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  • Room for Debate: Who Needs Football?

    NYT > Opinion
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Should high schools eliminate competitive athletic teams?
  • Hong Kong's Non-Concession

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Talks between officials and students are a milestone, but any deal remains far off.
  • New driver's license law undermines security

    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    "Wow, this doesn't really look like you," said what seemed like the hundredth person examining my driver's license photo.
  • Opinionator | The Conversation: What Would Edmund Burke Say?

    NYT > Opinion
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Brooks and Collins on revolutionary change, oppositional politics and the electoral future of Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton.
  • The euro must go

    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism.
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  • The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining

    Editorial Board
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    FOR DECADES, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences. They aren’t pretty. Read full article >>
  • How Ben Bradlee transformed The Washington Post

    Editorial Board
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    BENJAMIN C. Bradlee, who died Tuesday at the age of 93, was the architect and builder of the modern Washington Post. His conviction that even the most powerful should be held to a standard of truth-telling inspired journalists well beyond The Post. His exuberance at work and in life served as a model well beyond journalism. Read full article >>
  • On marijuana legalization plans, the District should slow down

    Editorial Board
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    MOST VOTES have yet to be cast in the District’s referendum on legalizing marijuana, but the D.C. Council is already making plans on how to regulate sales. The premature move is in keeping with the heedless rush to put the city’s imprimatur on use of a drug whose impacts are still not fully known. It is not too late for more prudent judgment to prevail; voters on Nov. 4 could slow the push for legalization by voting no on Initiative 71. Read full article >>
  • Judicial elections are no place for money from interest groups

    Editorial Board
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    AMERICA’S UNUSUAL practice of electing judges has long undermined the integrity of the justice system. But the problem is getting worse: In the Citizens United age, the courtroom is becoming the next frontier in rancorous political division. Read full article >>
  • In Milan, Germany’s leader strikes the right note on Russian sanctions

    Editorial Board
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    WESTERN LEADERS boast that the sanctions slapped on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are inflicting real pain, and that’s true — even if Russia’s macroeconomic indicators still don’t look worse than those of France, Italy or even Germany. But there’s no indication that the punishment is having a salutary effect on Vladi­mir Putin. In a quick but high-profile trip to meet leaders in Milan last week, the Russian ruler was no more disposed than he has been to retreat from Ukraine or his larger neoimperialist agenda. Read full article >>
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  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    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

    17 Oct 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 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Just another weblog
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Amend the proposed pension deal

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    City Council today will be meeting on an incredibly complex issue, the unaffordable Police and Fire Pension Fund. But the 19-member body only has to start with this question: Should they approve the pension agreement negotiated by the Mayor’s Office and the Police and Fire Pension Board? The answer is simple: No. The simplest resolution is to agree to the deal with one amendment: Every three years, as state law provides, the city and the unions must be able to negotiate as they should have all along with no restrictions. read more
  • City Council has a simple decision to make

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    City Council will be meeting Wednesday on an incredibly complex issue, the unaffordable Police and Fire Pension Fund. But the 19-member body only has to start with a simple question: Should they approve the pension agreement negotiated by the Mayor’s Office and the Police and Fire Pension Fund Board? The answer is simple: No. The simplest resolution is to agree to the deal with one amendment. In three years, the city and the unions must be able to negotiate like they should have all along with no restrictions. read more
  • Florida voters were losers in farcical gubernatorial debate

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    So the rest of the country has had a good laugh on Florida. Again. Once again, the Sunshine State is the loser when it comes to elections. Only comedians were happy about the dispute involving Charlie Crist’s habit of using a fan at speaking engagements. Crist and Gov. Rick Scott should have known better than to get involved in a ridiculous dispute over a fan at last week’s debate. read more
  • Lead Letter: Top 10 priorities for Jacksonville

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Here are the Top Ten changes that could benefit Jacksonville the most in the future: 1. Elect a strong mayor who is a true leader and willing to make bold and meaningful decisions. 2. Become a city known for leading the fight for mental health improvements. So many terrible school shootings and other tragedies can be traced to mental health. 3. Take a stand against drug abuse that identifies us as the most courageous city in America in the war on drugs. Vote No to the marijuana amendment on Nov. 4. read more
  • Letters: Political mudslinging is not new

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    CLAY SUPERINTENDENT Don’t shut out voters I read the letter that stated the Clay County superintendent position should be an appointed position rather than an elected one. I couldn’t disagree more! As a taxpayer in the county, I want to know that my voice matters as much as the money that I put into the school system. I want to cast my vote for someone who has the experience, principles and style that I want to lead the school district. We elect mayors, governors, senators and presidents. What makes this job so different? read more
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  • The euro must go

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism.
  • New driver's license law undermines security

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    "Wow, this doesn't really look like you," said what seemed like the hundredth person examining my driver's license photo.
  • Could the U.S. have prevented the Ebola outbreak?

