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Online privacy is virtually non-existent

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

If you care about online privacy, you are forgiven for your despair. More data than ever is being uploaded and it’s getting easier to access and cheaper to store. At the same time, cyberintruders pose a threat at every turn. We know these things instinctively, but sometimes it takes a skillful presentation to make them real. Thanks to Mary Meeker, they’re real now. Each year, venture capitalist Meeker presents a

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  • Obama failing the Pinocchio test

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Flailing in the Capital, President Barack Obama is out on the campaign trail doing what he does the best … blaming Republicans for his utter lack of leadership ability. Among his recurring comments, repeated in his latest weekly address, is this: “So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.” The claim got three Pinocchios from the trusted fact checkers at the

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  • International community should help ease tensions in Israel

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    President Barack Obama has offered to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a standard U.S. response to the periodic outbreak of violence from Gaza. But the current rocket fire from Gaza into Israel is different from past episodes, and the usual cease-fire may not answer Israel’s new peril. Hamas took credit for trying to destroy Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona. Three rockets were fired at the installation. Two fell

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  • Tennesseans’ duty to report suspected child abuse

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Child abuse and neglect is a sad fact of life that readers of this newspaper are reminded of almost daily. There are cruel and unthinking people in our own community who put children at grave risk of injury as a result of neglect or mistreatment. State officials investigate more than 60,000 reports of child abuse annually. This mistreatment includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or psychological harm. Telltale signs of

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  • Tensions rise in Brazil as World Cup ends, Summer Olympics loom

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Against daunting odds — the slow pace of construction, demonstrations by displaced slum dwellers, long distances, impenetrable traffic and the collapse of one hastily built overpass — Brazil pulled off what is universally and rightly regarded as a successful soccer World Cup. The competition was watched by record crowds worldwide, including a 100 percent increase in U.S. viewership over the last World Cup. It is not too much to say

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  • President overstepping and congress doesn’t care

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Congress would not go along with President Barack Obama’s plan to close down coal-fired power plants and drive electricity prices up. So Obama is acting on his own to do so. U.S. senators would not confirm the three union sympathizers Obama wanted on the National Labor Relations Board. So Obama, in a move the Supreme Court just ruled illegal, did so on his own through sham “recess appointments.” Congress could

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  • Obama’s deficit in statesmanship

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

    How the mighty have fallen. In a poll last week by Quinnipiac University, a plurality of voters declared President Obama the worst man to hold the highest office in the land since World War II. That’s a decidedly ignominious distinction considering the failings – real or perceived – of several of the presidents that preceded Obama. George W. Bush steered the nation into two separate wars, producing nearly 5,300 U.S.

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