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  • The U.S. needs Russia [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Instead of alienating Russians, we should be pulling them inThe U.S. needs Russia. This may sound peculiar coming from a person who spent 25 years at the NSA, almost half of those fighting communism. But our approach to Russia since the end of the Cold War has been unimaginative and aggressive. Politicians in Washington put on their Cold-War glasses any time Russia makes noise. It's time to archive those in the Smithsonian.
  • The racial divide is on display in Missouri

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    What’s happening in Ferguson is rooted in too-common disparities.
  • With an ill-timed slap at Obama, Hillary falters [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hillary Clinton's swipe at President Obama for his inaction in Syria, was a minor misstep on her road to the White HouseHillary Clinton's tactical retreat in her soft apology and meet-up with President Obama at Martha's Vineyard, after her ill-timed criticism of his "failure" in aiding Syrian refugees, indicates she may not be quite ready to put her best foot forward for the 2016 presidential race.
  • Generation Next tackles 'solvable' problem in schools

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Ambitious coalition has plan to tackle academic achievement gaps.
  • Quick History: A Grim Week of Executions and Racial Strife

    NYT > Opinion
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Crisis points included the murder of an American journalist in Syria, the executions of Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel and the eruption of racial violence in Ferguson, Mo.
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  • A CDC for the Internet could help cut down on misbehavior

    Editorial Board
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    THE PARADE of misbehavior by spies, thieves and warriors on the Internet is endless. In recent days it was reported that Chinese intruders have stolen medical records for 4.5 million patients and that customer names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses and payment card information were breached at 51 United Parcel Service stores between March and August. The retailer Target has reported that the data breach discovered last December has cost it more than $140 million. Read full article >>
  • Larry Hogan wings it on the campaign trail — again

    Editorial Board
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    LARRY HOGAN, the Republican candidate for governor in Maryland, dropped a policy bomb into the campaign the other day. Speaking at a retirement community along with his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Mr. Hogan said that once he gets spending under control, his administration would “completely eliminate state income taxes for pensions and retirement income.” Read full article >>
  • Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team

    Editorial Board
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the…
  • The wrong way to achieve political accommodation in Afghanistan

    Editorial Board
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    WHEN PRESIDENT Obama announced in 2011 the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, he was sanguine about that nation’s future. U.S. soldiers could be “proud of their success,” he said, and he was “confident” that Iraqis would “build a future worthy of their history as a cradle of civilization.” Read full article >>
  • On Ukraine, any bargain is a bad bargain

    Editorial Board
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
    EASTERN UKRAINE remains a violent caldron as Ukrainian soldiers shell pro-Russian separatists in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. It appears that Ukraine’s forces are making headway, while the separatists seem to have lost ground. There’s a sense that the crisis may be at a turning point. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit Ukraine on Sunday and, on Aug. 26, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine will meet in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss the conflict. Read full article >>
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  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • J.A. Jance

    22 Aug 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

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Just another weblog
  • The Woman Citizen

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
  • Vivian McPeak

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:17 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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  • Sound Off: Do you have a favorite for president in 2016?

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The November 2016 election is still more than two years away, but the posturing has begun. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group if they had a favorite presidential candidate yet and why. Here is a representative sampling of the responses: At this point, none of the potential candidates leaves me with a rosy glow. Maybe, as time goes by, and as candidates state their positions, some enthusiasm for one of them will develop. I hope so. Frank R. Pitruzzello, Jacksonville read more
  • Frank Denton: The power of talking and listening

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Whenever the identities of American patriots killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are released, “PBS Newshour” scrolls their names, military ranks and hometowns on the screen, in silence. Like most viewers probably, I stop what I’m doing and reflect on their sacrifice in our defense. read more
  • Monday's Lead Letter: Term limits for judiciary are bad idea