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    In the summer of 1990, some 2,000 U.S. Marines arrived off the coast of Liberia near the capital of Monrovia, which was then being overrun by rebel forces fighting against the government of Samuel Doe. The Marines were in four ships, one of them an amphibious landing craft.
  • Is Panetta's hit on Obama a boon for Hillary?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Panetta has paved the way for Hillary Clinton to become the candidate with a warrior's heartPanetta has paved the way for Hillary Clinton to become the candidate with a warrior's heart
  • Why aren't more African Americans supporting Israel?

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    I have recently had several spirited conversations with an old friend from high school over the Israel and Hamas conflict and the larger questions surrounding Israeli settlements, the Palestinian Intifadas and a dual state solution. My friend, a self-proclaimed Zionist and American Israel...
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  • The media are acting as catalysts for Ebola hysteria

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ebola is bringing about a more prevalent and dangerous disease — panic. There is rational fear, and there is irrational fear. In the case of fearing a deadly and (currently) incurable infectious disease such as Ebola, it is rational to be afraid. However, under the guise of spreading helpful information, the media (trusted news and your uncle’s blog alike) are acting as catalysts for nationwide panic. No longer are citizens being informed; rather, they are being worked into a lather, sowing distrust for medical personnel and any region in Africa, Kent State, Ohio and Texas. These symptoms…
  • Justice sidelined: Pa. would be better off if McCaffery resigned

    By the Editorial Board
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille and three of his Supreme Court colleagues didn’t waste time in suspending fellow jurist Seamus McCaffery for some of the strangest and most unprofessional conduct alleged against the state’s highest court.
  • Royals Nation rises from the heartland

    By Fritz Byers
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, in a windowless conference room in the heart of the Rust Belt, not far from a Great Lake but a thousand miles from the nation’s real heartland, I first realized I was part of a human community I did not know even existed. It is Royals Nation.
  • Dan Simpson: Stay out of Middle East wars

    By Dan Simpson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Americans learned Monday that U.S. forces have proceeded from air strikes on Islamic State forces in Kobani, Syria, to providing arms to Kurdish forces there.
  • Here's how to beat Ebola

    By John T. Fox
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain is an important initial step in mobilizing a coordinated national effort to confront this deadly virus.
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  • Ron Hart: Ebola 'cure' will be worse than the disease

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    When it comes any issue, what is best for America is not what drives Obama. Even with Ebola, he is like the trendy new song, “I’m all about the base, 'bout the base, not the trouble.” As with any “crisis,” President Obama and his 24/7...
  • Today's cartoons: Monuments brace for Ebola

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Also: Obama 'shows' ISIS; 'Fangate'
  • Gloria Romero: Parents trigger change at failing school

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The names Doreen Diaz and Bartola Del Villar appear nowhere in the text of the Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the Parent Trigger, that I wrote in 2010. The law empowers parents to bypass the political paralysis of our education bureaucracy...
  • Editorial: Newport Council needs Diane Dixon

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Diane Dixon is running unopposed in Newport Beach City Council District 1. Ms. Dixon has campaigned on a much-needed platform of fiscal restraint and transparency for the city. While Newport undoubtedly is a wealthy city, Ms. Dixon doesn’t believe...
  • Editorial: No on Seal Beach Measure DD

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Utility user tax measures are tricky things. Take, for example, Measure DD, before the voters of Seal Beach on Nov. 4. On the one hand, the ballot text is clear in its intention to reduce the city’s utility user tax from 11 percent, one of the...
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  • That's all she wrote ...

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    THAT’S ALL she wrote, the fat lady has sung and Beam Me Up, Scottie. There’s a reason the inexhaustible American language has so many ways to say it’s over.
  • Letters

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    Don't raise the wage
  • Relics of a bygone era

    <StaffMember: John Brummett>
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    That football spectacle Saturday in Little Rock provided more metaphors than enjoyment. I could scarcely keep up with the game for pondering the political subtext.
  • Gone whole-hog

    <StaffMember: Mike Masterson>
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Legal and political aromas from that misplaced hog factory in the Buffalo National River watershed at Mount Judea continue to waft across Arkansas.
  • Ebolaphobia

    JACQUIELYNN FORD Dallas Morning News
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    Dear World: Greetings from Dallas! Since we seem to be top of mind for pretty much everybody on the planet right now, I'd like to share a few facts.
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  • Mercury News editorial: California voters should stand up for plastic bag ban

