The Terrible Future Of The Syrian War (goldrunner1)
Vietnam was a break in the tradition of secret puppet conflicts, sending the U.S. into the realm of openly admitted proxy. The establishment wanted the American people to know that we were supplying funding and weapons to the South Vietnamese nationalists, meddling in a civil war which had absolutely no bearing on U.S. international relations or domestic policy. The rationalization then was that America had to stop the spread of communism. Ironically, the communists of North Vietnam were a minimal threat compared to the elitist communists within our own borders sitting in positions of political power.
A number of surprisingly cautious and candid comments regarding America’s economic state and the potential drawbacks of quantitative easing were made. In particular, the Fed acknowledged that a “breakout of inflation” is a risk, and that once interest rates start climbing, Americans’ bank deposits could be jeopardized. Moreover, the Fed admitted that there may be no easy exit from QE: “It will likely be difficult to unwind policy accommodation, and the end of monetary easing may be painful for consumers and businesses.”
The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada (westcoastjan)
In the 2013 World Press Freedom Index — an evaluation done by Reporters Without Borders on the autonomy of a country’s media environment, Canada came in at a paltry 20th, putting us behind liberal-democratic powerhouses such as Namibia, Costa Rica, and the Western Hemisphere’s new champion of free media — Jamaica.
How to put cybersecurity defences to the test (westcoastjan)
Some of those sites permit what is known as cross-site scripting which, in effect, lets an attacker run their own code on that web location. That can make it easy to booby-trap messages on a forum and trap the real target.
Why I Left the Conservatives to Stand Alone (westcoastjan)
To say that we are somehow better than the other guys is similarly woefully inadequate. If we are measuring our ethical performance against the Sponsorship Scandalized Liberals, perhaps we need to set our ethical bar a little higher.
Bank card thefts ‘soaring at ATMs’ (westcoastjan)
When she emerged from the shop later, one of the pair asked her for change and stole her bank card while pretending to help her with her purse.
“It frightened me,” she said, “and it gutted me to think that I’d been stupid enough and that they’d been attacking vulnerable people, young or old.
Is a Freefall in Oil Prices Really Underway? (James S.)
Over the past 2½ years, the average weekly price of WTI traded below $80/bbl only once. During the week ending Oct. 7, 2011 the weekly price averaged $79.43, but then climbed back above $100/bbl within two months. To get consecutive closes below $80/bbl, we have to go back nearly three years to the end of September 2010.
The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the news media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry’s claim that fracking has never tainted anyone’s water.
Bees do it, so why can’t bee keepers and colleagues? (westcoastjan)
In the workplace, you’re more likely to find employees acting like beekeepers than worker bees. Many companies – and most people, really – have an inherent cultural problem with working as a team. Yet cultures where team think is encouraged have their own difficulties, such as not speaking up when there are problems.
Meet ‘Schmeat’: Lab-grown meat hits the grill this month (westcoastjan)
Datar noted that a large proportion of agricultural land is used to grow feed for livestock rather than food for people. “In terms of food security, that’s not the greatest way to go.” She added that livestock are also breeding grounds for disease epidemics such as various influenza strains.
Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on a map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.
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