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Bring back mandatory military service in the US and UK

In April 2006, I sat on a hillside in northern Greece, shortly before midnight. about 100 metres below, the platoons were moving into their ambush positions on the road. Next to me was Jim, another British army officer, and Captain Dimitris, who was escorting us during our observer-attachment to …

No Drugs, No Executions: The End of the Death Penalty

On Oct. 15, Flor­ida ex­ecuted Wil­li­am Happ, a man who most agreed de­served little sym­pathy. Happ kid­napped 21-year-old An­gela Crow­ley in 1986 …

An Exceptionally Arrogant Defense of NSA Spying on Foreigners

Rep. Peter King suggests we monitored Angela Merkel for Germany's own good.<p>Foreigners are understandably put off by the way Americans debate NSA spying: Even many pundits who object to mass surveillance of U.S. citizens are typically fine with efforts to monitor every Frenchman, German, Spaniard, …

5 reasons cutting Social Security would be irrational

Don’t expect even the current Congress to go there<p>Even for Congress. They, and others who apparently don't study the facts, believe that Social Security is a government handout. But "entitlement" means that people who have paid into a program all their lives are entitled to a reasonable return on …

Congress renews farm bill fight with food stamp cuts still on the table

The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80bn-a-year food stamp program, but there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.<p>Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, …

Another EU country under heavy NSA surveillance

Report shows more than 60 million Spanish phone calls were tracked in one month as diplomatic fallout spreads<p>Following a host of revelations proving that the NSA has been spying on millions of phone calls of EU citizens, on Monday a report in Spanish El Mundo -- based on yet more Edward Snowden …

“Riots always begin typically the same way”: Food stamp shutdown looms Friday

The head of the largest food bank says the $5 billion annual cut will take a week of meals off millions’ plates<p>Food stamp recipients face a massive benefit cut set to kick in when stimulus funds expire Friday. The nationwide cut “is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three,” …

Drone victim family will be first to testify before Congress

School teacher Rafiq ur Rehman saw his mother killed and children injured by a U.S. drone; he wants answers<p>Rafiq ur Rehman, a primary school teacher in Pakistan's beleaguered Waziristan province has felt personally and profoundly the impact of U.S. drone strikes in his region. In one strike last …

How the US is boosting natural gas production with fewer wells

Estimating natural gas production in the US used to be pretty simple for government energy statisticians: They simply counted the number of drilling rigs. More rigs meant more natural gas. Not any more.<p>Over the past six years, advanced hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has dramatically boosted …

Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security

Oh, what a job. You've got $3 billion to address society's most intractable problems. So what do you do?<p>If you're philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, you set a deadline: 40 years.<p>And you move at "fast-forward" speed (that's the way Warren describes his son's …

Bitcoin Still A Bit Player For Hedge Funds

Bitcoin is still too small and too controversial for widespread implementation in the hedge fund industry in the near future.<p>Bitcoin, the controversial cyber currency catching the eye — for better or worse — of some of the world's most prominent investors, got a boost late last week when the leader …

World's first bitcoin ATM to launch this week

A Robocoin ATM that trades hard cash for digital bitcoins launches in Canada<p>The world's first bitcoin ATM will go live in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday.<p>Built by company Robocoin, the ATM will trade the digital currency for cash and vice versa.<p>Bitcoin is the world's most popular electronic currency …

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