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  • Punchlines: Would you like a side of Viagra with that?

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    16 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    Two late-night comics on an ice cream company's newest creation.
  • Documents suggest Boeing risks losing talent because of unpopular transfers

    Search Results - stltoday.com
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Shift of engineering, IT work to other cities, including St. Louis, stokes internal dissent.
  • A push for email privacy

    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    After revelations about the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of email and more, most Americans will be surprised that their electronic communications are in some ways more vulnerable to snooping by garden-variety government officials.
  • Not as innocent as it first seems

    The Australian | Opinion
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    BEHIND O’Farrell’s resignation lies the oleaginous world of lobby­ing and influence-peddling.
  • Business this week

    The Economist: The world this week
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Mental health care in the U.S. needs a check-up

    Editorial Board
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THE COUNTRY’S inadequate mental health system gets the most attention after instances of mass violence of the sort that the nation has seen repeatedly over the past few months. Not all who commit these sorts of atrocities are mentally ill, but many have been. After each, the national discussion quickly, but temporarily, turns toward the mental health services that may have failed to prevent another attack. Read full article >>
  • It will take a lawsuit to determine if the District can manage its own budget

    Editorial Board
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    WELL BEFORE D.C. voters gave overwhelming approval to a referendum backing local budget autonomy, there was disagreement about the legality of the effort to free the District’s finances from Congress. The city’s attorney general argued against putting it on the ballot, the D.C. Council had its own counsel attesting to its soundness, and the mayor went along despite some doubts. So the current standoff over implementation of the referendum was clearly foreordained; the only way it can be resolved now is with a court deciding which side is right. Read full article >>
  • U.S. sanctions on Russia over Ukraine would buy negotiating power

    Editorial Board
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    RUSSIA AND the United States have pursued dramatically different strategies on Ukraine in the 10 days preceding a diplomatic meeting Thursday in Geneva. While loudly denouncing what it has described as direct Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine and threatening tough sanctions, the Obama administration elected not to take any concrete action in the hope that the meeting, which also includes the foreign ministers of Ukraine and the European Union, will produce positive results. The administration also has refused Ukraine’s desperate requests for non-lethal aid for its military as it…
  • North Korea’s crimes against humanity demand action

    Editorial Board
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    THE UNITED Nations Security Council will hold an informal meeting this week about the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea, one of the most significant and startling investigations into human depravation of recent times. Now that the commission has admirably shed light on the abuses, the Security Council must not be complacent and should consider referring the matter to the International Criminal Court on grounds of suspected crimes against humanity. Read full article >>
  • A backup plan for climate change

    Editorial Board
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    OF ALL the reports that the U.N.-chartered Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released over the last several months, this week’s might be the most distressing. The authoritative body of scientists, economists and other experts previously warned that the planet is warming, that humans are primarily responsible and that uncontrolled climate change would have a range of unwelcome effects. Those conclusions would not be too worrisome if the world were well on the way to heading off major problems. But the IPCC found the opposite. Read full article >>
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  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
  • Robert A. Brown

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

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

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:03 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.
  • David Nelson

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    David teaches a variety of courses for the Seattle Community Colleges. Prior to teaching, he served in the Marine Corps for nearly 6 years in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
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  • Ability Housing committed to being good neighbor in Springfield

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    ABILITY HOUSING A community asset Thank you for your April 11 editorial, which stated that Ability Housing of Northeast Florida’s Cottage Avenue Apartments project deserves support. Thank you as well to the community members — veterans, Springfield residents and others — who have voiced their support for the project. Ability Housing wishes to keep working with the Springfield community to address residents‘ concerns. As we stated in the community meeting, we wish to work with Springfield to develop the selection criteria used to screen residents. read more
  • A call for action on pension reform

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Enough studying. It’s time to act. Five years ago, Jacksonville Community Council Inc. reported “the single greatest threat to the city’s financial future” was the huge unfunded liability in the three city pension funds. In our 2009 report — titled “Our Money, Our City: Financing Jacksonville’s Future” — JCCI outlined options for the City to address both its pension debts and reform of the pension system. We stated that business as usual could not continue. ISSUE THOROUGHLY STUDIED read more
  • Faith community has key role in addressing mental health issues

