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James Peron

No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Nazis on the Loose

James Peron | January 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
Ben Carson is not a household name. He's popular in far Right circles and unlikely to break out of them. He is also rather hateful and made one of the more absurd comments in the new "Cake Wars," which are meant to show how fundamentalists are victimized. Carson
Doug Bandow

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: An Attack on Religious Libery, Not Free Expression

Doug Bandow | January 28, 2015 | World
The monstrous slaughter at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo brought hundreds of thousands of marchers and numerous world leaders onto the streets of Paris to support free expression. But the attacks really were not about freedom of speech. Rather, the killings demonstrated how the destructive phenomenon of religious persecution is...
Tae Yoo

Is the Impact of Mobile Phones a Myth?

Tae Yoo | January 28, 2015 | Impact
At first glance, the numbers seem staggering. Global mobile phone penetration is 96 percent. In sub-Saharan Africa, where 47 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day, mobile data use is expected to grow twentyfold by the end of 2019, according to a June 2014...
National Council of La Raza

Immigration Status Adds Layer of Complexity to ACA Enrollment

National Council of La Raza | January 27, 2015 | Latino Voices
The promise of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can only be met once everyone who is eligible and in need of health coverage receives it. This is especially true for the Latino community, which stands to benefit the most from the new health care law, but only if more of us enroll.
Stephen Kessler

Fake Baby From 'American Sniper' Addresses Controversy

Stephen Kessler | January 27, 2015 | Entertainment
At $200 Million and counting, American Sniper has touched a nerve and set off a national debate on who is real and who is fake. After being maligned by journalists, morning anchors, and bloggers, the Fake Baby from American Sniper is telling his side of the story. And yes, he did it in one take.
Nikki Gloudeman

Inside Out Of Silence, The Abortion Play Vying to Be the Next Vagina Monologues

Nikki Gloudeman | January 27, 2015 | Women
I caught up with Reticker-Flynn to discuss what's next for the production, how art is a powerful medium for social change--and why it's especially important to be pushing for a shift here and now.
Kerry O'Brien

5 Things Introverts Do Every Day

Kerry O'Brien | January 27, 2015 | Comedy
Introverts are often misunderstood. Are they shy or just require a little more 'me' time? To find out more about the introverted type, I recently spoke with a group of introverts and asked them to tell me the things they did every single day. Here are the five things that introverts do everyday...
Robert Whitcomb

Bill Koch: Rich Enough to Stop the Wind

Robert Whitcomb | January 27, 2015 | Business
New England better get ready for brownouts and higher electricity bills. As for oil prices, they are low now, but I have seen many, many energy price cycles over the last 45 years of watching the sector for a living. And they often come with little warning.
M. Shannon Hernandez

Entrepreneurs Are Authors, Too

M. Shannon Hernandez | January 27, 2015 | Small Business
The possibilities are endless when thinking about writing a book for your business. A book is a great way to extend your platform, showcase your expertise, build connections with other influencers in your field, and create an additional revenue source in your business!
Belinda Waymouth

Plastic: It's What's for Dinner

Belinda Waymouth | January 27, 2015 | Green
If it hasn't been incinerated, every piece of plastic ever produced is still with us. There is no time for any species to biologically adapt to cope with plastic, including us. We have to make an effort to culturally evolve with way less plastic.
Joel Shatzky

Educating for Democracy: Words and Deeds

Joel Shatzky | January 27, 2015 | Education
Having recently read Governor Cuomo's State of the State address proposals for "education reform" I felt as if I was in an educational time warp. After my two-year absence from writing my blog, "Educating for Democracy," I re-read that last post I wrote on February 5, 2013 and...
Anneli Lucia Tostar

Coming Home, Whatever That Means

Anneli Lucia Tostar | January 27, 2015 | College
Home may be temporary and it may be common, but it is also important. This feeling of belonging in a world with so many circles. Not knowing where my next home will be, I can only relish the time I have left in this one. Last one, best one.
Miyoko Sakashita

Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?

Miyoko Sakashita | January 27, 2015 | Green
Last week, President Obama rightly declared in his State of the Union address: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." This week, the Obama administration announced plans open up the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling.
Robert Naiman

FBI: Give Me Back My Email to WikiLeaks

Robert Naiman | January 27, 2015 | World
I asked some lawyers if I have any meaningful basis for suit, action, or complaint in any venue. Probably not, they said. You'd be better off to launch a public campaign to raise awareness. So here's my public campaign to raise awareness. I'm publicly demanding that the FBI return my email and destroy all copies in its possession
Larry Paros

Word Origins as Comics: Sticks and Stones, The Art of Poking Fun at Others

Larry Paros | January 27, 2015 | Books
How do I mock thee? Let me name the ways. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, the various verbal options available to us in dealing with the inanities, hypocrisy, and contradictions with which we are confronted daily...
Dana Beyer

Community Civility and a Response to the Controversy Over The Vagina Monologues at Mount Holyoke

Dana Beyer | January 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
I'd like to follow up on my previous blog post on the Mount Holyoke College controversy surrounding The Vagina Monologues because of the responses I've received. They've run the gamut from praise to condemnation, from thanks for informing the community of an important event in trans history to constructive criticism as well as vicious name calling.
Carmen Castro

Adding the Complex to Motherhood

Carmen Castro | January 27, 2015 | Parents
Honestly, since becoming a mother I feel more and more distant from my mommy friends. It just disappoints me that we can't listen and comfort each other instead of pretending to be the perfect mothers according to whatever trend is going on.
Rachna Choudhry

It's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. What's Congress Doing About It?

Rachna Choudhry | January 27, 2015 | Politics
Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, according to the FBI. In 2013, nearly 5,000 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
Olympia LePoint

Are Physics to Blame for NFL Patriots Deflated Footballs?

Olympia LePoint | January 27, 2015 | Science
This is the first time, ever in my life, where I have heard science being highlighted within a pre-Super Bowl football game press conference. As a scientist, I was extremely happy and puzzled at the same time.
Suzanne Ehlers

I'm All in On Women

Suzanne Ehlers | January 27, 2015 | Impact
Sandwiched between the State of the Union address and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is another January tradition: the release of Bill and Melinda Gates' Annual Letter.