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  • Coastal Commission has a fine weapon in its enforcement arsenal

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    For some four decades, the California Coastal Commission has been charged with guaranteeing public access to the coast. But because the agency lacked meaningful enforcement authority, that has been no easy task. A backlog of hundreds of cases has developed, and the commission has spent years...
  • For the record

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Elgin Marbles: An article in the Dec. 19 Section A about a debate over the British Museum's loan of the Ilissos statue to the State Hermitage Museum in Russia described the 2,500-year-old statue as being 100 times older than the Hermitage museum. The statue is 10 times older than the museum,...
  • California Supreme Court appointee Kruger wins state panel's approval

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Leondra R. Kruger Gov. Jerry Brown's third appointment this term to the California Supreme Court, won unanimous approval Monday from a three-member state commission.
  • Putting a lid on methane from cattle

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Obama contains many giveaways to Wall Street, casinos and the coal industry. But the ones that might do the most severe damage long-term have to do with, of all things, the digestive systems of cattle.
  • Thief steals child's wheelchair; shocked community gets her a new one

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:17 pm
    When thieves stole a wheelchair from a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome, residents in Corona were stunned.
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  • The blame game over police deaths in New York goes too far

    Editorial Board
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    THE COLDBLOODED killings of two New York City police officers Saturday was a terrible, vicious crime. It also has been the occasion for some wrong-headed commentary that needs correcting.Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a disturbed New York native with a history of at least 20 arrests, assassinated Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. Officer Ramos, 40, was a well-liked and devoted policeman who looked forward to taking his two boys to play basketball in the park whenever he could. Officer Liu, 32, had celebrated his wedding just three months ago. “I know…
  • Ukraine’s economy is on the rocks and needs Western help

    Editorial Board
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    THE CRISIS in Ukraine appears to have eased slightly in recent weeks. Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk has slowed, peace talks will resume this week and Vladi­mir Putin and other senior Russian officials have been mouthing conciliatory rhetoric. Western leaders, suspecting that Moscow’s mounting economic difficulties may incline it to a settlement, have repeated offers to lift sanctions if Russia fully implements cease-fire terms agreed to in September.Read full article >>
  • Washington’s likable Wizards are fun to watch

    Editorial Board
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    THE RECENT agonies of Washington’s football team, vividly portrayed online, on the air, on the field and on the sports pages, may at times have caused even the most reluctant fans to think the club really does need a name change — perhaps to something like the Washington Recriminations. But, however that plays out, its season is almost over. Meanwhile, a new show has opened in town — at Verizon Center, where the Washington Wizards play basketball.Read full article >>
  • The news media crackdown in Turkey threatens democracy

    Editorial Board
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AUTOCRATS OFTEN feel compelled to invent pretexts, no matter how unconvincing, for crushing their opponents. In the latest round of attacks on the news media in Turkey, warrants were issued for the arrest of journalists in which it was stated they are suspected of nefarious deeds, such as plotting “to seize state power” or forming an armed organization to support terrorists. These trumped-up claims are intended to divert attention from a crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his critics and rivals. At stake is Turkey’s democracy.Read full article >>
  • Stop mistreating youth at Rikers Island and other institutions around the country

    Editorial Board
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AFTER THE Justice Department released a scathing account of how New York authorities mistreat juveniles in the Rikers Island jail, the message was clear: reform or get sued. Four months later, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who described a lockup in which “beatings are routine while accountability is rare,” has decided to sue. The added pressure on the jail to conform to basic standards is past due. And Rikers is hardly alone in mistreating young people.Read full article >>
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  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:05 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

    19 Dec 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

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Vivian McPeak

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:33 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.
  • 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.
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  • Guest column: Christmas is a time for angels, healing

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Our daughters were always so excited about Christmas. It was Christmas Eve, 1981. We lived in cold, snowy Mason City, Iowa, and our daughters were 10 and 14. My mother had come from nearby, as always, to join us for the holidays. EXPECTING A JOYOUS HOLIDAY My husband Harry and I took the family to the annual Christmas Eve service, and we even found an open Famous Amos on our way home. We laughed and talked about previous Christmas Eve services. read more
  • Tuesday's Letters: Give us a Landing we can be proud to visit

