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Douglas Anthony Cooper

Russia Stole The Presidency. The Electoral College Can Take It Back.

Douglas Anthony Cooper | December 10, 2016 | Politics
The United States will, if it ratifies the results of this corrupt election, have capitulated to President Vladimir Putin. It will no longer be a democracy, in any real sense, because it will not have elected its own leader.
Marian L. Knapp

Age Friendliness on Our Minds

Marian L. Knapp | December 10, 2016 | Fifty
This article was originally published on Voices of Aging. The notions of age-friendliness are on the minds of people in my community. I feel it as I amble around my city. One way that I am aware is that the language of age-friendliness is seeping into our consciousness...
Ralf Michaels

Climate Change Denial and the Rise of Authoritarianism

Ralf Michaels | December 10, 2016 | Politics
One of the strangest stories about totalitarian regimes comes from Romania. Under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the official temperature in Romania was never below 10 degree Celsius. No matter the snow and ice, the weather reports would always have temperatures above 10 degrees. The reason? Below that,...
Andy Schmookler

Can "Good" People Support "Evil" Power?

Andy Schmookler | December 10, 2016 | Politics
In a comment on my piece, "Trump Voters: Should We Write Them Off or Try to Bring Them Back from the Dark Side," where it appeared on the website Blue Virginia, the host of the site --- Lowell Fled -- posed what he described as "a philosophical question":...
Rebecca Orchant

Don't F**k The Patriarchy

Rebecca Orchant | December 10, 2016 | Queer Voices
It's hard not to feel overwhelmed. It's hard to know where to start. We've been thinking about it and talking about it constantly, and one of the simplest, most gratifying and empowering responses I can think of is for all of us to just stop giving those people pleasure.
Christopher Elliott

Why Car Rental Customers Are Losing It Over 'Loss of Use'

Christopher Elliott | December 10, 2016 | Business
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After Julie Thomason wrecked her rental car, she expected a repair bill. But she didn't anticipate a $1,000 invoice for something called "loss of use." No one ever does."Loss of use" is a car rental concept that, on the surface, seems reasonable. If you damage a car and...
The Conversation Global

Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators and warn of natural disasters

The Conversation Global | December 10, 2016 | Technology
US Geological Survey Alexandra Wake, RMIT University As a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands, triggering a tsunami warning across the Pacific, many residents of the tiny country would have turned to shortwave radio for more information....
Mike Lux

Human Rights Day: Will Trump's Administration Side With The Dictators?

Mike Lux | December 10, 2016 | Politics
Human Rights Day is an important moment to focus on making the world a better place for everyone. Donald Trump and his administration should stop cozying up to dictators and start taking human rights seriously.
E. Nina Rothe

The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: 'Their Finest', Thierry Frémaux's 'Lumière!' and Yousry Nasrallah

E. Nina Rothe | December 10, 2016 | Entertainment
During the superabundance of interesting meetings, star-filled junkets and glamorous parties that make up the Dubai international Film Festival, at times I forget the most important part of this event -- the films! It's the reason why I'm here, why we...
Nathan S. Sanders

The Modern Man

Nathan S. Sanders | December 10, 2016 | Parents
Is the modern man a savage or a gentleman? A hunter or a philosopher? A manual laborer or a technophile? In today's culture the modern man must be all of these. The modern man must be adaptable. Never before has the burden...
E. Nina Rothe

Angels and No Regrets: Gabriel Yared Wins a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | December 10, 2016 | Entertainment
You know that feeling you get when your favorite song comes on the radio, and you're driving down a quiet road with no one around? Yes, that emotion that overcomes you, reminds you of times past spent in the company...
John A. Tures

Why Travis Rudolph Should Win The 2016 Heisman Trophy For His Selfless Act

John A. Tures | December 10, 2016 | Sports
On December 10, 2016, some college athlete will be crowned the next Heisman Trophy Winner, the award given to the most outstanding football player. While it will likely go to one of these five players, it should go to someone who wasn't invited, Florida State University Wide Receiver...
Bill Schneider

The Master Builder

Bill Schneider | December 9, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump is a builder. The first thing he pledged to do in his election night victory speech was to ``begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation.'' ``We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,''...
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points [418] -- President-Shaming Might Just Work

Chris Weigant | December 9, 2016 | Politics
OK, that’s a rather unusual title, but you’ll have to wait until the talking points part of the program for us to address it. Call it “the lesson to be learned from the Carrier jobs and Donald Trump,” or the silver lining that just might be an effective tool for...
Jackie K. Cooper

"Office Christmas Party" Is Naughty and Nice

Jackie K. Cooper | December 9, 2016 | Entertainment
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Office Christmas Party" (Paramount Pictures) "Office Christmas Party" is the funniest movie I have seen since "Bridesmaids" first rolled into town. It has all the nudity and crudity comedies are required to have these days, but it also has that something extra -...
Matan Uziel

Violence Against Women is a Men's Issue

Matan Uziel | December 9, 2016 | Women
Yes, I am tired of men hurting women. And yes, men are responsible because men belong to the current culture of manhood that allows this -- a culture that says men can't show fear, can't be wrong, and are entitled to power over others, especially women. A culture that tells...
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education Designate from Thousands of American Clergy

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | December 9, 2016 | Education
Dear Ms. DeVos, Congratulations on your appointment as the Secretary Designate for the Department of Education. The job represents a huge responsibility to America's children and, therefore, to the future of our country. We are well aware of your long-standing interest in education and wish you the very best...
David Coates

Reflections On The Obama Presidency: The Politics Of Gridlock

David Coates | December 9, 2016 | Politics
It was never going to be easy to govern America in a progressive fashion, given the scale of the economic crisis left in place by the Bush Administration and the destabilized nature of the Middle East in the wake of the Iraq War.
Stephen R. Kelly

Cooperation Trumps Concrete on Border Security

Stephen R. Kelly | December 9, 2016 | Politics
Before the incoming Trump Administration starts implementing concrete measures to build the President-elect's promised wall with Mexico, it might want to consider other ways to secure our borders that require a lot less concrete.
Christopher Brauchli

Trump and Truth

Christopher Brauchli | December 9, 2016 | Politics
"And lying she knew was a sin." Tom Lehrer, An Irish Ballad A number of parents have written asking for suggestions as to how they can explain to young children why the life of the lie has improved so dramatically in the United States in recent months. That...