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The issue of examining whether federal judges should have term limits is a worthy one. Life tenure was established to help the federal judiciary be more independent from the partisan political control. The federal judiciary is severely limited because it has neither the power of the purse (Congress) nor the sword (president). The federal judiciary relies on the other two branches to follow its decisions and on the people to grant legitimacy to those decisions and support them. Without that, the judiciary is virtually powerless. read more
  • Monday's Letters: Issues examined in Ferguson

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    FERGUSON ISSUES Quick answers In answer to the Times-Union’s questions regarding Ferguson: ■ The militarization of law enforcement: Yes! These people must be controlled before this riot gets out of hand. ■ Should a police force reflect its community? An examination is given, and the candidates with the highest marks are selected. ■ The role of the news media in the “Twitter age.” The so-called media have gotten away with too much as it is. Let the police do their job and say out of it. I am not interested in the “media’s” opinion. read more
  • Guest column: Newspapers are hanging tough

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The sky is always falling. And newspapers are always dying. One fact always tends to be obscured or ignored — newspapers are still making money and remain a good investment. This summer, the newspaper industry has seen a wave of spin-offs, with Tribune and Gannett both forming publishing-only companies. Buried in one article is this gem: “Newspapers continue to generate cash and solid earnings.” It is true that our industry’s business model has changed dramatically in the past half-dozen years. read more
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  • Poverty, crime, race and fear [Commentary]

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As long as conditions keep minorities poor, we will see crime numbers that allow others to fear – and overreact toward – blacksMy sophomore year Harvard announced a cost-cutting measure that made the news. Going forward the school would continue to provide toilet paper to freshmen dorms, but upper classmen would have to provide for themselves. Almost immediately, toilet paper began disappearing from buildings all over campus.
  • With an ill-timed slap at Obama, Hillary falters [Commentary]

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hillary Clinton's swipe at President Obama for his inaction in Syria, was a minor misstep on her road to the White HouseHillary Clinton's tactical retreat in her soft apology and meet-up with President Obama at Martha's Vineyard, after her ill-timed criticism of his "failure" in aiding Syrian refugees, indicates she may not be quite ready to put her best foot forward for the 2016 presidential race.
  • Judicial presumption of guilt unfair to defendants [Commentary]

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    When setting bail, judges mistakenly assume defendants are guilty, unnecessarily incarcerating countless peopleThe Baltimore Sun's recent article on a man charged, arrested and detained pending trial for a robbery that occurred while he was in jail on a different charge (" Man charged with street robbery that happened while he was in jail Aug. 14) highlights a serious and pervasive problem with the way pretrial release determinations are made in Maryland — namely that judges erroneously believe they are required to accept the prosecution's allegations as true for the purpose of…
  • Defense attorney attacks unjustified [Commentary]

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Attorneys who represented detective in road rage case misrepresented the facts in a post-trial op-edCriminal trials typically end once the jury returns its verdict. The attorneys move on to their next cases, unless appeal is pursued, and the debate ends. Unfortunately, that has not been the case after the recent trial of State v. Joseph Walker in Anne Arundel County.
  • The U.S. needs Russia [Commentary]

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Instead of alienating Russians, we should be pulling them inThe U.S. needs Russia. This may sound peculiar coming from a person who spent 25 years at the NSA, almost half of those fighting communism. But our approach to Russia since the end of the Cold War has been unimaginative and aggressive. Politicians in Washington put on their Cold-War glasses any time Russia makes noise. It's time to archive those in the Smithsonian.
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    MiamiHerald.com: Opinion

  • Worth a thousand words

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    The Miami Herald Editorial Board shares the viewpoints of cartoonists from across the country in this Saturday feature called “Worth a Thousand Words.”
  • Dwight Bullard: Looks out of place

