Do Democracies Deserve Nuclear Weapons?
May07

Do Democracies Deserve Nuclear Weapons?

Do democracies deserve nuclear weapons? Or is Nuclear entitlement is short-sighted, and potentially dangerous? Thoughts from Kevin...

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Jobs and Unemployment Are Up
May07

Jobs and Unemployment Are Up

Good News Bad News on the economic front: U.S. employers added 290,000 jobs in April, blowing past analysts’ expectations and giving a potential indication that the labor market is strengthening. That figure was boosted by temporary hiring for the 2010 Census, but there were also jobs added in the private sector, according to Labor Department data released Friday. Analysts had expected the report to show that the country added...

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Look at This Shocking Ongoing Tally of Oil Leaking into the Gulf
May07

Look at This Shocking Ongoing Tally of Oil Leaking into the Gulf

Look at this ongoing, constantly updated-before-your-eyes tally of Oil Leaking into the Gulf courtesy of PBS. This post will be redated and kept on the front page for a few days: PBS’s The Rundown Blog explains: [We] built the meter atop this post to give a ballpark figure of how much oil may have leaked into the Gulf based on each scenario (by multiplying the rate of leakage by the amount of time passed since the rupture) and...

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Quote of the Day: Sarah Palin Says U.S. Law Should Be Bible Based
May07

Quote of the Day: Sarah Palin Says U.S. Law Should Be Bible Based

Our political Quote of the Day comes from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who now says U.S. law should be Bible based. Sarah Palin was on the O’Reilly Factor last night talking about the National Day of Prayer, but she went a bit further than her usual party line of calling America a Christian nation. “I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant,” she said....

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Coming Soon: District TMV
May06

Coming Soon: District TMV

Hello TMV readers. By Saturday, May 6th, there will be a new page at the top of the site called District TMV. District TMV is our new forum functionality that will allow comments of posts written by authors as well as other features. We have decided to abandon the traditional comment system in favor of a forum due to its easier management and more robust features. One of the cool features include sending private messages to authors,...

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UK Election Returns
May06

UK Election Returns

Does not look like there is any chance of a Conservative majority so not much point in going on for now. We will have to see where the deals end up but almost certainly we will have a short term Conservative government, the real question will be if they keep in power or we have another vote in the near term. But for now, check out final election reports above. 9pm: 60th Conservative gain, so they are doing well but probably not well...

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America is Fully Responsible for Terrorism on its Streets: The Frontier Post, Pakistan
May06

America is Fully Responsible for Terrorism on its Streets: The Frontier Post, Pakistan

Who is responsible for the appearance of Pakistani-Americans who train in Pakistan to attack America? Continuing our coverage of the Pakistani reaction to the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, these two editorials reflect Pakistan’s internal debate on the subject. The first editorial from Pakistan’s Frontier Post argues that the fault is squarely that of the United States, for creating the terrorist menace that kicked the Soviet...

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A Critical Look at Perspective
May06

A Critical Look at Perspective

Two weeks ago — on Tuesday, April 20 — an oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded, releasing thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, there has been a ton of media attention to this man-made disaster — quite appropriately, given the fact that (a) almost a dozen oil workers were killed (or are presumed to have died); and (b) the oil that has been pouring unabated into the Gulf...

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My Life in Seven Days
May06

My Life in Seven Days

Exactly one week ago, I was born in a small town in Ecuador. From what I remember of the first day of my life, it was joyful, carefree, full of love, full of fun. I especially remember my Grandfather, the kindest person I ever knew. I was very close to him. His name was Justo Rodríguez. I called him “Papá Justito.” I still see his kind, smiling face. That first day went by much too quickly and when I was only 10 I left my native...

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Arizona – Silent Boycott Is The Real Fear
May06

Arizona – Silent Boycott Is The Real Fear

In the wake of Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law, official boycotts have sprouted both nationally and internationally. Websites are in place, petitions are being signed, pledges not to do business in or with the state are circulating, and Arizona is feeling the first pinch. To date, 21 conventions and meetings have been cancelled, a number that has more than tripled in less than a week. Boston has become the latest city to stop doing...

