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13 Media Moments from 2014 We Could Have Lived Without

Presenting; a mix of the morally execrable and the culturally annoying moments in 2014 that we sort wish had never happened, to be honest, although we dutifully thought and wrote about them (and to be even more honest, these ten moments are merely the tip-top of the Christmas tree of head-smacking moments from 2014.) Adieu, 2014! … Read More

Why high-speed rail might be a target for terrorists

6 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

To the editor: George Skelton's and Jeff Morales' fanciful musings about the security advantages of high-speed trains trivialize a substantial risk. Trains cannot be flown into buildings, but they are attractive targets for terrorists. ("An upside of high-speed rail? It's more traveler friendly...

How The CIA's Torture Program Is Destroying The Key Foreign Power The US Had: The Moral High Ground

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Over a year ago, we wrote about a wonderful piece in Foreign Affairs by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore, noting that the real "danger" of the Snowden and Manning revelations was that it effectively killed off the US's ability to use hypocrisy as a policy tool. Show More Summary

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Obama’s popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? Obama’s …

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Obama’s popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? Obama’s sinking popularity among the troops can be traced to a number of factors: budget cuts, falling troop morale, frustrations over the Obama administration’s foreign policy, gay and gender equity initiatives within the military, and US political leaders in general. According to […]

‘Breaking Bad’ and the science of violence

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Eric Hopton for – Your Universe Online When murderers and other violent criminals commit their crimes, are they displaying a Breaking Bad style breakdown of morals? Or are they, as claimed by social scientists from UCLA and Northwestern University, mostly responding to a truly...

Bristol-Myers Squibb donates N.C. Wyeth painting to Brandywine River Museum of Art

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Brandywine River Museum of Art announced the generous gift of an N.C. Wyeth painting. The painting, Public Health and Morale (circa 1943) depicts an idealized American family against a backdrop of busy wartime factories, with a squadron of military airplanes over head. Show More Summary

Campfires of Hope

Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision -- a choice you make based on what we call faith or moral conscience, whatever most deeply motivates you. I have said that for many years, but this Advent and Christmas season tests my words -- even in my own heart. This is not a time that many of us are feeling a great deal of hope. Show More Summary

A Good Closer?

There has long been a pattern to Barack Obama’s political career on the national stage. There are moments of soaring moral clarity and inspiration; there are long periods of drift or laziness or passivity; and there are often very good fourth quarters. The 2008 campaign was an almost perfect coda: the sudden initial breakout, then […]

The 2014 Reliable Source Naughty-and-Nice list

In the post Elf on the Shelf holiday season, naughty and nice lists are probably outdated. These days Santa’s got a Bloomberg Terminal with which to monitor all the moral market data out there. But just in case Mr. Claus needs some more eyes on the ground, the Reliable Source went a little old school and comprised a list of the baddies, […]

‘Two Days, One Night’ Uses a Fairy Tale Formula to Tell an Adult Morality Tale

It’s probably safe to assume that you recall the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs. In case, however, you’re a folkloric vegetarian, it centers around a certain Big Bad Wolf who, like a wandering salesman, travels to the poorly constructed...Show More Summary

CNBC's Jim Cramer: Make Money, Don't Moralize

'Tis the season, like almost every season, for financial growth and profits that trump moral merit. But can there be peace on earth without financial justice, truth and goodwill toward all who live responsibly? On December 18th, 2014,...Show More Summary

Cemetery in the Sea Betrays Europe's Moral Crisis

Last Tuesday, a baby boy was born on an Italian Navy ship in the Mediterranean. The mother, a young Eritrean woman, was among 430 refugees picked up in the Straight of Sicily, as she made the dangerous trip to Europe from Libya. TheShow More Summary

Indonesia to Stop Subjecting Female Civil Servants to 'Virginity Tests'

Last month, Human Rights Watch reported that female candidates for Indonesia's police force were forced to undergo two-finger "virginity tests" as an indicator of their fitness and morality, drawing much ire from around the world. As a response, Indonesian officials have decided to abolish virginity tests at the state-run college for civil servant applicants. Read more...

Oscar Isaac Had A Most Excellent Year

Were J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" released in 1981, the year referenced in its title, Al Pacino would likely star as Abel Morales, an immigrant business man hoping to make good on the promise of the American dream in a sea of shady deals and criminal activity. Show More Summary

Afghan Taliban can't claim moral high ground while killing civilians at home

AGE: anti-government elements; PGF: pro-government forces. (Source.) In reaction to the despicable killing of over 100 school children in Pakistan whose only 'crime' was attending an army school at a time when the army was battling the...Show More Summary

The Worst Sin

The Ten Commandments is the most morally influential piece of legislation ever written. To give a good idea of how relevant each of the ten is, take the third commandment,

MORALITY POLICE: When it comes to alcohol laws, Pennsylvania is about as close to Saudi Arabia as y…

MORALITY POLICE: When it comes to alcohol laws, Pennsylvania is about as close to Saudi Arabia as you can get in America.

J.K. Rowling Reveals New Information About Draco Malfoy, Says She's 'Unnerved' By Girls Who Fall For Him

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling just revealed some brand new back story for the villainous Draco Malfoy in her 12 Days of Christmas Pottermore series. “Draco remains a person of dubious morality in the seven published books, and I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of [...]

NYPD Commish Defends de Blasio: Name One Mayor Who Hasn’t Battled Police Unions

3 days agoNews : Mediaite

While NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton publicly stood by Mayor Bill de Blasio during today's press conference addressing the murder of two officers, he admitted the obvious: police morale was low and many officers do not like de Blasi...

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