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    AMERICAN SNIPER Kyle was a hero As a rule, I do not get too worked up about reader letters published by the Times-Union’s editorial page. That said, the recent letter by Rick Mansfield is a different animal. In my opinion, there has never been a greater American hero than Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the soldier depicted in the upcoming movie “American Sniper.” The fact that Mansfield believes that nothing has changed in the areas where Kyle served is an ignorant statement. Our soldiers do not “kill at will” any more than our police officers do. read more
  • Tuesday's Lead Letter: Police killings show the need to tone down our rhetoric

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    I was sickened and saddened that two innocent police officers were slain in New York City. The individual who did this was a criminal. From my understanding, he had committed violent crimes before and had threatened to shoot officers. This unfortunate incident will set back race relations. Former New York Gov. George Pataki has already accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of inciting this violence. The head of the city’s police union has said there is blood on de Blasio’s hands. When will it end? read more
  • Psychiatrist goes to the streets to understand the homeless

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    One of the keys to a solution to mental illness is to get to know the sufferers. The lack of information leads to fear and ignorance and acceptance of today’s non-system that involves too little treatment, scattered help that is hard to access with far too many mentally ill shunted into jails and prisons. As a psychiatrist, Robert Okin had been treating the mentally ill for years, but even after a career in the mental health field, he did not have a clear understanding of those living on the streets. read more
  • Frank Denton: 2 stories filled with promise, gratitude

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    A holiday gift for you: the stories of two lives, on opposite sides of Jacksonville, one life well launched, the other well lived. One with rich hope and promise for the future, the other with heart-rending but wonderful gratitude for the past.     Christopher Williams was born into Jacksonville’s urban pathology that you read about here more than that you and I both like. read more
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  • Blame Obama for movie's censorship

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The American people now have a censor — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and they can thank President Obama's failure to defend their rights to free speech and privacy for it.
  • Maravene Loeschke transformed Towson

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Maravene Loeschke has resigned the presidency at Towson University due to health reasons. This is no papering over of some "real reason" for her leaving; President Loeschke has as much or more widespread and deep support as president than any such leader has or has had not only at Towson, but...
  • The end of the Cuban revolution

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dec. 17, 2014 — for Cubans, that date will be remembered in the same way that East Germans remember Nov. 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall fell. The Cuban Revolution is dead, and democracy is inevitably on the horizon.
  • 2016 voters may choose between two dynasties

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's candid interest in seeking the presidency in 2016 raises skepticism about whether the voters would vote for a third Bush in the Oval Office.
  • Is artificial turf causing cancer?

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Synthetic turf fields are made of a synthetic grasslike material, to which 40,000 ground-up rubber tires are added as "in-fill." It is the out-gassing of chemicals from these ground-up rubber tire "crumbs," as well as the rubber crumb dust, that pose the greatest health concern to the athletes.
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  • Roman Catholic Womenpriests are following Jesus' path

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Nov. 28 article on dissenting groups in the Catholic Church cries out for a response from a committed Catholic woman (“Diocese Distances Itself From Two Groups’ Teachings”). Those affiliated with Roman Catholic Womenpriests have broken the rules and been censured for such “scandalous” behavior as wanting to serve the church and Jesus in positions of leadership (as they did in the early church).
  • Vague and costly: Lavelle’s housing terms could hurt development

    By the Editorial Board
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Pittsburgh Planning Commission made the wrong decision last Tuesday when members voted in favor of a new requirement for housing developments.
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: President Obama -- the duck that roared

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of Barack Obama’s most difficult year in office.
  • Russia’s burden: Putin appears ready to endure more hardship

    By the Editorial Board
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    President Vladimir V. Putin, in a three-hour Moscow press conference last week, tried to present a dire picture of Russia’s situation in upbeat tones.
  • George F. Will: State attorneys general are revitalizing federalism

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general, and one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. The second existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act began here.
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  • Letters

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    Makes the difference
  • Books for Christmas

    Bradley R. Gitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Books make the best Christmas gifts, especially for people who read op-ed columns about books. So with only a few shopping days left some recommendations in history, biography, and politics.
  • Dear Governor ...