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    When people across our community are battling mental illness issues, can they put much faith in Jacksonville’s faith community to empathize with their challenges? Will they find faith leaders who will actively help them find the care they need rather than stigmatize them? Increasingly, the answer to both questions is, “Yes,” but there’s still much work to do, according to the Rev. Wayne Lanier, pastor at Celebration Church in Jacksonville. read more
  • Penny wise, future foolish on education

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    If Florida wants to prosper in this century, we cannot skimp on education funding. Yet Florida ranks dead last on effective funding for higher education as well as ranking behind most of the nation on K-12 per-pupil funding and teacher salaries. That is one of the key lessons pulled from a new report from the LeRoy Collins Institute, “Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future.” This was an update of the institute’s report in 2005, “Tough Choices,” which predicted many current issues. read more
  • Turning spark into downtown revitalization

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    While at a bar, Paul Spira and John Stenard had a sobering moment. The two friends, who attended Georgia Tech together, had tried for 30 minutes to get the bartender’s attention. Nothing worked. “I paid him [the bartender] 20 bucks and a tip,” Stenard told me. “But we couldn’t get any attention for the next 30 minutes. I waved my arms, jumped up and down. It didn’t work.” The two knew it shouldn’t take that much effort to get a drink. But their frustration led them to innovation. read more
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  • The science of grumpy old men, voodoo dolls and smart kids

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Men are grouchy for a reason, and kids don't need you as much as you thinkIt is Science day in this space, and we will be taking a look a three recent studies: why men get grumpy after age 70, why parental involvement in a child's education isn't what it's cracked up to be and what makes couples stick pins in voodoo dolls that represent their mates.
  • It's about fairness, not greed [Commentary]

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Howard County teachers are seeking fair compensation in contract negotiationsThere are lots of words I could use to describe my colleagues, but greedy isn't one of them.
  • O'Malley, a good second choice [Commentary]

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Maryland's governor is the perfect back-up in case Hillary Clinton doesn't come throughWhy is Martin O'Malley running for the democratic presidential nomination when everyone on the planet knows it belongs to Hillary Clinton?
  • Robert B. Reich: The distributional games [Commentary]

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Continued disparity in U.S. wealth distribution is cultivating a sense of unfairness and a fear of unchecked privilege and powerEvery year I ask the students in my "Wealth and Poverty" class to play a simple game. I have them split up into pairs and imagine that I'm giving one of them $1,000. They can keep some of the money only on condition they reach a deal with their partner on how it's to be divided between them.
  • Paper or plastic? [Commentary]

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    As more people rely on credit cards over cash, the consequences will likely include more than fraudCash or credit?
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    MiamiHerald.com: Opinion

  • Undeniable fact: Speed kills

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Using extreme caution, you merge on to a Florida Interstate highway where the maximum posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour. You opt for the far right lane, set your cruise control at that maximum speed, but aren't a bit surprised to see other vehicles blow by you like a scene from the movie Fast & Furious.
  • The Heat unites us

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    OUR OPINION: Team will take us all along in its quest for a third NBA championship
  • Misplaced priorities

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Re the April 11 article, For Miami-Dade County, a dispute over potty breaks for voters:
  • Prepare for hurricanes

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Re the April 16 story, Chastened forecasters look deeper: Although the forecast for the 2014 hurricane season calls for a below normal one due to the influence of a strong El Niño, I hope my fellow storm-tested Floridians don’t forget to do their planning and shopping before the season starts. It only takes one to make landfall to make it a bad season.
  • Revoke bond

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Once again special treatment is accorded to those who are supposed to "Serve and Protect."
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Gene Collier: Game l looked very different

    By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    Wait, this is the playoffs?
  • Bucs’ ‘Yes’ gesture

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I saw the letter titled “The Pirates’ Gun Gesture Is Painful, Not Joyful” in Monday’s Post-Gazette, and I wanted to clear the record. Last year’s sign was the Zoltan, which was taken from the movie “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Well, this year’s sign is from World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • Ukraine: stupidity in action

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s all too easy to imagine the high-level meeting in Kiev where the Ukrainian government decided on its next move. It probably sounded a bit like this: “Very well, gentlemen, we are agreed on our strategy for dealing with the Russians. First we will figure out exactly what they are trying to force us to do. And then we’ll do it.”
  • The public vote regarding city police residency deserves respect

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    City Councilman Ricky Burgess had a referendum put on the ballot asking city residents whether city police should live within city limits or not. Overwhelmingly the voters made it clear they wanted our city police to live in the city.
  • Stingy toward poor

