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William Bradley


North by Northwest's 50th Anniversary Edition: Enduring Appeal and the Mad Men Factor

William Bradley | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

What can you say about a 50-year old movie? If it's by Alfred Hitchcock, and it's a classic of suspense, humor, and style, and it's influenced both the best series on television, Mad Men, and the ongoing Bond franchise, quite a lot. There are a few spoilers here, incidentally, in...

Lucia Brawley


El Sistema in LA, Part II

Lucia Brawley | Posted May 25, 2011 |


"We are not robots," declared Susan Siman, whom I described in Part I of this piece as the guest conductor and teacher visiting Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) from Venezuela's ground-breaking network of youth...

Lucia Brawley


El Sistema in LA

Lucia Brawley | Posted May 25, 2011 |

Reprinted from the Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Blog, September 22, 2009

When Arianna Huffington asked me at an Obama fundraiser to write for her and I drafted my first Huffington Post piece, "President Obama's Arts", I never would have anticipated that a little less than a year...

Jamie Frevele


Take My Right to Marry -- Please!

Jamie Frevele | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

New York's state senate decided to take the coward's route and vote down marriage equality in my home state. I'd always been proud of New York, but I'm truly ashamed that 38 senators -- including the one in my district -- chose to place themselves on the wrong side of...

Danny Groner


The 20 Most Laughable "Movember" Celebration Headlines

Danny Groner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

Entry into the final month of the years officially ended an annual tradition: Movember. Every year since 2003, men around the world grow mustaches in November to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer prevention. On December 1, men said their last farewells and shaved off their finely-combed friends....

Andy Borowitz


First Draft of Tiger's Official Statement Leaked

Andy Borowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

ORLANDO ( The Borowitz Report has obtained the first draft of Tiger Woods' official statement regarding his recent woes:

To my fans:

I am writing to set the record straight about a number of rumors that have been spread about me, my actions, and my character.

Prior to last weekend,...

Janet Tavakoli


Guns, Goldman Sachs, and Bloomberg's B.S.

Janet Tavakoli | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Bloomberg News has done a lot of good research during this financial crisis, so I was surprised yesterday when it released Alice Schroeder's article claiming Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s employees are buying guns to protect themselves against an uprising against the bank.

Twenty years ago I worked...

Jamie Frevele


Too Awesome for Everything

Jamie Frevele | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

I read (and comment) on Gawker on an crackishly regular basis. I'm also inexplicably drawn to the word "awesome" when it appears in a headline as well as backhanded compliments. So there was no way I wasn't reading "Google Rejects Awesome People So It Doesn't Hog All of Them."

Rachel Simmons


You Asked for It: How to Talk to Girls About the Messages of New Moon, With a Free Activity Plan for Educators

Rachel Simmons | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

I think there's been enough written about the dizzyingly bad messages "New Moon" telegraphs to girls. Among the cringe-worthy morals of this story: When you're in love, the only thing that matters in life is your man. If you get dumped, your life is over,...

Gordon Adams


The Afghanistan Surge: Will It Cost Us?

Gordon Adams | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

While costs will not dictate how we pay for the Obama surge in Afghanistan, they will be a subject of strong debate in the Congress. There are many unknowns about the costs and still a lot of work being done in the executive branch to figure them out.


Lloyd Chapman


Obama Doesn't Need Another Forum to Cut Unemployment

Lloyd Chapman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

The Obama Administration is Missing the Boat on Job Creation

On Thursday, December 3, President Barack Obama will host a forum on jobs and economic growth to supposedly come up with ideas to cut the highest unemployment numbers in 30 years. I think the President's jobs forum is just another...

Edward Harrison


What About China's Exchange-Rate Protectionism?

Edward Harrison | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Read More: China, Japan, Protectionism, Trade

This article originally appeared on my site Credit Writedowns

As I indicated earlier today, I generally see protectionism not as a second-best argument like Paul Krugman, but as something to avoid entirely.  Nevertheless, calls for more protectionism are being heard everywhere.  Gregory Clark, an Australian Professor who...

James Adler


JOBS 1.03: Why Welfare; Why Not Jobs!

James Adler | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Tomorrow the White House holds a conference on Jobs. In 2010, the federal welfare program--Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF--is due to be reauthorized. These two events should not be regarded as isolated. TANF reauthorization should provide the Country with the opportunity to actually "change welfare as...

Leo W. Gerard


Some Jobs Taxpayers Don't Need to Buy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Can't buy me love
Everybody tells me so
Can't buy me love
No, no, no, no

From the 1964 Lennon/McCartney song, "Can't Buy Me Love"

Maybe you can't buy love, but you can buy a job.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt did it with...

Rick Smith


Why is Tiger Woods in the Deep Rough

Rick Smith | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

"I am dragged along by a strange new force. Desire and reason are pulling in different directions. I see the right way and approve it, but follow the wrong." - Ovid


Why is the irrational often more powerful than the rational?...

Edward Harrison


AmTrust bankruptcy bad sign for regional banks

Edward Harrison | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

This article originally appeared on my site Credit Writedowns.

AmTrust Financial, a privately held regional bank holding company based in Cleveland, has just filed for bankruptcy. With well over $10 billion in assets, AmTrust Bank is fairly large. The circumstances surrounding its failure are unusual in that the Bank...

Edward Harrison


Printing money won't solve Europe's problems

Edward Harrison | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

This article originally appeared on my site Credit Writedowns

"This is definitely a threat on the horizon," said Blaise Ganguin, the agency's European credit chief.

Some 75 companies large enough to be rated face likely default in 2010 as the slow-burn effects of the crisis hit...

Yoani Sanchez


Realities of The Cuban Gulag

Yoani Sanchez | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Adolfo Fernandez Sainz lives among stories like this one; he turned 61 on November 30, six of them locked in Canaleta prison since the Black Spring of 2003.

That afternoon the last of his canine teeth would be extracted. He had spent...

Sara R. Nichols


Afghanistan: Eight Days From the Ground--Part 3 of 8

Sara R. Nichols | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

By Tuesday morning I was getting rather careless with my scarf. I just do not do hats or anything on my head. In a blizzard, you will find me hatless. I was expecting--hoping--it soon will be carried off by the wind. Why should I suffer because some male...

John Passacantando


Stolen Global Warming Emails Show Scientists Snarky Side

John Passacantando | Posted May 25, 2011 |

A batch of emails were stolen and climate skeptics claim that they cast doubt on the evidence for human induced global warming. The fossil fuel industry's paid skeptics are all over this. Upon closer inspection the emails don't undermine the science of the recorded temperature rises but they do...

Gabriel A. Feldman


Dwayne Bowe and the NFL's StarCaps Saga

Gabriel A. Feldman | Posted May 25, 2011 |

Dwayne Bowe, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, was recently suspended for four games under the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances (the "NFL Policy") for using a diuretic. Aside from the long-ish-suffering fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and those with Bowe on their fantasy...

Elizabeth Beckwith


He'll Go Down in History: The Re-Examined Story Of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Elizabeth Beckwith | Posted May 25, 2011 |

...But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all...

We all know the song about the reindeer beloved by millions, but few know the private pain that has haunted Rudolph all of these many decades. Now in his retirement years, Rudolph speaks for the first time about his abusive...

Ellen Sterling


A Snapshot of Las Vegas Today

Ellen Sterling | Posted May 25, 2011 | Eyes & Ears


As always, Las Vegas is an interesting place to live. If one were to take snapshots of life here today, there would be some interesting pictures.

For example, the couture floor of a very high-end department store a few weeks ago featured the display...

Kevin Grandia


When cavemen roamed the earth 3,000 years ago?! [video]

Kevin Grandia | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

Fox News loves it's strange science when it comes to climate change, but a recent interview with Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R) shows just how sad this channel really has become.

On the Red Eye show, McCotter makes a strange argument that climate change is nothing to worry about...

Craig Newmark


Wikipedia at a turning point

Craig Newmark | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Read More: Astroturf, Wikipedia

Wiki Wikipedia really is the "first draft of history" and more than that, maybe a vital part of how our species is working together for the common good.

Tomorrow, I...

David M. Abromowitz


One in Seven

David M. Abromowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 |

One in seven. That is the astounding proportion of American families in default on their home mortgages. And if we don't take bolder steps soon to get ahead of this ongoing foreclosure epidemic, it could easily evolve into a self-perpetuating malaise destroying decades of home ownership progress.

Despite some stimulus-induced...

Cecile Richards


A Day of Action!

Cecile Richards | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

We called for a day of action to stop the Stupak abortion ban and that's exactly what we got! Like me, hundreds of activists from across the country flooded the U.S. Capitol today with one mission in mind -- to pass health care reform and to ensure that the anti-choice...

Alan Elsner


How Romance Novels Take the Romance out of Romance

Alan Elsner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

As author of a novel called "Romance Language", I'm often asked if I'd written a "romance novel." My instinctive answer was "no" -- but I hadn't actually read any romance fiction for many years so I went to the library and borrowed a stack. I was quite surprised at what...

Chris Weigant


Obama Poll Watch -- Scraping Fifty Percent

Chris Weigant | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

November wasn't a particularly good month for President Obama in the polls. Not disastrous by any means, but not very cheerful either. Obama laid relatively low in the public eye last month, wanting to be seen (one assumes) as conferring seriously with his advisors over his new Afghanistan strategy. Which,...

