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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

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Obama's First 2012 TV Ad Defends Energy Record, Dings Koch Bros

Jan 19, 2012
Originally published on January 19, 2012 5:00 pm

President Obama's campaign on Thursday released its first TV ad of the 2012 election cycle, and it's a defense of his record on energy.

"Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama with ads fact checkers say are not tethered to the facts ..." Hmmm, wonder whom Team Obama could be talking about?

Something interesting about Obama's ad is that it's not just a defense of the president's energy policy — including its loan guarantees to green energy companies like the failed Solyndra — but it's also a defense of his ethics.

That self-same bankrupt Solyndra has been used by his Republican opponents to question his and his administration's ethical behavior.

But the ad's narrator isn't about to let such charges go unanswered:

"Independent watchdogs call this president's record on ethics 'unprecedented.' "

And to his critics, who say he has left the nation more dependent on foreign oil — especially given his decision to reject the Keystone pipeline project — Obama's ad makers have this message:

"For the first time in 13 years our dependence on foreign oil is below 50 percent."

Of course, part of the reason that was true was that demand fell off because of the weak economy, which isn't exactly helping the president on the re-election front. So his campaign might want to be careful about what it boasts about.

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