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    21 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
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    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
  • Don't rule out 'boots on the ground' [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    President Obama's assurances that the U.S. won't send ground troops to defeat ISIS is short sightedGeopolitical analysts are especially fond of quoting Edmund Burke and George Santayana on the folly of ignoring the lessons of history and the dangers of repeating the original decisions. But what's even more imprudent, and potentially fatal, is to learn the wrong lessons from history — and by avoiding the previous mistakes, plow ahead without understanding the causes of their failure.
  • Why do Americans hate America? [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We had better get back to teaching the current and future generations values we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nationAfter some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of  Britain’s schools to again teach “British values ."
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    seattlepi.com: Opinion & Commentary
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:47 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.
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  • Sam Brownback’s failed ‘experiment’ puts state on path to penury

    Editorial Board
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    GOV. SAM BROWNBACK of Kansas says he has come to regret characterizing his policy agenda as a “real live experiment” that would test the efficacy of deep tax cuts to spur jobs and economic growth. In fact, Mr. Brownback’s choice of words was apt. Few if any governors have undertaken such an extreme trial-by-revenue-deprivation in a state so clearly lacking the economic means to withstand it. Read full article >>
  • Over-the-counter availability of ‘the pill’ wouldn’t be a panacea

    Editorial Board
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    YOU KNOW it’s a weird political season when several Republican senatorial candidates are trumpeting their support for making oral contraceptives available without a prescription — and Planned Parenthood’s political arm is running TV attack ads against them. Obviously, the GOP is trying to deflect the Democratic charge that it is waging a “war on women,” while Democrats and their allies are determined to make it stick. Read full article >>
  • After D.C. enacts rules allowing the public carrying of guns, it should appeal

    Editorial Board
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    MAYOR Vincent C. Gray (D) and the D.C. Council are moving with appropriate speed and care to put in place emergency legislation that addresses a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. The proposed permit and testing requirements are aimed at safeguarding public safety. We hope, though, that the District’s planned action isn’t an indication it won’t seek another remedy, namely to seek to overturn the judge’s finding that residents have a constitutional right to carry guns on the streets of the nation’s capital. Read full article…
  • Venezuela doesn’t deserve a seat on the U.N. Security Council

    Editorial Board
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    THE ODDS that Venezuela, once Latin America’s richest country, will suffer a catastrophic economic collapse shortened significantly this month. Nicolás Maduro, the economically illiterate former bus driver who succeeded Hugo Chávez as president last year, rejected the advice of pragmatists proposing common-sense measures to rein in soaring inflation of more than 60 percent and crippling shortages of basic goods such as milk and toilet paper. Instead he gave a speech claiming that “our problems are the result of economic war waged by the opposition and private business.” Read full…
  • The challenge of fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs

    Editorial Board
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    WHEN SOME of the best science minds in the United States say a problem has become “dire,” requires “urgent attention,” is growing at an “alarming rate” and has become “a crisis” that threatens medicine, economic growth, public health, agriculture and national security, it might be wise to listen. That is what President Obama’s outside science advisers told him Thursday about the rise of antibiotic resistance, the growing tendency of bacteria to overcome the antibiotics that are a bedrock of modern medicine. Read full article >>
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  • J.A. Jance

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    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

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:47 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
  • The Woman Citizen

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
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  • Frank Denton: A real threat to the new Jacksonville

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Try as you may, you will not be able to escape it. If you live, visit or work in Jacksonville, one way or another, it will touch your life and not in a good way. When Governing magazine and AARP convened 30 community leaders last week, we were supposed to discuss and share ideas for “Creating Livable Communities for All Ages.” Similar roundtables are being held in St. Louis, Portland, Ore., and New York City. read more
  • Sound Off: The best advice you ever received?

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    It’s always a good time to pass along some good advice. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what was the best advice they ever got. Here is a sampling of the responses: read more
  • Guest column: Funding cuts would devastate legal services for the needy

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Pending cuts to the Victim Services Center and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid will have a dramatic and detrimental impact on the city’s ability to serve victims of crime. The Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council was established in 1988 to coordinate and encourage cooperative efforts among social service, criminal justice, mental health and other agencies that provide assistance to crime victims and their families. A PROUD RECORD OF HELPING VICTIMS read more
  • Ron Littlepage: There is too much violence in our city - but not enough leadership to confront it.

