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  • Mercury News editorial: Margie Matthews would serve well as District 4 interim rep

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    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo's proposal to quickly appoint former Councilwoman Margie Matthews to temporarily fill the vacant District 4 seat is unorthodox by San Jose's deliberative standards. On Thursday, the nonpartisan League of Women Voters joined the protest, lending legitimacy to the argument by Liccardo opponents that things are moving too fast. At Friday's meeting, Mayor Chuck Reed and council members need to weigh the reactions of district residents carefully. If there is strong opposition and little support from residents for the appointment, it would be a mistake to forge ahead --…
  • The Senate Drone Report of 2019

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

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

    FresnoBee.com: Opinion
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has set new elections in Israel for March 17. Israel has had critical elections before, but this could be its most important, because the Israeli right today is no longer dominated by security hawks and free-marketeers like Netanyahu. It is dominated by West Bank settlers and scary religious-nationalist zealots like Naftali Bennett, who, if they run the next government and effectively annex the West Bank, will lead Israel into a dark corner, increasingly alienated from Europe, America and the next generation of American Jews. Read comments
 
 
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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • President Obama’s ‘betrayal’ of Cuban democrats

    Editorial Board
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    PRESIDENT OBAMA said he decided to normalize relations with Cuba because “we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement.” So it’s important to know the reaction of those Cubans who have put their lives on the line to fight for democracy and human rights. Many have supported engagement and opposed the U.S. embargo. But they are now pretty much unanimous in saying that the way Mr. Obama has gone about this is a mistake.Read full article >>
  • Obamacare deserves some credit for the good news about health care

    Editorial Board
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    THE RATE of uninsured Americans is down. The once-inexorable ballooning of health-care costs has slowed. And, the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced , U.S. hospitals are making fewer errors, adding to a previous finding that hospitals have significantly cut patient readmissions.Read full article >>
  • Del. Joseph Morrissey doesn’t deserve reelection

    Editorial Board
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    JUST WHEN you think Virginia politics couldn’t sink much lower, with the state’s former governor and first lady awaiting sentencing for government corruption, enter Del. Joseph D. Morrissey (D) from Henrico County. His cynical ploy to try to hold onto his legislative seat, despite his conviction for having sex with a 17-year-old who worked in his office, shows disdain for the legislature, for the state and for the voters.Read full article >>
  • Peru’s climate talks conclude without a big accord in reach

    Editorial Board
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    EVER SINCE negotiators failed to agree on a climate accord in Copenhagen five years ago, diplomats have been trying for a big, international do-over. Talks in Lima, Peru, this month put this effort on track to conclude an agreement in Paris next year. The trade-off is that the accord will be insufficiently ambitious and difficult to enforce, in part because of the intransigence of developing countries. It cannot be the final word on the global response to climate change — just an early step. But it’s preferable to no deal at all.Read full article >>
  • McAuliffe takes aim at guns with modest proposals in Virginia

    Editorial Board
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    POLLS HAVE shown repeatedly that Virginians, by overwhelming margins, favor tighter restrictions on gun purchases and ownership. Yet the legislative response to that is contempt, especially from Republican lawmakers in Richmond.Read full article >>
 
 
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    seattlepi.com: Opinion & Commentary

  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • J.A. Jance

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

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

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
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    Opinion

  • Frank Denton: 2 stories filled with promise, gratitude

    Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    A holiday gift for you: the stories of two lives, on opposite sides of Jacksonville, one life well launched, the other well lived. One with rich hope and promise for the future, the other with heart-rending but wonderful gratitude for the past. Christopher Williams was born into Jacksonville’s urban pathology that you read about here more than that you and I both like. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: While we talk, Tampa acts with leadership, commitment and plans

    Ron Littlepage
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Mousing around the news of the day ... click. I see we are going to re-vision what to do with The Jacksonville Landing. Again. Contrast that with what was reported in the Tampa Bay Times last week: “TAMPA — Roads that don’t meet. An incomplete skyline. An empty crater at the heart of the city. “For decades, downtown has been an unfinished work in progress. “Jeff Vinik wants to fix that. read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Good grief, not another Bush vs. Clinton race

    Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    TREE TRIMMING It’s not worth the cost Another life has been lost due to unsafe tree-trimming practices. A young boy was killed while cutting a tree top. There have also been deaths involving a firefighter and a church deacon. Life is not worth the cost of trimming a tree. Let the experts do this. Most any tree expert will advise you free of charge. Please give us that chance and save your life. Eugene L. Bushor, tree surgeon, Jacksonville BUSH OR CLINTON? Not thrilled with prospect read more
  • Sunday's Lead Letter: Analyzing the city's pension crisis

    Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    I have followed with disgust the protracted political maneuvering that has gone on with respect to the underfunded pension plan. The problem was created by poor decisions by successive groups of people (both elected and appointed) charged with management and oversight of the plan. And it has been exacerbated by a failure to address the root causes in timely fashion. read more
  • The face of poverty worldwide is female

    Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    It’s tragic and ironic that a group of people who offer such hope for the world find themselves in such hopeless situations. That is too often the plight of the world’s female population. Around the globe, women often are solely responsible for their families’ welfare yet are utterly unable to make a living wage. The solution for many of these families is education. In poor countries, education can lift a female-headed household out of poverty in one generation, some studies have shown. read more
 
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Is artificial turf causing cancer?

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

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In 2003, Ebola virus killed around 5,500 gorillas in the Lossi Sanctuary of the Republic of Congo and reduced its population there by over 90 percent — the virus' deadliest incursion in any species until the current outbreak in West Africa. That gorilla outbreak, however, was just the...
  • Affirmative consent should be the standard

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Some defense-minded law professors and others have criticized revised college sexual harassment policies that shift the definition of sexual assault from a lack of voluntariness in sexual relations to a lack of affirmative consent. But affirmative consent is the right standard. It best protects...
  • No superheroes in 'The Interview' capitulation

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The first issue of Captain America came out on Dec. 20, 1940. It shows Cap slugging Adolph Hitler in the mouth.
  • A Teacher's holiday wish: a memory restored

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    "Psst."
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
  • Leaders wanted: The city school board will be losing experience

    By the Editorial Board
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The job is unpaid. The meetings are long and sometimes raucous. Public appreciation is nil. Yet the work is critically important.
  • Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf terrorist

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON -- The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.
  • Pakistan’s horror: The government should not collude with terrorists

    By the Editorial Board
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The massacre Tuesday of more than 130 children and several teachers by Taliban fanatics at a school in Pakistan was every bit the act of “depravity” that President Barack Obama described. If nothing else, it’s to be hoped that Pakistani leaders now understand that their vulnerable nation cannot seek accommodation with any terrorist organization, for any political purpose.
  • First Person: Advent of customer service

    By Mark Collins
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here’s a story of a college sophomore earning some extra money by working at the local Home Depot. Her main complaint: guys trying to get her phone number, asking her out on dates — completely oblivious to the fact that she (1) was at work, (2) had no interest in them, and (3) is some other guy’s daughter.
 
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • Gallery: Twelve days of Christmas cartoons

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Also: Bringing White House some needed gifts.
  • Letters: Innovative project helps student learning

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    When teachers can get the learning opportunities they need, students benefit from the better classroom instruction that they will immediately see. That’s why this is an exciting time to be a teacher in this state. The California Teachers...
  • Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf

    BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON – The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves – the crazy and the evil – and the distinction is important....
  • Editorial: Reminders of who the real bad guys are

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We awoke Monday to a siege at a sweet shop and café in downtown Sydney, Australia. We watched as employees and customers were held hostage by a radical Islamist and violent criminal. We saw the bloody end, as two innocent people lost their lives....
  • Editorial: Garden Grove council erases black mark

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Things are already looking up for Garden Grove as the new City Council took action in its first meeting to roll back one of the more recent, and ill-advised, decisions made by the previous council. The council voted a few months ago to deny Black...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Tortured reasoning

    Thomas Sowell
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.”
  • Letters

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    Online class great, but . . .
  • When want is keenly felt

    <StaffMember: Dana D. Kelley>
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    I can scarcely think of a better holiday tradition than getting reacquainted each December with that Ghost Story of Christmas--aka A Christmas Carol.
  • Russia's so-called economy

    Matt O'Brien Washington Post
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 am
    A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West: Russia's economy imploded.
  • It's just too early to tell

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    Welcome to Washington and Bienvenida a la Habana! The door has creaked open to renewed diplomatic and maybe commercial relations between the Colossus of the North and one of the few remaining Communist tyrannies this side of Beijing--and hope and peril now enter side by side.
 
