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Jim Lichtman


Only About the Law?

Jim Lichtman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

At its best, religion can offer hope and comfort in time of need. At its worst... well, that brings us to Snyder v. Phelps -- a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court which is sure to raise reaction on both sides.

In plain English, the issue is "Does the First...

Antonio Garcia-Martinez


Pseudorandomness, Or How I Got Into Y Combinator and Had a Child With a Woman I Barely Knew, Almost Simultaneously

Antonio Garcia-Martinez | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Forms, forms, everywhere are forms

Filling out an online form can change your life.

I filled out two such forms. One was an online dating profile at around June 2009. The second was the application to Y Combinator in February 2010

Jennie Nash


The Making of a Novel: The Temptation of Jumping Ahead

Jennie Nash | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

I was tempted today to jump ahead in my story and write a juicy scene or two that will come later in the novel. The section I was working on felt a little slow and dull. I debated whether or not it really needed to be there and decided it...

Jeff Rivera


Neal Boulton's 'Heroin Life'

Jeff Rivera | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

There are a lot of words that could describe today's guest -- edgy, controversial, showman, maybe even genius. But one thing is undeniable, he's damn good at what he does. Neal Boulton, media tycon is the "script doctor" of magazine and newspaper empires. From the Los...

Beverly Daniel Tatum


And Still We Rise: One HBCU President's Perspective

Beverly Daniel Tatum | Posted May 25, 2011 | College

As President Obama was celebrating the contributions of the nation's 105 historically black colleges and marking his pledge to invest another $850 million over the next decade, I received the exciting news that a team of two Spelman College computer science students won the grand prize in the 2010 AT&T...

Dan Collins


Carl Paladino Likes It Hot

Dan Collins | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

In what was billed as a major campaign announcement, GOP gubernatorial basket case Carl Paladino hailed the sexual power of his Democratic rival, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

There was more, but what the world will remember is: "Andrew's prowess is legendary." Not the next step in a...

Peter Jan Honigsberg


Transforming Lives on This Side of the GTMO Wire

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Much has been written on the lives of detainees in Guantanamo post September 11, 2001. But relatively little has been written about the lives of Americans who worked on this side of the wire. In the Witness to Guantanamo project,, we have filmed in-depth interviews of former...

Jeff Pollack


Live and Dangerous: Great Concerts from Around the World

Jeff Pollack | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

Who: Band Of Horses
What: Austin City Limits
Where: Austin, TX
When: Oct. 10th, 2010
Why: Another fine band from Seattle that is worthy of your attention with strong songs, good singing and some great guitar. Led by charismatic singer Ben Bridwell, this band continues to...

Heather Taylor-Miesle


Tea Partiers: Be Careful What You Wish For

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

The Tea Party has no shortage of colorful rhetoric -- from grizzly bears to painting every policy as a tax -- but I can't help but wonder how this attention-grabbing imagery would translate into governing policy.

What if the Tea Party actually got what they wanted? What if they...

Eric Alterman


Think Again: What, Exactly, Is Fox?

Eric Alterman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

Fox News Channel is often described as a cable news station. On occasion, the words "conservative" or "biased" are attached to that description. But few dispute the journalistic orientation of the overall enterprise.

This is a mistake. Fox is something new--something for which we do not yet have a word....

Ellen Frankenstein


From Tofu to Muktuk

Ellen Frankenstein | Posted May 25, 2011 | Food

My hunt to make sense of what we eat and where it comes from started as a teenager. I rejected meat, scooped tofu at the food coop and read Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet. With a Fulbright Fellowship in film, I set off to the West Indies...

Lloyd Garver


Sex Survey

Lloyd Garver | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Read More: Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex, Teen Sex

"Kids today. Teenagers aren't like we were when we were their age. They can't be trusted, and they're totally irresponsible." That's how many adults view today's teenagers. In one area, they're wrong: Sex. According to a recent survey, teens are more responsible about...

Kassidy Brown


UN Summit Week

Kassidy Brown | Posted May 25, 2011 | College

Read More: Un Summit

From September 20-24, world leaders came together at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit to identify solutions to the biggest problems facing our planet. Journey of Action teamed up with Oxfam to cover the UN Summit as well as Clinton Global Initiative and the Mashable Social Good Summit. It was...

Mimi Carter


Message to Education Bloggers: Stop Blaming Obama and Start Focusing on Real Issues

Mimi Carter | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education


I am really tired of education bloggers like Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post. She rants on and on about the "failed" policies of the President, rather than crediting this administration for its laser-like focus on reform. Never before has...

Jason Pugatch


Cars and Schools

Jason Pugatch | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

There's an advertisement on television now for the all new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Perhaps you've seen it. A sledgehammer pounds a steel tie into a railroad track with a romantic clang as nostalgic images of the Great American Century pass us by. "This was once a country where people...

Cameron Sinclair


My Tea With Tutu

Cameron Sinclair | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

Many, many moons ago, long before I decided to dedicate my life to humanitarian work I got through life thanks to a couple of talents. One of them was singing. A skill and a change meeting that led me, then ten years old, to unknowingly have tea with Tutu....

Paul Rieckhoff


As Washington Stands Idle, the Private Sector Steps Up for Vets

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Veterans don’t need lip service. They need jobs. And so far, we haven’t seen any meaningful action coming from Washington. But a powerful ally is stepping up to fill the void: The Private Sector.

None of us need reminding that we’re in one of the worst economies...

Brendan Smith


Is Social Networking Useless for Social Change?

Brendan Smith | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

[Co-authored with Jeremy Brecher]

An October 4 New Yorker article by Malcom Gladwell, "Small Change: Why the Revolution Will not be Tweeted" poses an important question: What if anything is the potential contribution of web-based "social networking" to social movements and social change? The article's answer, drawing primarily...

Timothy Karr


Genachowski's Choice

Timothy Karr | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

It's put up or shut up time on Net Neutrality. That's what Rob Pegoraro wrote in the Washington Post earlier this week.

And he's right.

The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the...

Jonathan Widran


Short Film Documentary Jacob's Turn Shines a Field of Dreams Spotlight on Down Syndrome

Jonathan Widran | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

In the Summer of 2009, Jacob Titus, a four-year-old boy from the small rural community of Floyds Knobs, Indiana -- just outside of Louisville -- was playing T-ball in a place where, as his mother Patricia says, "life lessons are learned at church, home and on the baseball field."...

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.


How We Can Save Over 4 Million Children

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Childhood vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Indeed, parents whose children are vaccinated no longer have to worry about their child's death or disability from whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, or a host of other infections. Vaccines are the most cost-effective health care interventions there are....

Christos Lamprianidis


CoolClimate Art Contest Winner: What Motivated Me

Christos Lamprianidis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit their work for the first online art competition designed to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change. More than 1,000 artists from around the globe made submissions through CoolClimate's partner,, the largest online network...

Heather Robinson


The Original Darfur

Heather Robinson | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Escaped slave and human rights champion Simon Deng arrived in Washington D.C. today, leading a group of several dozen determined activists who walked with him 300 miles from the United Nations in New York to the Capitol building to raise awareness about a planned January 11, 2011 referendum to grant...

Arielle Ford


My Top 7 Great Reads This Year

Arielle Ford | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

Because I am an avid reader, I often get the question, "so what's a great book on the shelves right now?" Here are some of my most recent treasures, in no particular order.

  1. Private, Swimsuit by James Patterson: What I like about James' books is that they have different flavors...
Rep. Martin Heinrich


Developing a More Secure Smart Grid for the Nation

Rep. Martin Heinrich | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Last June, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $3.9 billion in Recovery Act funding targeted toward smart-grid technologies and investment in electric transmission infrastructure. As private companies begin the task of implementing a national smart grid, questions about security and vulnerabilities have emerged. Some analysts have even...

Meredith Fineman


Fifty First (J)Dates: Perfecting the Walk of Shame.

Meredith Fineman | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

By Fifty First (J)Dates
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We've all done it. The Walk of Shame.

What's the Walk of Shame, friend of a friend's Dad who reads my blog? It's the walk/drive/run/metro you do after hooking up with someone, in last night's clothes. It's...

Mark Olmsted


Bullying and Gay Teens: Challenging the "Innocent" Bystanders

Mark Olmsted | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

The gay community is used to having its heart broken, but nothing in the recent past has hit quite as hard as the recent spate of gay teen suicides. There are few among us who don't have visceral memories of either some form of hazing or nerve-wracking "passing" in high...

Rizwan Ladha


Venezuela Is Going Nuclear, and We Should Be Worried

Rizwan Ladha | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

UPDATE, Oct. 9 2010: Thanks to all who have read and commented. I feel that I would be remiss to not provide some clarification on my own position regarding this article and its substantive arguments.

In my writing, I do say that Venezuela's potential for developing a nuclear weapons...

Marka Hansen


The Gap's New Logo

Marka Hansen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

2010-10-07-loggin.jpgThis past Monday, without a lot of fanfare, we introduced a new logo on our site, and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain our thinking behind this decision.

I've been president at Gap brand for the past three...

Josh Rushing


Is it High Time to Legalize Cannabis?

Josh Rushing | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

We travel to California for our latest episode of Fault Lines where we take a look at the issues surrounding the legalization of Cannabis ahead of November's Prop 19 vote. While some may attempt to oversimplify the proposition as the right to get high, at the heart of the debate...

Alex Moore


What's the Difference Between e-Essays and Blog Posts?

Alex Moore | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

The other day I was bouncing around the iBookstore when I came across a tab for "Books by Chuck Klosterman." I clicked the tab and 30 or so titles popped up. These were actually single essays for 99 cents or a $1.99.

This is a bold move for a...

