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  • Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Deadbeat on the Range

    NYT > Opinion
    By TIMOTHY EGAN
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Most ranchers honorably play by the rules. Then there’s Cliven Bundy.
  • NYPD Blind

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    New York dismantles another post-9/11 antiterror policy.
  • Can we eradicate HIV/AIDS? [Commentary]

    Oped - baltimoresun.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The science is close to developing both a functional cure and a vaccine, but more resources are neededWednesday is the 30-year anniversary of the day my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. We also announced the development of an effective HIV blood test and the capacity to continuously produce the virus so that drugs could be tested. Since then, basic science has driven a better understanding of how HIV infects humans, resulting in the development of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). Last summer the National AIDS Treatment…
  • Sustain momentum on Great Lakes cleanup

    Editorials
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Federal cuts could jeopardize progress, especially in Minnesota.
  • Blood Moon: The end is nigh, again

    The Seattle Times: Opinion
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
 
 
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  • The Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers

    Editorial Board
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    OBAMACARE’S CRITICS have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Yes, we need to learn more about the numbers. And yes, a lot needs to happen to complete the ACA’s phase-in. The debate about how well the law is working is not over. But the initial figures are encouraging, and Mr. Obama is right to insist that continued Republican demands for repeal are unproductive and unwise. Read full article >>
  • In the death of Cecil Mills, a central figure goes unpunished

    Editorial Board
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    THE D.C. FIRE lieutenant who was accused of failing to help an elderly man as he suffered a fatal heart attack won’t be held accountable for her actions. The development, sad to say, comes as no surprise. Indeed, we pretty much predicted there would be no real reckoning for the bungled treatment of Medric Cecil Mills because of policies and practices that historically have shielded the ineptitude of the department’s personnel. Read full article >>
  • U.S., E.U., Russia strike a balance on Ukraine

    Editorial Board
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    WE WERE among those who doubted that a meeting on Ukraine in Geneva Thursday could produce results, given the weak Western response to Russian aggression. So count us as pleasantly surprised by the “initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security” that the parties announced. The accord calls for the Russian-backed groups that have taken over government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities to evacuate and disarm under the watch of international monitors. In exchange, Ukraine’s government committed to constitutional reforms giving eastern regions more autonomy, and…
  • Mental health care in the U.S. needs a check-up

    Editorial Board
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THE COUNTRY’S inadequate mental health system gets the most attention after instances of mass violence of the sort that the nation has seen repeatedly over the past few months. Not all who commit these sorts of atrocities are mentally ill, but many have been. After each, the national discussion quickly, but temporarily, turns toward the mental health services that may have failed to prevent another attack. Read full article >>
  • It will take a lawsuit to determine if the District can manage its own budget

    Editorial Board
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    WELL BEFORE D.C. voters gave overwhelming approval to a referendum backing local budget autonomy, there was disagreement about the legality of the effort to free the District’s finances from Congress. The city’s attorney general argued against putting it on the ballot, the D.C. Council had its own counsel attesting to its soundness, and the mayor went along despite some doubts. So the current standoff over implementation of the referendum was clearly foreordained; the only way it can be resolved now is with a court deciding which side is right. Read full article >>
 
 
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  • J.A. Jance

    18 Apr 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.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Just another weblog
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:03 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.
  • David Nelson

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    David teaches a variety of courses for the Seattle Community Colleges. Prior to teaching, he served in the Marine Corps for nearly 6 years in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
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  • Guest column: It's time to act on climate change

    Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    On April 22, Florida will join the rest of the Southeast, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day. The entire month is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years and assess current environmental conditions while also evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment. This year’s theme is “Act on Climate.” It serves to remind us that individually and collectively we have the power to reverse the damaging effects of climate change. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Budget cuts have led to slashed resources

    Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    First, Fire Chief Martin Senterfitt cited the need to replace aging vehicles and equipment at a cost of about $24 million. Then Public Works Director Jim Robinson told a special City Council committee chaired by Clay Yarborough that heavy equipment essential for his department’s work is so old it’s in the shop for repair more often than not. Last week, it was Sheriff John Rutherford’s turn before the committee, which is taking an advance look at what the city’s needs will be for the next fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. read more
  • Letters: Countering views on One Spark