Scott Mendelson


HuffPost Review: Up in the Air

Scott Mendelson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Up in the Air
109 minutes
rated R (language and sexual content)

On the surface, Jason Reitman's

Noah Mallin


Where Should You Talk (and Listen) to an Independent? Online, of Course

Noah Mallin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

The last few election cycles, including the one just finished, have shown that self-described Independent voters have held the margin of victory in many of the high profile close races. Barack Obama won in '08 in part by successfully courting this group, as did Chris Christie in the New Jersey...

Thomas Frank


Conservatives Want Republican Purge Trials

Thomas Frank | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Across the land, grindstones sing as axes are sharpened for the RINOs. For years, conservatives have railed against these moderate "Republicans in Name Only," launching primary campaigns against them, pouring money into their opponents' campaign funds, and excluding them from committee chairmanships. But since 2006 the party's pulse has weakened,...

Bradford Kane


Job Creation as Job One: 3 Ideas for The President's Forum

Bradford Kane | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

President Obama's commitment to job creation and revitalization of the economy is highlighted by his designation of job growth as a top priority for the Administration, and his Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth. In addition to the myriad efforts by his Administration to establish, implement, and accelerate initiatives for...

Ginny Sloan


Immigration Detention: Give Detainees Fair Hearings

Ginny Sloan | Posted May 25, 2011 |

Earlier today, the Constitution Project and Human Rights Watch co-hosted a panel discussion on immigration detention and access to counsel at the National Press Club. Two new reports, Recommendations for Reforming our Immigration Detention System and Promoting Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings by the Constitution...

Charles Karel Bouley


Obama and Afghanistan, Bush and Iraq; Where's the Difference?

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

December 1, 2009, World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama came forward in front of shiny new cadets at Westpoint to make his case for not only the continued war in Afghanistan but for an escalation, a surge. The speech was to be decisive, it was to lay out the where,...

Alex Pasternack


DJ Spooky On Ice: An Interview About Remixing a Melting Antarctica

Alex Pasternack | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

It's easy to get mixed up when talking to Paul D. Miller. You want to call him DJ Spooky, or Spooky, and you almost want to say That Subliminal Kid -- a nickname he stole from a character in a Burroughs novel.

This nominal confusion isn't the result of...

Natalie Holder-Winfield


Busted By Cellphone Tiger?

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted May 25, 2011 |

I have to admit that there are benefits to being a man's man. When my cousin, one of the most macho men I know, heard about Tiger's 2 a.m. car crash, he confidently said, "I bet you there's another woman involved." My cousin could have broken the story that has...

Steve Parker


GM - CEO Henderson out, Lutz still in

Steve Parker | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

General Motors' appearance as a confused corporation gained new steam Tuesday when Fritz Henderson was "resigned" from his CEO position after just eight months on the job.

Frederick "Fritz" Henderson, 51, was "resigned" by the corporation's board of directors that day, one day before his planned keynote opening...

Ming Holden


The Message Is Simple: Buy More Stuff

Ming Holden | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

"What's the message here?"

"To Buy More Stuff."

"Is this sarcastic?"

"No, ma'am. We think everyone should buy more stuff, and hurry!"

"Are you an anarchist?"

"No. I believe in spending. Either the stores will run out of stuff or you'll run out of time!"

"I don't get it. Are...

Kimberly Ann Elliott


To Blog or Not to Blog about the WTO Ministerial?

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted May 25, 2011 |

I write about trade so I feel that I should say something about the trade ministers' meeting that concluded yesterday in Geneva. But what is there to say, especially if I want to follow my mother's advice about not saying anything if I can't say something nice? There have been...

Jenny Darroch


Xbox, FarmVille and the Need to Play and Socialize With Others

Jenny Darroch | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

I've been thinking a lot about video games, partly because we have a lot of them in the house (yes, we purchased Call of Duty 2 the day it came out) and partly because I am intrigued by data indicating that sales of video games, an $11b industry, are down...

Michelle Madhok


What Your Handbag Says About You (I'm "Pretty Clever and Kind of Lazy")

Michelle Madhok | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

Forget you are what you eat. According to, you are what you carry all day.

We tend to agree -- the type of handbag you carry definitely speaks to your taste, and, sometimes, your personality. The site posted their own bag personality test of sorts today, claiming that...

Cornelia Guest


First Impressions

Cornelia Guest | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

I always have a party the Saturday after Thanksgiving and this year I had 22 plant based virgins!! What to feed them?! Should I tell them? So many decisions but I knew two things for sure. My mission was to introduce delicious healthy food without any vegan/vegetarian labels. And to...

Dan Dorfman


Kinks In Obama's New Era of Hope

Dan Dorfman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

'Tis the season to be jolly! Maybe so for you and me, but not so President Obama, who is in the 12th month of his new era of hope.

Why not him? Because even though the president was recently the beneficiary of a dose of good news on the...

Jane S. Smith


A Holiday Gift Worth the Wait

Jane S. Smith | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

This winter, fate has blown me to Southern California, where I'm renting a house surrounded by citrus trees. There are roses, too, and wild parrots, and palm trees that look as goofy and inauthentic up close as they do on postcards.

It's the fruit, though, that has me enthralled....

Nathaniel Loewentheil


Toma Lo Bueno (Or, Why Coca-Cola Loves Bolivians)

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted May 25, 2011 |

I recently moved to Cochabamba, Bolivia, and will be publishing occasional pieces here on Bolivian politics as well as my personal adventures. Here's a piece on corporate images and power in Bolivia. You can check it out with accompanying photos here.

Bolivians like Coca-Cola®. Love...

Meizhu Lui


A Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Or Jiminy Cricket?

Meizhu Lui | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

When it comes to the stuff inside our houses like the TV or the jewelry, having public protection against thieves is a no-brainer. No one suggests that we don't need laws against stealing, and that it should just be left to individual conscience. But when it comes to stealing the...

Mark Blumenthal


Electronic Bingo! 'Outliers'

Mark Blumenthal | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

A 60 Minutes CBS News/Vanity Fair poll finds only 26% of Americans say they can "confidently explain what exactly the public option is to someone who didn't know" (via PoliticalWire).

Mark Murray and Jeanne Cummings report on a Peter Hart focus group on Obama.


David Henry Sterry


The Whore Wars

David Henry Sterry | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

It took me a quarter of a century to transition from teenage rent boy to best-selling author, but soon after I did, I was invited into the office of the prominent book agent. "David," he said as he leaned back in his air ergonomic Aeron chair, "whatever you do, don't...

Elaine Shannon


BPA, Other Pollutants Found in U.S. Cord Blood

Elaine Shannon | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the seismic cultural changes set in motion by Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and global mobilization around the first Earth Day spurred scientists to attempt to quantify how much pollution was getting into people. Early methods -- measuring contaminants in water, air and soil,...

Rebecca Sive


A National Day of Action to Stop Stupak

Rebecca Sive | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

I write as a member of the "menopausal militia," as the New York Times*, quoting NARAL's President, Nancy Keenan, characterized those of us "of a certain age" who have led America's decades-long fight for reproductive rights.

But, today, on this National Day of Action (to stop Stupak), I...

Amy B. Dean


What's Missing From Obama's "Jobs Summit"? Effectively creating jobs means reestablishing a sense of shared responsibility in America's economic policies.

Amy B. Dean | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

On Thursday, the country's leading CEOs, economists, and a few labor leaders will travel to the White House to discuss a national unemployment rate that has broken into the double digits for the first time since the Reagan era.

That the president is singling out job creation is a positive...

Laura Trice


Tiger Woods, why he might have done it?

Laura Trice | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

One of my areas of interests is looking to understand why people do certain behaviors, especially in the area of relationships and parenting. This post is based on internet research that varied in facts so what I propose is a possibility. Only those who were there know all the pieces....

Howard Gleckman


The Happy Act: Why Fix Health Care When You Can Subsidize Dog Treats?

Howard Gleckman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Read More: Happy Act, Tax Vox, Taxes

The Happy Act is going viral. Be very afraid. This bill, introduced last August by Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), would allow people to deduct up to $3,500 from their taxes to subsidize the cost of pet care. This is not a joke.

As irresponsible as this bill is,...

Connie Bennett


7 Tips To Relieve Holiday Stress

Connie Bennett | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living


While 'tis the season to be merry, for many of us, it's also a season for stress, anxiety and angst, which leads us to behave in ways we're sure to regret later. During this time of year, people often resort to bad habits--they may...

Rob Fishman


Prize of the Meritocracy

Rob Fishman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

Goldman Sachs is a meritocracy.

Then they admit it, the booming-but-beleaguered bankers, whose website says it loud and clear. And why not? Everyone in America knows what a meritocracy is. Rule by the worthy, not the rich, regal or related. As at Goldman Sachs, where your "opportunity...

Deepak Chopra


How to Make Peace With Obama's Speech

Deepak Chopra | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

For someone who is often accused of trying to please everyone, including his avowed opponents, Present Obama's Afghan speech managed to please almost no one. The left has grown more antiwar and in addition sees a potential Vietnam quagmire if the war goes really badly. The right wants a return...

Alyssa Jung


Dear Bills: Thank You!

Alyssa Jung | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

Thank you for finishing the game. Thank you for taking down the Dolphins and squashing someone else's heart this time. Thank you for being the only "sunlight" on this disgustingly rainy Monday. And thank you for, above all, winning and winning big: 31-14!!!

