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  • Haiti's fragile democracy

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    Washington Post
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
    Its parliament disbanded and its judiciary weak and subject to manipulation, Haiti is slouching toward tyranny.
  • Run, Joe, run

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    DOYLE McMANUS Los Angeles Times
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn't sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72.
  • To love the children

    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*
    Jake Tidmore Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    From her heavenly home, my mother would probably like to have a word with Justin Harris.
  • Wrong, wrong, wrong

    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*
    <StaffMember: Dana D. Kelley>
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    For the record, it turns out that all the witnesses who claimed Michael Brown had his hands up the day he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., were wrong.
  • Opinionator | Disunion: The End of the Slave Trade

    NYT > Opinion
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Even in the final months of the Civil War, Southern whites were buying and selling human beings.
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  • NBA's Ryan Hollins sells home court in Tarzana for above asking price

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Former UCLA and Los Angeles Clippers forward-center Ryan Hollins didn’t have much trouble courting a buyer for his home in Tarzana.
  • Augustine Wine Bar chef Evan Algorri

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Evan Algorri, chef at the new Augustine Wine Bar in Sherman Oaks, really only saw two choices when he graduated from Chico State. Go to law school or go to culinary school. So he quit his job at a law firm in downtown L.A. and moved to New York City to attend the French Culinary Institute.
  • Myanmar press freedom: Unprecedented but still subject to pressures

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    It was a scene wholly unimaginable just a few years ago when this country was under strict military rule and its press subject to overwhelming controls: The ballroom of one of this city’s fanciest hotels, filled with journalists from around the world, assembled for an international...
  • For Napa Valley's Scarecrow and M. Étain, Old Hollywood and vines

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    The 70-year-old vines known as "the old men" have twisted and bulged over the years, their roots deep in that good Rutherford Bench soil. Birds and other creatures have made a home in the folds and crevices of the vines that make an extraordinary Napa Valley Cabernet called Scarecrow. Bret...
  • Tomas Transtromer, Nobel laureate, dies at 83

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83. According to the Nobel Prize's Twitter account, Transtromer died Thursday.
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  • The Mideast breakdown was a long time in building

    Editorial Board
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S assessment this week of the prospects for Middle East peace was sobering but realistic. For now, he said, “there still does not appear to be a prospect of a meaningful framework . . . that would lead to a Palestinian state”; consequently, “that could end up leading to a downward spiral of relations that will be dangerous for everybody.” Read full article >>
  • The weed that wasn’t

    Editorial Board
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
    THE NEWS is full of instances in which deficits in common sense produce bad outcomes. But rarely is the deficit so clear, or the outcome so wretched, as in the case of a sixth-grade boy in Bedford County, Va., who received a year-long suspension from school for possessing a single leaf of marijuana — which, on closer inspection, turned out not to be marijuana at all.Read full article >>
  • Keeping them safe from gay marriage

    Editorial Board
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    ALARMED AT the prospect that the Supreme Court will sanction same-sex marriage in every state, conservative state lawmakers are intensifying efforts to provide legal cover for evangelical Christians and others who regard homosexual unions as an affront.Read full article >>
  • Finally, a ‘more delightful’ MLK Library

    Editorial Board
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    THE QUESTION of what to do with the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has vexed the District for a decade. When he was mayor, Anthony A. Williams (D) thought the historically protected building unusable as a modern library and wanted to build a new facility elsewhere. In his turn, Adrian M. Fenty (D) thought Bloomingdale’s might locate there, while Vincent C. Gray (D) hoped to renovate the building through a public-private partnership that would share the premises with a paying tenant. Now comes an exciting plan developed by library officials that we hope will have better success than…
  • Larry Hogan’s plan for charter schools hits a roadblock

    Editorial Board
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    MARYLAND GOV. Larry Hogan’s plan to make it easier to establish charter schools has run into trouble in the General Assembly. The public education systems in much of Maryland are among the best in the country, so it is not surprising that lawmakers are wary of making changes. What legislators need to realize, however, is that public charter schools not only offer new possibilities to students but also can function as a useful complement to traditional schools. Lawmakers need look no further than the neighboring District to see how two school sectors can work in parallel to further…
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  • J.A. Jance

