Is Ebola the New Jaws?
Oct28

Is Ebola the New Jaws?

In 1975, Steven Spielberg directed a movie derived from a Peter Benchley novel called “Jaws.It was the story of a gigantic white shark terrorizing a resort town, killing a number of swimmers and the shark hunters who went after it. This realistic film was a major hit, the highest grossing film up until that time, frightening and intimidating moviegoers all over the country and eventually the world. People were talking about it for...

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Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?
Oct28

Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?

The sound of the spin machines are so loud I can hear them here in my hotel room in Toronto. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a political error — a big one. And like the toothpaste that can’t be put in to the tube, she gave her Republican and Democratic foes a line they can run in ads and repeat, no matter how many times she and her supporters try to soft-pedal it or walk it back. The You Tube with this...

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In Kansas, it’s Sen. Pat Roberts’ race to lose and he might
Oct28

In Kansas, it’s Sen. Pat Roberts’ race to lose and he might

TOPEKA, Kan. — For more than three decades, Pat Roberts had an easy time winning elections to Congress from Kansas, always winning in landslides. Now the Republican senator is in very real danger of losing and he may have only himself to blame. First, after years avoiding potentially damaging fights within the Kansas GOP, he...

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Who’s the least worst for governor? (Guest Voice)
Oct28

Who’s the least worst for governor? (Guest Voice)

Rick Scott. Charlie Crist. Nineteen million souls in the state of Florida, and this is the best we can do? You could toss a mullet net over any park bench between Key West and Pensacola and drag in two people who’d be more inspiring. Watching Scott’s cringe-worthy performance in the TV debates made it all the… Carl Hiaasen: Who’s the least worst for...

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Toronto moves on from Fords: John Tory elected Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother loses and Ford gets old seat
Oct27

Toronto moves on from Fords: John Tory elected Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother loses and Ford gets old seat

TORONTO, Canada — Toronto has now officially moved on from Fords. The city’s controversial but in many quarters beloved Mayor Rob Ford – the answer to American comedians’, satirists and comedy writers prayers – dropped out of the race due to a bout with cancer and his brother Doug ran instead. The voters instead elected John Tory as the city’s new mayor, although Rob Ford did win his old council...

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ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq
Oct27

ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq

The “Vicar of Baghdad” has quit Iraq after death threats and the beheading of children attached to his church by Islamic terrorists. Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad’s St. Georges, Iraq’s only Anglican church, said the only answer to the terrorism and killing by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) was American “boots...

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Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation
Oct27

Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation

Conservatives and liberals really are wired differently. Scientists can accurately predict whether a subject is left-wing tree-hugger or a right-wing gun-toter based on how their brains respond to certain images, a new study in Current Biology has found. P. Read Montague, a scientist at Virginia Tech, said his experiment was inspired by data that shows...

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The secrets behind 2014
Oct27

The secrets behind 2014

WASHINGTON — There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are (BEG ITAL)not(END ITAL) in play this year. In planning its effort to take control of the Senate, Republicans shrewdly launched challenges to Democrats in...

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Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. (Guest Voice)
Oct27

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. (Guest Voice)

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit. by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Our country’s oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives – to vote — is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. So it’s unbelievable and frankly...

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The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?
Oct26

The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?

There’s a report at The Hill exposing the media’s manipulation of events leading up to election day. The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. The theme of the 2014 midterms — to whatever extent one is discernable — has been an explosion of one crisis after another, each of which demands an enormous amount of media attention before fading for the next one. From the Secret Service to ISIS,...

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Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’
Oct26

Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’

(Reuters) – Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a “nightmare” and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in...

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Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives
Oct26

Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

by Walter Brasch The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Usually, the award goes to someone who managed, sometimes against great odds, to ramrod legislation that advances gun rights. However, for 2014...

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Washington high school shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members
Oct25

Washington high school shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members

MARYSVILLE, Wash.—Three months before Friday’s shooting, Jaylen Fryberg celebrated his birthday by posing with a hunting rifle that he called “the best present ever.” He posted an online message that said “i just love my parents!!!” An adored child from a prominent Tulalip Tribes family, Fryberg loved life with his girlfriend, classmates, teammates and hobbies. A… Shooter was seen as a rising star among...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women
Oct25

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Hajiya Inno Attahiru In Nigeria,...

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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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