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  • Editorial: Deceptions of the F.B.I.

    NYT > Opinion
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Tactics used in two cases risk opening the door to constitutional abuses on a wide scale if they are not halted.
  • America's war on pain patients

    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls
    S.L. Tate
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Words that are difficult these days to say to physicians: Percocet, Vicodin, or simply that dreaded ‘n’ word, narcotic. On October 6th restrictions went into effect thanks to the federal government that reclassified medications containing hydrocodone (such as Vicodin) from Schedule III to Schedule II. Joining its close friend oxycodone, hydrocodone meds now find themselves in a category of controlled substances known for being highly addictive and prone to abuse. What does this mean? Patients are limited to a shorter supply of medications and must see their doctor each time they need to…
  • Kurds vs jihadists: the theatre of war

    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
    Cécile Marin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    - Middle East / Password, Map, 2014/11 - Kurds
  • Halloween's haunting Ebolawear: Column

    USATODAY - Opinion
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Go ahead, be a sexy disease-fighter.         
  • Mac OS X Yosemite installed. Will let you know what I think…

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    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Just upgraded my computer to Mac OS X Yosemite! Upgrade went fine, though I am using about as modern a Mac as you can get (MacBook Pro circa December 2013). Biggest thing so far is that I updated my computer to … Continue reading →
 
 
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  • President Obama should try to reset relations with Benjamin Netanyahu

    Editorial Board
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    THE LATEST furor in the toxic relationship between the Obama administration and Israel erupted over a barnyard epithet directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a “senior administration official.” Ugly jibes between the two governments are not new: Secretary of State John F. Kerry has been on the receiving end of several from senior Israeli officials. But the crudeness of this one — Mr. Netanyahu was called “a chickens---” by someone speaking to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a frequent recipient of high-level White House communications — raised the question of why the…
  • In campaign to defend democracy, U.S. should start with Malaysia

    Editorial Board
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    AT THE United Nations in September, President Obama, citing “relentless crackdowns” around the world against dissent and civil society, promised “an even stronger campaign to defend democracy.” Even when it was “uncomfortable” or “causes friction,” he pledged, his administration would step up to defend persecuted activists and “oppose efforts by foreign governments to restrict freedoms of peaceful assembly and association and expression.” So far we haven’t seen much follow-up on that promise, but the opportunities to do so are abundant. Read full article >>
  • The Post’s endorsements for Montgomery County’s elections

    Editorial Board
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    GIVEN THE lopsided array of political forces in Montgomery County — registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3 to 1 — it’s no surprise that the real competition takes place in the Democratic primaries, while general elections are an afterthought. That’s certainly the case with the elections Tuesday for county executive, County Council and state’s attorney, which are little more than formal ratifications for the victorious Democratic candidates in June’s primaries. Read full article >>
  • North Korea’s leaders must be held to account for human rights abuses

    Editorial Board
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    THE UNITED Nations, so often inclined toward rhetoric instead of action, seems to be drawing closer to action to deal with the human rights disaster in North Korea. The latest welcome step was a report to a General Assembly committee Oct. 28 from Marzuki Darusman, the special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea. Mr. Darusman, an Indonesian jurist, called on the United Nations to ask the International Criminal Court to take up the matter on grounds that crimes against humanity have been committed. We agree. Read full article >>
  • Fairfax County high school students will benefit from later start times

    Editorial Board
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    FAIRFAX SCHOOL officials have characterized as a no-brainer their decision to start the high school day a bit later each morning. “So clear and compelling” are the health benefits of adequate sleep for adolescents, said school board chairman Tammy ­Derenak-Kaufax, “we felt that we had to make a change.” Read full article >>
 
 
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  • Robert A. Brown

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

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

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
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  • Sound Off: Are you voting? If not, why not?

    Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    With the general election coming up on Tuesday, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group if they were planning to vote and, if they were, whether they would vote at their polling place, by absentee ballot, or voted early. And we wanted to know if members weren’t voting, why not. Here is a representative sampling of the responses: read more
  • Ron Littlepage: A vote for Crist is a vote for Florida's environment

    Ron Littlepage
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Look, I get it. Neither one of these guys is inspiring. And the constant bombardment of negative ads from both sides passed being shameful a long time ago. But if you haven’t already voted and you don’t plan on going to the polls Tuesday, you will be making an irreversible mistake. That is, if you care about Florida’s environment. If you believe that the state’s once-magnificent springs that have been laid low by pollution from over development are worth saving, you will vote. read more
  • Suicide affects even physicians

    Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    There are two faces of suicide, both essential to understanding this public health crisis. There is the side of the person dealing with intense psychological pain. There is the side of society itself that would rather look away and relies on simplistic and incorrect notions. In between comes the journalist whose assignment is to try to make sense of the pain and help rally practical ways to help deter this most treatable illness. That is what makes the book “Crazy: A Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness” such a rare and important book. read more
  • Sunday's Lead Letter: Research is key to being an informed voter

    Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    On Tuesday, voters will be heading to the polls. We need to decide who will do the best job for us in many different and important roles from our local school boards, to state representatives, the governor’s office and also in our nation’s capital. This election will determine the future of our country and impact the lives of every single one of us. Whether you are concerned about jobs, public health, education or the security of our country, this election will bring change to the state and nation. read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Brinton, Arpen are citizen heroes

    Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    FIGHTING BILLBOARDS Thanks all around Jacksonville owes a large debt of gratitude to a small band of citizens who have heroically saved our voter-generated billboard amendment from destruction and consequently saved us from returning to a city dominated by billboard blight. We owe this debt to Bill Brinton, who for more than 20 years has devoted his time, talent and treasure to protecting our amendment from the many efforts to change or weaken it. read more
 
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  • Building bridges with international students

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    My Mexican father applied to colleges in the United States in the late 1940s and was offered scholarships by the University of Arizona and by Western Reserve (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland. His father sat him down and drew a line from west to east across a map of the United States...
  • Improve Baltimore's transit to improve its future

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Can Baltimore continue to do what it takes to become a thriving metropolis like Boston and San Francisco, or are we destined to be stuck in the Detroit-Cleveland post industrial doldrums? That question may well be answered by political and civic leaders in the coming months.
  • JLENS: securing our coast

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    This Christmas, the United States Army will deliver a spectacular present to Harford and Baltimore counties. A pair of big white blimps will be flying two miles above Aberdeen Proving Ground — unless Congress balks.
  • True news has substance

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Someone recently told me that she watches the news on TV every night. Her news broadcast of choice: "Entertainment Tonight."
  • Drugs rotting on the vine

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    With Ebola threatening the world's populations, there is a new urgency to find therapies. Bringing naturally occurring pharmaceuticals to market should be a priority for our nation because drugs derived from nature are astonishingly successful. The United States' policy and law, however,...
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  • Keith Rothfus wants us to have control over our health care

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I support U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus’ votes to repeal Obamacare because the president has not kept his promises on health care. President Barack Obama said that if we like our doctor we can keep our doctor, and if we like our plan we could keep it. That promise has been called the “Lie of the Year.”
  • Tony Norman: Catcalls video shows males’ ugly side

    By Tony Norman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sometimes the difference between knowing something intellectually and understanding it can be measured in the impact of a YouTube video gone viral.
  • Make voting more fun!

    By Alexandra Petri
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is bad. It’s less than a week until the midterms! Why aren’t we excited?
  • Forward progress: Penn State needs to move beyond the Freeh report

    By the Editorial Board
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    No matter what, there will always be some Penn State alumni and supporters who will never agree with the damning report issued by former FBI director Louis Freeh in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
  • If the GOP falls short ...

    By Ramesh Ponnuru
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    What if the Democrats win?
 
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  • Banks-Altekruse: Misleading opposition to Prop. 48

    By CHARLES BANKS-ALTEKRUSE
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The past, present, and future collide in Proposition 48. The past is the brutal history of the North Fork Tribe, rendered “landless” in the 1950s when its federal status was terminated. The Tribe without a reservation spent the past half-century...
  • State Controller candidate Ashley Swearengin on FOX 11's "You Decide: SoCal 2014"

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    State Controller candidate Ashley Swearengin talks job creation other voter issues with the Register's Brian Calle on FOX 11 News.The show airs on FOX 11 every Friday at 10:30pm, leading up to the November election, and will feature various Southern...
  • Carl Schmid and Angela Ostrom: Patients waiting for health care they deserve

    By CARL SCHMID and ANGELA OSTROM
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    One year ago, in a speech heralding the launch of Healthcare.gov, President Obama reaffirmed the promise that pre-existing conditions, such as epilepsy and HIV/AIDS, will no longer prevent patients from getting affordable health insurance. Our...
  • Joseph Perkins: Democrats' real problem with voter ID

    BY JOSEPH PERKINS
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “We affirm that this struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules or...
  • Editorial: Laugh off tasteless Halloween costumes

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s Halloween, and along with jack-o’lanterns rapidly rotting in 80 degree heat and pondering if Snickers still satisfy when they are thumbnail-size, we must face the now annual hand-wringing over insensitive costumes. 2014’s particular target...
 