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    “I was a freshman in college, home for the summer. Two friends — both African American — and I were in the car of my friend’s mother, which happened to be a Lexus. We were coming from South Beach. We detoured through the Gables — one of my friends went to Coral Gables Senior High and knew a shortcut. We got pulled over — no speeding, no illegal lane change, just old-fashioned ‘looks out of place.’ We were asked for ID. And even though it was clear we had no criminal records, he made us sweat it out far longer than a normal traffic stop.
  • Perley Richardson: Black male, any black male

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    “I was driving home from the doctor’s office a few years ago at about 10 in morning and was stopped by Metro-Dade Police. Someone had broken into a house, and I just happened to pass by. I was in a green pickup truck, a Dodge Dakota. There was no other description, just a ‘black male.’ They assumed I was the getaway car. Four or five policemen all circled me, asked me to put my hands out of the window. I gave them my government ID and I told them where I worked. That wasn’t good enough. They wanted my driver’s license. One officer said to another,…
  • Bill Diggs: Hurt officer’s feelings

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    “I’m the first generation in my family to go to college, and if I wanted to do nothing else, I wanted to make my mom happy. I was living for my parents, I wanted to be that guy, I wanted to go to work and not have to put on steel-toe boots. And here I am in Atlanta, I have finally grown to a particular level of affluence. I wasn’t making a lot of money, but I was a college kid, wearing a suit, driving a nice BMW going to work everyday. Can’t beat that. I would leave my house, drive up Highway 78, the Stone Mountain area, grab some coffee, go to work. So on this…
  • Delrish Moss: Out after dark

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    “I was walking up Seventh Avenue, just shy of 14th street. I was about 17 and going home from my job. I worked at Biscayne Federal Bank after school. The bank had a kitchen, and I washed the dishes. A police officer gets out of his car. He didn’t say anything. He came up and pushed me against a wall, frisked me, then asked what I was doing walking over here after dark. Then he got into his car and left. I never got a chance to respond. I remember standing there feeling like my dignity had been taken with no explanation. I would have felt better about that incident had I gotten…
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Giving up on light rail between Downtown and Oakland is a transit mistake

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was dismayed by the logic used in the July 21 blog item by the PG’s Jon Schmitz (“Rail to Oakland Would Be Problematic”) to defend the Port Authority’s plans for Bus Rapid Transit over a light-rail connection between Downtown and Oakland.
  • Paul Krugman / Hawks crying wolf about inflation

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    According to a recent report in The New York Times, there is dissent at the Fed: “An increasingly vocal minority of Federal Reserve officials want the central bank to retreat more quickly” from its easy-money policies, which they warn run the risk of causing inflation. And this debate, we are told, is likely to dominate the big economic symposium currently underway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • Heinous act: The Islamic State will suffer for the murder of a U.S. journalist

    By the Editorial Board
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The killing of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State was brutal and counterproductive in terms of any desire it may have had to achieve acceptance as a political entity.
  • The Pirates need an owner willing to spend more to improve the team

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Please, Bob Nutting, sell the Pirates! Sell the team to someone who is truly committed to the baseball fans of Pittsburgh. Sell the team to someone who is truly committed to having a winning Pirates team. The tremendously loyal Pirates fans deserve a team owner who wants a winner, not just a source for personal income.
  • Negativity wins: Pittsburgh police failed to cooperate on an anti-gang plan

    By the Editorial Board
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    On Monday, the Post-Gazette published a front-page story about the failure of the Pittsburgh police to cooperate with an innovative program designed to address gang killings when it was introduced here in 2008.
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  • Editorial: Making California affordable

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, observed that “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” What he meant was that societies can often continue to function in a relatively healthy fashion despite their accumulated mistakes. Here in...
  • Michelle Steel: Regulators blindside taxpayers with hidden tax

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Just when California’s economy appears to be moving forward again, our state regulators have found yet another way to extract more dollars from consumers’ pockets and send them to Sacramento. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, the California Air Resources...
  • Timothy Spangler: Dictatorial dynasty in the making?

