to file charges against the New Jersey Democrat concerning ties to a wealthy friend and political donor.
  • Jimmy Carter memoir to be published in July

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    NEW YORK — Not many ex-presidents have lived to age 90, and Jimmy Carter wants to share the experience.
  • Fox News hires MLK's niece

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    NEW YORK — Fox News Channel says it has hired Alveda King, a niece of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., as a commentator for the network.
  • OSU athlete who killed self had concussions

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    COLUMBUS — A coroner says an Ohio State athlete who committed suicide suffered previous concussions but didn’t show evidence of brain disease.
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  • Don’t tax, don’t frack

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Regarding the Business story “Severance tax on natural gas drilling backed by Pa. voters”: I’m a Pennsylvania voter who does not support a severance tax ...
  • Greensburg Laurels & Lances

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    On the “Watch List”: The roof job. Westmoreland County commissioners have signed off on $665,000 to replace the courthouse and annex roofs. Water leaks have ...
  • Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Lance: To Mt. Lebanon’s anti-culling crowd. Police say they’re investigating a number of photos that allegedly show people spraying deer-culling corrals with suspected repellent and ...
  • Wolf stifling Pa. economy

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Gov. Tom Wolf’s new budget includes an income tax increase from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent and a sales tax bump to 6.6 percent. These ...
  • Unburden us, Pennsylvania

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    As a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, I have been around long enough to have seen the enactment of the state sales tax, a state income tax, ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Martin Rowson on David Cameron and Ed Miliband – cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Broadcasters and Downing Street were at loggerheads after the television companies made it clear they would press ahead with plans to hold three separate election debates, whether David Cameron took part or not Continue reading...
  • Merkel wants a braver Germany. But will the German people let her have it? | Natalie Nougayrède

    Natalie Nougayrède
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Crises in Greece and Ukraine have forced the chancellor to rethink her country’s role in EuropeTake a stroll down Berlin’s Unter den Linden avenue, heading towards the Brandenburg Gate, and history will ambush you. First, you pass by the Willy Brandt Forum, paying homage to the German chancellor who from 1969 to 1974 invented Ostpolitik, Germany’s overture to the East and to the Soviet Union. You also pass near Russisches Haus, a German-Russian cultural centre currently commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of what the Russians call the great patriotic war. A short walk away,…
  • The Guardian view on the generation gap: youth clubbed | Editorial

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    All the data points to a widening economic chasm between the cohorts. Britain is no country for young men or womenSlowly but surely, the uncomfortable facts concerning Britain’s generational gulf are sinking in. The younger generation suffered four times the unemployment of the old during the slump, and – in the present recovery – are now more likely than the middle-aged to toil without any security, on zero-hours contracts. The wages of youth fell further and faster during the downturn, and this week’s Institute for Fiscal Studies figures suggesting that average living standards…
  • The Guardian view on Iran: America’s uncomfortable ally | Editorial

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    After years of mutual hostility, Tehran and Washington are in effective alliance in Iraq in the struggle against Isis. That’s an irony with profound implications for the future of the Middle EastAn ever more visible feature of the ongoing US-led military operation against Islamic State (Isis) is the intertwining of this effort with Iran’s objectives in the region. Battling the same enemy, the old adversaries have found themselves a common cause. It is a striking illustration of how fast the Middle Eastern landscape is changing. There is much irony and paradox in this US-Iran duo. After…
  • Climate activism is doomed if it remains a left-only issue | Jonathan Freedland

    Jonathan Freedland
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Faced with collective catatonia, environmentalists need to learn from successful political campaignsIn all those sci-fi horror stories foretelling the end of the world, the imagined reaction was never boredom. Panic and hysteria, yes. Sex with strangers, most certainly. We could picture all that at the moment doomsday loomed. But inertia, inattention and a shrugging desire to turn over to the other channel – well, HG Wells never foresaw that.Yet that is the collective reaction of our species to the warnings that we are frying our planet. People barely discuss climate change. Research…
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    Business and finance

  • Not as good as they look

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    AT FIRST glance, the results from the Federal Reserve’s stress test of America’s 31 largest banks, released on March 5th, seem to suggest a clean bill of health. The test takes the banks' balance-sheet data and subjects it to a variety of economic catastrophes, such as a 60% drop in share prices and the unemployment rate reaching 10%.No bank was found immediately wanting. But on second look, however, two banks came close to breaching the minimum level of capital they required. These were Goldman Sachs and Zions Bancorp. Zions has had problems with stress tests before. But the close call…
  • The winning streak continues

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    FOR how much longer can the American economy keep creating jobs so fast? 2014 was a bumper year—by December there were 3m more people in work than a year earlier (see first chart). Unemployment was 1.1 percentage points lower. The ratio of jobseekers to vacancies fell from a peak of seven to one in 2009 to two to one in December 2014. If the figures released this morning are anything to go by, the good times will continue. America's economy created 295,000 jobs in February, a pace of growth faster than for 2014 as a whole. Unemployment fell to 5.5%, a level that, back in 2013, the…
  • Feeling the heat