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    Breaking News - Hartford Courant

  • Any Rust Gone, UConn Dominates DePaul

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    BRIDGEPORT — After waiting impatiently for nearly two weeks to play since the win at Notre Dame on Dec. 6, UConn finally bounced a ball with purpose again at the Webster Bank Arena on Friday.
  • UNH Student Who Brought Guns To Campus Sentenced To 2 Years

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
    MILFORD — Before a Superior Court judge sentenced William Dong to two years in prison Friday, the former University of New Haven student had a chance to explain why he brought rounds of ammunition and firearms — including an illegal Bushmaster semi-automatic AR-15 rifle — to...
  • State's Pakistani Community Condemns School Attack In Peshawar

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    HARTFORD — About 100 people gathered outside the state Capitol on cold and breezy night Wednesday to share their grief and anger over the Taliban's killing of 141 students and staff in an attack earlier this week on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Attorney General To Investigate Hartford Community Group

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    HARTFORD — The state Attorney General's office launched an investigation Friday into financial practices at Hartford Areas Rally Together, where assets have dropped by nearly $500,000 over three years and the executive director admitted to The Courant she used organization money for...
  • Two Killed In Fire As Flames Roar Through Bristol Building

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Two people were killed early Friday as fire spread through a building at 29 High St. in Bristol, adding to this month's fire toll that includes four who were killed in an Enfield house fire on Dec. 10.
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: Bringing the Olympics to the San Francisco Bay Area

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

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

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    After 12 years, Michael Peevey finally leaves his post as president of the California Public Utilities Commission at the end of December. Good riddance.Peevey's departure, coupled with executive director Paul Clanon's recently announced decision to retire, opens the door for Gov. Jerry Brown to clean house at the PUC. It can't happen too soon. Peevey's job was supposed to be to regulate PG&E, not to shield it from public oversight and accountability. Instead his clear sympathies were with the utility and its continued strong profits, often at the expense of the consumers the PUC was…
  • Mercury News editorial: Continuing resolution was a real compromise for Congress

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The budget continuing resolution Congress passed last week contains something for everyone to dislike. Abhor. Freak out over. (Enter your favorite apocalyptic verb here.)Compromise is ugly. But not as ugly as the failure to compromise, which led to the government shutdown in 2013 -- a hardship to many Americans and a setback to the recovering national economy. Nobody except Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and a few stray tea partyers appeared to have the stomach for a repeat of that national embarrassment, and this time they failed to carry the day. So neither party won big-time, but neither lost…
  • Mercury News editorial: Tweeting San Jose cop erodes trust

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Around the San Francisco Bay, we have two extremes of police officers' public reactions to the protests over the recent deaths of black men at the hands of police. In Richmond, Police Chief Chris Magnus joined protesters last week under the rallying cry "Black lives matter" -- or, in Twitterspeak, #BlackLivesMatter. He stepped into the crowd and held a sign to that effect.In San Jose is the other extreme. Officer Phillip White fired off a series of tweets over the weekend that moved from being critical of the protests to sounding ominous and belligerent. The most damning:…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Thomas L. Friedman: This Israeli election matters

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has set new elections in Israel for March 17. Israel has had critical elections before, but this could be its most important, because the Israeli right today is no longer dominated by security hawks and free-marketeers like Netanyahu. It is dominated by West Bank settlers and scary religious-nationalist zealots like Naftali Bennett, who, if they run the next government and effectively annex the West Bank, will lead Israel into a dark corner, increasingly alienated from Europe, America and the next generation of American Jews. Read comments
  • Chris Moran and Matthew Jendian: Fresno’s General Plan — how to ensure it succeeds

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is much debate about the merits and demerits of Fresno’s 2035 General Plan Update. Read comments
  • Ken Bird: Six holiday wishes for great public health

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As we approach that time of year when we pause to reflect upon the past and consider what we desire for the future, I would like to do so with regard to the status of health and well-being in Fresno County. Read comments
  • Patience Milrod: Bad optics cloud plan hearing

