Is capitalism based on the deferral of pleasure? This was an issue that Max Weber was dealing with in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. If you believe in predestination which was one of the tenets of Protestantism than the difference between...
Rwandan President Paul Kagame Rwanda, a name indelibly associated with the genocide of as many as 1 million people, is today a beacon of hope on the African continent -- in large part due to the leadership of President Paul...
Voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will decide whether to legalize marijuana, while four other states will decide whether to allow medical use or ease restrictions.
January 20, 2017 dawned bright. Temperatures approached the lows of the second Ronald Reagan inaugural, but that cold was nothing compared to the frigid atmosphere as the Obamas and Trumps traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue for the swearing in. Official civilities between principals were maintained, barely. However, the two sets of...
Indian New Year,
New York City,
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This weekend, Hindus all over the world will celebrate Diwali, the Indian New Year signifying the triumph of good over evil. Also this weekend, Bollywood action star Ajay Devgn will celebrate the release of his most ambitious project to date - "Shivaay" - a film in which he has a...
Dear Millennials and Independent Voters, Leave the angst at home. Go vote and vote for Hillary Clinton and a Democratic Congress, and the next day join the fight for what we believe in. There really is no other choice. Not the Green Party or Libertarian. I was on the...
Portugal has announced the world's first participatory budget on a national scale. The project will let people submit ideas for what the government should spend its money on, and then vote on which ideas are adopted. Although participatory budgeting has become increasingly popular around the world in the...
Apprecier Stephanie is the CEO and co-founder of Apprécier, the digital fashion destination for women who want to continue to enjoy fashion, and evolve and enhance their personal style. Apprécier offers an expertly edited selection of the best clothing, accessories...
According to the bi-annual study by the London Zoological Society and the World Wildlife Fund, global wildlife populations have declined by 58% since 1970. Freshwater environments, lakes and streams and their surroundings, says the report, are the most grievously damaged, with on average...
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Zaki Hasan Movie Reviews,
When I reviewed The Da Vinci Code ten years ago, I found the feature adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel beset with glacial pacing and a decidedly un-cinematic structure. Despite my many qualms, director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks (turning in his usual thoroughly reliable performance as...
Woo Jin and Tae Min were both born with the supernatural ability to move the objects around them. After sharing a troubled childhood together, they went down opposite paths to become two very different men. Fate draws them together again and old wounds resurface that threatens the lives of everyone around them.
Free trade deals between the US and foreign countries are designed to give US Exporters a competitive edge, to mitigate the negatives aspects of our strong currency, higher labor and manufacturing cost for our top export commodities such as Aircraft, Automotive, and food products to historical trade partners as well as new and emerging markets. So if you look at it from this perspective Free-Trade is good! Right?
As a rabbi and political columnist, I find that every election demands close reflection, introspection, and action. The answer, this year, is clear. My favorite Biblical quotation occurs several times in the Torah, including Exodus 22:21-22: "You shall not oppress or mistreat a stranger, for you were strangers in Egypt....
Hunting big game for trophies with a high-powered rifle is an execution, not a sport. If the target of such a hunt is an animal whose population is stressed, as the most prized specimens usually are, the lack of ethics is compounded. Britain's Prince William, president of the United for...
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The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Leaked audio exposes utility companies' deliberately...
Restaurateur Justin Anthony is a household name in Atlanta, Georgia, known for opening some of the city's hottest restaurants: Yebo Beach Haus, Cape Dutch, Biltong Bar, and 10 Degrees South. But how Justin harnessed the earliest versions of his entrepreneurial skills, you wouldn't expect. He grew up as a...
Nick Cave, Until, Mass MoCA There is nothing so sweet as combining nature and art. Rearview of new-ish Tadao Ando reflecting pool, Clark Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass The last time I wrote about...
I recently had an experience with a themed art show that turned out shockingly well. This was "Point of Origin," curated by Dina Brodsky and Trek Lexington, and exhibited at The Lodge Gallery, on the Lower East Side. I've written about all these entities before, except for the mysterious Mr....
Falsettos," Walter Kerr Theatre, William Finn, James Lapine, "March Of The Falsettos," "Falsettoland," "In Trousers," David Rockwell, Michael Starobin, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Tracie Thoms, Betsy Wolfe, "A New Brain,,
William Finn introduced the first of his irresistible autobiographical--or at least semi-autobiographical--musicals 37 years ago with In Trousers, during which married Marvin, who must be a version of the bookwriter-songwriter, ruminates about his sexuality. Still obsessed with the subject--as anyone driven to get to the bottom of his soul would...
For some of us, it's impossible to ignore the attraction to a well-written and inspiring comic book story. Maybe that's why Anaheim-based Unsung Brewing Company has found success infusing a passion for comics with handcrafted beer to deliver a marvelous brick and mortar brewery focused on taste, creativity, and inspiration. From the superhero inspired logo to an original cast of superhero characters, each element of Unsung brings a new dimension to the robust array of Belgian-style and amber ales they serve. For example, Owner Mike Crea created the story behind Troglodyte, a French-style Grisette, which has become one of Unsung's most popular beers. The Troglodyte takes on the story of a French miner who became stuck in a cave for months. Eventually, his body slowly fused with the surrounding rock, yet somehow he found a way to survive by extracting the minerals from the rocks for nourishment. Troglodyte means “cave dweller” in French,” according to Crea. “Historically, the Grisette beer style is what French women would serve their husbands outside of the caves they were mining for ore.” If we can learn anything from comics, it's that we're much more powerful than we think. Additionally, even if our desires may seem impossible, it takes guts and perseverance to accomplish our goals. Well-known Orange County, Calif.-based beer blogger, Greg Nagel, recently visited Unsung Brewery, and said he was just as impressed with the beer as he was with the heroes created to represent the impressive line up of beers. "Each bursting with fresh hop aromas, these beers set the tone early on for what kind of brewery Unsung was going to be," Nagel wrote on FOODBEAST. "Bright, aromatic, clean, and approachable is the name of the game." You know a beer is going to be delicious when it has its own comic book story behind it, and it's true. Not only does every pint of beer poured at Unsung carry its own character and story, but it also carries the hard work and dedication behind Unsung's brewers — and like a comic book — shows us that superheroes really do...