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Amazon envisions eventually
delivering packages in 30
minutes via drones

Washington Post, by Timothy B. Lee

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/1/2013 10:11:20 PM

Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4justice, 12/1/2013 10:23:07 PM     (No. 9636266)

Pay no attention to that widescreen TV falling on your head

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/1/2013 10:39:55 PM     (No. 9636272)

No TVs falling from the sky. The drones that he envisions using for same day (half hour?) delivery are limited to five pound packages. Like books.

We don´t watch 60 Minutes. We did tonight and hit a winner. The Amazon segment was incredible. And the segment on the Capitol dome was wonderfully interesting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Distorted, 12/1/2013 10:49:19 PM     (No. 9636276)

It might get a complaint or two when it starts chopping off the noses of families´ barking dogs.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/1/2013 10:58:21 PM     (No. 9636282)

LOL and hat tip to #3. That would be something to see - the neighbor´s Doberman tearing apart their delivery drone!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 12/1/2013 11:03:05 PM     (No. 9636283)

I vote no

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Reply 6 - Posted by: PI65, 12/1/2013 11:27:09 PM     (No. 9636288)

Bravo! America was built because of people like Jobs and Bezos. Always pushing the envelope.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: web, 12/1/2013 11:58:47 PM     (No. 9636298)

and I envision people shooting these things out of the sky, when they get to be too noisy and annoying.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 12/2/2013 12:10:21 AM     (No. 9636305)

i can´t see ANY problems with this..
or advantages..

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Texan1stCavDad, 12/2/2013 12:24:59 AM     (No. 9636316)

Only in America do we stand in front of the microwave and impatiently say "hurry up".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Subal, 12/2/2013 2:02:39 AM     (No. 9636341)

I wonder if it could be used to depopulate the White House?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/2/2013 3:45:30 AM     (No. 9636359)

Like the Hunger Games? Scary.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 12/2/2013 3:59:20 AM     (No. 9636365)

Finally! We have a 20-21st Century use for the "Widow´s Walks" atop many thousands of houses in the United States and Canada.

They are the ideal location for your own (or neighborhood´s) "Drone Dome."

Doberman Proof!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/2/2013 3:59:38 AM     (No. 9636367)

No, thanks, I´ll wait for the UPS truck.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/2/2013 5:18:00 AM     (No. 9636392)

We´ll see. I can imagine the skies filled with delivery drones on Christmas Eve when last minute shoppers get panicky.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: M2, 12/2/2013 7:01:19 AM     (No. 9636449)

Don´t drones also spy on people?

Okay, okay, so maybe Bezos isn´t in Obama´s pocket. Forget I said it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/2/2013 7:11:11 AM     (No. 9636458)

Was that attempted contraband delivery to a Georgia prison his trial run?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: rarebear, 12/2/2013 7:50:58 AM     (No. 9636491)

Doug Heffernan and Deacon Palmer will have to acquire new skills, but I think Supervisor O´Boyle will fit right in.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: 4freedom, 12/2/2013 7:57:50 AM     (No. 9636503)

I don´t know #7, people more likely to be shooting them out of the sky to get the goodies.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Deedo, 12/2/2013 8:00:37 AM     (No. 9636505)

Why not have Peter Pan sprinkle magic dust on the packages and animate them to fly to their right address? Surely that would be more efficient than to send out flying drones? Perhaps the Wicked Witch can lend us her flying monkeys? I hear that they work for peanuts.



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/2/2013 8:14:13 AM     (No. 9636529)

I hope I am not getting too old and set in my ways, but this sounds creepy to me. I can´t imagine these things flying around a city. Although I admire the innovation, I am suspect of its implementation.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: country boy, 12/2/2013 8:32:20 AM     (No. 9636554)

I saw portions of the interview on a 60Mins web page this morning. Really fascinating, even if the drones-delivery never happens. Bezos is one of a select few with S. Jobs, Gates, etc. Maybe JD Rockefeller too.

Henry Ford did tons too, affordable cars. But his idea of "anhy color as long as it is black", and Model T´s forever were definitely off the mark.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/2/2013 8:33:42 AM     (No. 9636557)

Not to my house. I´ve read that there is already drone technology which can detect guns inside of a house. Don´t know if it´s true but I´m not taking chances.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Clinger, 12/2/2013 8:54:25 AM     (No. 9636588)

Great, now big brother need only to disguise spy drones as Amazon delivering a copy of Obama´s next autobiography.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: chicodon, 12/2/2013 9:53:01 AM     (No. 9636664)

I´m reminded of the 1977 movie "Gizmo".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EuZk3-crHg

In it there is an incredible "walking machine" that you put on and the machine forces your legs and arms to move and walk like a robot. The whole idea was to make walking easier. The problem was that it made walking harder.

