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    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog

  • Police arrest dozens to end Ferguson protests in downtown L.A.

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    A large demonstration against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for the shooting of a black teenager ended early Wednesday morning in downtown Los Angeles when police officers in riot gear surrounded a group of several dozen protesters.
  • 44 arrests in Ferguson, but police see improvement Tuesday night

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    Twenty-four hours after Ferguson, Mo., erupted in a spasm of violence and looting when a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black man, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday night's unrest was far less intense.
  • For the record

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Chinese bookstores: In the Nov. 25 Section A, an article about the evolving business strategies of Chinese bookstores in the San Gabriel Valley said that Rebecca Zhang owned a World Books store on Garvey Boulevard. The street is Garvey Avenue, in Monterey Park.
  • As Ferguson anger simmers, protests in other cities are more peaceful

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Protests unfolded in major cities across the nation Tuesday night as more than 2,000 National Guard troops and hundreds of police officers converged in the St. Louis area to guard against the vandalism, arson and looting that erupted in suburban Ferguson a night earlier.
  • USC starts second half strong, gets stops at end to defeat Fullerton

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    USC nearly blew a 14-point second-half lead but held on to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 53-49, on Tuesday night at the Galen Center.
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  • Prove to Mr. Putin that he is not ‘invincible’

    Editorial Board
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    VLADIMIR PUTIN, by his own reckoning, has never made a “global or strategic” mistake during his 15 years in power. That’s because “I never take arbitrary decisions, decisions that may entail consequences I don’t foresee,” the Russian ruler confided in an interview released this week by the Tass news agency. What’s more: “When a Russian feels he is right, he is invincible.” Read full article >>
  • The Ferguson decision underscores the need for police body cameras

    Editorial Board
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    AFTER WEEKS of anticipation, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., heard on Monday night the news they had feared: A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager shot dead by Mr. Wilson this summer. Read full article >>
  • Congress needs a ‘tax extenders’ bill that paves the way for future reform

    Editorial Board
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    REPUBLICANS AND Democrats hardly agree on anything these days, with one exception: It’s a lot easier to hand out tax breaks to special interests when you don’t have to offset them with spending cuts or tax increases on someone else. Read full article >>
  • U-Va. response to reports of sexual assault is too little, far too late

    Editorial Board
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    UNIVERSITY OF Virginia officials are fond of talking about the principles of honor and character on which Thomas Jefferson’s school was founded. Living by those principles is another matter, if we are to judge by the sorry way they handled the case of a young woman who alleges she was gang-raped during a fraternity party. Read full article >>
  • Viewing Burma without rose-colored glasses

    Editorial Board
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    AS PRESIDENT Obama headed to Burma this month for his second visit to the country, he granted an exclusive interview to the Irrawaddy Journal & Magazine. His choice was an appropriate recognition of a news outlet that has been reporting fairly and courageously on Burma, also known as Myanmar, for more than two decades. But anyone who imagined this journalistic coup might induce the Irrawaddy to temper its clear-eyed assessments of U.S. policy hasn’t been paying attention. Read full article >>
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    The Seattle Times: Opinion

  • NRG’s business ideas on carbon reduction

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Syndicated columnist Joe Nocera writes about David Crane, chief executive of NRG Energy, who has ambitious goals to reducing his company’s carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.
  • Guest: After Ferguson, crawl out of safe comfort zones

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Now is not the time to retreat from a constructive discussion about race, racism and the issues that have poisoned Ferguson and communities around the country, writes guest columnist Bryan Adamson.
  • A needless attack on TVW detracts from real need for more transparency

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    TVW provides an important service for Washington state, airing raw video of legislative meetings and policy-oriented events that no other channel does. Not even close. Thanks to tvw.org, busy people like you and journalists like me don't have to drive all the way to the state Capitol to see what's g
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  • Robert A. Brown

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:07 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

    21 Nov 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.
  • 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: Why blacks are upset over Ferguson, Mo.