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  • Hoodies and hoodlums

    <StaffMember: Dana D. Kelley>
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Many people of the politically liberal persuasion consider themselves sensitive to symbols that offend others.
  • Letters

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I have had the opportunity to work with Mark Pryor on health and Medicare issues for over 10 years. Despite being a staunch Republican, I found myself increasingly impressed by Senator Pryor. He has consistently opened his office to me when he did not have to.
  • What's in your mail?

    Ann McFeatters McClatchy-Tribune news Service
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    There are a few givens about mail: It's not much fun anymore--even grandmothers remembering your birthday know about direct deposit; everybody likes the mail carrier, who waves to you whether you have flu, chicken pox or Ebola; everybody wants Saturday deliveries.
  • Ghosts are back!

    T. M. LUHRMANN New York Times
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    In 1628, a young woman in the town of Dole, in what is now eastern France, believed she was visited by a ghost.
  • For Asa Hutchinson

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Younger voters in Arkansas might need to be told this, and older voters might need no reminder: There is no state law that says the governor of this state--Republican or Democrat--must be named Mike. It only seems that way. Which does give an advantage to the Democrat on the ballot this year.
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: Santa Clara County living wage needs more study

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    There's a case to be made that Santa Clara County should require its contractors to pay employees a living wage, which is what it takes to actually support yourself here, not the minimum wage. San Jose has a similar law. It's a good example for government to set, since it's bad for society and for taxpayers when even people working hard at several jobs are stuck in poverty.The question before the Board of Supervisors is to what degree the county and its contractors have the ability to pay for this. The board needs a solid answer to that question before moving forward. It would be tragic if a…
  • Mercury News editorial: Let the talk of a Giants dynasty begin

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As the debate rages in baseball circles as to whether the San Francisco Giants' three championships in five years constitutes a dynasty, let us categorically state this: The Giants' current run is the greatest in their 132-year history.The only run that possibly compares is the four years between 1921-24, when the New York Giants won back-to-back World Series' in 1921 and 1922, only to lose to the hated Yankees in 1923 and 1924. But three World Series rings trumps two every time. If you don't believe us, ask any World Series runner-up. Although you might want to hold off on asking one of…
  • Mercury News editorial: Open space Measure Q needs your vote to hit two-thirds

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Californians make it hard to tax themselves. A two-thirds threshold is tough for even the best causes -- which, for Measure Q, is to preserve and make public big expanses of beautiful open space that surround Santa Clara Valley and weave through our cities as parks and trails.Measure Q is the $24 annual parcel tax for the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. We urged a yes vote last month and the groundswell of support from all quarters has been remarkable. Even the Chamber of Commerce, whose laser focus is on business success, is cheering it on. And for good reason. The natural…
  • Mercury News editorial: Honda's lies about Khanna belie nice guy image

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Let's just get clear at the outset that congressional candidate Ro Khanna is firmly on the record opposing cuts in Social Security benefits for current or future seniors; supporting repatriation of offshore profits only if it's directly linked to creating jobs here; supporting a higher minimum wage; and supporting tax reform that closes corporate loopholes and raises taxes on the wealthiest income earners. On these and other issues, Khanna's positions are essentially the same as those of his opponent, seven-term, 73-year-old incumbent Mike Honda, despite what you hear from Honda's…
  • Mercury News editorial: CHP photo scandal calls for independent investigation

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Maybe it's true that the "game" of trading nude photos taken from the cellphones of women arrested for drunken driving never went beyond the California Highway Patrol's East Bay office. Maybe officers don't talk to one another about things like that. Of course a similar incident occurred in Los Angeles two years ago -- but hey, that must just be a coincidence.Really?Unlike Golden Gate Division Chief Avery Browne, we're not satisfied with the internal CHP investigation that quickly determined the despicable and apparently illegal practice is limited to the Dublin office. Contra…
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  • Armen Bacon: Chiming in on the wonders of home

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    When Edie, my youngest sister, recently announced she was moving to Rochester, N.Y., I admit I let out a decipherable gasp on the other end of the phone.  Read comments
  • John Paul Jones: Oh, my aching back ... this is no fun at all

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The pain began in August 2013, a little over a year ago. I recognized it as sciatica, having experienced it in 2002. The symptoms had a debilitating effect and I couldn’t walk unaided. Read comments
  • Jerrold Jensen: Who can end this deadly cycle?

