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Consciousness explored… May 15, 2012

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“What is consciousness if not a living entity’s instinct independent awareness of its own existence, indeed of its very own unique, yet fleeting, window to the universe?” Who said that?? Advertisements

From Associated Press – Analysis: US, Israel agree to disagree on Iran March 6, 2012

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  By ANNE GEARAN AP National Security Writer AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais       Buy AP Photo Reprints WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended two days of public posturing on Iran right where they began. Obama wants Israel to refrain from attacking Iran now, and Netanyahu pointedly refused to […]

Haaretz: Netanyahu and Obama play high-stakes poker over Iran March 3, 2012

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Haaretz’s editor-in-chief Aluf Benn says PM’s planned trip to Washington will be the most fateful of his political career. By Aluf BennTags: Iran Iran nuclear Benjamin Netanyahu Barack Obama Washington Get Haaretz on iPhone Get Haaretz on Android Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington will be the most important one in his long career as ambassador, politician and national leader. On […]

Al Jazeera Q&A: Nir Rosen’s predictions for Syria February 25, 2012

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  Journalist who recently travelled the country draws on his experiences to consider Syria’s fate. Al Jazeera: To quote General David Petraeus in Iraq: ‘Tell me how this ends.’   Nir Rosen: The regime can survive for a long time, even if it steadily loses control of territory within the country. It is very unlikely that […]

New York Times: David Carr February 23, 2012

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  February 23, 2012, 3:45 PM When Reporters Become Targets, War Coverage Is Reduced to a Stream of Videos By DAVID CARR The terrible news that Marie Colvin, an American-born correspondent for The Sunday Times of London, had been killed, along with Rémi Ochlik, a French photographer, while covering the conflict in Syria early Wednesday reminded anew of the […]

My Friend, Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum February 22, 2012

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Wednesday 22 February 20124:17 pm Lindsey Hilsum  The week before last, over dinner in Beirut, I told Marie that I would not sneak across the border into Homs because it was too dangerous. She said she was going to have a go anyway. She felt it was important. “Anyway, it’s what we do,” she said. […]

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes February 12, 2012

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Column by Jon Gingerich (see below) January 31, 2012 I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to […]

From ‘informed COMMENT’: Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” February 3, 2012

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  Posted on 02/01/2012 by Juan Cole Quarter-billionaire Mitt Romney to Soledad O’Brien on CNN: “Romney says, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the […]

From HealthCare.gov February 1, 2012

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Affordable Care Act Rules on Expanding Access to Preventive Services for Women Before health reform, too many Americans didn’t get the preventive health care they need to stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, lead productive lives, and reduce health care costs.  Often because of cost, Americans used preventive services at about half […]

From www.lettersofnote.com: To My Old Master February 1, 2012

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To My Old Master In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way […]