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I pen this fully aware that for some this will be very difficult to read. The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. has rendered its decision and it is clear we must face some stubborn realities. It is hard to argue that globally, American lives are more valuable than the lives of other nationals. And that domestically, black lives appear to be valued less than white lives. This is a sad truth. It’s changing. But not nearly fast enough. read more
  • Guest column: Times-Union's tabloid coverage hurts pension debate

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I have been a public critic of the Police and Fire Pension Board. And I don’t doubt that there remain some legitimate areas for criticism. But the Times-Union’s recent tabloid approach goes too far — and it is counterproductive. First, the Times-Union amalgamated a police administrator’s 25 years of anticipated future benefits in order to justify the catchy label of “$5 million-dollar cop.” read more
  • Letters: Questions on taxpayer support of Jaguars

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    BREAD AND CIRCUSES The Jaguars story The phrase “Bread and Circuses” was coined to describe the downfall of the Roman Empire. Back then the emperor and his minions discovered they could keep the Roman people happy simply by diverting their attention from government corruption and failure. To accomplish this diversion, they provided the people with free food and spectacular entertainment events. Let’s fast-forward 2,000 years and take a look at Jacksonville — and at our Jaguars and EverBank Field. read more
  • We should alarmed by Northeast Florida's infant mortality rate

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    If infant mortality is one way to determine a healthy society, then what should we make of a recent study that shows Northeast Florida’s infant mortality rate is rising? That study, conducted by the Healthy Start Coalition, shows this region’s infant mortality rate increasing for the second year in a row — and that area black babies are continuing to die at a rate twice that of white babies. Last year, eight babies died within their first year for every 1,000 live births in Northeast Florida. read more
  • Lead Letter: Ponte Vedra must take a more access-friendly approach to its beach

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Regarding the comments by the Email Interactive Group on the quality of life at the Beaches — comments that were mostly about parking at the Beaches — I found it interesting that out of 10 comments: ■ Six were from Ponte Vedra Beach. ■ One was from Jacksonville. ■ One was from Middleburg. When one Ponte Vedra Beach resident suggested that Neptune Beach’s taxpayers build a three-story parking garage encompassing an entire block east of Third Street, I rolled on the floor with laughter. The beach should be for everyone. read more
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Giving thanks for ugly fruit

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    It was the last outing of our harvest season, and 500 pounds of apples lay before us in 25 bags. A group of nine harvesters from the Baltimore Orchard Project combed through the fruit trees for the last of the yield at this impeccably-kept orchard so we could give the fruit to those in need.
  • Don't reduce city schools' capital funding

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Baltimore should be proud of its tremendous achievement to secure approximately $1 billion to fully rebuild and renovate up to 28 school buildings over the next 5 years — the first phase of the city schools' 21st Century Buildings program. This is the single largest investment in...
  • Tom Schaller: The right systematically manufactures bogus news

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    If you haven't heard of Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act whose testimony about transparency in passing Obamacare has gone viral, expect a rash of new stories about him.
  • Baltimore mayor: Immigrant executive actions will help city

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan to protect millions of immigrants from deportation — a monumental first step in addressing our nation's broken immigration system. His executive action will be felt most strongly in cities across America, cities like Baltimore.
  • Pumping political nonsense out of the Keystone XL pipeline

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    Like most debates in Congress, the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is driven by posturing and partisanship rather than common sense. Last week, this phenomenon was on full view as the Senate took a vote that fell short of overriding environmental concerns and giving the pipeline...
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • The tragic accident on Route 28 didn't have to be

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    On Nov. 21 at 10:45 a.m., a very good friend of mine lost his life in a motor vehicle accident. Robert Lofink was a kind, gentle and caring man who has always valued the rights of all mankind.
  • Reg Henry: Thanks to America for inventing holiday

    By Reg Henry / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    My advice to young people never varies: Watch out whom you kiss. This wisdom I learned through experience.
  • After Ferguson: Police and residents must seek understanding

    By the Editorial Board
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tweets and Facebook posts, 30-second TV clips and lengthy newspaper articles have flooded the country since a white police officer shot and killed a young black man, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, but observers, reporters and pundits could not do what a panel of citizens did in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Why not let the terminally ill choose a peaceful, less expensive death?