    27 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.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:55 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Just another weblog
  • 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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  • Cheers: Great work hosting the NCAA regional

    Times-Union Editorial
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Cheers to everyone, and particularly Jacksonville University’s athletics department, for doing such a great job hosting the recent NCAA men’s basketball regional at the Veterans Memorial Arena. JU Athletic Director Donnie Horner said his department, along with Jax Sports, the city of Jacksonville and arena operator SMG, began planning for the regional weekend in July. read more
  • Lead Letter: Public Defender advocates smart justice for juveniles

    Lead Letter
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    Children are vulnerable. They make mistakes and all too often in Florida, they are forced to pay dearly for those youthful indiscretions. It is time we demand there be a fix to a juvenile justice system that is clearly broken. Two significant movements this month could result in overdue reforms. Recently, the national Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth released a new set of guidelines that call for new national standards in punishing juvenile offenders while strongly considering the frailty of young minds. read more
  • Monday's Letters: Readers comment on open government

    Letters from readers
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    SUNSHINE IN GOVERNMENT Part of Florida’s culture Open government is good and spills over to local homeowner association state law also. That is a pain for it requires 48 hours notice posted on a bulletin board and slows down a lot of business, but I understand the reasoning. It is just not a bowl of cherries. read more
  • Guest column: Parents should have greater freedom to choose schools

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In the Sunshine State, we are fortunate to live in a national bellwether for educational choice. Of the 3 million school-aged children in Florida, 42 percent attend a school (public, private, virtual or at home) other than the one for which they are zoned. The percentage of Florida’s children attending schools of choice grows every year. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: The firefighters union got smoked in Tuesday's elections

    Ron Littlepage
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Mousing around the news from Tuesday’s election ... click. First, let me join the choir: Turnout? Pathetic. The fact that voter turnout — 33.7 percent — was 4 percent higher than the First Election in 2011 is of little solace. Jacksonville is at a critical crossroads, with issues ranging from a massive pension debt to underfunded city services to a declining quality of life, and only one-third of the registered voters bothered to cast ballots? Then there are the masses that don’t even register. read more
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  • The conservative case for same-sex marriage

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Before the current Supreme Court session ends this summer, the justices will make a landmark decision on same-sex marriage. But conservatives shouldn't wait to lose in court. They should accept same-sex marriage now.
  • The people's representatives should be elected

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Members of Congress don't always complete their terms due to factors like death, a new job and scandal. When a House seat becomes vacant, the Constitution requires an election to fill it, and every House member has been elected. The 17th amendment established direct election of Senators as...
  • More quality teachers, fewer administrators

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Each year when it is time for executive central office school officials to present their proposed school budget to local government officials for approval, a funny thing happens. The needs of children anchor the plea for more funding. From a political perspective, this is a tough plea to...
  • No weather TLC without TWC

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    People love to talk about the weather. And people listen to those who know what they're talking about — like meteorology guru Jim Cantore. But when Verizon FiOS unexpectedly dropped The Weather Channel (TWC) from its line-up on March 10, those voices went silent for the cable company's...
  • Cruz zeroes in on his base

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican hopeful to formally enter the race for his party’s 2016 nomination, is not one for subtlety. In his choice of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a fundamentalist Christian hotbed, he preached his true-faith conservative message to the choir.
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  • The PLCB took eight weeks to send a case of wine from one store to another

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I went to my local Wine and Spirits store to purchase a particular wine. It had none in stock so I asked that the store check other stores. The associate told me that none was available in any store in Western Pennsylvania.
  • I've grown to appreciate the Common Core

    By Kyle Schwartz
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    When the Common Core State Standards were rolled out in Colorado in 2010, it was a challenge. At first, my colleagues and I at Doull Elementary in Denver struggled to understand this huge change. We read the documents, pored over the appendices, wrestled with the terminology. Teachers sat around lunch tables debating each standard. We wondered whether students could meet these new, much higher expectations, and we discussed how to best explain the changes to families.
  • An uneasy feeling: Heinz should keep its headquarters in Pittsburgh