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    “They are killing our children.” That has been the primary rallying cry of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after two young black men were recently killed by police officers. Read comments
  • Francine M. Farber: Happy consequences await Tehipite Middle School students who try harder

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Most unintended consequences seem to be negative. We consider ourselves fortunate that some excellent unintended consequences have already shown themselves in connection with the Steve’s Scholars program at Tehipite Middle School. Read comments
  • Richard Besser: Fight fear with facts on Ebola

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    LOS ANGELES — Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said.
  • 4th victim in Wash. school shooting dies

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    SEATTLE — One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities after a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago.
  • Cougars win Sylvania battle

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    In a fitting setting for Halloween night, Sylvania rivals Northview and Southview slugged it out in nasty, cold, and wet conditions at Cats Stadium.
  • Perrysburg rolls to finish unbeaten

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Perrysburg survived a slippery game that had five fumbles to finish its undefeated season with a 36-0 win against rival Maumee on Friday night at Steinecker Stadium in Perrysburg.
  • Week 10 prep football roundup

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
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  • Ambrosini’s logic lacking

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I attended the Fayette County commissioners meeting Oct. 14 and I could not believe my ears when Commissioner Al Ambrosini made a motion to put ...
  • Better stores needed

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The rezoning of Harrison makes me sick. Remembering the good old days of the Heights Plaza makes me sad. It seems like a lot of ...
  • Treat UNC like PSU

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I can’t wait to see the sanctions imposed on the University of North Carolina’s administrators, coaches, athletic director and, not to forget, its board of ...
  • Wiretapping? Not so fast

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Mike Gratteri is free on $1,000 bond awaiting a hearing on felony charges of wiretapping for making a video in front of his home in ...
  • Kansas campaign real or ruse?

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The image some conservatives have of Greg Orman, the wealthy businessman running as an independent against veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, is that ...
 
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  • King Bibi the Chickenshit

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    An unnamed Obama administration official has resurrected a fine tradition of kingly nicknames. But even the ‘chickenshit’ moniker doesn’t do our pigheaded, Holocaust-obsessed Netanyahu justice.
  • The education minister who thought the Kafr Qasem massacre should be taught

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Once upon a time, there was an Israeli education minister who just didn't get it. He wanted the country to teach its students about the Kafr Qasem massacre. Really.
  • Israel, a state of all its Jews

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Before rushing to embrace the conversion law, we must ask ourselves: What does the state have to do with the reformation of Jewish religion?
  • The Temple Mount is a powder keg

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Israel's public officials must show responsibility and stop setting the ground of Jerusalem alight.
  • The Jerusalem paradox in the heart of Israel

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Jerusalem is not only Israel’s vibrant capital, it’s also the precise hub of the internal contradiction and self-deception of the political formulas pushing Israel firmly toward strategic non-existence.
 
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  • Raise the GST? No thanks. Here's five better ways to fix Australia's finances | David Hetherington

    David Hetherington
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Raising the GST isnt a good idea. Its not even a necessary evil. Its a sign of laziness in our policy eliteLike the arrival of the jacaranda bloom, the GST hike made its annual appearance in Australia this week. This is the hardy perennial of Australian public policy, and the usual arguments were on hand to welcome its arrival.The federations revenues are broken, Tony Abbott tells us, and the only way to fix them is to look at the GST. John Daley of the Grattan Institute argues that an increase would raise about $14bn, and would be a necessary evil. The Business Council hasnt yet trotted out…
  • Milpirri shows that black or white, we must all understand the country we walk on | Cath South

    Cath South
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick, the creative director of Milpirri, Lajamanus biannual cross-cultural event, says only through listening to country can all Australians feel at home in themselvesRight now Christopher Pyne is considering the Australian national curriculum review. The review suggests that we need to be careful to balance Indigenous perspectives in the Australian students curriculum. Where the Australian curriculum, assessment and reporting authority (Acara) had stipulated that we ought to consider Indigenous perspectives in all areas, Pyne has suggested that it is about matching it…
  • First Dog on the Moon on ... Greg Hunt's leaked messages cartoon

    First Dog on the Moon
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    When Brenda the civil disobedience penguin stumbles across some naughty messages, what she learns could bring down the government Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...
  • Julie Bishop doesn't find feminism useful? What do rightwing women want, anyway? | Van Badham

    Van Badham
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Feminism is a broad church, but it has always been about the self-actualisation of women. So whats the endgame for female politicians who are explicitly anti-feminist?Her speeches were about the sanctity of the home, about how women should stay home. Serena Joy didnt do this herself, she made speeches instead, but she presented this failure of hers as a sacrifice she was making for the good of all.Serena Joy is the wife of one of the men promoted to the rightwing authoritarian leadership of a post-revolution United States in Margaret Atwoods brutal 1985 novel, The Handmaids Tale. By the time…
  • In praise of Zahera Gabriel-Abraham | Andrew Brown