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As the politicos like to say, “the optics are bad.” Less than two weeks ago, the Bee reported on Granville Homes’ $520,000 in contributions to candidates in November’s elections, and quoted Granville president Darius Assemi promising more of the same in future political contests. Read comments
  • ‘Victimhood’ is a sham

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:21 pm
    What I find insidious on the part of the Rev. Al Sharpton and his cohorts regarding the issue of racism is that they are portraying young black men as victims of our nation’s various police forces, when they want very special treatment by these same police. Read comments
 
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  • The regulatory state: EPA picks a fight

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    As expected, new federal rules to clamp down on power plant emissions have received plenty of public feedback — more than 1.6 million comments — ...
  • Control borders

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    There is so much conflicting political discourse about comprehensive immigration that I must plead ignorance on the subject. All I know is that this type ...
  • A manger’s light

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Saturday essay: A manger’s light ...
  • Liberals & illegals

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    After reading letters by Harry Douglass Jr. (“Dems & ‘big money,’” Dec. 6) and Marlene Haslett (“Metcalfe’s immigrants insult,” Dec. 7) I have to ask: ...
  • Fighting for Ford City II

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The ideology of “by the people, for the people” — put forth by President Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address — is not alive and ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Season’s greetings from the Obamas

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    This year has not been great. In fact, it has been a steaming lump of coal.Click to Continue »
  • Five myths about gas taxes

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    History doesn’t support the idea that voters will punish politicians for raising the gas tax.Click to Continue »
  • Putin's bubble bursts

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Putin's Russia is an extreme version of crony capitalism. It all looked sustainable as long as oil prices stayed high.Click to Continue »
  • Police unions stand in the way of real reform

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    If you look at all the proposals that have been discussed since the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York, you find that somewhere…Click to Continue »
  • My parents’ best gifts didn’t come wrapped

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    I was never spanked or hit. If we did something strictly against our family’s rules, we were yelled at, but not embarrassed, and rarely shamed in front of other people.Click to Continue »
 
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Can Peshawar rage finally rouse Pakistan to act against the Taliban? | Saba Imtiaz

    Saba Imtiaz in Karachi
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Despite the impact of a rare protest against clerics, it remains to be seen whether the Pakistani state is willing to channel this anger into reform or action‘All supporters of the Taliban are bastards,” states a banner strung up in Rahim Yar Khan, attributed to the police of this district in Punjab and posted on Facebook by a police officer. In Islamabad, protesters converged on the Red Mosque, the scene of a brutal confrontation between the Pakistani military and seminary clerics and students in 2007, to demand that the mosque’s head cleric denounce the Pakistani Taliban’s massacre…
  • All celebrity private lives are not equal. Sony got off lightly | Catherine Bennett

    Catherine Bennett
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If the Sony email hacking was ‘morally treasonous’, what about the shaming of the former Mrs Murdoch?There has been much astonishment, in the aftermath of the Sony leak, that its principal victims, senior executives would you believe, were foolish enough to write so frankly in workplace emails. “Inappropriate” is a word favoured by the obedient, primmer-sounding type of work emailer, as well as by an apologetic Amy Pascal. What kind of irresponsible idiot, nowadays, does not self-censor? Maybe, after a succession of cautionary events, workplace discretion is more advanced in the UK.
  • Enough with the Sony hack. Can we all calm down about cyberwar with North Korea already? | Trevor Timm

    Trevor Timm
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Yes, the Interview was just a Seth Rogen stoner movie – and, no, privacy, free speech and World War III are not at stakeObama on Sony pulling The Interview: ‘They made a mistake’The sanest thing anyone said in Washington this week was a reminder, on the Friday before Christmas, when Barack Obama took a break from oscillating between reassuring rationality and understated fear to make an accidental joke:It says something about North Korea that it decided to mount an all-out attack about a satirical movie … starring Seth Rogen.The Interview is now effectively canceled directly because…
  • Martin Rowson on Osborne's adviser's pay rise – cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
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  • The Pope Francis stardust worked over Cuba. Could it work with Isis and the Taliban? | Jonathan Freedland