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    If ever a referendum deserved to be trashed, it's the plastics industry's attempt to undo California's first-in-the-nation plastic bag ban.An industry group calling itself the American Progressive Bag Alliance -- talk about an oxymoron -- began gathering signatures Sept. 30 for a proposition for the November 2016 election. It has to collect 504,760 signatures by Dec 29 to get on the ballot and the plastics industry is expected to spend $5 million to make it happen.If it does, let's call it the Right to Pollute Streams and the Ocean, Kill Wildlife and Overflow Landfills Initiative.And why…
  • Mercury News editorial: Re-elect Chang, Green and Hover-Smoot to county board of education

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The scope and importance of the Santa Clara County Board of Education took a significant leap in recent years when it began evaluating charter school petitions and overseeing the schools' performance. That's in addition to the board's traditional role of governing early childhood education, special education and alternative schools.Charter schools are one of the hottest controversies in county education circles, especially when it comes to Rocketship schools, which attempted a rapid expansion that has been stopped or at least slowed by a court ruling. The county board needs knowledgeable…
  • Mercury News editorial: End the nightmare; elect Noelani Sallings, Jodi Muirhead and Andy Ratermann in Santa Clara Unified

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Chris Stampolis is not on the Santa Clara Unified School Board ballot for re-election this fall, but everything he stands for is. Bullying -- whether overt, like Stampolis' performance at Peterson Middle School, or subtle -- typifies the atmosphere Stampolis and his allies, including two who are on the ballot, have created in Santa Clara Unified. They have driven out a number of administrators, including principals and superintendents, and teachers are rebelling.To restore calm and stop the hemorrhaging of professional talent, elect Noelani Sallings and Jodi Muirhead in Area 2 and re-elect…
  • Mercury News editorial: State should nix hospitals' sale to Prime

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris should reject the sale of the six nonprofit Daughters of Charity hospitals to for-profit Prime Healthcare Services.The reason is obvious to anyone who has watched Prime operate. It's the same reason Harris' office gave in its 2011 formal notification denying consent of the sale of Victor Valley Community Hospital to Prime in 2011:"We have concluded that this proposed sale is not in the public interest and will likely create a significant effect on the availability or accessibility of health care services to the affected community."The…
  • Mercury News editorial: Vote Ellenberg, Zarghami in San Jose Unified

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    It's time for a change on the San Jose Unified School District board of directors. Not because the incumbents are bad representatives. Rich Garcia and Veronica Grijalva Lewis have been fully engaged and hard-working. But when board members' service runs into the decades, with few or no contested elections along the way, it's fair to ask whether new energy, different ideas and a tendency to intelligently question the status quo are higher needs for the board.We believe they are in this case. We recommend Susan Ellenberg to replace Garcia in Area 2 and Paymon Zarghami to replace Lewis in Area…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Barack Obama: America will continue to lead in an uncertain world

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. As Americans, we see the future not as something beyond our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. That was true this week, as we mobilized the world to confront some of our most urgent challenges. Read comments
  • California taxpayers burned by government-backed Solar City

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    One of the worst energy policies being perpetrated by the government on California taxpayers is the subsidization of alternative energy. Solar power has been one particular area of concern.  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been doing extensive research and grassroots outreach to households with SolarCity solar panels.   The biggest concern is that rooftop solar companies, like Elon Musk’s SolarCity, Corp., which are politically connected and favored, have found a way to claim the tax credit for themselves. These companies discovered…
  • EDITORIAL: Help the disabled by ending predatory ADA lawsuit scams

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:39 pm
    They remind us of something slimy, these bottom-feeding attorneys and their professional victims running a legal extortion scam perpetrated in the name of protecting the disabled. Read comments
  • EDITORIAL: Obama sets the right course by vowing to eradicate ISIL

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    So where is the nation 13 years after the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001? Read comments
  • Meet the Academic All-Stars

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    They're The Bee's 2014 edition of the best and the brightest from Valley schools. Read comments
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  • He’ll tax, we’ll pay

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    He’ll tax, we’ll pay Help me to understand as to who will ultimately pay the 5-percent natural gas extraction tax that Tom Wolf would impose ...
  • Not clean enough

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    On Oct. 5, the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) held the second annual Clean Air Dash 5K, where people from across the Pittsburgh area ...
  • Tarentum demolition

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Tarentum demolition Why hasn’t something been done about the massive building rubble still remaining along the 200 block of Fourth Avenue in Tarentum? The owner, ...
  • Wolf’s taxes

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Wolf’s taxes I see one of ex-Gov. Ed Rendell’s “protégés” wants to be our next governor. We might be better off with who we have. ...
  • Renaming in order?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Renaming in order? Isn’t it odd that as Steelers players trim their black and gold with accents of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, no ...
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  • The international occupation of Palestine