    Ron Littlepage
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The body count keeps mounting. For the year, the number of murders in Jacksonville has passed 80 and is climbing. At the beginning of last weekend, a 22-year-old man was shot and killed. On Sunday, a 25-year-old woman was found dead near a church, and a 49-year-old man was shot and killed at a motel. On Monday, the bodies of two men were found behind a warehouse. On Thursday, the bodies of two young women were discovered after they were dumped on an out-of-the-way road. And Friday morning, another man was found shot to death at an apartment complex. read more
  • Letters: Election was justified for judicial seat

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    MILITARY RETIREES Weak pay raise Various sources indicated that the anticipated raises for Social Security and retired military were to be about 1.7 to 1.9 percent for 2015. Then I read that President Barack Obama has requested that the military raise be cut to 1 percent! Please contact your legislators and stop Obama from doing this. Walt Adams, Jacksonville LINCOLN SPEECH Predicting our times? My dad is reading a book titled “Prairie Years” written by Carl Sandburg in 1926 about Abraham Lincoln. read more
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  • What is and is not child abuse [Commentary]

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    A parent must be loving, accessible, involved, but also an authority figure, the one who sets limits, and imposes real and painful consequences for kids who flout themMy mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.
  • Why do Americans hate America? [Commentary]

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We had better get back to teaching the current and future generations values we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nationAfter some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of the defectors have forgotten what it means to be British. As a means of fighting the radicalization of young people, he wants all of  Britain’s schools to again teach “British values ."
  • Tribal law in America [Commentary]

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Two New Jersey cases -- that of Ray Rice's and mom of two Shaneen Allen -- reveal the bias in our societyAn anthropologist looking back from some more enlightened future at American values and gender roles in this young century would learn much from the cases of Shaneen Allen and Ray Rice, concluding that we remain a highly patriarchal, tribal and violent society not much more advanced in our legal or governing systems than our most primitive ancestors.
  • Don't rule out 'boots on the ground' [Commentary]

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    President Obama's assurances that the U.S. won't send ground troops to defeat ISIS is short sightedGeopolitical analysts are especially fond of quoting Edmund Burke and George Santayana on the folly of ignoring the lessons of history and the dangers of repeating the original decisions. But what's even more imprudent, and potentially fatal, is to learn the wrong lessons from history — and by avoiding the previous mistakes, plow ahead without understanding the causes of their failure.
  • The 'American Dream': ¿paraíso artificial? [Commentary]

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Is the promise of a better life for all in the U.S. a fallacy?It sounds great on the surface that there would actually be a place in the world where opportunity and money abound, knowing no imaginable limits. Almost as though a new life, full of the freedoms, finances and prospects, is ripe for the picking from the American Dream tree. Such is the too-good-to-be-true nature of this centuries old image that has charmed foreigners to uproot their lives, families and futures to cross a border into an immense unknown: the glistening USA.
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  • Gene Collier: No shame in staying home

    By Gene Collier / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    The very best baseball summer in the history of PNC Park ended pretty much the way it began here Sunday, with a tense 1-0 victory against a divisional opponent, the first on an extra-inning home run by Neil Walker way back on March 31, the last when Andrew McCutchen caught Aramis Ramirez's lazy fly to push the Milwaukee Brewers to the absolute edge of further relevance.
  • Ron Cook: Steelers defense gets banged up, but shines anyway

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
  • Maureen Dowd / Lessons from Willie Nelson about legal pot

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- When Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.
  • We pay for services nonprofits use but will be denied access to care based on our health plan

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    City of Pittsburgh property taxes pay for our streets, paramedics, police and fire departments. City property owners pay high taxes to compensate for the loss of tax revenue from our many wonderful “nonprofit” institutions. In fact, we pay for the infrastructure that allows them to function.
  • George F. Will / Cashing in at the polls in LA

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the city council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote.
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  • The jihadi logic

    <StaffMember: Charles Krauthammer>
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton)--sure to inflame public opinion?
  • 483 and 379 reasons

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    "If voters can vote for president and governor and senator and congressman and mayor and state representative and dog catcher on the real Election Day, school districts should be able--indeed, they should be obliged--to elect the members of their school boards on that day, too."
  • The image sacked

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    The NFL reigns supreme as the national cathedral of virility and masculinity. So perhaps it's only fitting that it's also become the conduit for a national discussion about domestic violence.
  • Billions and billions gone . . .