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am pleased Brittany Maynard’s peaceful death is causing legislators nationwide to relook at right-to-die laws (“Brittany Maynard Galvanizes Efforts for Right-to-Die Laws,” Nov. 4). Looking at Medicare statistics in 2010, the payment of doctor and hospital bills amounted to $55 billion in the last two months of patients’ lives. Chances are that health rates have increased in the last four years, making costs skyrocket.
  • Hagel’s departure: The nation needs a top-flight leader at Defense

    By the Editorial Board
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Although the whole story behind Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation, announced Monday, has yet to be told, the public is free to draw its own conclusions about his service and departure.
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • Pastor 'boldly' opposes execution: Front & Center

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    That Scott Panetti killed his in-laws with a hunting rifle is indisputable. So is the fact that Texas plans next month to execute the man with a lengthy history of schizophrenia who defended himself at his 1995 trial dressed in cowboy togs and summoned John F. Kennedy and Jesus Christ to...
  • Ferguson reaction, Iran and Benghazi: Letters

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ferguson reaction
  • Giving thanks: 101 things we love about Central Florida

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It's time to give thanks for all the things that make Central Florida such a great place to live.
  • Body cameras should be standard issue for police: Editorial

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What if Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson had been wearing a body camera when he confronted and shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August? It's hard to imagine that the weeks of controversy and protest surrounding the case would have been nearly as intense if there had been video...
  • Downtown Maitland will come alive: My Word

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On Nov. 17, at a combined Community Redevelopment Agency and Maitland City Council meeting, officials approved the first of three potential downtown-development projects that will bring vitality, activity and commerce into Maitland. This historic event will help to move our community forward...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • That's wonderful, but ...

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:43 am
    A bunch of schools in Arkansas got some great news before they shut down for Thanksgiving week. Great news plus money.
  • Toward tomorrow

    <StaffMember: Paul Greenberg>
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    Do those cardboard cut-outs of Pilgrims still decorate elementary school classrooms all over the country this time of year? But in their time those Pilgrims at the center of tomorrow's holiday were anything but cardboard cut-outs. They were believers.
  • The president's man

    Chicago Tribune
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Recent events have not cast a flattering light on President Barack Obama's approach to military and security matters. The rise of the Islamic State has forced him to reverse his withdrawal from Iraq.
  • Words to despise

    <StaffMember: Brenda Looper>
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:39 am
    We're getting close to the time of year when Lake Superior State University in Michigan (among others) releases its annual banished-word list, but why should we wait? There are some words and phrases that deserve being put out to pasture far earlier, which should have happened to some before they even came into being.
  • Tears at 10-0

    Rex Nelson
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    As the game clock ticked down on a cold, gray Saturday afternoon, I tried to describe the scene at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia to those listening to my broadcast of the 88th Battle of the Ravine. For the previous 30 minutes--ever since it had become evident that Ouachita Baptist University would beat Henderson State University to go 10-0 for the first time in school history--the messages had been flooding my phone.
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  • As Ferguson protests turn violent, mostly peaceful marches held across U.S.

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Protests spread across the United States late Tuesday and more than 2,000 National Guard troops were deployed in the St. Louis area to prevent a second night of rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
  • Two Men Stabbed In Enfield

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    ENFIELD — Two men in their 20s suffered stab wounds, apparently during a fight on Pearl Street on Tuesday night, but both have non-life threatening wounds, police said.
  • Travelers Advised To Exercise Caution As Storm Approaches

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The first major snowstorm of the season is expected to hit on one of the busiest travel days of the year, dropping anywhere from a slushy coating to 10 inches across the state, and officials are urging residents to reconsider their Thanksgiving travel plans.
  • Judge Allows TV Coverage Of Simsbury Murder For Hire Trial

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    HARTFORD — A judge on Tuesday reluctantly agreed to allow television coverage of the trial of Tiffany Stevens, a Simsbury woman accused of trying to hire a man to kill her estranged husband.
  • Judge Orders Law Tribune Not To Publish Story

