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  • The mayor’s partners

    Editorial Board
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    WITH THE special election for D.C. Council seats in Ward 8 and Ward 4 set for Tuesday, the main line of attack directed against the perceived front-runners seems to be that they are in sync with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D). That actually is an argument in favor of the candidacies of LaRuby May and Brandon Todd. A majority of D.C. voters, including those from Ward 8 and Ward 4, put Ms. Bowser in office because of her promise to continue the District’s progress. It is to Ms. May’s and Mr. Todd’s credit that they share the mayor’s priorities of accelerated education reform, more…
  • Mr. Obama’s trade fight

    Editorial Board
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    THAT WAS some lecture President Obama delivered to free-trade opponents within his own party Thursday night. “When people say this trade deal is bad for working families, they don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said. Democrats who oppose his planned Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and the preparatory bill that would facilitate its swift consideration by Congress, are making unsupported claims akin to Republican charges that Obamacare would create “death panels,” he added. Read full article >>
  • Yet again, the Clintons skate close to the line on ethics

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that subordinates will follow the example. This is why the latest disclosures about the Clinton Foundation’s donors raise new concerns about Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest.Read full article >>
  • A smooth presidential transition can’t be done in just a few weeks

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:40 pm
    MAX STIER remembers learning in school that one of the practices that make the United States a great country is the quadrennial peaceful transfer of power. “What no one explained,” Mr. Stier noted during a recent visit to The Post, “is that the transfer is peaceful but ugly.”Read full article >>
  • The stonewalling sheriff

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    NEARLY THREE months after a mentally ill inmate at the Fairfax County jail fell into a coma and died after she was shot repeatedly with a stun gun, the county’s jailers have suspended use of the weapon at the facility.Read full article >>
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  • Robert A. Brown

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Just another weblog
  • J.A. Jance

    24 Apr 2015 | 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.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Vivian McPeak

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:55 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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  • Lead Letter: There's no compelling reason to alter Lake Ocklawaha

    Ruth Lawler
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    My husband and I own nearly seven acres on the south shore of Lake Ocklawaha, though it is a wooded property and we cannot see the water from our cabin. We purchased this in 2003 and moved here full time from Manatee County in 2011. When we first bought our property, we were skeptical of this whole Rodman Reservoir thing, as we have always been very concerned about not harming the environment. DID RESEARCH We did considerable research. read more
  • Cheers: Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center deserves applause

    Monday Cheers
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Cheers to The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center for its tremendous work screening children at risk for communication disorders and giving them treatment. The center recently conducted speech-pathology screenings for 2,385 area children, all between the ages of 2 and 5. It also provided 1,765 speech and language therapy sessions to nearly 80 children who had been identified as having potential challenges with communication. read more
  • Monday's Letters: War on Christians and Jews shouldn't be ignored

    Letters from readers
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    JOHN DELANEY Poor memory Perhaps John Delaney has forgotten — after all, it has been many years since he was mayor of Jacksonville. Perhaps Delaney has forgotten that it is City Council, not the mayor, that votes on every aspect of the budget. Over the past three years, the City Council significantly changed the budgets presented by Mayor Alvin Brown and morphed them in such a way as to be unrecognizable when the final budgets were voted on. If the city’s current budget is “in shambles,” it is because of City Council — not the mayor. read more
  • Guest column: Legislation needed to support troubling gaps in transportation vehicle coverage

    Logan McFaddin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Transportation network companies — such as UberX and Lyft — have been exploding in popularity across Florida. More than 82 percent of Floridians currently have access to transportation network company services. Passengers are able to connect with drivers in their area and pay for their service, all through a smartphone app. Jacksonville residents have had access to UberX’s services since 2014, so it’s quite possible that you’ve used this service. read more
  • Sound Off: In this digital age, do libraries still matter?

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    With all the information on the Internet and tablets and phones that allow you to download books, some people criticize spending money on libraries. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group how they view libraries these days. Here is a sampling of the responses: read more
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  • What's partisan about fact?