    Bloomberg News
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    When does a $23 billion spending cut result in no savings at all? When it's part of the U.S. farm bill.
  • A critical element

    Loy Bailey Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    Across the United States, Americans are working on improving their health and the health of their families. People are curbing tobacco use, eating better, and moving their bodies more.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Re-elect Jerry Brown

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Jerry Brown is the smartest and shrewdest politician in California today. His capacity to get things done is virtually unmatched, and at the time he became governor, we needed that skill desperately. He reminded Californians what political leadership looks like.Brown doesn't always use his power wisely. We disagree on some major issues. But he has stabilized the budget, begun to pay down debt and raised the state's credit rating from rock bottom, where he found it. His opponent, moderate Republican Neel Kashkari, is not a serious contender, so Brown is headed for another term -- his fourth,…
  • Mercury News editorial: 'Cost of dying' gets attention it deserves

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been two years since the Bay Area News Group's Lisa Krieger turned the personal experience of her father's final days into a powerful, well researched series called "The Cost of Dying." Her work was validated this week in a landmark study by the respected Institute of Medicine, which echoed her conclusion that our society handles death badly and needs to make end of life care more rational and humane.The report also validates President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal that doctors be reimbursed if a patient asked for a consultation on end-of-life considerations, such as…
  • Mercury News editorial: Governor should sign domestic violence bills

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The San Francisco 49ers' clumsy handling of Ray McDonald's arrest is shining a spotlight on the NFL's indecipherable policy on domestic violence. But if the Niners and the NFL are guilty of turning a blind eye, so is society at large.Police and sheriffs receive roughly 500 domestic violence calls in California every day. In 2012, there were 147 domestic violence homicides in the state, about 5 percent of all homicides in California. Until there's a high profile murder or arrest, the crime doesn't get much attention.The Legislature, fortunately, has taken note: Gov. Jerry Brown has at…
  • Mercury News editorial: PUC blunders through email embarrassment

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The California Public Utilities Commission is a regulatory circus, a parody of government run amok, a sitcom in the making. Its clueless maneuvers Monday to deal with commissioners' misconduct were an insult to the public it's supposed to serve.Where to begin?Let's start with PUC President Michael Peevey, who had the audacity to demand the resignation of his chief of staff, Carol Brown. It's Peevey who has to go. Brown was just following his policies and his example. That's obvious from the stunning email exchanges between PG&E and PUC executives released Monday. We hope she grabbed…
  • Mercury News editorial: John Chiang is better choice for treasurer

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    The California treasurer acts as the state's banker and has substantial influence over management of its enormous financial assets.Incumbent Treasurer Bill Lockyer has done a good job during the past eight years, but he is termed out. Given the political merry-go-round created by term limits, it would be reasonable to expect this high-profile office to be contested by two viable candidates. We wish it were so. But it is not. This should be one of November's most lopsided statewide contests. Democrat John Chiang, who is termed out as state controller this year, is the only realistic candidate…
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  • Roger Ptak: 1938-2014: Physics professor at BGSU led astronomy department

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    BOWLING GREEN — Retired Bowling Green State University physics professor Roger Ptak, who directed the university's astronomy department and was sought after for his insights on celestial events, died Friday in Corning, N.Y., in an accident.
  • Four County opens center in Arrowhead

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ARCHBOLD, Ohio — Four County Career Center’s Adult Workforce Education Public Safety Division has announced the opening of its location in Arrowhead Business Park in Maumee.
  • Officer starts investigating crime scenes

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jeff Slusher was a patrolman for 10 years with the Perrysburg Township Police, but May 1 he started his first day in a position he always wanted: crime-scene investigator.
  • Daily Log 9-22