    Jonathan Freedland
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Francis had a diplomatic triumph this week. If only he could resolve the world’s bloodiest conflicts tooStalin had quite a knack for the soundbite. “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” That’s said to be him. “The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election. It’s the people who count the votes who decide an election.” Him too. And, among the most enduring, the dictator’s mocking riposte on hearing that the pope was urging an end to the oppression of Catholics under Soviet rule. “The pope? How many divisions has he got?”To a…
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    Business and finance

  • Cracking the shells

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

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    IT MUST seem churlish of me to maintain my grim pessimism about the Fed's current course of action, given the steady flow of encouraging data from the American economy. But try as I might, I cannot muster the same Panglossian enthusiasm as my colleague about the way policy is unfolding. This is not the best of all worlds.My colleague reckons that the American economy is "converging rapidly on full employment". I think the Fed shares his view. Ironically, this is actually an exceptionally negative statement about the strength of the American labour market. Despite recent rapid job growth,…
  • The best of all worlds

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    WHAT could be better than an economy converging rapidly on full employment? A central bank in no mood to get in the way. That is the happy combination America now enjoys, and it explains the stock market's euphoric reaction to today's meeting of the Federal Reserve.In the statement releaed after its meeting, the Fed hailed "solid job gains" and diminishing slack in the labour market. Projections of its officials put unemployment at or below its long-run “natural” rate a year from now. This is not an economy in need of zero interest rates. And, as officials had broadly hinted beforehand,…
  • Frothy.com

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    IN DECEMBER 15 years ago the dotcom crash was a few weeks away. Veterans of that fiasco may notice some familiar warning signs this festive season. Bankers and lawyers are being priced out of office space in downtown San Francisco; all of the space in eight tower blocks being built has been taken by technology firms. In 2013 around a fifth of graduates from America’s leading MBA schools joined tech firms, almost double the share that struck Faustian pacts with investment banks. Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, has warned that social-media firms are overvalued—and has been…
 
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    The Scotsman - News Feed

  • The Scotsman cartoon - Labour’s unlikely allies

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    ON the same day both Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage dropped hints that they may be willing to do a deal with Labour concerning the 2015 General Election.
  • Hillsborough inquest: Kenny Dalglish defends fans

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    WEARING a red Liverpool FC tie and with a lapel badge for the “96” sitting prominently on his suit jacket, Kenny Dalglish gave evidence at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster yesterday.
  • Beer makes a comeback in 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    THE beleaguered beer market, which has been hit by pub closures and squeezed consumer spending, is thought to have enjoyed a comeback this year, according to a study of alcohol sales in 2014.
  • Police Scotland deemed success despite controversy

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    THE creation of Scotland’s controversial single force has left policing operationally stronger and better placed to deal with major events, according to a watchdog.
  • Why 30,000 Syrian children face being ‘ghosts’

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    NEARLY 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • The Senate Drone Report of 2019

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

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

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

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

    Adam Hochschild
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they'll continue to do so — with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries — long after you're dead. But who thanks those who refused to fight, even in wars that most people later realized were tragic mistakes? Consider the 2003 invasion of Iraq, now widely recognized as igniting an ongoing disaster. America's politicians still praise Iraq War veterans to the skies, but what senator has a kind word to say about the hundreds of (...) - Open page
 
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Editorial: Liquor forum clampdown over the top

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Government has quickly distanced itself from the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. That is unsurprising given the heavy clampdown recommended by the advisory group. This would see an end to...
  • City of sandwiches, bridges and rug gurus

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Best sandwiches Herne Bay Bakery, 192 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay. Strange that Herne Bay, with its million-dollar homes and its boring talk of espresso and pesto, should excel in the humble sandwich. But the bakery does the business....
  • Diana Clement: Your trash can be treasure on auction site

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The attack of the new clutter - otherwise known as Christmas - is on its way. Personal finance journalists, budget advisers, debt counsellors and financial planners all recommend people have the mother of all garage sales to turn...
  • Fran O'Sullivan: Plum US post still in the Xmas pudding

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Prime Ministers have a huge sway in just which New Zealanders receive top honours or get to represent New Zealand in the world's most powerful capitals.The New Years Honours are well settled.The next lot of Dames and Sirs know...
  • Mary Holm: Beware first-home subsidy traps