    The Times-Union
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    ONE SPARK Missed opportunity Now that One Spark is over, I wonder how many people knew that the Nao Victoria was docked by The Jacksonville Landing. Or the effort that it took to get her here. The Nao Victoria is a replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet that completed the very first trip around the world between 1519 and 1522. Having this vessel at the Landing should have sparked some interest, but One Spark drew everyone’s attention away. And the poor media coverage did not help, either. read more
  • Lead Letter: Florida's fight against cancer deserves better funding

    The Times-Union
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It might seem strange that the immediate past chair of the Florida Democratic Party would be urging the Florida Legislature to support and fully fund Gov. Rick Scott’s much-needed cancer research initiatives. But Scott’s initiatives would move Florida toward becoming a nationally recognized leader in biomedical and cancer-specific research. They would provide sufficient funding for both the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami and the UF Health Cancer Center to join the Moffitt Cancer Center as NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. read more
  • Editorial: Good old days weren't so good for education

    The Times-Union
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It’s popular to lambaste the quality of the public schools. Author and educator Diane Ravitch suggests this is part of an ulterior motive of some to privatize the entire public schools. Privatization has a role to play in education in places where public schools are not producing. But there is no way private schools should replace public schools. What is most interesting in Ravitch’s new book, “Reign of Error,” is providing the other side to the prophets of educational doom. It is an American characteristic to be self-critical, sometimes to a fault. read more
 
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  • The "browning" of Maryland will affect college completion [Commentary]

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The state will need to scale significant demographic hurdles to fulfill a goal of increasing the percentage of the population holding college degreesSignificant demographic obstacles stand in the path of the state's achieving its goal of ensuring that 55 percent of its population has a two-year post-secondary degree or higher by 2025.
  • Can we eradicate HIV/AIDS? [Commentary]

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The science is close to developing both a functional cure and a vaccine, but more resources are neededWednesday is the 30-year anniversary of the day my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. We also announced the development of an effective HIV blood test and the capacity to continuously produce the virus so that drugs could be tested. Since then, basic science has driven a better understanding of how HIV infects humans, resulting in the development of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). Last summer the National AIDS Treatment…
  • Pulitzer committee makes a stand for free press, accountable government [Commentary]

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to the key news outlets covering Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance, despite government claims that the leaks are traitorous The Pulitzer Prizes to two news outlets that cooperated with whistleblower Edward Snowden in the disclosure of widespread National Security Agency surveillance of electronic communications at home and abroad has U.S. officialdom in a dither.
  • Will 'House of Cards' fold? [Commentary]

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    The Netflix series has 3.5 million reasons to move filming out of MarylandThe debacle regarding film tax credits at the recent legislative session could potentially cause Maryland to lose one of the finest TV programs around today, and all because of misunderstanding of an industry and reliance on failed history.
  • No looking backward [Commentary]

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    We must continue the forward momentum of the Affordable Care Act despite glitchesAmericans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties with implementing the websites of the health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our resolve for improved health care should be stronger than ever. The U.S. has the best doctors and nurses in the world, and they work very hard, but they work every day in a broken system.
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  • Kansas, the KKK and hate without end

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like to imagine that the KKK belongs to a long-gone South and anti-Semitism to a distant 20th century. Sadly, this better reflects a naive faith in the nation’s history of religious tolerance than the realities experienced by many religious minorities. Although the KKK has evolved and its membership has dwindled, it remains part of an American legacy of…
  • Kansas, the KKK and hate without end

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like to imagine that the KKK belongs to a long-gone South and anti-Semitism to a distant 20th century. Sadly, this better reflects a naive faith in the nation’s history of religious tolerance than the realities experienced by many religious minorities. Although the KKK has evolved and its membership has dwindled, it remains part of an American legacy of…
  • The vibrancy of today’s American literature

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Sales at American book stores rose a measly 1 percent in 2013, according to trade accounts. It remains unclear whether that sluggishness — sales of ebooks have also tapered off — truly represents a further chipping away of the importance of books in our culture.
  • Restore libraries

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    There’s an important perspective to be added to the April 11 article Without more tax dollars, Miami-Dade library system would fire more than half its full-time staff.
  • An ACA believer

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    In 2002 I was diagnosed with a condition. At that time, I was covered by the insurance provided through my job.
 
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  • Sugar’s getting a bad rap

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    look no further than Heinz Field for evidence of the proud history shared by Pittsburgh and food industries that use sugar. For decades, the Steel City has also been Food City.
  • Where the GOP gets it right

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Republicans may seem like Scrooges. Many want to slash food stamps, unemployment benefits and just about any program that helps the needy. So they know nothing about poverty, right?
  • Great news! The end is nigh!

