Working Less
Jul23

Working Less

People can be critical of France and Germany’s   reduced work weeks and lower retirement ages but they really don’t know why they did it.  They did it to reduce unemployment – when people work fewer hours and retire earlier more people are working.  We have reached a point where there are more people who need jobs than there are available jobs.  Some of this is because of outsourcing but also because of automation...

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Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)
Jul22

Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)

Read an Opinion by the New York Times Editorial Board following the post. On Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order...

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Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates

22 July 2014 – 12:00 PM CDT – The New York Times: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. All three United States carriers with service to Israel – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways – said they had temporarily suspended...

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Where People Live
Jul21

Where People Live

This is interesting, half of all Americans live in 146 of 3,000 counties in the US. Using Census data, we’ve figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here’s the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. This may explain much of the political polarization in the US...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)
Jul17

The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)

Today we have three columns on the immigration crises from Mexican newspapers El Universal and Excelsior, and from La Prensa of Honduras. All three reflect frustration with the handling of the crisis by the governments in Mexico and Central America, and notably, none expresses any real consternation with the United States. First, as the flow of child migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border continues to build, this...

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Passing Gas to the Consumer
Jul12

Passing Gas to the Consumer

by Walter Brasch Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits. Over the past decade, the five largest oil companies have earned more than $1 trillion in profits. Last year, the Big Five—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell—earned about $93...

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Steven Spielberg is a ‘disgusting’ dinosaur hunter, Internet says
Jul12

Steven Spielberg is a ‘disgusting’ dinosaur hunter, Internet says

Steven Spielberg is a ‘disgusting’ dinosaur hunter, Internet...

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Immigrants and the Cootie Offense
Jul11

Immigrants and the Cootie Offense

Immigrants and the Cootie Offense By Tina Dupuy In September of 2011, a franchise of the Occupy Wall Street movement, set up camp on the steps of Los Angeles’ iconic City Hall. The encampment was lauded by celebrities like Bill Maher and Tom Morello and embraced by politicians like Congresswoman Maxine Waters and then City Council President, Eric Garcetti. Garcetti, who’d later become mayor of Los Angeles, was quoted by...

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America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)
Jul10

America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

Germans are now having a conversation among themselves that, unless Washington tactically retreats on its policy of unrestrained mass surveillance, is sure to end badly for both countries. For the Frankfurter Rundschau, columnist Christian Schluter argues that Germans must begin putting relations with American into a completely different context which features prominently the word: ‘hostility.’ He also calls for asylum for...

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The reality of sudden poverty
Jul09

The reality of sudden poverty

My boyfriend proposed, and we bought a house. Then, just three weeks after we closed, the market crashed. The house we’d paid $240,000 for was suddenly worth $150,000. It was okay, though — we were still making enough money to cover the exorbitant mortgage payments. Then we weren’t. This is the story of an educated, white, middle-class couple (both employed in journalism, but that’s a different story) and what happened to them...

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory
Jul07

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory

The slide towards inevitable armed conflict can be seen from far away. I even predicted it a long ways out (See “The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming” December, 1994).  Now, a Federal Judge discusses the fundamental madness of this Supreme Court’s 100+ 5-4 majority, The Alter Boys: Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases RGK / Hercules and the umpire In the Hobby...

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Bundestag’s NSA Investigators Blast Music – Just to be Safe! (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Jul07

Bundestag’s NSA Investigators Blast Music – Just to be Safe! (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How paranoid are German lawmakers about NSA spying? According to this news item from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, after news broke that a German intelligence officer was arrested for spying on the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry, committee chairman Patrick Sensburg took to playng Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor during secret sessions. For the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, reporters John Goetz, Hans Leyendecker, Georg...

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6 arrested in burning death of Arab teenager in Israel
Jul07

6 arrested in burning death of Arab teenager in Israel

6 arrested in burning death of Arab teenager in...

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“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)
Jul07

“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)

I’ve met a lot of young people who are fascinated with the era they see depicted on “Mad Men.” No song better epitomizes the era than this swaggering 1960s version of Pennies from Heaven by singing legend Frank Sinatra with jazz legend Count Basie and his Orchestra. The genesis was a “historical” album Sinatra did in 1962 with Basie. The two had long admired each other and that was their first team-up...

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Dutch ‘Zwarte Pieten’: Innocent Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?
Jul05

Dutch ‘Zwarte Pieten’: Innocent Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?

When I was a little kid (“little” being ages 10 through 17), I lived in the Netherlands Antilles and in the Netherlands. That was back in the 50s. I remember Zwarte Piet, or “Black Pete,” well. I remember them (sometimes there were dozens of them) running and clowning around with their burlap sacks — scaring the daylights out of some little kids, might be a better term — in parades, shopping centers and, as legend had it,...

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Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts [VIDEO]
Jul05

Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts [VIDEO]

Everything You Need To Know About Urine, Plus 18 Strange Facts...

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A Generational Slap In The Face
Jul04

A Generational Slap In The Face

Better Than The Twinkie Defense The Cobb County Crucible on HLN The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist If the O.J. Simpson trial was the crime of the last century, then the “hot car death” of Cooper Harris is the “alleged” murder of the new century. H.L. Mencken called the kidnapping and murder trial of the Lindbergh baby’s killer in 1932 “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” The trial of 33-year-old...

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On the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America (VIDEOS)
Jul04

On the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America (VIDEOS)

July 4 is a good day to reflect on various renditions of The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America — captured on videos. From August 2010: Well, yes, the Star Spangled Banner is a hard song to sing. But we wanted to start off your day with our national anthem with a bang. SO: OK…maybe that wasn’t quite it…so let’s try someone famous like Michael Bolton (who was a friend of my brother’s when we...

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A Cynical Look At Burger King’s Pride Whopper
Jul03

A Cynical Look At Burger King’s Pride Whopper

A Cynical Look At Burger King’s Pride...

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