    Andrew Brown
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    To stand up to Sports Direct against the exploitation of zero-hours workers requires a rare courageThe terms on which many modern businesses employ their workers requires urgent attention. One of the worst offenders is Sports Direct, whose owner, Mike Ashley, is the very model of a bloated modern capitalist. Anyone who has made a fortune persuading those of unsporting gait to dress as professional footballers is clearly adept at exploiting the wishful thinking of others; but there have to be limits. One boundary has now been established by Zahera Gabriel-Abraham, a former worker who has won a…
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  • British banks: Fine, fine, fine

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  British banks Rubric:  Regulatory demands are depressing banking profitability in Britain Byline:  H.C. Main image:  20141101_fnp501.jpg HAVING successfully passed the European Banking Authorty's stress tests on October 26th, several British banks announced their quarterly results this week. Their home country's booming economy might have been expected to have produced large profits for them. But the picture was in fact much more mixed. Although the domestic market for financial services has perked up, they have been…
  • Deutsche Bank: A weary lender

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The revolution is over Fly Title:  Deutsche Bank Rubric:  Germany’s flagship bank is in trouble. Some is of its own making Location:  Frankfurt Main image:  20141101_FNP001_0.jpg HAMLET, Shakespeare’s Danish prince, may blame “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” for his plight, but those watching often conclude that indecisiveness lies at the root of his troubles. Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest financial firm, faces lots of slings and arrows: a never-ending barrage of fines from American regulators,…
  • Japanese investment in South-East Asia: Outward bound

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The revolution is over Fly Title:  Japanese investment in South-East Asia Rubric:  A weak domestic economy is spurring Japanese firms to expand abroad Location:  PHNOM PENH and TOKYO Main image:  Hun Sen is shopping, just like Japan Inc Hun Sen is shopping, just like Japan Inc IT IS not every day that the opening of a shopping centre attracts a prime minister, but then Aeon Mall in Phnom Penh is not any old shopping centre. The Japanese-built complex is Cambodia’s biggest, complete with an ice rink, television studio…
  • Money talks: October 27th 2014: A mixed bill of health

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    THIS week: The European Central Bank's health-check of big European banks and the state of American business  Comment Expiry Date:  Tue, 2014-11-11
  • Italy's banks: Looking sickly

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Italy's banks Rubric:  The European Central Bank’s stress tests have hit Italy's banks hard Byline:  A.F. Location:  MILAN Main image:  20141101_wbp501_473.jpg ITALY was left feeling especially hard done by on October 26th following the results of the European Central Bank’s asset quality review. Of the 25 institutions that failed its stress tests, nine were Italian, including the worst performer, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS). Italy's central bankers immediately said that they thought the…
 
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  • The Scotsman cartoon: Ed Miliband on Labour woes

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    ED MILIBAND has delivered a rallying call to Scottish Labour, urging the party to keep fighting.
  • GPS delay lets sex offenders off the hook

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    THE Scottish Government has been urged to stop “dragging its heels” over the introduction of satellite tagging of sex offenders.
  • Patrick Harvie: Holyrood needs greater scrutiny

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Not so long ago, the need to improve parliamentary scrutiny would have been a niche interest. Thanks to the independence referendum, Scotland’s voters are more engaged than ever and they’re right to expect high levels of performance from an increasingly powerful Scottish Parliament.
  • Fiona Woolf quits as head of child abuse inquiry

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Westminster inquiry into historical child sex abuse has been thrown into chaos after its chairman, Fiona Woolf, yesterday announced she was stepping down in the face of a barrage of criticism.
  • Ebola staff warned to wear double gloves

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    URGENT guidelines warning health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus to wear at least two pairs of gloves has been issued by the United ­Nations health agency.
 
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  • Kurds vs jihadists: the theatre of war

    Cécile Marin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    - Middle East / Password, Map, 2014/11 - Kurds
  • The left's unsung success story

    Serge Halimi
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    In times of crisis, a head of state who gets re-elected in the first round, having already served two terms, is a rarity indeed. One such is Evo Morales, whose win, with 61% of the vote, should have received more attention than it did. All the more so since he pulled off this electoral feat in Bolivia — which had five different presidents between 2001 and 2005. His victory follows a 25% reduction in poverty, an 87% real-terms increase in the minimum wage, a lowering of the retirement age (...) - 2014/11 / Open access
  • Web of surveillance