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Let’s talk about something cheerful. I nominate the apocalypse.
  • Tony Norman: Breakups over the phone sound so difficult

    By Tony Norman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    This week I switched mobile phone carriers. It was one of the most traumatic events of recent years.
  • A gas severance tax would hurt landowners

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    All the major Democratic candidates for governor are claiming a severance tax on the Marcellus drilling companies will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues. But they either do not understand what they are advocating or they are willfully misleading people. Voters need to understand that a severance tax will not impact the hugely profitable companies at all.
 
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  • Let them eat cake

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Fruits, Nuts and Bagels. An institution may provide fruit, nuts and bagels to a student-athlete at any time.
  • Another statistical fraud

    <StaffMember: Thomas Sowell>
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sense. It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn—and that this is because of discrimination.
  • Your new password: sur**nder

    BLOOMBERG NEWS
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Have you changed your passwords since the security flaw known as Heartbleed emerged? Have you made sure they’re all long, alphanumeric and randomized?
  • Who pays the most?

    MICHAEL SARGENT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Which taxpayers experience the greatest tax burden—and who pays the most in taxes? As Americans navigated the labyrinthine tax code this week before they had to pay up on April 15th, many felt the sting of myriad tax increases.
  • Our schools in peril

    RENEE CARR SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Another rural school district was dealt the death blow last Thursday.
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  • Thumbs Up, Down On NCAA

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    NCAA moves closer to letting athletes have enough to eatOne thumb up to the NCAA for moving closer to letting Division I athletes have enough food to eat by allowing them unlimited meals instead of just three meals a day. And one thumb down for taking so long to do this. The collegiate sports organization's board of directors has to approve the proposal next week. The NCAA was shamed by UConn basketball star Shabazz Napier's recent remark that there are "hungry nights where I'm not able to eat." Mr. Napier deserves many thumbs up for speaking out on an issue that sport dietitians had warned…
  • Fur Trade Boom Highlights Trapping Cruelty

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Trappers prosper, animals sufferNewly rich Russians and Chinese with an eye for hats, parkas, trim and other articles of clothing made out of animal pelts have caused a boom in the global fur trade — and perhaps a modestly better living for the small fraternity of Connecticut trappers — according to a story in The Courant.
  • Rectify Scandalous Judicial Pension Rule

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Legislature should phase in pensions for judgesWhen judicial nominees appeared before the General Assembly's judiciary committee last week, some lawmakers paid particular attention to New Haven attorney Anthony Avallone.
  • One Man's Hate Is Cancer To All

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Anti-Semitism is pernicious, and guns are too easy to getHatred of Jews led Frazier G. Cross to kill three people in Overland Park, Kan., last week. His horrifying act has reverberations beyond Kansas, however. Jewish organizations in Greater Hartford increased security — at a time when families should be enjoying Passover.
  • Racially Profiled In His Driveway

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Doug Glanville's account of racial profiling should be required reading in every police forceWhat Doug Glanville went through is an insult to him, his neighborhood and his city. He could have taken legal action or leaked his story to his friends at ESPN or The New York Times. But this Hartford homeowner instead wrote a thoughtful essay on being racially profiled while shoveling his own driveway. It appears in the Atlantic magazine at http://www.theatlantic.com.
 
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: Reject Judge Ritchie, elect Matt Harris

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    It's rare that an incumbent Santa Clara County Superior Court judge is challenged for re-election. In the course of that first six-year term, even attorneys who were minimally qualified for the bench usually develop a level of competence that earns the respect of colleagues.Not Diane Ritchie. After five years, she is widely seen as an embarrassment to the bench -- incapable of handling felony cases, excessively reliant on her staff for basic information, off base in interpreting statutes and lacking in professional demeanor. She does not deserve to be re-elected.Fortunately, two good…
  • Mercury News editorial: Drone use will heighten privacy issues

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    It's simple to explain Google's and Facebook's sudden, intense interest in drone technology: An estimated 65 percent of the world's population today lacks Internet access, and flying robots probably can connect those 4.5 billion potential users to the rest of us.Talk about expanding markets. Even the Silicon Valley mind boggles. Engineers think they can mount lightweight broadband equipment on drones and keep them aloft for days, weeks or months to make connections from the remotest and least advanced regions of the world.It's exciting. It's also another reminder that privacy concerns are…
  • Mercury News editorial: Deputy DA Julianne Sylva is best for judge