Seth Freed Wessler


How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Shahed Hossain is a Texan to the core. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence just outside of Fort Worth, dated a young woman whose mother worked as an accountant for a military contractor, went fishing on the river with his best friend, and held a weekend high school...

Carly Shankman


Coconuts and Temples: Hampi, India

Carly Shankman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Travel

Goa squeezed the last drop of party out of me and I was ready to dive head first into the essence of India. Next we were planning to head to Hampi, a town known for "unreal and bewitching" ruins, giant boulders, banana plantations, and paddy fields. We spent three days...

Jeff Biggers


Rahm, Carol, Tom, Luis and Rev. Meeks: Chicago's Next Green Mayor Will Join Sunday's Clean Air Race

Jeff Biggers | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

All candidates in Chicago's mayoral race have one thing in common: Like millions of afflicted Chicago residents, they're all breathing the same cankered air from the city's two infamous Model-T-era coal-fired plants.

And this Sunday, as millions of citizens from around the world take part in the

Robert Reich


The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America

Robert Reich | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it's been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before -- and they're doing it behind closed doors.

Hundreds of millions of secret dollars are pouring into congressional and state races...

Bunmi Laditan


The Answers Google Instant Search Can't Give You But I Can

Bunmi Laditan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

The latest baby born out of Google Labs, Instant Search, is only a few weeks old but already overachieving. Google promises that the new feature does to regular searches what Emeril believes too much garlic does for a recipe: kicks it up a notch.


Claire Gordon


Download Your Life

Claire Gordon | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Thanks to Facebook's new "Download Your Information" feature, every forgotten acquaintance and drunken Wall post can be preserved forever. With just a few clicks, all the data from your tangled online life is siphoned into a tidy .zip file on your desktop.

"Download Your Information" is a...

Rebecca Taylor



Rebecca Taylor | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

Could one spend six straight hours on Twitter having meaningful, provocative discussions about art with perfect strangers? Seems improbable, if not impossible, but it can -- and has -- been done. Allow me to bear witness.

A few weeks ago you might remember #askacurator day, where museums around the world...

Rick Horowitz


Losing Their Gulf Cred

Rick Horowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

I'm thinking of a number.

The number is 5,000. (You were expecting a little suspense? A drum roll, perhaps? Sorry to spoil the fun -- but, don't worry: you'll have another chance soon enough.)

Now, 5,000 is a perfectly good number, a nice round number. It's a pretty big...

Starre Vartan


Oil Spill Art? 'Mired in the Bayou' Exhibit Explores BP's Toxic Legacy in the Gulf

Starre Vartan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green


The BP oilspill is an unmitigated disaster, underestimated by everyone from British Petroleum to the United States government. The only group of people not downplaying its destruction and long-term effects are those living along the Gulf coast, who know that their beaches and waterways...



5 Foods That Keep You Feeling Full Longer

LIVESTRONG.COM | Posted May 25, 2011 | Health

Burning more calories than you consume works as one of the basic principles of weight loss. The problem with cutting calories is you often still feel hungry, making it hard to stick with your diet regimen. The key to success, according to Dr. Barbara Rolls, author of "Volumetrics: Feel Full...

Lisa Turner


Can We Live to Be 100?

Lisa Turner | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

The battle against aging occupies our lives on a daily basis. You can't go to the supermarket without confronting rows of magazine covers promising to make you live longer and look younger. But is a long, healthy life a roll of the genetic dice?

Genes play a part, but many...

Peggy McColl


How to Model a Great Product Launch

Peggy McColl | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

As a constant observer of all things related to internet marketing, I have seen a lot of people following the produce launch formula. This program is when you do a series of videos (giveaways) that gets people to sign up throughout the process creating a funnel of prospective customers. Then...

David Shasha


Monolingualism, Scriptural Translation and the Problem of Western Civilization

David Shasha | Posted May 25, 2011 | Religion

We all know that Christianity, Islam and Judaism have their sacred scriptures.

What is not often discussed is how scripture functions in each of the three faith traditions.

The "original" language of Christian scripture is Greek. I put quotation marks around the word "original" because it is highly unlikely that...

James Scarborough


"An Evening With Garrison Keillor," Carpenter Performing Arts Center

James Scarborough | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

As part of its Wit and Wisdom Series, Garrison Keillor came to the Carpenter Center a short while back and it seemed like he'd been here forever.

He stands before us, with eyes closed, as if he was channeling something far away. He fidgets with his hands. He coaxes, unsuccessfully,...

Mike Lux


Obama Comes Through on Foreclosure Issue: What's Next?

Mike Lux | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

When the notarization on foreclosures issue suddenly flared up over the last 24 hours, my heart sank. Just as regular homeowners were starting to get some legal traction to fight back against fraud and predatory lending by big banks, it seemed, some bank lobbyist had managed to sneak something through...

Art Brodsky


Will Comcast's "Racquet-eers" Put the Squeeze on the Net?

Art Brodsky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Every once in a while, an obscure bureaucratic notice can crack open some wide vistas of unintended understanding. So it was on October 5, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a "hearing designation order" on a complaint filed by the Tennis Channel against Comcast.


The New York Public Library


The Letter That Announced a New World: Revisiting the Roots of Columbus Day

The New York Public Library | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

By Abby Tannenbaum
The New York Public Library

Christopher Columbus may not have been able to Tweet news of his first voyage to the New World, but his reports on the 1492-93 expedition reached readers in Europe fairly quickly given the resources available 500 years ago.

In February 1493,...

Joel D. Hirst


Honduras' "Pepe" Lobo Should be Wary of Constitutional Reform

Joel D. Hirst | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Honduran President Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo is currently in talks with the political opposition over the calling of a National Constituent Assembly to re-write the nation's constitution. His goal is to secure Honduras's re-entry into the Organization of American States (OAS). While the OAS has demanded a dialogue on constitutional reforms...

Siddharth Tiwari


Inviting You to Join the Debate: IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings Program of Seminars

Siddharth Tiwari | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

The global economic crisis really shook things up. Policymakers came together and responded to the crisis with an unprecedented degree of policy coordination.

The crisis also focused the IMF's attention on better equipping ourselves to meet the challenges of today's world. A big part of that transformation is how we...

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen


Green News Report: October 7, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport.

The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hungarian sludge spill reaches Europe's 2nd largest river; 'Poo Power' in the UK; Possible answer to the mysterious honeybee deaths; Global...

Chase Davis


Jerry Brown's 1979 'Special List' Highlights Eclectic Relationships

Chase Davis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Read more stories by California Watch.

When Jerry Brown was governor three decades ago, his staff was instructed to give special access to dozens of confidantes, political insiders and supporters whose requests, concerns and recommendations were supposed to be routed straight to Brown, administrative records show.

The document,...

Edwin D. Hill


Prescription for Union Growth: Be Proactive, Take Risks

Edwin D. Hill | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

What does a responsible union do when a deep recession causes work to dry up, and prospects for long-term growth appear limited? Do we wait passively for the market to dictate when our people can go back to work? Or do we take steps to shape our own future?


Parvez Sharma


Delhi's Servant Crisis and the Commonweath Games

Parvez Sharma | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Sita is gone. Delhi is shining, as is Gurgaon. Sita, like my uncle's family, lives in Malibu Towne in Gurgaon, 212 acres of a middle-class heaven where the upper-middle-class inhabitants of the tower apartments enjoy a life of "no load-shedding" -- meaning the towers are run by external generators so...

Sol Erdman and Lawrence Susskind


Tom Friedman's Dilemma

Sol Erdman and Lawrence Susskind | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

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Brilliant as Thomas L. Friedman is, eloquent as he is, he seems to have forgotten an iron law of political life first articulated 70 years ago:

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Friedman keeps wishing for our political leaders to do the right thing, to resolve America's...

Vamsee Juluri


Writing Mythology in an Age of Reality Crisis

Vamsee Juluri | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

In an age when the word "reality" has become synonymous with nasty behaviors on TV shows and "truth" seems impossibly divided between political cults, perhaps we could find a better sense of both in what we lightly call "myth." The tales of the gods and goddesses that we have told...

James Hoggan


Koch-Funded Prop 23 Campaign Manufacturing Science

James Hoggan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

In the latest example of polluter attempts to exert influence over science, the Koch-funded Pacific Research Institute was paid to manufacture another junk science “study” designed to lend credibility to California’s disastrous Proposition 23 ballot measure, an oil-industry-backed effort to derail the state’s...

David Bronner


Why We Donated $100,000 to Prop 19

David Bronner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

I am President and co-owner of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, a 60-year-old company founded by my German-Jewish grandfather, Emanuel Bronner in 1948. Our family and over 60 employees in California produce the best-selling natural brand of soap in the United States. We use certified organic and fair trade...

Antonio Villaraigosa


The End of Seniority-Based Teacher Layoffs

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

Education is the civil rights issue of our time, but for too long, we've turned a blind eye to the inequalities in our broken public school system. We've created a system of haves and have-nots based on things as trivial as where you live or how much money your parents...

Ron Howard


Making Campaign Ads More Honest

Ron Howard | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Instead of candidates hiring people like yours truly, to create campaign media that works on both conscious and subconscious levels to sway the voting public, what if all TV ads were, by law, only allowed to feature the candidate, with, say, the American flag as the backdrop, alone, speaking directly...

Diane Dimond


Citizen Revolt - Sweep Out the Bums!

Diane Dimond | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Could it be a trend? Oh, please tell me it's a trend!

There seems to be a mini-movement underway of disgruntled taxpayers and law enforcement officials intent on sweeping out the bums who play-act at being our political leaders while lining their own pockets.

You may have already...

