Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms
Oct15

Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms

Energy drinks have long been maligned for the perception that such massive amounts of caffeine can’t be good for anybody, much less children. Now the World Health Organization has validated their fears, on Tuesday proclaiming that rising rates of energy drink consumption is “poised to become a significant public health problem.” Here’s the problem: Hot...

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Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations
Sep30

Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations

All nations require revenue in order to buy armaments and pay for defense, maintain and expand their infrastructure, keep the health care system and social security intact, support the justice system, pay employees, and so forth. A dilemma in democratic states is how to raise these revenues in a fair and equitable fashion, though no matter what is ultimately decided by the governments, there are always individuals and groups who are...

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Cartoon: Kent State Sweatshirt
Sep22

Cartoon: Kent State Sweatshirt

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You
Sep20

Arsenic-Laced Coffee Good for You

by Walter Brasch You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant one balmy September morning. Your waitress brings a pot of coffee and a standard 5-ounce cup. “Would you like cream and sugar with it?” she asks. You drink your coffee black. And hot. You decline her offer. “Would you like arsenic with it?” she asks. Arsenic? You’re baffled. And more than a little suspicious. “It enhances the flavor,” says your waitress. “I really don’t think...

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Apple does something really right
Sep19

Apple does something really right

I’m no fan of Apple. But I really like their latest move. It’s a dilly. Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information. The move, announced...

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Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered sweatshirt
Sep16

Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered sweatshirt

Kent State University and many on the Internet criticized Urban Outfitters Inc. on Monday for selling a sweatshirt with its college logo and what appears to be splattered blood, saying it evoked memories of the 1970 shooting where four students died. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts… Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered...

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Good News on Software Patents
Sep12

Good News on Software Patents

The current system of software patents has been criticized by many for years now. Overly broad patents granted based on simplistic descriptions with nothing to back them up have been, in the opinion of many, a bane to real technological innovation for quite a while. I admit that I agree with that view. But then in June of this year the Supreme Court made a ruling concerning software patents. As Vox reports, while that ruling still...

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Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide
Sep05

Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide

Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide by Miriam Raftery September 4, 2014 (San Diego)–Fast food workers across America on Thursday put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs. Workers went out on strike at an estimated 150 fast food restaurants nationwide. The workers want wages raised to $15 an hour . They point out that it’s not just kids working at fast food chains nowadays; the economy has forced many adults...

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A Market Basket of dignity
Sep02

A Market Basket of dignity

WASHINGTON — Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers...

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McDonald’s losing connection with millennials?
Aug26

McDonald’s losing connection with millennials?

McDonald’s Corp. appears to be losing its connection with a key group of Americans: millennials. The Wall Street Journal on Monday used data to show the changing tastes of some younger Americans. Data compiled for that newspaper by Technomic Inc., a restaurant consultancy, showed that the percentage of people in the United States aged 19 to… McDonald’s losing connection with...

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The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)
Aug25

The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)

The right note on gender and hiring by Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras around the world began implementing a system of “blind” auditions — performances given from behind a screen — in order to diversify their ranks while ensuring that elite talent and meritocracy ruled. It worked out well, with Princeton University research...

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Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs
Aug16

Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs

Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs Tyrades! By Danny Tyree If you’re frustrated by the skimpiness of “fun-size” candy, wait until you hear some “fun-size” songs. On August 1, Calgary Top 40 station AMP Radio became the first station in the world to switch to the new QuickHitz format. Developed by Vancouver-based SpakNet Communications, QuickHitz (without having to consult with composers, singers...

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The Most Expensive Food In The World: 10 Lavish Alternatives To Your Everyday Dishes
Aug08

The Most Expensive Food In The World: 10 Lavish Alternatives To Your Everyday Dishes

Tired of eating cheap fast food? The folks at financesonline.com offer us this infographic of some dishes that are run a bit more — and are a bit more ornate, in culinary...

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‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)
Aug07

‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)

This column by Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt, while providing an unassailable argument for why Western sanctions on Russia are doomed to fail, also serves as a powerful indictment of the Putin years. Beyond his explanation of why there is no likelihood of sanctions working, or of an opposition emerging that is capable of challenging the Putin regime, Bovt lays out why, if sanctions were to bite to the point where Putin were toppled,...

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An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al
Aug06

An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al

“Auto-renew” is not a convenience. It is a license to steal, and makes keeping your checkbook balanced an impossible task… I’ve been meaning to write this again for some time, and today’s utter paucity of news affords just such an opportunity. The digital transition ripoff caused me to cancel my decade-plus subscription … permanently. Consumer advocate/radio money man Clark Howard states my thesis...

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India’s ‘business friendly’ prime minister rejects English
Aug04
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West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Aug02

West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

In some way, of all the MH17 content we’ve posted from the Netherlands, this column by Imre Wessels, an election coordinator for the Libertarian Party, is the most ‘Dutch’ – in the sense that he expresses that unstinting belief in free markets that made the Netherlands into the dominant trading power of the 1700s. So then, rather than bringing Vladimir Putin to heel, will Western sanctions serve only to harden...

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Why a Strike or Lock Out at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music
Jul31

Why a Strike or Lock Out at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music

It’s not easy to be a musician these days, even in New York City, which is often considered the land of opportunity for jobs in the arts. Freelance opportunities still haven’t reached prerecession levels, and even the city’s largest musical organizations are hurting for ticket sales. Last year the New York City Opera closed its doors after failing to generate enough revenue for several seasons. Now the Metropolitan...

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Fast food looks like a zero sum game
Jul31

Fast food looks like a zero sum game

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