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    ALLEGATIONS of unfair competition are nothing new for the Gulf's carriers. The region’s big three airlines—Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—have long been accused of receiving government subsidies by their rivals in Europe and America. But supporting evidence has been in short supply. That apparently changed yesterday, when a group of airlines disclosed details of “obvious and massive” Gulf-carrier subsidies totalling $42bn since 2004. The findings have been submitted to the American government in a 55-page dossier urging a re-think of Washington’s open-skies treaty with…
  • Abandon ship?

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    THE latest non-farm payrolls - 295,000 jobs were added in February, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.5% - will reassure investors about the health of the US economy, while simultaneously provoking concerns about the likely date of the first Federal Reserve rate increase.But what about the global economy? There are four things that might give investors pause. The first is the direction of central bank policy. The Fed might be thinking of pushing up rates but many more central banks have been cutting; India and Poland were the latest to join the trend. That doesn't suggest confidence in a…
  • Nothing to fear

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    "I DON'T want to sound obnoxious," a friend told me the other day, "but I hate the bus."My friend hates riding buses because they are too often slow and crowded. He is not alone. To many they have a certain stigma. Margaret Thatcher is supposed to have said “A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure.” But it doesn't have to be this way. City buses, used smartly, are great: they are quicker than walking, cheaper than a cab, and go places the subway doesn't. Indeed, in many cities, bus services are improving as municipal planners have cottoned on…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Are pilots deserting Washington's remote-control war?

    Pratap Chatterjee
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers. There are roughly 1,000 such drone pilots, known in the trade as “18Xs,” working for the U.S. Air Force today. Another 180 pilots graduate annually from a training (...) - Open page
  • The struggle for UKIP's soul

    Chris J Bickerton
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Britain's long-established two-party system is in crisis. With neither the Conservatives nor Labour believing they can win a majority of seats, attention has shifted towards the coalitions that might be formed after the election in May. A recent ‘cash for influence' scandals involving Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw, former foreign ministers from the Tory and Labour parties respectively, have deepened the sense of decline in the country's two-party system. This crisis has put the spotlight on (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • To drill or not to drill, that is the question

    Subhankar Banerjee
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Here's a Jeopardy!-style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you're an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it's a pretty good guess that you can't tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either. The answer: the Chukchi Sea and the adjacent Beaufort Sea, off Arctic Alaska, and you can commonly spot bowhead, beluga, and grey whales there, while fin whales, minkes, humpbacks, killer whales, and (...) - Open page
  • Whose politics and which green?

    Peter Newell
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Talk of transformation is back in vogue. This time the call is for a green transformation. Recent and recurrent financial and environmental crises have drawn attention to the ecological, social and economic sustainability of the global economy. This has prompted calls for a new green industrial revolution, transitions to a low carbon economy or for more radical restructuring for de-growth or the pursuit of prosperity without growth. While calls for radical transformations are often made, (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • My war on terror

    Tom Engelhardt
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:35 am
    Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I've been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. Let me start this way: you should feel free to call me an American nationalist. It may sound ugly as hell, but it's one way I do think of myself. True, we Americans usually reserve the more kindly word “patriot” for ourselves and use “nationalist” to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the (...) - Open page
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  • 物凄くイケメンなのにハゲは辛い

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
  • 女性タレントさんの足の映像を観て脱毛に興味

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

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

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

    6 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
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  • Machiavelli in Euroland

    Harold James
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    More than 500 years after writing his famous political treatise The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli has reemerged as one of Europe's most popular political thinkers. And, indeed, at a time when economic policymakers are facing extraordinarily confusing challenges, he has some useful advice to offer.
  • One Hundred Years of Relativity

    Sabine Hossenfelder
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Albert Einstein's theory of relativity has provided fundamental insights into the history and nature of the universe, from the Big Bang to wormholes and evaporating black holes. But there is a flip side to Einstein's famous explanation of how the universe works: It has raised as many questions for scientists as it has answered.
  • Living the Saudi Dream

    Anas Alhajji
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Saudi Arabia wants it all: to salvage OPEC, achieve income diversification and industrialization, and preserve its market share in crude oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals, and natural gas liquids. Whether the Saudis succeed will be determined largely by the shale-energy industry in the US.
  • The Day of the Drone

    Rachel Finn, et al.
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    With policymakers in the United States and Europe committed to opening civilian airspace to non-military drones, the pilotless aircraft will only become more common. So it is crucial that the unique challenges they present to civil liberties and privacy are quickly identified and addressed.
  • Realizing the Indian Dream

    Jim O'Neill
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    It is probably too early to say with certainty that India will soon take its place as the world's third largest economy, behind China and the US. But, given that India's investment climate seems to be improving, that moment might not be too far away.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Just Sayin’

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    “Instead of digging up dirt, they should be digging up our crumbling infrastructure.” The post Just Sayin’ appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • What Is Art?

