On climate, business as usual
Apr18

On climate, business as usual

WASHINGTON — The world’s predicament on climate change reminds me of an old saying: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Some...

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Ukraine: Kerry bangs heads but Lavrov gains
Apr17

Ukraine: Kerry bangs heads but Lavrov gains

Russia’s Vladimir Putin seemed to score a victory at the four-party talks on Ukraine in Geneva today when Secretary of State John Kerry told journalists at a briefing, “Today we didn’t come here to talk about Crimea; today we came here to get something done to reduce the violence” in Ukraine. Moscow may take that technically correct remark to indicate that Washington has accepted the loss of Crimea as being irreversible,...

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(Updated) Breaking News: ‘Framework’ to End/De-escalate Ukraine Violence Agreed to?
Apr17

(Updated) Breaking News: ‘Framework’ to End/De-escalate Ukraine Violence Agreed to?

Update: Scroll to the bottom to read the Joint Statement released by the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia. Original Post: Several news sources are reporting a breakthrough in the Ukraine crisis. “Diplomats from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed to a framework plan designed to end violence in Ukraine.” “Leaders of a high-level diplomatic effort reached an...

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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine (UPDATED)
Apr17

Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine (UPDATED)

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military push — he has asserted his right to use force in Eastern Urkraine and there is speculation he’s poised to take over the city of Odessa soon — has brought comparisons with Stalin and with Hitler. And now we have a new twist: pro-Russian forces in the Ukraianian city of Donetsk are asking Jews to register. Not a good sign of a)where this is going b)the forces on...

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A Gun Control Network to Rival the NRA?
Apr17

A Gun Control Network to Rival the NRA?

It’s fairly common knowledge that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a very influential group in our nation’s politics. With around 5 million members, the NRA is one of the largest lobbyist groups in the country. It’s also one of the most powerful. According to a Gallup poll taken in 2013, most Americans favor stronger gun control. Due in a large part to the NRA, though, gun bills have rarely passed. For example, legislature...

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Suicide By Capital Punishment
Apr17

Suicide By Capital Punishment

Kansas City Killer Kills 3 In KKK Play Yet Another Pointed Victory For The NRA The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist I used to be a competitive tennis player. The thing about tennis – being an individual sport – is that you are not only battling your opponent – but your own head – meaning your own desire to succeed. I found that if you let up – even for just one point – a snowball effect of losing points was...

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