WASHINGTON — The United States plans to carry out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia in an attempt to reassure NATO’s Eastern European members worried about Russia’s military operations in and near Ukraine, Western officials said Friday.
The moves are part of a broader effort by NATO to strengthen the alliance’s air, sea and land presence in Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s new assertiveness in the region.
via U.S. Plans Military Drills in Eastern Europe – NYTimes.com.
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.
A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.
For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.
via High school senior forms petition against Michele Obama | Mail Online.
The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.
So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.
This is not news, you say.
Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here’s how they explain it:
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.
via BBC News – Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy.
Chuck, I’m skeptical that eating well can really prolong our lives significantly. My grandfather had fried eggs (cooked in bacon grease) just about every morning for breakfast until the day he passed at 91. I’m not espousing a diet of Twinkies, but is there any real proof out there that what we eat can help us live longer? – “Searching for the Holy Grail” in Horace, N.D.
You couldn’t have written at a better time, because there’s a brand-new study out that shows exactly what you’re looking for.
via Chuck Norris discovers fountain of youth.
After a devastating forest fire ripped through Valparaiso, Chile, destroying at least 2,000 homes and killing at least 15 people, President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct the once-beautiful port city in a way that would prevent future disasters. A new master plan would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected.
The fires that started Saturday and leaped from hilltop to densely populated hilltop have been contained but not extinguished. Every stiff wind threatens to lift burning embers, putting more neighborhoods at risk. The fires already have consumed as many as 3,000 homes and killed 15 people while injuring hundreds more.
via Chile Fire Update: Chile President to Relocate Fire Victims, Reconstruct – weather.com Thousands Flee Deadly Fire in Chile.