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  • When we fail to educate our children, our future is bleak

    The Seattle Times: Opinion
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    %%%6173db5e1ca541f92957a87acdca14e0%%%Editor's note: These are remarks Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen made to the Rotary Club of Seattle, which is also known as Rotary Club No. 4, on Wednesday.
  • An idiot’s guide to inequality

    The Seattle Times: Opinion
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The rush to purchase Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” suggested that Americans must have wanted to understand inequality. The apparent rush to put it down suggests that, well, we’re human, writes syndicated columnist Nicholas D. Kristof.
  • Editorial: Broken Windows, Broken Lives

    NYT > Opinion
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio should reconsider policing based on the idea that aggressive enforcement against minor offenders means a safer city.
  • Freedom isn't forcing religion on others: Column

    USATODAY - Opinion
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Hobby Lobby upended our tradition of religious freedom by creating a hierarchy of religions.         
  • Gray Matter: Powerful and Coldhearted

    NYT > Opinion
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.
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  • Not letting the Dodgers get off cheap

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In 2009, the Dodgers could have picked up Cliff Lee for a measly $10 million. They didn't; the Phillies did, and they went to the World Series.
  • Yasiel Puig and Dodgers are triple threats in 8-1 win over Giants

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Yasiel Puig made history again Friday night, when his three triples in the Dodgers' 8-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants tied a single-game franchise record more than a century old.
  • Dodgers triple their way past San Francisco Giants, 8-1

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers blew open the game with a five-run fifth inning that expanded their lead from 1-0 to 6-0. Pitcher Zack Greinke led off the inning with a single and scored on a triple by Dee Gordon, who, in turn, scored on a triple by Yasiel Puig. Adrian Gonzalez knocked in Puig with a...
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings-April Ross pass test to advance at Long Beach

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross were tested Friday as the German pair of Laura Ludwig and Julia Sude took them to three sets for the first time at the Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball, but the Americans came away with the victory at the FIVB Grand Slam event at Long Beach after...
  • Angels' hitters do just enough in win

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Not so long ago, in a time back before the All-Star break, the Angels were a hitting-driven team. Their pitching was passable but not a core of the team's success.
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  • A new Border Patrol chief signals he is ready to end a culture of impunity

    Editorial Board
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    FOLLOWING MONTHS of damning disclosures about the use of deadly force by Border Patrol agents, Department of Homeland Security officials tightened the rules of engagement this spring. But it remains unclear whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection — with 43,000 agents, the biggest federal law enforcement agency — will end what appears to be a culture of impunity that has shielded agents from consequences and even meaningful investigations following senseless and unjustified killings. Read full article >>
  • Mr. Obama’s promising My Brother’s Keeper initiative

    Editorial Board
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    THESE ARE the depressing facts about boys and young men of color: They are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to be in prison, more likely to be unemployed and more likely to die at an earlier age. That minority men are at disproportionate risk throughout their lives has largely been seen as unavoidable. The beauty of President Obama’s public-private initiative to create better futures for them is its refusal to accept these outcomes as inevitable. Read full article >>
  • The Kevin Martin case points to the need to reform the discovery process

    Editorial Board
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    THERE WAS an air of celebration at D.C. Superior Court this week when a judge exonerated Kevin Martin of the 1982 killing of a D.C. woman — but the joy could not mask the injustice done to Mr. Martin. While federal prosecutors deserve credit for helping to clear Mr. Martin of a crime he didn’t commit, they also should be asking whether the mistakes of the case should have been detected earlier. Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan has some good ideas that all sides can support

    Editorial Board
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    HOUSE BUDGET Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy. As is often the case with Mr. Ryan’s proposals, this one, launched under the heading “Expanding Opportunity in America,” is ambitious, thoughtful and not entirely persuasive. Read full article >>
  • Sen. John Walsh should stop making excuses for his actions

    Editorial Board
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    SEN. JOHN Walsh, a place-holding Democrat from Montana, already was deemed unlikely to win a full term in this year’s election. With revelations in the New York Times that he extensively plagiarized an academic paper, his prospects are even cloudier. But Mr. Walsh still has a chance at public service: He could apologize for his intellectual theft, acknowledge the seriousness of the offense and use the difficult episode as a learning opportunity for the young people of Montana. Read full article >>
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    The Seattle Times: Opinion

  • Guest: Victoria’s sewage does not pollute Washington shores

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Victoria’s sewage discharge does not pollute Washington shores, according to guest columnist Brian Burchill.
  • An idiot’s guide to inequality

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The rush to purchase Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” suggested that Americans must have wanted to understand inequality. The apparent rush to put it down suggests that, well, we’re human, writes syndicated columnist Nicholas D. Kristof.
  • When we fail to educate our children, our future is bleak

