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Loosening Pelosi

Missing
about 4 years ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s grip on power appears to be loosening as in recent weeks she has faced a series of subtle but significant challenges to her authority, Politico reports. Unaccustomed to hearing the word “no,” Pelosi has had to deal with vocal opposition from Democrats on the Ways and ...

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Recip Erdogan Wins

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about 4 years ago

“Here's a proposition: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the outstanding democratically elected national leader in the world today. You beg to differ? Really? Who tops him? President Obama? You must be joking. Elected on hope, with majorities in both houses of congress, and by the end ...

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Cure for Autism?

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about 4 years ago

Author and model Jenny McCarthy has blogged a defense of a controversial “cure” for children who suffer from autism, asking, “Who’s afraid of the truth about autism?” She says she has met parents of hundreds of recovered children who all share the same experience of doubters and deniers telling them ...

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Parent’s Buildings

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about 4 years ago

Claude Parent’s new Paris-based exhibition re-establishes him as a pivotal force in European architecture after decades of neglect, writes The New York Times. The show, which takes place at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris’s architecture museum, is full of concrete forms with ...

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Generation Viagra

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about 4 years ago

Four in 10 men over the age of 75 are still having sex—or so they say—despite only two in 10 women 75 or older claiming the same, according to a new survey. “The feminist academic Camille Paglia once described sex at age 90 as ‘like trying to shoot pool with a rope.’ But despite her coruscating ...

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Impact Crater?

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about 4 years ago

The stripping away of forests in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered a 36-46 kilometer wide circular phenomenon thought to be a giant impact crater. Scientists say the feature might be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade. The ring shape is clearly visible ...

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Outsourced Pollution

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about 4 years ago

“It's fairly straightforward to measure how much carbon dioxide a given country is emitting within its own borders. Just count the factories and power plants and cars and so forth and tally up all that pollution. But what about outsourced emissions? After all, the United States and Europe consume a ...

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Unfortunate Timing?

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about 4 years ago

Heavily criticised revelations about an east Jerusalem building plan announced during US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel have been dismissed by officials as “bad timing.” "The approval is a purely technical matter and we have no intention of insulting or seeking a confrontation with the ...

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Financial Funnies

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about 4 years ago

"What you gotta understand is that we got a regulatory issue here. We gotta regulate that or we're gonna get more bubbles. Gonna get bigger, larger, then pop, money goes to the weasels," advises a “Daddy Bush” impersonator on popular comedy website funnyordie.com, in a terse summary of the “whole ...

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Facebook Economy

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about 4 years ago

With investors leapfrogging on the back of social networking and making investments heavily reliant on Facebook, a Guardian blogger asks “How big is the Facebook economy?” Bobbie Johnson remarks that from the number of press releases he’s received recently it seems that more and more Facebook-driven ...

Resurgence

Cisco's New Router Precursor To Web 3.0

Cisco-rs1
about 4 years ago

My soon-to-be seventy year old father called me around dinnertime on Saturday. He was having a problem adding some text to his website, he said, and wanted me to take a look at it. This is one of those rare times in our father-son relationship when he is willing to give up the position of authority ...

Politeia

Working Late

Hampl
about 4 years ago

The recession has been hard on most of us. A Brookings study found that American households lost $13 trillion of wealth—that's more than $40,000/person and about 15% of our net worth. With 15 million Americans jobless—and many of those out of work a long time—many of us are still using up our ...

Think, See, Feel

We Are All Kathryn Bigelow Now

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about 4 years ago

Barbra Streisand said it: “The time has come.” Watching Bigelow ascend the stage was meaningful for many people for many reasons, but meaningful for all women for one: it can be done. There is something in Bigelow that makes us want to be better versions of ourselves, insofar as there is something ...