Let's go through yesterday's game by highlighting...

One For The Table


Checking It Twice

One For The Table | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

This is not about making a Christmas list, although I should do that, I guess. It is about my need to check and monitor things constantly, as if I were the Chief of the Baguette Patrol for a supercollider. Not all things. I do not monitor the dust balls in...

Dr. Garrison Bliss


Health Care Reform Irony: Thousands Could Be Denied Low-Cost Coverage

Dr. Garrison Bliss | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

If offered the choice, how many of you would sign up for access to a primary care physician 24/7 for a flat monthly fee of $49-$79 per month? Imagine -- no more lengthy waits for a doctor to see you and no more dealing with insurance companies for routine, preventive...

Bob Cesca


Obama's Unavoidable Cure for the Afghanistan Cancer

Bob Cesca | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Whether you like it or not, if you voted for President Obama last year, you are partly responsible for this strategy. That's not entirely a bad thing depending on your position on the war, but it's worth repeating that the president never spoke of drawing down our forces in the...

Nathaniel Frank


Will Gay Troops Get to Join the Debate About Their Own Service to America?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Congressman Alcee Hastings, Democrat of Florida, has just introduced a bill with 27 co-sponsors to allow gay service members to testify openly at Congressional hearings about "don't ask, don't tell." Rep. Hastings authored the bill to ensure that the national debate will not be stacked against those most affected by...

Cassandra M. Bellantoni


A Dream Dreamed For All of Us

Cassandra M. Bellantoni | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

What if Albert Einstein had a computer in elementary school? What if Ghandi had followers on Twitter throughout the world? What if Mozart had Garage Band on his Mac? What if Confucius had a blog? Imagine Leonardo Da Vinci with Photoshop? Or Socrates with a talk show? These brilliantly influential...

Katie Halper


Deep Twitter Thoughts on NY Gay Marriage Vote

Katie Halper | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

  • Diaz isn't a bigot @Markos! Didn't u know some of his best friends & relatives are gay? He <3's the gays just not enough 2 give 'em = rights 

  • gay marriage fails In NY? I expect this in Alabama but NY? So much 4 our northeast...


AIG May Soon Lose Crown as Biggest Bailout Debtor

ProPublica | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

by Sharona Coutts and Paul Kiel, ProPublica

AIG is coming close to losing its crown as the biggest debtor in the bailout. The company announced today that it has completed two deals that, together, shaved $25 billion...

Elizabeth Hitchcock


In The Public Interest: Preventing the Unthinkable

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

On December 3, 1984, people in Bhopal, India, woke up to fits of coughing as their lungs filled with fluid. More than 40 tons of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas had created a dense cloud over a population of more than half a million people following a chemical gas spill from...

Paul Szep


The Daily Szep: Obama Sales Pitch

Paul Szep | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

Read More: Comedy


Shana Ting Lipton


Beyond 2012 Hype, A Scientist And Mayanist Faces The Evolution Question

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

Two-thousand-and-nine is drawing to a close. We’re at the end of the decade and inching towards the culmination of the ancient Mesoamerican Mayan calendar...nearing the epoch of who knows what?


Literally, philosophically, pop culturally and sociologically, the zeitgeist points to the fate of the world hanging in the...

Sue Cischke


At Ford, We Are Taking 'Going Green' Beyond Fuel Economy

Sue Cischke | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Most of the discussion around the "greening" of the automotive industry over the last decade has focused primarily on making vehicles more fuel-efficient. It's not surprising because increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing CO2 emissions will ultimately represent our largest contribution to meeting the challenges of climate change and energy security....

Isha Judd


Where Does True Beauty Lie?

Isha Judd | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. It is a subjective vision, a unique perspective that reflects our internal perception. Our individual memories consider certain things to be comforting or beautiful; for others, these same images may seem mundane or even unattractive. My British Bulldog Elizabeth is a...

Arianna Huffington


Go West, Young Internet Newspaper: Introducing HuffPost Los Angeles

Arianna Huffington | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Today marks the rollout of our latest local section, HuffPost Los Angeles. In many ways, it's a homecoming. The initial idea for HuffPost was hatched in LA, five years ago this month. And LA has been my home base since 1997 (our founding editor, Roy Sekoff, has lived there...

Loral Langemeier


Are You What You Ate?

Loral Langemeier | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

If we are what we eat, then I might be in trouble. Among other things I was thankful for last Thursday is that I've become better about my nutrition. But in the past I've enjoyed everything from steaks to hot fudge sundaes, so I sure hope I don't become a...

Lisa Earle McLeod


Quelling The Fear Monster: How to Function in the Face of Uncertainty

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

You still have a job.  Today.

Your company still has customers.  This week.

You still have a team to lead.  For now.

Butt how do you stay focused in the present when you're so worried about future that you can't sleep at night?  And how...

Tom Matlack


Tiger Woods And The State of Modern Manhood

Tom Matlack | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

The continued revelations about Tiger Woods are crushing because his public persona was so perfectly manicured. We loved his goodness as a man as much as his perfect swing. Edwards, Letterman, even Madoff is one thing. But Tiger? The answer should cause us to look deeply in the mirror as...

Laine Ewen


Bucs vs. Falcons Recap: Bending ... Bending ... Breaking

Laine Ewen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

I had forgotten how it felt. But I remembered, quickly.

Falcons receiver Michael Jenkins runs his route. Aqib Talib runs behind him. Ronde Barber runs in front. And still, Jenkins makes the catch. First down, Falcons. But Talib was right there! And so was Ronde! What just happened? What was...

Meredith Lopez


Welcome To The Tribe, Little Man

Meredith Lopez | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

My son, the Juban Princeling, recently attended his first bris. I know what you're saying: wasn't his own bris, his first bris? To which I laughingly answer: no, it wasn't. Because he didn't have one. I am a bad Jew.

The Princeling was circumcised in the hospital when...

Shahid Buttar


The Failure of the Federalist, No. 10

Shahid Buttar | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Despite our Founders' vision of independent powers exercising checks & balances to prevent a "tyranny of the majority," every branch of the federal government acted last month to cast its lot with torturers. But even though President Obama, Congress and the Court have united to hide evidence of high-level...

Sara Schonhardt


A Sacrificial Feast in Indonesia

Sara Schonhardt | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

As most Americans were winding down their Thanksgiving festivities, feeling fully satiated from a day of football and turkey, Indonesians were waking to perform their own sacrificial feast, or Idul Adha, an Islamic holiday that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's commitment to kill his only son in obedience to God.


Maria Eitel


Onward and Upward - Girls' Issues Make an Impact at TEDIndia and in Ethiopia

Maria Eitel | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

I recently returned from some wonderful, eye-opening, and unforgettable experiences in India and Ethiopia. In my previous blog I talked about the incredible energy at the WEF India Economic Summit. I was inspired by the passion and a number of girl champions that emerged from the plenary session--both on the...

Mark C. Miller


As Dates Go By

Mark C. Miller | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy


Some men distinguish themselves by being great scientists, statesmen, artists. I was a woman's last online dating hope. I did not choose or go after this "honor" - it was bestowed upon me by Kathy, whom I met on an online dating site. Kathy...

Jonathan Richards


Whistling Past the Graveyard of Empires

Jonathan Richards | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Obama makes his bet that he can outwit history.


Tamsin Rothschild


The Creative Spark

Tamsin Rothschild | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

I recently met a young man, who was a poet, and even after much persuasion he would not allow me to read or hear his work.

I understand.

It took me months and years before I finally gathered enough courage to print off a bunch of my poems, and...

Arthur Rosenfeld


Time To Get Tough With China

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

On this side of the Pacific, the problems with our economic relationship with China are manifest. We have a precedent-smashing level of debt, the Chinese own a good piece of this country, jobs are fleeing west for east, and their economy is booming while ours continues close to freefall. More,...

David C. Fathi


A Reprieve for Turkeys, But Not for People

David C. Fathi | Posted May 25, 2011 |

The day before Thanksgiving, at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama officially "pardoned" two turkeys, sparing them from the chopping block and sending them to live out their days in Disneyland. This is one of those uniquely American traditions that must have our foreign friends scratching...

Lisa Guest


Epilepsy: Holding A Volcano

Lisa Guest | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

My chest was to his back. My right leg was thrown over his right hip. At first he made a smacking noise with his lips, as if a cow was chewing his cud beside me. I thought I heard him ask for something. I might have just been falling to...

Jonathan Spalter


Black Friday's Mobile Milestone

Jonathan Spalter | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Last Friday ushered in the holiday shopping season, and while consumers were clamoring for the best bargain, this year they had a new tool in their artillery - their cell phone.

With an array of smartphone choices from the Palm Pre to the iPhone, several new Blackberry models, and...

Kenneth C. Davis


The Day Rosa Wouldn't Move

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

I'd like to propose a candidate for a new national holiday. December 1-Rosa Parks Day.
On December 1, 1955, a black seamstress would not budge. And all America shook.

History is taught as the record of presidents, kings and generals. But sometimes it is the extraordinary story of an...

B.D. Gallof


Catch A Tiger By His . . .

B.D. Gallof | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

Society at large loves a big juicy story. They especially love one chock fill of flavor like one of those Freshen' Up chewing gums. The Tiger Woods car crash rings a gong of humanity almost American Beauty-style.