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    "Obama is a Muslim," it said. "That is a FACT."
  • Income inequality affects us all

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    By any metric, the United States has one of the highest rates of income inequality of any developed country in the world. Take, for example, Walt Disney Co., where the CEO earned a $43.7 million salary in 2014, but the median worker took home $19,530. But while this problem has existed as far back...
  • Poll: To know fracking is to (not) love it

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    As Gov. Larry Hogan considers whether to sign legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, on top of the three-year moratorium that just ended, I'm left wondering if somewhere there is a drilling executive who is convinced that if the public just knew a...
  • Flunking civics should no longer be an option

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke
  • Expanding the transportation conversation

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Transportation is a hot button issue in Baltimore City these days. In fact, it's red hot. At a recent community meeting , residents unloaded on the Maryland Department of Transportation over a proposed plan to restrict parking on the south side of Aliceanna Street during rush hour.
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  • Our Consol protest related to retiree benefits was confused by others

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    As Gene Collier noted in his April 22 column (“Penguins Find No Advantage on Home Ice”), there was a small demonstration at Consol Energy Center of retired miners who lost their retiree medical coverage when Consol sold its West Virginia mines to Murray Energy. What is not reported is that another group, of young college-age kids, appeared at the same time carrying nonsensical signs about energy use with the intent of neutralizing or at least confusing the message of the retirees.
  • We must focus more attention on safety for pedestrians

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Mayor Bill Peduto’s “complete streets” program (“Mayor Orders ‘Complete Streets Policy,’ ” April 11) will be welcomed by Pittsburgh’s pedestrians. But this is only the latest pledge by our city’s leaders, its agencies and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to make Pittsburgh safe for pedestrians. While we see some progress, many areas continue to pose hazards to those on foot.
  • Superior Court: Colville is the Democrats’ more experienced choice

    By the Editorial Board
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A pair of respected Common Pleas judges from opposite sides of the state are vying to ascend to Superior Court, a higher rung in Pennsylvania’s judicial ladder.
  • Ron Cook: Playing for Russia would be a bad look for Malkin

    By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Picture this:
  • Tragic strike: Answers are needed on the Pakistan drone attack

    By the Editorial Board
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The deaths of American aid contractor Warren Weinstein and Italian health worker Giovanni Lo Porto in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in January should put the issue of the effectiveness and consistency of the drone program with America’s principles in new, sharp focus.
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  • Fireworks fail as fundraiser in Anaheim

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    If Anaheim’s fireworks plan, which allows a single fireworks stand to operate in the city of some 340,000 people, didn’t seem like it could get any worse, more disheartening details emerged when the City Council approved the proposal, 3-1, last...
  • How accountability can be thwarted by unions

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Everyone knows California is a deep-blue state where Democrats call the shots, and labor unions reign supreme; but every once in a while, a particularly gross example of the unions’ unmitigated dominance can shock even me. On a recent broadcast of...
  • State should butt out of the war against tobacco

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A March 2014 Gallup poll found that the two U.S. states with the lowest smoking rates were Utah and California. Utah was No. 1, a distinction it’s held since the poll began in 2008, with 12.2 percent of those polled saying they were smokers....
  • Letters: Agran has done more for Irvine than anyone

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    John Jaeger is at it again – spewing the same shameless inaccuracies and misrepresentations, fueled by dislike for Larry Agran [“Agran not cowed by report,” Letters, April 11]. Enough is enough. The truth is that the liberal and conservative...
  • Today's cartoons: Caution - contaminated cash

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Also: Nothing too trivial to not record police.
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  • Letters

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:28 am
    Greater threats there
  • Same old, same old

    Bradley R. Gitz
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    President Barack Obama's drive for a nuclear agreement with Iran conveys an unsettling sense of desperation. After each concession, the mullahs slap him around and demand more, consistent with both the logic of bargaining theory and the historical consequences of appeasement.
  • Arkansas fighting

    Randy Veach Special to the Democrat-Gazette
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing a contentious and legally suspect plan that would force nearly every state, including Arkansas, to dramatically change the way it generates electricity.
  • The Pope's Cuban mission

    The Miami Herald
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    Pope Francis has added a significant side trip to his visit to the United States in September. He plans to stop in Cuba first.
  • Speaking of which ...