    By the Editorial Board
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    When an iconic local company makes a huge acquisition, as the parent of H.J. Heinz did in announcing its intention to buy rival Kraft Foods Group, it should be nothing but good news in its hometown. Based on some recent, distasteful history, though, Pittsburgh is entitled to some skepticism.
  • For additional revenue, Pa. should tax owners of unimproved land

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A PG article described a proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf to increase revenues for the Pennsylvania government to support early education (“Wolf: Billions in Revenue From Proposed Sales Tax”). I agree with the need, but I disagree with the proposed sources of the revenues.
  • An incoherent strategy: Two new U.S. bombing campaigns defy logic

    By the Editorial Board
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It is difficult to see policy coherence or prospects of success in America’s two new bombing campaigns, in Iraq and Yemen.
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  • Innovation changes the climate game

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a new Al Gore in town. No, he hasn’t reconsidered his departure from hardball politics. He won’t be running against Hillary Clinton anytime soon. But he has changed his tune dramatically on his signature issue, climate change. How...
  • Activist calls for Muslim Reformation

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a woman of courage. She has not gone to ground even though al-Qaida has a contract out on her life for reputed “crimes against Islam” – “A Bullet a Day Keeps the Infidel Away,” read a “Wanted” notice that appeared in...
  • Wrong way to punish puppy mills

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It looks as if Garden Grove will soon become the sixth city in the county, and 18th in the state, to ban the sale of cats and dogs from commercial breeders. The proponents say it is a blow against so-called puppy mills, but it looks more like a blow...
  • GOP race for the White House commences

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON – With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop...
  • Today's cartoons: Add Yemen to Obama's foreign policy trophies

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: Will legalese tame Iran?
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    27 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    Orientation to action
  • Wrong, wrong, wrong

    <StaffMember: Dana D. Kelley>
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    For the record, it turns out that all the witnesses who claimed Michael Brown had his hands up the day he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., were wrong.
  • To love the children

    Jake Tidmore Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    From her heavenly home, my mother would probably like to have a word with Justin Harris.
  • Haiti's fragile democracy

    Washington Post
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
    Its parliament disbanded and its judiciary weak and subject to manipulation, Haiti is slouching toward tyranny.
  • Run, Joe, run

    DOYLE McMANUS Los Angeles Times
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn't sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72.
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  • Mercury News editorial: More outrage at the Oakland VA office

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:21 pm
    For years the Oakland regional office of the Veterans Administration has been a national disgrace -- part of a larger pattern of incompetence or worse that seems to have engulfed the VA nationwide. The latest report on this is as befuddling as it is frustrating. The change promised by the president and Congress to better serve veterans has yet to take root. At best, confusion reigns.In Sunday's edition of this newspaper, staff writer Mark Emmons described a report by the VA Office of Inspector General last month about the Oakland office, which supposedly handles claims for more than 780,000…
  • Mercury News editorial: San Jose Officer Michael Johnson's tragic slaying

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Shock and sorrow gripped San Jose Wednesday over the senseless slaying of Officer Michael Johnson Tuesday night. His death in a burst of gunfire from a high-powered rifle fired in ambush leaves no room to question whether he or his fellow officers on the scene could have done anything differently, no room for any reaction but impenetrable grief. It was the ultimate nightmare of all police officers and the people who love them -- and a grim reminder to us all of the danger officers face every day just by putting on their uniforms in public service.That danger has been particularly present in…
  • Mercury News editorial: Another flawed judge raises question

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    It's time California considered appointing rather than electing judges.The latest example of conduct more likely to surface when judges are picked by popular election is that of newly elected Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Stuart Scott, who is accused of violating the code of ethics on judicial conduct.Through no fault of their own, voters have little basis upon which to identify the best candidate in a judicial campaign. Scott's conduct reportedly ranged from eye-rolling in court to dissing the defense attorney in a private conversation with Deputy District Attorney Kelly Meeker.
  • Mercury News editorial: Jerry Brown's lame response to California's drought

