Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle
Oct24

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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Into the morass?
Oct24

Into the morass?

Into the morass? By EUGENE ROBINSON WASHINGTON — “I don’t oppose all wars,” said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Few would describe Obama’s use of military force against the Islamic State as rash, given the time he took in deciding to act. But the more we learn about this intervention, the more it...

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Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks
Oct23

Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city. Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun...

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When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera
Oct23

When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly...

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UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down
Oct22

UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down

UPDATE: The Parliment Buildings are no longer on lockdown in Ottawa. Soldier murdered appears to have been shot in the back. He was Corp Nathan Cerillo, a father of a young kindergarden aged son. The long gunfire in the parliment building which has cathedral ceilings was hugely amplified and terrifying to those in the building. Four others were injured and taken to the hospital, one a security guard. The top security officer of the...

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Extremist-Inspired Attack Raises Canada’s Terror Threat Level
Oct22

Extremist-Inspired Attack Raises Canada’s Terror Threat Level

Canada raised its terrorist attack threat level from “low” to “medium” on Tuesday. The change came a day after a Quebec man, who had previously attempted to leave Canada for Turkey, carried out a fatal hit-and-run attack on two Canadian military men. Suspect Martin Couture-Rouleau was one of 90 Canadians being monitored by the Royal...

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Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)
Oct22

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? By Dick Polman Let’s take a break from our Ebola freakout and debate something a bit more benign – like word usage. For instance, why do we keep using czar? Last Friday, seemingly within seconds of Ron Klain’s ascent to the new post of Ebola response coordinator, the press headlines were dubbing him the “Ebola Czar.” Which I suppose was to be expected, given the fact...

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)
Oct21

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  — Mark Twain (attributed) Let me open with the follow-up to yesterday’s post: UPDATE 10:40AM 20 Oct 2014: Even though Drudge featured the Reuters report (which seems increasingly slanted, ideologically) and the Righties with Magic Eyes™ “saw” the same thing in blog after blog, oddly, the CBS affiliate saw something entirely...

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(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues
Oct21

(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues

Update: The Pentagon confirmed today that one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria “most likely” fell into enemy hands, but that a majority “reached their intended recipients. “One bundle worth of equipment is not enough equipment to give the enemy any type of advantage at all,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Steve Warren told reporters. “It’s a...

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Most/Least Trusted News Sources
Oct21

Most/Least Trusted News Sources

Christopher Ingraham notes the most and least trusted news sources from a Pew study in The Washington Post. Overall, four of the top five least-trusted news outlets have a strong conservative lean: Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. MSNBC rounds out the list. The most trusted news outlets, on the other hand, tend to be major TV networks: CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, with Fox at No. 5.   The Pew Study notes...

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A Perplexing Political Puzzle
Oct21

A Perplexing Political Puzzle

Public approval ratings for Congress have remained consistently low for a number of years, though recently they have reached depths not previously seen. Americans seem to overwhelmingly agree that members of Congress are doing a terrible job, yet incumbents keep getting repeatedly reelected. Are citizens lying in response to the pollsters’ questions, or is something being missed by either those taking the surveys or the political...

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Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)
Oct21

Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)

Please Politicize Ebola By Tina Dupuy “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush...

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Warren makes the case
Oct21

Warren makes the case

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential...

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (Part 1) UPDATED
Oct20

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (Part 1) UPDATED

UPDATED BELOW Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early Jeff Mason / Reuters (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity…. Ah, the agit-prop campaign is working: divide and dispirit...

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After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani
Oct20

After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani

ISTANBUL — In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey agreed Monday to allow fighters from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region to cross its territory to help save the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobani from Islamist radicals, the Turkish foreign minister said. “We are helping peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. He spoke… graphic via...

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Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While Blocking Surgeon General Nomination
Oct20

Republicans Attack Ebola Czar While Blocking Surgeon General Nomination

On the surface, Republicans have been all over the place regarding the idea of a government official to coordinate handling of Ebola. For example, there’s John McCain. Back in 2009 he attacked Obama over having too many czars: Obama has more czars than the Romanovs – who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20. — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 30, 2009 Then McCain demanded an Ebola czar: “From...

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Everything you need to know to understand #GamerGate
Oct20

Everything you need to know to understand #GamerGate

The hashtag #GamerGate went mainstream in the past week, with commentary and reporting at the Boston Globe, CBS, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, The Guardian, the Washington Post. Simple summaries are hard to craft: #GamerGate is complicated hashtag that grew out of a discussion of game industry journalism and morphed into death threats against women. I’m not a gamer, and I’ve resisted writing about this mess; the first I...

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Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To Gays
Oct19

Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To Gays

Roman Catholic bishops abandoned their planned welcome of homosexuals into the church Saturday, expressing disagreement at the close of a two-week meeting Pope Francis, 77, called to establish a better approach to ministering to church members, the Associated Press reported. The bishops were unable to agree on an effective way to signify acceptance of gays by… Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To...

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Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse
Oct19

Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse

As more and more patients arrive in U.S. hospitals with “Ebola-like” symptoms—never mind the fact that the vast majority of them do not have the virus—politicians have increasingly called on President Barack Obama to ban travel to and from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries most affected by the disease. A number of lawmakers,… Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It...

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