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  • Why I am an atheist

    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls
    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…
  • Today's cartoons: Hagel makes his exit

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Also: The immigration pinata
  • Clarence Page: Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity’

    FresnoBee.com: Opinion
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of ‘stupidity' Read comments
  • Guest column: Why blacks are upset over Ferguson, Mo.

    Opinion
    Staff
    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
  • Why Russia can never substitute for America as Israel's closest ally

    Opinion RSS
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    A lesser-scrutinized factor in rising U.S.-Israel tensions, alongside critical disagreements on Iran and the Palestinians, are Israeli government suggestions of a ‘repivot’ towards Russia.
 
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    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog

  • Home Depot faces dozens of lawsuits related to data breach

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Home Depot Inc. faces at least 44 lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada over a massive data breach this year that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.
  • 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.
  • UCLA rises to No. 8 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:38 pm
    UCLA's win over crosstown rival USC last weekend helped move the Bruins to No. 8 in Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings.
  • Many in Ferguson criticize nighttime grand jury announcement

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch's decision to wait until nightfall to announce the results of a grand jury investigation into Michael Brown's death was criticized Tuesday by law enforcement experts and Ferguson activists, who said the move put police at a tactical disadvantage...
  • Google offers high-tech spoon that stays steady in shaky hands

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    For a company best known for its search engine, Google is making big investments in the medical field: A contact lens to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels; magnetic nano particles to detect signs of cancer and impending heart attacks.
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • 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 | 5:28 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 | 5:26 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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    seattlepi.com: Opinion & Commentary

  • 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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    Opinion

  • Guest column: Why blacks are upset over Ferguson, Mo.

    Staff
    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

    Staff
    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

    Staff
    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

    Staff
    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

    Staff
    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

  • Other people who want to foment revolution are out there

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    It has been reported by The Associated Press and other media that Eric Frein, the man who on Sept. 12 picked up a high-powered rifle and ambushed two troopers outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks, did so, in Frein’s words, to “wake people up.” He thought the nation was headed in the wrong direction and concluded that change couldn’t be made at the ballot box.
  • Iraq: Fight determined enemies on their turf

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Whoever wrote the editorial “Doubling Down: Obama’s Troop Boost in Iraq Is Hard to Fathom” (Nov. 13) should read about 9/​11. That day, we learned firsthand the damage that can be inflicted by 20 determined enemy “agents.”
  • Pittsburgh cyclists, buy a bell!

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I agree with Mark Holm’s Nov. 14 letter (“Being Considerate While Cycling Will Help Us All”) in which he urges bicyclists to use a bell. I frequently walk across the Fort Pitt Bridge, and cyclists often wheel quietly up behind me.
  • Wrong about UPMC

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    In Mark S. Holsing’s letter to the editor (“Anthem Affected, Too,” Nov. 24), he incorrectly states that UPMC was denying him the ability to use his preferred UPMC doctors and hospitals because UPMC chose not to contract with his insurance provider, Anthem Blue Cross/​Blue Shield. That is false.
  • Physician-assisted suicide? Keep up the fight

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I was unhappy to read about Brittany Maynard choosing to use physician-assisted suicide to end her life (“Brittany Maynard Galvanizes Efforts for Right-to-Die Laws,” Nov. 4). I do not agree with people ending their lives early because with technology growing more each day, there can be breakthroughs that can extend your life expectancy or even save your life. Ms. Maynard was terminally ill with brain cancer when she chose to end her life.
 
