It’s time to put food policy back on the table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining, “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny, except that it really isn’t. Worse, the bitter reality of the tractor joke is still true: The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban…

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Stars and Stripes staff on the best picture nominees

The spotlight is once again on Hollywood, the city of stars, and there’s much to love about the Academy’s favorite movies in 2016. Nine movies made the best picture cut this year, and the field is remarkably more diverse. The nominees include a science-fiction film, a neo-Western, a musical, a war movie about a conscientious objector and a true story about the African-American women who sent men to the moon. Refreshingly, the nominated actors cover a range of races and nationalities. The diverse array of this year’s fine movies provides…

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Beware the “Keeping Up With the Joneses” Trap of a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is having a moment. At its core is a useful message about conscious consumption and mindful living, which is great. However, as minimalist Anthony Ongaro points out, many people make a common mistake with minimalism: they turn it into a lifestyle trend they have to keep up with. People have different ideas of what minimalism should be, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with simply appreciating it from an aesthetic or design perspective. The problem is, many people gravitate toward the “less is more” lifestyle only to turn it into…

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The confused future of health care

With a new administration in Washington, it’s widely accepted that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, isn’t likely to survive in its current form. But nobody seems to know whether it will be replaced or repealed, or what shape health care coverage will take in the future. The experts who met for a Kennedy Schoolpanel on the subject Monday evening didn’t presume to answer those questions, but they did pinpoint the crucial issues for the transition. While they disagreed on possible replacements, they agreed that any solution…

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Meizu M5s launched: Here are the features, specs and price

The rumors were right, Meizu announced a new smartphone dubbed the Meizu M5s on Wednesday. The Android phone will come in two storage variants and have been reasonably priced. A successor to the Meizu M5 that was launched in China last October, the new M5s sports an aluminium body with a 5.2-inch IPS display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. The Meizu M5s was made official at an event in Beijing, China Processor, Storage & Camera  The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 processor, coupled with Mali-T720 GPU…

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Nokia 3310 on the comeback trail, report says

NEW YORK, Feb 15 — The 2017 Mobile World Congress will introduce a new version of the classic Nokia 3310 handset, according to a new report on the phone brand’s plans. A higher end offering, the Android 7.0 powered Nokia 6, will be announced for international release at Mobile World Congress at which Nokia and its new owner, HMD Global, are presenting on February 26, 2017. It had announced the Nokia 6 for launch in China early 2017 at the beginning of the year. With its Nokia 6 at €249…

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Nokia 3310, the Iconic Nokia Handset of the 2000s, Expected to Get a Reboot Next Week

Nokia 3310, one of the iconic phones of early 2000s, will be in the limelight once again next week, as HMD Global – which holds the rights to the Nokia brand on mobile devices – is rumoured to reboot the handset at its February 26 event, on the sidelines of MWC 2017 trade show. Other Nokia phones, including the Nokia P1 flagship Android phone and Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 affordable smartphones are also expected to be on display at the event, but the Nokia 3310 is widely expected to…

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How to get the best deals on romantic food and drink this Valentine’s Day

Love may be blind but now it can also be cheap — as retailers go into battle to win bargain-savvy Brits’ affection on Valentine’s Day. A range of supermarket meal-deals are promising money-saving extras for hungry lovers fed up of over-priced set menus and busy restaurants. Morrisons fired the first cupid’s arrow with a two-person meal deal which includes a starter, main, side, dessert and a bottle of wine for just £15 – from a choice of beef wellingtons, lamb shanks and dry-aged sirlon streaks. The chain then slashed the…

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How A Betsy DeVos Department Of Education Could Lead To A Massive Transfer Of Public Funds Into The Private Sector

On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. Since DeVos’s name first surfaced as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, a stubborn, nation-wide procession of feet has emerged in stride to protest what many fear is the beginning of the end of…

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AAP govt and Delhi education: A look at the hits, misses and future plans

Education is one sector in which the AAP government is trying to make a mark. So much so that education was the main theme at this year’s Delhi tableau at the Republic Day parade. The government highlighted its model schools and the mega parent-teacher meetings (PTMs). Hindustan Times takes stock of the AAP government’s hits and misses during its two year stint in the field of education and analyses its election promises. New schools Unable to find land to build 500 “new” schools it promised two years ago, the Delhi…

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