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    %%%6173db5e1ca541f92957a87acdca14e0%%%Editor's note: These are remarks Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen made to the Rotary Club of Seattle, which is also known as Rotary Club No. 4, on Wednesday.
  • 'The Mikado,' yellowface and seeing the Seattle show

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    After seeing the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of "The Mikado" on Sunday, it's clear why so many people enjoy this opera. Anyone who likes a Disney musical would appreciate the pretty melodies. The slapstick comedy drew lots of laughs. The acting, singing and pro
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  • J.A. Jance

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:55 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

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Vivian McPeak

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:41 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.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    6 Jul 2014 | 12:49 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.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:56 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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  • Guest column: Mayor responds on his budget

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The proposed 2014-2015 budget that I submitted to City Council earlier this month emphasizes our city’s strategic priorities: creating jobs, revitalizing downtown, strengthening public safety and enhancing our quality of life. There’s a simple principle that is as true for a community as it is for a business. If we want to create opportunity and grow, we must invest. Our budget’s overriding goal is to protect taxpayers while making needed investments in Jacksonville’s future as a city of opportunity. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Stop gambling with the health of the St. Johns River

    Ron Littlepage
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Here we go again. Almost a decade ago, the St. Johns River Water Management District began drawing up a plan to take as much as 262 million gallons of water a day out of the St. Johns River and its largest tributary, the Ocklawaha, to meet the demands of out-of-control growth, mostly in Central Florida. The uproar that arose against the lunacy was best illustrated in April 2009 when more than 300 people from numerous cities and counties went to the district’s remote headquarters in Palatka to argue against the withdrawals. read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Contrasting views on Gaza

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    GAZA Hamas is at fault On Thursday, Hamas rejected the third ceasefire offer since the current crisis began between Israel and Hamas. Therefore, the responsibility for the loss of life on both sides falls squarely on Hamas’ shoulders. Arguing that both sides are to blame plays into Hamas’ hands, inviting a radical terrorist organization to continue its campaign of terror. Over 17 days, nearly 2,200 rockets were fired into Israel with the intent of killing Israelis. Hamas is hiding its arsenal of weapons in mosques, hospitals and private homes. read more
  • Sunday's Lead Letter: Don't move on tax hike for pensions yet

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The mayor’s plan to leverage increased contributions from JEA to help pay down the fire and police pension debt should not be dismissed. At the very least, let JEA’s study of this proposal run its course, which ends in November. If JEA has control over their employees pension plan, there could be millions of dollars in savings. If so, a sound public policy case could be established. JEA could help the city’s dilemma with the Police and Fire Pension Plan in exchange for the city helping JEA with its employee pension plan. read more
  • New FSCJ president has helped revive the college

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    During a recent session with the Times-Union editorial board, Florida State College at Jacksonville President Cynthia Bioteau offered a blunt description of the challenges she’s faced since taking over. Bioteau said when she took charge of FSCJ in January, it was like walking into a chaotic surgical triage unit and becoming immediately consumed with “stopping the bleeding” going on everywhere. The comparison was apt. read more
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  • A moral obligation [Commentary]

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How we respond to the current humanitarian challenge is a test of the moral character of our nationThe Catholic Church, including here in the United States, has a long history of serving immigrants. Through parishes, Catholic Charities and various Catholic religious communities of men and women, the church has been a safe haven and a source of Christian love, providing newcomers with basic necessities for sustaining human life as well as assistance with assimilating in their new homes. This is especially true here in Baltimore — home to the oldest Catholic diocese in the nation and the…
  • Destroying smallpox stocks would leave U.S. vulnerable to infection [Commentary]

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Samples may exist elsewhere that could be used as bioweapons against usSince smallpox was eradicated from the human population in 1980, the only labs permitted and known to currently have stocks of the virus are the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., and VECTOR, a Soviet-era bioweapon lab that now carries out infectious disease research in Novosibirsk, Russia. The potential for the accidental or intentional release of smallpox from one of these locations created a discussion on whether these stocks should be maintained or destroyed to forever prevent smallpox from being reintroduced…
  • Rick Perrys bold border move [Commentary]

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they've made it into Texas.
  • The Obama doctrine under fire [Commentary]

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Barack Obama may need to put a bit of John Wayne in his foreign policy A major ramification of the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine is how it challenges and imperils the Obama Doctrine as the president spelled it out in his speech at West Point on May 29.
  • Youth placement is overused [Commentary]

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Maryland should look to more community-based programs to help juvenilesFor years I have been a strong advocate for Maryland's most vulnerable people, especially for our youth. In 2013, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services commissioned a comprehensive report that identified gaps in services for youth in the state's juvenile justice system. That report noted that for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, 4,017 girls and boys were committed to residential facilities statewide. Where Maryland had gaps in services, we sent 300 children to out-of-state facilities in 13 states, with the closest being…
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    MiamiHerald.com: Opinion