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    The time has come to call a spade a spade: The occupation in Palestine isn’t just Israeli – it’s a Western occupation.
  • A fatal blow to Israel’s human rights

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Israel’s ministers must reject the proposed law meant to circumvent the High Court ruling that rendered the imprisonment of asylum seekers unconstitutional.
  • Let the Israeli right crash and burn

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The fact that control of the Palestinian people is maintained by a democratic Israeli government increases the responsibility of every one of its citizens for what’s being done in their name.
  • Thwarting any chance of a solution in Jerusalem

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    There can be no two-state solution without a compromise in Jerusalem, and the latest moves to expand Israel’s presence in the eastern part of the city will make such a compromise impossible.
  • Why an American-Israeli Jew like me saw ‘Klinghoffer’

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Raw, uneasy, complicated and messy: Despite its faults, the Met Opera’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ is simply not the anti-Semitic bogeyman the protesters make it out to be.
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  • Locked-in syndrome: Britain’s prisons are a national scandal

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    When Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, reported a year ago on the state of the nation’s jails,  he warned: “The cracks are beginning to show.” Since then those cracks have widened dramatically, leaving the country with a prison system perpetually on the brink of crisis, with growing levels of violence, self-harm and suicide, as budgets are cut and numbers of inmates continue to grow.
  • Sir Andrew Green peerage: A highly misguided Lords appointment for the Migration Watch founder

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    It is almost in the same league of gruesome, wince-inducing embarrassment as the Ukip calypso, and there are not many peerages that can claim that dubious distinction. Yes, and not unconnected to the Ukip phenomenon, the elevation to the peerage of Sir Andrew Green – self-appointed immigration cop and founder of Migration Watch – is odd indeed. Of course he was, so far as can be seen, a perfectly good diplomat during his long career in the Foreign Service, including stints in Syria and Saudi Arabia. That isn’t the problem.
  • Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Fiona Woolf keen to establish one thing... five dinners does not an association make

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The thing about Fiona Woolf is that she’s just an ordinary, common or garden, little old Lord Mayor of London.
  • Mike Read’s Ukip calypso is mesmerisingly atrocious — but it's not racist

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Although Mike Read strikingly resembles an ageing Clark Kent (albeit a hapless Clark Kent who would get himself jammed in the telephone box, and need the fire brigade to release him), it has, until now, been a struggle to regard him as a superhero.
  • Radioactive fallout and the lessons of Chernobyl

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    We cannot see radioactive contamination without the help of specialised equipment, but the mere risk of it being present is nevertheless enough for the authorities to evacuate inhabitants within a certain radius of the stricken plant.
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • The internet has killed the joys of partial recall | Tim Dowling

    Tim Dowling
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The delicious elusiveness of a half-remembered fact has been lost with the internet as the curious case of the 128 Johns showsTwenty years ago I found myself reading a random volume in a secondhand bookshop in Hay-on-Wye first in total confusion, then in fascination. But after 10 minutes I put the book back on the shelf and walked out. Im not sure why perhaps I couldnt square the price with the money left in my pocket and my strong inclination to be in a pub. Maybe I figured I didnt really need an old book called Curiosities in Puritan Nomenclature.It was a mistake, because the…
  • From poultry workers to office cleaners, unions are being attacked for sticking up for workers' rights | Van Badham

    Van Badham
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    In industries low in glamour and high in exploitation, employers sign contracts which take their working rights away from them. This is why unions matterPedro Vannea is a Cambodian migrant. He has been employed by food processing company Royal Bay International since 2007, in the unglamorous role of a poultry boner. When he started working there, his english skills were poor and his knowledge of workplace laws in Australia, unsurprisingly, even poorer. At the commencement of his employment for Royal Bay, he was referred to an accountant and duly found himself set up as a business called Pedro…
  • We're not thugs: cage fighting will make MMA fighters safer | Daniel Kelly

    Daniel Kelly
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Victorias current ban on caged enclosures for mixed martial arts is putting fighters at a greater risk of harmMixed martial artists woke up to Groundhog Day with an all too familiar story this week. Its a story weve endured, debated and defended for far too long - whether cage fighting should be allowed. What many people seem to be unaware is this is first and foremost about safety.The Herald Sun, equipped with fresh ammunition from the Victorian Chief Police Commissioner Ken Lay, was on an all-out attack on the threat of cage fighting, which could soon take place in Victoria. Continue…
  • Take it from us in India: the world needs renewables, not more Australian exported coal | Debi Goenka