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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*

  • Rock bottom economics

    PAUL KRUGMAN New York Times
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Six years ago, the Federal Reserve hit rock bottom. It had been cutting the federal funds rate, the interest rate it uses to steer the economy, more or less frantically in an unsuccessful attempt to get ahead of the recession and financial crisis.
  • Letters

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Just the smell of cash
  • Essential deceptions

    <StaffMember: John Brummett>
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:46 am
    Politico reported the other day on another video featuring blabbermouth economist Jonathan Gruber. This one is insulting to Arkansas.
  • Thank and forgive

    <StaffMember: Mike Masterson>
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:46 am
    This is a different column about Thanksgiving since I'm proposing we include another aspect to the day designated to offer appreciation for the good things in our lives.
  • Scapegoat found

    Bloomberg News
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    Spare a moment of pity for Chuck Hagel. Beginning with his humiliating confirmation hearings to be secretary of defense last year through last week's embarrassing revelations about the state of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the ex-sergeant and senator always seemed in over his head.
 
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: Ferguson-inspired violence is tragic

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:41 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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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • 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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  • Gunmen seize jewels, hostage in Paris

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    PARIS — Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood today, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage — and then surrendered, authorities said.
  • Students arrested in alleged prostitution ring

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    ORLANDO — A Florida prostitution ring allegedly run by high school students who tried to recruit classmates with the promise of $40 and liquor was broken up after a second teenager was arrested in the underage sex scheme, police said today.
  • France suspends delivery of warship

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    PARIS — France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on today, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.
  • Obama: No excuse for destruction

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says there’s “no excuse” for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying property in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Group protests Michael Brown verdict

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    About 50 people showed up this evening outside the Lucas County Courthouse in downtown Toledo to protest the events in Ferguson, Mo., and Monday night’s news that the grand jury recommended not to indict Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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  • The real big spenders

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    While Rick Wills’ news story “Natural gas industry rains cash for state lawmakers’ campaigns, lobbying efforts” claiming that natural gas drillers have spent nearly $50 ...
  • Can’t go it alone

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In his A Page of Books column “Why America must continue role as world’s policeman”, Alan Wallace reviews Bret Stephens’ new book, “America in Retreat: ...
  • It’s supposed to be a ‘holiday’

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I am writing to ask what has happened to Thanksgiving being a legal holiday? I thought a legal holiday meant just that and businesses were ...
  • Goal of political process is not to create a government that works

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The New York Times recently ran an op-ed column calling for the end of midterm elections. Since the column was posted on the eve of ...
  • Greensburg Tuesday takes

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Bond blunder: It sure wasn’t business as usual that jacked up the monthly rates of the Unity Township Municipal Authority for residential customers from about ...
 
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Welcoming the Bitcoin challenge: the case for opening up currency markets to competition | Sam Dastyari Matthew Canavan

    Sam Dastyari and Matthew Canavan
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    If competition is so good in markets for products, why shouldn’t we allow competition in markets for currency too?The emergence of Bitcoins and other forms of digital currency could revolutionise money markets. If competition is so good in markets for products, why shouldn’t we allow competition in markets for currency too – why should governments have a monopoly?Our current system of coinage and paper money has evolved from centuries of turbulence – could digital currencies provide the stability to prevent shocks in the future? Continue reading...
  • First Dog on the Moon on Ferguson – cartoon

    First Dog on the Moon
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
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  • Anti-EU forces are battle ready: the fightback must start now | Rafael Behr

    Rafael Behr
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The Tories are confounded by Ukip, yet Labour won’t accept that hostilities over Europe have already begunIf a party of masochists set out to devise the hardest campaign to win in Britain today it would probably be inspired by bureaucrats, led by career politicians and endorsed by bankers. Its main demand would be unlimited immigration: so a lot like the case for staying in the EU as depicted by those who want to leave.The counterpart story is the heroic interpretation of “Brexit” as the restoration of democracy to a nation traduced by Europhile leaders. That used to be the idiom…
  • The law may have spoken but the Ferguson verdict is not justice | Gary Younge