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    A dynasty is in the works in troubled Zimbabwe, rather than the comprehensive change that is much needed. This week, the wife of long-standing President Robert Mugabe was appointed to a high-profile, senior position in the ruling Zanu (PF) party....
  • Editorial: Who can lead Europe?

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    As Americans focus, justifiably, on events in Iraq and Ferguson, Europe continues its long dance toward the abyss. We’ve grown accustomed to news about the recriminations and turmoil surrounding Germany’s economic dominance of the continent. Now,...
  • Editorial: Handing Hollywood more tax money

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    A government, once injected into the market, will generally find exit to be painful – if not impossible. And that is why new legislation, Assembly Bill 1839, which aims to quadruple the amount of annual funds eligible for film-industry tax...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Letters

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Offer some solutions
  • Riot and wrong

    <StaffMember: Dana D. Kelley>
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Lawful people realize a riot is never the right answer; it's especially atrocious if it was sparked for reasons that wind up being wrong.
  • Silence not option

    <StaffMember: Samuel Totten>
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    Against my nature, I have largely remained silent the past month as one horrific series of atrocities after another--som.e of which have been deemed genocide by everyone from President Barack Obama to various journalists and activists--have been perpetrated.
  • A president's calming words

    CHARLES LANE Washington Post
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    As the tumultuous situation in Ferguson, Mo., entered its second week, President Obama stood before the nation and offered a mild, balanced plea.
  • Thailand's traffic problems

    Washington Post
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:33 am
    This year's parade of horrors in the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report included shocking accounts of child soldiers, organ trafficking, forced labor and more. The document is a sad testament to the depths of cruelty by humans to other humans.
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  • Mercury News editorial: California over-drugs --and fails --foster youth

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Will Lightbourne, head of California's Department of Social Services, says there's no simple way to end the pattern of thousands of foster children spending much of their youth drugged into malleability -- the horror eloquently revealed by reporter Karen de Sá on Sunday's Page One. He says it has to be part of the holistic rethinking of the entire foster care system that's under way, giving doctors better options than prescribing psychotropic drug upon psychotropic drug to control children who act out.Really? Really? If this isn't a crisis, then what is?The abusive use of…
  • Mercury News editorial: Brown can't have it both ways on pensions

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    When it comes to public employee pensions, Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to have it both ways. He decries CalPERS for undermining his 2012 changes to state retirement laws, but he's condoning more of the new rules than he's protesting.The nation's largest government worker pension system on Wednesday ignored the spirit and letter of the reform legislation by creating 99 different ways for new employees to inflate their pensions.Brown only objected to one, tacitly agreeing to the other 98. Yet, after the vote, the governor promised "to determine what actions can be taken to protect the…
  • Mercury News editorial: California needs to manage its groundwater

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Fifty years ago, the rapidly subsiding groundwater throughout the West brought urgent calls for action. Arizona responded. So did Colorado, Oregon, Texas -- yes, Texas -- and others. But not California. It is the only western state that does not have a groundwater management program.Now California is paying a heavy price for failing to limit pumping of groundwater, which supplies 60 percent of the state's water, as it does diverting water from rivers. Corporate agriculture landowners still resist it, but more and more farmers are acknowledging that the rate of pumping has become…
  • Mercury News editorial: Kamala Harris has earned second term as attorney general

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Kamala Harris has been a competent California attorney general and has earned a second term. Her challenger, Republican Ron Gold, lacks the experience to do the job.In an interview this month with our editorial board, Harris was surprisingly lackluster in making her own case -- particularly for a rising Democratic star and likely candidate for governor. This may stem partly from her inability to discuss ongoing investigations, while other candidates for re-election -- Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, for example -- can detail crusades and accomplishments with abandon. We do know Harris has…
  • Mercury News editorial: Rural Metro's qualifications, not politics, should decide ambulance decision

