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Lance Simmens

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Whose Voices Are These?

Lance Simmens | April 25, 2014 | HuffPost Home
I am by nature a very optimistic soul, enthusiastic about positive things to look forward to and look back upon and confident that somehow we humans will resort to reason, creativity and the better interests of all concerned as we face the challenges and crises before us. Essentially we have...
Susie Moore

9 Little Known Truths About the Power of Yes!

Susie Moore | April 25, 2014 | Healthy Living
Life and luck favor the bold. Sometimes when making a decision and considering both outcomes, the "no" outcome is connected to regret somehow. Regret is sometimes the biggest risk of all.
Stephen Herrington

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Shouting Fire in America

Stephen Herrington | April 25, 2014 | Politics
Shouting fire in a crowded theater that you know is not on fire is not free speech. If you shout fire, liability attaches if there is an intent to do harm, or the act causes harm even if unintended. Government could ban the act of shouting fire as...
Michael P. McDonald

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Only Some Southern Whites Are the New Blacks (and Many Are Not)

Michael P. McDonald | April 25, 2014 | Politics
Southern Whites didn't vote for Obama (and by association, won't vote for Democrats). So argues the NY Times Nate Cohn in a provocative piece entitled "Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats." Mr. Cohen goes on to warn, "The collapse of Democratic support among...
Mary Ellen Harte

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Climate Change This Week: New Ozone Hole, Wheat Worries, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | April 25, 2014 | Green
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 24 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...
Mike Ragogna

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Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow: Talking with Counting Crows' Adam Duritz and Toad The Wet Spocket's Glen Phillips

Mike Ragogna | April 25, 2014 | Entertainment
A Conversation with Adam Duritz Mike Ragogna: Adam, the Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow continues pretty much into the summer and with Toad The Wet Sprocket. Adam Duritz: Yeah, pretty much. Daniel And The Lion is coming out with us too. So...
Danny Groner

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Lady Day: A Night to Remember

Danny Groner | April 24, 2014 | New York
Over recent years, Broadway has delighted us with musicals based on the works of some of music's most well-known pioneers. The cast does their best to emulate the lead laid out before them. This can be a daunting task and a tough act to follow. Nevertheless, in Lady...
Rodney Schmaltz

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Battling Psychics and Ghosts: The Need for Scientific Skepticism

Rodney Schmaltz | April 24, 2014 | Science
Through countless questions from college and university students about aliens, ghosts, and a wide variety of New Age and alternative health and psychological treatments, I've realized the need to teach scientific skepticism, and that using examples of pseudoscience -- claims that appear to be scientific but are not -- can be an invaluable resource.
Dave Johnson

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Democrats Who Move Right Lose Elections - There Is No "Center"

Dave Johnson | April 24, 2014 | Politics
Mainstream Democratic campaign consultants and pollsters typically tell candidates they should "move to the right" and campaign to the "center" with positions that are "between" the "left" and the "right." This is the way, they say, to "attract swing voters" who would be "scared off" by a candidate who takes...
Mike Alvear

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How to Write Bitchy Profiles on Grindr and Other Dating Apps

Mike Alvear | April 24, 2014 | Gay Voices
When my team set out to find the bitchiest app profiles, we noticed a pattern: The successfully bitchy profiles were either arrogant or condescending. If you want to make our list next year, here's a step-by-step guide to turning out a bitchy profile worthy of admiration.
Matthew Bershadker

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How to Help a Horse

Matthew Bershadker | April 24, 2014 | Green
This is why ending horse slaughter has been one of our strongest recent campaigns. While the practice is effectively banned in the United States, there's still more we can do to permanently ensure no horses are slaughtered here, or sent overseas for slaughter.
Rona Abramson

Educating the Self: First Things First

Rona Abramson | April 24, 2014 | Healthy Living
Knowing "thyself" is always going to be at the heart of learning. But hopefully, it will now become a priority and central feature of education in a widespread way.
Mark Alpert

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The Messiness of Science: From Galactic Dust to Corn Syrup

Mark Alpert | April 24, 2014 | Science
science moves in fits and starts. Nothing is proven until it's proven. Good researchers are always skeptical, always questioning their own results and those of their colleagues. It can be a frustrating process. Just ask my daughter.
Zachariah Ezer

Smells like Nostalgia: A Look at the Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Zachariah Ezer | April 24, 2014 | Entertainment
While it's no surprise that Nirvana was a popular choice, the coinciding of the Hall of Fame induction with the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, and the prospect of a Nirvana reunion has really brought out the worst in everyone.
Jeffrey Bennett

The Truth About Global Warming

Jeffrey Bennett | April 24, 2014 | Science
Despite all the debate you often hear about global warming, the basic scientific case is so simple that it can be reduced to a three-step deductive argument.
Jackie K. Cooper

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'Be Safe I Love You' Tells One Veteran's Story

Jackie K. Cooper | April 24, 2014 | Books
This book centers on one woman returning from her tour of duty in Iraq. She has been changed by her service, but one thing remains constant -- her love for her 12-year-old brother. Their relationship forms the core of this gripping story.
Tom D'Antoni

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Bundy Isn't Evil Because He's an Old Guy

Tom D'Antoni | April 24, 2014 | Fifty
He's evil because he's evil. In the coverage of the Bundy issue, lots of youngish journalists feel free to make fun of him because of his age. That's because everyone under 50 seems to have a license to do so. Bundy is 67. I am 67. I don't tell people...
Ann Reid

Trust Your Gut

Ann Reid | April 24, 2014 | Science
Quick: What do you say when someone tells you that your entire body is covered in bacteria? A) "Yuck!" or B) "Yay!" If your answer was A, you're not alone, but your gut would certainly disagree.
Andrew Woodman

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In Schuette, Roberts Continues Legacy of Bringing the Court Into the 21st Century

Andrew Woodman | April 24, 2014 | Politics
In thinking about the Supreme Court, I'm reminded of the scene from this week's episode of Game of Thrones where Tywin Lannister asks the next king, who will absolutely be killed before the season is over, what makes a good king. The boy struggles to get to the correct answer:...
Hoyt Hilsman

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Aussie Wave Hits LA Theater Scene

Hoyt Hilsman | April 24, 2014 | Los Angeles
Australian Theater co-founder Nick Hardcastle and Consul-General Karen Lanyon Photo by Michelle Day Over the past couple of decades, Australia has produced a bumper crop of movie icons, from Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman to Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett. But what...