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Mandela’s wife overwhelmed by global support

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The family of former South African leader Nelson Mandela is overwhelmed with support as the 94-year-old remains hospitalized in serious condition.

“So much love and generosity from South Africans, Africans across the continent, and thousands more from across the world, have come our way to lighten the burden of anxiety; bringing us love, comfort and hope,” former first lady Graca Machel said in a statement Monday.

Mandela has been in serious condition since he was rushed to a Pretoria hospital June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

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Flat-Rate Flying: Introducing Surf Air, the All-You-Can-Fly Airline


The flat-fee business model has worked for Netflix, so why not for air travel too?

That seems to be the thinking behind Surf Air, the members-only, fixed-rate aviation service based in Santa Monica, Calif. For $1,650 a month, travelers can fly as much as they please between select cities. As of right now, the service only runs up and down the California coast, serving the San Carlos airport in Silicon Valley and the Burbank airport in the Los Angeles area. According to the company website, on July 10 service will also extend to the Santa Barbara airport as well.

(MORE: Spirit Airlines Gets Classy with Canned Wine)

“We have been compared to a country club with planes instead of golf courses,” Surf Air’s CEO Wade Eyerly told CNBC. The comparison seems apt, since country clubs often cater to the, er, upper echelons of society, and chances are, so…

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We’re All Afraid

Thinking Out Loud

I think we’re all afraid.

Different reasons in each case, but I know that my American friends — who comprise the majority of readers here — are wondering quite literally which way the wind is going to blow. Communities not devastated by hurricanes and tornadoes have been shattered by gun violence. It makes you want to build a shelter in the basement and then just stay there.

I base some of this on a monitoring of some of the worship songs that some churches did over the weekend. A recently released song by Tim Timmons invites me to Cast My Cares while Sunday Setlist founder Fred McKinnon borrowed a mainstream music song, Home by Phillip Phillips which reminds us we’re not alone.

Years ago, in a very accusatory tone, people said, ‘Christianity is a crutch.’ In other words, people who can’t get by need a faith to face the hard…

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A Night to Remember: New York Puppy Prom 2013


Prom season is in full swing—and why should humans get to have all the fun? This weekend, the dogs of New York City (and their owners) arrived in their finest prom wear to benefit the Metropolitan Maltese Rescue. It was an evening filled with dancing, pampering, the finest dog cuisine and, of course, the ornately dressed dogs competed for the title of Prom King and Prom Queen. If you never attended your own prom, let alone a puppy prom, experience the unforgettable event in photographs.

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Chicago Cubs

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In 1950 when I was 9 years old and before we owned a television set, we visited an aunt who owned an early, 12.5 inch black and white set while my relatives were watching a baseball game. I was asked which team I supported and I did not recognize the name of either team. I decided to root for the losing team which happened to be the Chicago Cubs. I have been a Cubs supporter ever since, and over 63 years, I have seen the Cubs snatch defeat from the jaws of victory countless times. The Cubs may lose more games than they win, but they play exciting baseball.

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“They Won’t Be Moving On”: What Will Republicans Do if Obamacare Turns Out OK?


Ramesh Ponnuru has a long piece at National Review imploring conservatives to come up with a health-care plan they can swiftly put in place when Obamacare inevitably collapses under the weight of its disastrous big-government delusions. Though I disagree with almost every point Ponnuru makes along the way, from his analysis of what will happen with Obamacare to his recommendations of what a conservative health-insurance system should look like (the fact that anyone, even a free-market dogmatist, thinks catastrophic coverage plus high-risk pools would work out great is just incredible), I’ll give him credit for trying to get his ideological brethren to come up with a proposal to solve what they themselves keep saying is a terrible problem. But alas, his effort is doomed to fail. Why? Because when it comes to health care, conservatives just don’t care. I’ll elaborate in a moment, but here’s the crux of Ponnuru’s…

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Student loans

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Elizxabeth Warren has proposed that student loans come directly from the Federal Reserve at the current interest rate of 0.75%. That is a excellent idea; banks as middlemen are unnecessary. If Warren’s bill becomes law, I suggest that we follow-up on it with loans to workers so that they can purchase stock in the companies where they work and ultimately to home buyers so that they can purchase their homes at much lower cost. Why should someone be forced to pay two or three times the purchase price of a home in interest in addition to the principal? Then the home interest would no longer need to be tax deductible.

Please see Eliminate the middleman | One World, Ready or Not

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Hog Heaven: A Papal Blessing for 35,000 Harley Riders at Vatican City


The ideals of personal freedom and unbridled adventure embraced by Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders may not seem particularly compatible with those of the Roman Catholic Church, which tends to favor self-sacrifice over self-expression. But on Sunday the two groups found common ground at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, where Pope Francis blessed the 35,000 Harley riders from around the globe who had gathered there as part of a 4-day celebration of the American motorcycle maker’s 110th anniversary.

The engine noise was so loud, it made the traditional Latin rendition of the Our Father prayer inaudible, according to BBC News. And while the Argentine leader of the Catholic Church did not address the leather-clad and bandana-wearing legion by name, he did lay his hands on a disabled boy accompanied by a Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. In a show of support for the 266th Pope, some riders decorated their bikes with flags imprinted…

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Reading While Eating for June 17: Reclaiming the Throne


Kanye West Kicked Off a Big Week for the Watch the Throne Duo with the Leak of Yeezus. The new album has been described as “stripped-down” and “angry,” among other things; it’s officially available tomorrow. (New York Times)

Also Unveiled Was the Album Cover. It’s remarkably understated for a Kanye cover (see here and here), but that only made it all the easier to parody. (BuzzFeed)

Then Kim Kardashian Gave Birth to a Daughter. And as you might be aware, ‘Ye is the father. The child has yet to be named, but one should assume that the letter ‘K’ will play a prominent role. (NBC News)

But ‘Big Brother’ Claimed the Weekend. In a lengthy commercial during Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night, Jay-Z announced that he’ll be releasing his next album on July 4th. It’s called Magna Carta Holy Grail and…

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