    Robert Maranto Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Back in 1988 during dissertation research in Washington, I had one of those inside-the-Beltway moments.
  • The wish list has gone digital

    PETULA DVORAK Washington Post
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    "I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"
  • Another Malala moment

    Chicago Tribune
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    Two years ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan and fired a shot that outraged the world. He seriously wounded 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai. She recovered, became a powerful voice in the fight against Taliban extremism, and won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Sony hack points to NSA's conflicting roles

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the satire "The Interview" from movie theaters. But rather than look for help from China to solve the problem, President Obama needs to look inward, at his own federal government, to address the broader security issues underlying this and other damaging hacking, whether foreign or domestic.The issue is the National Security Agency's conflicting mission, which makes it a perpetrator of what is a crime when it's done by a foreign government. Thanks to Edward Snowden, the entire world knows the NSA has few peers in its ability to hack into computer…
  • Mercury News editorial: Cuba embargo hasn't worked; it's time to end it

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    The restoration of U.S. relations with Cuba is a bold move, decades overdue, that took courage on the part of President Barack Obama and is likely to loom large in his legacy.In the long term, removing this vestige of Cold War foreign policy can't be anything but good. In the short term, fanatical opposition to the Castro regime in places such as Miami is a wound as raw as it was when families fled the revolution in the 1950s and '60s in what turned out to be justified fear of the communists. So in the short term, Obama and the Democrats haven't made their political lives any easier.The…
  • Mercury News editorial: Bringing the Olympics to the San Francisco Bay Area

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    World-class regions hold world-class events. So in many ways, the Bay Area is the perfect choice to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.Washington, D.C., carries too much baggage for the rest of the world to stomach. Los Angeles has hosted it twice. Neither L.A. nor Boston can match the combination of San Francisco's iconic beauty and Silicon Valley's capacity for innovation at a time when the International Olympics Committee is desperate to rebrand the event as more efficient and cost-effective.The questions are what will be the total bill for producing the games, and can the region afford to pay…
  • Mercury News editorial: Margie Matthews would serve well as District 4 interim rep

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo's proposal to quickly appoint former Councilwoman Margie Matthews to temporarily fill the vacant District 4 seat is unorthodox by San Jose's deliberative standards. On Thursday, the nonpartisan League of Women Voters joined the protest, lending legitimacy to the argument by Liccardo opponents that things are moving too fast. At Friday's meeting, Mayor Chuck Reed and council members need to weigh the reactions of district residents carefully. If there is strong opposition and little support from residents for the appointment, it would be a mistake to forge ahead --…
  • Mercury News editorial: PUC president's departure creates opportunity for governor

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    After 12 years, Michael Peevey finally leaves his post as president of the California Public Utilities Commission at the end of December. Good riddance.Peevey's departure, coupled with executive director Paul Clanon's recently announced decision to retire, opens the door for Gov. Jerry Brown to clean house at the PUC. It can't happen too soon. Peevey's job was supposed to be to regulate PG&E, not to shield it from public oversight and accountability. Instead his clear sympathies were with the utility and its continued strong profits, often at the expense of the consumers the PUC was…
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  • Esther Cepeda: A dream that never fades

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There was a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song that came out in 1988 called “American Dream.” It had a catchy tune but as a 14-year-old, I recoiled from it because it was so negative. Read comments
  • Karen Ross and Andy Souza: Hunger in Fresno County — how local farmers are helping

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Food donations tend to spike this time of year, as holiday volunteers readily distribute meals to their neighbors who are working hard for a better life but need a little help putting food on the table. Read comments
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Are drone strikes more defensible than torture?