  • They have no sympathy for children

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    It seems like the gun-toting mobs of the far right feel threatened by children at the border. I guess they would have stopped the undocumented baby Jesus at the Egyptian border to send him back to King Herod.
  • Ignoring climate change could sink the US economy

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define future climate-change risks with precision, they should be included in economic policy, fiscal and business decisions because of their potential magnitude.
  • FIU vs. Youth Fair

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I recently read the story about FIU and their expansion plans in your newspaper. I was raised on Long Island in New York, and didn´t grow up with the Miami-Dade Youth Fair. But I comprehend people’s nostalgia about this family tradition.
  • Miami Shores vote

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Miami Shores residents Clark Reynolds and Dennis Leyva said in their July 24 letter to the editor that it took courage for Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma and me to vote for a nonbinding resolution supporting marriage equality in Florida. While I appreciate the compliment, in 2008 when our state approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay folks from marrying, Miami Shores voters said “no” to this nonsense when 62 percent of our voters voted for marriage equality. Mayor Herta Holly, Councilmen Jim McCoy and Hunt Davis are the ones who should be singled out for voting against…
  • Miami Shores vote

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Miami Shores residents Clark Reynolds and Dennis Leyva said in their July 24 letter to the editor that it took courage for Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma and me to vote for a nonbinding resolution supporting marriage equality in Florida. While I appreciate the compliment, in 2008 when our state approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay folks from marrying, Miami Shores voters said “no” to this nonsense when 62 percent of our voters voted for marriage equality. Mayor Herta Holly, Councilmen Jim McCoy and Hunt Davis are the ones who should be singled out for voting against…
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • The Affordable Care Act has caused frustration

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Thanks to the crazy “implementation” of the Affordable Care Act, I just put yet another medical expense on my charge card that I would not have incurred had the service been performed last year — or had my employer’s health insurance renewal date been different in 2014.
  • Saturday Diary / My summer fling with a moocher

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I come from a place up yonder, north of the city, where it is common to see a raft of turkeys in my back yard or the occasional opossum or raccoon on the porch.
  • Confronting Russia: Ukraine atrocity needs stout response short of war

    By the Editorial Board
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ever since Russian President Vladmir Putin annexed Crimea in March, Russia has armed rebels in eastern Ukraine in order to destabilize the newly elected central government in Kiev. But that insurgency erupted into an international incident last week when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, likely by a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to the rebels.
  • First Person / The fabric of my life: I’m leaving my memories in a quilt, not in the Cloud

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The vendor behind the table watches me sort through the memorabilia in the shoe box. “Ten cents per photograph or I’ll sell you the entire box for $20,” he offers. I study the pictures. A family marking life’s milestones with photographs of baby pictures, graduations and weddings. Another box with post cards from long-ago vacations and a scrapbook crammed with recital programs and tickets stubs.
  • Time for a police chief: The stage is set and the city needs strong leadership

    By the Editorial Board
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mayor Bill Peduto has said he won’t be rushed into selecting a new police chief, but the stage is set now for him to do so soon.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • Mark Landsbaum: What will be next 'human right'?

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Normally, your neighbor wouldn’t think of coming to your door to demand that you provide him with a jug of water or a week’s worth of groceries. In bad times, he might swallow enough pride to ask for such things, maybe even beg. It takes a...
  • Gwynne Dyer: U.S. spying: The end of trust

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The question to bear in mind, when reading this whole sorry tale, is this: If Americans are, on average, no stupider than Germans, then why are their intelligence services so stupid? After the most recent revelations about American spying in Germany,...
  • Victor Nava: Recent pension fixes don't go far enough

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Only in California could a bill that requires 32 years to catch up and fund parts of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s current $74 billion in unfunded liability be hailed as a major reform. Yet, Gov. Jerry Brown is doing just...
  • Today's cartoons: Courts ax Obamacare

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Also: Hamas pounces; ISIS coerces Christians
  • Timothy Spangler: Fingerpointing at Putin

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Despite the attempt by Kremlin critics to construct a narrative that includes a prominent role for President Vladimir Putin in the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which resulted in the loss of 298 lives, U.S. intelligence experts have not...
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • 9th Circuit picks, groups 10, 12, 37

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How important can a circuit judge in Florida be? Just this month, a circuit judge in Leon County struck down the state's congressional district map, and one in Monroe County declared the state ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
  • 7/26

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Florida shouldn't be known for wrongfully convicting and executing people, but it is. Gov. Rick Scott should suspend all executions and conduct a thorough, balanced and public investigation of the death-penalty system.
  • Dungy's remarks, libraries, and kids in cars: Letters

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dungy's remarks on Sam
  • Palestinians don't blame Hamas for civilian deaths