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    In a ruling that is drawing sharp criticism from free-speech advocates, a Superior Court judge has ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a story about a child custody case.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Ferguson-inspired violence is tragic

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Ferguson, Missouri is a case study in why racial tension is so taut in some parts of the country and why, when things snap, reason and nuance are the casualties.In a highly segregated community where people are seen primarily as black or white -- this would appear to be Ferguson's character -- the good and evil of any situation involving race reflects the same stark terms. So a young man who had just roughed up a store clerk on videotape becomes a martyr to his community, and a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who scuffled with and then shot him becomes a racist insult to…
  • Mercury News editorial: Obama's immigration actions help tech industry

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Silicon Valley's economy is booming, but 2014 has been a rough year for tech's political clout. The industry has come up empty on four issues critical to its health: net neutrality, patent reform, NSA reform and immigration reform. President Barack Obama did what he could Thursday within the limits of his executive authority to help the Valley on immigration. He made it easier for foreign students and entrepreneurs to set up shop in the Valley and eased the hardships of families that include U.S. citizens or kids brought here through no fault of their own. But he could not legally deliver…
  • Mercury News editorial: Ukraine needs additional help

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Elections, Ebola and ISIS have, for the most part, nudged the critical confrontation between Ukraine and Russia from this nation's headlines.That's predictable, given the dynamic nature of news cycles and Americans' meager appetite for international news, but it is regrettable. While the headlines may be less glaring, rest assured things haven't gotten better in Ukraine. Ukraine's economy is, by any rational measure, a mess. And, the country needs much more help from Western nations than it is getting. Despite targeted sanctions by the U.S. and European nations, Russia continues to instigate…
  • Mercury News editorial: Tech industry must lead privacy fight

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The Senate charade Thursday allowing the National Security Agency to continue spying on Americans' phone records would be laughable if it didn't have such dangerous implications for both the tech industry and consumer privacy.One by one Senate Republicans stood up and announced their support for the NSA's "collect it all" mentality on the grounds that it's a crucial counterterrorism tool. Never mind that the United States has been able to point to only one case that came to light through a search of domestic phone records. And that one example was an Anaheim cabbie sending the vast…
  • Mercury News editorial:Turkey Trot, a startup 10 years ago, comes to scale

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Ten years ago the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose was an idea that seemed sort of, pardon the diminutive, cute. A cute name, a neat idea to give valley residents a nudge to get some exercise Thanksgiving Day to balance out the consumption of mass quantities of excellent (read: rich) food later that day.And when did "cute" start sounding silly? Maybe even that first year, when there were close to 2,000 runners and walkers, almost double what was expected. But definitely by year seven, when more than 22,000 serious runners, ambitious walkers and…
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  • Mary Sanchez: The moral widsom of Obama’s executive action

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    President Obama began his immigration speech to the nation with a lie, then alternated between appeasing and taunting his critics, and wrapped up with a poetic truth. Read comments
  • Hannah Johnson: My magic moments at Ronald McDonald House

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We always remember our big moments, specifically the ones that define portions of our lives. Most of us could probably make a list of them. Happy or sad, they changed something within us. My eight-year defining moment surrounded Sylvia. Read comments
  • Clarence Page: Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity’

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity' Read comments
  • Jonah Goldberg: Feminists freak out over scientist’s gaudy shirt

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The European Space Agency’s Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It’s hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool. Read comments
  • Benjamin Cook: The Dust Bowl really was that bad

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On April 15, 1935, one of the largest dust storms in U.S. history smothered Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle in a cloud thick enough to nearly blot out the noon sun. It was this day, which would become known as “Black Sunday,” that produced the Associated Press article that coined the term “Dust Bowl.” Read comments
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  • Protests pop up all over U.S.

