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Politeia

What About Main Street?

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about 4 years ago

Ben Bernanke will probably be confirmed to a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the next few days. But opposition to his nomination has emerged on both sides of the political spectrum. On the right, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has declared that Bernanke should be held accountable for ...

Trend World

The Protest Scarf Comes of Age

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about 4 years ago

Historically speaking, scarves haven’t had a multitude of uses. Other than providing modest covering as a requisite religious dress, they’re primarily used to keep warm and (occasionally) look dapper. But as the use of scarves (particularly of the head variety) has become demonized in parts of the ...

Novel Copy

Picking Cherries at The Guardian

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about 4 years ago

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and now the New York Times have publically announced plans to make readers pay for online content, but not everybody is following suit…not yet, anyway. Alan Rusbridger, editor of the popular English daily newspaper The Guardian, has been most vocal about his paper ...

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New America Foundation Event

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about 4 years ago

The New America Foundation is about to have a discussion on Yemen, which can be streamed live here. Barak Barfi will be presenting his paper, it seems, and then there will be a panel discussion on it. On that panel is friend of Waq al-Waq, Chris Boucek from the Carnegie Endowment. I probably won't ...

As I Please

Recovery Mode? Britain Exits Recession

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about 4 years ago

Britain is out of recession. It’s official. The UK Treasury today confirmed what the Government had both predicted and hoped for, that the deepest recession since the 1930s is over. Well, it is over, but only just. While the City of London had forecast a 0.4% expansion that would bring to an end ...

IdeaFeed

Crow Faced

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about 4 years ago

If you think a crow is looking at you with malice in its eyes…chances are it is. Wild crows can recognise individual human faces and hold a grudge for years, according to research. “This ability – which may also exist in other wild animals – highlights how carefully some animals monitor the humans ...

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Cyberwarfare

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about 4 years ago

“In the wake of a recent speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning countries that censor the internet and engage in hacking, China has lobbed a return volley and accused the United States of hypocrisy and initiating cyberwarfare against Iran. An editorial in the People’s Daily ...

IdeaFeed

Misread Ulysses?

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about 4 years ago

“No great American has suffered more cruelly and undeservedly at the hands of historians than Ulysses S. Grant. The dominating influence of pro-Southern historians early in the twentieth century—an influence that tainted scholarship on the Civil War for decades—helps to explain Grant’s abysmal ...

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No Biden

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about 4 years ago

“In another blow to the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, announced Monday that he would not seek to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by his father. Adding to the party's woes, Democratic Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas said he would retire, putting his seat up for grabs in an ...

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iPhone Baby

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about 4 years ago

A woman who was considering IVF treatment after failing to conceive a child for more than four years has given birth to a little girl after using an iPhone application to get pregnant. “After four years of struggling to conceive, Lena Bryce and partner Dudley had nearly given up hope of having ...

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“Orphan Accessories”

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about 4 years ago

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s adopted children have been made into “fashion accessories” in a new online game which also encourages young children to administer contraceptives. In the game, My Minx, “players clothe their ‘virtual minxes’ in lingerie and other revealing outfits and can buy orphans ...