Alex Castellanos


A Long Fall From an Ivory Tower

Alex Castellanos | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

President Obama places great stock in experts. Mid-health care debate, he lectured Republicans, "there's got to be a mechanism in these plans that I can go to an independent health care expert and say, is this something that will actually work, or is it boilerplate?" Responding to a series of...

Bill Chameides


The Sorry State of Environmental Journalism

Bill Chameides | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Crossposted with

The New York Times makes a technical flub. Does it matter?

EPA has moved to crack down on nitrogen oxide pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant in Arizona.
EPA has...
Mark Pasetsky


Teen Moms, Kardashians & Michael Douglas Cover This Week's Celebrity Weeklies

Mark Pasetsky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

From Teen Suicides to Teen Moms, the celebrity weeklies hit newsstands today with a series of dramatic covers.

People features the most heartbreaking cover story of the week -- Teen Suicide Tragedies. You'll learn more about the devastating story of Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh and Asher Brown and the...

Stephanie Green


Devil Wears Prada Author Shows Baby Bump, Has Anna Wintour 'Flashbacks' (PHOTO)

Stephanie Green | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

Lauren Weisberger, the literary "it girl" whose 2003 roman a clef The Devil Wears Prada became an international bestseller and was the basis for the popular chick flick of the same name, is expecting her first child, but that is not stopping her from hitting the road promoting her most...

Valerie Orsoni


Counter Your School's Lunch Counter With Healthy Options

Valerie Orsoni | Posted May 25, 2011 | Food

While schools are scrambling to feed our children on mere pennies a day, parents should take a hard look at what they are feeding their children at home (or sticking in their lunch bag).

Currently, the #1 meal that schools served to students is chicken strips and fries, which is...

Michael Klosson


Let us not Forget Pakistan's Flood-Affected Population

Michael Klosson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

The devastation I saw in Pakistan last week, brought about by once-in-a-century floods, remains a huge challenge for millions of displaced people in that country. The plight of the displaced -- while comparable to a flood affecting the entire population of New York state and forcing almost half of the...

Hellin Kay


Dirty Girl

Hellin Kay | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts


Two of my all time favorite filmmakers John Hughes and John Waters got married, put a Riot Grrl soundtrack to it and produced a love child called Dirty Girl. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival...

Steve Torbit


Protecting Our Colorado Legacy

Steve Torbit | Posted May 25, 2011 | Denver

With the relentless barrage of election-year polls and political ads, it's easy to focus on the
candidates and forget about the issues. But after the election hoopla subsides, the sad fact is that we'll still be facing most of the same challenges.

In the West, that means how best...

Wayne Balta


Will You Be Sustainable When No One is Watching?

Wayne Balta | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

I remember the first Earth Day back in 1970, when the green movement was dominated by hippies and teach-ins. A lot has changed over the past decades and sustainability has gone mainstream. I've been involved in environmental affairs long enough to know that over the years, the subject has not...

Rep. Ed Markey


Building Online Ramps to Equal Access

Rep. Ed Markey | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

By Congressman Edward J. Markey, Mike Festa and Steven M. Rothstein

If you're an individual who's blind, deaf or both, navigating an intersection can be a challenge - but navigating the Internet can sometimes be even more difficult. That's because laws to ensure equal treatment for Americans with disabilities have...

Jessica Olien


SunChips Bags Are Too Noisy: Yet Another Reason We Suck

Jessica Olien | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

We live in a world filled with unwanted noise. But apparently the people at SunChips have taken the sound of snacking to an unacceptable decibel level with their 100 percent biodegradable bags. Customer complaints have halted the production of the eco-friendly packaging.

The package is...

Gil Laroya


The Internet - Moral Highroad Or Moral Dilemma?

Gil Laroya | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

While walking down a busy downtown sidewalk one day, I happened to be walking behind someone who had just dropped a $20 bill from his pocket. Almost immediately, the virtual "angel and devil" appeared on my shoulders, complete with white smoke and all. "Do I pick up the cash and...

Brian Schaffner


Will Hispanic Turnout Really Be Down in 2010?

Brian Schaffner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Pew Hispanic Center released a report suggesting that Hispanic turnout will likely drop significantly in the upcoming midterm elections. The report has generated a fair amount of news coverage, but the coverage has also been criticized for failing to provide sufficient...

Jeff Klima


How to Get Kids to Read Again

Jeff Klima | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

I recently attended my first book club meeting, just to see what a book club meeting entails. When you're the guest of honor, it's quite nice, actually. People treat you as if you are intelligent, as if your opinions and thoughts matter (not like here where I am regarded...

Mark Bazer


Modern Burlesque Dancer Michelle L'amour on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

Modern burlesque dancer Michelle L'amour stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout, to discuss her art, her career and her upcoming Big Sexy Show at the Mayne Stage, in Chicago, on Oct. 9. (She also performed -- but you had to be at The Hideout...

Wicked Good Travel Tips


12 Beloved Historic English Pubs (PHOTOS)

Wicked Good Travel Tips | Posted September 19, 2011 | Travel

When the weather turns cool, thousands of thirsty travelers head for the raucous beer halls and Oktoberfest tents of Bavaria. But for me, it's the charm of an old English pub that beckons. Nowhere is a frothy pint so inviting as in an intimate, storied British pub.

Take a...

Critley Lynn King


Body Image: Questions, Issues and Answers

Critley Lynn King | Posted May 25, 2011 | College

Poor body image is a developing problem in our youth today. It is an issue that carries over as our population ages. Young and old, men and women all deal with some form of poor body image.

I see it everywhere; in my seventy-six year old grandmother to my...

Dean Baker


Currency Wars and Accounting Identities

Dean Baker | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

There are few areas of economics more boring than accounting identities. This is really unfortunate, since it is virtually impossible to have a clear understanding of economic policy without a solid knowledge of the underlying identities.

Most of the people in Washington policy debates were apparently overcome by boredom before...

Gretchen Rubin


Balanced Life -- No More Complaining, 'I Feel So Tired'

Gretchen Rubin | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living


I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone's project will look different, but it's the rare person who can't benefit. Join in -- no need to catch...

David Mizejewski


Odd Lady Channels Spirit of Dead Squirrel

David Mizejewski | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

I know this seems like something you'd see in the Onion, but I'm pretty certain this lady is dead serious. Or at least she's serious about her wacky sense of humor. Known only as Pink Mama, she hosts a rather odd website through which she offers...

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. & Kimberly Freeman Brown


Respect My Vote! Hip Hop Caucus and Women of Labor United for the Vote

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. & Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

This November 2nd, young people, workers, and communities of color have the power to help define the direction of our nation with their votes. That's why the Hip Hop Caucus re-launched the Respect My Vote! campaign. Respect My Vote! is a powerful, nonpartisan voter education project...

Rev. Lennox Yearwood


Peace, Prosperity, and Purification: Ignored at our Peril

Rev. Lennox Yearwood | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

The following is a speech I delivered at the Environmental Grantmakers Association Fall Retreat in Pacific Grove, CA, on October 6, 2010. The theme of the meeting was Connectivity - Innovation - Collaboration, and the topic of my panel was "Ignored at our Peril", which explored the influences of finance,...

Jim Wallis


Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX News that when it comes to truth and civility, they can do better. Thousands of you did. You aren't the only ones who see things getting worse than...

Michael W. Hudson


Boiler Rooms and Foreclosure Mills: A Brief History of America's Mortgage Industry

Michael W. Hudson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

The news about the nation's foreclosure scandal has been coming fast and furious, fueled by tales of backdated documents, false affidavits and "rocket dockets" that push families into the street.

A former employee with one of the nation's largest lenders testifies that he...

Mike Gellman


I Saw You on Intervention

Mike Gellman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

I love Intervention! Yes, the A&E program that takes pathetic people at the lowest points in their lives and blatantly exploits them in order to achieve basic cable ratings glory is one of my true joys.

Why do I adore this show so much? In a nutshell, no matter...

Edward Klein


The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part Four of Five

Edward Klein | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Part four of a five part series. Part one.

At a certain point, many Jews began to wonder if there was something more behind the Obama administration's confrontational approach toward Israel than a simple difference of policy. As a result, they began to take a second look at...

Derrick Crowe


Afghanistan, Year Ten

Derrick Crowe | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

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I spent several days last week giving guest lectures about the Afghanistan War to freshmen and seniors at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. It's no secret that I loathe this...

Freddie Gershon


Myrna's Prehistoric Journey to "Yabba Dabba Do"

Freddie Gershon | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

So Myrna and I are visiting Linda Dozoretz, high in the hills of Beverly...

Linda shows Myrna the Google home page with The Flintstones integrated into the Google art celebrating the "50th" Flintstones Birthday. Out flowed from Myrna cathartic (tears/laughter) stories of Ralph Cohn, nephew of Harry Cohn (Columbia...

Lily Bevan


'Orange, Hat & Grace': A Brave New Play by Gregory S. Moss

Lily Bevan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

"Orange, Hat & Grace" by Gregory S. Moss is a clever, funny, sexy play about the psychological state of a bright, isolated older woman.

Imagine an image you have never seen on a stage, now write it there -- a common playwrighting exercise designed to liberate. After dismissing unicorns...

Deepak Chopra


Spiritual Solutions #10: Rhythms of the Universe, Inside and Out

Deepak Chopra | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living


By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond

All One With the Universe

On earth, we feel the effects of the moon in the circadian rhythm, and the effects of the moon in the...

Murray Fromson


Wake Up America!

Murray Fromson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

If public opinion polls in the past six months are to be believed, my fellow Americans seem to have lost their way. They have seemingly been bamboozled by agitators on the right. They are panicked by the loss of their homes and jobs, confused by a war over which they...