    Debi Goenka
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Carmichaels coal will be exported to India from Queensland. But Indias clean energy industry is already booming we dont need your coalHere are little known facts about coal: its use is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths per year globally, and many more illnesses. In India, coal contributes to between 80,000 to 115,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases annually. It is also responsible for around 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions that are dramatically changing the worlds climate and impoverishing millions of people. This, however, did not stop Tony Abbott from glossing over…
  • Steve Bell on peerages cartoon

    Steve Bell
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
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  • A Swiss banker on trial: A day of reckoning?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  A Swiss banker on trial Rubric:  Raoul Weil has gone on trial for aiding tax evasion Main image:  20141018_wbp503.jpg IN 2008 Bradley Birkenfeld, an American working for UBS, blew the whistle on the giant Swiss bank’s offshore operations, which had helped thousands of rich Americans to dodge their taxes. Among the lurid details that he revealed was the use of encrypted laptops, the smuggling of diamonds in toothpaste tubes for clients, and evidence of bankers travelling to America on tourist visas to avoid arousing…
  • ING: Up and at ’em

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Party v the people Fly Title:  ING Rubric:  Slim, trim and solvent, ING is looking to regain its disruptive mojo Location:  AMSTERDAM LESS than a decade ago ING Group, with its orange lion logo, was the epitome of finance rampant. Its banking, insurance and asset-management activities sprawled across the globe. Today, as it emerges early from a state bail-out precipitated by its large portfolio of American mortgages, it is again an example—this time of the sort of institution that new, more demanding prudential rules…
  • Business this week

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Main image:  20140927_WWC772.png The superlatives came thick and fast to describe Alibaba’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the world’s biggest, raising $25 billion after underwriters exercised an option for extra shares at the debut price of $68, and it was far ahead of Facebook’s IPO, which had held the record for a tech flotation. Alibaba’s share price rose 38% on the first day of trading, though it fell back somewhat in following sessions. Capping it all Jack Ma, who founded the company, was…
  • Arab Bank: Consorting with terrorists

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  Arab Bank Rubric:  A venerable Jordanian bank is found complicit in terrorist attacks Location:  New York AFTER a six-week trial it took only two days for a jury to find that Arab Bank knowingly provided assistance to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, and consequently was complicit in two dozen terrorist attacks Hamas launched between 2001 and 2004 in which Americans were hurt or killed. The case was originally filed a decade ago and this week’s verdict notwithstanding, it…
  • The future of banking: You’re boring. Get used to it

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  The future of banking Rubric:  Big banks have changed a lot, but there is more restructuring to come Main image:  20140927_FND001_0.jpg SINCE the financial crisis, it has become commonplace to argue that banks should be run as utilities, not casinos. At least in terms of their financial performance, that seems to be happening. In 2006, the eight American banks that regulators have since labelled “globally systemically important” generated casino-like profits, with returns on equity of 30% on…
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  • Who said it?

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too.
  • Talking points

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    British lawmakers will take part in special parliamentary debates on Hong Kong's political development in the lower and upper houses of parliament.
  • Supermarkets must make prices fair

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Shoppers ought to be able to trust product prices listed in supermarkets. But a Consumer Council study has uncovered serious discrepancies between the displayed and checkout prices for discounted items.
  • Austria banks on spirit of innovation to forge deeper ties with Hong Kong

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    This year marks a special anniversary: 160 years since Austria was first represented in Hong Kong by a consul appointed by the then Austrian emperor Francis Joseph.
  • CY Leung shows how not to talk to the world's media

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Someone sent me The New York Times' write-up of the by-now-infamous interview with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and I thought it was a spoof from The Onion.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Edward Snowden and the golden age of spying

    Tom Engelhardt and Laura Poitras
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We're talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, (...) - Open page
  • What could possibly go wrong?

    Peter Van Buren
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car — and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?” Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the (...) - Open page
  • Investing in junk armies

    William J Astore
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks from the militants of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), abandoning four major cities to that extremist movement. The collapse drew much notice in our media, but not much in the way of sustained analysis of the American role in it. To put it bluntly, when confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military, American-trained and -armed, (...) - Open page
  • A trip to Kuwait (on the prairie)

    Laura Gottesdiener
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    At 9 p.m. on that August night, when I arrived for my first shift as a cocktail waitress at Whispers, one of the two strip clubs in downtown Williston, I didn't expect a 25-year-old man to get beaten to death outside the joint. Then again, I didn't really expect most of the things I encountered reporting on the oil boom in western North Dakota this past summer. “Can you cover the floor?” the other waitress yelled around 11 p.m. as she and her crop-top sweater sidled behind the bar to take over (...) - Open page
  • Obama's new oil wars