This is a great idea on paper but the thought of dropped packages, stolen packages, stolen drones, collisions, mishaps in poor weather, etc... will make the delivery of packages more difficult if adopted on a large scale.

This one should go under the heading of a billionaire´s folly. A bicycle courier makes more sense but I´m sure the technology will be used by Amazon internally.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 12/2/2013 10:02:16 AM     (No. 9636683)

All while delivery your complimentary, and subsidized, copy of The Washington Post, and just maybe a little side business with NSA/Homeland Security to help pay the bills.

Gotta admire the innovative thinking, though I don´t think it is warranted nor needed.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 12/2/2013 10:02:26 AM     (No. 9636686)

I really resent having to wait 30 minutes.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 12/2/2013 10:04:33 AM     (No. 9636692)

Operation SPLAT!!!



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Reply 28 - Posted by: question_complexity, 12/2/2013 10:32:34 AM     (No. 9636733)

Power lines? Collisions? Noise? Carnival games.. shoot a drone, win a prize (whatever it was delivering)?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 12/2/2013 10:33:46 AM     (No. 9636734)

The books I buy from Amazon are invisible as they fly through the air to my house. My Kindle catches them.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: sinic, 12/2/2013 10:44:43 AM     (No. 9636747)

After all those "Navigators" get finished signing up lemmings for Obamacare, they´ll be signed up to work as Air Traffic Controllers ... just to minimize the in-air collisions. These things would be dropping out of the sky like hail. Talk about a pipe dream!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/2/2013 10:51:03 AM     (No. 9636756)

One of their other ideas was to lease US Post Office equipment for Sunday delivery. Amazon is definitely thinking about how to provide better service for less.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: hershey, 12/2/2013 11:00:03 AM     (No. 9636770)

I doubt it...as it stands, I live 15 miles or so from the Hebron Ky. distribution center...my orders ship FedEx...they go to a collection point in Hebron, then to the Indianapolis FedEx sort facility and then back to my home.....3-5 days for a distance of 15 miles...and he wants to use Drones????

How did he ever get to be CEO????

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Reply 33 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/2/2013 11:02:13 AM     (No. 9636775)

I doubt I´ll see much in the way of drones out here, 16 miles from a town of 1,800 in rural Wyoming ..

(grinning)

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Reply 34 - Posted by: strike3, 12/2/2013 11:07:11 AM     (No. 9636781)

I´m far more concerned about the US Government delivering things to my house with a drone. As much as I despise the obama regime, it´s a distinct possibility.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: geronimo, 12/2/2013 11:07:49 AM     (No. 9636782)

#14 "I can imagine the skies filled with delivery drones on Christmas Eve ......."

Will they tape on fake antlers and red noses for the occasion?

Do drones come back next day to collect the empties?

Who directs drone traffic snarls over skyscrapers? Do doormen bring down the boxes and sort them in the mailroom?

Bezos is pulling our legs, Ldotters. He hired writers from SNL to come up with this idea.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Epirb, 12/2/2013 11:07:56 AM     (No. 9636783)

Santa Claus revisited!


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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 12/2/2013 11:22:19 AM     (No. 9636793)

I saw this idea several days ago.

What a stupid idea, other than its ´promotional´ value.

Why doesn´t he instead work on a Star Trek type transporter, and just beam the product into the hands of purchasers?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: jhboatwright, 12/2/2013 11:26:30 AM     (No. 9636797)

As long as 0bamaPhones can be delivered faster to the Won´t-Worker-Voters, thing WILL FLY.


Or will be made to pretend to.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/2/2013 11:45:40 AM     (No. 9636827)

The most important thing in our lives is getting our package from Amazon in 30 minutes????????????

No wonder our country is so out of harmony - the brainiacs are focused on the stupidest things.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 12/2/2013 12:00:17 PM     (No. 9636855)

Yo..yo...Wait until the tech is perfected. Anyone with a GPS in their phone will have their own personal Government drone following them around, taking pictures of their behavior and reporting back to the food police or IRS!!!
The Soviet Gulag will start looking good.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/2/2013 12:27:31 PM     (No. 9636886)

37 - he already did that. It´s called Kindle...

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Reply 42 - Posted by: chefrandy, 12/2/2013 1:16:13 PM     (No. 9636945)

Just hook up with Jimmie Johns. If you believe their commercials, they´ve got the rapid delivery thing down pat.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 12/2/2013 1:36:22 PM     (No. 9636970)

Delivery in thirty minutes via drones?

That sounds like snappy, cheerful counter service at the local post office!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Cali White Bear, 12/2/2013 1:42:59 PM     (No. 9636985)

Boy this will work great for very heavy packages and on rainy, windy days when your cardboard-encased package being protected inside a delivery truck made of steel and handed to you by a human being just wont do.