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    California is in a drought of historic proportions with no end in sight. Scientists and political leaders, including Gov. Jerry Brown, agree. The governor called an official state of emergency way back in January 2014 -- but you wouldn't know it from his actions since. Lame doesn't begin to describe Brown's failure to show leadership on this threat to the state's long-range future that's easily as dire as the massive budget deficit he inherited in 2011. For example: A governor who was serious about conservation would be offering tens of millions of dollars in incentives to urban water…
  • Mercury News editorial: Brittany Maynard's video testimony for End of Life Option Act will tug heartstrings

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The End of Life Option Act, a legacy of the sad death of Brittany Maynard, gets its first hearing Wednesday in the California Senate Health Committee. Co-authored by Sens. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Lois Wolk, D-Davis, the eminently humane proposal is based on Oregon's successful right-to-die law that has been in effect since 1997 with none of the disastrous results opponents predicted at its inception -- and still predicted if terminally ill Californians win the right to choose when to die.It's time to show support for the law. Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer patient, had to move from…
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  • U.S. agency probes 2 VW models

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that a steering column control computer can fail on two Volkswagen models, knocking out the horn and air bags.
  • Mom of Md. tot found dead pleads guilty

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    COLUMBUS — The mother of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found dead inside a backpack in an Ohio creek has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
  • Obama calls Reid in live Nev. radio interview

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    WASHINGTON — There was a surprise caller waiting to talk on live radio to Harry Reid, shortly after the Senate minority leader announced he would not run for re-election next year.
  • Smithsonian gets 'Man Men' costumes, props

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    WASHINGTON  — Don Draper is making his exit this year on TV’s “Mad Men,” but his advertising man image from the 1960s will live on at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Body of missing Va. boy found in septic tank

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    DUBLIN, Va. — Virginia authorities on Friday were investigating the death of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found in a septic tank near his home.
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  • Greensburg Laurels & Lances

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Lance: To the State Ethics Commission. The question was simple enough: Do three oil and gas leases pose a conflict of interest for Ligonier Township ...
  • Pension-letter ire I

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In response to the letter “Municipal-pension ire” from Karen Stillitano of Jeannette: “Free” pension? I am a retired state employee, and my employer took money ...
  • Pension-letter ire II

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    To Karen Stillitano: I’m writing regarding your “fat lazy cop on the take” comment in your letter “Municipal-pension ire”. Police officers advance toward extremely dangerous ...
  • What’s gone wrong with Democracy?

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    The Economist magazine recently published “What’s gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?” The suggestion is that democracy is ...
  • Death wishes & Obama’s hope

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Iran’s supreme leader recently said “Death to America.” Meanwhile his country is gaining power in Iraq, Yemen and Syria, still sponsors terrorists, is working on ...
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  • Mornings in Blue America

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    Recent job growth has big political implications - implications so disturbing to many on the right that they are in frantic denial, claiming that the recovery is somehow bogus. Why…Click to Continue »
  • Are fraternities stuck in bad old ways?

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Can you hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals? If you do, are you then blaming the whole fraternity system?Click to Continue »
  • America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    The dismissal of broad-based learning comes from a fundamental misreading of the facts – and puts America on a dangerously narrow path for the future.Click to Continue »
  • The mark of terror

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made the Germanwings tragedy possible.Click to Continue »
  • The GOP racing form: First edition

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.Click to Continue »
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  • The Battle for Number 10: Great TV but not an interview for the job of prime minister

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Who won the battle for Number 10? Well I will say this. No, let me explain and let me be clear, too – can I just answer the question? You know what, I’m not sure that is the question, actually, for the majority of the hard-working people out there. The man on the street. Did someone say Shredded Wheat? Was that you Paul? Hi, Paul. Thank you for that great question, Paul. You want to talk about the NHS? I have a great joke about a bacon sandwich my special adviser wrote for me this morning. No, honestly, hand on heart, it is really funny and he told me to get it in, no matter what. Here…
  • General Election 2015: Another coalition government would be good for Britain