    Michael Klare
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was “the oil weapon” — and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it's smart, it's effective, and it's the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without (...) - Open page
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  • Bryce Edwards: The next three years of National boredom

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Blandness seems to be the secret to the National Party's success, and so can we expect a fairly boring third term National Government? Certainly yesterday's Speech from the Throne gave every indication that John Key intends to run...
  • Brian Rudman: One man's dream a nightmare for poor students

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    As the Labour Party goes through its latest leader selection circus, could I suggest they avoid anyone who admits to having visions. We ordinary folk come off second best when the dreamers take over.In Auckland they seem to be everywhere...
  • Fran O'Sullivan: Key catches drift on waterways

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The Prime Minister has finally acknowledged the political reality that there are limits to growth as his Government takes a tentative step towards ensuring dairy effluent doesn't continue to despoil our major waterways.Dairy has...
  • John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It would have been naive in the extreme to have expected any mention in yesterday's Speech from the Throne of the revelations contained in Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics .The prime task of that speech - delivered by the Governor-General...
  • Juha Saarinen: Apple OS X 10.10 a mixed bag

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last week's launch of new gear from Apple shows that the company is pushing the envelope at least in some areas. OK, not the new iPads which were pretty much as expected but more the iMac with its high-resolution 5K Retina screen...
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  • Bumgarner, Giants trounce Royals in World Series opener: Griffin

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    KANSAS CITY—Suddenly, the Royals are not so regal. After battling and bonding their way through the first three opponents of this post-season — undefeated in eight games, running teams out of the ballpark — the Royals, in their third World Series and first since 1985, after five days with no games, ran into a true big-game starter in left-hander Madison Bumgarner. The home team suffered a 7-1 loss, handing home-field advantage over to the Giants. These Royals entered like Kate and left like Pippa. Were they flat? Not really. The story on this night was Bumgarner. Until…
  • Doug Ford says he will not step aside for brother

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    If elected mayor, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard) said he would “absolutely not” step aside and let Rob Ford (open Rob Ford's policard) run in a byelection. The mayoral candidate was clarifying comments he had made earlier in the day. “No that's a 100 per cent no, never, not at all, I believe in fulfilling my mandate and I'm going to fulfil my mandate and continue on the prosperity that we've seen for four years,” he told reporters Tuesday night in a postdebate scrum, refusing to entertain what-ifs. “Rob's going to win Ward 2. Next question.” Mayor Rob Ford dropped out of…
  • Pierre Karl Péladeau says he doesn’t have to answer reporters’ questions

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    QUEBEC—Media magnate Pierre Karl Péladeau says he doesn’t have to answer reporters’ questions, indicating he prefers Facebook as a means of communication.Péladeau made the comment Tuesday as he headed into a Parti Québécois caucus meeting.The controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc. has become a Facebook aficionado in recent months, using it to criticize his political rivals.In recent weeks, Péladeau has taken to the site to demand an apology from Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and to question Premier Philippe Couillard’s ethics.On…
  • Kessel leads Maple Leafs past Islanders

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    UNIONDALE, N.Y.—The problem with Phil Kessel is that he really doesn’t like talking about himself.That’s endearing in a way. Humility is, after all, a virtue. But on a night when he flew down the right wing, let loose that snapshot and scored twice, leading the Leafs to a 5-2 victory, we wanted to hear all about it. “I’m just used to doing it, right,” Kessel said matter-of-factly. “I’m looking at the net and looking for a place to shoot.”While the star of the night was decidedly blasé about his otherworldly performance, James…
  • Let 10,000 Syrian refugees settle in Canada, humanitarian groups say

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Humanitarian groups want Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to immediately let 10,000 Syrian refugees settle here and they want an explanation why the Canadian government is dragging its feet when it comes to resettling Syrians.In 2013, Ottawa promised to admit 1,300 Syrian refugees yet the groups say only 200 people have been accepted into Canada, said Faisal Alazem, a Syrian-Canadian with the humanitarian group the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations. The union helps set up field hospitals inside Syria.Every time they ask Ottawa for precise numbers on how many Syrians have been…
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  • Ukraine’s Vote, Russia’s Fate

    Carl Bildt
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    When Ukraine’s voters go to the polls on October 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe.
  • The Moral Economy of Debt

    Robert Skidelsky
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The creditor-debtor relationship embodies no iron law of morality; rather, it is a social relationship that always must be negotiated. When quantitative precision and an unyielding approach to debt obligations are the rule, conflict and penury soon follow.
  • Inheritance and Inequality

    Edward N. Wolff
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty emphasizes the rising share of inheritances and gifts in household wealth over time. This seems like a shocking revelation, implying ever-rising wealth inequality, but is it correct?
  • Ebola in America