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    The Santa Clara County supervisors need to put politics aside next month when they decide whether to renew the controversial ambulance contract with Rural Metro or rebid the work.Ambulance service is a matter of life and death for county residents. They deserve better than the fiasco of 2010, when the board accepted Rural Metro's gross underbid for a five-year, $375 million contract and then had to deal with the consequences. This time, reliability of service has to be balanced with securing the cheapest deal -- or making the most political hay.Supervisors Dave Cortese, Mike Wasserman and…
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  • Saturday essay: The picking question

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The wait this summer for credible, edible tomatoes in any kind of volume has become an exercise in a lack of fruitility, so to speak. ...
  • ObamaCare’s ‘appeal’ sliding

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Democrats have long believed that ObamaCare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up ...
  • Blame misdirected

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I notice that a lot of letters to the editor blame President Obama for the four American lives lost due to terrorism in Benghazi. But ...
  • Voters capable

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The letter “Stop electing judges” from two women representing Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts raises several questions for me regarding changing the means of selecting statewide ...
  • Progress not reflected

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The editorial “Another EPA overreach: Ozone standards” is correct in saying that the Environmental Protection Agency’s expected ozone cuts amount to an “expensive, ineffectual” crusade ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Martin Rowson on the Middle East crises

    Martin Rowson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Continue reading...
  • GCSEs are obsolete and have been for years. Lets scrap them | Peter Wilby

    Peter Wilby
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Governments can tinker all they like, but exams at 16 have no function in todays society its time to do the decent thingWe have just witnessed a peculiarly English annual ritual, as familiar as a wet bank holiday Monday. Teenagers, parents and teachers interrupt their summer holidays and congregate at schools to receive GCSE exam results. As they congratulate or commiserate each other, TV and press cameras capture the more photogenic and expressive teenagers. Mobiles ring, champagne corks pop. Anxious teachers calculate whether their pupils grades send their school up or down the league…
  • For Fergusons black community, justice may be elusive | Gary Younge

    Gary Younge in Ferguson
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Only the courts can judge Michael Browns killer but this is the system that let George Zimmerman walk freeJust outside a mall in Ferguson, Missouri, shortly after 10 oclock on Wednesday, a black man in his 30s was stopped and frisked by around eight white policemen. As he gingerly emptied his pockets, careful not to move too quickly, he yelled at them. It was a soliloquy of pure rage; a fluent, apparently unstoppable oration against not just the men who had apprehended him but the system they represented.Yes Im angry, he shouted. Four hundred years we been here. We built this place for free…
  • The Guardian view on whether the UN is playing the role it should | Editorial

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    The United Nations is good at picking up the pieces but bad on preventing conflicts in the first placeMore than half a century ago the UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld addressed the question of whether difficulties and failures had broken the ability of the United Nations to make contributions of value in a disordered and violent world. People, he said, may wonder what role it plays in world politics.He was speaking as the United States and the Soviet Union traded threats over the future of Berlin, and also at a time when the seeds of the Congolese civil war in which he would lose…
  • The Guardian view on the controversial new clerk of the Commons | Editorial

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If we were starting afresh, it would be better to separate the managerial from the expert sides of job. As things stand, John Bercows appointment leaves him engulfed in a dangerous rowThe Speaker must be above the fray, and his officials beyond reproach. But the appointment of Australian Carol Mills as clerk of the Commons is descending into an almighty row, with her experience under question from two one-time leaders of the house and one former Speaker. As enemies surround John Bercow, he is digging in, turning Ms Millss installation into a trial of strength which is dangerous both for him…
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  • Festival boss will take leaf out of Fringe’s book

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    THE new director of the Edinburgh International Festival has vowed to step up competition with the Fringe by transforming the look and atmosphere of the main venues.
  • Outlander could run for five years says Moore

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    SCOTLAND’S answer to Game of Thrones could be filming for another five years, according to the American TV mogul at the helm of time-travel fantasy series Outlander.
  • Women not given hope by Yes campaign admits Smith