    Pierre Rimbert
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    In spring 2013 Edward Snowden, a computer consultant working for a subcontractor to the US National Security Agency (NSA), copied several hundred thousand classified documents relating to surveillance programmes being conducted by the US and its allies in the name of the war on terror, and passed them to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Though nobody believed the world's number one superpower was totally innocent of any wrongdoing, the successive revelations published since (...) - 2014/11 / Open access, 2014/11 - Snowden
  • We've got our eye on you

    Dan Schiller
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Edward Snowden not only told the world about US state surveillance of national and personal secrets, he reminded us that almost all the companies surveying us for commercial gain are American.Revelations on US National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programmes based on Edward Snowden's cache of its data files caused “fundamental, irreversible changes in many countries,” wrote journalist Glen Greenwald, who brokered many of the disclosures . In 2013 Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and (...) - 2014/11 / Open access, 2014/11 - Snowden
  • Snowden's success

    Dan Schiller
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    President Barack Obama convened an advisory panel just days after the first news story in the Guardian in which Glenn Greenwald revealed that the NSA was collecting records on millions of US phone service subscribers . Months later the panel published damning conclusions: the NSA's self-justification had been invalid and its warrantless phone surveillance of US residents had not demonstrably averted terrorist attacks . The administration responded by proposing cosmetic reforms to this (...) - 2014/11 / Open access, 2014/11 - Snowden
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  • John Roughan: Councils a waste of chicken sandwiches

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    So without enough to do, the elected body ponders long-term planning objectives and reads a great deal of paper on subjects such as environmental sustainability. It is getting so that every time the Auckland Council says or does something...
  • Brian Gaynor: Aussies lead the way with health insurance

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Australian investors have become excited about health insurance. The enthusiasm is over the privatisation of Medibank Private, Australia's largest health insurer.The Federal Government is selling its 100 per cent stake at an indicative...
  • Diana Clement: Mortgage options available to get up ladder

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Getting a mortgage is much harder than it was before the global financial crisis. No longer will banks lend willy-nilly.The problems faced by first-time buyers have been well documented. There are plenty of other would-be home buyers...
  • Mary Holm: Guessing market shift a fool's game

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Returns from KiwiSaver funds appear to differ from those of similar non-KiwiSaver funds from the same provider. It would be interesting to know the reason.Are KiwiSaver funds subject to different fees, are they taxed differently...
  • Tom O'Neil: Widow's plight sparks a pursuit for justice

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome to my regular series entitled "My Light Bulb Moment". This column highlights the "blinding flash of insight" business, cultural and sports leaders have had in their career, and how this changed their lives forever.Sometimes...
 
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  • Jian Ghomeshi story shouldn’t have gotten this ugly: DiManno

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    If you didn’t believe one woman, do you now believe nine?Even the most ardent defenders of media darling Jian Ghomeshi — those who worshipped at the altar of his popular CBC radio cultural affairs program — have been busy this past week deleting supportive tweets and blog postings, retracting statements and, presumably, giving their heads a shake. Certainly they’re no longer expressing outrage over the public broadcaster’s termination of a high-wattage personality, or the Star’s ahead-of-the-story revelations by investigative reporter Kevin…
  • Attorney general reinstates murder charge against Toronto lawyer

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    In a rare move, Ontario’s attorney general has ordered a Toronto lawyer to stand trial for the first-degree murder of his husband despite a judge finding there was not enough evidence to proceed. Last month, Ontario Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru tossed out the charge against Demitry Papasotiriou following a preliminary hearing and he was released from custody.In the same 72-page decision Papasotiriou’s co-accused Michael Ivezic, described by police as a “co-conspirator” and “business associate,” was committed to trial for the first-degree murder of…
  • Maple Leafs down Blue Jackets minus Lupul

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    COLUMBUS, OHIO—When the Maple Leafs received word about 50 minutes before puck drop that Joffrey Lupul had broken his right hand, coach Randy Carlyle really only had one choice to replace him on the top line.That player, Daniel Winnik, ended up with a goal and two assists on a night to remember — his 500th career NHL game and a 4-1 win over Columbus.“If you want to write up how game 500 is supposed to go, that’s the way it’s supposed to go,” said Winnik, dressed in the camouflage jersey indicative of teammates choosing him as player of the game.Winnik…
  • GO looks at a quieter ride on Montreal’s electric commuter train

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The 35-minute journey to the suburb of Lac des Deux Montagnes, Que., starts off like all trips from Montreal’s Central Station — downstairs on an underground platform.But the Deux-Montagnes train continues in a tunnel for the first five kilometres and quietly surfaces from its portal in the affluent Mount Royal neighbourhood seven minutes later.The only mainline electric train in Canada, according to Toronto rail expert Greg Gormick, the Deux-Montagnes was a natural comparator for Metrolinx officials planning the electrification of the GO system. They haven’t done a full…
  • Racist Olivia Chow cartoon tests Canada: Mallick