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.
  • Falcons get defensive

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    BOWLING GREEN — Judged strictly by the numbers, the Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team’s 62-54 win over Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday would not be the Falcons’ best effort this season.
  • Timberstone game: Mich. beats OSU

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    As a prelude to Saturday's big football game between Ohio State and Michigan, students at Timberstone Junior High held their own "knee football" game.
  • Perrysburg Twp. approves health plan

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Perrysburg Township trustees voted unanimously to approve a new health insurance provider for employees in a bid to save more than half the cost of renewing the $1.4 million offer from its current provider.
  • Toledo man indicted for attempted murder

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Toledo man who reportedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, then fired several shots at her was indicted Tuesday by a Lucas County grand jury.
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  • Significant insignificance

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In a nation of 317 million people and in a global economy of billions, each typical action of an individual can be described as “insignificant.” ...
  • Thanksgiving briefing ...

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Ah, another Thanksgiving Eve. And as has become our tradition, a few pointers for first-time turkey-roasters everywhere: • You must thaw the bird before attempting ...
  • Trophy shot trumps learning

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Dear families of South Fayette School District: While I believe the district is a fantastic place to send my children, I am disappointed in the ...
  • EPA not the problem

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Regarding the letter “EPA impoverishing seniors”: Pennsylvania’s electricity system is not “at risk of failing.” In 2012, Pennsylvania exported more energy than any other state ...
  • Law applies to drillers, too

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As a resident of Willowbrook Road in Allegheny Township, I was appalled to find that my township is allowing Marcellus drilling anywhere, anytime and in ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Addressing Northern Ireland’s inequality is the key to a better future | Ivan Lewis

    Ivan Lewis
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
    A new commission is set to frame a fresh approach to inequality in Northern Ireland and help it move on from past conflictInequality means too many people across the UK are still denied the chance of a better life. Nowhere is this more evident than in Northern Ireland, where a typical employee has the lowest gross weekly earnings of any UK region, and has seen wages fall for the second year in a row. Northern Ireland continues to have the highest claimant count and inactivity rate of any region in the UK; 21% of working-age households were workless in April-June 2014, compared with 16% across…
  • Why is Ukip doing so well? Our history offers some interesting clues | Dan Snow

    Dan Snow
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    MPs must represent the people, not the government. The blurring of legislative and executive is the breach Ukippers gallop throughCan you blame people for hating Westminster? My pride in our democracy is sustained by avoiding the reality of its workings. After listening to Yesterday in Parliament – with its planted questions, faux anger and whipped votes; the student union antics of prime minister’s questions; the shambles of the recent EU crime “debate” – I plunge into a dark canyon of doubt. I slump over my toast and Marmite and breathe deeply. I question the entire trajectory of…
  • ABC cuts: this government is looking out for people: First Dog talks through the cartoon - audio

    First Dog on the Moon
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    No cuts to education, no cuts to health ... and no cuts to the ABC or SBS• See the cartoon Continue reading...
  • Insulted and caricatured: who declared open season on the critics? | Catherine Shoard

    Catherine Shoard
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    If only Oscar contenders like Birdman and Top Five were a bit more All About Eve when it comes to kicking journalistsCritics aren’t dead. Not that you’d know it to look at them: their clothes are matted with pelted eggs and rotten tomatoes, their bodies are punchbags. Everyone thought critics were on the way out years ago, fated to become the first casualties of social media. But the internet has not yet rendered them irrelevant.They’re still worth kicking. Last week, the director of Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? responded to one-star reviews with personal abuse and pop…
  • Why Angela Merkel is saying farewell to Ostpolitik | Natalie Nougayrède

    Natalie Nougayrède
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The German chancellor’s well-founded belief that Putin is a threat to Europe is shifting power relations in the regionOne thing we know for sure about Angela Merkel: she takes time to ponder her decisions and she weighs her words carefully. So the speech the German chancellor gave in Australia, a few days after Vladimir Putin stormed out of the G20, may go down as a major shift in European geopolitics.In a nutshell: Germany seems to be closing down Ostpolitik, the policy that has driven much of its diplomacy for decades. This has potentially huge repercussions that may shift the power games…
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    Business and finance