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    It might have been hard to decide which candidate should replace retiring Office 21 Judge Kevin McKenney on the Santa Clara County Superior Court, but Dennis Alan Lempert made it easy. He's on the ballot as "D A Lempert" to hoodwink voters into thinking he's a prosecutor like his opponent, actual Deputy District Attorney Julianne Sylva. Lempert copped to the ploy in interviews, but when columnist Scott Herhold called him on it, he wrote a self-righteous letter to the editor about "my name". Colleagues say he never signs anything "D A" (without periods, no less). It's a…
  • Mercury News editorial: Re-elect Don Rocha in San Jose District 9

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    San Jose City Councilman Don Rocha has last-minute opposition for his District 9 Cambrian-area seat: Family counselor Lois Wilco-Owens, who has some experience as a community volunteer but none in politics and is little known in the district. It's always better to have a contest than a free ride for incumbents, if only to refocus voters' attention on City Hall, but this won't be a real race. Fortunately, Rocha deserves a second term. He has been refreshingly independent. Which is to say, he has ticked off labor purists and Mayor Chuck Reed's more conservative coalition by turns. In 2010,…
  • Mercury News editorial: San Jose patent office is good for city and valley

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The regional U.S. Patent Office planned at San Jose City Hall won't be a direct financial windfall for the city, but it will be huge for the local economy -- all of the Bay Area, actually.And it may be the best thing yet for promoting downtown as a business location.Think of who will be coming and going from that office: Entrepreneurs, engineers, patent attorneys -- many of whom will find it a revelation that San Jose even has a real downtown, let alone good restaurants and other attractions for networking and gossip. San Jose today has a fragile claim on its "Capital of Silicon…
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  • EDITORIAL: Bill to provide emergency allergy care for students deserves support

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction triggered by a variety of things, from getting stung by a bee to eating just one nut. It comes on quickly and can kill a person in a few minutes. Read comments
  • The Fresno Bee's SW Parra is honored for cartoon

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:24 pm
    SW Parra's editorial cartoon on the Boston Marathon bombing, which appeared in The Bee on April 17, 2013, has been chosen for the book "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2014 Edition." 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
  • Congress should support Obama on Syria

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:55 am
    President Obama has asked Congress to support his use of military force against another nation. This is the most consequential vote any Congress can take. We support a well-crafted use-of-force resolution against Syria and urge the president to take decisive, effective action. Read comments
  • Jacob Weisberg: Two Washingtons form one gridlock

    14 Aug 2013 | 2:00 am
    t's a funny thing about Washington: Everyone complains about it, but no one ever seems to leave. Read comments
 
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  • Missing Mich. man found dead in bed

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    PONTIAC, Mich. — Deputies checking on a report that neighbors hadn’t seen a man since last fall have found the Pontiac resident dead in his bed.
  • 5 features an Amazon phone might offer

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    NEW YORK — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.
  • Boston prepares for wave of marathon visitors

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    BOSTON — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings elevating interest in one of the world’s greatest races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.
  • 'GMA' promotes Lara Spencer

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    NEW YORK  — ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host status on “Good Morning America.”
  • Newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 % in 2013

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    NEW YORK  — U.S. newspaper industry revenue continued to fall last year, as increases in circulation revenue failed to offset shrinking demand for print advertising.
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  • Picky, picky, picky? No, serious

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Pat Paulsen was a hoot. The comedian, who appeared on “The Smothers Brothers” TV show in the late 1960s, also was a perennial presidential candidate, ...
  • Knives vs. guns II

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Allegedly, a small and scrawny 10th-grade kid with a knife seriously injured 22 people at Franklin Regional Senior High School, nearly killing some of the ...
  • Bloomberg & coal

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    To Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor: You gave $50 million to the Sierra Club for its “Beyond Coal” campaign, which has the single ...
  • Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Laurel: To common sense. A ridiculous disorderly conduct charge has been dismissed against a South Fayette teenager who recorded his bulliers with his iPad. Local ...
  • Knives vs. guns I

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I must take exception to a statement in the editorial “Attack at Franklin Regional: More madness”. The editorial states: “Whether it’s a knife or a ...
 