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Q&A on buying a first home using KiwiSaver funds prompted me to share our daughter's experience.She and her husband were able to withdraw their funds using the savings withdrawal scheme. However, their application for the deposit...
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    TORONTO STAR

  • Hundreds of mourners remember Pakistan school massacre

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Toronto Mayor John Tory joined hundreds of mourners who gathered at a candlelight vigil in Vaughan Friday evening to honour the victims of Tuesday’s devastating school massacre in Pakistan.Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt, Brampton city councilor Gurpreet Dhillon and the Consul General of Pakistan, Asghar Golo, were also on hand offering words of support to a tearful crowd. “Everyone had the same message,” said Ishaq Muhammad, one of the event’s organizers. “We have to fight against terrorism. We cannot afford these things in the future.” The…
  • Raptors dominate Pistons down the stretch

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    AUBURN HILLS, MICH.—They advanced, menacing and threatening and together, words spewing out and threats being made and fingers being pointed.The retreating Detroit Pistons — and somewhere the Bad Boys had to be feeling chagrined at that point — looked at the group and had to be thinking, like the rest of the NBA might be today: “Who are these Toronto Raptors?”It really was a nothing contretemps, a cheap elbow on James Johnson by frustrated Pistons centre Andre Drummond, but it precipitated a little shoving and pushing and jawing that was entirely a show of…
  • Tory government using publicity agency to create, distribute news

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:55 pm
    OTTAWA—The Conservative government has been using a publicity agency to create and distribute government-approved news items to community newspapers, television and radio stations.The federal government has a standing offer — worth up to $1.25 million annually — with News Canada Ltd., which provides content free and without copyright to editors through its website.The articles must be credited to News Canada, but there is usually nothing in the so-called news articles or television and radio scripts that would explicitly let readers or viewers know it is sponsored…
  • Ontario will follow prostitution law despite concerns, says Kathleen Wynne

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario will follow the rules of the new federal prostitution law, even though she’s worried it may violate the Constitution and put sex workers at greater risk.“The position we’re taking is that we’ll follow the rule of law, the law that’s in place,” Wynne told The Canadian Press. “But I have asked the attorney general to look at the potential of unconstitutionality and to give us some options in terms of what we might do going forward.”Wynne issued a statement the , saying she was worried it would not make…
  • Liberals tried to downplay fallout over gas plants, documents show

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Emails recovered by police on seized computers from the McGuinty premier’s office expose feverish — and sometimes comical — damage control efforts by Liberals scrambling to contain fallout from the gas plants scandal.In the summer and fall of 2012, top officials to then-premier Dalton McGuinty were trying to downplay opposition estimates of the cost to axe power plants in Mississauga and Oakville before the 2011 election.The emails, revealed in a 131-page OPP search warrant application, are peppered with the lingo of professional spin doctors. One missive from former…
 
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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

  • ヒヤヒヤした時期があります

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    私の身内にはハゲている方はいません。 父も祖父も、母方の叔父、祖父も誰もハゲてる人がいないので、ハゲている方への耐性が無いままに生きてきました。 それだけでは無く、自分がハゲていない事を良い事に、父は私に対して、ハゲている人とは結婚しないで欲しいというような事を、 小さな頃から言われていた記憶があるので、ハゲている方に対して、正直偏見のある目で見ていたと思います。…
  • 脱毛って肌にいい

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
  • わき毛

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    特に冬の時期は長袖なので人に見られることもないのでついつい忘れているともさもさになる。 ある日冬の温室プールに行ったところわきの処理をしていなかったことにきずいた。 とても恥ずかしくなりプールを泳ぐはずが見られたら嫌なのでウォーキングだけして終わらせた事がありました。…
  • 高校の体育の授業

    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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  • Why Cuba Turned

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

    Gordon Brown
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    The murder of 132 schoolchildren in Pakistan is the latest example of what is becoming a horrific pattern: armed men using students as pawns in their conflicts, turning access to education into a weapon of war. The world cannot afford to stand by as schools are shut down and children become afraid to pursue an education.
  • Unlocking ASEAN’s Potential

    Kishore Mahbubani, et al.
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been asking whether ten countries with different cultures, political systems, and levels of economic development can act in concert to expand their collective potential. Judging by their leaders' ambitious vision for cooperation, the answer may be yes.
  • Where Has Global Warming Gone?