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are lots of hypocrisies surrounding the recently released executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. But they pale in comparison to the current Democratic silence about President Barack Obama’s policy of targeted drone assassinations. Read comments
  • Armen D. Bacon: The gift of our intangibles

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I sat in the driver’s seat eating my half-soggy sandwich, a few crumbs falling onto a new glittered sweater, this Season’s splurge. The rain had finally arrived – so much so it fogged the windshield, blurred my vision, and drenched both my shoes and pant legs, putting a slight damper on last minute shopping I’d hoped to do. Pulling into the parking lot of a neighborhood strip mall, I turned off the engine, unbuckled my seat belt and sat silently gazing out the window. Read comments
  • Jerrold H. Jensen: UC tuition hikes don’t add up

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:36 am
    University of California Regents must believe a stork is magically going to appear to deposit new, fully grown, 18-year-old students onto their campuses. They partially justified their recent 25% tuition hike because they expect an increase in enrollment. Obviously, they have not examined the impact of the state’s plummeting birth rate that is now the lowest since 1987. Read comments
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  • Dancing salsa dog video goes viral

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    This dog was apparently happy to see its owner and did a salsa dance to prove it. This YouTube video was posted by Kevin Clancy.
  • Madoff trustee seeks to return money

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:32 pm
    NEW YORK — Investors burned by Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme could be getting back more of their money.
  • Shooting reported in North Toledo

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Police are searching for two men accused of shooting a North Toledo woman in the leg as she unloaded groceries from a vehicle at her home this evening.
  • NYC mayor: No more protests

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a pause in protests today over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him of creating a climate of mistrust that contributed to the execution of two officers.
  • Steubenville coach gets 48 days in jail

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A volunteer football coach whose Ohio house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players received a two-month sentence today for violating his probation in that case.
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  • Doomsaying again

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The letter “Disheartening & shallow” tells us “our children and grandchildren” are doomed “to a frightening world destabilized by accelerating climate change.” As a teenager ...
  • Classmate will be missed

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I was shocked and saddened to read about the death of Carol Sells. The gray, damp cold winter pictures made it even sadder. I was ...
  • Enhanced interrogation

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There’s been a lot of news about the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation. Some say it’s wrong. Let’s assume we love our children and grandchildren. ...
  • A tribute tarnished

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Many of us in the Apollo area are feeling a great loss in the tragic death of our friend Carol Lee Sells and were anxious ...
  • Greensburg Christmas takes

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Kettle drive: Fewer volunteer bell ringers and a drop in donations are crimping the Salvation Army’s red-kettle campaign in Westmoreland County this year, which is ...
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  • Bad policy, good politics: Ed Balls’s determination to impose his mansion tax as soon as he can puts the Conservatives in a bind

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    “The religion of socialism is the language of priorities,” said Nye Bevan, Labour saint and creator of the National Health Service. Now we have discovered the principal priority of one of his heirs, Ed Balls; taxing the homes of the rich. The shadow Chancellor, once so relaxed about the wealth created by the City of London, and the foreign money pouring into the capital, now tells us that the first thing he would do upon taking charge of the Treasury, presumably next May, would be to introduce a “mansion tax” on residential homes worth £2m or more. That would certainly hit investment…
  • Please don’t leave a message: Reasons to mourn the demise of voicemail

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It was always one of the peculiar features of the tabloid phone-hacking saga that so many people apparently had so much to say to one another, but so infrequently seemed to have their calls answered by the individuals they wanted to talk to. Voicemail ruled.
  • The appeal of the Virgin Mary: A supernatural hope at a time of scepticism

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    After Noah and Moses comes the Virgin Mary. No, it’s not a telephone poll to decide which biblical character has the PX Factor (the two Greek letters interwoven and used by believers as a symbol of Christ). Instead it is the Hollywood queue for release dates for Bible-based epics. 
  • Letters: Why Cameron is wrong about EU child benefits

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    “Careful what you wish for” is my comment to David Cameron and Ed Miliband over their desire to stop EU migrants’ children receiving UK benefits if they live abroad. Even if they think that they have the support of Angela Merkel, that does not mean that they will receive support from other EU countries.
  • Could the real Theresa May please stand up?