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    Since the main subject is baseball today--and if the world were a better place it would be each day till October--how about dem Hogs, huh?
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  • Mercury News editorial: Despite Rep's demise, there's great theater in San Jose

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:14 pm
    The debate over how to use downtown San Jose's Hammer Theatre, former home of the bankrupt San Jose Rep, is narrowing. Next month, the advisory group appointed to review proposals for re-using the building are due to make a recommendation to a city council committee, zeroing in on how to activate the city-owned space so important to downtown's vitality.It's tough. But amid all the hand-wringing and second-guessing in the wake of the Rep's demise last year, it's important to remember this:Artistically excellent theater still is alive and well in San Jose.Just blocks away from the Hammer in…
  • Mercury News editorial: S.J. council should vote on drone ordinance

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The ACLU isn't the only one these days worried about new forms of government surveillance. Edward Snowden and the NSA made sure of that.The fallout makes it imperative that the San Jose City Council publicly discuss and vote on the Police Department's policy for using the drone it purchased last year without prior discussion in public. The purchase appeared on a City Council consent calendar in 2014 and was approved in a single yes-or-no vote with reams of routine items requiring no discussion. It was a blunder by the police and then-Mayor Chuck Reed and the council, appearing to be an end…
  • Mercury News editorial: Steph Curry and the Jersey boys is a great story

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    If you weren't a basketball fan before you read sports writer Dan Brown's lovely story last week about Warriors star and league MVP favorite Stephen Curry befriending some young fans in central New Jersey, you're probably at least peeking at the NBA playoffs these days.If you were rooting for some other team, you must be having second thoughts.And if you haven't read Brown's story, which is linked to this editorial at www.mercurynews.com/opinion, you really should. Especially if you're fed up with today's multimillionaire professional athletes who often act more like thugs. Instead, Curry is…
  • Mercury News editorial: Water ruling on Prop 218 can be overcome

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    It's been 19 years since voters passed one of the worst initiatives in California history: Proposition 218, which micromanages and severely limits the way public agencies can raise money.The latest of many harmful consequences was Tuesday's 4th District Court of Appeal ruling that a tiered water-rate structure used by San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation violates the convoluted rules. The court held that since Proposition 218 prohibits charging more for a service than it costs to provide, the policy of charging higher rates to users of more water was unconstitutional.At least…
  • Mercury News editorial: Judy Chirco a great opportunity for county board

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Leon Beauchman's resignation from the Santa Clara County Board of Education was a big loss. He was a thoughtful and stabilizing influence, and appointing the right person to succeed him May 6 presents a real challenge to the remaining six board members.But on the list of applicants, one name jumps out:Judy Chirco.What an opportunity. The former two-term San Jose city councilwoman and Cambrian school board member is the epitome of the public servant, approaching civic responsibilities with careful study and intelligent, independent thought. She comfortably balances fiscal restraint with a…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Who do you stand for? Families embrace souls lost in Armenian genocide

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    “It was the night of April 24, 1915, when the Armenian intellectuals, professionals, editors, and religious leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by the Ottoman authorities, and almost all of them were executed,” novelist Chris Bohjalian writes in a Boston Globe op-ed. Read comments
  • Editorial cartoons by The Bee’s SW Parra

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Here’s a section of editorial cartoons by The Fresno Bee’s SW Parra. Read comments
  • Gena Lew Gong: Vang murder shows need to address domestic violence

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    On March 31, Becky Zyang Vang was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Neng Moua, who then turned his gun on himself. Various reasons have been circulating as to why this tragedy occurred, casting undue criticism on the Hmong community and questioning if her culture is partially to blame for Becky’s death. While we may never know the exact reason this horrific act of violence occurred, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for domestic violence. Read comments
  • Stanley R. Surabian: They are still Ottomans

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Next Friday, the civilized world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the torture and massacre of the Armenian citizens living in the Ottoman Empire during the period of 1915 until 1923. Read comments
  • Kathleen Parker: Ring in the olde or the new?