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    As the Gaza conflict intensified, the Palestinian death toll surpassed 700, more than two-thirds of them civilians. Add to that 4,000 injured, widespread infrastructure destruction, and 1.8 million Palestinians trapped in an area the size of Manhattan. On the Israeli side, the civilian death toll is three.
  • Israel's diplomat in Florida: Gaza must be demilitarized

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Editor's note: Opinions Editor Paul Owens spoke this week with Israel's diplomat in Florida, Consul General Chaim Shacham. Here are excerpts:
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  • Time goes marching on

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    No, we didn't come to say goodbye. Don't be so morbid. It's just . . . been a while, you know? So we thought we'd peek in on you for a minute, bring you some tomatoes, be neighborly, be Arkansan.
  • Russia's next target

    LEONID BERSHIDSKY Bloomberg News
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    The Russian Interior Ministry is offering $114,000 to anyone who can help it unmask users of Tor, the Web's most popular online privacy and anti-censorship tool. Coincidentally, a Russian researcher at Carnegie Mellon University has apparently discovered a way to reveal the identities of Tor users, but the university stopped him from presenting his findings at a conference.
  • Keep the oceans clean

    Miami Herald
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    The Obama administration's decision to allow seismic searches for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to mid-Florida should arouse deep concern among environmental activists.
  • Lethal injection reactions

    MAX EHRENFREUND Washington Post
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment.
  • Dem booze blues

    Bill Rausch Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Last summer, August I think, Barney and I were sitting under his Corona Beer beach umbrella in his backyard with our legs dangling in his new pool.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Sustain the mission of O'Connor and Saint Louise hospitals

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    For more than 160 years, the compassionate, altruistic leadership of Daughters of Charity have made it their mission to provide high-quality medical care to Santa Clara County residents regardless of income. It would be a shame -- in fact, a health care disaster for the county -- if Daughters tarnished that legacy in their rush to sell San Jose's O'Connor Hospital and Gilroy's Saint Louise Regional Hospital in the face of financial difficulties.Multiple sources say the Catholic Church ministry is negotiating exclusively with for-profit, Southern California-based Prime Healthcare Services to…
  • Mercury News editorial: Yes on Proposition 44's rainy day fund

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Leave it to the governor and state legislators to take a good idea and screw it up. That's what happened with the plan for a rainy day fund on the November ballot.Proposition 44 would impose desperately needed fiscal discipline on lawmakers, and that deserves voter support. The unacceptable additions are contained in separate legislation that lawmakers can -- and absolutely must -- rescind this fall. If this measure has a feeling of déjà vu, it's understandable. Ten years ago then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger convinced voters to approve $15 billion of one-time borrowing in…
  • Mercury News editorial: Cuéllar is an excellent choice for California's Supreme Court

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown has always sought to be a transformational leader. In his first stint as governor, three of his appointees to the California Supreme Court were indeed transformational, but perhaps not in the way Brown had hoped. In a historic move, the state's voters removed Chief Justice Rose Bird and Associate Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin from the bench.Once again, circumstances have conspired to offer Brown the opportunity to impact the philosophical makeup of the state's highest court, which had been made up entirely of Republican appointees when he took office. But this time…
  • Mercury News editorial: Time for world to tell Putin to shape up

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    The horrific downing of a Malaysia Airlines commercial jetliner over Ukraine last week, apparently by surface-to-air missiles launched by Russian separatists, has put Vladimir Putin in a desperate bind.That could be the only good thing to come out of this grotesque tragedy. The Russian president wants a way out without appearing culpable or weak, but the world must demand accountability.Putin now is trying to distance himself and his nation from the separatist group in Ukraine, but he just spent months engaged in a public campaign throughout Russia championing the separatists' cause and…
  • Mercury News editorial: Santa Clara County leaders reach out to kids

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Federal authorities have struggled to find places other than cement jail cells at the border to house the thousands of refugee children, some of them toddlers, pouring in from Central America. They identified shelters in different communities around the country, some in Southern California, and set out with busloads of the kids -- only to be met in some towns by throngs of angry residents armed with placards and in some cases more threatening implements to keep the children out of their towns.Here in Santa Clara County, there was a different scene. Elected officials banded together to…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Remembering Bee columnist Eli Setencich: A last look at 'Through a Glass Lightly'

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
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  • Listen as Eli Setencich shares World War II memories in radio interview

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    In August 2008, former Fresno Bee columnist Eli Setencich was interviewed by Paul Loeffler for an episode of the "Hometown Heroes" radio series. The episode aired locally on KMJ. Setencich, who died Saturday at age 90, flew 142 combat missions in Europe with the Army Air Corps. Setencich worked for The Bee for 41 years, retiring in 2002. 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
  • Use The Bee's voter guide