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    “It’s his preschool period… At 50, you still sense the endless whining & complaining.” The post What Is Art? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Doctor Patient Relationship

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    “You’re going to find another doctor? Well, you’re wrong – I do listen.” The post Doctor Patient Relationship appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Earned It

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    “Yoga pants & flip flops…Because at my age, I rule me.” The post Earned It appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • That’s Hot

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    “We’re menopausal CEO’s – Might as well use our mood swings for a corporate take-over.” The post That’s Hot appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • THIS is why I use MEGA for my Cloud Storage Provider!

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    How can Users Trust their Cloud Storage Providers? One of my facebook friends just posted this link on her timeline. Turns out Dropbox, (and other cloud storage providers) are accessing data beyond the ‘sync’ folder. This is exactly why I stopped using dropbox over two years ago. It is no secret that I pimp MEGA […] The post THIS is why I use MEGA for my Cloud Storage Provider! appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It By Michael Snyder February 22nd Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do.  These days, we don’t like to think of ourselves as “servants” or “slaves”, but that is […] The post Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Price Volatility No Match for Bitcoin’s Potential

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    For those seeking a better remittance system or a cheaper, freer, and more inclusive solution over bank transfers, bitcoin is a revolutionary technology regardless whether its price tag is US$1 or $1,000.+ The post Price Volatility No Match for Bitcoin’s Potential appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • Bitcoin Bingo!

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Now that Bitcoin is increasing its’ market cap back up to $4Billion, we are also seeing the flood of mainstream news article about bitcoin. Here’s a game you can play as the new wave of FUD inevitably is stirred up with the tide of news; it is called Bitcoin Bingo! The way you play the […] The post Bitcoin Bingo! appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
  • AirVPN is a VPN That Takes Your Anonymity Seriously

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    TorrentFreak asks: “WHICH VPN SERVICES TAKE YOUR ANONYMITY SERIOUSLY? “ Taken from an article on TorrentFreak BY ERNESTO VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance, but unfortunately not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users’ IP-addresses and other […] The post AirVPN is a VPN That Takes Your Anonymity Seriously appeared first on Earthbus Edutainment.
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  • Future RIP to Dioxidized.com

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    As follow-up to my earlier thoughts about where and how I should be blogging, I have decided to separate my blogging efforts going forward. That should also make me more “prone” to blogging, in the grander scheme of things… For … Continue reading →
  • “General blogging” vs “Niche Blogging”, I’d prefer a few niches myself…

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    I feel like this blog is waaaay too scattershot, encompassing anything that captures my interest, when instead, I should be a lot more focused. I am working on a new site specific to Lake Worth, Florida, so that’s one new … Continue reading →
  • Pictures from the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival (2nd set)

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    This is far from the definitive collection of pictures from the Street Painting Festival, but I just wanted to post a few more pics here while I sort through, adjust, crop, edit and then post the best out of the hundreds … Continue reading →
  • Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    The absolute coolest thing to happen in Lake Worth (Florida) is the Annual Street Painting Festival … This year is like a bonus – I missed last years festival because I went on a cruise instead, and this year, while I had … Continue reading →
  • Bitcoin – concerns from a business or audit standpoint

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:58 pm
    I am not an auditor. Let me just preface with that. And this blog post isn’t too thought out, it’s a stream of thoughts that just hit me at 1 in the morning. But regardless… Bitcoin and audits. Bitcoin sucks … Continue reading →
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • 13 reasons we are still crazy in love after seventeen years and two kids

    Summer L Tate
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    By Camdiluv via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 First, let me clear the air: I do not believe purely in monogamy for human beings. It works for some and not for others, and there is no definition of a “perfect” couple. I also do not subscribe to the ideas that everyone must be in a romantic relationship, are better off married rather than divorced, or are “incomplete” if single. Having said that, I would like to discuss my relationship with my spouse and give some reasons that may explain our longevity.I have been with my husband since a week before my sixteenth birthday. We have been…
  • My Generation

    Summer L Tate
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:46 pm
    What is it with kids these days, with their i-phones, i-pads, and i-attitudes? With their crappy music, limited attention span, and social media? In my day kids were well mannered perfect soldiers who never complained, respected their elders, only listened to good music, and spent hours on a corded phone communicating the old fashioned way. Yes, in the good old days. Unfortunately this is a typical attack by an older generation painting a younger generation with a broad, degrading stroke, while patting themselves on the back for being a part of the better decade. Whenever there is an article…
  • Stop Holding Our Hands: Marijuana, privacy, and the American Way

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

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

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