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Pipes, Drums and the Endless Funeral Procession

Then I called my men to follow me knowing well that the view was dim Though tired and worn, how they fought all morn' as time was closing in And my heart was sad though sore with pride for brave lads all were they As the angels fly,Show More Summary

2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit Off to a Roaring Start

Ed. note: This was first posted on the U.S. Department of Commerce's blog yesterday. See the original post here. With more than 2,600 people from more than 70 markets, and economic development organizations from all corners of the United States, the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit has record attendance. Show More Summary

How Israel's Election Awakened the Ethnic Demon

"Drink cyanide, bloody Neanderthals. You won," Only death will save you from yourselves." By the time the Israeli author of these words, an award-winning writer called Alona Kimhi, had deleted them from her Facebook page, it was too late. Show More Summary

Midday open thread: China's massive cement use, Zimmerman blames Obama, The Nation celebrates 150th

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is 'Conversations' we won't see at chain restaurants: China used more cement in three years than U.S. did in the entire 20th century: The statistic seems incredible, but according to government and industry sources, it appears accurate. Show More Summary

FEMA becomes the thought police

Among the myriad things the Federal Emergency Management Agency does, like screw up disaster response, take long lunches, and provide work for the otherwise unemployable, is providing money the states for disaster mitigation. Disaster mitigation isn’t sexy but it is surprisingly effective. Show More Summary

Freedom of Expression and Its Double Standard

Almost a month ago, the French Club at the University of Chicago invited Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui to discuss "the context surrounding Charlie Hebdo, the French culture of satire and secularism, and freedom of expression...Show More Summary

How Could We Forget About White Genocide?!?!

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Robert Reich’s Luddite Fear of Efficiency

Dr. Robert Reich was kind enough to describe to us what he considers to be a horrifying future. Hint: you will probably respectfully disagree. It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it. Show More Summary

From Hyogo to Sendai: A New Action Plan for Resilience

Ten years after the Hyogo Framework became the global blueprint for disaster risk reduction, so much has changed about the way we approach disaster risk reduction.

Senator Ted Cruz cements his membership in the snowball faction of climate change deniers

Know-nothing or just ultra-rightist hack? Last week, while mentioning all the snow and ice he had just encountered in a visit to New Hampshire, Sen. Ted Cruz, who brags about how smart he is, demonstrated his scientific illiteracy in an exchange on Late Night With Seth Meyers: Debates should follow science and should follow data. Show More Summary

Koch Money, Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Threaten Smithsonian Credibility

The Smithsonian is damaging its reputation with a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a misleading Koch-funded exhibit downplaying the risks posed by human-caused climate change. Time for the world’s “largest museum and...Show More Summary

Section 8 housing vouchers pay for luxury apartments

If I wasn’t footing the bill for this nonsense it would be funny. But I am, so it isn’t. Verde Point is a self-described “luxury apartment” complex with a rooftop pool and “personal wine storage” that is currently accepting public housing...Show More Summary

Aid in Dying

Brittany Maynard's youthful pizzazz and Diane Rehm's gravitas as a public radio host have in the last year vaulted the issue of aid in dying, or assisted suicide, into public consciousness without the creepiness of Jack Kevorkian's jerry-built suicide machine in the 1990s. Ms. Show More Summary

Mandatory Voting Doesn't Address the Problem of Corruption, Mr. President

President Obama, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, was asked what he thought he could do about the issue of money in politics. And his answer -- for the short term, at least -- is to suggest that America make voting mandatory, as they do in Australia. He’s wrong. Show More Summary

A Diplomatic Revolution

It is really mind-boggling to think that the government of the United States is about to shelve all the U.N. resolutions about Iran’s nuclear program, and on top of that, possibly throw Israel under the bus at the U.N. It is truly the world turned upside down.

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