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Actress Elaine C Smith, one of the leading cultural voices in the Scottish independence movement, has admitted it has failed to capture the imagination of women.
  • James Foley’s captors gave parents false deal hope

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THE PARENTS of murdered journalist James Foley said yesterday that they regarded an e-mail received from his captors last week as a sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.
  • Watchdog warning on UK terror suspects

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    AN INDEPENDENT legal watchdog has called for stricter controls on terror suspects in Britain, placing Prime Minister David Cameron under renewed pressure following the brutal execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State jihadists.
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  • Debate on a universal pension highlights need for tax reform

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    A pension scheme that gives everyone HK$3,000 a month sounds too good to resist. But opinion sways as soon as it comes to the big question - who pays for it?
  • Who said it?

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    It feels like a turning point ... Because so many black men die at the hands of the state History professor Blair Kelley on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
  • What you liked, August 23, 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee Chan, and Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung were detained by Beijing police for drug-related offences. Police said they found 100 grams of marijuana in Chan's home. Both reportedly confessed.
  • Beijing's housing policy challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Local government, which depends on revenue from property sales to finance services and infrastructure, has combined in the past with developers to get around policy measures to cool the mainland property market.
  • Hong Kong's massive surpluses could fund pension scheme

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    What kind of a study on universal pensions puts forward proposals which are all financially unsustainable?
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Why Washington's war on terror failed

    Patrick Cockburn
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    This essay is excerpted from the first chapter of Patrick Cockburn's new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, with special thanks to his publisher, OR Books. The first section is a new introduction written for TomDispatch. There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention. In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the (...) - Open page
  • The American cult of bombing

    William J Astore
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn't be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe). Poor (...) - Open page
  • Century of disaster

    Eduardo Galeano
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano's history of humanity, Mirrors (Nation Books). Stalin He learned to write in the language of Georgia, his homeland, but in the seminary the monks made him speak Russian. Years later in Moscow, his south Caucasus accent still gave him away. So he decided to become more Russian than the Russians. Was not Napoleon, who hailed from Corsica, more French than the French? And was not Catherine the Great, who was German, more Russian than (...) - Open page
  • To terrify and occupy

    Matthew Harwood
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Jason Westcott was afraid. One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott's handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the investigating officers responding to Westcott's call had a simple message (...) - Open page
  • Blown chances in Gaza

    Sandy Tolan
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Alongside the toll of death and broken lives, perhaps the saddest reality of the latest Gaza war, like the Gaza wars before it, is how easy it would have been to avoid. For the last eight years, Israel and the U.S. had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza. Let's begin in June 2006, when the University of Maryland's Jerome Segal, founder of the Jewish Peace Lobby, carried a (...) - Open page
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  • Police investigating after condo deal falls apart

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    When a group of retail and condo buyers purchased units in an up-and-coming Yonge and Finch building also featuring a hotel, they envisioned packing up their current homes and moving into new ones where they would raise families, grow old and make memories together.Instead, they say they’ve been subjected to almost nine months of anguish as they fret over what happened to the condos they were expecting and the millions they collectively spent on units at 5220 Yonge St.Toronto police confirm they are investigating a number of complaints from prospective buyers in the condo development…
  • Toronto’s top bureaucrat Joe Pennachetti stepping down after election

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Toronto city manager Joe Pennachetti is stepping down at the end of November after six years as the top civil servant for the country’s sixth-largest government.Pennachetti, a soft-spoken accountant often described as unflappable, is hailed by councillors of all political stripes for bringing stability to the 35,000-employee bureaucracy during the tumultuous tenure of Mayor Rob Ford. He quietly influenced city policy as city manager under Ford and David Miller, who elevated him in 2008, and as chief financial officer under Miller and Mel Lastman, who hired him in 2002 from the…
  • Blue Jays open homestand with lacklustre effort: Griffin

