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It's not just puns that are being banned in China

Even non-linguists and those who are not China watchers could hardly escape the momentous announcement of the Chinese government last week that casual punning was being outlawed: "Punning banned in China" (11/29/14) "No laughing matter: China's media regulators ban puns" (12/3/14) "Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns" (12/5/14) "Nowhere to Pun Amid China...

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TPP & TTIP Are Not Your Grandfather's Trade Agreements

The NYT had an article which discussed the potential political implications of a better than expected economic picture. At one point the article comments: "The White House’s push for fast-track trade negotiating powers — and eventually for a major Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact — could be eased by growing confidence in the economy and the nation’s ability to compete internationally." This comment is essentially...