We will never quite know what happened in what were clearly a...

John L. Esposito


Are Swiss Alps Threatened by Minarets?

John L. Esposito | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Last year at a European meeting of intelligence officials from the US and Europe, a Swiss participant commented on a proposed referendum on minarets. He was sure it would go nowhere since, as he said, Switzerland is a very pluralistic society, its Muslim population is relatively small and there were...

Emily Swanson


NY: Same-Sex Marriage (Marist 11/16-17)

Emily Swanson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Read More: Poll Update, Pollster

11/16-17/09; 805 registered voters, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Marist release)

New York

Do you favor or oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State?
51% Favor, 42% Oppose

Ray Brescia


Totally Mod: Forcing Banks to the Table to Modify Foreclosures

Ray Brescia | Posted May 25, 2011 |

The Obama administration has promised a new round of tactics to encourage banks to modify more mortgages. These steps include streamlining the modification process as well as threatening that loan servicers with woeful records of modifying mortgages will not only face monetary sanctions but will also be identified publicly by...

David Buer


Effects Of Training On Unstable Surfaces For Sports Performance

David Buer | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Over the past several years performing exercises on unstable surfaces has grown increasingly popular among physical therapists, strength coaches, personal trainers, sports teams and health clubs. This type of training engages and increases the activation of the core muscles consisting of pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external...

Jason Rosenbaum


Mr. President, on Afghanistan, I Disagree

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

President Obama has made his decision. 30,000 more of our young men and women will be sent to fight and potentially die in Afghanistan.

If I could give the President my thoughts, I'd thank him for his thoughtful process. I'm glad people who were arguing against sending more troops -...

Cliff Albright


Did the Senate Forget to Discuss Health Care and Race?

Cliff Albright | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


As the battle over health care reform hits the Senate floor for debate, I'm wondering how long it's going to take for the issue of race to pop up.

Oh, it won't show itself as blatantly as it has at town...

Jon Chattman


Maguiring It: Leave Tiger Alone

Jon Chattman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Decisions, decisions ... do we focus on Obama's Afghanistan stance or a Tiger Woods late-night fender bender? I think we all know the answer to that one. It's too easy. We live in a world where we care more about "American Idols" than American Presidents -- I get that. It's...

Harry Moroz


Of Death Panels and Tax Policy

Harry Moroz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

A drag. A job destroyer. A wage cutter. A killer. A creature in a late-night horror movie.

Yes, the estate tax, that most reviled of taxes that so many of us cringe at the prospect of paying on our death beds, has once again reared its ugly head. Thankfully, the...

Megan Carpentier


What Does 30,000 Troops Really Buy Us?

Megan Carpentier | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

In the eight years since the United States began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation for the attacks of 9/11 perpetrated by Osama bin Laden -- who had been given safe harbor by the Talibani leaders of the country -- more than 1,500 men and women of the coalition forces, mostly American,...

Roxanne Conlin


Time to Wean Grassley

Roxanne Conlin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

As Americans struggle with the worst economy since the Great Depression, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley turns a deaf ear, with yet another outrageous statement.

The same Chuck Grassley who called health insurance reform "socialism," continued to propagate the false rumors about "death panels," even making outlandish statements about "pulling the...

Michael Kieschnick


Congress Can Save Mr. Obama From Afghanistan

Michael Kieschnick | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Last night, President Obama eloquently announced an escalation of the war in Afghanistan. He acknowledged the staggering cost and the corruption of the government which stole the recent election. He argued that our commitment was not open-ended and that, depending on that ever present "conditions on the ground," he might...

Judge H. Lee Sarokin


The Bishop Un-Bribes Patrick Kennedy

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

When John F. Kennedy ran for president, scare tactics were used to frighten voters by suggesting that he would take directions from the Pope. He publicly denounced such claims and assured voters that he would accept no directions on policy from the Catholic Church. Apparently Providence's Bishop Tobin believes otherwise....

Richard N. Haass


Doing More... to Do Less

Richard N. Haass | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

All wars of choice are risky, and Barack Obama's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan is no exception. The president is banking on the idea that doing more for 18 months will make it possible to do less in the long run.

More specifically, he is betting that...

Sophia Yin


How Puppy Class Almost Ruined My Dad's New Cattledog

Sophia Yin | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

When we last left off, I'd dropped Lucy, the 8 week old Australian Cattledog with my parents after taking a week to train her through the puppy Learn to Earn program (See Creating the Perfect Pup in 7 Days) at my house. Before I brought her down,...



Cindy Gallop: Make Love, Not Porn

TEDTalks | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

ALERT: Talk contains graphic sexual language

At TED2009, audience member Cindy Gallop gave a 4-minute presentation that became one of the event's most talked about. Speaking from her personal experience, she argued that hardcore pornography had distorted the way a generation of young men think about sex, and talked about...

Tove Hermanson


School Dress Codes Target Gender

Tove Hermanson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

After reading the New York Times article "Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?," exasperation and a wee bit of fury rumbled in my belly. As presented by Jan Hoffman, increasing numbers of school children are pushing the boundaries of so-called acceptable attire by cross dressing-- a...

Emily Swanson


UT: 2010 Sen (Deseret 11/19-23)

Emily Swanson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Read More: Poll Update, Pollster

Deseret News / KSL-TV / Dan Jones & Associates
11/19-23/09; 408 adults, 4.9% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Deseret News: 2010 Sen, Obama)


U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett has seved 18 years in office. Bennett is running for re-election next year. Do you...

Mark Blumenthal


Obama's Speech and Afghanistan Approval

Mark Blumenthal | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Will President Obama's speech last night, announcing that he will send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan now and start withdrawing American forces by July 201, turn public opinion in his favor? We will know better in a week or two, after Americans absorb the news and the usual suspects...

Joe Territo


Amazing Photo: Construction Vehicle Bursts Into Flames In Jersey

Joe Territo | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

Read More: New Jersey, Fire

Flames burst high into the air when a road-resurfacing vehicle caught fire this morning in Hopewell Township. No injuries were reported, which is hard to believe when you look at this amazing photo of the fire on

Stanton Peele


Caffeine Addiction -- As Real As Nicotine Addiction?

Stanton Peele | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Sting has given up coffee, "because I'm addicted to it," he said on the Morning Joe show. Everyone laughed. Mika Brzezinski opened a package of Starbucks and waved it under his nose, then ordered coffee for him, which Sting refused.

"How ridiculous," we think. "Coffee, addictive - what will they...

Deepak Chopra


The Prescription for Depression? "Oops, Never Mind!"

Deepak Chopra | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Most of us have been depressed at one time during our lives, or know someone who is seriously depressed. When Prozac burst on the scene 20 years ago, it seemed that a major step had been achieved. More people responded well to the drug and fine-tuning it was easier than...

Una LaMarche


Passive-Aggressive Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your Naughty List

Una LaMarche | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

We all know the hidden meanings behind certain tried-and-true holiday presents. A fruitcake might as well bear a tag reading "You are an octogenarian who is related to me but whom I never call." A scarf says, "I am your secret Santa in the office pool, and here is what...

Ben Lee


In Praise of the Working Artist

Ben Lee | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

I first came to Los Angeles to make an album in 1996. Having grown up in Australia, I had a very romantic, and probably not uncommon, view of Hollywood as one giant star-making machine. I wanted to make meaningful, important and successful records that meant a lot to a lot...

John A. Powell


Understanding the Unconscious Side of Racism

John A. Powell | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


The New York Times reported on December 1 that even educated blacks may suffer racial discrimination in the job market. Although the article focuses on the job market, it just as easily could have been about the credit market, the...

Joshua Keyak


The Time to Reduce is Now

Joshua Keyak | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Climate change is real.  If we do not get our act together soon there will be serious consequences.  In order to avoid what some scientists call an apocalyptic scenario by century’s end, we must stop increasing global carbon emissions by 2015 and cut carbon emissions by 25-40 percent to...

Dan Weiner


The NYGMen Podcast: Week 12 -- The Giants Are Blown Out by the Broncos, 26-6

Dan Weiner | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

In this week 12 post-game analysis, an extremely frustrated Greg and Dan are on the verge of giving up on the Giants. To help cope with the dire straits in which the G-Men find themselves (and the fact that Bill Sheridan should be shown the door), Greg and Dan distract...

Robert Reich


The Economic Reality That No One Wants to Talk About

Robert Reich | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Most ideas for creating more jobs assume jobs will return when the economy recovers. So the immediate goal is to accelerate the process. A second stimulus would be helpful, especially directed at state governments that are now mounting an anti-stimulus package (tax increases, job cuts, service cuts) of over $200...

Lisa Haisha


Create Travel Memories And Friendships That Last A Lifetime

Lisa Haisha | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Think about a recent trip you took. It could have been across town, across the country, or across the ocean. When you returned from your trip, did you come home with the contact information of new friends? Did you create memories that go beyond places you visited? Did you connect...

Karen Stabiner


The College Insider: Fat Chance Of Graduating College Without Losing The Freshman Fifteen

Karen Stabiner | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

It has been a rough couple of days for ambitious African-American college students. First, historically black Lincoln University is about to graduate the first class to have to satisfy a weight requirement : A student with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 has to successfully...

David Bromwich


The Afghanistan Parenthesis [UPDATED]

David Bromwich | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

[Updated below]

An unusually reflective lawyer once advised a purchaser of a house that a contract should not be signed or money paid before the seller made all the final repairs and improvements. "Do it straight and plain -- you don't want the tail in the door." Something about President...