    Ka-Kit Tung
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    For the last 15 years, according to the conventional way of measuring global warming, the planet does not seem to have become any hotter. But the reason is not that our greenhouse-gas emissions are no longer changing the earth’s climate, it is that surface temperature is a poor measure of human-induced warming.
  • Is the ECB Doing Enough?

    Peter Praet
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    The ECB has implemented a series of measures in response to economic sluggishness and financial trepidations in the euro area. Tentative evidence suggests that the measures are delivering tangible benefits to the European economy, and the ECB still has plenty of weapons in its arsenal should they prove necessary.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Stocking Un-Stuffer

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

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

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

    DW
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    “Extra sharp cheddar? So over bad grab bag gifts.” The post Cows at Work appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Non-Compete Claus

    DW
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    “Elf on the Shelf?  Don’t even…” The post Non-Compete Claus appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
 
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    ROOSTERGNN

  • Embargo in the Name of the American People

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

    Luis Granda
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    ESPAA. La contracción del mercado español en diferentes sectores de actividad ha llevado a muchos empresarios familiares de nuestro país a acometer en la salida al exterior como una forma de fortalecer la competitividad de sus empresas. La coyuntura económica ha propiciado que muchos de estos empresarios estén dado pasos firmes y serios en este sentido, decidiéndose a planificar la internacionalización de sus firmas. La salida al exterior se está convirtiendo en un pilar estratégico para muchas empresas y constituye uno de los grandes retos del empresario en la actualidad, y en…
  • Optimización tributaria y relevo generacional

    Luis Granda
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    ESPAA. En determinados momentos de la vida de cualquier empresario, pero sobre todo en la de los empresarios familiares, es aconsejable que éstos realicen una adecuada planificación jurídica y tributaria de su patrimonio, tanto desde el punto de vista civil como del mercantil o tributario. Esta planificación no solamente debe prever aspectos relativos a las sociedades en las que los empresarios participan, sino también a todo lo relacionado con su patrimonio personal. Una óptima planificación debe realizarse, siempre, teniendo en cuenta la situación personal, familiar, patrimonial y…
  • Mozart: entre lo humano y lo divino

    Juan Luis Lorenzo Gómez
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    SALZBURGO, AUSTRIA. ¿Qué decir de Mozart? o quizás, mejor dicho ¿qué no decir de Mozart? Al hablar del genio de Salzburgo se nos presentan tal cantidad de campos, de variables que despejar, que uno no sabe realmente en qué centrarse. Su vida, su obra, lo mágico, la muerte, todo lo que rodea al compositor es sencillamente fascinante. Mozart, el niño prodigio travieso y juguetón al tiempo que creador de sinfonías. Mozart, el joven romántico, emprendedor, insatisfecho, conocedor de la realidad social de su época a la vez que temeroso, pueril, obsesionado… el Mozart maduro, si…
  • RECETA | Costillas de cerdo ibérico con salsa barbacoa acompañado de patatas con piñones y albahaca

    Alejandra Cisneros López
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    ESPAÑA. Ya estamos en época navideña, y lo que apetece comer y cocinar son cosas calentitas recién salidas del horno. ¿Y qué mejor que un costillar ibérico de cerdo con salsa barbacoa?. Es muy fácil de hacer y está exquisito. Estoy segura de que triunfarás con tus comensales. Te cuento cómo hacerlo… Los ingredientes que hacen falta son: - Costillar de cerdo ibérico - Patatas - Salsa barbacoa (recomiendo Hunt´s) - Piñones - Sal - Aceite de oliva - Cebolla - Agua - Albahaca seca (Las cantidades no las pongo, ya que depende de lo que desees echar de cada cosa.) RECETA: Comienza…
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    Dioxidized.com

  • Playing whack-a-mole with The Pirate Bay

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

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

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

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

    Lucas
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Just throwing this out there. Your data, anywhere you are. That was and is the promise of the cloud. Unfortunately, with the revelations of Edward Snowden, we now know that the data that we store in the cloud isn’t for … Continue reading →
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    Cigars and Whiskey: Opinion Blog - Another Brick Falls

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

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

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

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

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

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