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    How do we make sense of Theresa May? At times she appears to be two entirely different home secretaries, and two unrecognisably contrasting political personalities.
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  • We were the first same-sex Scottish marriage – until we left the consulate, and returned to Australia | Douglas Pretsell

    Douglas Pretsell
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Australia allows UK consulates to register same sex marriages for UK citizens, but won’t recognise them domestically. That’s curious to mePeter and I exchanged our civil partnership certificates at the British Consulate in Melbourne. In Scotland it was one minute past midnight on the day the country’s same-sex marriage legislation came into force, and several hours before its registry offices opened. We ended up being the first same-sex couple in the world to be married under the Scottish legislation.That was a week ago. We originally wedded in a beautiful ceremony at Fenton Tower near…
  • Martin Rowson on the child abuse inquiry – cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
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  • Goodbye, cruel 2014: we promise not to miss you once you’ve gone | Charlie Brooker

    Charlie Brooker
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    From flooding to Benefits Street, the rise of Ukip to the Apple Watch, the year was filled with huge, grim events. We could all use a lie-down over ChristmasSo 2014’s almost done, and unless you got married, or had your firstborn, or won a Subaru filled with Maltesers in a radio phone-in, it’s unlikely to be a year you’ll remember fondly. It was filled with huge, grim events. So is every year, of course, but in 2014 it seemed there were fewer light moments to offset the enveloping dread. And everyone seemed angry, all the time. A whole planet, gritting its teeth. Hundreds protesting.
  • The Guardian view on high-end science in the National Health Service | Editorial

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    The genome project and improving ambulance response times both matterThe NHS has an extraordinary record of medical innovation. The link between smoking and lung cancer, the first baby born through IVF and the first heart, lung and liver transplant were all achievements of the health service. Now the 11 hospital trusts which will pioneer the 100,000 genome project have been named. They will recruit participants in an ambitious attempt to sequence the genetic make-up of up to 100,000 NHS patients, creating a database to allow researchers to identify the links between genetic variations and…
  • The Guardian view on Tory leadership plotting | Editorial

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    In the end, aspirants to David Cameron’s job will have to get on the election teamBy comparison with his predecessors, David Cameron’s prime ministership has been untroubled. The factional plotting which dominated the premierships of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown has been mostly absent. The backbench defiance of the leader which finally brought Margaret Thatcher down and drained John Major’s authority have barely featured. Only once, in early 2013, was there a brief sense that Mr Cameron’s position was under threat; but the Adam Afriyie challenge was predictably and rightly seen off. In…
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  • Flights of fancy

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    STOP me if you've heard this one before: a small city begs a central government for money to upgrade its tiny, underused airport. If only the airport had nicer facilities, the city's politicians claim, more people would use it. The central government, bowing to political expediency and citing rosy traffic projections, gives in. The airport is shiny, new—and mostly empty.This story has played out all over Europe in recent years, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The report, titled "EU-funded airport infrastructures: poor value for money", found that:too many…
  • End of year edition

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    OUR correspondents on the biggest business and finance stories of 2014, and what will make headlines next year
  • The road to nowhere near Wigan Pier

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    OVER the past few weeks, debates over British fiscal policy have been conducted under the shadow of George Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier" a powerful description of the poverty he found in the north of England in the 1930s. On December 3rd, George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, in his Autumn Statement, announced plans to turn Britain's deficit, which stood at £108 billion ($169 billion) last year, into a surplus of £23 billion by 2020. Because the government does not want to raise taxes to fund these plans, public spending is forecast to fall from 41% of GDP…
  • Cracking the shells

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    CORPORATE secrecy has shot up the global political agenda over the past couple of years. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been kicking up a stink about the liberal use of anonymous shell companies—which exist on paper only, with no real employees or offices—by corrupt officials, money launderers and other financial ne’er-do-wells. For proof of the economic harm this can cause, look no further than the billions of dollars siphoned out of Ukraine through shady shells by Viktor Yanukovich and his cronies. New legislation in the European Union, agreed on December 16th, marks…
  • The new American