Dora Levy Mossanen


Master of Dark Tales

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

"Sourland" (Ecco: $25.99) is an apt title for the latest collection of short stories from Joyce Carol Oates, which includes tales of violence, murder, abuse, rape, beating, guilt, grief and a series of relationships -- some ordinary, others bizarre -- that invariably go sour. The loss of a spouse and...

Craig Alan Silverman


JonBenet Truths Might Still Be Told

Craig Alan Silverman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Denver

When there is a will, there is often a way. When it comes to solving crimes, it also helps to have DNA. This JonBenet murder mystery has never been lacking for clues. There are too many clues. It is putting all the puzzle pieces together that matters.

In the last...

Cristen Conger


Do Feminists Make for Better Girlfriends?

Cristen Conger | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

You know what's a fun topic to bring up on a first date with a guy? Feminism. Once you get hard-lined religious and political beliefs out of the way (preferably first thing in the car, or during the appetizer if you must wait that long), toss out a...

Cat Rambo


Washington State Female Leaders Honor The Women Who Inspired Them

Cat Rambo | Posted May 25, 2011 | Eyes & Ears

The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington's "Legacy of Powerful Women" event, held last night at Seattle's ArtXChange Gallery, assembled a roomful of female candidates in order to present the group's endorsements and honor outgoing female leaders.

See video of the event below:

Josh Levy


Ten Ways Your Mobile Phone Company Tried to Screw You in 2010

Josh Levy | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

According to the Chinese calendar, it's the year of the Golden Tiger. But for mobile users in the US, 2010 is the Year Wireless Carriers Tried to Screw You.

Don't think the phone companies' actions warrant their own year? Check out how they've systematically conned consumers using hidden fees,...

James Napoli


Top 10 Reasons Christopher Columbus Kicks Ass (PHOTOS)

James Napoli | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

Columbus is a hero to members of my ethnic heritage, so if you think I am going to jump on the bandwagon about how he brought misery and misfortune to the indigenous people of the Americas or was so unfathomably stupid that when he discovered us he thought he had...

Farryn Weiner


Celebrate American Literature on the 1st Annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day

Farryn Weiner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Travel

Poetry is a thing of the past, unless you include rap as poetic play-on-prose. But there's one man out there keeping the literature alive. Walter Skold, the founder of the Dead Poets Society (and no, not Robin Williams), is kicked off the first National Dead Poets Remembrance Day...

Christian Avard


"Only the mood music has changed": Tariq Ali on Obama's presidency

Christian Avard | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Is president Barack Obama the change America has been waiting for or is he another corporate Democrat representing elite interests? According to Tariq Ali, very little has chanced between Obama and former president George W. Bush. In his latest book "The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home,...

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza


Troubled History of Domestic Violence Legislation in Pakistan

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

For more than a year, Pakistan's Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill has languished in legislative limbo, awaiting political resuscitation. The National Assembly passed the bill on August 4, 2009, but the Senate failed to do so within the three months mandated by the Constitution, opting to let...

Michael Giltz


Theater Review: Gatz at the Public

Michael Giltz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

THEATER REVIEW: GATZ *** out of ****

Gatz is both the most faithful and the most playfully inventive theatrical adaptation of a book I've ever seen. Running at the Public, this production of the Elevator Repair Service company includes every single word of The Great Gatsby by F....

Michael Maslansky


America Reacts: 6 Campaign Ads That Cross Party Lines

Michael Maslansky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Part One of a series, read Part Two here.

Media coverage of the midterm elections has painted a picture of two parties, irreconcilable in nearly all respects. But are they? Together maslansky luntz + partners, and Roy Morgan Research selected a handful of Democratic and Republican campaign ads...

Dylan Ratigan


Property Rights Gone Wrong

Dylan Ratigan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Most mortgages in America are now backed by our government. And in order for a bank to get that backing from our government it must fill two criteria:

1. The borrowers must be verified by the banks and their agents as qualified.

2. Lenders...

Mike Klonsky


Huberman: "I'm Outta Here"

Mike Klonsky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

First a federal judge in Chicago ruled that Ron Huberman's mass teacher firings were illegal. Then came the headlines showing him turning off the heat on a group of parents who've been spending cold nights in an elementary school field house, asking that the condemned building...

Ron Ashkenas


Why We Secretly Love Meetings

Ron Ashkenas | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online

Is too much of your time spent in unnecessary or ineffective meetings? If so, you're not alone. Most managers consider meeting fatigue and meeting failures as two of the most significant drains on their productivity. As a result,...

David Applebaum


What Does the Future Hold for Them?

David Applebaum | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

I just attended a lecture by Dr. Ed Leamer, the Director of the UCLA Forecast and Chief Economist for the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, and boy am I sad... Dr. Leamer was actually upbeat and optimistic about much of the economy next year with the exception of building and...

Jonathan Horowitz


Reality Check: Afghans Blame Us, Not Insurgents

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Afghan distrust of international forces runs so deep that many accuse the West of supporting insurgents to justify their continued presence in Afghanistan. Military officials and diplomats cast these allegations aside as conspiracy theories existing on the margins of society, but a new report by the Open Society...

Shannon Galpin


Progress in Afghanistan? The Youth Movement in Kabul

Shannon Galpin | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

As the US enters its tenth year of active engagement in Afghanistan, a polarizing debate intensifies regarding our continued involvement. Rather than enter the weary fray of should we/shouldn't we, I offer up a different window into the future of a country plagued by nearly 40 years of conflict and...

John Petro


Albany Fails to Prevent Fare Hike, Riders Stuck Wtih the Bill

John Petro | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

Today the MTA board voted to increase the transit fares and the 30-day unlimited MetroCard will rise above $100 for the first time beginning in January. When New York City straphangers pay their fare, they are likely to think that their money is going towards running the buses and trains....

Patricia Draznin


GJ 581g: Cool Planets Are Hard to Find

Patricia Draznin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

In a solar system far, far away, astronomers have discovered a planet with certain earth-like conditions that could sustain life. Maybe not life as we know it, a carbon-based protein with the right to remain silent. But GJ581g does have the critical temperature range to qualify as "cool." Which describes...

Peter Bosshard


Global Grassroots Network Emerges From "Rivers for Life" Meeting in Mexico

Peter Bosshard | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Southern governments, companies and banks are increasingly working together to drill for oil, build dams and develop other infrastructure projects. Southern civil society groups need to create their own transnational networks to protect the environment and human rights in such projects. At a global meeting of dam-affected people and their...

Jonathan Weiler


On False Equivalencies

Jonathan Weiler | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Joseph Palermo's excellent recent article provides compelling details about the degree to which our corporate-driven media environment is slanted in favor of right-wing interests.

Among other things, he notes the absurdity of comparing MSNBC to FOX. Yes, MSNBC has genuinely liberal voices in its evening line-up -- Schultz,...

Michael Conniff


Con Games: Glenn Beck's History Lesson

Michael Conniff | Posted May 25, 2011 | Denver

Perhaps the single most disturbing development in the wan Pequot energizing the Tea Party movement is the emergence of Glenn Beck University.

That's right: the born-again Mormon has found true religion in the reinvention of American history. His horn-rims and chalkboards and honk-if-your're-a-patriot approach have led all but inevitably to...

Linnie Frank Bailey


The Distance Between 'Us' and 'Them' in Western Riverside County

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles

I keep running into people I know at my town's local homeless shelter. I go there to serve and I come away feeling I myself have been served with a healthy dose of reality, humbleness, and grace.

This isn't the hard-core shelter for the chronically homeless and addicted. (Not...

Jim Parry


If Bad Turns Worse -- a Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

Oh Goldman Sachs predicts that we
Will have a weak economy.
Yes Goldman's outlook is plain sad:
It's "fairly bad" or "very bad."

But what if Goldman changes terms?
If "bad" turns worse, the nation squirms.
And what will new predictions do

Dexter Rogers


Ben Roethlisberger Is Back: Will the Media Finally Release Him From the Witness Protection Program?

Dexter Rogers | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

Most of us don't really know what has been going on with embattled Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger because he's been in the mainstream media's witness protection program for the past seven months.

Roethlisberger was cleared to participate fully in team activities yesterday, so he's officially back. Roethlisberger talked only...

Michael Fertik


DigitalDecision 2010: The Good, the Bad & the OMG Online

Michael Fertik | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Politicians, you've got a new element in your races: your Internet search results. The same three pillars still inform most campaign perceptions--the news media, the candidate's own messaging machine and word-of-mouth (WOM). What's changed is how these pieces mash together online, interacting...

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.


How to Be a Mindful Leader at Work and Home

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Everyone can benefit from being a mindful leader, a mindful manager, a mindful assistant, even a mindful parent, wife or husband as it applies to one's personal and business lives. My work as a transformational coach teaches individuals and those at all levels in the corporate and organizational culture how...

Tio Hardiman


Searching for Peace Summit

Tio Hardiman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

On September 30th CeaseFire organized a Town Hall Searching for Peace Summit at Malcolm X College with the goal of getting homicides under 400 this year in Chicago. You could sense the tension in the air. Before the seats were even full or the house was packed you could feel...

Erwann Michel-Kerjan


The Collapse of Compassion

Erwann Michel-Kerjan | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

By Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Paul Slovic

Unless you have been living on a remote island with no phone, radio or Internet, for the past two months you know Pakistan is facing an up-hill battle. While floodwaters started to recede, still about one-fifth of the entire country is under water; 20...

Bill Scher


The Health Care Ad Wars: "Cutting Medicare" = "Reckless Spending"

Bill Scher | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

In a New York Times article about the upcoming remake of the movie "Arthur," the original film's producer was asked about the ridiculous conclusion, where the spoiled man-child millionaire gets to keep both his inheritance and his true love. The producer said:

The idea was: Give Arthur the money,...
Jenni Avins


Fashion, Journalism and Another Social Network

Jenni Avins | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

This week, it seems everyone in America is talking about the value of the social network.