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Two days before the election, the Toronto Sun ran a cartoon of mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, a famous and storied politician in this city, a fixture in Canadian life. And there she was with slitty eyes slanting at a 45-degree angle, wearing a drab Mao suit and holding up the empty coat of a dead man, labelled “Jack Layton,” upon whose coattails she was standing. I’m not making this up.I hadn’t seen the cartoon because I haven’t looked inside the Sun for decades, nor have you. Until I read a column on this subject by Toronto Star board chair John Honderich,…
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  • Getting Investment in Europe Right

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The European Commission’s new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has put public investment back on the agenda with his idea of a three-year €300 billion capital spending plan. But, behind the superficial consensus that more investment would help to strengthen a worryingly feeble European economy, many questions remain unanswered.
  • North Korea’s Nuclear Shadow

    Christopher R. Hill
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Even as global developments unfold at a dizzying pace, North Korea seems to plod along rather consistently in a sort of Stalinist netherworld. But that netherworld’s growing nuclear arsenal is no laughing matter.
  • The Slow March to Gender Parity

    Laura Tyson, et al.
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Economic policymakers around the world are looking for ways to boost growth, with infrastructure investment topping most lists. But another, often-overlooked remedy is to increase the economic participation and advancement of women.
  • Governing a World Out of Order

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    In his new book, Henry Kissinger asks whether the world can develop an international order that will keep the peace and allow countries to play by agreed rules. Unfortunately, that is the wrong question.
  • The Single-Engine Global Economy

    Nouriel Roubini
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The global economy is like a jetliner that needs all of its engines operational to take off and steer clear of clouds and storms. Unfortunately, only one of its four engines is functioning properly, the pilots must navigate menacing storm clouds, and fights are breaking out among the passengers.
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  • Trick-or-Tweet

    DW
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    ” You’re from the Milky Way and never had a Milky Way?  You kids better not leave any crop circles on my lawn!” The post Trick-or-Tweet appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • It’s a Chick Thing

    DW
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    “Stop saying it tastes like chicken.” The post It’s a Chick Thing appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Please Join Us

    DW
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    “I’m an RSVPer… I don’t do Evite reminders.” The post Please Join Us appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Best Places to Retire?

    DW
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    “Venus is too hot, Jupiter’s gassy, and Earth is too crazy.” The post Best Places to Retire? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Downward Dogged

    DW
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    “This dog treat entitles me to 15 minutes of drool-free yoga.” The post Downward Dogged appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
 
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  • Loving 3 Cities, Knowing None

    Zoe Gadegbeku
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    You consider yourself somewhat well-travelled. Maybe not as much as those friends of yours who have lived in almost every city between Sao Paulo and St. Petersburg, thanks to parents in the foreign service. You’re well-travelled nonetheless, well enough that you can now slide effortlessly between English and French within one conversation, using a turn of phrase that is described as “quaint” by the condescending and “fascinating” by the linguistics buffs. Pidgin English collides with the Queen’s preferred version, on a tongue that craves fried plantains and…
  • La revolución femenina, necesaria para el avance de Mali

    Elena Bermúdez
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    MADRID, ESPAÑA. La crisis que Mali experimenta desde 2012 por el matrimonio entre el terrorismo yihadista y la comunidad tuareg, además de los conflictos entre las distintas razas, dibujan en el país un ambiente donde la convivencia se torna cada vez más difícil. En el caso de las mujeres, pueden ser compradas por menos de mil euros y son víctimas de una violencia atroz por parte de los grupos radicales. La presencia de la comunidad internacional (12.000 soldados, ONG y organizaciones civiles), a la que en estos días se unen nuevos militares españoles, intenta acabar con lo que parece…
  • How to be a World-Class Procrastinator

    Shannon Subramaniam
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Procrastination seems to be a natural gift that most of my coaching clients and patients possess.  So I say, soar with your strengths!  Stop trying not to procrastinate, and instead become super successful at it! Practice procrastination daily with these 12 simple steps. Start each day with this plan for TODAY: Eat something you know you “shouldn’t” eat…tomorrow Give someone a piece of your mind…tomorrow Don’t exercise…tomorrow Make a bad decision…tomorrow Spend…tomorrow Smoke…tomorrow Quit caring…tomorrow “Feel” like doing it…tomorrow Be…
  • Negative Propaganda Isn’t Beneficial for American-Born Chinese