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    WASHINGTON – Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past. Read comments
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  • S. Korean leader returns to crisis

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    South Korean President Park Geun Hye returns from 12 days abroad today facing a government shaken by a widening corruption scandal that may topple the country’s second prime minister in a year.
  • Asian stocks up, U.S. dollar slips

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    Asian stocks rose for a fifth day after U.S. shares finished the week at all-time highs amid earnings reports and data that pushed back expectations for interest-rate increases. The dollar was weaker against most peers.
  • U.S. gas prices jump 13 cents a gallon

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:54 pm
    CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.58.
  • Man tries to help woman, is killed

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    WAUSEON — For trying to keep an armed man away from his estranged wife, former Fulton County resident Joshua S. McJilton lost his life to gunfire outside a pool hall early Saturday.
  • Recalling their sacrifice

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Tina Violanti of Toledo remembers her brother, Steven Morris, whose body was donated for research and education for students at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the former Medical College of Ohio.
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  • The Export-Import Bank: Yet another crock

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As the clock ticks down on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, an Australian satellite company facing bankruptcy provides 300 million reasons why the bank’s taxpayer-enabled corporate ...
  • Convert to gas-fired

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    From the time when it was first used to heat homes, coal has fueled progress, from the Industrial Revolution to providing the electrical energy to ...
  • Libraries are vital

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Regarding the news story “Greensburg Hempfield Area Library board to consider tax referendum”: When I first started in the ice sculpting business, customers would ask ...
  • U.N. Watch: Insulting women

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Worse than Iran’s outrageous election to a seat on the governing board of UN Women — by a two-thirds vote, no less — is the ...
  • The visa violation racket

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for ...
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  • Election catch-up: Just what the election needs – another superficially popular but foolish policy

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
    1. Just what the election needs: yet another superficially attractive but economically ignorant policy from Ed Miliband. A stamp duty cut for first-time buyers that will do nothing for first-time buyers and give a windfall gain to the sellers of houses worth less than £300,000.
  • Nepal earthquake: We still don't know the fate of two million people near the quake

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Nepal earthquake was expected. For 15 years seismologists warned of growing tension along the Nepal-Bihar faultline, which snaps at least once a century. They feared a repeat of the 1934 disaster that killed 12,000, a sixth of the population, including the daughters of the King and Prime Minister. Now 2.5 million people are crammed into the Valley. Would the honeycomb of fragile, hastily built homes collapse? Would only the solid, historic buildings survive?
  • Nepal earthquake deaths: We still don't know the fate of two million people near the quake

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Nepal earthquake was expected. For 15 years seismologists warned of growing tension along the Nepal-Bihar faultline, which snaps at least once a century. They feared a repeat of the 1934 disaster that killed 12,000, a sixth of the population, including the daughters of the King and Prime Minister. Now 2.5 million people are crammed into the Valley. Would the honeycomb of fragile, hastily built homes collapse? Would only the solid, historic buildings survive?
  • Letters: Teachers’ morale has never been lower

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    The young teachers’ letter (25 April) is serious, as are its implications for state education. Thank you for publishing it and for your Letter from the Editor.
  • Sunday Times Rich List: We are no longer in thrall to very rich people

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Spring is breaking out all over. The swallows have arrived, orange-tip butterflies flit over the cowslips, and – just to prove that, where there is beauty, ugliness is never far away – the Sunday Times Rich List has been published.
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  • Poverty in the UK is as bad as the 1940s | Jo Tunnard and Tricia Zipfel

    Jo Tunnard and Tricia Zipfel
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Our study shows the poor are being demonised and welfare support dismantled. We need politicians to be brave and shape policies to create a kinder, more equal societyHave attitudes to people in poverty changed over a lifetime? Bob Holman put this to Guardian readers a year ago. He referred to a report on urban poverty written in 1943 by eight members of the hygiene committee of the Women’s Group on Public Welfare. Our Towns: A Close-Up was commissioned to investigate complaints from people in rural England about families evacuated from inner cities. Children were reported as dirty,…
  • Steve Bell's If ... on a portrait of Ed Miliband

    Steve Bell
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Continue reading...
  • On Scott McIntyre: the greatest insult is to whitewash the fallen | Geoff Lemon