In both the fields I occupy - fashion and journalism - the topic has been bouncing off the walls for some time, as long-standing houses (fashion and publishing alike) struggle to evolve under the...

Erica Abeel


Will Inside Job Start a Popular Rebellion?

Erica Abeel | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Once in a great while there arrives an essential film that cuts through the fog of disinformation and punditry to expose the truth about a catastrophic event. Such a film is Charles Ferguson's documentary, Inside Job, which clarifies for the everyman the financial meltdown of 2008 that wrecked the lives...

Kimbal Musk


Colorado Cleantech Is Coming of Age

Kimbal Musk | Posted May 25, 2011 | Denver

This is a special month for an organization I've served on the board of since its founding, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.  For starters, we're holding our first Awards program and just released the 20 finalists.  As I read through the list, I don't...

Charlotte Hilton Andersen


Mariah Carey Gets a Modesty Makeover Courtesy of Saudi Arabia, Photoshop

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Mariah, now with 75% more clothes!

Rainbows are cute, armpits not so much
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There's just something delicious about photoshopping an already photoshopped image. While most images are 'shopped to look sexier or more glamorous, Mariah Carey has been given a Modesty Makeover on her album covers in Saudi Arabia. The result? Kind of awesome!

The cure for mannequin-esque legs? Some kicky capris! Although while they were at it, they could have removed the lollipop and thereby increased her IQ by at least 10. Also, armpits are icky - I totally support removing all armpits in the future.
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Rev. Meeks' Attempt to Win Over Chicago GLBTQ Leaders Too Little Too Late

Scott Foval | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

You know the race for Mayor of Chicago is getting serious when one of the most staunch opponents to GLBTQ equality puts his tail between his legs and shuffles up to Boystown. That's what happened Tuesday, according to published reports. Rev. James Meeks, who has a record of leading his...

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Re-Shuffling the Workplace

Lisa K. Horn | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

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Now Is the Time to Move Beyond Petroleum

Bianca Jagger | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

Today we stand at a crossroads in history. The warnings from our most respected scientists are loud and clear, yet government leaders continue to ignore the scale of the threat. According to many scientists, we have less than a decade left to address the issue of climate change before we...

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Students in Virginia Rally to Fight 25% Tuition Increases

Anya Kamenetz | Posted May 25, 2011 | College

UPDATE: A new news article published on 10/7 gives details: The UMW's president is now proposing an additional up to 15.5% increase for 2010-2011, on top of an 8.2% increase announced in May, for a total 25% increase over last year, but it's not a done deal yet.

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Tyler Clementi's Death: We're All Part of the Problem

Gareth Higgins | Posted May 25, 2011 | Religion

Of course I never knew Tyler Clementi, the young Rutgers student who took his own life last month in a tragedy so unfathomably horrific that it doesn't permit adequate attempts at description. The story that has emerged so far is that Tyler was enjoying a romantic moment with another guy,...

Kenneth Bernstein


How Would Teachers Like to be Evaluated? What do They Think is Fair?

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

Of course, I can't speak for all teachers. But there are probably many who feel as do I, a Maryland high school teacher of government with some 15 years' experience.

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The Nazi Virus

Robert Koehler | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

I call it the Nazi virus.

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God Believes in Glee, Loves Gays

Rebecca Macatee | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

A lot of "Gleeks" weren't crazy about Tuesday night's Glee. The episode, entitled, "Grilled Cheesus," was certainly heavier than the musical dramedy's usual fare.

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Post-Divorce: Setting Boundaries for the Addict Parent

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Many of my clients have come to me wondering how they should handle the relationship with their ex-spouse or significant other as it pertains to their children. Sadly, divorce or separation has become imminent due to the presence of continued substance abuse or numerous unsuccessful attempts at sobriety.


Rachel Fleischer


Without a Home: Helping the Homeless One Phone Call at a Time

Rachel Fleischer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Los Angeles


There's a man I always see walking around my neighborhood in Los Angeles. I am pretty certain he is homeless and I am definitely sure that he is suffering from a severe mental illness. I have seen him countless times, walking...

Matt Kane


Iraqnophobia: The Political Tornado of American and Iranian Influence in Iraq's Parliament

Matt Kane | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

On August 31, 2010 President Barack Obama made his speech about the end of combat operations in Iraq. In it he stated, "Iraq has the opportunity to embrace a new destiny, even though many challenges remain." One of those challenges was the utter lack of an Iraqi government following the...

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India Vs. China: Which Low-Carbon Development Model Will Win?

Carl Pope | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

For the first time, India's current GDP growth rate exceeds China's. The big concern in India is not whether the growth will continue but what the impact of too-rapid growth might be on food prices (in the short term) and on the environment (longer term). India's government, like China's, is...

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Controversial Sexy Gift for Putin and the Future of Russian Journalism

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

As Vladimir Putin is apparently preparing to return to the Presidential seat in 2012, PR campaign in his support is gaining strength sometimes almost reaching the level of cult of personality. On October 6, a day before Putin's 59th birthday, he got an unusual gift from several female students of...

Tom Alderman


1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

We are a nation of label makers especially when it comes to generations. We tend to define each decade by its dominant cultural zeitgeist, give it a name, then take pride in each of our own coming-of-age years. In the 1920s, we were 'Roaring' but had 'Great Depression' during the...

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The Long War: Year Ten Lost in the Desert with the GPS on the Fritz

Andrew Bacevich | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Crossposted with

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The Cures for Corpocracy - 1

Paula Gordon | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

1--Enforce the LAW.

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Will There Be Crude Justice or True Justice For Oil Spill Victims?

Nan Aron | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

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Celebrating Community Colleges and Their Students

Melinda Gates | Posted May 25, 2011 | College

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Tina Wells


United Nations Foundation Launches 'Girl Up' Initiative

Tina Wells | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

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Malcolm Levene | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

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Lanny Davis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Read More: Rahm Emanuel

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Will I Be Forced to Vote Republican?

Stanton Peele | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

I be a Democrat. My parents were Democrats. I'm Jewish, for Chrissake! My people filled the progressive rolls and teachers union in Philadelphia.

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It's The Lack Of Demand, Stupid!

Dave Johnson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Read More: Demand, Jobs, Stimulus

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The Long Run: Plus Models Run for Charity

Leona Palmer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

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Heidiminx | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

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Nicola Goren | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

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On the heels of the controversy about this week's terror alerts in Europe, I reflected on a recent experience with the very real costs of what you might call the terrorist-hysteria complex.

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Stephen Herrington | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

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Stephanie Schriock | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

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Do It for the Kids

Bim Ayandele | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

"Waiting for 'Superman' " will be nominated for an Oscar, and I won't be at all surprised if it wins. I certainly hope it does, for in my humble opinion, it is without a doubt the most important film of the year.

"Waiting for 'Superman' "

Bruce Nilles


Oklahoma Town Fights Coal Ash

Bruce Nilles | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

This post is the latest in our series of community coal ash profiles. It was written by Sierra Club Apprentice Flavia de la Fuente.

When a company named Making Money, Having Fun LLC (how's that for Orwellian?) applied for a permit for a commercial disposal facility to dump...

Dan Persons


Mighty Movie Podcast: Stephen Frears on 'Tamara Drewe' and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on It's Kind of a Funny Story

Dan Persons | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Three filmmakers, two films, two comic views on how we humans strive, through all adversity, to find new ways to frak ourselves up. I know I promised Stephen Frears for last week. Life -- as it has been doing recently -- intervened, so I teamed his interview up with the...

Marshall Fine


Zach Galifianakis Gets Recognized

Marshall Fine | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Zach Galifianakis still hasn't adjusted to the whole movie-star thing very well.

"Sometimes I forget and, when people stare at me, I think, 'That's so rude'," he says.

Then he stops and thinks, "Oh yeah, that movie." That movie being The Hangover, the out-of-nowhere comedy hit of 2009 that's still...

Darby Roach


Picasso's Laboratory Comes to the Seattle Art Museum

Darby Roach | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris
October 8, 2010 - January 17, 2011 at the Seattle Art Museum.

I thought I knew Picasso
That is until I got to walk through the exhibition with Chairman and Chief Curator of Collections at the Musée National...

Brad Friedman


Ann Coulter to Face Vote on Voter Fraud Charges in CT

Brad Friedman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Will Ann Coulter finally be held accountable for having committed voter fraud? We may find out on October 14th when the matter will come up at a public hearing by Connecticut's State Elections Commission after an extraordinarily long two-year delay since the complaints about her...

Matt Farmer


Waiting for Library-Man

Matt Farmer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Chicago

Sunday, October 3 was not an official school day for my eight-year-old daughter, who is one of 400,000 kids enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools system. CPS, however, still managed to teach my child three important lessons on Sunday. And like many of life's most important lessons, these will never...

Alexandra Juhasz


"The Facebook Documentary": On Well-Timed, Well-Placed, Corporate-Produced "Documents"

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

In my previous post on The Social Network, I suggested that Facebook's (i.e. Mark Zuckerberg and Co.'s) pricey (minimum cost, $100-million dollars... to needy Jersey schools that is) and highly orchestrated public relations blitz now playing across the mediascape at exactly the moment of a slanderous mainstream narrative...

Paul Szep


The Daily Szep- Middle Class Whites

Paul Szep | Posted May 25, 2011 | Comedy

Read More: Cartoon


David Isenberg


A Hundred Billion Dollars Up in Smoke

David Isenberg | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

It is a pity that last week's Senate Armed Services committee hearing on "Department of Defense Efficiencies Initiatives" did not get more coverage, as there were some startling assertions made.