    Tiffany Jiang
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    With the recent media attention on Snowden, a wanted NSA leaker, countries that refuse to cooperate with the United States on capturing the wanted “criminal” have been spotlighted as nations that are untrustworthy foes, rather than comrades. One of the most harshly accused has been China. U.S. relations with China have always been tentative – both countries started with a shaky foundation and began to build diplomatic ties from there. Beginning with the fall of China to communists in 1949, the two countries’ contrasting governmental ideologies have been the fence that…
  • Guns Should Be Allowed, But Must Be Regulated

    Tiffany Jiang
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With the number of instances of violence caused by guns on a steady increase over the past few years, headlines continue to blare out stories of mass shootings and death. American citizens are polarized by the constant debate on gun control. Some experts argue about the constitutionality of gun control, others argue about the precedent it sets for altering the constitution as a whole. But the most prominent debate revolving gun control is whether the right to bear arms promotes increased violence, or whether carrying guns protects American households. The ultimate solution to gun control is…
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  • Manipulating Emotions; It’s Not Just Facebook!

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

    Christopher B. King
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Depression’s cycle is made worse by its power over sufferers which forces them to internalize their struggle and which renders friends and family’s attempts to “help” more destructive than supportive. Tragically, it is this misunderstanding of the depressed persons thought-processes by everyone (including/especially the depressed person) that their concern inadvertently reinforces the overwhelming sense of […]
  • Love of Billionaires in a Zero-Balance Economy

    Christopher B. King
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    If, in a zero-balance economy made up of entries on balance sheets and where one person’s entry on the asset column of their balance sheet is an equal entry on the debts column of another person’s balance sheet then, some people have more “money” BECAUSE others have less or none at all. But don’t read […]
  • Its Always A Good Time to Start Composting

    Christopher B. King
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I really like the idea and the look of this composter. If it actually works, it would be even cooler. I know most my friends and readers of this site are in North America, but you all may not know I’m in South America now; so I can’t get one of these delivered to me. […]
  • Is “the state” JUST the Government? Or is There Something More Creating our Ways of Life?

    Christopher B. King
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    One point where I seem to split from many of my friends who call themselves “anti-government,” market capitalists, and even anti-capitalists to some extent, is that I apply the term “State” to include not just the government, but also all industry that directs technological and infrastructural developments (like car/oil companies for example) which depends on […]
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  • A Future-Tech Computing Idea

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

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

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

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

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

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    This fantastic video shows Shoshana B. Roberts walking through the streets of New York City while Rob Bliss walks in front of her, secretly recording.  In the midst of 10 hours, Shoshana received over 100 different forms of verbal harassment in addition to winks and whistles. The video is meant to call attention to the verbal sexual harassment occurring in public places. Hollaback partnered with Rob Bliss to create the video and help power the movement to end street harassment.  Hollaback aims to better understand street harassment and develop strategies to make our streets a more…
  • Sea Monster Lagarfljotsormur Caught On Video

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Back in 2012, Icelandic farmer Hjortur Kjerulf, filmed what is believed to be the great mythical sea monster: Lagarfljotsormur — a large worm like creature whose legend dates back to 1345. Kjerulf said: “I began to wonder what I was seeing and whether it was related to the Lagarfljot worm. I thought it would be wise to take some pictures of this thing because it looked so real… It reminded me of a swimming crocodile or even some kind of monster. The first thing I thought of when I saw this was the worm… There is absolutely no foul play on my behalf in this case. I did not…
  • Latino Swing Voters To Obama: “NUNCA MAS”?

    Stewart Lawrence
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Stewart Lawrence. Article adapted from his forthcoming book: MAÑANA: Barack Obama and the Politics of Ethnic Co-Optation. Are Latinos planning to vote in the midterm elections two weeks from now? Belatedly, and ever more desperately, top administration officials from the President down are urging Latinos to show up, even after Obama went back on his word last month and “postponed” a planned executive order to legalize untold millions of undocumented immigrants, most of them Latino. Of course, it’s not the first time Obama has reneged on a solemn promise of support to…
  • Separated at Birth? Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Channels the Ghost of Joe McCarthy

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

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

    S.L. Tate
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Words that are difficult these days to say to physicians: Percocet, Vicodin, or simply that dreaded ‘n’ word, narcotic. On October 6th restrictions went into effect thanks to the federal government that reclassified medications containing hydrocodone (such as Vicodin) from Schedule III to Schedule II. Joining its close friend oxycodone, hydrocodone meds now find themselves in a category of controlled substances known for being highly addictive and prone to abuse. What does this mean? Patients are limited to a shorter supply of medications and must see their doctor each time they need to…
  • Whitewashing History

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

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

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

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