    29 Jan 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Get inside the heads of the candidates in the June primary with The Bee's voter guide. Read comments
  • There is momentum for reform

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

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Re. the Craig Clemmens letter “UMW’s silence” (June 21), regarding the mine workers union: He’s not a union member, so why is he whining for ...
  • Zionist view

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The Associated Press article “Analysis: Mideast crisis a strategic stalemate” compares proportionally the number of deaths on each side. Each life, whether Palestinian or Israeli, ...
  • Misinformation persists

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I am concerned about the far-reaching effect the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby could have on women’s health care. ...
  • Payments in lieu of taxes: It’s worth a try in Kittanning

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Kittanning’s idea to ask nonprofits to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) is not a new concept nor a bad one. The idea is ...
  • Amendment levels playing field

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    In his July 12 column (“Dems flawed ‘amendment’”), Byron York claimed the proposed constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics currently advancing in ...
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Israels fears are real, but this Gaza war is utterly self-defeating | Jonathan Freedland

    Jonathan Freedland
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Palestinians and Israelis are saddled with leaders who with every move make their people less, not more, secureAn old foreign correspondent friend of mine, once based in Jerusalem, has turned to blogging. As the story he used to cover flared up once more, he wrote: This conflict is the political equivalent of LSD distorting the senses of all those who come into contact with it, and sending them crazy. He was speaking chiefly of those who debate the issue from afar: the passions that are stirred, the bitterness and loathing that spew forth, especially online, of a kind rarely glimpsed when…
  • An Iron Curtain cycle trail may peddle the delusion that borders dont exist | Agata Pyzik

    Agata Pyzik
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The Berlin Wall may be gone, but making a sightseeing tour of the cold war must act as a reminder that todays Europe is not unitedBorders, spies, the Berlin Wall, terrifying security guards always on watch, barbed wire, an air of fear and suspicion: no wonder the cold war has been a favourite setting for countless novels, films and TV dramas, and also, since the end of it, tourism.Some cities, such as Berlin, could almost base their whole cultural offering on the complex, dangerous but inevitably exciting atmosphere, where the corpse of history is never fully dead; instead it serves as a…
  • Can we get an American Civil Liberties Union in Australia, please? | Hannah Ryan

    Hannah Ryan
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The courtroom can be an effective forum for activism, and the Americans know it. The ACLU, with its huge budget and relentless drive, could be replicated here with great resultsThe United States Supreme Court overturned racial segregation in schools in 1954. In the Miranda decision in 1966, it held that police had to remind suspects of their right to silence and to a lawyer. Last month, the court unanimously ruled that police could not search suspects mobile phones without a warrant.These wins have something in common: the American Civil Liberties Union had a hand in all of them. Continue…
  • Martin Rowson on George Osborne's GDP victory cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
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  • The double life of the writer with a family | Christina Patterson

    Christina Patterson
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As Karl Ove Knausgaard knows, theres money to be made from your loved ones as long as youre prepared to wield the ice pickIf you dont want your books to be controversial, its probably better not to call them Mein Kampf. Karl Ove Knausgaard is Norwegian, not German, so what he actually called his autobiographical series was Min Kamp. It means, of course, my struggle, and thats what its about: the struggle to grow up with an alcoholic father, the struggle to feel like a man in an equal-opportunities social democracy, the struggle at the hairdressers to remember the true colour of your hair.
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  • Dancing teacakes are a recipe for soaring sales

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    THEY were the dancing Scots biscuits seen by more than a billion viewers around the world – now sales of Tunnock’s teacakes have soared after their inspired appearance in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, according to a leading supermarket.
  • Mikaeel’s mother finally admits: ‘I killed him’

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    AN INDEPENDENT review into the death of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular is to take place after his mother admitted she killed the toddler and stuffed his lifeless body into a suitcase, a month after social workers stopped monitoring the family.
  • Eid ceasefire plan in doubt as protestors killed

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A FRESH attempt to secure a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas was launched yesterday by the United Nations and the US Secretary of State.
  • Officers remanded over alleged anti-Erdogan plot

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    EIGHT police officers were remanded in custody by a Turkish court yesterday pending a possible trial over accusations they spied on prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle.
  • China scene-stealer turns in £2m Transformer suit

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A CHINESE tourism company is suing Paramount Pictures and a producer of Transformers: Age of Extinction for failing to show its logo in the blockbuster film.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Iran's president one year on

    Ahmed Shaheed
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Last year the Iranians elected Hassan Rouhani as president. His popularity along the campaign trail was predominantly related to a fundamental domestic issue — restoring respect for the rights of all Iranians. Shortly before people voted, Rouhani presented himself as the most committed reformist candidate and said: “All Iranian people should feel there is justice. Justice means equal opportunity. All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice,” and “anyone who (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • The ghost of Communism haunts Tula's graveyard