Jose Antonio Vargas


Bearing Witness 2.0 -- On Twitter Feed, A Man Tells His Story of Living With HIV (w/ TRANSCRIPT)

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

*UPDATED: Transcript of entire Twitter stream below*

On Twitter, we are each others' witnesses, one tweet at a time.

Chris MacDonald-Dennis gave new meaning to that Tuesday night when within two hours -- firing off 100 tweets in succession, totaling some 2,100 words and chronicling the narrative arc of...

Mark Goulston, M.D.


Victory in Afghanistan - Calling All Artificial Intelligence Experts

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

At the risk of being what one of my beloved and recently deceased mentors would call overideational (i.e. carry an idea to absurd lengths), I had some thoughts about how to achieve a victory in the war in Afghanistan. But to complete them I will need input from the...

Frank A. Weil


Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Frank A. Weil | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Every day in every way as I twist and squirm to see good news, all I see is the walls closing in around us squeezing out what little wiggle room is left in the most important issues facing our nation.

The economy: I see intractable problems on two fronts....

James M. Lynch


Surviving The Holidays: 5 Life Coaching Tips

James M. Lynch | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

This recent 'tip' was part of a special holiday newsletter I released just before Thanksgiving from It was well received and it actually came up in a conversation I had over the last few days and it helped defuse the situation and keep the holiday on an even...

Fred Hassan


A Sunrise Industry: Life Sciences and the Genomics Wave

Fred Hassan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Innovations from the life sciences industry -- especially pharmaceuticals, devices and diagnostics -- have been central to the massive improvements in longevity and quality of life achieved over the last 100 years. Today, however, we keep hearing that this innovation is slipping. The evidence cited for this, it seems, is...

Lee Camp


WATCH: The Scary Truth About the Security Breach at The White House

Lee Camp | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Chris Prevatt


Major Setback to Campaign to Restore California Marriage Equality in 2010

Chris Prevatt | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

The effort to take the marriage equality battle back to the California ballot in 2010 experienced a major setback Monday when the Courage Campaign announced it was calling for more research and time to change hearts and minds before returning to the ballot to restore marriage for...

Dean Baker


Fed Transparency Should Precede Bernanke Confirmation

Dean Baker | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

The following is a joint piece by Dean Baker, the co-director of the progressive Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Mark Calabria, the director of financial regulations studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.

Congress will soon consider whether Ben Bernanke merits another term as Chairman of the...

Laura Day


Change Your Life In Your Sleep!

Laura Day | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Your brain decides what actions you will take six seconds before you are aware of your decision. Scary thought. That means, your subconscious, the "facts "you decided were true in your early childhood, may be in control of many of your actions, not the mature, reasoned you of today. The...

Charles Butler


President Obama's Afghanistan Speech a True Capitulation

Charles Butler | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

I waited with great anticipation as millions of Americans to hear the President Obama's speech about his Afghanistan policy. Let's be clear about this point, President Obama's policy and not a remnant of the Bush administration.

What I heard was very perplexing to say the least, on the one hand,...

Ellie Kemper


I'm Not Exactly Afraid of Really Intense Fashion

Ellie Kemper | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

One nice thing that I have discovered about Los Angeles is the enthusiasm with which people dress. I moved to LA about four months ago, having lived in New York for the previous six years. Obviously, many New Yorkers also take an interest in how they dress. However, theirs is...

Willow Bay


Welcome to HuffPost LA

Willow Bay | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

In a city as populous, diverse and sprawling as Los Angeles, it's no surprise that we're lacking a geographical hub. In fact we're really quite famous for it. So what better way to harness technology than to create a place online where people can gather and connect around local issues...

Robert Scheer


Here We Go Again

Robert Scheer | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

It is already a 30-year war begun by one Democratic president, and thanks to the political opportunism of the current commander in chief the Afghanistan war is still without end or logical purpose. President Barack Obama's own top national security adviser has stated that there are fewer than 100 al-Qaida...

Dave Heller


"Undercooked": Fiction From the Recession

Dave Heller | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

I left home for college in 2001, some eight years ago, and have been living away from the nest ever since. This summer I bit the bullet -- as so many Americans are doing during the recession -- and moved back in with the parents, full time. It turns out...

Maria Eitel


India Economic Summit Champions Investing in Girls

Maria Eitel | Posted May 25, 2011 |

I sit on the flight from Delhi to London unable to sleep from all the excitement of the past few days, really the whole year. I am returning from the World Economic Forum's Summit in India and once again, as at previous economic summits, the importance of girls in the...

Timothy Cooper


Omarion: The Birth of a Mogul

Timothy Cooper | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Pam Allyn


How Stories Save Us

Pam Allyn | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

All of life is a journey, a journey away from home and a journey back. All of great literature too is about journeys: characters set off on expeditions and adventures, only to find that supper's still hot when they return, whether it's Homer's Odyssey or Where the Wild Things Are....

James Boyce


You Say You Want A Revolution? The Virtual One Is Almost Here

James Boyce | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

If you're looking for an early bet for the top story of 2010, bet on the story being the Internet Revolution, because after years and years of anticipation and progress, the next two to three years are when we are going to see the Internet become what we all thought...

Henry Blodget


Well Done, Tiger, You're Home Free!

Henry Blodget | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

Tiger Woods' brief foray in PR-crisis hell is over. Now that he has confessed, he can go back to being the world's greatest golfer and product endorser again.

Yes, some other women will probably be paid gobs of money to share their Tiger stories in the weeks ahead. Yes,...

The Media Consortium


Weekly Pulse: Senate Prepares to Cast First Votes

The Media Consortium | Posted May 25, 2011 |

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger

The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on proposed amendments to the health care reform bill today. It takes 60 votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the health care bill will never pass. It's a great opportunity...

Marlene H. Phillips


AZ Legislature Might Ask For Donations

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Arizona is in trouble. Facing a $2.2 billion deficit, the state has the second worst fiscal problems in the country (tied with Rhode Island behind California) according to a November Pew Center study.

State-level lawmakers know they have to come up with a solution. But the Republican controlled legislature

Anne Butterfield


The Big Mugging: Xcel's Top Guns Will Defend the Indefensible Thursday

Anne Butterfield | Posted May 25, 2011 | Denver

This Thursday, December 3 at 9 am, Xcel Energy will bring out their top guns to argue in support of their proposed rate increase, the third in less than four years, that will increase our base rates in Colorado to pay for the new 750MW coal plant in Pueblo...

Jared Braiterman


Biodiversity Remakes Tokyo

Jared Braiterman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

The Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference addresses unparalleled environmental crisis and the need to transform our relationship with nature. Many people assume that nature has no place in the city. On the contrary, cities are central sites for a sustainable, post-industrial era that supports population growth and a high quality...

Michael Wolff


The President's War Is to Save His Own Skin

Michael Wolff | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

It is neither unreasonable nor dishonorable to be as cynical as possible when evaluating the official rationale for going to war--or continuing one.

President Obama, plausibly, believes very little of what he said last night about why we should continue to be in Afghanistan--that we could successful prosecute it,...

Therese Borchard


Tiger Woods Cheating Scandal: 8 Steps To Find Hope After An Affair

Therese Borchard | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

With rumors of Tiger Woods having an affair, talk of cheating surfaces once more. Here are eight great tips for marriages where one or both partners have been unfaithful. They come from my friend, psychologist Elvira Aletta. You can get to the original post by clicking here.

Few things...

Eric Burns


If I Still Worked at Fox News...

Eric Burns | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

I am not the Eric Burns who heads Media Matters, the liberal watchdog group. I am the Eric Burns who used to host Fox News Watch on the right-wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network. In the past year and a half, since departing from Ailes and friends, I have been much more...

Edward Harrison


Get ready for protectionism

Edward Harrison | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Read More: Protectionism, Trade

The most recent Gallup Poll on what Americans think is the best way to create jobs is a bit disheartening because it flies in the face of basic economics. Protectionism is the number one way Americans believe more jobs can be created.  This was true for Republicans, Independents and Democrats....

Janis Bowdler


Revitalizing Homeownership and True Economic Recovery

Janis Bowdler | Posted May 25, 2011 |

In the midst of slow-moving recovery plans, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is one of the only rays of light that American families have seen. Latino communities continue to struggle with unemployment and foreclosure. In 2009 alone, more than 700,000 Hispanic and Black borrowers are expected to lose their homes...

Frances Beinecke


Help Turn Copenhagen Into Hopenhagen

Frances Beinecke | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Voices From Hopenhagen

I have been working to solve global warming for over a decade, and the news I hear from climate scientists has grown increasingly sober and grim. Yet I remain hopeful. 

I work with people every day--in business, in science, in government--who are deeply committed to solving this...

Christine Hassler


How To Deal With Stress

Christine Hassler | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Dear Christine,

Since I transitioned from undergrad, I feel as though I've been drinking from a fire hose! New job, new city, new friends, new home, new responsibilities, new challenges. No matter how exhilarating this period can be, it's inevitable that STRESS can creep in at certain times. I realize...

F. Kaid Benfield


Village Green: As We Lose Shopping Malls, Are Losing Something Sacred?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

The headline sounds preposterous, I know.  But it's shopping season, a ritual if ever there were one.  And Mark Dery, in a very provocative essay on dying malls published on the website Change Observer, invokes the notion in his second paragraph:

"The multi-tiered, fully enclosed mall (as opposed...