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    IT HAS BEEN a bit more than a year since American Airlines and US Airways officially merged. Integrating the two airlines will take another few years. But the merged entity—dubbed American Airlines—is already planning to spend significant sums on its planes and hubs.American announced earlier this month that it will shell out $2 billion on new seats, power outlets for passengers' gadgets, and in-flight entertainment upgrades. It also claims that its aircraft fleet will be the youngest, on average, of the big traditional American carriers by the end of 2014. Additionally, American plans to…
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  • The war to start all wars

    Greg Grandin
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars — or at least the war that started all of Washington's post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama. Twenty-five years ago this month, early on the morning of December 20, 1989, President George H.W. Bush launched Operation Just Cause, sending tens of thousands of troops and hundreds of aircraft into Panama to execute a warrant of arrest against its leader, Manuel (...) - Open page
  • The Senate Drone Report of 2019

    Tom Engelhardt
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars and other American air campaigns in the 18-year-long war on terror was finally released. That day, committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, amid the warnings of his Republican colleagues that its release (...) - Open page
  • Go West, young Han

    Pepe Escobar
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    November 18, 2014: it's a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th. Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than (...) - Open page
  • American torture — past, present, and… future?

    Rebecca Gordon
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    It's the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,” the report — you know which one — is out. Or at least, the redacted executive summary of it is available to be read and, as Senator Mark Udall said before its release, “When this report is declassified, (...) - Open page
  • The abolition of abolition

    James Carroll
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Mark these days. A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as the United States of America ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition. Once, we could believe there was another way to go. Indeed, we were invited to take that path by the man who is, even today, overseeing the blocking of it, probably forever. It was one of the most stirring speeches an American president had ever given. The place was Prague; the year was 2009; the president was (...) - Open page
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  • Boris Johnson: Hollywood needs to get a grip

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Whoa, this can't be right. Guys, guys, guys - this isn't the end. It feels like the lights have just come on in the theatre just when I was settling down to my popcorn.I have been watching this hilarious international espionage...
  • Peter Lyons: More cuts loom to reach surplus holy grail

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We are unlikely to achieve the much vaunted government budget surplus this year. While this is a huge disappointment for those who have eagerly awaited this accounting milestone, it is important we do not allow this to ruin our festive...
  • Peter O'Connor: Lessons to be learnt on education overhaul

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Bali Haque's new book, Changing our Secondary Schools, raises important and timely questions about teaching. His acknowledgement that the single most important contribution to student success is the cultural capital they bring into...
  • Editorial: SkyCity must meet its side of bargain

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says taxpayers are the Government's "least preferred" solution to a blowout in the cost of SkyCity's Auckland convention centre. He should not even think about it. One of the alternatives,...
  • Alan Duff: Locals make me glad to be a Kiwi

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Mick Jagger strolls into a pub in Russell and the patrons, though shocked, leave him alone. Wonder if they'd be the same with our own legend, Richie McCaw? Probably, as New Zealanders don't do this big celebrity trip. Sure, people...
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  • ヒヤヒヤした時期があります

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

    6 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
  • わき毛

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    特に冬の時期は長袖なので人に見られることもないのでついつい忘れているともさもさになる。 ある日冬の温室プールに行ったところわきの処理をしていなかったことにきずいた。 とても恥ずかしくなりプールを泳ぐはずが見られたら嫌なのでウォーキングだけして終わらせた事がありました。…
  • 高校の体育の授業

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    周りの女子生徒はみんな足も腕もツルツルなのに、私は剃り跡が赤くポツポツしたり、剃ってもすぐに生えてチクチクとしていたりして、とてもみっともなかったです。 抜けば跡が残らなくて綺麗に処理出来るのかと思ったのですが、抜いても毛穴が赤く炎症してしまい、駄目でした。 しかも時間がかかるし痛いので毎日のケアには向いていませんでした。 周りの子はどうしてムダ毛も剃り跡も無くスベスベの肌なのか本当に不思議でした。…
  • ハゲについての個人的見解について

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:46 am
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  • Pakistan’s New Leaf?