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Gov. Tom Corbett’s generous smile on meeting the pope — the pope whose mission is to alleviate the suffering of the poor — belies, in that smile, the spite the governor exhibits in declining the federal grants to aid the poverty-stricken in our commonwealth. During this Holy Week, our governor and legislators should repent their stingy ways to “the least of the brethren” and realize that they are impoverishing all the citizens of the commonwealth by their fiscal irresponsibility.
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • Require unanimity from capital case juries: Editorial

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    First lady Mary Todd Lincoln once confessed that her "evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season."
  • Grateful for Broads' urban-ed focus

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Eli Broad is a philanthropist, one who has "a desire to improve the material, social and spiritual welfare of humanity, especially through charitable activities," according to the Encarta Dictionary. Philanthropists have no specific obligation to invest in K-12 education. Broad chooses to largely because of his own background and a determination to see urban districts continue to positively impact the lives of young people.
  • Sowing seeds for homeless, uniting spirits at Boston race

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A year ago, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Events like this stick in our minds forever. Some events are just so profound in their impact and their scope, they leave an indelible mark on our psyches. We can remember where we were and what we were doing when they occurred. We can remember our thoughts while they were happening.
  • Don't blame the bears

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    How can we, as an ethical society, build homes and leave our garbage out in a gated subdivision near a forest "carved out of the Wekiva River landscape" that advertises lots of wildlife, and then wonder why we attract hungry animals simply looking for a meal?
  • Tariji, Tiger, and NRA: Letters

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How to make parents fit?
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    SacBee -- Editorials

  • Editorial: Half a loaf on Community Center Theater may not be enough

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Does it make sense to spend millions on a limited renovation instead of seeking private money for a new arts venue? Alexendra Stoffel won a 2009 consent decree from the city of Sacramento to make room for wheelchairs at the Community Center Theater, but the city still hasn’t fully complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A renovation plan would cost $11 million just for the ADA fixes.
  • Editorial: President and Congress must fashion realistic immigration bill as deportations hit 2 million

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans need to craft a realistic immigration policy that accounts for the country’s real labor needs.
  • Editorial: Deadly bus crash must spur action on safety rules

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recommendations from safety officials sit on the shelf for decades, while deaths pile up. The charred remains of a tour bus sit on Interstate 5 after the fiery crash Thursday in Orland that killed 10 people.
  • Editorial: Bus crash victims were stars of their working-class communities

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The five teenagers who died in the fiery bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland on Thursday had more in common than just their destination of Arcata. These were the cream of the crop of their working-class communities, the shining lights of neighborhoods that see too many of their youngsters matriculate into state prison rather than state university.
  • Endorsements 2014: Krovoza, Dodd for Assembly District 4

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The dynamic in the 4th Assembly District, traditionally a seat held by a Davis Democrat, has changed dramatically. Between redistricting and the top-two primary, the race to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, a Davis Democrat, is wide open. Joe Krovoza, the mayor of Davis, has the expertise needed to succeed as the 4th District assemblyman. Bill Dodd, a Napa County supervisor, has demonstrated expertise in transportation matters.
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • They call it . . . Success!

    <StaffMember: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette>
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    THERE are times when the master politician has to be a master illusionist. And there are too many times when he doesn’t fool anybody, perhaps not even himself, and some little Toto reveals the Great and Powerful Oz as just another little man behind the curtain.
  • Where we are now

    <StaffMember: Paul Greenberg>
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    The news is too much with us late and soon, and watching and listening we lay waste our powers. Flashing endlessly by, the unceasing flow of BREAKING NEWS seduces and betrays, mainly by pretending to be new.
  • A posthumous Pulitzer?

    <StaffMember: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette>
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:08 am
    Continuing a dubious tradition, the Pulitzer committee has just given its award for public service to the latest couple of newspapers, the Guardian and Washington Post, for doing what they can to undermine this country’s national security.
  • Got raw milk?