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    It was like the last day at school when the Cabinet held its final meeting before the general election. Francis Maude, the Tory Cabinet Office minister who is leaving the Commons, defied a ban on mobile phones by taking photos of the 31 ministers at the coffin-shaped Cabinet table.
  • Letters: Stigma around depression affects all of society

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    The apparently deliberate crash of the German jet sends shivers up and down the spine. It is truly something extraordinary, something beyond the imaginable.
  • From creationism and bullying to reading abilities that go backwards, free schools are a complete and utter failure

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Today, the last day of the Parliament, marks another failure in the Government’s flagship Free Schools programme. Following a damning Ofsted verdict last year, the Government has today pulled the funding at Durham Free School, and the school has now shut down for good.
  • Now’s the time to bring back Top Of The Pops

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    For some years I’ve not been able to hear Radio One’s rundown of the weekly pop charts without thinking of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse’s comedy DJs, Smashy and Nicey. When it came to Paul Whitehouse’s Mike Smash reading out the charts with their “climbers” and the like, he adopted a look so intense and a delivery so fast that the pop charts sounded like a manic declaration of war.
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  • It is not just parliament’s buildings that require extensive renovation | Timothy Garton Ash

    Timothy Garton Ash
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Our lawmakers are held in contempt. From prime minister’s questions to special advisers, the whole institution needs an overhaulThe most famous parliament in the world is falling apart. That neo-gothic pile on the banks of the Thames needs a multi-year, multibillion-pound restoration. But it’s not just the building that’s in disrepair: the institution itself cries out for a thorough overhaul.Yesterday, when MPs left Westminster to plunge into the election campaign, John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, survived a slimy government manoeuvre intended to make his own…
  • The image of the sobbing doctor proves that ‘professional distance’ has its human limits

    Deborah Orr
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    From medics to lawyers, we often expect people to mask their feelings for the sake of professional distance. But there is no shame if that mask slips occasionallyIt’s a simple and haunting image. An accident and emergency doctor crouches in the California rain, hanging on to a wall, grieving for a lost 19-year-old patient. The snapshot was shared many times on social media, having been posted by a paramedic, with the doctor’s permission. I doubt either of them realised that it would reach – and touch – a huge global audience.And yet it’s not so surprising that it has. It’s rare to…
  • Indiana is not protecting religious freedom but outright zealotry | Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law that would allow business owners to refuse service to customers they disapprove of. Like the LGBT communityReligious freedom in the United States is protected by the Constitution. It’s strange to have to state the obvious, but the Indiana legislature and Governor Mike Pence seem to need a refresher on basic civics. On 26 March, Pence signed SB 101 into law, a bill which supposedly protects religious freedom, though in this instance, that freedom largely applies to business owners who want the right to refuse service to customers they disapprove of.
  • The Germanwings tragedy: inside the mind of a pilot | Michael Bloomfield

    Michael Bloomfield
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    As a qualified pilot and psychiatrist, I am certain that no prior psychological test to Andreas Lubitz would have predicted his actionsFrench prosecutors have reported that first officer Andreas Lubitz appeared to want to destroy the aircraft carrying 149 innocent people aboard Germanwings flight 4U9525. As a qualified pilot and a psychiatrist, I have since repeatedly imagined nightmare scenarios in that cockpit. Although we will never know what was truly going through Lubitz’s mind as the aircraft plunged, one of the many alarming aspects of this tragedy is that his depression is being…
  • Former dictator or inept incumbent? Nigeria’s dire election choice | Chika Unigwe

    Chika Unigwe
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    The country faces major problems with Boko Haram, corruption and poverty. Whoever wins, there is little optimism that this will changeThree days before the presidential elections in Nigeria, the government closed the country’s borders amid security concerns. They are expected to remain closed until midnight on Saturday, the 28th, after the voting is over. The government is not alone in worrying about security. There hangs in the air a sense of unease.My cousins, who live in Abuja, have left the capital for our home town, Osumenyi, in the eastern part of the country, where they intend to sit…
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  • South Korea's economy, a riposte to Piketty and skyscrapers

