Archive for ‘Europe’

October 22, 2012

The Armstrong Scandal & Willful Disbelief

I woke up this morning to NPR and yet another story about Lance Armstrong and the ever-unfolding doping scandal. The show’s guest was speaking about a book published a few years back by an Irish author whose claims of Lance’s doping fell on many a deaf ear which are now, in light of new evidence, basking in the glow of affirmation. Despite all the mounting and apparently irrefutable evidence there is still, in me at least, a semblance of incredulity.

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July 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Rest of 1st World Astounded by US’s Enduring Gun Culture

Just as with the Health Care Reform debate here in the US, the rest of the developed world’s industrialized countries are astonished that, in the wake of such tragedies as the Aurora, Colorado shootings, the need for gun control is still a debate. For many of our friends abroad this is a non-issue, gun control is a necessity and debating it makes little sense. But here in the US, we still feel the right to bear arms is one that should not be hindered with troublesome regulation even if it saves lives, in the same vain so many feel increasing access to basic health care for millions of Americans is tantamount to treason.  It makes one wonder where our priorities lie in this country. Why are we so unwilling to accept a relatively small level of inconvenience if it means improving or protecting the lives of our fellow citizens? Perhaps this is simply a symptom of our own immaturity as a nation.

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May 26, 2012

In the Event of Austerity…”BREAK GLASS”

via #ThinkProgress (@nytimes)

May 24, 2012

To High-speed Rail or Not to High-speed Rail

Having spent a decent amount of time living and traveling throughout Europe I consider myself an avid enthusiast of passenger rail. Each time I return to the US I am almost disappointed that I have to climb back behind the wheel of a car to go anywhere instead of hopping a train. When President Obama announced his pursuit of high-speed rail expansion across the country, I was needless to say, jubilant but in the end unsurprised when Republican lawmakers crucified the effort and state governors refused their portions of federal funding.

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May 7, 2012

French Reject Austerity; Are US Republicans Listening?

This past weekend French voters denied their incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy reelection  in a resounding rejection of austerity policies which have kept European economic recovery out of reach. In arrant disavowal of this message and mounting real world evidence to the contrary, Republicans in the U.S. continue their own pursuit of spending cuts policy.

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May 1, 2012

The Daily Scoop: UK MP’s – Murdoch ‘not a fit person’ to lead News Corp

Will the US be next to take on Rupert Murdoch’s media empire?

Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”, MPs have said.

The culture committee questioned journalists and bosses at the now-closed News of the World, as well as police and lawyers for hacking victims.

Its report has concluded that Mr Murdoch exhibited “wilful blindness” to what was going on in News Corporation.

But the committee was split six to four with Tory members refusing to endorse the report and branding it “partisan”.

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April 24, 2012

Europe’s Woes Prove GOP Wrong

Anyone frustrated with the drawn out economic recovery here in the US should cast a gaze across the Atlantic for a view of how it could have been. In the European Union we have a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of where this country would be had we chosen the path of severe spending cuts rather than a road stabilized by economic stimulus. 

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April 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: US grabs lead over China in clean energy race

Despite the opposition, the accusations of corruption associated with Solyndra and unyielding obstinance against any energy policy paradigm shift, the US has taken the lead once again in the realm of clean energy investment. This increase in private investment provides a glimmer of hope that the private sector is recognizing the benefits of shifting away nonrenewables. With renewables representing much larger share of energy production in Europe than they do in the US, perhaps this private sector investment will motivate politicians in Washington to take note and renew the tax credits & government investment for new clean energy business ventures to maintain our country’s competitiveness.

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April 11, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Street corners from around the world [Photo Essay]

Discovered on Slate this morning, this is a series of photographs of street corners from around the world. From Chicago to Morocco, from 1963 to 2009, they are everyday snapshots of life illustrating, in the simplest terms, how very alike we all actually are.  

See the full series HERE