Anetra Smith


Hit it and Quit It...Undefeated!!!!

Anetra Smith | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

After a win like that, what's to quit?! I'll find something I'm sure. But this Titans fan/Peyton Manning fan is happy happy happy today! It's setting up for a HUGE AFC Showdown between the Titans and the Colts next weekend. But I digress.

Sabria Jawhar


Passive European Muslims Partially To Blame for Swiss Minaret Ban

Sabria Jawhar | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

What does Europe want from the Muslim community?

Well, you got me.

Like a party host who complains that her country cousins aren't mingling with the guests, and then seats them at the children's table at dinnertime, Switzerland, Denmark, and France can't make up their mind about the so-called "Muslim...

Dr. Cara Barker


What Jesus And The Dalai Lama Would Say To Tiger Woods And Mike Huckabee

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Need I say it? Gossip and complaint is not good for our health. Despite this, complaints and rumor mills are having a field day. Here, in the Pacific Northwest, rumors abound regarding the suspected killer, Maurice Clemmons, who was killed hours ago, after gunning down four police in service to...

Tina Daunt


LA's New Top Cop Talks

Tina Daunt | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Charlie Beck, Los Angeles's newly appointed chief of police, is a cop's cop.

For a city that's lived through seven years of his rock star predecessor, Bill Bratton -- whose outsized abilities came with an ego to match -- it's a definite change of pace. Beck, 56, is about...

Ron Ashkenas


In Afghanistan, Is the Problem Capacity Or Complexity?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online

A senior manager at Cisco once suggested to me that there are two types of challenges in organizations -- capacity problems and complexity problems. Capacity problems are those that require more, fewer or different resources. Complexity problems require new thinking and a creative...

Barbara Ehrenreich


The Uproar Over New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Cross-posted with

A few weeks later, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that regular screening mammography not start until age 50, all hell broke loose. Sheryl Crow, Whoopi Goldberg, and Olivia Newton-John raised their voices in protest; a few dozen non-boldface women

Len Berman


Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 2, 2009 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

Tiger Woods will be cited for careless driving. End of story?

Yankees manager Joe Girardi went to Jets camp to help teach quarterback Mark Sanchez how to...

Richard W. Parker


Rescuing Nuclear Talks with Iran

Richard W. Parker | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

While all eyes focus on Afghanistan, the situation with Iran is spiraling out of control. 

Iran failed to accept a tentative deal signed in Vienna last month to send most of its current stockpile of low-enriched uranium abroad – and Secretary of State Clinton announced that the deal...

Alex Pasternack


China is Tackling Climate Change Better Than the US -- Discuss

Alex Pasternack | Posted May 25, 2011 |

Read More: Beijing, China, cop15, Copenhagen

As the two titans of greenhouse gas emissions announced their first climate pledges last week, the US and China didn't look like were trying hard to impress anyone or one-up each other. Their modest, if politically pragmatic commitments represented the end of a years-long back-room bilateral game of...

Mike Lux


Anguish and a Ray of Hope

Mike Lux | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

I am deeply saddened on so many different levels by the President's speech last night, and his Afghanistan policy in general. Steady escalation is not the answer to this godawful complicated mess. It's all well and good to keep making the argument as to why this is not another Vietnam,...

Richard Zombeck


Shaming the Shameless: Why Treasury's Tactics Won't Stop Banks from Misbehaving

Richard Zombeck | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

August seems to have been the month for scoldings at the Treasury Department. In August we felt the chilling winds of shame blowing across what was left of our economy when Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Michael Barr said, "I think we've been disappointed......

Dr. Judith Rich


Going Gift-Free: More Joy, Less Stress

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Last year, my family and I decided to ban presents at Christmas. Seriously, we'd all gotten so "done" on the whole gift-giving thing, we found it had lost all meaning. The Christmas morning unwrapping activity had become a predictable chore, with too much wrapping paper and ribbon and too many...

James Rucker


Murdoch dodges the question, again: does he think Obama is a racist? (VIDEO)

James Rucker | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

A few weeks ago, Rupert Murdoch said that Glenn Beck was right when he called Obama a racist, and since then he has been dodging questions about what exactly he meant. Through one of his staff, Murdoch issued a brief statement saying that he doesn't believe Obama is...

Lapham's Quarterly


When Historical Partnerships End Before the Work Is Finished

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

2009: Born on the same day near the same hour on June 13, 1935, conceptual artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude never flew in a plane together. For two people seemingly fused together and yet fiercely independent, one of the great misconceptions about their art was that the artist was solely Christo....

Will Schwartz


Going Broke in Albany, Part 2: Where's a Press-Induced Panic When We Need One?

Will Schwartz | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

Here's Part 2 of my 3 Part Series on the NY State Budget Deficit. Part 1, which you can read here, was an explanation of the crisis and description of the State Senate's unfortunate and dangerous control of the cuts. 

Here's a first: Our...

Peter M. Shane


The Eisenhower-Obama Doctrine? Ending the Military's "Blank Check"

Peter M. Shane | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

In the current political climate, the most dramatic point of President Obama's West Point speech on Afghanistan was neither his commitment of additional forces or the precise timing to begin a drawdown of our troops. It was his determination to apply cost-benefit analysis to our military commitments.


Erik Sean Nelson


Overdraft This!

Erik Sean Nelson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

"Overdraft Fee" is such a harmless sounding name. Focus groups must have reacted negatively to the bank's second choice, "Kick You While Your Down Fee." I really hate overdraft fees. The Fed has made banks allow you to opt out of them, but my family has received calls from banks...

Al Cimaglia


Do NHL Players Really Understand?

Al Cimaglia | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

The NHL faces a difficult time.

The solution is complex but there is a simple question involving the rash of concussions in today's game. Will the league wait until a player is paralyzed or killed while playing hockey before they mandate changes to help insure safety? Possibly the league will...

Leo W. Gerard


CEOs, Union Leader Agree: Manufacturing Strategy Crucial

Leo W. Gerard | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Defying popular stereotype, CEOs and labor representatives sat on a panel and largely agreed on major issues confronting industry and working people.

It happened Monday, Nov. 30 as CNBC taped Meeting of the Minds: Rebuilding America in a hall at Carnegie Mellon University before an audience of nearly 600...

Frank Schaeffer


Is Mike Huckabee Culpable?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Mike Huckabee broke his silence on Monday and defended his decision to give clemency to a convict said to be responsible for the ambush murder of four Seattle police officers. I have an odd connection to Huckabee. He told Katie Couric, during the 2007 primary race, that the book by...

Sam Sedaei


If I Had Crashed the White House Party, I Would Be in Guantanamo by Now

Sam Sedaei | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

After visiting one of my friends in Toronto a few years ago, I was on the train coming back to the United States. As the train arrived at the border, it stopped for the customs and border protection agents to check the passports. One of the agents approached me and...

Rosemary Palmer



Rosemary Palmer | Posted May 25, 2011 |

Just as the knee bone connects to the thigh bone, every decision President Obama makes directly affects each of us. Take, for example, his speech last night on the troop escalation for Afghanistan. We Ohioans, military family or not, are on the front lines when the economic impact is considered.

Charles London


How to Fold a Flag: A Documentary

Charles London | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

President Obama has just announced his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, which involves an aggressive counter-insurgency operation, sending in an additional 30,000 troops. As IAVA's Paul Rieckhoff notes, the President laid out his plan "without using the word "veteran" and without articulating any back-end support for our...

Pavel Somov, Ph.D.


Anger: the Right of Righteousness

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

By the time we get out of kindergarten we have a sneaking suspicion that there is more than one take on reality. This realization (that things are not black and white) pretty much crystallizes by the time we get out of the high-school. What starts out as a clear-cut case...

Dave Johnson


Fixing Jobs: Normal Isn't An Option

Dave Johnson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

The "Jobs Summit" is Thursday. Are they going to try to get things back to normal? I hope not!

"Normal" isn't an option anymore, because it is what led to where we are.

The financial sector bailout is based on the idea that things will get back to "normal"...

Stephen Zunes


A Tale of Two Human Rights Awardees

Stephen Zunes | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

The annual Robert F. Kennedy Award ceremony took place at the White House this past November for the first time in its 28-year history. Also for the first time, the president of the United States was there to honor the awardees.

The 2009 winner was the group Women of Zimbabwe...

Miles Mogulescu


Obamastan: There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Soldiers

Miles Mogulescu | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

(With a tip of the hat to Texas populist Jim Hightower for his book entitled "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos".)

No matter what the issue, Barack Obama seems genetically programmed to split the difference and seek the exact middle of the...

Chez Pazienza


Welcome to the Suck

Chez Pazienza | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

A show of hands -- who's really shocked that President Obama made the decision to commit 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

If you raised your hand, you're either incredibly naive or you weren't listening particularly closely during last year's presidential campaign. It's not so much what Obama said then as...

Jean-Charles Boisset


Using art to grow your community

Jean-Charles Boisset | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

In the sustainable wine world, we are often so focused on our commitment to environmental stewardship that our other efforts to maintain the sustainability triptych often feel less emphasized. However, since our work to maintain environmentally sound practices is often quickly reflected in the ever-growing natural beauty of the vineyards,...