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The Blue Jays needed to do something special on Friday to excite their fans as they opened a nine-game homestand.Instead, facing the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre following a dismal three-city road trip, Jays bats remained silent, this time against left-hander Drew Smyly in an 8-0 defeat.After breezing through the first inning, Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman elevated his first pitch to Evan Longoria to open the second. The all-star third baseman drove it high and deep into the left field seats behind the Jays’ bullpen. By the time Stroman was replaced with nobody out in the…
  • University of Ottawa sexual assault scandal highlights campus rape culture

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Two players from the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees hockey team were charged this week with sexually assaulting a young woman in a Thunder Bay hotel almost seven months ago. The controversial case led to the team’s suspension for the upcoming season and highlighted the problem of sexual violence in collegiate athletics and the broader issue of campus rape culture.Guillaume Donovan, 24, and David Foucher, 25, both of Gatineau, Que., were charged with sexual assault in Ottawa earlier this week, the Thunder Bay Police Service said in a release Friday. The alleged attack, involving a…
  • Deadly stalemate awaits the West in ISIL showdown

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    WASHINGTON—They collect taxes, operate courts, police everything from the price of meat to the flow of gasoline to how many millimetres of publicly exposed female skin warrants imprisonment, or worse.They gather and burn heaping mounds of forbidden cigarettes; they wage running battles against alcohol even as they fight actual war on four fronts, erasing borders where they can.They coddle and coach young boys in the wonders of killing infidels, demand fealty, supplication and ransom, sometimes all of the above. They believe. They cut hands, they brutalize, they crucify. And, in the…
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  • Measuring Inclusive Growth

    Mahmoud Mohieldin
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Creating a more sustainable world requires us to redefine “growth” in a way that encompasses a wide range of economic, social, and environmental factors, not just income. This attests to the importance of “natural capital accounting,” which assesses the value of natural resources in development planning and national accounts.
  • The Middle East’s Three Timelines

    Volker Perthes
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Three distinct timelines are shaping developments in the Middle East: the short -term timeline of daily struggles and politics; the medium-term timeline of geopolitical shifts; and the long-term timeline of sociocultural transformation. Understanding each is essential to craft an effective strategy in the region.
  • A European Lost Decade?

    Michael Heise
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Europe's current economic predicament sounds a lot like Japan’s in the 1990s, which culminated in a “lost decade” of stagnant growth and deflation from which the country is still working to recover. How can Europe avoid a similar fate?
  • Italy’s Downward Spiral

    Hans-Werner Sinn
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Italy is now in a triple-dip recession. But it didn’t get there by itself: Though the economy’s long slide reflects Italian leaders’ failure to confront the country's loss of competitiveness, it is a failure that is widely shared in Europe.
  • China’s Fire Next Time

    Yu Yongding
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Chinese economy has been stabilizing in recent months, easing fears of a financial crisis. But, with the economy's fundamental problems – particularly a sharp rise in corporate debt – remaining unresolved, the respite may be brief.
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  • Back To The Land

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    “Tomato crop is ready for harvesting.” The post Back To The Land appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • UnCharted Waters

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    “The FDA says eat more fish… And mercury.” The post UnCharted Waters appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    “Due to the Nutella shortage…  We’ll be serving Marshmallow Fluff.” The post NO NUTS appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Drive Your Passion

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    “Bored with book club…  Sheila decides to become a long-haul trucker.” The post Drive Your Passion appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Fast Forward

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    “Pumpkin Spice Latte = Buh-bye summer.” The post Fast Forward appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • OP- ART | Let Out Your You!