    Abdul El-Sayed
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Despite the arrival of Ebola in the US, a serious outbreak is unlikely to occur, thanks to the strength of the US health agencies. But budget cuts introduced over the past decade could jeopardize the fight against any future epidemic.
  • Brazil’s Institutional Limbo

    Camila Villard Duran
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Brazil's presidential election will determine the future of the central bank – and therefore the country's macroeconomic trajectory. The 50-year old institution is ripe for reform, but neither candidate seems ready to give it the independence it needs, or to ensure that it is truly accountable to citizens.
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  • Lo que la tecnología no puede enseñar: motivación, empatía, respeto

    Elena Bermúdez
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Puesto que en este tercer milenio todo el conocimiento se encuentra a un clic de distancia gracias a Internet, el papel de los profesores no es tanto el de enseñar determinadas áreas de conocimiento sino el de ejercer el coaching para asesorar a los jóvenes y acelerar su progreso hacia el futuro. Esta ha sido una de las ideas remarcadas el pasado lunes 20 de octubre por Marc Prensky (pensador sobre la educación y creador del concepto “nativo digital”) en la conferencia “El mundo necesita un nuevo currículum”, celebrada en la Universidad Camilo José Cela. Así, la…
  • Una manzana cada día

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    GLOBAL. La manzana disfruta de muy buena fama entre las dietas recomendadas por los médicos y profesionales de la salud. Sus propiedades son muchas y muy beneficiosas. Una manzana al día no sólo ayuda a perder peso, sino que protege el sistema cardiovascular.  Esta fruta no sólo influye en el descenso del colesterol LDL , conocido popularmente como “el colesterol malo”; sino que también ayuda a aumentar el HDL, “el colesterol bueno”. Así, una manzana diaria protege nuestras arterias. Nunca sustituirá a los fármacos destinados a controlar estos problemas, pero…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Malasaña

    DECA MADbudget
    20 Oct 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. MALASAÑA, MADRID. The Malasaña district is a popular area that hosts some of Madrid’s best cultural and alternative venues for shopping and social activities. Malasaña is located in the north of Gran Via on the streets between Fuencarral and San Bernardo which cluster around the social square Plaza Dos de…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Chueca

    DECA MADbudget
    19 Oct 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. CHUECA, MADRID. Madrid takes pride in the fact that it caters to all, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight. Perhaps one of the best-known gay areas in the city is Chueca. Chueca: A diverse and vibrant area This ‘barrio,’ or neighbourhood, can be found in the centre of Madrid, just off Gran…
  • MADRID GUIDE | Neighbourhood Guide, Opera

    DECA MADbudget
    18 Oct 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. OPERA, MADRID. The neighbourhood of Opera is home to Madrid’s main Opera Theatre the Teatro Real (or Royal theatre). Opera, Madrid.   The Teatro Real   In front of this theatre is the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace now serves as a cultural monument and is sometimes used for state functions. The architecture…
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  • A Future-Tech Computing Idea

    Lucas Krupinski
    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 →
  • Wifi as a Public Service

    Lucas Krupinski
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    I’m visiting Amherst, Massachusetts presently, and for all of its other differences with from my native Florida, the existence of a public wifi network covering the downtown area really stands out. Makes me think that this should be a feature … Continue reading →
  • Revisiting Pantera’s “bitcoin could replace all the world’s gold” claim

    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    A week or two ago, Pantera Capital’s published a report titled “Gold versus bitcoin as a store of value“, which claimed that bitcoin has a potential future value of $4.2 million USD per BTC. The basis for this prediction is for bitcoin to replace both … Continue reading →
  • Mac OS X Yosemite installed. Will let you know what I think…

    Lucas Krupinski
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Just upgraded my computer to Mac OS X Yosemite! Upgrade went fine, though I am using about as modern a Mac as you can get (MacBook Pro circa December 2013). Biggest thing so far is that I updated my computer to … Continue reading →
  • Another one bites the dust. Bit-Trader this time.

    Lucas Krupinski
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A disturbing post just popped up on Reddit this morning, allegedly from the operator of bit-trader. Long story short, the operator of bit-trader was opposed to proving solvency to his clients, but reluctantly agreed to do so. During the course … Continue reading →
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  • Separated at Birth? Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Channels the Ghost of Joe McCarthy

    Stewart Lawrence
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    By Stewart J. Lawrence The two men bear an uncanny physical resemblance:  Ted Cruz, the grandstanding junior Republican senator from Texas, who has emerged as one of President Obama’s most vitriolic policy critics, and the late Wisconsin Republican Senator Joe McCarthy, who garnered the national spotlight in the 1950s by charging that “communists” had infiltrated the American government. And it’s not just their looks. Cruz has a way of interrogating witnesses that’s filled with snide insinuations and calculated innuendo. It’s the same heavy-handed tactic…
  • Which Cast Member Of “The Walking Dead” Will Die Next?