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    A refresher course in the work of Louis Pasteur should be mandatory for advocates of so-called raw milk.
  • A push for email privacy

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    After revelations about the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of email and more, most Americans will be surprised that their electronic communications are in some ways more vulnerable to snooping by garden-variety government officials.
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    Editorials - Courant.com

  • Fur Trade Boom Highlights Trapping Cruelty

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Trappers prosper, animals sufferNewly rich Russians and Chinese with an eye for hats, parkas, trim and other articles of clothing made out of animal pelts have caused a boom in the global fur trade — and perhaps a modestly better living for the small fraternity of Connecticut trappers — according to a story in The Courant.
  • Rectify Scandalous Judicial Pension Rule

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Legislature should phase in pensions for judgesWhen judicial nominees appeared before the General Assembly's judiciary committee last week, some lawmakers paid particular attention to New Haven attorney Anthony Avallone.
  • One Man's Hate Is Cancer To All

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Anti-Semitism is pernicious, and guns are too easy to getHatred of Jews led Frazier G. Cross to kill three people in Overland Park, Kan., last week. His horrifying act has reverberations beyond Kansas, however. Jewish organizations in Greater Hartford increased security — at a time when families should be enjoying Passover.
  • Racially Profiled In His Driveway

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Doug Glanville's account of racial profiling should be required reading in every police forceWhat Doug Glanville went through is an insult to him, his neighborhood and his city. He could have taken legal action or leaked his story to his friends at ESPN or The New York Times. But this Hartford homeowner instead wrote a thoughtful essay on being racially profiled while shoveling his own driveway. It appears in the Atlantic magazine at http://www.theatlantic.com.
  • A Simple Compromise For iQuilt Linchpin

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Putting Gold Street On Other Side Of Green Walk Could Solve Complaints In cities as in other aspects of life, plans can get hung up on small details. Hartford should not allow that to happen with the iQuilt.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Obama choice to lead HHS is eminently qualified

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell is eminently qualified to take over for Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Service. So, naturally, Republicans are lining up to voice opposition to her nomination.A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Burwell is a veteran of the Clinton White House and Treasury Department. She has led global health initiatives at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Walmart Foundation. She was confirmed as White House budget director by a 96-0 Senate vote, and successfully led the effort to substantially reduce the deficit.Opposing her selection by…
  • Mercury News editorial: Magdalena Carrasco for San Jose City Council District 5

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    For too long, residents of San Jose's East Side have been held political hostage by a Shirakawa-Campos cabal whose main objective has been staying in power. Voters can break free in June by choosing Magdalena Carrasco for City Council District 5.Carrasco is smart, capable and dedicated to her community. We don't agree with her on everything -- she opposed Measure B, for example -- but we trust her judgment to help fix problems in its wake and restore staff morale while keeping the city financially stable.She is a fast learner. Her professional experience as a social worker and her personal…
  • Mercury News editorial: On privacy, Silicon Valley needs to step up

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Another privacy bomb was dropped on Silicon Valley last week with Bloomberg's revelation about the Heartbleed software bug, dealing yet another blow to the U.S. technology industry's reputation and its ability to compete abroad.It's hard to say what's more stunning: That Bloomberg reports that the NSA knew about the bug two years ago but didn't tell anyone, leaving American consumers at the mercy of hackers -- including, some believe, the NSA itself? Or that Washington's tech geeks seem to be ahead of the Valley at every turn? When did government outdo Silicon Valley in its…
  • Mercury News editorial: Homelessness isn't just a city responsibility

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The pressure is on San Jose to deal with the epidemic of homelessness that's turning pockets of the city into Third World encampments, polluting waterways and unsettling nearby neighborhoods. The squalid 75-acre camp known as The Jungle near Story Road is said to be the largest of its kind on the continental United States.But San Jose is not causing or ignoring this problem. Nor is Santa Clara County, whose work with the city on homelessness is one of the best collaborations ever for the two governments. All cities in Silicon Valley should accept regional responsibility for the poverty…
  • Mercury News editorial: Charter school battle in San Jose a sign of tough road ahead

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Parents in San Jose's Washington neighborhood have been asking San Jose Unified for a middle school for years. Kids have to ride a bus or walk several miles to school, and parents, most of them Latino, want them closer to home as they enter their teen years.This winter the district thought it had the answer. It approved a middle school charter for Downtown College Prep, which already operates two high schools and a middle school in San Jose -- and it hoped to put it on the Washington Elementary campus. Twenty-six of the 80 fifth-grade families at the school had already signed up.But intense…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • EDITORIAL: Bill to provide emergency allergy care for students deserves support

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction triggered by a variety of things, from getting stung by a bee to eating just one nut. It comes on quickly and can kill a person in a few minutes. Read comments
  • The Fresno Bee's SW Parra is honored for cartoon