    Tory Rodgers
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    ‘When you live in organization you mustn’t forget to free your you-ness. I mapped out what my mind might look like, how things go in and out. Let your noodle be free to be he or she. Let out your you, don’t be shy!’ - Tory Rodgers The post OP- ART | Let Out Your You! appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
  • Two Pivotal Keys to Remembering the History of Spain

    Michelyne Chavez
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. Spain and most of Europe have a luxury that is oftentimes taken for granted by local residents. Madrid, for example, is home to exemplary historical treasures that date back centuries. For a visiting student like me, I wanted to make sure that before I left the country I saw as many of these luxuries that the city offers. Therefore, on my last week in Madrid I made sure to visit two monuments, El Monasterio San Lorenzo de El Escorial (El Escorial)and El Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), that symbolize fundamental historical periods of the country’s history.
  • Is Living a Healthy Lifestyle Practical in the Modern Day?

    Diana Rigg
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 am
    GLOBAL. The rise of obesity rates between 1993 and 2011 and the estimation that half of the UK population will be obese by 2050 by the National Obesity Forum has caused a concern towards living a healthier lifestyle. However, the question of the practicality of living on a strictly fruit and vegetable based diet is presented at a time when fast food is estimated to be the choice of many family homes because of the cheap cost as compared to going to restaurants. The recent recommendation by experts of seven fruits and vegetables a day is not only costly at a time of economic recession, but…
  • Chile’s Chamber Dismantles Pinochet’s Electoral Legacy System

    Kamilia Lahrichi
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:33 am
    VALPARAISO, CHILE. The hall “The Thinkers” of the national congress in Chile’s legislative capital Valparaiso was crowded until late Wednesday night when members of Congress’ lower house approved a bill to reform the country’s dictatorship-era polling system. After almost eight hours of intense debate, the proposed electoral reform was approved with 86 votes in favor and 28 votes against. The bill will now go to the Senate. This is a key step forward for President Michelle Bachelet’s center-left government. It succeeded in pushing the bill thanks to the support of center-right…
  • Infrastructure, Conduct & Aid: What’s Next For Gaza?

    Alex Dunne
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    GAZA. On what many are hoping will be the beginning of a lasting ceasefire, talks are continuing in the Egyptian capital while the people of Gaza asses the scale of destruction inflicted by operation Protective Edge. The lack of clean water and electricity has become a paramount concern, as appalling sanitary conditions have given rise to widespread disease.  This, affecting thousands of Gazans, underscores the desperate and ever deteriorating conditions currently prevalent throughout the strip.  Now, in what has been the bloodiest operation in Gaza yet, Israel’s conduct and legal…
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  • Thoughts on Robin – Depression Sucks

    Christopher B. King
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Facebook post of Mark Pitta August 22, 2014 Fuck you, depression. Fuck you for taking my friend. Fuck you for being the only ailment where no advancement in treatment has been found. May you burn in hell depression…oh that’s right…you are hell. Depression is a table for one. Depression is a silent killer. Depression took […]
  • “Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

    Christopher B. King
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As far as I can read, that’s not quite the case and coindesk is overstating a bit. I’m reserving further judgment for a few days to see what the fallout, further explanations, or wider reactions will be. But I will say this, most Ecuadorians have not even heard of bitcoin yet and most won’t understand […]
  • Why I’m A Bitcoiner by Justin O’Connell

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This is a great post to Max Keiser’s blog by Justin O’Connell of Goldsilverbitcoin.com answering the question many of us get asked, “Why are you into bitcoin?” Earthbus.org has a great history with goldsilverbitcoin.com, not only have we ordered many ounces of silver from them, we had such a great experience with them, we’re also an affiliate. […]
  • On Science and the Defense of Theory

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    On Science. Recently, Clif High wrote on his website that included the insistence that he is crazier than David Ikes. I tweeted to him that I say the same thing all the time; to which he responded, “Hopefully only about me.” I said, “No, about myself, however I use ‘Have YOU heard of Clif High’ […]
  • Misplaced Facebook Outrage and Israel’s Apologist Legion

    Christopher B. King
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The focus of this essay is the subject of Israel on Facebook, but it combines two separate posts that began on Facebook, but then I decided to publish them here together instead.   I use FB for a barometer of what many of my friends are paying attention, naturally, but also keep track of the amount of […]
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