    Stewart Lawrence
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    By Stewart J. Lawrence The handicapping hasn’t started yet, but avid watchers of the hit cable TV series, “The Walking Dead,” are bracing themselves for another painful death of a beloved cast member. Miraculously, two episodes into the fifth season, the core of the survivor group remains intact.  In the season premiere, they barely escaped the clutches of a bizarre cult intent on dismembering and barbecuing them for food. Now they’re back wandering the woods of rural Georgia and once again encountering hordes of carnivorous zombies, while dodging new bands of…
  • Gallery: Happy Birthday Vladimir Putin

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    October 7th is Vladimir Putin’s birthday!!! Enjoy the photo gallery exhibiting Vladimir Putin’s wonderful character.       The post Gallery: Happy Birthday Vladimir Putin appeared first on Papa Of The Year.
  • Yoga Booty: Have Stretch Pants Become Too Hot for High School?

    Stewart Lawrence
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    By Stewart J. Lawrence It’s every Mom and Dad’s worst nightmare: Their teenage daughter shows up at the breakfast table wearing something “inappropriate” for school — and refuses to change. Typically it’s a skirt that’s just a little too short — or maybe way too short, especially since “Her Highness” insists on wearing her favorite red thongs underneath them, as well. Or maybe it’s a blouse with a plunging neckline or one that’s so sheer, it exposes her obviously bra-less midriff. These days, though, with gender hysteria at an all-time high,…
  • Valeriya Kutsan: 2D or Not 2D Art

    Ivan Dario Ruiz
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Artist Valeriya Kutsan shows off her face painting skills on her latest project: 2D Or Not 2D. Also be sure to check out her darker and moving work: Weird Beauty.     The post Valeriya Kutsan: 2D or Not 2D Art appeared first on Papa Of The Year.
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  • Whitewashing History

    S.L. Tate
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    In North Korea, history is taught ideologically, not academically. History is deleted, censored, exaggerated, and completely rewritten in order to promote patriotism, nationalism, and control. The country is always viewed in a positive light without the discomforts of shame or embarrassment, and certainly without lessons to be learned from mistakes made. Sound familiar? It should, this is the same way that history is being edited by conservative-leaning school committees in Texas and Colorado. During the week of September 22nd 2014,  high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado,…
  • Vaccine Thought Experiment

    S.L. Tate
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece, not a research paper, and as such I may come off snarky, sarcastic, and, well, opinionated. As a resident of Washington State who lives twenty minutes from Bastyr University, an institute specializing in homeopathy and producing naturopathic “doctors,” I am fully aware of the new anti-modernity religion that has taken hold over mainly internet-educated moms in recent years. Yes, I am referring to the "crunchy" movement. Now, before you get upset because you are one fourth “crunchy,” let me make it perfectly clear who I am referring to: I am…
  • My Daughter's Open Heart Surgery

    S.L. Tate
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Raven: 6 weeks old When my Raven was born she did not cry, even though it was via c-section and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. She strained to open her eyes, gazing around the room with her hands cupped near her chin, quietly observing her new world. She would always be that way as she grew into a sweet, soft spoken little girl, who needed time to warm up to new situations, and would rather watch people than join them. She was always small, barely hitting the five percentile range at the doctor’s office and, while most happy when she was singing or dancing alone, she was…
  • Battling Depression

    S.L. Tate
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    LoboStudioHamburg via Pixabay My flaws are all I ever seeMy big dumb nose, my pimples, my molesI can never be cool, I will never fit inI am awkward, clumsy, and nervousI am not worthy of friendsI stumble on my own words and trip over my own feetI mumble under my breath and force myself to breatheNo one understands or cares or triesThey are all so much greater and have better livesI am broken and cannot be repairedMy scars are showing, my scars are glowingI am endlessly sick and scaredI can’t escape the ugly voices from the beautiful eliteI can’t let them see me smile or enjoy being…
  • Education: One size does not fit all

    S.L. Tate
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    What is it like to have a child that constantly does what they are told, sits still at age five, and hits their milestones with minimal instruction or one-on-one time? I wouldn’t know. My son always stands out from others and requires a conference with teachers. I watch other parents simply pick up their children from school and go right passed the teacher and momentarily wonder what that would be like –to pick up your child from school without the anxiety of having to listen to what they are doing wrong or need to improve. For the last four years, since my son was in preschool, I have…
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