    Jens Malling
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    All Saints cemetery in the Russian city of Tula is home to thousands of hidden and overgrown tombs. Several burial sites are laid out in Communist design and decorated with the symbols of its ideology. The cemetery was founded in 1772 after a decree by Catherine the Great. Burials took place until 1969. Now the graveyard is a memorial, which according to the city authorities is unique in Russia. A high, thick wall keeps out the sounds of car hooters and acceleration. Entering through (...) - Photo essays from around the world / Exclusive
  • Letter from Gaza

    Ellen Cantarow
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur. He had spent two weeks in Gaza during Israel's Operation Cast Lead attack in the winter of 2008-09, tending to the wounded and the dying in Al-Shifa hospital, and again for another week during a similar assault (Operation Pillar of Cloud) in 2012. As then, Gilbert is now once again caring for streams of patients rushed into Al-Shifa (the name means (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • The path to a new 1914?

    Jonathan Schell
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    This essay is slightly adapted from Jonathan Schell's 2003 book, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, and appears with the kind permission of its publisher, Metropolitan Books. Then came the attack of September 11th. Like the starting gun of a race that no one knew he was to run, this explosion set the pack of nations off in a single direction — toward the trenches. Although the attack was unaccompanied by any claim of authorship or statement of political (...) - Open page
  • Requiem for the American Century

    Tom Engelhardt
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century.” Luce died in 1967 at age 69. Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s childhood, ceased to exist as a weekly in 1972 and as a monthly in 2000; Time, which launched his career as (...) - Open page
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  • John Roughan: Principles lost in a grammar zone

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    What goes through the minds of educational professionals when they see the lengths that property owners will go to remain in a prestigious school zone?Amusement may have been their initial reaction to reading this week that an overlap...
  • Paul Thomas: An interconnected world stays clear of the brink

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    While the 1962 Cuban missile crisis is widely regarded as the nearest the world has come to nuclear war, historians and military analysts believe we were even closer to the brink in late 1983.Tension had been building since the...
  • Editorial: Cameras unlikely to sort traffic

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Understandably, the Automobile Association sounded euphoric this week about the prospect that CCTV cameras will be used to reduce waiting times at traffic lights.Its response was an indication of the anger felt by Auckland motorists...
  • Verity Johnson: Growing up as a Kiwi - our changing childhoods

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The other day, I realised that we've had cows in the garden for the past six years, and I've never milked them.The fact it took me so long to realise should give you an indication of my rural credentials. As does the fact that I...
  • John Armstrong: Court jester Joyce impales Cunliffe with rapier wit

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    What next, minister? New Zealand's Got Talent ?You might well think Steven Joyce and stand-up comedy would be mutually exclusive. But you would be wrong.The man who fills the No 4 slot in National's hierarchy has many roles —...
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  • Buehrle, Blue Jays unravel in Yankee series opener: Griffin

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    NEW YORK—Not many of Mark Buehrle’s baseball experiences in the Big Apple make the big left-hander smile. Friday was no exception. The durable 35-year-old has still never won a game at the new Yankee Stadium, including a 6-4 loss to the Yankees that ran his record here to 0-6. But five of his young Blue Jay teammates are off to a good start in their relationship with the city, thanks to Buehrle.On Friday morning, Buehrle invited Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Todd Redmond, Ryan Goins and Rob Rasmussen to join him at a tailor shop, where he told the youngsters to pick out a suit,…
  • Ontario hospital staff not washing hands as often as reported: study

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Ontario hospital staff are talking the talk but not washing the wash when it comes to hand hygiene.That’s according to a new study outing the bias in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s data on the rates of hand washing in the province’s hospitals.The problem, it seems, is who is watching the washers.Dr. Michael Gardam is the Toronto University Health Network’s director of infection prevention and control. He’s the co-author of a report which finds that healthcare workers wash their hands three times more often when under the watch of an observer than not.In…
  • Campaign does away with the bumbling dad

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Is the end nigh for the bumbling TV dad?A new online commercial for Peanut Butter Cheerios has joined adland’s trend away from its longheld stereotype of the inept father.This Cheerios dad is depicted as a hipster Superman, conquering the morning dash while spitting aphorisms like rap lyrics — “Being awesome isn’t about breaking the rules. It’s about making them” — and flirting with mom while serving her coffee.“We never say no to dress-up,” the character proclaims. “We build the best forts. We do work-work and we do…
  • Like a Rolling Zone: Student builds backyard coaster