 
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  • Don’t knock ‘health and safety’. It saves lives

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    It is a pity that the Health and Safety Executive has, as far as we know, yet to lay out its concerns on the excessive gnashing of teeth, because the molars of those who detest such “red tape” are in danger of being ground to smithereens. The latest sign that Britain has succumbed to a spineless form of bureaucracy is offered by the Conservative health and safety minister, who has warned schools and councils that the rules are being misapplied by ignorant “jobsworths”.
  • Labour’s embrace of David Axelrod speaks of the challenge involved in making its leader electable

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    So far as can be discerned, David Axelrod, the Labour Party’s new campaign adviser, is well suited to the task. He is an obviously highly intelligent political obsessive who seems to have done an excellent job for Barack Obama, most notably in seeing off Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008 and in securing a tricky re-election for the President in 2012.
  • Keep your shirt on Zac – we'd all be better for it

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Somewhere out there, wherever things went before there was an internet, a mere mote in the eye of scandal, smaller even than the baby moon that’s just been discovered running rings around Saturn, perhaps at the back of someone’s drawer or pasted into an ancient journal of the heart, creased, faded, but I fear still identifiable, is a photograph of me without a shirt. I am wearing a pair of those prickly bathing trunks that men and boys were forced into in the early 1950s, made of elasticated Brillo pad, and I have my fists up like Joey Maxim, light heavyweight champion of the world. After…
  • Errors and Omissions: A protagonist is one thing that doesn’t travel in pairs

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    What follows is an oft-repeated point of pedantry, but there is some reason behind it. Last Saturday we ran a story about the tributes paid on the death of the author Sue Townsend. It included this: “She invites us to compare the impending travails of her adolescent hero to those of Paul Morel, the chief protagonist from Sons and Lovers.”
  • Letters: Creating new schools gives parents real choice

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Jane Merrick (“It’s two decades since ‘education, education, education’, but still Britain’s primary school admissions are a farce”, 17 April) made two contradictory points.
 
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  • Unthinkable? Capital gains tax on homes | Editorial

    Editorial
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    When many home-owners go to work in the morning, their houses do the same so why not tax these second incomes?What are the three biggest problems in prospect for British society? Everyone will have their own list, but one plausible tricolon would be: cash-starved public services, appallingly unequal wealth, and unaffordable homes. Each feels as unstoppable as it does grim; in combination, they threaten to snuff out dreams on poorer streets, and expose Westminster's slogans about social mobility as cant. Just imagine, then, if one policy could fix all three at once. Ending the capital gains…
  • Ukraine: the world according to Putin | Editorial

    Editorial
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Why had 'new Russia' been transferred to Ukraine, he rhetorically asked this week, answering that only 'God knows'President Vladimir Putin does not like Bolsheviks. Stalin was among those who divided up the Russian lands in stupid ways in the 1920s, Khrushchev inexplicably incorporated Crimea into Ukraine in the 1950s, and Gorbachev took the decisions which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, an event which Mr Putin has famously characterised as the "major geopolitical disaster" of the 20th century."For the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama," he said in…
  • Open data: slow down | Editorial

    Editorial
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Whitehall's approach has the subtlety of a smash-and-grab-raider and it must take its own advice on best practiceOpen data is potentially of incalculable value. The capacity to merge and manipulate information from a range of public bodies is already delivering wider benefit that ranges from better policing to environmental protection. It will lead to sharper policy making, cheaper drugs and improved health strategies. More contentiously, it could also develop into a valuable revenue stream for government. Whitehall is understandably excited about the potential. But it is approaching the…
  • Huzzah for foreign experts. After all, they're better than our own | Marina Hyde

    Marina Hyde
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    David Axelrod is just the latest non-British hiring in a trend that betrays all the insecurities of a post-imperial satellite stateCovering the Beijing Olympics for the Guardian, the hotel that was my home in the Chinese capital was called in an irony impossible to ignore The Foreign Experts Building. Whether that name had lost something in translation would be for the bilingual to say: all I know is that it provided the most chastening of perspectives every time I used my room key. The Olympics is a vast and vastly exposing event, and there is nothing like looking down at the words…
  • If everything had a Kim Jong-un haircut the world would be at peace | Andrej Nikolaidis