  • How strong is it?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    ACCORDING to new data released today, America's economy grew at a 3.9% annual pace in the third quarter of this year. That was an upward revision from the advance estimate, of 3.5%. It came on the heels of a second quarter in which real output expanded at a 4.6% rate. Indeed, in four of the last five quarters GDP has increased by 3.5% or more (and by 4.5% or more in two of the last five quarters). The American economy hasn't strung together five quarters like that since the late 1990s. Neither is that the only encouraging indicator. Over the last year employment has grown at the fastest…
  • Meetings in Mogadishu

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    AROUND the world certain cities have sadly become synonymous with war, brutality and lawlessness. For the business traveller, particularly the Western business traveller, Baghdad surely ranks among the most feared of assignments. Tripoli looks to be going that way soon. Beirut, long considered a byword for chaos, has in recent times rehabilitated its image. But of all the godforsaken places on the planet, Mogadishu, the damned capital of Somalia, evokes uniquely and impenetrably negative connotations. So it was with some trepidation that Gulliver set foot on the tarmac of Mogadishu's Aden…
  • Going native

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Even James Joyce now shops at LidlSHOPPERS all over Europe are gearing up for "Black Friday", a pre-Christmas sales peak, due this week. Supermarkets are hoping it will mean bumper sales for them in the run up to Christmas. Although this shopping phenomenon originates in America, it is quickly taking hold in Europe too. Tesco of Britain and Carrefour of France are launching pre-Christmas offers this week, as are the European operations of Amazon, an American online retailer. However, after a dreadful year for mainstream supermarkets in Europe, discounters such as Aldi and Lidl are…
  • Harmless or harmful?

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    DOVEISH action and words from central banks in China and Europe, Russia's economy and more trouble for Google in Europe
  • The worst American airports for winter flying

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    WINTER weather wreaks all sorts of havoc on business travellers. But perhaps the worst consequence of snowshowers, hailstorms and outright blizzards are the flight delays. The best way to avoid these is to steer clear of airports that are especially prone to winter problems. Sometimes, of course, you have to use a particular airport because it's your destination. But if you're picking between a handful of airports to transfer through, the travel website Hopper has you covered.Hopper combined its own flight popularity data with 2013 Bureau of Transportation Statistics to show which American…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq war (again!)

    Tom Engelhardt
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Let's play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there's another superpower, great power, or even regional power somewhere that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two major wars in the Greater Middle East. We're talking about full-scale invasions, long-term occupations, and nation-building programs, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. In both countries, that power quickly succeeded in (...) - Open page
  • Malarkey on the Potomac

    Andrew J. Bacevich
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It's been years since we've last seen each another. It may be years before our paths cross again. As if to drive his point home, M repeats himself: “Iraq just doesn't exist.” His is an opinion grounded in experience. As an enlisted soldier, he completed two Iraq tours, serving as a (...) - Open page
  • Train journeys of Colombia

    Robin Oisín Llewellyn
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    He was already a veteran of two civil wars, a war-hero grown sick of fighting who arranged to be abroad for all of Colombia's Thousand Days War (1899-1902). In 1901 he told the Pan American conference in Mexico: In times past it was the Cross or the Koran, the sword or the book that accomplished the conquests of civilization; today it is the powerful locomotive, flying over the shining rail, breathing like a volcano, that awakens people to progress, well-being and liberty. …Those who do not (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • The outpost that doesn't exist in the country you can't locate

    Nick Turse
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the U.S. military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge (...) - Open page
  • Fossil-fueled republicanism

    Michael Klare
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including (...) - Open page
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  • Brian Rudman: Spies bigger threat than terror fighters

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    John Key must be reading Alice in Wonderland on his bedside Kindle. Only in the topsy-turvy, make-believe world of that childhood classic, would it be seen as rational to bring a posse of out-of-control spies to heel by tossing them...
  • John Armstrong: Lack of apology leaves John Key defending the indefensible

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    What is so hard about offering an apology, Prime Minister?John Key would do himself and National a power of good if he dropped the feeble charade which sees him in denial of the dirty tricks operation that was run out of his office...
  • Editorial: PM and office at heart of SIS failure to stay neutral

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The sharing of security intelligence with the Leader of the Opposition is a rare and valuable requirement in our system of government. It is a slender safeguard against the risk that the state's secret agencies may be used for partisan...
  • Mark Lister: Dairy not only apple in the basket