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:South Korea's economy: A tiger in winter (Finance)Milk and economic development: No use crying (Finance)Inequality and housing: Through the roof (Finance)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at whether skyscraper booms augur well for the global economy. 
  • The power of the almighty dollar

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    "THIS is a great time for Americans to travel internationally," the Washington Post proclaimed last month. The main reason? The strong dollar. Russia is now a much cheaper place for Americans than it was a year ago but, of course, there's less reason for business travellers to go there since the harsh sanctions were introduced. More significant is the dollar's strength versus most European currencies, in particular the Euro. But all is not as it seems, explains Evan Soltas, an economics blogger. A strong dollar, he argues, doesn't have much influence on Americans' travel habits. But it…
  • A tiger in winter

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    The party is overTHE previous president of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, set a target for economic growth of 7%—a level the country once achieved regularly, but missed on his watch. Last year his successor, Park Geun-hye, adopted a more modest goal of 4%. Yet in January the Bank of Korea revised its growth forecast for this year down from 3.9% to 3.4%. HSBC, a bank, thinks growth will barely top 3%.Consumer spending is feeble. Wages have grown by less than 1% a year over the past decade, on average, after adjusting for inflation. Households have been borrowing instead: their debts, of 80% of…
  • Fanuc stoops to conquer

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Oh, look, a humanYOSHIHARU INABA, the president of Fanuc, a secretive Japanese maker of industrial robots and machine-tool controllers, has something of importance to say to the outside world. Having invited your correspondent to visit its complex, deep in a forest in the foothills of Mount Fuji, he explains that the reason why he and the company’s workers (human and metallic) all dress in yellow is not that Fanuc is some sort of occult group, but because that colour is conspicuous and is a useful public-relations tool. Both he and his father, Seiuemon Inaba, Fanuc’s honorary chairman, he…
  • Serfs up

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    THIS week the rank and file of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) met in Detroit under a logo of a clenched fist and the slogan, “It’s our time”. When they last collectively negotiated a big pay deal, it was in 2011 and General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were still crawling out of the worst recession in memory. What the workers got then reflected the firms’ feeble condition: for Ford’s hourly-paid UAW members that was an annual rise of just 1%.That deal expires this year, just as the motor industry is booming again. The big-three car firms complain that their wage bills are still…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Military strategy? Who needs it?

    William D. Hartung
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow. McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama's demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars (...) - Open page
  • 'The Chinese dream is a daydream'

    Peter Bengtsen
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Sung Wei has a dream. It drives him out of bed in the morning and off to work for up to 12 hours daily. It has driven him more than 2,000 kilometres from the Yunnan province that neighbours Myanmar (Burma) and Tibet all the way to Xiamen at the coast. Here, he moulds tires in one of the Cheng Shin Tire factories, the world's biggest bike tyre manufacturer. Sung Wei dreams about his future savings. He dreams of spending his, so far, imaginary, savings to set up a small shop in his hometown (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • “I plead guilty” (to insubordination)

    Paula Giddings and Howard Zinn
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    The excerpt from a longer 1960 piece by Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings are from the Nation magazine's 150th Anniversary Special Issue on newsstands in April. They appear here with the kind permission of the editors of that magazine. Finishing School for Pickets By Howard Zinn (August 6, 1960) One afternoon some weeks ago, with the dogwood on the Spelman College campus newly bloomed and the grass close-cropped and fragrant, an attractive, tawny-skinned girl crossed the lawn to her (...) - Open page
  • Can you say “blowback” in spanish?