    Brahma Chellaney
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Peshawar massacre was not the first time that Pakistan, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, became a terror victim. But the attack has underscored how the contradiction between battling one set of terror groups while shielding others for cross-border undertakings has hobbled the Pakistani state.
  • Fighting Ebola on All Fronts

    Christian Bréchot
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Judging by the media coverage in the United States and Europe of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, one might conclude that conditions in the affected countries are gradually improving. But, though the epidemic is no longer a front-page story, the virus is far from being contained. On the contrary, it remains a serious global health threat.
  • Measuring the Next Global Development Goals

    Bjørn Lomborg
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Measurement is crucial for creating a development agenda that will do the most good for the most people, given limited resources. But how much money can the international community justify diverting from development initiatives to improving data collection and analysis?
  • Britain’s Closet Keynesian

    Robert Skidelsky
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    As British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the poster child for austerity, repeatedly misses his deadlines to balance the budget, he is starting to look like a closet Keynesian. What he fails to realize is that his attempts to cut spending during a crisis are undermining his effort to reduce the deficit.
  • Why Cuba Turned

    Jorge G. Castañeda
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The agreement between the US and Cuba to resume diplomatic relations looks like a victory for the communist island. But that conclusion leaves out a crucial variable: the collapse in the price of oil, which leaves Cuba economically vulnerable and increases the likelihood of political change.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • You In Review

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    “The only person interested in your Facebook Year in Review – Is you.” The post You In Review appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Stocking Un-Stuffer

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    “Sheila’s wishlist: No stress, a good night’s sleep, and less plastic food containers.” The post Stocking Un-Stuffer appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Less is Less

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    “My goal is to make the same as my male counterparts… So, put that on your to-do list.” The post Less is Less appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • #Awesome

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    “Skip the holiday newsletter…  We brag enough on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.” The post #Awesome appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Cows at Work

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    “Extra sharp cheddar? So over bad grab bag gifts.” The post Cows at Work appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Elegance of the Eiffel

    Caroline Burke
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    PARIS, FRANCE. One of Paris’ many prized landmarks is the famous Tour Eiffel. Standing at about 320 meters, this iron icon is the tallest structure in the “City of Light” and constantly attracts Parisians and foreigners alike. Interestingly, this tower was built for a World Fair in 1889 and was meant to be temporary. At the time, many people were unimpressed with the Eiffel and felt that it was not aesthetically pleasing at all. Over time it has become a symbol of the city and of France itself and serves as a centerpiece for tourism and celebrations such as New Years, Bastille Day, and…
  • “La rehabilitación cardiaca reduce en un 50% el riesgo de muerte”

    Elena Bermúdez
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    ESPAÑA. Cada año, en nuestro país se producen 68.500 infartos de miocardio. Cuando un paciente lo sufre, se estudian los factores que pueden influir en una nueva aparición de infarto, para intentar evitarlo mediante una vida sana y eliminando elementos como el tabaco o el sedentarismo, según el caso. Sin embargo, en muchas ocasiones esa repetición no puede evitarse, o incluso la muerte. Francisco López Jiménez, investigador y profesor de Medicina de la Clínica Mayo (Minesota), nos explica en esta entrevista una técnica novedosa que podría reducir significativamente estas cifras.
  • Postcard from … Strasbourg, France

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE. Christmas making its way in to Europe. Do you have a photograph that could be published in our POSTCARD FROM … series? Send it to us at editor@gapbrave.com, indicating “POSTCARD FROM (NAME OF THE CITY)” in the subject title. The post Postcard from … Strasbourg, France appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
  • The Cost of Acceptance