    Andrej Nikolaidis
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    You might think the dictator's demand for tonsorial conformity is madness. But where the tenth commandment failed, he could succeedIn 1948, after the Tito-Stalin split, people in Yugoslavia were confused for years, they had been taught by the Communist party of Yugoslavia to worship Stalin, yet now he was supposed to be their greatest enemy.Those who were not able to follow the new party instructions and suppress their love for Stalin ended in the gulag-like prison camp Goli Otok. From that time, there's a story: asked by police whether he was for Tito or Stalin, an old peasant replied:…
 
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  • A run for freedom

    Heidi Morrison
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Palestine held its second annual marathon last week in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. There was not one loser in the bunch of roughly 3,000 local and international participants. Personal goals were achieved, categories of prizes awarded, and records broken. The greatest win, however, was a group effort - a win not against oneself, one another, or even a clock, but against occupation. There was no stopwatch to record this win or finishing line to mark it or trophy to honor it. The evidence (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Iraqi elections, but where are the women?

    Sawsan Al-Assaf
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Iraqi women have been well known for their pioneering role in Iraqi society since the 1930s. They became members of political parties (especially the Iraqi Communist Party), actresses, singers, newscasters and lawyers. Their position was boosted when the first Iraqi (and Arab) woman was appointed minister in 1959, a year after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy. In 1967 a new constitution gave women equal voting rights. Between 1980 and 2003, under the Baathist regime, there were (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Sumqayit, an ecological Armageddon

    Jens Malling
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Sumqayit, in Azerbaijan, is one of the most polluted places on earth. For more than 40 years the city was an important center for chemical production in the Soviet Union. The people living here are still suffering from the consequences. And the current Azeri regime is not doing much to clean up the mess. When Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union, Sumqayit was one of the most important centers for heavy industry and chemical production in the socialist empire, but no measures to protect (...) - Photo essays from around the world / Exclusive
  • Iraqis await elections with a heavy heart

    Matthew Schweitzer
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    On April 30, Iraqis will wake from one nightmare only for another to begin. National elections, barely two weeks away, are likely to reinforce Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's authoritarian grip on power in Baghdad and further marginalize any opposition. Elections are not the promise of stability for which many Iraqis dream, but rather the stabilizer itself. Once over, the slow sense of entropy in Iraq may well accelerate. A Maliki victory will shatter the country's already fractious (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Washington fights fire with fire in Libya

    Nick Turse
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to? That's what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email. “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.” As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General (...) - Open page
 
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  • Wynne Gray: Mealamu substitute a constant dilemma

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    So Kevvy returned to the Super 15 field last night. Nothing against the champion Blues hooker but I only believed it when I saw it.He's had so many false starts in the past few seasons because of calf strains, twinges and tears...
  • John Armstrong: Opposition has the scent of Collins' blood

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    It has been a very long time since allegations of corruption have been levelled at a Cabinet minister with such a degree of seriousness as was apparent in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.The last such comparable occasion was probably...
  • John Roughan: Traffic will jam if zippers brake

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    This really doesn't matter, but since we're talking about banning trucks from fast lanes, I thought I'd bring it up: why is that so many car drivers haven't figured out how to use a merging lane?You see them every morning now that...
  • Fran O'Sullivan: Collins row a distraction from the real issue

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Opposition politicians are sinking their fangs into Judith Collins over the Oravida affair, distracting attention from the critical question of whether John Key's recent "milk run" to China delivered real results and not simply good...
  • Diana Clement: Second time round raises new problems

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Blended families are common in New Zealand. They come with their own set of financial rules that can be a minefield to navigate, especially when it comes to retirement.You've kept your accounts separate, but now you're on NZ Superannuation....
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  • U.S. delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    WASHINGTON—The Keystone XL pipeline will not be completed this year.The United States administration has ignored the Canadian government’s demand for a decision soon on the controversial pipeline, so that construction could begin this summer.The administration has released a statement announcing another delay in a project already beset by political and legal complications.The announcement from the State Department says eight federal agencies have been informed that they will have more time to weigh in, given the uncertainty created by a court dispute in Nebraska.Congressional…
  • Canadian government contributes $1.2M to fight Ebola outbreak

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Canadian government is contributing more than $1.2 million to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, according to a statement Friday from the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development. The deadly virus was first reported in Guinea in March and has since infected 197 people in the country, including 122 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness, that kills up to 90 per cent of infected people. The WHO considers it one of the world’s most dangerous diseases. The virus has also been reported in…
  • Bernadette Leiweke’s sole searching a complete success

