Lame Duck Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Posted on December 6, 2014

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on what is supposed to be his final trip to Afghanistan to help oversee the transition to a more limited troop presence here after the end of the year. Throughout his time as defense secretary, Mr. Hagel pushed for a continuing troop presence after the end […]

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Red Cross Stops Misleading Donors

Posted on December 6, 2014

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. “We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,” Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. “That’s world class, obviously.” McGovern has often repeated that figure, which […]

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Political Futility: Putin Threatens Currency Speculators

Posted on December 5, 2014

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The Russian president says the government knows exactly who is profiting from speculation against the Russian ruble, and that the government and central bank have tools to punish them. “The government knows who these profiteers are. It is time to do something about them,” Vladimir Putin said during his 11th state of the nation address […]

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Chavez’s Legacy: Venezuela Is Almost Bankrupt

Posted on December 5, 2014

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By Wolf Richter OPEC member Venezuela has one of the largest oil and natural gas proven reserves in the world. It’s the 12th largest producer in the world. It’s still one of the top suppliers of crude oil to the US. Oil produces 95% of Venezuela’s export earnings. Oil and gas account for 25% of GDP. […]

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Apple Computer’s Origin — Not in a Garage

Posted on December 5, 2014

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The long believed fact that Apple was made in a garage, is a myth says the co-founder of the tech giant, Steve Wozniak. He reveals that it was in fact made in his HP office. . . . In an interview with the Bloomberg Businessweek, to a question about the legendary garage, Wozniak said, “The […]

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No Pay Raises . . . Again

Posted on December 5, 2014

Wage growth around the world slowed in 2013 to 2.0%, compared to 2.2% in 2012, and has yet to catch up to the pre-crisis rates of about 3.0%, according to the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2014/15  *. Even this modest growth in global wages was driven almost entirely by emerging G20 economies, where wages increased […]

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Skinny Mice Eat Only 9 to 5

Posted on December 4, 2014

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Eating only within an eight-hour window each day could help you shed weight, a study has found. Limiting the times you eat could reverse obesity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And it doesn’t even matter whether you have fatty or sugary foods. The eight-hour limit seems to undo the harm done […]

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Brown Fat (Skinny Mice); White Fat (Fat Mice).

Posted on December 4, 2014

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Researchers in China believe they have found the dieting Holy Grail in a native plant extract that holds the key to burning fat without having to exercise – but it might not be entirely safe. Berberine is a bitter-tasting plant alkaloid that has a long history of medicinal use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. . […]

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Charter Schools Gain in East Nashville (Inner City)

Posted on December 4, 2014

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Nearly half of all students in East Nashville don’t attend their zoned school. Part of that is the district’s own doing. Open enrollment, a rising trend in districts around the country, made it so that students in Nashville can attend school just about anywhere they want — as long as there’s an open seat. And, […]

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17 States Sue the Obama Administration on Immigration

Posted on December 4, 2014

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Seventeen states, led by Texas, are suing the Obama administration over its recent executive actions on immigration. “The Constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state’s governor-elect, said at a news conference in Austin. Abbott filed a lawsuit today in federal court in […]

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