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
  • The sick house

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In 1982, my husband and I bought a vacation home in the foothills of the Catskills. The inspector who checked out the property failed to note three critical facts: The house had three flat roofs (in snow country), no drainage from the muddy crawl space and no insulation under the floors.
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  • Majority defied

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Following a threat by Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County chief executive, that he would veto a bill if Allegheny County Council voted to approve displaying the ...
  • Missile defense, not talks

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Regarding the news story “Odds on nuke deal with Iran? 50-50, Carnegie think tank expert says”: If our chances of stopping Iran from going nuclear ...
  • A chilly reception

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    With leaders from China and India backing out of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s trumpeted “Climate Summit” on Tuesday, the United Nations conference portends to be an ...
  • Saving RadioShack: Innovation vs. focus

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Verging on bankruptcy while seeking new financing after 10 unprofitable quarters, RadioShack teaches a critical business lesson: Without consistent, sustained focus, innovation is worth little. ...
  • Rocky Mountain jihad

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Something’s fouling Colorado’s crisp air — and I’m not talking about the pot smoke. In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad ...
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  • The Scotland vow: Labour has the most to lose | Eric Joyce

    Eric Joyce
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If the party insists on linking wider constitutional change to a new devolution package it is they, not the Tories, whom Scots will blameJust before the Scottish referendum, panicked by a YouGov poll suggesting that the yes campaign was ahead, the main UK party leaders made a vow via the front page of the Daily Record. This joint statement committed the signatories to the introduction of a bill that would devolve substantial new powers to the Scottish parliament described as home rule by Gordon Brown.Given that such a radical deal between three parties with different interests would require…
  • Steve Bell's If ... on David Cameron thanking Gordon Brown

    Steve Bell
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • First Dog on the Moon ... we are all under attack!  cartoon

    First Dog on the Moon
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    An attack is imminent. Everyone, everywhere is under threat especially First Dog on the Moon. Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here. Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Continue reading...
  • Freya Newman, the whistleblower behind Frances Abbott's scholarship, should be thanked not punished

    Julian Burnside
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Freya Newman blew the whistle on a questionable scholarship awarded to Tony Abbotts daughter and shes now paying dearly for having done soLast week Freya Newman pleaded guilty to accessing restricted records at Whitehouse School of Design in Sydney.As is now well known, Frances Abbott, a daughter of Australias prime minister Tony Abbott, received a $60,000 chairmans scholarship to the School. She had studied there between 2011 and 2013. Continue reading...
  • The battle between capital and labour is still raging on film | Zoe Williams

    Zoe Williams
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Billy Elliott, Brassed Off and now Pride. Its art outdoing politics in grasping workers strugglesIm trying to figure out why I loved Pride so much (the film, not the event). I dont want to get too cultural studies about this its mainly because its good. Yet Im struck by the number of times Ive sat sniffing in a multiplex over a film about the miners strike; the number of times weve revisited this clash in film; the magnificent performances, from Pete Postlethwaites lung-shot Danny in Brassed Off to Paddy Considines nearly-too-human Dai in Pride. This is no mere nostalgia trip…
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  • Sarkozy’s Groundhog Day return

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    If the former French president had ever had an authentic project for his country, he would not need to reinvent it every couple of years
  • Scotland and Europe need grand coalitions

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The right response is for the centrists to join forces, hard though it is to bury their ancestral rivalries
  • Italy debt is a problem for us all

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    We need a lot of extreme and co-ordinated policy action to make it possible for Italy to grow, service debt and ultimately stay in the eurozone
  • Private equity interests killed Phones 4U

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    The real story of Phones 4U’s demise is one of private equity’s failure to repurpose the business to deal with a longstanding market shift
  • The short-sighted US buyback boom

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Unless the roots of the problem are fixed, boardrooms will keep on draining their treasuries at the expense of other stakeholders
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  • Education with a debt sentence

    Hannah Appel and Astra Taylor
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. And imagine that these corporations receive tens of billions of dollars in (...) - Open page
  • Ferguson ‘taste of things to come'

    Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, a district of St. Louis County in Minnesota, and the spate of civil unrest that followed, could set a precedent for the future of American society according to a senior Iraq war veteran and Pentagon defence analyst. Terron Sims, an African American active in local Democratic politics who had previously served five years in the United States Army, told me during an interview last month that without a fundamental cultural and (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Anti-politics of the Scottish referendum