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:24 pm
    SW Parra's editorial cartoon on the Boston Marathon bombing, which appeared in The Bee on April 17, 2013, has been chosen for the book "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2014 Edition." Read comments
  • There is momentum for reform

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    Congress faces an important task in the coming months, and the pressure is mounting. We must achieve comprehensive immigration reform that provides a reliable work force for the appropriate industries, addresses the millions without proper documents living and working in the United States, and protects our borders. Read comments
  • Congress should support Obama on Syria

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    President Obama has asked Congress to support his use of military force against another nation. This is the most consequential vote any Congress can take. We support a well-crafted use-of-force resolution against Syria and urge the president to take decisive, effective action. Read comments
  • Jacob Weisberg: Two Washingtons form one gridlock

    14 Aug 2013 | 2:00 am
    t's a funny thing about Washington: Everyone complains about it, but no one ever seems to leave. Read comments
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  • Consequences in space

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Regarding the “This Just In” item “Cold War II: NASA breaks contact with Russians”: I had mentioned this to my liberal and progressive acquaintances a ...
  • Highmark vs. UPMC: Stop frightening seniors

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Boomers are entering what are supposed to be our golden years, the part of our lives where we should be able to kick back and ...
  • Tragedy sensationalized

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Human nature focuses on the negative. Hitting your finger when hammering, you think of the finger that hurts and not the nine that feel fine. ...
  • The Thursday wrap

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in a case out of Ohio that’s expected to determine if outright lies in campaign ...
  • Valley musical superb

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Valley musical superb In the midst of the recent tragedy at Franklin Regional High School, there was a shining bright spotlight at Valley High School ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • We could benefit from a new Sydney airport but our roads need fixing | Mark O'Sullivan

    Mark O'Sullivan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    While an airport may bring some benefits to western Sydney, there are questions to be asked about other ways to help the regionBadgerys Creek airport in western Sydney has been a hot political issue since the 1980s, when Robert Palmer was singing that he was Addicted to Love. At the time, there was a committed group opposing the construction of the airport, citing aircraft noise and the environmental damage that would be caused by its construction and surrounding support infrastructure. As governments dithered, I drove along Elizabeth Drive near the site to go to work, noting the fog that…
  • Should you be taxed for a service you don't use? If you want a better Australia, the answer is yes | Van Badham

    Van Badham
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    That the public relies on trained professionals to keep them alive seems to mean little to those heading the Coalition review on educationThe Australian electorate of Maranoa may cover 42% of the state of Queensland, but I never go there and neither do the vast majority of Australian tax-payers. Yet despite its 99,614 electors representing a minuscule part of the Australian voting population, its local member Bruce Scott a member of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition government went to the last election with some pretty pricey aspirations for the area. Amongst them was a promise for…
  • Guardian Australia readers on ... the royals down under | The people's panel

    Guardian Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    We asked Australian readers to tell us whether they are delighted, offended or indifferent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting their country Continue reading...
  • Obama's job-training unicorn: it's time for some new ideas already | Heidi Moore

    Heidi Moore
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Seven years after the crash, corporate and political leaders haven't made much of a dent in unemployment. Maybe they're listening to the wrong people"I promise you there's not a job out there that will pay you a lot without some kind of training," President Obama said to a group of students and workers at a Pittsburgh community college Wednesday afternoon.Yet many American companies are not training new workers or re-training existing ones, and Congress isn't even close to passing any major jobs-related legislation and hasn't since 2011. Continue reading...
  • Ben Jennings on Tesco and food banks cartoon

    Ben Jennings
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Continue reading...
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  • Perils of the chief who stays too long

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    For a talented leader, seven to 10 years is about right: long enough to respond to things that matter; short enough to resist the corporate echo chamber
  • The bear has made monkeys of the west

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    There is no reason to fear a strong and self-confident nation that strives like any other to promote economic growth and higher living standards
  • Britain’s loudmouth literary crowd

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    A few blunt words from the arts mob are unlikely to distress a politician who spent years at the sharp end in the City
  • Time is not on Renzi’s side for reforms

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Consensus of 100 international investors is that country has three months to prove its commitment to reform before foreign money starts flowing again
  • Xi dreams of shaking a slumbering China

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Xi Jinping has yet to achieve his dream of national rejuvenation and recognition from the great powers, but the Russia-Kiev stand-off offers an opportunity
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Iraqis await elections with a heavy heart

    Matthew Schweitzer
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    On April 30, Iraqis will wake from one nightmare only for another to begin. National elections, barely two weeks away, are likely to reinforce Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's authoritarian grip on power in Baghdad and further marginalize any opposition. Elections are not the promise of stability for which many Iraqis dream, but rather the stabilizer itself. Once over, the slow sense of entropy in Iraq may well accelerate. A Maliki victory will shatter the country's already fractious (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Washington fights fire with fire in Libya

    Nick Turse
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to? That's what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email. “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.” As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General (...) - Open page
  • How green is my valley?

