• Today’s Toons 11/27/14

    Today’s Toons 11/27/14

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  • Thanksgiving 2014: What is there to be thankful for?

    Thanksgiving 2014: What is there to be thankful for?

    October 22, 2012: A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner. (AP) Oct. 8, 2012: A Thanksgiving dinner plate of cider brined turkey with sage gravy, peach cranberry sauce, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, sausage pecan stuffing, arugula pear...
  • Tropical fly-borne illness reported near Damascus: WHO

    GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said....
  • How to Handle a Broken Campaign Promise

    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 11:59 a.m. on Nov. 26 2 Tweet Broken campaign promises complicate a politician’s re-election effort, but they don’t have to be fatal. This cycle, when faced with their own...
  • Greek services paralysed by strike

    Greek services paralysed by strike

    27 November 2014 Last updated at 10:15 Dozens of flights by Greek airlines were cancelled as air traffic controllers walked out A 24-hour general strike over austerity measures has closed schools and public offices and...

Headline News

  • Protests in Ferguson, elsewhere dwindle after two nights of unrest


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The streets of Ferguson, Missouri were mostly quiet overnight after two days of racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, wintry weather kept many indoors across the state and other parts of the Midwest and the East Coast, though hundreds demonstrated against the killing in the California cities of Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. Protesters also held up banners reading “Solidarity with Ferguson” and “Black Lives Matter” outside the U.S. embassy in London. Among those who attended was the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in north London in 2011, prompting Britain’s worst civil unrest for decades. The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson first erupted into protests after police officer Darren Wilson shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Wilson, who was placed …

    November 27, 2014 5:49 am
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Politics

  • How to Handle a Broken Campaign Promise


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 11:59 a.m. on Nov. 26 2 Tweet Broken campaign promises complicate a politician’s re-election effort, but they don’t have to be fatal. This cycle, when faced with their own words from a previous campaign, two incumbents utilized different strategies in their quest for another term. One of the most famous examples of a broken campaign promise came during the 1988 presidential race. Vice President George Bush stood on the stage of the Republican National Convention and uttered the words, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” It was a clear and concise promise that likely helped Bush win the Oval Office. It also contributed to his re-election loss four years later. The president was saddled with his statement after he agreed to a tax increase as part of a budget agreement with congressional Democrats. So how does a candidate avoid a similar fate? In 2010, Republican Scott Walker promised to …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Stocks

  • Top toys: Hasbro is way cooler than Mattel


      Little kids don’t care if a toy is made by Hasbro or Mattel. They just want the toy to be fun. For what it’s worth, this father of two thinks that Hasbro’s current lineup of toys is much cooler than Mattel’s. Investors seems to agree. Shares of Hasbro (HAS) are near an all-time high. Mattel (MAT) has been one of the worst performers in the SP 500 this year. It’s the misfit toy stock of Wall Street. And it’s been that way for a few years. Why is Mattel struggling so much while Hasbro is hot? I took a trip to the Toys R Us in Times Square to find out. Hasbro has a license to thrill. Simply put, Hasbro has the upper hand on Mattel when it comes to toys and Hollywood. Hasbro makes Transformers. The fourth movie in that Michael Bay franchise came out this summer and has grossed more than $1 …

    November 27, 2014 5:07 am
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Sports

  • Cricket: A sport left heartbroken by death of Hughes


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – The cricket world was in mourning on Thursday following the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died in a Sydney hospital, two days after being hit in the head by a ball. A game that is synonymous with the values of fair play and sportsmanship was left heartbroken at the loss of one its favorite sons, a kid from a banana plantation who dared to dream big. That he died surrounded by his family and friends after being injured playing the game he loved, provided little solace to the millions of people that follow cricket. “It’s an understatement to say we’re completely devastated,” Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland told reporters. “The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy.” Australia’s pain was shared by the cricketing world. Cricket, perhaps more than most other sports, is played by a tight-knit community. Only a …

    November 27, 2014 5:50 am
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World News

  • Greek services paralysed by strike


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 10:15 Dozens of flights by Greek airlines were cancelled as air traffic controllers walked out A 24-hour general strike over austerity measures has closed schools and public offices and heavily disrupted transport throughout Greece. Two of the biggest unions called their members out, hitting the private as well as public sector. Greece has finally pulled out of a six-year recession, and its government is trying to exit a €240bn (£190bn; $300bn) international bailout. But Greeks are angry at continuing austerity and high jobless rates. Thousands of protesters were due to take part in rallies in the capital Athens and other major cities including Thessaloniki on Thursday, amid the prospect of further measures from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s conservative-led government. The central rail station in Athens was deserted as public transport ground to a halt Hospitals were open only for emergencies, and shops and banks were also hit by the …

    November 27, 2014 5:50 am
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Technology

  • EU to Google: expand ‘right to be forgotten’ to Google.com


    European data regulators are set to instruct Google to apply “right to be forgotten” search result deletions outside of Europe on Google.com. The Article 29 cross-European panel of data protection watchdogs announced its guidance that search result removals should be carried out beyond local European domains such as google.co.uk, google.fr and google.de to prevent circumvention of the right to be forgotten law. “De-listing decisions must be implemented in such a way that they guarantee the effective and complete protection of data subjects’ rights and that EU law cannot be circumvented,” Article 29 said in a statement. “Limiting de-listing to EU domains on the grounds that users tend to access search engines via their national domains cannot be considered a sufficient means to satisfactorily guarantee the rights of data subjects according to the ruling.” ‘De-listing should also be effective on all relevant .com domains’ The right to be forgotten ruling allows Europeans to apply to remove …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Science

  • NASA Coverage Set for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station


    [image-50] The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 2:31 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft. It is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the space station during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43. In addition to launch coverage, NASA also will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. The mission, designated SpaceX CRS-5, …

    November 27, 2014 2:20 am
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Health

  • Tropical fly-borne illness reported near Damascus: WHO


    GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The outbreak of myiasis, also known as screw worm, stems from deteriorating water and sanitation conditions. While not life-threatening, its presence is an indicator of how bad health conditions have become, according to the global health body. A video posted online this week appeared to show a doctor removing maggots from the skin in the back of a wounded girl’s head and a dozen extracted maggots squirming in a petri dish. Later it shows her with re-grown hair and small bald patches. The video claimed to have been filmed in the rebel-held Ghouta area east of Damascus and was posted on YouTube by the Syrian Media Organization, which describes itself as the media arm of rebel groups in southern Syria. …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Entertainment

  • What Pharrell has to say about Michael Brown may rub people the wrong way


    The “Happy” singer isn’t making many people very happy with his comments about Brown’s behavior, which smack of victim blaming. In an interview with Ebony, Pharrell said Brown was acting like a bully in the convenience store he was accused of robbing and that he was asking for trouble when he didn’t blindly obey the cops. “It looked very bullyish; that in itself I had a problem with,” Williams said of the surveillance footage depicting Brown allegedly stealing cigarillos shortly before he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson. “Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?” Furious celebrity reactions to the Ferguson decision He tried to clarify his comments, but he winds up just coming off even worse. “I believe that [the] Ferguson officer should be punished and serve time. He used excessive force …

    November 27, 2014 5:49 am
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving 2014: What is there to be thankful for?


    October 22, 2012: A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner. (AP) Oct. 8, 2012: A Thanksgiving dinner plate of cider brined turkey with sage gravy, peach cranberry sauce, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, sausage pecan stuffing, arugula pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette and goat cheese and herb crusted sweet potatoes. (AP) What if the government is designed to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which major political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts from the government? What if they …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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