Maria Rodale


Recipe: Codfish Cakes (It Must Be December)

Maria Rodale | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Read More: Comfort Food, Fish, Recipes

When I was a kid, codfish cakes were one of my favorite winter breakfasts. I think my mom got the fish from a can. She would slice them into 1-inch circles and fry them up, and I'd gobble them down with ketchup ... Heinz 57, of course.

You can eat...

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.


Preschoolers Watch Too Much TV -- Leads To Obesity

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

TV, video games, and computer use are contributing to the rise of childhood obesity. Before these inventions became so popular, children used to run outside to play. Now, more often than not, our kids are content to sit on the couch with the remote (and a bag of chips).


Dr. Jim Taylor


What Makes the Great Ones Great?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

So what do Tom Brady, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt, Annika Sorenstam, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, and Lisa Leslie have that you don't?

This question has been on the minds of many people of late with the recent publication of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and Daniel Coyle's The...

Alison Sanders Petrocelli


Fashion With H.E.A.R.T

Alison Sanders Petrocelli | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

Fashionology, a Beverly Hills-based clothing boutique, has created an inspiring new concept in children's clothing. With their innovative technology and variety of accessories, they turn the design process over to the child, allowing them to test the limits of their imaginations and bring their fashion dreams to life. Recently, the...

Deborah King


'Precious' Hits Hard

Deborah King | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Movies about incest trigger my memories and feelings about the abuse I suffered as a young girl. Precious hit me just where it hurts the most. It's difficult to say this, but Mary, the mother of Precious, really reminded me of my own mother when I was a child.

Taylor Marsh


Can an 'Innovation Economy' Save the U.S.?

Taylor Marsh | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

"The New Frontier is not a set of promises. It is a set of challenges." - John F. Kennedy

We need more political leaders like John F. Kennedy. He envisioned going to the moon and inspired the innovation to make it manifest.

I have got to be honest....

Amitai Etzioni


One Million Jobs

Amitai Etzioni | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

The country needs (a) millions of jobs, even if temporary ones (until the economy picks up more and generates more jobs on its own); (b) these jobs must be generated in short order (to prevent the current bleak outlook from affecting the outcomes of the 2010 elections); (c) the cost...

Wayne Besen


The Gay Community's Pope Problem

Wayne Besen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

It is time to admit that the gay community has a gigantic Pope problem. Under the leadership of Benedict XVI, the Vatican has become an implacable foe of liberalism, modernity, and basic rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Rome has eagerly jumped with both feet into America's culture...

Anders Fogh Rasmussen


This Is Not Just America's War

Anders Fogh Rasmussen | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Last night, President Obama confirmed that we cannot have security at home until terrorism is defeated in Afghanistan. He expressed the determination of the United States to reach a successful conclusion. And he backed up those words by committing a substantial number of troops and by setting a clear political...

Mayhill Fowler


A Few Small Questions About Obama's Afghanistan Surge

Mayhill Fowler | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

President Obama did not enlighten me about his Afghanistan-Pakistan plan last night. Nor from the expressions on their faces were the captive audience of the West Point cadets given much guidance beyond the inevitable conclusion that many of them will eventually be landing at Bagram Air Base. These fine-looking young...

Jerry Chautin


Volunteers will create One Million New Businesses

Jerry Chautin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Ken Yancey will cause the creation of one million new businesses within the next seven years if he gets his way. He is the chief executive officer of SCORE, an all-volunteer, nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business...

J.C. Bradbury


Is Your Favorite Free Agent Over the Hill?

J.C. Bradbury | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

With baseball's Winter Meetings only a few days away, the free-agent market is beginning to gather momentum. It's an exciting time for fans to construct hypothetical line-ups with newly added players and ponder how they affect their World Series chances. Though the buzz about adding free agents is mostly positive,...

Jay Mandle



Jay Mandle | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

There has been a noticeable drop-off this year in progressive campus organizing. Part of this simply is the predictable return to more normal levels following the intense excitement generated by the Obama campaign in 2008. But there is more to it than that. Foundations and donors have curtailed their funding...

Jeff Biggers


In the Name of Rosa Parks: Arrest of 81-Year-Old on Fast, Mourning Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

On the anniversary of Rosa Parks' historic act of civil disobedience, when her refusal to move from her seat on December 1, 1955 sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and triggered the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, 81-year-old veteran and anti-mountaintop removal activist Roland Micklem was arrested by law...

Big Girls, Small Kitchen


Those Without a Kitchen

Big Girls, Small Kitchen | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

For most of my life, I've felt more or less involved in my community. Back in high school and college, I often volunteered by way of class or curriculum at a variety of different organizations in New York City and Providence. It's occurred to me over the course of this...

Human Rights First


The Swiss vote to ban on the construction of minarets on mosques: Whether legal or not, the damage is done

Human Rights First | Posted May 25, 2011 |

By Joëlle Fiss,
Pennoyer Fellow, Fighting Discrimination Program

To the utter consternation of the Swiss government, most political parties, non-governmental organizations, journalists, pollsters -- and even the Vatican, 57.5% of the Swiss population voted in a nationwide referendum last Sunday (29 November) to ban the construction of minarets...

David Sirota


Citing Your Enrollment At Harvard As Proof There's No American Health Care Crisis

David Sirota | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

I know what you are thinking - you are thinking that the headline of this post is a joke. But it's not. It's not at all. Watch my CNN debate over Afghanistan and health care yesterday morning with former Bush speechwriter David Frum - specifically check out around 4...

Blaise Zerega


Google the New Power Utility?

Blaise Zerega | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Could Google do for the electrical grid what it's done for the Internet?

"PG&E's greatest fear, and they won't say it publicly, is Google," says VentureBeat's Matt Marshall in his interview of Google's Ed Lu, who oversees the search giant's PowerMeter program. PG&E, of...

Anna Burger


It's Time to Get to Work on Jobs

Anna Burger | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Our jobs crisis didn’t happen overnight. And it didn’t happen by accident.

We’re paying the price for a system that for too long valued wealth over work, ignored the warning signs of crisis, and failed to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

80 years...

John Marshall


First Draft: Obama's Surge Speech

John Marshall | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

Read More: Afghanistan, Obama

The war in Afghanistan is now less popular than Facebook's Mafia Wars

My fellow Americans,

These are the times that try men's approval ratings. As you know, my Afghanistan policy has taken more hits than the rear window of Tiger Woods' SUV.


Jerry Cope


Storm Front: An Interview With the Nation's Foremost Climate Scientist James Hansen

Jerry Cope | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

James Hansen is frequently referred to as "the grandfather of climate change science." Hansen first brought global warming to the world's attention in the 1980's, when he testified before Congress. His work inspired the film An Inconvenient Truth and established the target of 350PPM as the "safe" level of CO2...

Nancy Ruhling


Astoria Characters: The Answer Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

The black awning says "Halvatzis Realty," and the open door says, "Come right in."

So everyone does.

A neighbor steps in to talk about his girlfriend. She dumped him, just like that, no reason. They'd been together 10 years. Ten years! Can you believe that!

"What should I do?" he...

Jennifer Ketcham


My First Relationship Based on Trust

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

I recently gave up my profession as Pornstar Extraordinaire and a day came when my thousand dollar a month car payment felt exorbitant. Initially, the threat of being at the mercy of public transit terrified me, until I realized I live three blocks from LA's greatest kept secret, the Metro,...

Will Rogers


Our Great Places Have Many Heroes

Will Rogers | Posted May 25, 2011 |

At this time of year many of us take extra time to volunteer, give back to our communities, and support those in need. And each holiday season satisfying stories emerge of the selfless acts of giving that inspire others to join in and help make their world a better place....

Eli Broad


Top Ten Reasons to Love LA

Eli Broad | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

My wife Edye and I have called Los Angeles home since we moved our family here in 1963. I first visited LA in 1958. We were living in Detroit, and as we got off the plane, I knew I wanted to live in this city. I immediately liked the climate,...

Joanne Herman


Just Another Gender Transition Story

Joanne Herman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

I've been trying over the past few weeks to decide why the story of Chaz Bono's gender transition is such a yawner for me. Shouldn't I think the news of the female-to-male transition of Sonny and Cher's only child is a big deal? After all, his story made the Nightly...

Jim Wallis


We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It

Jim Wallis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghanistan saddens me. I believe it is a mistake, it is the wrong direction for U.S. foreign policy, and it is disappointing to many of us in the faith community and our friends who spearhead the on-the-ground development efforts in...

Gene D. Block


So Much Is at Stake: The Future of UCLA

Gene D. Block | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Recently, the University of California Board of Regents approved a systemwide increase of 32 percent in undergraduate student fees. The magnitude of their action is unprecedented. Students across the 10 campuses were outraged. They see the steep hike as an affront to the basic purpose of the UC -- to...

Nancy Marks


Get to Know: Michael S. Smith

Nancy Marks | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

There's no one more interesting than people; we're all different, yet really the same as we don our daily costumes and head on out the door. I'm in heaven, sitting in a restaurant and imagining who people are, where they come from, what they do, and what makes them tick....

Delia Lloyd


5 Ways To Stay On Top Of Your To Do List

Delia Lloyd | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

I got a status update from a friend on Facebook last night that read something like this: "The ironing pile just never goes away! I've tried not ironing...but I hate wrinkly clothes. And the pile just keeps growing!"

I know. I know. Your first thought is "Don't iron!" but it's...