It will work even better for delivery to apartments inside of secure-access buildings and/or when a signature is required, which is, um, almost always, so...yeah, no.

Can you say "Dumb Publicity Stunt"?

I thought you could.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/2/2013 2:10:44 PM     (No. 9637017)

In gorgeous Malibu, religious rich cult leaders could not bribe anybody to permit helicopter landing pads on their
multi acre ocean view compounds. No beautiful communities will ever allow such drone enterprise craziness no matter how many lobbied billions are bribed. Ask Snowden about Bezo´s arrangements with NSA. A cover for citizen spying is the insane Orwellian
Prime Suspect. The biggies, GE, Google, are already helping the Communist Chinese dictators to develop internet censoring and punishing against its citizens.
Bozos could be deeply involved already in removing more of our freedoms. Worst case scenario? WHY NOT.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: bob913, 12/2/2013 3:10:51 PM     (No. 9637069)

This just stupid.
Rotor blades slicing and dicing. The annoying sound they make. The wires to descend the package to the ground being entangle in trees or power lines...Zap! The cameras used to verify delivering taking your photo while relaxing in the yard then you find them used as advertising. People shooting at those big mosquitoes... Blam! blam! blam!

He is practicing in China because if anything goes wrong there are a billion more Chinese to drop packages on.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 12/2/2013 3:10:58 PM     (No. 9637070)

How will I know if the drone hovering over my house contains my package from Amazon or a missile sent from ALIbama to kill me ?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: bob913, 12/2/2013 3:23:30 PM     (No. 9637093)

Will there be air wars between Ebay and Amazon and UPS and Fedex. Rat tat tat...

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Mr Smart, 12/2/2013 3:38:11 PM     (No. 9637123)

And the media falls for this stunt to get free Advertising. I hate to think what this ad would have cost them if they had to pay for it.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: kono, 12/2/2013 7:09:13 PM     (No. 9637318)

Between being captured by hackers (for re-use in criminal activity, e.g.), colliding with any of the countless other inadequately-regulated things crowding our airspace, and being used by bored hunters (or armed anarchists) for target practice, how high will Amazon tolerate their drone losses before deciding the idea isn´t cost effective?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/3/2013 3:44:35 PM     (No. 9638698)

From an article: "It was a stroke of marketing genius and Amazon should be applauded. After all, why pay money for advertising when you can get a free ad -- the day before Cyber Monday no less --"

The Media and Public, aka the Gullible, including those above here, were played like a violin.


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Reply 52 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/3/2013 3:49:42 PM     (No. 9638708)

This would be interesting to see! Where I live in Manhattan, we have a central delivery location (concierge) ... thousands of drones dropping packages.

UPS, FedEx and USPS now deliver on hand trucks!

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

A rancher´s armed battle against the US
government is standard libertarian fare

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Guardian [UK], by Kieran Suckling    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/21/2014 8:10:33 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/21/2014 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/21/2014 8:22:28 AM     Post Reply
"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

Ignoring an Inequality Culprit:
Single-Parent Families

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Wall Street Journal, by David Maranto & Michael Crouch    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 5:05:45 AM     Post Reply
Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can´t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn´t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science? Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent

USAID documents cite Hillary
Clinton in chaos of Afghan aid

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Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/20/2014 10:21:24 PM     Post Reply
In internal government documents with potential repercussions for the 2016 presidential election, top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the coffers of Afghan ministries known to be rife with corruption. References to Mrs. Clinton’s role in the policy first appeared in a November 2012 USAID action memo, which outlined how U.S. officials made a “strategic foreign-assistance

The Incredibly Stupid War on
the Common Core

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Daily Beast, by Charles Upton Sahm    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/21/2014 7:22:12 AM     Post Reply
An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades. Like Rocky in the early rounds, the new Common Core math and reading standards are being pummeled left and right. From the left: Education icon Diane Ravitch says the Common Core represents a “utilitarian view of education” that is too focused on testing, data, and accountability. From the right, “ObamaCore” is denounced as federal intrusion. Heritage Foundation education fellow Lindsey Burke calls it “an effort to impose a uniform, standardized curriculum across the country.” From the further right, the always

Bernardine Dohrn´s Nomination For
The First Circuit Court of Appeals

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Townhall, by Hank Adler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 1:18:39 PM     Post Reply
What are the chances that Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of Bill Ayres, and a principal signatory on the Weather Underground´s "Declaration of a State of War" in May 1970 could be appointed as a judge in a Federal Court? Dohrn graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and subsequently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Until August 2013, she was a clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. Bernardine Dohrn´s resume is almost as appealing as the President´s resume when he was elected to the presidency.


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