    Gary Younge
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The fact that people expected a white cop like Darren Wilson to escape trial shows the process is a shamSteven W Thrasher: Obama failed, prosecutor is pathetic, but protesters get itSyreeta McFadden: Ferguson, goddamn – why are we not surprised?Plus: Complete coverage on the Michael Brown shootingIt is customary, when disturbances follow a verdict of the kind delivered by the Ferguson grand jury, for those in authority to buttress their appeals for calm with a higher calling: the rule of law. Without it there would be chaos; only through it can there be order. As President Barack Obama said…
  • The refusal to talk to hostage-takers has sucked the US and UK into war | Jonathan Littell

    Jonathan Littell
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    For Obama and Cameron, the political cost of the hostages’ deaths is far higher than any ransomA few months ago, the New York Times published a lengthy piece of investigative journalism detailing different countries’ policies on paying ransoms for journalists, aid workers or ordinary citizens taken hostage throughout the world, in particular by Islamist militant groups. The article pressed the case for the US and British policy of never – ever – negotiating for hostages, while presenting the covert European policy of paying ransoms as perverse, self-defeating and possibly even…
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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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  • NDP MP details harassment allegations: ‘It was sex without explicit consent’

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    OTTAWA—The New Democrat MP who brought forward allegations of sexual misconduct involving Liberal colleagues says Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti forced himself on her in his hotel room earlier this year.“It was sex without explicit consent,” the female NDP MP told the Star in an interview Tuesday on the condition she would not be identified.The NDP MP decided to speak to the media this week about the allegations of “personal misconduct” that prompted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to suspend Pacetti and Newfoundland MP Scott Andrews from the Liberal caucus Nov.
  • The right thing the wrong way: Fiorito

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After a meeting between the tenants of 2265 Jane and half a dozen community housing officials, I was invited by Rosemarie Crichton to look more closely at some of the problems.Rosemarie is the tenant rep; she has held that position for the past 10 years. Her neighbours trust her and I do, too.I remind you that 2265 Jane is a series of townhouses with little storage lockers next to the front doors. I also remind you that TCHC will be replacing doors and windows, but tenants worry that their storage lockers will be removed.The resolution is unclear.Rosemarie introduced me to Audrey, who has…
  • Leafs’ father-son road trip always interesting affair: Feschuk

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    As the Maple Leafs prepared to set out for their annual father-and-son road trip, each player was given a choice. He could share accommodations at the team hotel with his dad, or he could secure two separate rooms.Philosophies on the topic varied. Morgan Rielly, though he said he enjoyed bunking with his father, Andy, during last year’s trip through Florida, put his name in for two rooms this year.“He’s a snorer,” the junior Rielly said of the senior. And while forward James van Riemsdyk acknowledged that his father, Frans, has also been known to saw logs, the two…
  • Well-known poet banned from events in three cities over sexual harassment and assault allegations

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    A well-known Toronto poet has been banned from live poetry events in three cities across the country over unspecified allegations of sexual harassment and assault contained in a grievance filed with Ottawa’s Capital Poetry Collective.Greg Frankson, who goes by the stage name Ritallin, was kicked out of the collective, which he helped create, and banned from attending any events organized by the group after the grievance was filed against him, according to an announcement posted on the collective’s website.Frankson is a poet and spoken-word artist working mainly in Toronto. He is…
  • The strange tale of Canada’s ebola vaccine: Walkom

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The strange case of Canada’s Ebola vaccine became even stranger Monday.That’s when the pharmaceutical multinational Merck announced it will pay $50 million for commercial rights to manufacture and develop the vaccine, invented at the federal government’s National Microbiological Laboratory in Winnipeg.That a drug giant would shell out $50 million is not in itself peculiar. At a time when the rich world is close to panicking over Ebola, there are only two experimental vaccines aimed at the virus. Canada’s VSV-EBOV is one of them.Europe and America have belatedly…
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    頭頂部がハゲて河童になった@若ハゲが育毛剤を検証・比較

  • 高校の体育の授業

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    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

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    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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  • Thanksgiving 5K

    DW
    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

    DW
    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

    DW
    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

    DW
    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

    DW
    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

    ROOSTERGNN Staff
    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

    ROOSTERGNN Staff
    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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