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Straight Talk with Charles Hugh Smith: Why The Status Quo Is Unsustainable

Chris Martenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Martenson, Ph.D.

Straight Talk features thinking from notable minds whom the ChrisMartenson.com audience has indicated it wants to learn more about. Readers submit th...

Santa Claus' "Naughty/Nice" List Released by Wikileaks

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

The "Naughty vs Nice" files maintained by Santa Claus ahead of his annual Christmas gift-giving flight around the globe are the latest documents relea...

Asian Images

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Philip N. Cohen

Picking up today's New York Times, I was terrified by the cover image. An army of Chinese hackers was apparently coming for me. Their image seemed to ...

Culture Wars Return to Washington and New York

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

As a Presidential Appointee in the 1980's to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Arts, it pains me enormously to see a replay of the Culture Wars that were played out so destructively in those years.

Elaine Kaufman Memories: Elaine's Owner Made It Special

nytimes.com | PETER KHOURY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

With Elaine's passing on Friday, memories of the many entertaining nights spent in her place and of her one-liners are coming to mind as quickly as th...

A Path Toward Small Business Success

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

If you trace the history of almost any national company, you'll find that somewhere along the way a story in a publication put that company in the spotlight. It happened to me.

Nick Denton's Five Unintended Lessons for Corporate Bloggers

Tom Johansmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tom Johansmeyer

Often forgotten in the blogosphere, corporate blogs tend to be marketing or customer care tools that are launched and managed by companies. These blogs, appropriately, exist to advance a company in accordance with its strategy and growth objectives.

Bush At War

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nigel Hamilton

What happens when a great nation -- and this is a great nation -- elects a ruler who is not up to the task of being president? The answer is to be found in George W. Bush's memoirs, Decision Points.

Don't Mindlessly Blame Journalism When You're Losing

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you're a perpetual loser and your solutions to America's problems are off the table, you probably think the media is constantly unfair.

The Invisible Government

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Once again, the curtain of secrecy is drawn back and Olympus looks more like Oz. The machinations of empire turn out to be banal and ordinary. In a t...

Not Another Hormone Scare!

Patricia Yarberry Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patricia Yarberry Allen

Women who have significant menopausal symptoms should evaluate the risks and benefits of hormonal treatment with their health care providers.

WikiLeaks Blowback in the Era of Zuckerberg

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

We have 20th-century minds running the government who are still shocked that Zuckerberg's hacker culture has turned itself on the U.S. government. The unprepared idiocy boggles the mind.

The White House Answers My Question About 99ers (Video)

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Ritz

The 99ers are talented and good American citizens who would do anything to work and apply for everything that comes along -- mostly to no avail.

Death of Print? Not in North Korea!

Tom Johansmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Johansmeyer

If you thought circulation dives and ad revenue anguish were problems across the print media industry, you clearly haven't looked at the entire market. Print is alive and well in North Korea.

DRM is a Business Decision, Not a Moral Decision

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

When we started building our new audiobook publishing company, iambik, we made an early decision: no digital rights management (DRM). (*See below for ...

The Wikileaks Diplomacy Leaks: High School Never Ends

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

What was the most compelling aspect of Wikileaks' release of 220 US diplomatic cables - the latest move by the online whistle-blower to - well, whist...

Pessimism Porn

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

Chris Hedges's new book, The Death of the Liberal Class (Nation Books, November, 2010) exemplifies the limits of the liberal elite in critiquing itsel...

Sarah Palin Has a Point

Gordon Marino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Marino

On Wednesday, Sarah Palin erroneously remarked that we had to stand by our North Korean allies. She obviously meant our South Korean allies, but never...

Pat Me Down

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

Americans are being whipped into another absurd frenzy over an issue that strikes me as entirely trivial. So yes, just pat me down. And move me on with the assurance of safety toward the gate.

If I Said I'm Thankful for the Wisdom of the American People, Would You Think I'm Crazy?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Hear me out, okay? When it comes to the issues, this country is overwhelmingly progressive, overwhelmingly pro-government, and overwhelmingly in favor of doing the things we need to do to build a better society.

Evolution of a Citizen Journalist

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

I took on the role of citizen journalist to make a meaningful contributions to the deafening din of non-stop news reporting. The web is bloated with scattered data. I hope to add a bit of wisdom.

Choice and the Changing Face of Media

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Helfenbein

Could you sit through an hour-long radio news program today? I could. But only if it came with either (a) a DVR or (b) an online summary.

The Truth About New Jersey's Crime Statistics

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

When our leaders declare that crime is down without acknowledging ongoing problems in crime trends, they do a dangerous disservice to the entire New Jersey community.

Why Media Kills Most Small Businesses

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arielle Ford

I have lost track of how many times an author has told me, "If I could just get on Oprah..." In the past this has been a good way to gain exposure fo...

Media Should Set 'Rules' for 2012: No Interviews, No Coverage

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

For 2012, how about the media actually doing something honest, and show a tincture of integrity? That is, state that it will no longer cover anyone or their activities if they do not sit down for interviews.