    Geoff Lemon
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Opprobrium didn’t pour down on the SBS reporter out of respect for the history of Anzac, but because he breached our accord about how we view the pastIt was bizarre watching the Scott McIntyre situation unfold. As an SBS football reporter, the man hardly inhabits the pinnacle of public consciousness. But after a few fairly incoherent criticisms of Australia’s military history on Anzac Day, he had national attention. Here was a barrel with a dugong jammed in the top: Malcolm Turnbull and all manner of media populists only had to tweet something about a disgrace, include McIntyre’s…
  • To reduce family violence, we need to look further than the inner city | Van Badham

    Van Badham
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Vulnerable women in the far outer suburbs of Australia’s capital cities are left isolated. Any campaign needs to address access to servicesViolence against women is, alas, no new phenomenon in Australia. Until this past year, the number of our domestic dead has grown in silence amid far louder, smaller, public crises.Now survivor Rosie Batty is Australian of the Year, a royal commission is proceeding into family violence in Victoria and the Council of Australian Governments (Coag) made reducing violence against women a priority at its last meeting. As for confronting the problem, Tony…
  • Cameron isn’t wobbling. He knows victory is within reach | Matthew d’Ancona

    Matthew d'Ancona
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The prime minister is well aware that many voters, once in the polling booth, will decide to stick with him. He is right to hold his nerveEvery election campaign has its stations of the cross – very cross, sometimes – which an incumbent party must pass through. One such ritual ordeal is the “wobbly weekend”, which, according to reports yesterday, David Cameron has just experienced.In the screenplay of electoral contests, these alleged wobbles can be a minor setback to make the final triumph all the more dramatically exciting; or they can be a prelude to disaster. Two…
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  • Watch and wait

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    THE launch of the new Apple Watch has unsurprisingly attracted the attention of travel-service providers. But those assuming there has been a stampede by airlines and hotel groups to rush out tailored programs would be wrong. Barely more than half a dozen travel apps were announced after the watch’s launch in March. Although that number has now doubled, plenty of notable travel firms remain absent. Some are working on it. Others are watching and waiting.The current crop of Apple Watch travel apps can be split into two areas. The first is logistics: those which purport to smooth…
  • The great disconnect

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    THE NASDAQ may have passed its record high, although like London's FTSE 100 it took its time about doing so; 15 years, to be precise. So much for the mantra that shares are always the best long-term investment; Japan's Nikkei 225 just celebrated its achievement in reaching 20,000, just over half its 1989 peak.Share are being propped up by the lack of decent alternatives; investors think bonds are overvalued and cash yields zero, or less. They may also worry that shares are overvalued, but while monetary policy remains supportive, they are not worrying too much.But what is the value of a…
  • Unwound

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:27 am
    ON THE eve of Valentine’s Day last year Comcast announced its intention to enter a surprise union with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Together the two firms were to form the largest cable company in America. But not everyone loves a power couple. This newspaper was early to point out that the $45 billion deal would give Comcast too much market dominance, particularly when it comes to internet delivery. According to Moffett Nathanson, a research firm, the combined firm would have controlled around 30% of the national pay-television market and 40% of high-speed broadband—even after it had…
  • On the edge of Grexit, trade and scrip tease

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Greece: On the Gredge (Leaders)Greece and the markets: Hellenic bruises (Finance)The politics of trade: Fighting the secret plot to make the world richer (United States)And don't forget to take a glance at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at the feasibility of using scrip currency.
  • No longer the kiss of death

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    IN 2014 commodity prices tumbled. Many economists feared the worst for Africa. For decades the continent has been worryingly dependent on commodities to power economic growth. When prices crashed, economies would go into a tailspin. This time around, though, things seem different. The continent is holding up well.  The map above looks at how forecasts from the International Monetary Fund for African growth in 2015-16 have changed in the past year. Compared to what it was predicting in April 2014, the IMF now expects slower economic growth in most African economies. For…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • A letter of apology to my grandson

    Tom Engelhardt
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Dear Grandson, Consider my address book — and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that matter to me are still on paper, not in a computer or on an iPhone, and it's not complicated to know what that means: I'm an old guy getting older. Going on 71, though I can hardly believe it. And that little book shows all the signs of where I'm headed. It wasn't true a few years ago, but if I start (...) - 2015/04
  • Sex, drugs, and dead soldiers

    Nick Turse
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River. Three of the dead were American commandos. The driver, a captain nicknamed “Whiskey Dan,” was the leader of a shadowy team of operatives never profiled in the media and rarely mentioned even in government (...) - Open page
  • A foreclosure conveyor belt

    Laura Gottesdiener
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time. On March 31st at the Wayne Country Treasurer's Office, that Victorian-era invention was accomplishing neither (...) - Open page
  • The renewable revolution

    Michael Klare
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. For the first time, however, it appears that a shift to renewable energy sources is gaining (...) - Open page
  • Who is to pay for South Africa's electricity?

