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Jeremy Helligar


The Pros and Cons of Straight Guys in Gay Bars

Jeremy Helligar | September 2, 2014 | Gay Voices
I have mixed feelings about straight men in gay bars. Should gay spaces be for gay people only? Straight men can disrupt the aura of acceptance in a gay space. We go to gay bars and clubs not just to drink, dance and score, but to celebrate our own desires in a safe place, away from homophobic hecklers and heterosexuality.
Peter Getty


Blaming Napa Quake on California Drought Doesn't Hold Much Water

Peter Getty | September 2, 2014 | San Francisco
Our cause and effect for our crippling drought are much more cut and dry than how and when the next tremblor is going to strike.
Rev. Al Sharpton


Demonstration, Legislation: Hand-in-Hand Towards Progress

Rev. Al Sharpton | September 2, 2014 | Black Voices
Whether it's Ferguson, Staten Island, New Orleans, Oakland, or anywhere in the United States, we know that change will only occur when national standards are implemented and enforced.
William Bradley


Breaking Bad, Sherlock, and Television's Golden Age of Anti-Heroes

William Bradley | September 2, 2014 | Entertainment
Whether all these figures are anti-heroes, or in some cases something else entirely, is an interesting question. As is the question of why anti-heroes are so important in quality television. Short form answer is that they match the times. It's a mostly cynical and sour era, with little faith in institutions or, generally speaking, leaders.
Wendell Potter


Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | September 2, 2014 | Politics
For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.
Larry Womack


We Need a Serious, Federal Digital Privacy Law

Larry Womack | September 2, 2014 | Politics
If anything good is to come from this weekend's celebrity phone hack, let's hope it's federal action that finally takes seriously the problem of non-consensual online sexual exploitation -- along with all other forms of digital privacy invasion.
George Heymont


Sweet Meets, Sweet Treats

George Heymont | September 1, 2014 | Arts
Although many of these stories are marketed to the public for the upswing of the story cycle (when two people meet and start to feel all tingly about each other), they often fail to mention the downside of the story.
Joe Anthony

A Straight Person's Guide to the Coming-Out Conversation

Joe Anthony | September 1, 2014 | Gay Voices
My hope is that, when a friend does finally choose to come out to you, these notes will help you be more comfortable with it, and that you'll understand what he or she has been going through up to this day that shapes the conversation in his or her head.

What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

Ravishly | August 30, 2014 | Impact
Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.
Mary Orlin


#NapaQuake: How You Can Help Keep #NapaStrong

Mary Orlin | August 30, 2014 | Food
Bottle shock.  Crushed.  Shaken, not stirred.  Whatever word you choose to describe it, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley early Sunday morning has left behind more than spilled wine.
George Heymont


Asian Persuasians

George Heymont | August 29, 2014 | Arts
Western culture isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Comparative studies of Judeo-Christian versus Eastern religions and philosophies reveal much greater depth and breadth in some areas of Shintoism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.


The 21 Best Breakfast Spots In America

Thrillist | August 29, 2014 | Taste
Just come in and sit down. Breakfast is served.


WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

TEDTalks | August 29, 2014 | TED Weekends
How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?
John Zipperer


Week to Week News Quiz for 8/29/14

John Zipperer | August 29, 2014 | San Francisco
It's not quite 1914, but troops are on the move again around the world. Find out what's happening by taking the Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: this can only mean she's running for president; third time's the charm; George Clooney congratulated his...
Ryan Scott


Will Your Business Recover From Disaster?

Ryan Scott | August 30, 2014 | Impact
The massive 6.0 earthquake in San Francisco on Sunday is another reminder that Mother Nature doesn't play by the rules, so we'd all better be prepared for the unexpected.
John G. Taft


You Only Live Once, So Do It Warren Buffett's Way

John G. Taft | August 28, 2014 | Healthy Living
Buffett used his punch-card analogy in an investment context. It's consistent with his belief that really profitable investment decisions are few and far between. But I think the punch-card analogy applies equally well to life, and to the decisions that define and shape our lives.
Toan Lam


Shedding My 'Ugly' Truth Through CrossFit

Toan Lam | August 28, 2014 | Healthy Living
I can go on forever about how exercise has physically challenged and changed me. But above all, spiritually, this has been a lesson of evolving, facing my fears and feeling deserving to (as my sister says) be proud of and own the body that houses my soul, that takes you to the next day, the next dimension.
Jim Steyer


The 'Kill Switch': A Win For Privacy Protection and Public Safety

Jim Steyer | August 28, 2014 | Technology
SB 962 will provide especially important protections for our children, who are among the most avid smartphone users and often do not take steps to protect their private information.
Ken White


People and Other Animals: Pets and the Next Earthquake

Ken White | August 28, 2014 | San Francisco
If we're not preparing for what's probably inevitable, we're likely not preparing to take care of our companion animals in the time of a disaster. And that is just irresponsible.
U.S. News Travel


Cafes Your Favorite Authors Loved

U.S. News Travel | August 28, 2014 | Travel
From Keats to Hemingway, Paris to New Orleans, the Romantics to the Beat Generation, this is your grand tour of the places where the greats wrote and drank -- and you can, too.
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