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    My personal adventure to discover Toronto with the Star as my partner — and all of you as my guide — has taken me on an unexpected path. Last month, I asked Star readers to help me by sharing their best of Toronto. I specifically asked for a good shoe cobbler, which puzzled some of you. Why shoes?We’ll get to that mystery. First off, thank you for the hundreds of honest, thoughtful emails I received in response to my first piece. Many of you shared your love of Toronto. Varun Kapila was one of many who graciously invited me into his home and neighbourhood — an…
  • Sam the Record Man in Belleville the last of a once great retail chain

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    BELLEVILLE—Thirty-five years is a long time to be on your toes. But when you’re the last Sam standing, there’s no resting on your laurels.Far from it for Spencer Destun, who’s still moving and grooving with the business he started in 1979.“I’m the last standing Sam the Record Man,” he says proudly amid endless rows of movies and music — 10,000 rock artists alone — in his Belleville store. Yes, this is that Sam’s, the legendary music mogul’s retail chain established in 1937, which once numbered 140 locations across…
  • Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey gold medal up for auction

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    MINNEAPOLIS—One of the Olympic gold medals earned after the famed “Miracle on Ice” hockey game in 1980 will be auctioned beginning next week.The Minnesota collegiate hockey player who helped Team USA beat the Soviets on the way to the gold, Mark Pavelich, is selling his medal through Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Online and email bidding opens April 25.Team USA, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the heavily favoured Soviet Union at the Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Pavelich, who now lives in Lutsen, was among many…
 
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  • Europe’s Security Catalyst

    Ditmir Bushati
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats against Ukraine are a reminder to the countries of Eastern Europe, particularly those in the Balkans, of NATO’s centrality to national – indeed, European – security. But maximizing NATO's effectiveness requires it to deepen its engagement with its most vulnerable members.
  • Big Data for Poor Students

    Jin-Yong Cai
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    If we are to end poverty, reduce unemployment, and stem rising economic inequality, we must find new, better, and cheaper ways to teach – and on a vast scale. Fortunately, we live in an age in which information technology gives us the right tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education.
  • The Gospel of Francis

    Peter McDonough
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pope Francis's decision to canonize both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II – the rival stars of Vatican II – reflects his weariness of polarization and preference for teaching by example. But will his big-tent strategy be enough to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold?
  • The End of the Two-State Solution

    Mohammed Ayoob
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    US Secretary of State John Kerry’s valiant effort to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to end in failure. Though achieving a substantive settlement was always a pipe dream, this latest disappointment will render the US unable to prevent the emergence of a binational state, which might not be a bad thing.
  • Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

    Rodrigo Pardo
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle – and no outside actors willing to intervene.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Hoppin’ Old School

    DW
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    “Peeps, Cadbury Creme Eggs, Jelly Beans…  I don’t do organic dark chocolate with sea salt.” The post Hoppin’ Old School appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Housewives Try-Outs

    DW
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    “We’ve got Botox Bitchin’ Bourgeois #BravoTV lives.” The post Housewives Try-Outs appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Sandal Ready?

    DW
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    “a)Menopausal Mauve b)Seeing Red  c)Rough Heels Honey  d)Shut The Frost Up  e)Leave Me Abalone f)Sequin Sweat.” The post Sandal Ready? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Executive Bonus

    DW
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “CEO pay is 273 times the average worker; When they finally meet me I’m like, Dude I don’t care.” The post Executive Bonus appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Vino-Over It

    DW
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    “Are we tired of Wine & Paint nights?” The post Vino-Over It appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Things to Do in Las Vegas

    DECA GAPBRAVE
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas | Photo Credit: SpreadTheMagic The Gondola Ride at the Venetian Hotel | Photo Credit: Martijn Nijenhuis NEVADA, U.S.A. Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, is one of the biggest attractions near the west coast. Due to its popularity and many things to do it is a great choice for a vacation. Hotels: A lot of times when people visit Las Vegas they like to stay in the center of everything. There are over 50 hotels in the strip that can help you do this, click here to see your options. The majority of the hotels are filled with casinos, spas, stores, pools…
  • SERIE: Educación | Una balanza de equilibrios en la misión de la universidad del nuevo milenio

