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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a high-speed rail plan, and a lot of Republicans don’t like it

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a high-speed rail plan, and a lot of Republicans don’t like it
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Vice President Biden announced last week the Obama Administration’s plan to put $53 billion toward upgrading and building a national, high-speed rail network. The administration has already allocated $10.5 billion to passenger rail programs, with the majority of funding going to projects in the planning stage in California and Florida. In fact, California will benefit […]

One person, two faiths – “double-belonging” sparks religious debate

One person, two faiths – “double-belonging” sparks religious debate

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion (or non-religion). It also protects practitioners of “double belonging,” people who follow two religions simultaneously. Americans are used to being able to pick and chose from various religious traditions. What’s wrong with a Christian doing yoga or a Jew donning Buddha […]

Jane McGonigal: how gaming will save the world

Jane McGonigal: how gaming will save the world

Gamers, listen up: according to Jane McGonigal, games aren't just an escapist alternate reality, or a procrastinating waste of hours, they’re the single most productive way to spend our time. Games are tools that can help develop skills that help us solve real-world problems, like hunger, poverty, clean water access and issues of sustainability. So […]

Egypt’s historic revolution leads to President Mubarak’s resignation

Egypt’s historic revolution leads to President Mubarak’s resignation

To elated cheers of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, President Hosni Mubarak has ceded power to the Egyptian military. On Thursday, Mubarak gave a televised address in which he defied expectations and vowed to remain President until elections in September, at which point he would not run for re-election. But furious protesters stood their ground, […]

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo falls up

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo falls up

Jaime Gomez aka “Taboo,” one of the founding members of the hip-hop band the Black Eyed Peas, describes his path from East L.A. to on top of the world in his book <i>Fallin’ Up</i>. His father was absent during his childhood, his mother and grandmother raised him, and at the age of 17 he became […]

What’s the homeschool difference?

What’s the homeschool difference?

With all the news about budget cuts, drop out rates and school violence, a growing number of parents are looking for alternatives to traditional public education. Many of them are choosing to teach their kids at home. Homeschoolers only represent about 3% of K-12 students. But that’s two million kids –and their numbers are rising. […]

“America’s Finest News Source” – yes, it’s The Onion

“America’s Finest News Source” – yes, it’s The Onion

The Onion calls itself a “national publication and website that offers award-winning news and views that readers can't get anywhere else.” True, and well and good. Except it’s not all true; the news, views and everything else they print, video or stream are fake – brilliant, funny, bitingly satirical – but fake none the less. […]

Pluto-killer, actually a pretty nice guy

Pluto-killer, actually a pretty nice guy

Most of us grew up learning that there are nine planets in our solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. But one day, back in 2005, Pluto got the shaft. A Caltech astronomer named Mike Brown rocked the universe when he discovered a tenth planet – Eris. First known […]

Yeah it’s February, but summer is right around the corner…which means Hollywood Bowl time

Yeah it’s February, but summer is right around the corner…which means Hollywood Bowl time

What could be better than enjoying wine and cheese (and maybe some fried chicken) while listening to music under the stars with 17,000 of your closest friends? The first season of the Hollywood Bowl began in 1922 with conductor Alfred Hertz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Many great performers have graced its stage over the […]

Kenneth Silverman’s biography about composer John Cage – Begin Again

Kenneth Silverman’s biography about composer John Cage – Begin Again

John Cage stands large in 20th century history as one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. As a composer he was an utterly original master of the form, his experimental attitude best exemplified by his most widely known work "4'33," in which not a single note was played. Being acknowledged as one of […]