Joe Robinson


The Former Music Capital of the World

Joe Robinson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

I love the after-work jazz series at the LA County Museum of Art on Friday nights beginning in the spring, but I haven't been there in years. I can't get there from here, here being the remote realm of the Westside. Okay, I could, but it would take idling well...

Michael Govan


The History of Art, Through the Lens of Los Angeles

Michael Govan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Art history can be broken into distinctions of time, but also of place. One can discern differences of style and influence, for instance, between 17th Century French painting and that of Italy. So too have distinctions in American art become apparent in the twentieth century when looking at the artists...

Deborah Schoeneman


Twags and Facebrags

Deborah Schoeneman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

I'd like to introduce a little game called Facebrag. It's inspired by people who brag on Facebook or Twitter about their fab lives, provoking eye rolling and sometimes jealous rage among their peers -- even if their bragging is completely justified.

Try to match each Facebrag with the appropriate...

Zev Yaroslavsky


LA's Big Green Secret

Zev Yaroslavsky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Something remarkable is unfolding in the mountains above our urban sprawl -- something for the ages. Parcel by parcel, acre by acre, we have amassed more protected open space than any major metropolis in the nation.

Government sometimes deservedly gets a good knocking for its failures, for too often...

Jonathan Greenblatt


True Angels in the City of Angels: The Top 5 Social Enterprises in LA

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

It may be the image capital of the planet, but Los Angeles itself suffers from a huge image problem. If you watch cable news, LA is little more than the location for a never-ending disaster movie: fires, gridlock, droughts, earthquakes, riots. While New York cultivates writers and Chicago molds future...

Lincoln Mitchell


Echoes of Bush in Obama's Speech

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

There were moments during President Obama's speech last night when if you closed your eyes, imagined the grammar a little mangled and a few words mispronounced, you could easily make the mistake of thinking you were listening to President Bush. Not only was the announced troop increase what one...

Rosalyn Hoffman


Heel Power: Men Lust After Women, Women Lust After Shoes

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

We've been thinking about shoes and why we love them. Why is it we have so many pairs and they are all so different? (One might argue that the twelve pair of basic black heels in our closet are all the same, but they'd be missing their complex nuances: the...

Elissa Altman


Taking Back the Cookbook Business: What Canal House Cooking Really Means

Elissa Altman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

It's true: timing is everything, everywhere from fashion to design to film to sex. And at a time when the death knell for print media has been tolled from one end of the publishing industry to the other; when Gourmet dies a sad death and vitally important cookbook authors...

Marshall Fine


HuffPost Review: Brothers - Less Would Have Been More

Marshall Fine | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Brothers is the classic example of a movie that tries to be too many things and ends up not being much of anything except overwrought.

I've never seen the Danish film on which this new version is based, but there's a Hollywood heavy-handedness at play here, despite the presence of...

Huff TV


Arianna On "Morning Joe": War Is Not A Right-Left Issue (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Arianna was a guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe today to discuss President Obama's speech last night explaining his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

She debated Jane Mayer of the New Yorker about Obama's decision to order a surge of roughly 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Mayer argued that...

Henry Blodget


The United States Of Wusses

Henry Blodget | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

When Dubai wobbled last week, everyone rushed to the Internet to await confirmation of the imminent bailout.

And they saw what they wanted to see!

The airwaves (and pipes) were clogged by a steady stream of pundits declaring that there was no way Abu Dhabi would let Dubai go...

Claudia Ricci


Divorce by Text Message? That's just one abomination...

Claudia Ricci | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

It probably wouldn't come as any surprise that men in Saudi Arabia are permitted to take as many as four wives.

But did you know that a man can divorce a wife by simply saying "I divorce you" three times?

Even more atrocious: a judge in Jiddah, a city...

Jacob Heilbrunn


The Twilight Saga: Does Desiree Rogers Have a Future?

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Read More: Desiree Rogers

Forget Afghanistan. The question consuming Washington isn't troop deployments, but something far more significant -- the blatant failure of White House social secretary Desiree Rogers to deploy her troops to help protect the Obamas from insurgents like the Salahis. Both the New York Times' Maureen Dowd and the Washington Post's...

Melissa Roddy


How We Should Really Be Viewing Afghanistan

Melissa Roddy | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Lately there is a loud chorus among pundits, proclaiming Afghanistan to be the new Vietnam. Well, it's not. While the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan is certainly unique, it bears a great deal of resemblance to the former Yugoslavia. It is oh so easy to chant "Troops Out!" But the...

Andy Borowitz


Afghanistan Could Distract Media From Tiger, Experts Fear

Andy Borowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - The morning after President Obama laid out his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, media critics are expressing concern that the focus on Afghanistan could distract the media from getting to the bottom of the Tiger Woods story.

With the budgets of media companies...

Edward Harrison


On the Sovereign Debt Crisis

Edward Harrison | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

This post first appeared at my site Credit Writedowns

Given the spate of articles in the business press about this country or that country facing a potential debt crisis, I wanted to write a bit about sovereign debt crises.

In my view, economic stimulus has been...

Shelly Palmer


Facebook to Allow Users to Control Every Aspect of Sharing, Privacy: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer December 2, 2009

Shelly Palmer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

Facebook is getting rid of regional networks in order to improve privacy controls. The decision will give users the ability to control every aspect of their profile, including limiting who can see specific links, photos and shares. Users seem to...

Allison Gilbert


Parentless Parents: How To Be A Parent Without Your Own

Allison Gilbert | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Read More: Death, Parenting

Imagine not being able to go home for the holidays. Now imagine if you couldn't go home next year either. Or, ever again. What would it be like to never smell those smells from your childhood or re-taste those special tastes? That's what it's like for me now that both...

Nick Carr


The Secret Bowling Alley

Nick Carr | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

I received a very unexpected email last week:

We recently purchased a building in Queens, and while clearing out the basement we discovered a two lane manual bowling alley in very good condition. We did some research and this basement was most probably a club during...

Robert L. Borosage


Imperial Blues

Robert L. Borosage | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

..."[O}ur troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended -- because the nation that I am most interested in building is our own."

But Afghanistan comes first?

President Obama made the best possible case for dispatching more troops to Afghanistan last night. But his speech left me with...

Nick Mills


Afghanistan: A Little Something for Everyone

Nick Mills | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

In deciding to punch an additional 30,000 troops into Afghanistan and simultaneously serve notice that America will head for the exits fairly soon, President Barack Obama has tried to give most of the stakeholders something to cheer about. Except in this situation the cheer sounds something like, "Well, yeah, okay,...

Keith Thomson


Christmas Eavesdropping: Affordable Spy Gizmos for Your Friends and Enemies

Keith Thomson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

The latest in finding out who's naughty and nice...

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Magda Abu-Fadil


Vienna Declaration: Press Freedom and Security Compatible in Fight Against Terrorism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

Security and press freedom can coexist, with the free flow of information recognized as the best weapon against terrorism, international media experts argued in a final declaration published this week.

"Everyone has the right to access diverse, uncensored sources of information. States should create an environment that encourages the development...

Peter Dreier


Waffling Democrats' Health Care Hypocrisy

Peter Dreier | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

In the battle over healthcare reform, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the former Democrat turned independent, and Democratic Senators Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln and Kent Conrad have at least two things in common. They all oppose a public option in healthcare reform, but each is nevertheless...

Raymond J. Learsy


Wall Street Compensation and Accountability Gone Off The Rails

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

We are all subject to making right and wrong decisions. But in the world as most of us know it, we are held accountable for the decisions we make. What has become so grating about the financial sector is that all too often these rules do not apply. Win or...

Oliver Willis


9/11? Yes, 9/11.

Oliver Willis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

One of the more troubling reactions from the left that I saw during President Obama's speech about our Afghanistan policy was this utter and absolute nonsense that Obama was somehow invoking the spirit of George W. Bush by discussing our Afghan strategy and 9/11.

I dunno, maybe its due...

Leon T. Hadar


Obama's New Afghanistan Strategy: The Same Old Pax Americana

Leon T. Hadar | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

First, the good news (or sort of): In his much-anticipated address outlining his strategy for Afghanistan on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama refrained from employing the kind of fantasy-infused rhetoric about democratizing the Middle East that his predecessor tended to apply to the marketing his own war plans to the...

Maegan Carberry


Did Carr's Column Mark the End of Manhattan's Journalistic Reign?

Maegan Carberry | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

If you managed to power through your Turkey Coma and found yourself up tweeting into the night on Sunday, you undoubtedly encountered rave reviews and quotes from David Carr's "The Fall and Rise of Media" piece in the New York Times.

The Columnist Himself was notably perplexed by the...

Tom Gregory


Obama To Bring Troops Home!

Tom Gregory | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

(Reuterz: West Point, NY)

Speaking before a fully-packed audience of uniformed mandatory attendees, President Obama announced that he will deploy 30,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan, promising to bring them home just in time to vote in the next presidential election.

A White House spokesperson said "Bringing troops home always...

Malou Innocent


A Costly Mistake

Malou Innocent | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Last night, President Barack Obama said he will deploy another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But he has ordered that the troop increase come with a built-in exit strategy. I am reminded of a statement made during the conflict in Vietnam by a young John Kerry to the...

Jayne Lyn Stahl


Afghanistan -- the Sisyphus War

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

As Albert Camus once said, "The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor." After...

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