    Lucy Baker
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Coal-dependent South Africa is currently facing its worst electricity crisis in 40 years. Load shedding, or planned outages, which have been taking place regularly across the country since mid-2014, are now predicted to last until 2018. With the country's reserve margin on a knife-edge, approximately a quarter of the population - 12.3 million people - lack access to electricity. South Africa's energy-intensive industrial users consume over 40 per cent of the country's electricity. There are (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • How much would you need to earn?

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When American tech company boss Dan Price announced to staff recently he would slash his million dollar pay-packet to raise the minimu
  • Deborah Hill Cone: It's hard to stop power going to your head

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I am a shadow of my former self. One of the medications I'm on has made me lose a lot of weight, not through trying.I never weigh myself and I have to point out it's not attractive: now you can see my ribs. And with the weight loss,...
  • World's coolest economist hot on his numbers

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Michael Pettis must be the world's coolest economist.That's a very uncool thing to say of course. He'd probably dispute it too. But it is hard to imagine a much cooler character than the casually dishevelled American who greets...
  • Editorial: Baby needs at odds with older tots' learning

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Our investigation of early childhood education last week found a problem that invites an obvious solution. A frazzled teacher told us she was ready to quit over working conditions so intense she felt she could not give the children...
  • Satellite dream a nightmare for investors

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    There's no denying the romance of space and perhaps this is why so many investors, customers and journalists got caught up in the dream of launching Australia's first privately owned satellite.But they will be rueing the day they...
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  • 男性は思ったよりも見ている

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    しかし大学に入った時に仲良くなった男の子に「お前、膝の毛くらい剃れよ!」と言われてしまいました。 足の毛は剃っていましたが、その時の自分にとって膝は盲点であまり気にしていませんでした。 仲がよかったから言ってくれたのだと思い、それからあちこちの毛を気にするようになりました。
  • 理想の彼氏をゲットするために脱毛を開始

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    私が脱毛をはじめることになったきっかけは、 ずっと前から狙っていた外国人彼と初めて対面することになったことです。 インターネットで知り合った彼と初めて対面するため、彼の国に旅立つことになりました。念願の外国人彼氏が目の前まできた時、私は果たして女子として彼にふさわしいだろうか、そんなふうに考えました。 今では足腕、脇をしていますが、VIOも気になってきています。 無事外国人の彼氏もGETしました^^
  • 物凄くイケメンなのにハゲは辛い

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
  • 女性タレントさんの足の映像を観て脱毛に興味

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
    私にとって、芸能人の特に女性は、全て、そのような事に関して、もう少し、神経を使っている人ばかりだと思っていましたので、正直、興ざめしたのです。 其の後、他の番組で、今度は、ある女優さんが、足の毛のみならず、全身、毛深い体質の為、共演男優に不評だという理由で、海外で、全身脱毛を行って帰国したというエピソードを聞き、案外、毛深さで悩んでいる人の多さを改めて感じたのでした。
  • 髪がないとモテない

    4 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
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  • Leading By Engaging

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    During his presidency, Barack Obama has recognized that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’ behavior is to engage directly with them. While this has proved remarkably successful as a bilateral strategy, continued US global leadership will require Obama’s successor to move beyond bilateral engagement.
  • The Shareholder Spring Continues

    Lucy P. Marcus
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    It is annual general meeting season – the time of year when some of the world’s biggest companies gather to report to shareholders and have some semblance of a conversation with them. Managers and board members should not try to duck that conversation.
  • Democracy Versus Growth?