    Raouf J. Halaby
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    In part, Mary Evangelista's bio reads as follows: “… [She] has many years' experience as a critic and curator. Her past exhibitions have included Art New Zealand, a touring exhibition of contemporary Maori and New Zealand artists, two exhibitions of contemporary Israeli Art, and Designing a Nation's Capitol exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art. As a critic, she has worked for publications including ART News, Saturday Review and Newsday.” “In 2005, New York-based critic and curator Mary (...) - Open page
  • AFRICOM goes to war on the sly

    Nick Turse
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command's activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts. At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the (...) - Open page
  • A Plan C for Europe

    Jan Zielonka
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Elections to the European Parliament in May will have a special significance. They will either help the EU regain public trust or let it sink further: it's a “make it or break it” game. Europhiles want to stick to the EU because the end of European integration is likely to hamper businesses and take Europe back to old style geopoliticswith numerous destabilizing implications. They want to reform the EU, but they cannot imagine integration without it. Eurosceptics have little trust in the (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • Chris Rattue: Blues first-five a carousel of confusion

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    No, no, no, no, no... as Aussie league commentator Phil Gould would say.Another game, another No10, another ethereal explanation. Here's the tip - John Kirwan is making a hash of running the Blues. He's deep into his second season...
  • Bryce Edwards: The bad smell of politics and money

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Business, money and politics are always drawn towards each other as natural bedfellows. But so often this relationship gives off a bad smell, raising questions about the influence of money on public policy and the decision-making...
  • Greg Fraser: Genesis floats amid volatile market

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Genesis Energy joins Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy as a listed entity today. But for the Government calmer international waters would have been preferable for a big float like Genesis, particularly as so many small investors...
  • John Armstrong: Peters faces wait to complete Oravida jigsaw

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Winston Peters has gotten to the very heart of the vital matter of whether Judith Collins is guilty of such a serious conflict of interest that she would have to be sacked from the Cabinet forthwith.In tandem with Labour's Grant...
  • Editorial: Taxes best way to fix housing problem

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Housing could be the big issue in the coming election. It has been a "sleeper" for some years as young couples seeking their first home have struggled at auctions against investors who look like new or recently arrived residents of...
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  • Raptors fall to Knicks in regular season finale, will meet Nets in playoffs

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    NEW YORK—It is not to suggest the Raptors are a defiant lot going into their first playoff series, but there is no question how they feel about facing the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday afternoon.Bring it on.And whether or not the Nets went in the tank to be sure to face the Raptors instead of the Chicago Bulls does not matter a lick to the players or coaches.“It should be fun,” said DeMar DeRozan after the intriguing first-round, best-of-seven matchup was set.“We’ve just got to go out there and play. Go out there, study the film, study them, get ready for them.
  • Hundreds line streets to listen to Jim Flaherty’s funeral

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Hundreds braved the cold Wednesday to stand outside St. James Cathedral watching and listening to the funeral service for Jim Flaherty.Dee Gordon and her son were among the mourners who lined the sidewalks and street corners at King and Church Sts. They stood on King, directly across the street from the cathedral, while 13-year-Jacob snapped pictures. She took her son out of school specifically to listen to the service.Jacob is autistic, his mother explained, adding she looked up to Flaherty because he understood these disorders. One of Flaherty’s sons is disabled.“Mr. Flaherty…
  • Kitchener daycare operator pleads guilty in four cases of poisoning, jailed nearly five years

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    KITCHENER, ONT.—An Ontario woman who had been accused of poisoning eight children and an adult with eye drops has pleaded guilty in four of the cases.Brendan Crawley of the attorney general’s ministry says Christine Allen, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kitchener, Ont., to four counts of administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm.The judge accepted the resolution jointly proposed by the Crown and defence, and Allen was sentenced to six years in prison less time in pretrial custody, leaving four years and 11 months to be served.The victims were all…
  • Raptors rebrand and embrace The North