Consider what Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said. McCaskill, by the way, is more qualified than most members of...

Mark Weisbrot


The Majority of the World's Countries Can Change the IMF

Mark Weisbrot | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

As finance ministers, bankers, and other interested parties from around the world flock to Washington for the semi-annual IMF-World Bank meetings, the Fund is experiencing its most serious infighting in decades. The fight is over how to give a bit more voice to governments representing the majority of the world's...

Charles Alexander


The Story of "What About Tomorrow"

Charles Alexander | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

This year marks the 20th anniversary of "What About Tomorrow," a groundbreaking environmental music video. The music for the video is taken from a little-known song by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who are now more famous than ever because of the current...

Rep. Ed Markey


Just in Time for Halloween, Virginia A.G. Cuccinelli Raises His Failed Fraud Investigation From the Dead

Rep. Ed Markey | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

In another disturbing instance of politically-motivated intimidation of climate scientists, last week Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a new civil investigative demand (CID) to the University of Virginia for emails and documents related to Dr. Michael Mann. This follows on an earlier demand issued by Cuccinelli that was fought...

Patrick Vergara


The Death of the Biodegradable Bag

Patrick Vergara | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

I am not an idealist by any stretch of the imagination -- I never have been. There was a point, however, when I truly believed that mankind would one day decide to embrace environmentally friendly habits -- even if this decision was born of sheer survival instinct. Recently, though, my...

Mark Weisbrot


Attempted Coup in Ecuador Fails, But Threat Remains

Mark Weisbrot | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

In June of last year, when the Honduran military overthrew the social democratic government of Manuel Zelaya, President Rafael Correa of Ecuador took it personally. "We have intelligence reports that say that after Zelaya, I'm next," said Correa.

Yesterday it turned out to be true. Some analysts are still insisting...

Charles Fabius


Jean Cocteau Goes Multimedia at the Guggenheim

Charles Fabius | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

Today's music video industry would probably not exist if Jean Cocteau had not paved the way with his film The Blood of a Poet (1930), one of the fascinating works currently on show at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition "Chaos and Classicism." Fresh out of Opium rehab...

Darell Hammond


5 Major Players in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Darell Hammond | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

Childhood obesity is an enormous problem that only seems to be getting worse. So here's the million-dollar question: How do we solve it?

Should we try to modify individual behavior or focus on changing the environment? Is the issue best addressed on a national or community level? Does the...

Ruth Messinger


Don't Forget About Perinatal Mental Health

Ruth Messinger | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

Recently, at the United Nations Summit on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary Gereral Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that "the world has failed to invest enough in the health of women, adolescent girls, newborns, infants, and children. As a result, millions of preventable deaths occur each year, and we have made less...

Mark Weisbrot


Extending the Tax Cuts: The Ninety-Eight Percent Solution

Mark Weisbrot | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

George W. Bush summed it up at an $800-a-plate dinner back in 2000 with a joke: "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," he said. "Some people call you the elites; I call you -- my base." What made the joke really funny is that it...

Dennis Whittle


Show Me the Money!

Dennis Whittle | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact


Sometimes we reach our desired destination by taking an indirect route. That is the key theme of John Kay's new book Obliquity. And it was on my mind over the last two days at a meeting of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI),...

Jason Tolbert


DCCC Changes The Script In Arkansas' Elliott v. Griffin Congressional Race

Jason Tolbert | Posted May 25, 2011 | Eyes & Ears

The race for the 2nd Congressional District in central Arkansas between Republican Tim Griffin and Democratic State Sen. Joyce Elliott has not played out as originally scripted. Most expected the fight for the open seat to be one of the dirtiest in the country with plenty of attack ads on...

Ed Randall


Dr. No No

Ed Randall | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

With his free agency in the offing, Toronto's Roy Halladay didn't make a fuss, embarrassing himself or the franchise, as so many athletes often do. It wasn't, 'This team is never gonna win, get me outta here!'

It was the simple law of modern day baseball economics that the Blue...

Mark Weisbrot


Venezuelan Election Not All That Surprising nor Game-Changing

Mark Weisbrot | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Venezuelan Election Not All That Surprising nor Game-Changing

Yesterday's election for 165 representatives in the National Assembly is significant but unlikely to bring about major change in Venezuela, despite the opposition having done better than expected. As this article goes to press, the pro-government United Socialist Party won 95 seats,...

The Media Consortium


Weekly Diaspora: Will Immigration Reform Bills Bring Voters to the Polls?

The Media Consortium | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger

Riding the media blitz that followed the DREAM Act's recent defeat, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) unveiled their own comprehensive immigration reform bills just before Congress adjourned last week. The bills are enforcement-heavy, party-line bills that were immediately referred to...

Bill Lasarow


When Is an Art Walk Not an Art Walk?

Bill Lasarow | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts


Every major city with half a central art district has an art walk of some kind. Some are publicly run, some operated by a local organization. They occur monthly, quarterly, and annually. Some include a variety of local businesses as part of the mix,...

Barry D. Wood


Prolonged Housing Crisis Slows US Recovery

Barry D. Wood | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

If it is true that housing leads the economy into recession and similarly leads the way out, then the hard times are likely to continue for several more months. Dr. Doom, New York University professor Nouriel Roubini, told an American Enterprise Institute forum Wednesday that even though the recession technically...

Rick Horowitz


The GOP Didn't W-I-N!

Rick Horowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Expect to hear a lot about the will of the people. Especially after November 2nd -- expect to hear a whole lot about the will of the people...

"The voters have spoken," the winning side will tell us. "The voters must be obeyed." Or to put it more conversationally: "Quit...

Paul Blumenthal


Government Regulator Crafts New Derivatives Rules With Outside Help

Paul Blumenthal | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has been tasked, along with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with setting new rules governing the transparent trading of derivatives for the first time.

On July 26, 2010, five days after President Barack Obama signed the most sweeping reform of the financial sector...



Hans Rosling: The Good News of the Decade?

TEDTalks | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Hans Rosling reframes 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing -- mostly unreported -- piece of front-page-worthy good news. Along the way, he debunks one flawed approach to stats that blots out such vital stories.

Even the most worldly and well-traveled among us will...

Shira Lazar


Andrew Breitbart Opens Up About O'Keefe and Sherrod (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

Andrew Brietbart is known for being a lightning rod for controversy. The conservative blogger and founder of and is never one to pull punches on divisive political topics ranging from Shirley Sherrod to James O'Keefe. After we were guests on Fox News Channel's Red...

Manisha Thakor


GENERATION EARN: A Chat With Kimberly Palmer

Manisha Thakor | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

US News & World Report senior editor and personal finance columnist, Kim Palmer, has written an excellent new book for young professionals: Generation Earn. Kim was kind enough to share her thoughts both on the writing of the book and to highlight "5 Money Tips for...

Craig Newmark


Helping veterans get health records online even better

Craig Newmark | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Okay, the deal is that the Department of Veterans Affairs makes vets' electronic health records available via a simple download, using their "blue button" application on

That's a big deal for vets, improving medical care, decreasing costs. (I'd sure like to have that available myself.)

Next step...

Erich Pica


President Obama: Fired Up for Clean Energy or Dirty Coal?

Erich Pica | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

On Tuesday, October 5, the White House announced that President Obama plans to install solar panels atop the First Family's living quarters in 2011 to heat water and supply some electricity.

This symbolic gesture is a big deal. We need a climate and clean energy communicator-in-chief -- and by installing...

Daniel J. Solove


The Clementi Suicide, Privacy, and How We Are Failing Generation Google

Daniel J. Solove | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

The tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi has been raising awareness of the profound issue of privacy and young people. Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been criminally charged with invasion of privacy for secretly recording Clementi's sexual activities in his dorm room and then disseminating the video on...

Barrett Brown


Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Last year, President Obama travelled to Turkey in order to restate America's case to the Muslim world, taking care to emphasize that the United States is "not a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation," but rather a republic "bound by ideals and a set of values."...

Michael Jacobs


Europe's Carbon Choice

Michael Jacobs | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green

As international negotiators meet in the Chinese port of Tianjin for the final preparatory talks before next month's UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico, a remarkable debate is brewing in Europe. Governments and businesses are posing a radical question: should the European Union simply ignore the international climate change negotiations...

Richard Hebert


Florida's Gerrymander War: The Pols vs. The People

Richard Hebert | Posted May 25, 2011 | Eyes & Ears

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but once in a while it also makes surprising adversaries. So it is this year in Florida's Gerrymander War. In one corner, a bipartisan tag team of minority congressional members, Black Democrat Corrine Brown and Hispanic Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, plus state...



Food Label Lies: How to Sort Truth From Hype

EatingWell | Posted May 25, 2011 | Food

food label

I live in Vermont. I have cows and goats as neighbors. I buy chickens from the farm a mile down my road. I’m the editor of EatingWell Magazine, for pete’s sake, which champions wholesome, local food and healthy eating.

Ben Bell


Hillary Clinton Still Running For President -- At Least According to Her Possible LinkedIn Profile

Ben Bell | Posted May 25, 2011 | Eyes & Ears

Looks like Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell may not be the only one who needs to update her LinkedIn profile. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is still running to be President -- if her LinkedIn profile is to be believed. She is also still serving...

Len Berman


Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 7, 2010 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

* Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitches a no-hitter in his playoff debut against Cincinnati.
* Texas and the Yankees also draw first...

Jerry Chautin


New Refinancing Program May Help Stem a Pending Foreclosure Disaster

Jerry Chautin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

"Large Banks Creating Crisis For Hoteliers," according to the title of an article by Stanley Turkel, an author and hospitality industry consultant. The article notes that large banks benefited from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and yet they will not restructure or extend commercial real estate loans...