    Mª Paz Kindelan
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bajo el lema “la educación es la clave”, ROOSTERGNN publica una Serie Especial dedicada exclusivamente a uno de los temas más importantes hoy en día: Educación. Puede seguir la Serie completa aquí.  GLOBAL. Cuando miramos a la universidad hoy día, ¿Qué vemos? ¿Cuál es su papel en este milenio? En estos últimos 20 años, el concepto de universidad ha cambiado enormemente y asimismo  lo que se espera de ella. En medio del vertiginoso avance de la tecnología en nuestra era, se está forjando un nuevo modelo de universidad que dé respuesta a las demandas de la sociedad del…
  • Op-Art | Ojos

    Yeyei Gómez
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
  • SERIE: Educación | La educación en Israel: la singularidad de un éxito con claroscuros

    Xavier Boltaina Bosch
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bajo el lema “la educación es la clave”, ROOSTERGNN publica una Serie Especial dedicada exclusivamente a uno de los temas más importantes hoy en día: Educación. Puede seguir la Serie completa aquí.  ISRAEL. La primera ministra israelí Golda Meir afirmó en su momento que “Moisés nos arrastró durante 40 años por el desierto para traernos al único lugar en todo el Oriente Medio donde no hay petróleo”. Sin petróleo y en zona desértica, el Estado de Israel, creado en 1948, posee hoy una pujante economía con un desarrollo en el sector de alta tecnología apabullante, siendo…
  • Imagining Spain

    ROOSTERGNN Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine Spain | Photo: ROOSTERGNN MADRID, SPAIN. “Are you a dreamer? Passionate about life? Socially aware?” These are questions asked by Imagine Spain, a community of young entrepreneurs who want to accelerate the Spanish economic and social environment. In Madrid, they try to get publicity through graffiti stencils, such as the one above.
 
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
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    Expect Attitude

  • Volvo’s Magnetic Roads Might Make Self-driving Cars Viable

    Jordan Perch
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Self-Driving Tech Closer Than You Might Think Volvo is one of the car makers that have been putting a lot of effort into the development of autonomous driving technology, along with Toyota, Nissan, and General Motors, as well as tech company Google. The Swedish automaker hopes to become a leader in driver-less cars, and in addition to working on cars that can drive themselves, Volvo is also focusing self-parking technology and other projects that are supposed to provide the necessary infrastructure for self-driving cars. In order for these cars to be able to safely move on roadways without…
  • Visions Of Religious Icons Explained Using Science

    Chris Munzenrider
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Science Always Provides A Rational Explanation The human brain is a pretty extraordinary thing. The ideas it can conjure up, the stories it can create and the ability to understand complexities like science and mathematics are only a small fraction of everything it is capable of. It’s amazing to me how differently people utilize this crazy processor we all carry around. Some are more creative while others more mechanically inclined. Some are genius, some not so much. We are taught from a young age to use our brain to question things that seem too good to be true, and to apply logic and…
  • Social Media & Its Role In The Recent Surge Of Atheism

    Chris Munzenrider
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Social Media Is A Very Powerful Medium There is no denying anymore that atheism is becoming more and more accepted as well as adopted by society today. It’s all happening rather quickly too. Not very not long ago the simple act of saying you were atheist could have resulted in execution or being ostracized by society. Modern day though that’s not so much the case. So how is it then that something that goes so against the grain of the mainstream system of beliefs like being an atheist has risen so much in popularity recently in the United States? The answer I believe is science,…
  • Avatar Inspired BioEngineered Glowing Plants Set For Sale

    Chris Munzenrider
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    Reality Catches Up To Sci-fi With The Glowing Plant Kickstarter has brought us some pretty neat stuff recently but this one is truly a first. Inspired by the movie Avatar, a group setup a Kickstarter campaign to bring bio-luminescence to plants in a way nature has not gotten to yet by bio-engineering plants to glow and making them commercially available. Well not only did they meet their fundraising goals, they shattered them. The company Glowing Plants is taking pre-orders on their site for the seeds of a genetically engineered glowing flowering plant in the mustard family…
  • Do Medical Advancements Halt Human Evolution?

    Chris Munzenrider
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:58 am
    Has The Process Of Human Evolution Been Disrupted? I’ve been thinking pretty deeply about evolution quite a bit the last week or so after watching the second episode of Cosmos. It really got me pondering a lot about how we got to where we are currently at as a species. I’ve also caught myself daydreaming about what might be in store for the human race in the way of evolution in the future. During all that thinking something dawned on me… With the huge number of new amazing technological and medical breakthroughs the last hundred years or so, are we dramatically altering or…
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