    Chris J Bickerton
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The opinion polls had suggested the result would be too close to call, but when the referendum on Scottish independence finally took place on 18 September, the voting showed a more definitive outcome — 55% against independence, 45% for. First Minister and SNP (Scottish National Party) leader Alex Salmond had called the campaign a “festival of democracy” and in recent weeks the British media have focused on little else. All commentators agreed that new political energy has come from the (...) - Blog posts / Open access
  • The wheel turns, the boat rocks, the sea rises

    Rebecca Solnit
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly — from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways. Yet when we argue for change, notably changing our (...) - Open page
  • In the hands of IS

    Carl Drott
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Sitting by a walnut tree in his family's courtyard, Comard, 29, plays a short piece on his clarinet. This is the Kurdish town of Kobanî (Ayn al-Arab) in northern Syria, which is besieged on three sides by the Islamic State (IS, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL); neighbouring Turkey keeps the border closed on the fourth. Here Comard can play freely: for over two years, the town has been under the control of the People's Protection Units (YPG, a secular Kurdish (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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  • Bryan Leyland: Electricity market needs inquiry

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Since 2002 our electricity market has brought us price rises of 46 per cent above inflation. Why?The market and associated regulations were set up by people who did not understand that electricity is an essential service and its...
  • John Armstrong: Rules that made Cunliffe leader could break him

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The irony is rich. Very rich. And it will not be lost on David Shearer.For the very changes in the Labour Party's rules which Shearer's successor, David Cunliffe, was party to and which he promoted in order to undermine Shearer...
  • Liam Dann: Time to lead NZ beyond 'the cusp'

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It's the economy. Again. There was a lot to cut through in this campaign but voters have stayed with a party that has delivered one of the most benign economic environments in the Western World over the past six years.If New Zealand...
  • Toby Manhire: Cunliffe goes from slopes to ropes

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The dreamlike quality of the 2014 election was only confirmed yesterday when New Zealand woke to discover that everything was pretty much unchanged. For all the havoc, all the visions that did appear, it would be National politicians...
  • Mike Hosking: The secret to John Key's success

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I'm glad National won. They won because they deserved to. Forget all the politics and heat and bollocks. Take out all the vitriol and fury. Take out all the side shows and dirt.National had the best case. The best project to present....
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  • Words from the Street lets the downtrodden tell their stories

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Jillann Mignon always knew she had a voice. She just didn’t know if anybody wanted to hear what she had to say. After spending 11 years as a sex-trade worker, she found the courage to tell her story in a writing contest. On Sunday, Mignon, 28, read her winning submission “If I was a prostitute at the feet of God” and drew a standing ovation from the crowd in the packed auditorium in Daniels Spectrum, a community hub on Dundas Street E. in Regent Park. “I feel amazing, blessed and humbled that I got chosen for this wonderful award,” Mignon said in an…
  • A year after attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, shopping areas still vulnerable

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    NAIROBI, KENYA— David Odhiambo was one of the blue-uniformed security guards tasked with protecting Nairobi’s Westgate Mall one year ago when four heavily armed terrorists attacked. The work David was paid to do — search purses and bags, mostly — earned him two bullets in the head, injuries that cost him his job.Nairobi has tens of thousands of guards like Odhiambo. They guard banks, restaurants, malls and homes. They aren’t armed and when criminals or terrorists attack, they are often the first casualties. Two bullets fired by Al Shabab’s four mall…
  • Brawl mars Brampton Liberal nomination: party official

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Business lawyer Raj Grewal won the federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Brampton East Sunday night after a vote that party officials say was marred by a brawl.An official of the local Liberal riding association said at least 750 people were denied participation in the nomination meeting, in which 2,910 voted.“The complaints that we were hearing from a lot of our members was that their names were not on the (voters) list today, although they got invitations to come to the nomination meeting,” said the association’s executive vice-president, Amarinder Singh.
  • Death of community fixture leaves his black Lab homeless