Chez Pazienza


The Death of Privacy and the Death of Tyler Clementi

Chez Pazienza | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media

By any standard, the death of Tyler Clementi is a tragedy.

At this point, you're probably well aware that late last month Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student, killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey; he did this apparently because his...

Steve Poses


On the Road: Farm Stands of the Hudson River Valley, NY

Steve Poses | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

The Hudson River stretches 315 miles from the canyons of Manhattan to Lake Tear of Clouds in the Adirondacks Mountains. The area commonly referred to as the Hudson River Valley extends from Northern Westchester and Rockland Counties on the south, nearly 100 miles north to Albany.

Maria Rodale


A Visit to My Kitchen: Birke Baehr

Maria Rodale | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Eleven-year-old Birke Baehr is in my kitchen today, talking about how he has been inspired to ditch his dreams of the NFL for aspirations of becoming an organic farmer.

At the age of 9, Baehr started studying sustainable- and organic-farming practices. He visited and worked at Full Moon Farms Co-op,...

John Paul Rollert


Does the Tea Party Take the Constitution Seriously?

John Paul Rollert | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Though the Supreme Court has a rotating line-up, snazzy uniforms, and the occasional wide-eyed rookie, the start of a new session still lacks the pageantry of opening day. This year was no different, though with the rise of the Tea Party, one might have expected otherwise. The Supreme Court building...

Jim Luce


Overcoming Barriers with Electronic Connectivity

Jim Luce | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

Last spring I travelled to Barcelona for the GSM Association's World Congress, with 49,000 participants spread between mobile phone-related 1,300 vendors. I was not interested in asking about how many bytes or the latest stock prices. I wanted to ask the CEOs gathered there, What is your company...

Yosi Sergant


Re:Form School -- Bringing Creativity To The Process

Yosi Sergant | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

Read More: Public Schools, Schools

The headlines in local papers from coast-to-coast all seem to reflect the same news -- in these tough economic times, many of our schools are in budget crisis. The bold print generally reads, with little variation, that the first to go are librarians, physical education instructors and, of course, arts...

Jim Luce


Connectivity Is Key To Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

In the spring I travelled to Barcelona for the GSM Association's World Congress, with 49,000 participants spread between mobile phone-related 1,300 vendors. I was not interested in asking about how many bytes or the latest stock prices. I wanted to ask the CEOs gathered there, What is your...

Doug Schoen


An Innovation Election

Doug Schoen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

With Rasmussen Reports data released last week that shows that voters think that the economy and health care are the two most important issues facing the country -- 86% say the economy and 76% say health care -- it is clear that these issues will play a large role in...

Jeff Danziger


U.S. Chamber of Commerce With China

Jeff Danziger | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Beverly Bell


An Alternative Environmental Future for Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

Haiti is famous around the world primarily for its problems, one being advanced ecological destruction. However, as with its other problems, citizens -- with international friends and the occasional help of the government -- are working to turn this around and create a healthy environment.

Aldrin Calixte tells of...

Brian Ross


The (Other) Palm Beach Story: Feds & States Tinkering with Education Get Unplanned Results

Brian Ross | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

WARNING: Severe Reality Curve! This cautionary tale may be unsuitable for the Obama Administration's Department of Education and state legislatures engaging in top-down tinkering with their public school systems. Reader discretion of this opinion is advised.

The other Palm Beach Story does not feature the droll banter of Joel McCrea,...

Jeffrey Evans


Whoops, Didn't Mean to Destroy Your Life

Jeffrey Evans | Posted May 25, 2011 | Technology

Cries of outrage and sadness echoed across the country in the wake of the suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after the surreptitious webcast of his private encounter with another man. The incident has provoked another national discussion of cyber...

Gabe Gonzalez


Lou Dobbs, Hypocrisy and Corporate Power

Gabe Gonzalez | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Fast on the heels of the revelations about Meg Whitman, The Nation exposes another hypocrite in the person of Lou Dobbs, who, it was found, employed undocumented immigrants even as he railed against them, even as he demanded jail time for the very act he committed.


Robert David Steele


Michael Bloomberg, Vice President for Education, Intelligence, & Research -- Creating a Smart Nation

Robert David Steele | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Below, as a memory aid and brought forward from the second post that named the Virtual Cabinet, are the elements and proposed leaders within the Vice Presidency for Education, Intelligence & Research, each linked to more information about them as individuals. Access America, to implement and sustain Electoral...

Dana Hansen


Playing for Gustavo

Dana Hansen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

When I was four years old, my classical music-loving grandmother told my mom that she would pay if I was enrolled in Suzuki violin lessons. The family story goes that she never did pony up, but today I am a professional classical musician and that is how it all started....

Tony Schwartz


Happiness Is Overrated

Tony Schwartz | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Some years ago, I spent time with a guy who I typically greeted in the most ordinary way: "How are you?" I'd ask.

"I'm WON-DER-FUL," he'd respond, rapturously, and every time I asked. Talk about a conversation stopper. What do you say back to that?

Suffice to say this...

Sen. Tom Harkin


Stem-Cell Research Must Go Forward

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

The Aug. 23 ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth halting federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research has had a chilling effect on one of the most promising fields of biomedical inquiry. A U.S. Court of Appeals has stayed Judge Lamberth's preliminary injunction, allowing funding to continue while the case...

Randy Shaw


SEIU Faces Reckoning on Eve of Kaiser Results

Randy Shaw | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

As the SEIU awaits the results of its Kaiser election contest with NUHW, the union faces a reckoning regardless of the outcome. If SEIU loses, it will likely have no workers under contract at major California hospitals within three years. If it wins, SEIU will be forced to reconcile the...

Melanie Sloan


Earmark Reform: Building a Bridge to Somewhere

Melanie Sloan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Note: this article is also cross-posted on The Hill.

Prior to 2005, it would be safe to assume 99% of Americans had never heard of Ketchikan, Alaska. That changed when Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) steered $ 400 million in...

Ed Koch


On the Firing of Rick Sanchez by CNN

Ed Koch | Posted May 25, 2011 | New York

Rick Sanchez was fired by CNN last week. The October 2nd New York Times reported that Sanchez was terminated, "...a day after telling a radio interviewer that Jon Stewart was a bigot and that 'everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart.' The latter comment was...

Amy Chan


A Moment to Appreciate

Amy Chan | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living


This evening I went for a walk in my neighborhood. The air was crisp and fresh, the sky clear and you could smell the scent of fall infusing the air.

In that moment, appreciating the most simple, yet taken for granted beauties...

Richard Trumka


Big Insurance, Pharma, Wall Street and John Boehner

Richard Trumka | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Stacia Haley in Seattle worked all her life and raised a child as a single parent. Yet she has no retirement income other than Social Security.

[Social Security] is all many of us will have, if we live long enough to retire.

Stacia is right. Some 64 percent of...

Esmeralda Williamson-Noble


What Is The Bullies Message?

Esmeralda Williamson-Noble | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

The recent spate of bullying-induced suicides - below are the names

Asher Brown, 13, Cypress, Texas
Seth Walsh, 13, Tehachapi, California
Justin Aaberg, 15, Anoka, Minnesota
Billy Lucas, 15, Greensburg, Indiana
Tyler Clementi, 18, Ridgewood, New Jersey
Raymond Chase, 19, Monticello, New York

Caroline Cunningham


While We're Restoring Sanity, Let's Also Restore the National Mall

Caroline Cunningham | Posted May 25, 2011 | Impact

On October 30th, an as-yet-unknown number of people will descend upon the National Mall for Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity. And in an act of great generosity, the folks at Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" have named the Trust for the National Mall as the official, exclusive non-profit for...

Michael Yapko


We're Too Proud of Our Anger

Michael Yapko | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."
--Carl Jung

The suicide of the student at Rutgers is a tragedy that has everyone examining cyberbullying...

Robert Creamer


Obion County Fire Tragedy Symbolizes Tea-Party-Republican Vision of Government

Robert Creamer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

This week, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann reported the story of the Cranick family's house fire. When the family's Obion County, Tennessee house caught fire on the night of October 5th, the fire department from the nearby town failed to respond since the Cranick's had forgotten to pay a $75 fee....

David Katz, M.D.


A Controversial Nobel Prize for In Vitro Fertilization

David Katz, M.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Dr. Robert G. Edwards, the father of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and thus figurative father to all of the "test tube babies" it has produced, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this advance.

Apparently, the Pope did not get a vote.


Tallulah Morehead


Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Acme Blindfolds & Blindsides.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

"Life is bare, gloom and misery everywhere,

Stormy weather,

just can't get my poor self together,

It's raining all the time."

- Stormy Weather, lyrics by Ted Koehler

In the flashbacks to last week at the top of the show, we heard Brenda say: "I get a good...

Marshall Fine


HuffPost Review: Stone

Marshall Fine | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

John Curran's Stone may be the season's gutsiest drama: a serious story about redemption and moral compromise in which no one comes out the way they expect to -- including the audience.

While most movies telegraph where they'll end up in the first 15 minutes, Stone keeps taking turns into...

Robert J. Elisberg


Profiles in Cowardice

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Love or abhor them, a radical will relish almost any chance to get on a soap box and convert non-believers. Passionate or nutty, angry, courageous, visionary or dangerous, the range of descriptions for radicals is vast -- but one description you will rarely hear is the word, "coward." Until today....

Nigel Hamilton


Born Again Biographer

Nigel Hamilton | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

Read More: Biography

I'm a born-again biographer.

Let me explain. I've been writing life-stories for forty years. But I became depressed this past spring when I flew to London to visit my mother, who is now 95, though still in her own apartment. Visiting with my British publisher, I learned the doleful news,...