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    It's not all about dairy. We saw another poor result from the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, with the headline index down 3.1 per cent and the important whole milk powder price down 5.1 per cent to US$2400 ($3072) a tonne.Dairy...
  • Colin Hogg: Uni mind game is back ... clever that

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Back from an age when television perhaps cared a little more for the state of our brains comes University Challenge , a show none of us ever expected to see screening in these times in these parts again.It's a full 25 years since...
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  • Airport workers to get a discount on new Union Station-Pearson train

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Pearson airport employees will be able to ride the new $456-million Union Pearson Express train at a discounted fare as part of a freshly negotiated agreement between the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Metrolinx, the Toronto Star has learned. The GTAA has further agreed to drop a $1.85 surcharge that was to be incorporated in every UP Express ticket, in part to compensate the airport for parking revenue it expects to lose when people start using the train rather than driving to Pearson. The size of the discount remains unclear, as are the fares generally. Metrolinx is expected…
  • 15 people arrested after eight-month drug investigation

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Fifteen people were arrested Monday following an eight-month drug investigation conducted throughout Hamilton, Toronto, and the Halton region. The investigation began in April, Halton police said Tuesday, with Halton’s drug, gun and gang unit looking into a group involved in the trafficking of cocaine and marijuana. Police later found that the drug network was “entrenched” in three different areas within the GTA. Six different police forces — from Waterloo, Peel, Niagara, Hamilton and Durham, in addition to the Ontario Provincial Police — collaborated and…
  • Toronto public school gets proactive on mental health

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    How do you calm your nerves when you’re only 9 years old?Gledhill Public School decided to ask, as part of a new Ontario focus on student mental health. The Toronto school had classes from kindergarten to Grade 6 create murals for an unusual public information evening to be held there Wednesday on the topic of mental health.One Grade 5 class offered up tips:“Do ‘tychee’ when you’re stressed — it helps.” “Take time to paint.”“Relax and ‘chlax.’”“To be mentally healthy, leads to being…
  • Ex-Toronto cop jailed for six years for child-porn offences

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A former Toronto police officer was reduced to tears in a Brampton court Tuesday afternoon when a judge sentenced him to six years in jail for sexually abusing and photographing girls, one of whom was still in diapers. Calling the crimes “despicable” and “highly repulsive,” Justice Bruce Durno ordered Dariusz Kisielewski, 46, a married father of two, to serve six years in jail, minus 19 months for time spent in pre-sentence custody.Court heard that Kisielewski, a 25-year member of the Toronto Police Service before resigning this past March, photographed and…
  • When death leads to life: the tale of a heart transplant

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Manon Pagé remembers that on Aug. 11, 2013, she and the older of her two children, Jean-François Savard, were eating dinner at her parents’ place. She remembers him telling her, “Mom, I have this feeling that I won’t be able to do everything I want to do with my life!”When dinner was over, Manon and Jean-François went out to their respective cars.“I’ll see you at home?”“Yes, mom.”They didn’t take the same route home to Morin-Heights, northwest of Montreal. Manon got there first and put on her pyjamas. When…
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  • 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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  • Education in the Second Machine Age

    Dalia Marin
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Until the 1980s, about 70% of income went to labor income and 30% to capital income. But, since then, the share of income going to labor has declined in all rich countries, and research indicates that half of this decline is the result of cheaper information technology – allowing firms to replace workers with computers.
  • Sustainable Development Economics

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Free-market and Keynesian approaches dominate today’s economic debates. Yet neither approach is delivering good results, underscoring the need for a new Sustainable Development Economics, with governments promoting new types of investments.
  • Something to Smile About

    Chris Patten
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    P.J. O’Rourke had a point when he argued that the best thing about living in the twenty-first century, rather than in some “golden age” of the past, is modern dentistry. At a time when the world is plagued by conflict and tragedy, healthy teeth are a reminder, however mundane, of economic progress and human happiness.
  • Inequality and the Internet