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    On Dec. 10 the Toronto Raptors lost by 13 points to the San Antonio Spurs at the Air Canada Centre, but a brighter future was already taking shape on several fronts.On the court, an underrated Raptors squad was developing into the unit that would later set a franchise record for wins, while courtside Toronto FC executives entertained star Brazilian midfielder Gilberto, who would later form part of that club’s $120 million makeover.And in a private suite, officials from the ad agency Sid Lee met with Raptors brass and rap superstar Drake to preview a major ad campaign set to start two…
  • Murder of Scarborough mother of four was random act, police say

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Two vigils held for people murdered a year apart are now tragically linked — one event apparently spilling violence into the next.Rumours had swirled around the motive for the murder of Andrea White on April 12. Police now believe her death was completely random, the tragic result of gunfire meant as retribution for a dead friend.Last April 26, 20-year-old Kwado Mensah was fatally shot in the chest at the Grace Hartman Housing Co-op on Forest Creek Pathway, the same Scarborough community where White lived.Sheldon Scrubb, 18, was charged in that murder. Neither suspect nor victim lived…
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  • The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

    Adair Turner
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Though we live in the hi-tech virtual world of the Internet, the most physical things – including urban land and service jobs – are rising in importance. But there is no contradiction: In an age of information and communication technology, it is inevitable that we value what an ICT-intensive economy cannot create.
  • An Advocacy of Dunces

    David Ropeik
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    To ensure that the denial of scientific evidence does not put the wider community at risk, advocacy groups must be held responsible for their messages. Australia's government recently did just that, rescinding an anti-vaccination advocacy group's tax-exempt status and forcing it to change its name.
  • The Experts’ Advantage

    Amanda H. Goodall
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    American boardrooms are filled with MBAs, especially from Harvard, while firms in the rest of the developed world (with the possible exception of Germany) seem to prefer professional managers over technical or scientific talent. But organizations that put experts in charge almost always perform better.
  • Rank Mysteries

    Howard Davies
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The release of the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), published by the consultancy Z/Yen in London, shows stability at the top of the table and volatility below. But do such rankings really contain valuable insights into how the global financial system is evolving?
  • The Sources of Russian Conduct

    Richard N. Haass
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The strategy needed to resist Putin’s efforts to expand Russia’s influence beyond its borders – and to induce change within them – resembles nothing so much as the "containment" doctrine that guided Western policy for the four decades of the Cold War. The sooner the West updates that doctrine, the better off everyone will be.
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  • Housewives Try-Outs

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    “We’ve got Botox Bitchin’ Bourgeois #BravoTV lives.” The post Housewives Try-Outs appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Sandal Ready?

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    “a)Menopausal Mauve b)Seeing Red  c)Rough Heels Honey  d)Shut The Frost Up  e)Leave Me Abalone f)Sequin Sweat.” The post Sandal Ready? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Executive Bonus

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “CEO pay is 273 times the average worker; When they finally meet me I’m like, Dude I don’t care.” The post Executive Bonus appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Vino-Over It

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    “Are we tired of Wine & Paint nights?” The post Vino-Over It appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • On The Table

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    “Amazon will pay you to quit?  I’ll hire you to adopt a pet.” The post On The Table appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • SERIE: Educación | La educación en Israel: la singularidad de un éxito con claroscuros

    Xavier Boltaina Bosch
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bajo el lema “la educación es la clave”, ROOSTERGNN publica una Serie Especial dedicada exclusivamente a uno de los temas más importantes hoy en día: Educación. Puede seguir la Serie completa aquí.  ISRAEL. La primera ministra israelí Golda Meir afirmó en su momento que “Moisés nos arrastró durante 40 años por el desierto para traernos al único lugar en todo el Oriente Medio donde no hay petróleo”. Sin petróleo y en zona desértica, el Estado de Israel, creado en 1948, posee hoy una pujante economía con un desarrollo en el sector de alta tecnología apabullante, siendo…
  • Imagining Spain

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine Spain | Photo: ROOSTERGNN MADRID, SPAIN. “Are you a dreamer? Passionate about life? Socially aware?” These are questions asked by Imagine Spain, a community of young entrepreneurs who want to accelerate the Spanish economic and social environment. In Madrid, they try to get publicity through graffiti stencils, such as the one above.
  • Dublin’s Jameson Distillery, Ideal for Whiskey Enthusiasts