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Some kids tree houses in their backyards. Others forts. Or hockey rinks. Or skateboard ramps.Thornhill’s David Chesney built a roller coaster.It took four years but the 19-year-old Queen’s University engineering student, working with parts and materials found at any big box hardware store, assembled 28 metres worth of steel-plated wooden track with two 3.6-metre drops. He built the steel car with know-how he acquired working at a metal door factory last summer, and he did it all with tools borrowed from an uncle.“The Minotaur,” as he calls it, because, after all,…
  • Conservative government spends $4.9 million on public opinion surveys

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    OTTAWA — The Conservative government spent $4.9 million on public opinion polls last year, an increase over the $4.3 million it spent a year earlier.According to an annual report posted quietly last week by Public Works and Government Services Canada, federal departments commissioned a total of 81 public opinion research projects worth $4.9 million in 2013-2014. That’s up from $4.3 million spent on 72 projects the year before, but still less than the $6.5 million spent in 2011-12 when voters elected a Conservative majority government, and less than the $8.3 million spent in…
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  • The Facebook Furor

    Esther Dyson
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A pyschological experiment conducted by Facebook on nearly 700,000 unwitting users has sparked widespread outrage, with users accusing the company of manipulating them to advance its own interests. But such complaints miss the point.
  • After the Dollar

    José Antonio Ocampo
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    China’s rise has made the world increasingly disinclined to tolerate the instability caused by a US dollar-denominated system. The solution, however, lies not in replacing the dollar with the renminbi, but in strengthening the role of the world’s only truly global currency: the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights.
  • Bonds of the Diaspora

    Mahmoud Mohieldin, et al.
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    With official development assistance insufficient to finance development needs in many poor countries, one resource that merits attention are the remittances and savings sent home by nationals working abroad. The challenge is to channel this income effectively.
  • The Global Security Deficit

    Michael Spence
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Summer is normally a time to take a break from the risks and worries of everyday life, and perhaps to take stock of where we are and where we are heading. But this is increasingly difficult, because our everyday lives are becoming so much riskier and more worrying.
  • One Hundred Days of Servitude

    Gordon Brown
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Education campaigners and activists for girls’ rights held vigils around the world this week to mark the 100th day since more than 200 Nigerian girls were abducted from their school in Chibok. The “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign has spurred a global movement for recognition of girls’ rights – a movement led by girls themselves.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • 50 Shades of Hey

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    “Saw the trailer…  Another controlling guy with big windows.” The post 50 Shades of Hey appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Hire Power

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Millennials are entitled, self centered, immature…  But I’m working and you’re not, Mom.” The post Hire Power appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • KickButt Starter

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    “The business plan is to hire dedicated, professional, aging employees.” The post KickButt Starter appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Snark Week

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    “ Shark this and  bleh, bleh, bleh…  So over them.” The post Snark Week appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Coverall

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    “I’m a professional Bingo Coach…But I’m between sessions.” The post Coverall appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Venice Beach

    Bayanne Alrawi
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    VENICE BEACH. Venice Beach has long been fabled for its pristine beaches, opulent beach houses, its muscle beach and of course its eccentric characters. What has not been thoroughly discovered is Venice Beach’s beautiful canal district. Built in 1905 by Abbot Kinney they were meant to bring a taste of European charm to the California lifestyle. On these canals, magnificent mansions can be found and most days it is possible to catch a glimpse of locals leisurely paddling along in the serene waters. Tucked away from the windy beaches, body builders and street dancers, the canals are a hidden…
  • Can ISIS Govern?

    Maryum Alam
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Years ago in 2006, the combination of a full blown civil war between Sunnis and Shiites, a surprisingly powerful insurgency and a foreign occupier unable to determine the identity of its enemy contributed to the peak of the violence during the entire U.S.-led war in Iraq. U.S. credibility at stake, the Bush administration implemented a counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) in 2007, fathered by David Patraeus. The Obama administration offered Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki a bilateral security agreement — the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) of 2011 — but the Iraqi government and…
  • India and the Dilemma of Choosing Sides

    Jibin Mathew George
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    INDIA. A couple of days ago, a sea of people swamped the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, protesting vociferously against the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Most of them — students of a premier university in the capital — were not alone in their protests as thousands of others joined in across the world from Toronto to Sydney. And yet, it was not until almost a week had passed that the Parliament of the world’s largest democracy agreed to even have a discussion on the issue, let alone pass a resolution of any concrete significance. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj stated that any such…
  • Reclaiming Public Space for ‘Playgrounds’

    Jennifer Cockin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Playgrounds is one of this summer’s must-see exhibitions in Madrid. With around 300 works from more than 20 different artists, the exposition presents the concept of ‘playgrounds’ from the 19th century to the modern day. Incorporating photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos of different notions of ‘playgrounds’, from abandoned bomb sites to children’s parks to town squares, the collection presents the use of public space over decades for leisure, expression, and rebellion. A key philosophy behind the exhibition is that in order to escape from the restrictions and limitations…
  • Paris: The City Made of Love