    J. Bradford DeLong
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, nearly every resident of a developed country can easily afford a smartphone, thereby gaining inexpensive access to a universe of human knowledge that, until a generation ago, only the richest could afford. Is it possible that conventional measures of inequality and income vastly underestimate just how good we have it?
  • Romania’s Underdog of Hope

    Norman Manea
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The unexpected victory of Klaus Werner Iohannis in Romania's recent presidential election may well be as important a milestone for Romanian democracy as the 1989 revolution that led to the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Then and now, Romanians had their limit – and their governments pushed them too far.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Thanksgiving 5K

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    “Forget the trot, run like hell!” The post Thanksgiving 5K appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Holiday Flavored Coffee

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    “a)Dark Roast Turkey b)Mashed Mocha c) Decaf Gravy d)Green Bean Casserole e)Cornbread K Cup  The post Holiday Flavored Coffee appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Overheard in the Arctic

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    “Buffalo? You know I can’t take lake effect snow.” The post Overheard in the Arctic appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Existence 101

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    ” Since Paris Hilton won Female DJ of the Year – I’m questioning my own purpose driven life.”     The post Existence 101 appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Data Duh

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    “We’ve been hacked… But they just got our spam folders.” The post Data Duh appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Abroad Life: Thanksgiving in Madrid

    Gabrielle Amado
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    MADRID, SPAIN. For Americans abroad, this time of year can be an emotional rollercoaster. With the crisp fall air comes a traditional holiday feast that only the United States can produce: Thanksgiving. But perhaps when it comes to Thanksgiving abroad, we are simply not looking hard enough to find it. American traditions have spread throughout the world like wildfire, and Thanksgiving has proven to be no different. While we may be under the impression that Thanksgiving abroad is simply not an option, Madrid has proven that to be a false assumption. With easy access to imported products and…
  • Los protagonistas ausentes de la Guerra Civil

    María S. Olmo
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    MADRID, ESPAA. 26 de agosto de 1936, el alarido metálico de la primera alarma antiaérea retumba en el cielo de Madrid. La capital española exhala su último suspiro de libertad y engulle un fuerte grito de resistencia que se mantendrá durante tres largos y cruentos años. Mientras la metrópoli se prepara para afrontar por primera vez la dureza de la guerra moderna, las cadenas de los tanques del bando sublevado ruedan al compás del avance de la muerte. La ciudad queda sitiada el 7 de noviembre. El pueblo se levanta en armas y Madrid en llamas. El horror acababa de instalarse en la…
  • Ferguson, MO – The New Civil Rights Movement in America

    Mike Ducheine
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    U.S.A. The Modern Civil Rights Movement is in now full fledge; the movement itself has been brewing under the surface for a while now. With plenty of scenarios to cite as examples of bias, prejudice and discrimination, Blacks in the United States have been frustrated trying to get something done to change their predicament. From being subjected to constant suspicion, frequently frisked, wrongly accused, and denied equitability in the justice system to having their rights violated, incarcerated without charges, gunned down like animals and simply watched their assailants walk free – such as…
  • World Television Day Backlash

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    SANTIAGO, CHILE. Chilean photographer Óscar Echevarría records his urban surroundings, where a fellow inhabitant has painted his TV to say “Apaga la tele, viva tu vida” – “Turn off the TV, live your life.” An implicit protest against World Television Day, one of many celebratory days commemorated by the United Nations. Since 1996, November 21 has been declared to mark a day “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening…
  • Remembering Francisco Franco at the Rastro

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    MADRID, SPAIN. A book at Madrid’s Rastro fleamarket recalls the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who died on November 20th, 1975. The post Remembering Francisco Franco at the Rastro appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
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    Papa Of The Year

  • Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night 2014

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    In case you missed it, here are images of the great Guy Fawkes Night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night in the UK. It commemorates the day when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords — upper house (Senate) of the Parliament of Great Britain. Every November 5th, the British unite lighting bonfires and watching extravagant firework displays, celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life.     The post Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night 2014 appeared first on Papa Of The…
  • 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…
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

  • 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…
  • 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…
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