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Outside the Distillery | Photo: Robert Persky DUBLIN, IRELAND. The Jameson Factory is a tourist activity in Dublin, which is for the whiskey enthusiast at a price. The experience costs 10,60 euros (for students over 18), and I did not think it was worth this price (especially because the Guinness Factory experience cost 13,00 euros, and I thought I got a lot more out of that). Exhibit on Distillation | Photo: Robert Persky The tour consists of three parts, a film, a tour, and a whiskey tasting. The film is a recreation of a New York journalist visiting the Jameson Factory in the 1800s. It…
  • El arte de celebrar el arte

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Los amantes del arte. Litografía de Adolf Arthur Dehn | Imagen: ROOSTERGNN GLOBAL. La Asociación Internacional del Arte decidió en 2011 por unanimidad de votos que el 15 de abril, cumpleaños de Da Vinci, se celebrara el día mundial del arte. Las recomendaciones de la Asociación para este día son que museos y galerías de todo el mundo mantengan sus puertas abiertas con horarios especiales, incluso toda la noche, para expandir mundialmente el interés por el arte. Es opcional sumarse a esta celebración, pero siempre es una buena noticia que surjan esta clase de iniciativas para…
  • GALLERY | Driving Through Baltimore

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Baltimore | Photo: Melanie Teresa Bohrer Baltimore | Photo: Melanie Teresa Bohrer Baltimore | Photo: Melanie Teresa Bohrer Baltimore | Photo: Melanie Teresa Bohrer
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
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    Expect Attitude

  • Volvo’s Magnetic Roads Might Make Self-driving Cars Viable

    Jordan Perch
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Self-Driving Tech Closer Than You Might Think Volvo is one of the car makers that have been putting a lot of effort into the development of autonomous driving technology, along with Toyota, Nissan, and General Motors, as well as tech company Google. The Swedish automaker hopes to become a leader in driver-less cars, and in addition to working on cars that can drive themselves, Volvo is also focusing self-parking technology and other projects that are supposed to provide the necessary infrastructure for self-driving cars. In order for these cars to be able to safely move on roadways without…
  • Visions Of Religious Icons Explained Using Science

    Chris Munzenrider
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Science Always Provides A Rational Explanation The human brain is a pretty extraordinary thing. The ideas it can conjure up, the stories it can create and the ability to understand complexities like science and mathematics are only a small fraction of everything it is capable of. It’s amazing to me how differently people utilize this crazy processor we all carry around. Some are more creative while others more mechanically inclined. Some are genius, some not so much. We are taught from a young age to use our brain to question things that seem too good to be true, and to apply logic and…
  • Social Media & Its Role In The Recent Surge Of Atheism

    Chris Munzenrider
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Social Media Is A Very Powerful Medium There is no denying anymore that atheism is becoming more and more accepted as well as adopted by society today. It’s all happening rather quickly too. Not very not long ago the simple act of saying you were atheist could have resulted in execution or being ostracized by society. Modern day though that’s not so much the case. So how is it then that something that goes so against the grain of the mainstream system of beliefs like being an atheist has risen so much in popularity recently in the United States? The answer I believe is science,…
  • Avatar Inspired BioEngineered Glowing Plants Set For Sale

    Chris Munzenrider
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    Reality Catches Up To Sci-fi With The Glowing Plant Kickstarter has brought us some pretty neat stuff recently but this one is truly a first. Inspired by the movie Avatar, a group setup a Kickstarter campaign to bring bio-luminescence to plants in a way nature has not gotten to yet by bio-engineering plants to glow and making them commercially available. Well not only did they meet their fundraising goals, they shattered them. The company Glowing Plants is taking pre-orders on their site for the seeds of a genetically engineered glowing flowering plant in the mustard family…
  • Do Medical Advancements Halt Human Evolution?

    Chris Munzenrider
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:58 am
    Has The Process Of Human Evolution Been Disrupted? I’ve been thinking pretty deeply about evolution quite a bit the last week or so after watching the second episode of Cosmos. It really got me pondering a lot about how we got to where we are currently at as a species. I’ve also caught myself daydreaming about what might be in store for the human race in the way of evolution in the future. During all that thinking something dawned on me… With the huge number of new amazing technological and medical breakthroughs the last hundred years or so, are we dramatically altering or…
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