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Heather and the Alfalfa Sprouts
“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble. . . “the law is a ass, a idiot.” — Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist As a reward for those who read my musings faithfully, I am always pleased when I can give them information that may prove to be of financial benefit to them. This week’s offering falls into...
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Odds Are, You Are Suspicious
When you get off a train, do you get off ahead of passengers? Or do you get off behind passengers? When you're going on a trip, do you come off as nervous? Or are you an unusually calm traveler? How about if you make a phone call at a station, do you look around? Or do you stare straight ahead? If...
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Lawsuit Aims to Break Arizona's Secrecy Over Experimental Lethal Injections
Major media organizations have levied a federal lawsuit to force Arizona to break its secrecy around lethal injections by revealing the drugs and processes used to kill people, because the public has the "right" to know. "By withholding information about the source, composition, and quality of the...
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When It Comes To Torture, Silence Is Bipartisan
Torture politics makes for strange bedfellows. For those of you who think the Obama Administration doesn’t know how to work with Republicans, think again. North Carolina’s Republican Senator, Richard Burr, may soon be one of the Obama Administration’s best friends. Burr, now a member of the...
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Two Reportedly Dead in Washington State School Shooting
Developing... A student on Friday afternoon reportedly opened fire in Washington state's Marysville Pilchuck High School, approximately 30 miles north of Seattle. Two students were killed, one of them the shooter—who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the the Seattle Times reports , citing law...
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'Koch Congress' Could Make Oligarchy Official
At a time when most Americans agree that the country has too much power in too few hands, the world’s two wealthiest men are only six seats away from seizing the Senate and consolidating their current control of the House. The result could be a full “Koch Congress” that further rigs the rules in...
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The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story
With a cover that announces "Rotten Apples: It's Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher" alongside an image of a judge's gavel about to smash a fruit, you might suspect Time magazine ( 10/23/14 ) is doing some good old-fashioned teacher-bashing. You'd be right. There are a few problems with the...
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It Takes a Village to Enforce Fair Wage Laws
Seattle made history in June when it became the first major city in America to pass a livable minimum wage of $15 an hour. Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other cities around the country are taking steps in that direction, too. But winning a robust minimum wage is only half of the battle. Last...
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US to Pay Philippines $1.9 Million for Navy Ship Ramming Into Pristine Reef
The Philippines said Friday that the United States has agreed to pay $1.9 million in compensation for damage a U.S. Navy minesweeper caused to a pristine coral reef last year. "I received correspondence just yesterday that the U.S. has agreed to pay the compensation," Foreign Affairs Secretary...
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On the Side of Humanity: The Death of Klinghoffer
A florid and unlikely morality play has been unfurling this week at New York City's Lincoln Center, where the Metropolitan Opera is staging of “The Death of Klinghoffer." Based on the 1985 murder by Palestinian terrorists of an elderly Jew on a hijacked ship, the opera has sparked furious charges...
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