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    When Kathleen Rooney arrived to work on Friday at the LCBO on the corner of Front St. E. and Market St., she spotted a sign placed in potted yellow mums that read: “Danny, who often occupied this spot, will not be back.”“I just couldn’t believe it, I burst into tears right there,” said Rooney, who has worked at that location on and off for five years. “Everybody in the neighbourhood knew him.”Danny Murphy held that corner for over a decade, armed with a smile and sharp sense of humour that helped him sell newspapers, which he did to avoid…
  • Arctic ice will soon reclaim the Franklin wreck once more

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    ABOARD CCGS SIR WILFRID LAURIER—On an icebreaker in the Arctic, getting her home is the hardest part.Canada’s northern seas are starting to freeze up again. The Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet is hurrying to take care of business before making a turn for the south.Autumn gales are starting to blow. Things may soon get very rough.One of the worst storms the Laurier’s crew can remember hit her in 1996. She was steaming west toward the Pacific Ocean, and her home port of Victoria, B.C., but got stopped by a massive ice floe some 80 kilometres long.The Louis S.
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  • Reuniting the United Kingdom

    Chris Patten
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    In the end, democracy came to the rescue, and the people of Scotland voted by a comfortable margin to remain part of the UK. Still, the country's identity has been fractured, perhaps beyond repair, and things will never be quite the same again.
  • Small Countries’ Big Successes

    Michael O’Sullivan, et al.
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Roughly 75% of today’s small countries were formed in the last 70 years, mostly as a result of broader democratic transitions and in tandem with trade growth and globalization. Their successes and failures are more germane to current discussions than, say, the fiscal implications of Scottish independence.
  • Dying for Europe

    Peter Sutherland
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    With some 1,600 asylum-seekers having died in the Mediterranean Sea since June 1, Europe's policy toward migrants and asylum-seekers is clearly in need of reform. While Europe cannot help all of those fleeing violence and destitution, it can certainly do more, especially if it adopts a unified approach.
  • Cleaner, Greener, and Richer

    Christiana Figueres, et al.
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    By aiming for a meaningful, universal agreement that puts the planet on the path toward de-carbonization, world leaders meeting in New York for this month's UN climate summit can help to ensure a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions with decent work opportunities. It is an opportunity that all should seize.
  • Europe’s Bargain

    Michael Spence
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Eurozone member countries should implement fiscal and structural reforms in exchange for short-run relaxation of fiscal constraints – not to increase liabilities, but to focus on growth-oriented investments to jump-start sustained recovery. If they do, private investors would take note, accelerating the recovery process.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Career Day

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    “When I grow up I want to be a Club DJ or Celebrity Eyebrow Stylist.” The post Career Day appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Go Figure

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    “The 50 most powerful women list includes companies with lower revenues and lawsuits… But we got resourced for doing a great job?” The post Go Figure appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Family Time

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    “Virtual nagging and stress is my life.” The post Family Time appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • From Zero to Over 50’s

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    “Totally over working for other people…. Time to launch a startup.” The post From Zero to Over 50’s appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    “It’s Happy Hour – Not My Life Sucks Hour.” The post It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • ‘A Tale of Two Parliaments’: The Libyan Deadlock

    Alex Dunne
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    In the seemingly endless maelstrom of notably severe headlines emanating from North Africa and the Near East of late, one would nearly be forgiven for not keeping a closer eye on the trouble brewing in post-revolutionary Libya. Staggering to define itself after decades of dictatorship, like a rag doll it’s being torn apart by feuding militias, renegade generals & foreign meddling. Libya has gone from simmer to boil and now poses not just a threat to its self but to its neighbors and regional partners too. All too often, the wresting for control of Libya is reduced to a fight between…
  • “No sé si volveremos a España”

    Beatriz Carrillo
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    Dejaron la mitad de su vida en Madrid. Continuaron porque de eso se trata la vida. Buscaban algo mejor. Y ahora aseguran que no saben si volverán algún día a España. Manolo es geólogo y trabajaba en una empresa que se dedicaba a obras públicas. Con la crisis, las obras dejaron de hacerse y se quedó en paro. Comenzó a asistir a clases de inglés para perfeccionar lo que sabía. Porque pensaban irse a cualquier lugar del mundo donde encontraran trabajo. María Luisa era procuradora, pero no tenía demasiados asuntos y sus ingresos no eran muy altos. Así que apoyaba el cambio en sus…
  • SERIE: LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN | Un derecho por consolidar

