San Jose Mercury News: U.S. must insist on Internet remaining free and open
As we note the 25th anniversary of the birth of Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, the integrity of the Internet is threatened as never before. China and Russia are launching cyberattacks at unprecedented levels, and the NSA’s hacking and spying are destroying trust in technology.
In that context, the Obama administration has announced it will give up U.S. control of the Internet to an international governing body. This has been in the works for more than a decade — but the president needs to be certain that the transition to a nonprofit will maintain a free and open system. That is not at all clear today.
Are Oklahoma lawmakers really this gullible?
Several days ago the state Senate approved Senate Bill 1651 in another attempt to use taxpayer funds to complete the construction of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. The bill, if approved by the House and governor, would spend another $40 million of taxpayer dollars on the project.
The madness of college admissions
A booklet, as glossy as a fashion magazine, slipped out of the envelope and fell on the floor. Its title: "The Best and the Brightest. How America's Top Students Choose Their Ideal College."
HEY HINK: Obama dropping cards at table
Among savvy poker players, there is a saying: “You don’t have to play the cards if you can play the player.” The idea is, if you’ve correctly appraised your opponent, you can win, no matter how the cards are dealt. You can judge by behavior whether unseen cards are good or bad, whether the player is confident or unsure, whether your opponent’s bluffing or prepared to back the bet, whether he can stand the pressure of a steep wager, at what point will resolve collapse, how much endurance does he have in a prolonged environment of uncertain risk? Once the skilled cardplayer has correctly judged these factors, it’s just a matter of time until the opponent is well and truly fleeced.
RedBlue America: Can Americans just ‘stop being poor’?
It started out as a seeming faux pas; now it’s a slogan for the right. Fox Business commentator Todd Wilemon recently made waves when he told a “Daily Show” correspondent a way to defeat the problems of poverty: “If you’re poor, stop being poor.”
The Kansas City Star: Fred Phelps’ legacy of hate
Fred Phelps’ life work, if that’s what hate-mongering can be called, depended on getting attention, so we will keep this short.
Goodbye, flexible work arrangements
Millions of salaried workers may soon lose flexibility in how they work. President Obama plans to cover them under federal overtime regulations. This won’t raise their pay. It will, however, effectively convert them into hourly workers — putting the kibosh on the flexible work arrangements many employees value.
Hourly employees get paid time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours a week. However, under the “white collar exemption,” businesses can pay many salaried employees for getting the job done, not simply for the hours they’ve logged. To qualify for this exemption, an employee must make more than a minimum salary, work in a professional field, and have sufficiently advanced responsibilities.
The Seattle Times: Pass military sexual-assault bill
So-called privileges of rank have taken on a perverse meaning in the U.S. military. Stunning tales of sexual assault at the highest levels of the service betray the grievous breadth of the abuse.
Obamacare and religious rights in a for-profit world
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate — the requirement that employers provide employee health insurance that covers contraception — impermissibly infringes on the religious liberty of religiously motivated corporations
Enid rich in history, commerce
Weary passengers on the night ferry that travels between Khartoum, Sudan, and Cairo, Egypt, on the Nile River are told that when they see the outline of the pyramids emerging from the morning mist that they will be soon docking in Cairo.
Impatient travelers coming to Enid from Oklahoma City could be advised that when the wheat fields give way to a series of grain elevators they will soon be in Enid.
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