    Antonia Gerimpapazi
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    PARIS, FRANCE. Paris, France’s famous capital, is one most popular tourist destinations, and not just by chance. Paris is such a wonderful city with so many things to see that tourists find themselves easily lost in the beauty and romance of the town. Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world which most people are eager to visit at least once in their life. Reasons for that are mostly the romance that the city carries, beautiful sightseeing, famous and cultural monuments, popular French shops, the Eiffel Tower (where so many marriage proposals happen) and the French women, famous…
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  • VIDEO: Undercover Sting Operation in School Entraps Special Needs Student

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    This segment from “Vice” sheds light on a story from Riverside, California, where a special needs student was befriended by an undercover cop pretending to be a student.  It is a true “21 Jump Street” type of story, except that in this reality there is no comedic relief, and the only drug dealers on the campus are manufactured by the police themselves. The undercover agent for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office repeatedly harassed and coerced lonely and introverted students into seeking out drugs to sell to the undercover.  One of these students, Jesse…
  • Aliens Are Real! : The Mathematical Case

    10 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Besides that of God, the existence of extraterrestrials is likely the most hotly contested “real or not” question left to answer. (Sorry to all of you Bigfoot people…and ghost hunters.)  A fairly significant percentage of the population is convinced that they have encountered a UFO at some point in their lives, and a much smaller segment claims that they have had a ‘close encounter’ or been outright abducted.  Many of these claims have been disproved, and many others cannot be proven false and remain a mystery. Despite all of the countless pictures, grainy cell…
  • Doctors to Start Using Suspended Animation on Humans

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    “Suspended Animation.”  It is one of those long time bastions of science fiction right up there with teleportation and the laser blaster.  The ability to put life on hold for an extended period of time, so that a human can be repaired and resuscitated later, has long been a staple of the movies and a far-flung dream for real medical professionals.  Well, it would appear that we are indeed living in the future because Dr. Sam Tisherman leads a team of surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA that claim they are going to do just that. The procedure, dubbed EPR…
  • U.S. Marshals Trying To Keep Police Spying Records Secret

    5 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Earlier this year the ACLU filed what should have been a fairly routine request for public records with the Sarasota, Florida police department.  After waiting patiently, representatives from the ACLU had an appointment on Tuesday to review the records pertaining to that departments use of a controversial  ’stingray’ surveillance device in a specific case.  But before they could get there, the U.S. Marshals swooped in at the last minute, seized the records and whisked them away to an undisclosed location. “We’ve seen our fair share of federal government attempts to…
  • Smile! That Selfie Could Be a Mugshot For the N.S.A.

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    As is the case with much of the information divulged by the Edward Snowden N.S.A. document cache, these things don’t necessarily come as much of a surprise.  Deep down, I think we all knew long ago that the N.S.A. was collecting data, spying on web histories and hording personal information on anyone and everyone.  Despite our own previously held suspicions however, it is still jarring when specific programs and actions are brought to light. The newest revelation is that the N.S.A. has, for years now, been collecting millions of images a day from emails, text messages and social media…
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    Earthbus Edutainment

  • “Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

    Christopher B. King
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As far as I can read, that’s not quite the case and coindesk is overstating a bit. I’m reserving further judgment for a few days to see what the fallout, further explanations, or wider reactions will be. But I will say this, most Ecuadorians have not even heard of bitcoin yet and most won’t understand […]
  • Why I’m A Bitcoiner by Justin O’Connell

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This is a great post to Max Keiser’s blog by Justin O’Connell of Goldsilverbitcoin.com answering the question many of us get asked, “Why are you into bitcoin?” Earthbus.org has a great history with goldsilverbitcoin.com, not only have we ordered many ounces of silver from them, we had such a great experience with them, we’re also an affiliate. […]
  • On Science and the Defense of Theory

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    On Science. Recently, Clif High wrote on his website that included the insistence that he is crazier than David Ikes. I tweeted to him that I say the same thing all the time; to which he responded, “Hopefully only about me.” I said, “No, about myself, however I use ‘Have YOU heard of Clif High’ […]
  • Misplaced Facebook Outrage and Israel’s Apologist Legion

    Christopher B. King
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    The focus of this essay is the subject of Israel on Facebook, but it combines two separate posts that began on Facebook, but then I decided to publish them here together instead.   I use FB for a barometer of what many of my friends are paying attention, naturally, but also keep track of the amount of […]
  • Where are all the ‪#‎Bubble‬ ‪#‎Shriekers for the #Dow‬?

    Christopher B. King
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Amazing things are possible when central banks loan money at negative interest rates to insiders so they can buy their own stock back and park the risk on the public balance sheet. Yep, amazing things.   The DJIA, or dow jones industrial average is a price-weighted average of 30 of what are called “significant” stocks. […]
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