Bill Mann


Canada Faced Terrorism Before U.S. -- 40 Years Ago This Week

Bill Mann | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

This was the week that shook Canada 40 years ago -- one Americans have probably forgotten. Our normally peaceful and sedate northern neighbor experienced the kind of political terrorism Americans wouldn't see until 9-11. So this week was not the best time for a terrorist hoax, exactly 40 years...

Huff TV


Arianna On Hardball: Hillary Clinton As Vice President Is Not Going To Happen (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Arianna appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" last night along with Andrea Mitchell and poured cold water over the rumors that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are going to switch positions for the 2012 election. Citing HuffPost White House correspondent Sam Stein, she dismissed the theory as nothing more than speculation that...

Marshall Fine


Movie Review: Secretariat

Marshall Fine | Posted May 25, 2011 | Entertainment

Is Secretariat corny?

Well, put it this way: Does a racehorse love to run?

You bet. And just as you'd imagine with a family-targeted movie about a horse, Randall Wallace's Secretariat is awash in sentimentality. The lump in your throat is as pro forma as the popcorn.

The longer Secretariat...

Leslie Goldman


Beyonce's Mom: Curvy Crusader

Leslie Goldman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Style

As I chose my outfit for Wednesday's Today Show appearance, I found myself debating between two pairs of black pants. One of them, from New York & Co., are a Size 6 Tall. The others, from old school Le Château, are a Size 12. Both fit like a...

Thomas Moore


The Cultural Warming of America

Thomas Moore | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

A few years ago I was giving a talk on the human side of medicine to a large, excited audience at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. After the talk a surgeon came up to me and said that whenever they install a new piece of machinery in his part of...

Mary Darling Montero, LCSW


Can Your Partner Really Change?

Mary Darling Montero, LCSW | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

In an earlier article, Letting Go Of What You Can't Control, we looked at becoming unstuck after a relationship ends by letting go of what we can't control. This idea arises within long-term and new relationships, too. If we're unhappy in a long-term relationship or just back on...

Larry Malerba, D.O.


How Today's Medical Apartheid Is Sinking the Health Care System

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Let's face it, we have created an increasingly divided medical system that resembles a form of apartheid. This medical apartheid is, not surprisingly, a reflection the polarized society in which we live. The etymology of the term "apart-heid" essentially translates into "separate" "hood." The unnatural divide has reached extreme proportions...

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.


How Meditation Affects the Gray Matter of the Brain

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

I like to meditate. It makes me feel at ease and I am convinced that the sense of calm it produces helps me to handle the daily challenges of my life. There are, of course, times when I don't keep up my daily practice of sitting quietly for 10 or...

Pooja R. Mottl


Learning to Cook Can Save Your Life: 5 Tips to Get Started (RECIPES)

Pooja R. Mottl | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Last week, CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviewed Bill Clinton about how he's beating his heart disease with a new food regime and help from Dr.'s Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn. I couldn't have been happier to see the Prez feeling better. Yet it also excited me that he could...

Richard Laermer


It's October; Let's Work!

Richard Laermer | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business

Here we are, in one of two months where we are actually supposed to work. Funny, right?

No. Not really. This is the true month of our discontent. We have nothing getting in the way of us accomplishing all the goals we have set in front of our faces.


Janine R. Wedel


Shadow Elite: The Small Government Lie - How Both Parties Stood By as Our Government Burned

Janine R. Wedel | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

The fire is long out at Gene Cranick's house. But the rhetorical battle continues over the symbolic significance of the South Fulton Fire Department's decision to let Cranick's home burn because he hadn't paid a fee that those living outside the town must pay. Some commentators...

Randy Susan Meyers


Thank Goodness for the Good Men

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

"Women decided long ago that they wanted men's violence against them to stop. Men, as a gender, have not made that decision. When we do decide and act on that decision, violence against women will end."

The above is written on the wall of the website of Men...

Andrew Brandt


Brett Favre's Birthday Wish Granted: Randy Moss

Andrew Brandt | Posted May 25, 2011 | Sports

The trade of Randy Moss from the Patriots to the Vikings proves once again that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

You can go home again

I remember a frigid Saturday in February 2005 when Vikings management called me at home urgently looking...

Irene Monroe


When will the homophobic bullying cease?

Irene Monroe | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

When Sirdeaner L. Walker of Springfield spoke at a press conference in Massachusetts last year calling for effective and comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to be passed in response to the tragic loss of her 11-year-old-son, Carl, I had hoped I would neither read nor hear ever again about another child or...

Monica Edinger


Fiction about Real People: Some Thoughts Related to Sharon Dogar's Annexed

Monica Edinger | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

Sharon Dogar's Annexed has been testing me personally. A work of historical fiction, Dogar sensitively and thoughtfully imagines what Peter Van Pels, the boy in Anne Frank's final hidden home, felt and thought and did. The reviews have been glowing and I appreciate them all as I do...

Bella DePaulo


Infidelity in America: Decades of Cheating and Passing Judgment on Cheaters

Bella DePaulo | Posted November 17, 2011 | Healthy Living

Just how often do married people cheat on their spouse? For decades, social scientists have been asking a representative national sample of Americans to 'fess up to their own infidelity and to pass judgments on others who cheat. The results were published in a recent issue of the journal

Lisa Gansky


Welcome To The World Wide Mesh: Where Access Trumps Ownership

Lisa Gansky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Books

I've felt a little culpable that we entrepreneurs often invent businesses just to drive people to buy more things. And, depending on the flavor of "thing," it may well create more stress on the planet, and on ourselves. With all of our ability to connect to each other and the...

Paul Abrams


How Democrats Could Sweep Gubernatorial and State Legislature Races

Paul Abrams | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

A little-discussed provision of the Affordable Health Care Act (i.e., "Obamacare") provides an extraordinary opening for Democratic gubernatorial and state legislative candidates to deliver a simple message that will resonate with voters and sweep them into office. Yes, this year.

Moreover, they will be loved for the enemies they make...

Michael Shaw


Reading the Pictures: Rove's Group GPS Locates Rich White Man Lobby

Michael Shaw | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Karl Rove and his stealth, megabuck and potentially illegal campaign PAC, Crossroads GPS, is really tipping its hand with this one. If you've been following the campaign juggernaut, you know Crossroads has been cranking out attack ads like...

Michael Hughes


U.S. Brokering Afghan 'Peace' Plan With an Unholy Alliance

Michael Hughes | Posted May 25, 2011 | World

If the U.S. exits Afghanistan after brokering a power-sharing arrangement between the Karzais, Mullah Omar's Taliban and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e-Islami, America will have accomplished the inconceivable by leaving behind a world so anarchic it will make the current depravity and bloodshed seem palatable.

And mind you, we are talking...

Ron Fairchild


Summer Learning Essential to Education Reform

Ron Fairchild | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

The state of American education has received an extraordinary amount of attention in the last few weeks, and summer -- as both a problem and an opportunity -- has had a prominent place in the conversation.

Education Nation, the education summit convened by NBC in which I was honored...

Bob Bowdon


What Can't be Said Today

Bob Bowdon | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

Fifty years ago this week, John F. Kennedy said a funny thing in his first televised debate with Richard Nixon. Referring to a statistic about all the new schools built during the Eisenhower administration, Kennedy observed:

The reason that the schools have been constructed is because the local...
Ray Ivey


Conversations that Change the way we Think

Ray Ivey | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

I was recently sitting with the mother of a student, who happens to be a decent drummer. As we sat in the counselor's office we discussed why her son was failing math and what changes were necessary for him to improve. During our conversation, she explained that just like her...

Tom Murphy


Not Waiting for Superman

Tom Murphy | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

Geoffrey Canada opens "Waiting for 'Superman' " with a story of how, as a child, he was drawn to Superman as a hero because he would sweep in and save those most in need. This provided a hope that no matter how bad things got, there was a chance...

David Chura


Education Reform and the Children Still Left Behind

David Chura | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

Statewide test day and Damian was psyched. He didn't sleep much the night before from worrying. Still, he was there on time, ready to go. Now he sat hunched over his desk, head down, lips moving as he read, his pen carefully inching across the paper.

He was like...

Kate Quarfordt


When Kids Own Education

Kate Quarfordt | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education


"What do we love?" asks 17-year-old senior Tiffany McLarty, her face shining under the florescent lights in the parking lot.

The eleven teenagers surrounding her reply in unison:

"We love to speak."

It's 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night. Three...

April Rudin


There is Nothing 'Special' About Special Education

April Rudin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

When I was in school (over 30 years ago), there were a few kids in my school who were known as "SPEDs" as they were in the special education program at my junior high school. I remember that these kids looked different from the others. They had Down's syndrome or...

Zak Kukoff


What You Don't Learn in High School

Zak Kukoff | Posted May 25, 2011 | Education

For something that takes eight hours a day, you learn surprisingly little in high school. I'm not talking about general education on useless topics -- no, as a high school student, I learn a ton of that. What I'm thinking of are useful, real-world skills. Specifically, I think that our...

Ari Melber


Obama: How You Like Me Cao? (Bipartisanship's Death)

Ari Melber | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics

Forget all the theoretical talk about Obama's "relationship" with the the base, or the professional left, or the whiners. A concrete test of Obama's political strategy is playing out in New Orleans, which anchors one of the few Congressional districts that will probably swing from the GOP to...

George Heymont


Getting Things Off Their Chest (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted May 25, 2011 | Arts

Great storytellers don't just pop out of nowhere. Their skills are built over years of practice sculpting words and phrases before live audiences as they seek the hidden musicality of their words and the underlying rhythms in their speech. As each story is repeated, a polishing process quietly takes place...

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