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Rick Clemons

If My Spouse Were Gay!

Rick Clemons | October 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
First reactions to the coming out of a spouse are typically gnashing of teeth, screaming in anger, and raising hands to the heavens, crying, "Why me?" I'm not going to ask you not to have those types of reactions. You're human, for crying out loud! What I'm going to invite you to do is try a few new thoughts on for size, thoughts laced in love and understanding.
Ingrid Newkirk


This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Don't Think Pink―Think Green

Ingrid Newkirk | October 21, 2014 | Green
While KFC and Komen earn millions selling pink buckets of fried chicken and Boar's Head pink-wraps its meats, women could do more to combat breast cancer by convincing their friends and family members to say no to pink-beribboned animal products and yes to the produce aisle.
Lew Whittington


Dance Celebration Dances on With Stellar Line-Up

Lew Whittington | October 21, 2014 | Arts
Those unabashedly buff Ballet Boyz, late of the Royal Ballet; kick off the 2014-15 Dance Celebration season this month as part of artistic director Randy Swartz's programming that includes performances with seven international companies.
Victor M. Feraru


Ebola, Politicians and Our Rudderless Ship?

Victor M. Feraru | October 21, 2014 | Politics
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans are similar in that most of the victims are people of color. Where Katrina immediately captured our nation's attention, killing over 1,800 people, Ebola's effects are less understood than those of a weather disaster, but these two...
Edward Goldman


Samurai and Jazz Invasion of LACMA

Edward Goldman | October 21, 2014 | Arts
The gallery is flooded with dramatic red light, and the first thing you are confronted with upon entering are Samurai horsemen, charging right at you. Staring at their elaborate suits of armor, including helmets and faceguards, it's difficult not to think about an over-the-top opera production or Hollywood blockbuster movie.
David Palumbo-Liu


Ferguson and Gaza: Let's Tell the Truth

David Palumbo-Liu | October 21, 2014 | Politics
First, the simple declaration that one should not "dare" compare anything is disingenuous. One can and should "dare" to compare anything one wishes. This is called free speech. Of course, that does not mean one is right. It means one has issued an opinion.
Christopher Argyros


Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?

Christopher Argyros | October 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.
Leslie K. Stein


Capitalism: Republicans and Regulations

Leslie K. Stein | October 21, 2014 | Politics
Despite their claims to the contrary, regulations and restrictions are a staple of the Republican agenda, and they always will be as long as the Republicans and their friends are the ones who benefit in the end. Just follow the very clear money trail.
Yoani Sanchez


Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

Yoani Sanchez | October 21, 2014 | World
Yesterday, Monday, Walesa talked for more than two hours with a group of activists from diverse provinces and political leanings. It was if a piece of Cuba had arrived in the autumn cold of Wasaw.
Terry Savage


Don't Count on Social Security

Terry Savage | October 21, 2014 | Money
It's not being a fear-monger to state the obvious: the "Trust Fund" will run out of money in our lifetime. In fact, each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. The projections are gloomy.
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen


'Green News Report' - October 21, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | October 21, 2014 | Green
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican candidates continue to dodge the...
Justin Beach


WTF Evolution?: My Favorite Tumblr Is a Book Now

Justin Beach | October 21, 2014 | Science
Truth be told, I don't spend a whole lot of time on Tumblr, but there are a few masterpieces that are worth keeping an eye on. One of my favorites is Mara Grunbaum's WTF Evolution?, which takes a regular look at some of evolution's strangest and most perplexing creations. Now, in plenty of time for Xmas, Gunbaum's evolutionary freak show is a book.
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen


'Green News Report' - October 16, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | October 21, 2014 | Green
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rep. Paul Ryan backs away -...
Ken Reed


Royals Symbolize the Fun in Sports

Ken Reed | October 21, 2014 | Sports
The Royals are having a blast playing a kids' game with a joy and esprit de corps usually missing in the pro ranks.
Donna McAleer


Utah, Being Number One Is a Bad Thing

Donna McAleer | October 21, 2014 | Women
On average, women's pay in Utah is 70 percent that of their male counterparts for comparable work. In fact, on the list of top 10 worst cities for pay equity for women, Utah has two cities that rank #1 and #2.
Meredith McGehee


The U.S. Senate: A Body in Denial

Meredith McGehee | October 21, 2014 | Politics
Remedial action is necessary if the U.S. Senate has any interest in becoming relevant again to our nation's political discourse. While certainly no cure for what ails the body, a first step toward building back the institution's credibility is to strengthen the Senate's ethics process.
Sarah Casson

Deciphering Monsoons in a Time of Drastic Changes

Sarah Casson | October 21, 2014 | Science
The increasing irregularity of monsoons affects lives around the world. We do not know how climate change will affect monsoon behavior, but the best scientific hypotheses are that we may never return to a steady, dependable monsoon. Climate change may fatally break the ancient relationship between farmer and monsoon.
Danny Cortez

The Third Way: A Response to the Southern Baptist Convention

Danny Cortez | October 21, 2014 | Religion
The past few months and years, the church has become increasingly polarized on the LGBT debate. We have neglected to see the importance of what Jesus prayed. Our churches have become dysfunctional and our witness has diminished.
Ken Brack


Meeting Assault Survivors Where They Are

Ken Brack | October 21, 2014 | Impact
A new law that dovetails with the Clery Act -- which requires universities to report campus crime statistics -- further clarifies what schools must do when students report claims, and also spells out primary prevention strategies such as bystander intervention initiatives colleges should enact.
Sahra Vang Nguyen

The Gentrification of Bushwick -- As Told By 'East WillyB'

Sahra Vang Nguyen | October 21, 2014 | New York
East WillyB chronicles the adventures of Bushwick Sports Bar owner Willie Jr., and his motley crew of bar regulars, as they deal with the trials and tribulations of living in an ever-changing Brooklyn. Check out the first episode.