    Harold James
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    Europe’s ongoing malaise has reignited the old debate over which form of government produces better economic performance. Are authoritarian regimes, with their ability to ram through unpopular choices, more effective at generating growth, or does liberal democracy, with its built in checks and balances, yield greater prosperity?
  • A New Deal for Greece

    Yanis Varoufakis
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Though three months of negotiations between the Greek government and its European and international partners have brought about much convergence, they have not yet produced an agreement. What steps are needed to produce a viable, mutually acceptable reform agenda?
  • Good-Government Authoritarianism?

    Alfred Stepan, et al.
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Countries like Singapore are often held up as proof that authoritarianism succeeds in fighting corruption. But, aside from this supposition’s profoundly anti-democratic implications, it also happens to be empirically false.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Everything is Everything

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    “Is it just me, or is everything getting annoying?” The post Everything is Everything appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Pulitzer Prized

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    “Target’s Lilly Pulitzer now on eBay for more than real Lilly Pulitzer – Turning florals into greedy green.” The post Pulitzer Prized appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Status Update

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    ” I’m tired of  ‘Liking’ all your Facebook posts when you never  ‘Like’ mine.”   The post Status Update appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Earthy

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    “Earth Day?  They’ll always be planet #9,577,165 to me.”   The post Earthy appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Happy 420

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    “To celebrate 420, Gary mows his weeds.” The post Happy 420 appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • This Week’s Highlights: 27.04.2015

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    MADRID, SPAIN. Each week, ROOSTERGNN prepares a list of interesting links we’ve come across in and around the web. “Think you have a great story to tell? Follow us on Twitter @ROOSTERGNNand Facebook, and add #ROOSTERGNN to your tweets or Facebook posts. The best finds will be shared each week on ROOSTERGNN, some in English, some in Spanish and some by our very own RGNN journalists. Cada semana ROOSTERGNN prepara una lista de enlaces interesantes con los que nos hemos encontrado por la web. ¿Tienes un enlace que compartir? Síguenos en Twitter @ROOSTERGNNy Facebook, y añade…
  • Three Must Visit Israeli Destinations

    Joseph Matthews
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Three Must Visit Israeli Destinations This past winter break I made it my personal goal to escape the “Christmas spirit” and “holiday cheer” by traveling somewhere that is not too obsessed with Christmas related festivities. So I packed one backpack, got on a plane, and then spent almost three weeks exploring one of the most historically rich and politically complex places in the world- Israel. The Holy Land is about the size of the state of New Jersey but is home to three of the world’s largest religions- Judaism, Islam, and Christianity- and is filled with all sorts of exciting…
  • Is Dry Shampoo For You?

    Jessica Flores
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Batiste Dry Shampoo ‘Blush’ Washing and styling your hair everyday can be a long process, and may be one of the reasons why you are always late to school or work. Save yourself some time and try using a dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are designed to wash your hair, water-free, and leave your scalp feeling and smelling fresh. Plus, it gives your hair a volume boost. What better than a free natural hairstyle? However, I know there are people who are clean-freaks and cannot go a day without washing their hair. That is perfectly fine because we all have different hair types. It is up to…
  • Only one minute left! Ten Minutes Later…

    Thomas Vollaro
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Basketball is a fast-paced, highly energized sport that can be quite a spectacle to watch. With players flying up and down the court, the game can seem like it’s zooming by. That is, of course, until the torturous pain of the final minute of the game. The last “minute” of a basketball game can range anywhere from a little over a minute to a little over 20 minutes with the average often around the four or five mark. Intentional fouls, time outs, and official replays are the main culprits of the last “minute” phenomenon. Even in blowout games the final minute often lasts more than…
  • DECA MADbudget | This week’s highlights: 26.04.2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    MADRID, SPAIN. Each week, DECA MADbudget prepares a list of interesting links we’ve come across in and around the web. “Think you have a great story to tell? Follow us on Twitter @ROOSTERGNNand Facebook, and add #ROOSTERGNN to your tweets or Facebook posts. The best finds will be shared each week on ROOSTERGNN, some in English, some in Spanish and some by our very own RGNN journalists. Cada semana DECA MADbudget prepara una lista de enlaces interesantes con los que nos hemos encontrado por la web. ¿Tienes un enlace que compartir? Síguenos en Twitter @ROOSTERGNNy Facebook, y añade…
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