This hardly means the Islamic State is in a position to topple the next city in its sights. Rather, the borders of its territory have, more or less, reached their outer potential. It’s no coincidence that the militants’ gains have been limited to areas populated by disenfranchised Sunnis eager for protection from Shiite forces. It would require far greater power to hold territory populated by a sect that didn’t support their presence. The group’s rapid growth has occurred in its most compatible regions — as a species proliferates within its natural habitat. It is thriving in the midst of sectarian cleavages, established insurgencies, and weak or nonexistent state institutions. Hence, its support in Iraq and Syria is not the rule, it is the exception. The combination of these conditions does not exist in much of the greater Middle East.
At least 60 [public college] institutions have acquired M-16s through the [National Defense Authorization Act]. Arizona State University holds the most, with 70 in its arsenal, followed by Florida International University and the University of Maryland with 50 M-16s each. Central Florida received its grenade launcher in 2008; Hinds acquired its in 2006.
While the vast majority of physicians are troubled by the anti-vaccination movement, Sears, 45, lends a sympathetic ear. About half his patients forgo vaccines altogether. To others, he offers “Dr. Bob’s” alternative and selective vaccination schedules, which delay or eliminate certain immunizations. At a conference this year in Rancho Mirage, Sears told a roomful of pregnant women, new mothers and healthcare professionals that vaccines work well and are responsible for the nation’s low disease rate, something parents who don’t want to immunize can take advantage of.
Contrary to public assumptions that the HBP would generate knowledge about how the brain works, the project is turning into an expensive database-management project with a hunt for new computing architectures. In recent months, the HBP executive board revealed plans to drastically reduce its experimental and cognitive neuroscience arm, provoking wrath in the European neuroscience community. The crisis culminated with an open letter from neuroscientists (including one of us, G.L.) to the European Commission on 7 July 2014 (see www.neurofuture.eu), which has now gathered more than 750 signatures. Many signatories are scientists in experimental and theoretical fields, and the list includes former HBP participants. The letter incorporates a pledge of non-participation in a planned call for ‘partnering projects’ that must raise about half of the HBP’s total funding. This pledge could seriously lower the quality of the project’s final output and leave the planned databases empty.
There is an age limit for a driver’s license. There is a prerequisite score on the driver’s examination. You are actually required by law to enter a business agreement with an insurance company who you will pay to vouch for you in case of an accident BEFORE you can register a vehicle. Not so for a baby. No, the criteria for taking into your care a barely-ensouled, Homosapien newborn is the presentation of an unexpired car seat. It doesn’t even have to be yours.
Clara was there as part of an adoption event with volunteers from the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society. She went after the smaller dog after breaking loose from her handler. Here, the facts get muddy. Some witnesses state Clara was attempting to “play” with the smaller dog, while others claim she attacked him. The owner of the smaller dog reacted by yelling and then stabbing Clara multiple times with a pocket knife. It was like something out of a horror film, with children and adults looking on, shocked by the events at hand.
The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)
Colette walked down the Kasr El-Nil bridge, secretly recording with an iPhone. She held it by her mouth with headphones plugged in and pretended to talk on the phone. She pretended to be deep in conversation, looking straight ahead of her. Whenever she felt eyes on her, she turned the phone slightly towards them. The clip was filmed in a single 5 minute walk around sunset, as people often gather on the bridge after the temperature cools down.
But when it came to the next career move, the rest of life had intervened. By then, Pane and his wife Michiko had had two boys, Michiko’s career as a research-grant administrator was flourishing, and they had settled in the San Francisco Bay area. While Pane’s colleagues were being interviewed for faculty positions all over the world, he was limited to local universities so that the family could stay put. The time demands and comparatively low pay of an assistant professor also weighed heavily: Michiko worked 60-hour-plus weeks, and Pane wanted to be able to pick up his boys from school. “I could have gone for it,” he says, of the faculty job, “but our children would have been raised by wolves and gypsies at that point.” Pane now teaches two days a week at a community college — much of it done online. He spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home parent.