    Beatriz Monerri Molina
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    La libertad de expresión es un derecho fundamental del ser humano y el valor principal sobre el que se sustenta ROOSTERGNN. En una Serie Especial, ROOSTERGNN explora la situación de la libertad de expresión en el mundo. Siga la serie completa aquí. GLOBAL. Con la libertad de expresión nos enfrentamos, desde una perspectiva lingüística, a la unión conceptual de dos palabras que poseen grandes connotaciones histórico-filosóficas. Constituye, además, uno de los derechos fundamentales más controvertidos y difíciles de implantación a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad y ha sido…
  • SERIES: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION | Join the Modern Day Sit-In

    Sharlita Green
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Freedom of Expression is a basic human right and the founding value of ROOSTERGNN. In a Special Series, ROOSTERGNN explores the state of Freedom of Expression around the world. Follow the complete series here. U.S.A. The year is 1962. Blacks are banned from eating in the same restaurants as whites. Our is color too diseased to use the same toilets. Young adults sit on the front lines of lunch counters and bus boycotts, fighting for the madness to end. And it does. By leaps and bounds, an America characterized by separated color lines had the tenacity and drive to evolve into a truer form of…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Getting Around

    DECA MADbudget
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. In this Series, MADbudget offers an insider’s guide to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city. MADRID, SPAIN. Getting around in Madrid is an easy feat to conquer for those both new and old to the city. Spain’s capital is well equipped with a bus system, metro system, and taxi service. More so, once familiarized with the areas, Madrid can also be a city easily navigated by foot – an option that is often…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • Love of Billionaires in a Zero-Balance Economy

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

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

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

    Christopher B. King
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I know how to act around the guys with guns that are protected by badges just like I know how to act around a potentially dangerous dog. Don’t make sudden movements, don’t turn your back, DON’T KEEP YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS. Simple stuff really. But the key is that you cannot LOOK like you […]
  • Thoughts on Robin – Depression Sucks

    Christopher B. King
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Facebook post of Mark Pitta August 22, 2014 Fuck you, depression. Fuck you for taking my friend. Fuck you for being the only ailment where no advancement in treatment has been found. May you burn in hell depression…oh that’s right…you are hell. Depression is a table for one. Depression is a silent killer. Depression took […]
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  • Back from a hack

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Site was hacked the other day. Guess I need to learn a bit more about hardening WordPress. Thankfully, there are a lot of tutorials on the subject, so HOPEFULLY there won’t be a recurrence. To whoever did so – i know it s a longshot, but perhaps you could share with me where I went … Read More →
  • Remittance, a place where bitcoin can shine today.

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The remittance market is HUGE. In 2012, for instance, migrant workers sent $400 billion back home to their families, and that’s a number that increases year after year. The costs associated with remittances are huge as well – the world bank estimates that remittance prices averaged 9% of the sum being transferred. Looking at the … Read More →
  • Hey Al, Where Are All The Hurricanes You Promised?

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Do you remember An Inconvenient Truth? Al Gore’s film, warning to humanity of the dire consequences of global warming? One of the films claims tried to capitalize on an event that was firmly embedded in most Americans short term memories – the threat of more and more Hurricane Katrinas. An Inconvenient Truth made a lot of … Read More →
  • Accoustic Kitty

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    I just happened upon the story of Accoustic Kitty yesterday. Naturally, I was taken in, since it encompasses two of my favorite topics, spies and cats. Apparently, back in the 1960’s, the CIA decided that cats could take on an active role in spying on the Soviets. To that end, they basically created a cyborg … Read More →
  • ISIS Banning the Teaching Evolution In Schools?

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Apparently, Talking Points Memo is trying to drum up support for ISIS amongst Americans. Afterall, by banning the teaching of evolution, ISIS has put itself in the esteemed company of Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky. We’ve even got “esteemed” sounding organizations advancing the idea, such as the “Institute of Creationism … Read More →
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