    Rebecca Gordon
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power. They have penetrated the local, state, and national governments and control entire sections of the country. They provide employment and services to an impoverished public, which distrusts their actual government with its bitter record of corruption, repression, and torture. They seduce young people from several countries, including the United States, (...) - Open page
  • Making nature pay

    Richard Lane
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    On 19 January the New York Times published an op-ed piece on a new carbon offset programme entitled “Make Forests Pay”. As the authors make clear, tropical rainforests are being cut, burned and cleared at an astonishing rate, which shows no sign of slowing. Aside from the other obvious effects of this loss — species extinction and biodiversity loss — they highlight the role this plays in climate change: when tropical forests are cleared, carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) is released into (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • 理想の彼氏をゲットするために脱毛を開始

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    私が脱毛をはじめることになったきっかけは、 ずっと前から狙っていた外国人彼と初めて対面することになったことです。 インターネットで知り合った彼と初めて対面するため、彼の国に旅立つことになりました。念願の外国人彼氏が目の前まできた時、私は果たして女子として彼にふさわしいだろうか、そんなふうに考えました。 今では足腕、脇をしていますが、VIOも気になってきています。 無事外国人の彼氏もGETしました^^
  • 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。…
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  • Death and Hope on the High Seas

    Derek Tittensor
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Given the many ways human activity threatens marine life, it is easy – perhaps even rational – to be pessimistic. Yet this year could mark the beginning of a more robust approach to safeguarding ocean ecosystems.
  • Secular Stagnation for Free

    Ricardo Hausmann
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    For some reason, achieving a level of investment that would generate full employment seems to require negative real interest rates, which is another way of saying that people have to be paid to invest. In fact, to harness the possibilities of new technology, we may need non-market forms of payment for valuable contributions.
  • A Window on China’s New Normal

    Martin Feldstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    At this year’s China Development Forum, virtually every official in attendance accepted that GDP growth will continue to slow. They now seem to understand that this will not fuel unemployment, because the slowdown reflects China’s structural shift from heavy industry to more employment-intensive consumer services.
  • Northeast Asia’s Shared Destiny

    Christopher R. Hill
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    For the first time in nearly three years, the foreign ministers of China, South Korea, and Japan met last week in Seoul to discuss potential collaboration on a range of issues. But trilateral cooperation, while critical, can be effective only if all three countries recognize that their futures, like their pasts, are intertwined.
  • Latin America in the Second Machine Age

    Luis Alberto Moreno
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The Summit of the Americas in Panama City will focus on how to support inclusive growth in the Latin American and Caribbean economies, which have lately taken a major hit from falling commodities prices. Any strategy will have to boost the region's resilience to the next wave of automation.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Let’s Talk

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    “I don’t care means you don’t want to have a bitchfest.” The post Let’s Talk appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Me, Myself & My Dog

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    “I’d rather hang with my dog than dumbass people any day.” The post Me, Myself & My Dog appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Spirits Guide

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    “Everything in my fridge has been recalled… Just wine is just fine.” The post Spirits Guide appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • What?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    “Press one for English, two for Spanish or three for Amish.” The post What? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • March & Madness

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    “I’m slammed checking brackets, scores, watching games…  So you’re the Project Manager until after Final Four.”   The post March & Madness appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • Recently Uncovered Meme circa 1550s Bemoans Technology

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Internet archaeologists have uncovered a 500-year-old internet meme made by old people who thought they were being clever for decrying the latest technology of the time, READING BOOKS. The cycle of old people bemoaning youth and technology is a habit that still dominates society today; the image above is a current example of the ancient meme […] The post Recently Uncovered Meme circa 1550s Bemoans Technology appeared first on 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.
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • More people need to be having sex!

    Summer L Tate
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Explore your sexuality without shame or reservation. By Emerson Quinn via flickr. CC More people need to be having sex, masturbating, and experiencing orgasms…it is almost urgent. Too many are stressed, tense, aggressive, and unknowingly living in a state of sexual repression. Something is backwards when violence is more acceptable than any expression of sexuality. Years ago America seemed to lose its shit when Janet Jackson’s nipple was exposed for a second during the Super Bowl and more recently the same shit was lost when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on ESPN after…
  • 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…
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