    Katrina Russell
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    U.S.A. Acceptance is a bizarre thing. It can make you feel on top of the world. It can also make you feel terrible. During middle school I lived in moments—the moment when I made my first friend, or got my first A, or won my first award. The biggest and most ephemeral moment was when I felt like I belonged—when I felt accepted. It was short and beautiful, and I let it define all of my moments that followed. Another new friend, good grade, or shiny ribbon were never as great as feeling accepted. The thing is, where I grew up, acceptance came at a cost. My family was never rich, yet we…
  • Embargo in the Name of the American People

    Mike Ducheine
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    U.S.A. The embargo on Cuba was put in place at a time when the world was starkly divided between allies and enemies. It was never about the country being run by a dictator. Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Castro came to the United States on an 11-day visit at the invitation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Mr. Castro placed a wreath on George Washington’s grave, toured the Bronx Zoo and ate hot dogs and hamburgers at Yankee Stadium. For the most part, the visit went well until his speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where Mr. Castro…
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  • Playing whack-a-mole with The Pirate Bay

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    For much of the Pirate Bay’s history, the site has bounced from domain to domain, as authorities would continuously snap up the domains that the site was hosted at, generally in conjunction with raiding the datacenter that the sites servers were … Continue reading →
  • Tor’s not-so-hidden services

    6 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Tor Project came to life with a mission to provide residents in countries with strict internet controls with the means of browsing and communicating online without fear that their activities could be monitored. Sometime after its founding, the developers increased … Continue reading →
  • Wiki’s Wiki’s, all I see are Wiki’s

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I’ve embarked on a new endeavor; to learn MediaWiki, aka, the engine that runs Wikipedia. To that end, I’m creating a pair of my own Wiki’s; one that is devoted to technology, be it old software (abandonware), current technologies (source … Continue reading →
  • Reclaiming my email boxes

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    I’ve got a lot of email addresses. Too many, probably. And inside of each of those too many email address are far too many emails… Once an email address got overloaded by unwanted messages, either spam or (more often) email’s … Continue reading →
  • A Future-Tech Computing Idea

    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 →
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • The Interview debacle: Sony shows us how NOT to deal with threats

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

    S.L. Tate
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Protests are shaking U.S. cities after two grand juries in New York and Missouri refused to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Both unarmed and black,  18 year-old Brown was shot over six times in a confrontation with officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and 43-year-old Garner was held in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo, after resisting arrest, and died just before mustering the words, “I can’t breathe,” in Staten Island.  Amidst the outrage over these non-indictments, headlines are streaming in news sources of more unarmed…
  • Varicella Zoster: The virus that never dies

    S.L. Tate
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The picture my son took that let me see the shingles rash. It started with an ache behind the right side of my neck, like I had not slept right. The ache quickly developed into a terrible burning sensation, resembling a bad sunburn. It was overly sensitive to touch and even my hair felt like tiny needles grazing an open wound. My son took a picture of the back of my neck so that I could see what was happening. Staring at the raised oval shaped rash on the camera I had a sinking feeling that, at age thirty-three, I had somehow managed to reawaken a virus that had laid dormant in my body since…
  • Why I am an atheist

    S.L. Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    I have never believed in a deity. When I was four years old my mom told me that Jesus lived in my heart. I thought about it for a moment and then asked, “if he lives in my heart, then could I poop him out so we can play?” When I was about five years old I went to Sunday school and was told that the grape juice I drank was the blood of Christ. I remember being disgusted by the idea of drinking blood and then insulted that it was merely grape juice. Were we supposed to pretend that it was blood? Was this a rehearsal for the big sacrifice? Was I amongst cannibals? I liked playing…
  • The taboo of death

    S.L. Tate
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    When my son was four years old our dachshund, Mollie, died in my arms as the veterinarian injected her with a lethal dose of medicine. I had watched Mollie suffer immensely for three days with seizures, an inability to drink or eat without vomiting, incontinence, and paralysis of her back legs. The pain, confusion, and utter suffering behind her big brown eyes ripped at my conscience. The vet had suggested that we force feed nearly a thousand dollars worth of medications into poor Mollie so that she may get through the weekend. She was clearly dying and the medicine would only be delaying her…
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