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Doug Bandow

Enduring China-Japan Hatreds Risk Renewed Conflict Involving U.S.

Doug Bandow | October 4, 2015 | World
BEIJING--There are many obscure tourist sites in Beijing. One missed by many foreigners is the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Memorial Hall. The museum illustrates why China, America's most fearsome potential competitor, and Japan, Washington's most important Asian ally, often are at odds. The two are a conflict waiting to happen,...
Arnold Steinberg

Planned Parenthood, Unplanned Hearing

Arnold Steinberg | October 4, 2015 | Politics
Ann Richards was the state treasurer of Texas when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Her claim-to-fame was this line about vice president George H.W. Bush, then running for president: "Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver...
Arianna Huffington

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | October 3, 2015 | Politics
This week, the nation was once again shocked by the everyday, as a gunman killed nine at a community college in Oregon. It's the uniquely American gun paradox: how something so horrifying can be so routine. As a somber -- bordering on disgusted -- President Obama noted: "we've become numb to this." In truth, this actually isn't everyday violence -- it's more than everyday. In the 274 days of 2015, we've had 294 mass shootings. And 986 since Sandy Hook in 2012. The question is, when will our level of disgust be high enough that we do what's needed to lower the body count? "If you think this is a problem," said the president, "then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views." Until that happens, he said, we all bear a share of the blame: "We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction." Will we rise to the challenge?
Mark V. Vlasic

Timbuktu, ISIS and the Long Arm of Justice

Mark V. Vlasic | October 3, 2015 | World
Bringing a Timbuktu mausoleum destruction suspect to the ICC is an important precedent for war crimes committed by ISIS and a larger effort to combat blood antiquities As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York this week - bringing together world leaders to inaugurate the Sustainable...
Bob Cesca

The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Another Mass Shooting and Another Do-Nothing Congress, Plus the Next House Speaker Can't Speak

Bob Cesca | October 3, 2015 | Politics
Today's topics include: The 294th Mass Shooting in America This Year; Terrorist Attack on California Planned Parenthood; Huckabee Derps on Benghazi; the Next Speaker of the House is a Flaming Moron; and much more.
Michael Giltz

Theater: Glorious "Spring," Sugar "Daddy," Stingy Stein

Michael Giltz | October 4, 2015 | Entertainment
SPRING AWAKENING (2015) ***1/2 out of **** DADDY LONG LEGS ** out of **** REREAD ANOTHER ** out of **** SPRING AWAKENING (2015) ***1/2 out of **** BROOKS ATKINSON THEATRE When Deaf Theatre West came...
Ira Kalb

Bigger Logos Make You Look Smaller

Ira Kalb | October 3, 2015 | Business
It seems that the less people really know about marketing the more they think they know. While this is true of many other subjects too, it is particularly true of marketing. Despite lacking knowledge, experience, and evidence, too many truly believe that their intuition is as good as anyone else's....
Jim Moret

Shame On Us: Another Week, Another School Shooting

Jim Moret | October 3, 2015 | Crime
The victims and heroes and families should serve as a reminder of the very real, lasting human cost of these shootings. I have never lost a loved one to gun violence but perhaps it's time all of us start acting as if we had. Maybe then we'd do something about it.
Michael Elliot

Time to Unite To Face Addiction

Michael Elliot | October 3, 2015 | Impact
Addiction takes a terrible toll on families, on our health care system, on the economy and on the vitality of our youth. Currently we treat addiction like a moral failing, like an issue of personal responsibility rather than treating it like the disease it is.
Mary Quigley

Friendships Make You Happier, Healthier

Mary Quigley | October 3, 2015 | Fifty
Friendship is a one-size-fits-all way to improve your happiness level in virtually every aspect of life, from physical health to personal enjoyment to sex.
Bernie Shine

More Bush "S---" from Jeb!

Bernie Shine | October 3, 2015 | Politics
Poor Jeb. He's stepped in it again. Responding to the possible need for new gun laws following the most recent school shootings and killings, this time Roseburg, Oregon, Jeb noted, "Look, stuff happens."
Jennifer Lovy

How my Son With Autism Forced Me out of my Comfort Zone: In a Good Way

Jennifer Lovy | October 3, 2015 | Parents
I'm a relatively quiet person, but after my son Evan was diagnosed with autism I became an advocate in ways I could never have imagined.
Yura Bryant

3 Reasons Wantrepreneurs Fail at Entrepreneurship

Yura Bryant | October 3, 2015 | Business
Being an entrepreneur is a fascination many wantrepreneurs want to be included within. They see all the attention and glamour and lustfully want to be included in all the celebration. What they don't see is the long process of work that goes into building your entrepreneurial foundation.
John Wellington Ennis

Street Art Fair LA: Packed with Art and Fans

John Wellington Ennis | October 3, 2015 | Arts
The first-ever Street Art Fair LA is going down this week at Siren Studios on Orange and Santa Monica in Hollywood, probably the biggest collection of street art in Los Angeles since MoCA's acclaimed "Art in the Streets" exhibit in 2011.
Seth Abramson

The New York Times Accidentally Publishes Metamodern Literary Art As a Serious Thinkpiece

Seth Abramson | October 3, 2015 | Books
Is it really true--and does Lombardi really believe--"the modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk.
Deborah Lehr

Heritage in the Headlines During UNGA Meetings

Deborah Lehr | October 3, 2015 | World
It was a headline week for the protection of cultural heritage. When leaders from more than 160 countries gathered in New York City last week, a main topic of discussion for the attending heads of state was how to combat the growing strength of violent extremist groups in the Middle East.
Sheldon Filger

Global Economy Increasingly Vulnerable To Another Financial Shock

Sheldon Filger | October 3, 2015 | Business
Seven years after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, there are growing indications that the temporary solutions that were imposed through monetary policy by central banks are becoming ineffective. In all likelihood, a new global downturn in economic growth is in the cards.
The Conversation US

The University of Texas Faculty Are Watching Oregon Uneasily

The Conversation US | October 3, 2015 | Politics
In the spirit of defending personal and organizational interests,I hope that the university will make provisions to protect the interests of the students, staff and faculty who want to work, teach and learn in gun-free environments where everybody can freely express his or her ideas without fear.
Taylor Dibbert

Will There Be Accountability for Kunduz?

Taylor Dibbert | October 3, 2015 | World
An airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan has left at least 19 people dead. Once we discover exactly what happened, will there be genuine accountability for Kunduz?
Robert Scheer

Amid the Crowing of the GOP and Clinton, Sanders Is on the Rise

Robert Scheer | October 3, 2015 | Politics
How easy it is to mock the Republican candidates. They're the gang in the clown car climbing all over each other to offer a message of disarray that has all but destroyed the chances of the Bush family dynasty continuing. But isn't that a grand achievement for the democratic process?