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Stock Market Undoubtedly Broken By Trading Algorithms
May06

Stock Market Undoubtedly Broken By Trading Algorithms

In the past year or so major Wall Street players have turned more and more to High Frequency Trading (HFT) algorithms, computer code which automatically buys and sells stocks based on price movements. These algorithms can trade stocks thousands of times a second and are highly profitable because they are designed to rip off all the other market players. The strategies of the different algorithms make for a very interesting...

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The Wake of Newsweek
May06

The Wake of Newsweek

As his magazine goes on the block, editor Jon Meacham calls Newsweek one of the few Catchers in the Rye between democracy and ignorance at the edge of a media cliff, a last bastion of reporting in what Jon Stewart describes a field of “aggregating, commenting, analyzing.” As at a wake, when the deceased’s glory days get more attention than those of terminal illness, Meacham’s appearance on the Daily Show last...

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Markets In Free Fall.. Why The UK Election Really Matters
May06

Markets In Free Fall.. Why The UK Election Really Matters

Different day same chaos. The nation of Greece is in trouble again as they try to work out the austerity programs needed to balance the budget (one which makes even California look semi rational). The result has been violent riots that have paralyzed the daily lives of many in Greece. People dependent on the government programs are not pleased at the idea of having to get a job, and in fairness the weak economy does not present a lot...

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Insider Trading By Congressional Representatives?
May06

Insider Trading By Congressional Representatives?

Congress and the SEC have put Goldman Sachs on the rack as the scapegoat for the financial crisis from which the U.S. is only beginning to recover.  But it turns out that at least some of the posturing may be even more hypocritical than usual for Congress.  Not only has Congress carefully shaped the rules so as to exempt themselves from the same restrictions they seek to enhance further against Wall Street, but it appears they have...

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Toxic Atheism
May06

Toxic Atheism

Under threat of court order, today’s “National Day of Prayer” may be the last.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sued to abolish the practice and won its initial court victory.  Today’s celebration of the tradition takes place under the President’s order to appeal that decision. The struggle shows a classic case of a social-political movement that is arguably legally valid but politically toxic....

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Marijuana And Taxes
May06

Marijuana And Taxes

I read a fascinating article in a recent issue of Smithsonian magazine about Prohibition, about who and what made this social experiment that lasted from 1920 to 1933 possible. It turns out that this country’s changing tax needs were the critical factor. Before 1913 an impressive 40 percent of all national tax revenues came from an excise tax on liquor. Whatever the joys of strong drink or the evils of John Barleycorn, the...

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Why, This Isn’t Racism!
May06

Why, This Isn’t Racism!

Of course not! (Not!) h/T Hinessight, The...

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Will We Keep Hating Government?
May06

Will We Keep Hating Government?

WASHINGTON — Ever heard the one about the guy who hated government until a deregulated Wall Street crashed, an oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, a coal mine collapsed, and some good police work stopped a terrorist attack? Rarely has the news of the day run so counter to the spin on the news of the day. It’s hard to argue that the difficulties we confront were caused by an excessively powerful “big”...

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ETs: Who’s Afraid Of The Aliens…
May06

ETs: Who’s Afraid Of The Aliens…

British physicist Dr Stephen Hawking warned on his new TV show that Extraterrestrials (ETs), if they ever arrive, might be looking for conquest and plunder. He believes aliens could be more interested in exploiting our natural resources than sharing their technology with us. Is Planet Earth prepared to take them on? Or, will the might of the rich/developing nations exhausted fighting their own wars? Long before Stephen Hawking’s...

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Arizona – Jackie Robinson = “Los Suns”
May06

Arizona – Jackie Robinson = “Los Suns”

Politics and sports are frequently connected by overarching issues in society, especially when dealing with race and money. On the issue of money, I agree with J.A. Adande (ESPN’s “Around the Horn”) that sports and politics are connected in fiscal matters surrounding the public financing of sports stadiums. On the question of the Arizona Immigration Law, my question is: Should a sports team or professional sports...

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