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In Denial

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over 4 years ago

A columnist at Bloomberg News cannot see how Goldman Sachs will escape its SEC fraud charges or rebuild its tarnished reputation. "It’s hard to imagine an allegation by the government that could be more damaging to Goldman’s reputation. This wasn’t the American public at large that Goldman ...

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Peaceful Palestine

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The Palestinian Authority is boycotting goods sold in new Israeli settlements, but the new policy is merely a cosmetic change, writes one Guardian contributor. "It looks as though the Palestinian Authority (PA), sick of being slated as an Israeli puppet, is trying to reinvent itself as the People's ...

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Marine Corrosion

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Oceanic absorption of CO2 is good for the air but turns the water acidic branding it climate change's "evil twin". "The sexiest way to put it is that 'ocean acidification' is the 'evil twin' of climate change. While much research has gone on in regards to carbon dioxide's (a major element of ...

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The Doctor Is Out

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Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune writes that non-physicians, like nurse practitioners, should be given more authority to treat patients. "What people with medical problems need is medical care, but you don't always need a physician to get treatment. You might also see a different sort of trained ...

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Between a Rock and...

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Aerosol pollution has sharply declined since the '80s, but the pollutant's effects were to cool a now-warming the earth. "You're likely to hear a chorus of dire warnings as we approach Earth Day, but there's a serious shortage few pundits are talking about: air pollution. That's right, the world is ...

Hybrid Reality

Twittering for Posterity

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over 4 years ago

Since time immemorial people have considered two ways to be immortal: through one’s progeny or by displaying spectacular achievement in the sciences, arts or politics. Now there’s another way: Tweeting. Congress just announced that it has reached an agreement with Twitter’s founders to archive the ...

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The Economic Fire Next Time

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over 4 years ago

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Senate this week that we need to allow the biggest banks to fail. McConnell explained that he opposes the financial industry reform bill before Congress because it "not only allows for taxpayer-funded bailouts of Wall Street banks, it ...

Daylight Atheism

Victory for FFRF!

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over 4 years ago

I wrote in 2007 about the National Day of Prayer, a ridiculous ceremony created by Congress in the 1950s to urge all Americans to pray. That obviously unconstitutional objective would be bad enough, but what makes it even worse is that official National Day of Prayer events, held in city halls and ...

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A quick note on thawing ice caps and volcanism

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Webcam shot of Eyjafjallajökull erupting on April 17, 2010. I don't want to get too far into this but there has been a lot of chatter about the link between melting ice caps and increase/decrease/neither of volcanism. The two main articles we're talking about are: Scientific American, saying ...

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The Facebook Generation

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Clicking "Like" on a Facebook page won't meet the challenges that face our times, quips an editorial in The Christian Science Monitor. "To confront rogue nations, terrorists, energy issues, soaring debt, and other urgent problems that threaten America’s security, the Facebook generation has made ...

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Attorneys at Work

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Columnist Gail Collins asks what makes us prefer lawyers as politicians even though the story often ends the same way: with failure. "There is something about attorneys general that makes everybody want to nominate them for higher office, even though it almost always ends badly. In New York, our ...