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The Great American Stickup

The Great American Stickup

The fact that Wall Street crashed in 2008 is not news, nor is the consequent global recession. What may surprise you, however, is just how far back and how deep the connections that caused this great financial crisis actually go. According to investigative journalist Robert Scheer, it isn’t one political party that carries the blame. [...]

You don’t know the real America – how where you live determines who you are and how you vote

You don’t know the real America – how where you live determines who you are and how you vote

With 300 million of us packed into cities and scattered over vast plains, the United States is defined more by diversity than cohesion. Yet polls and politicians devote great energy to studying what Americans believe, where we pray and how we think. In Our Patchwork Nation, Dante Chinni and collaborators from PBS and the Christian [...]

Forget about the brain tumors, cell phone bills likely to cause heart attacks

Forget about the brain tumors, cell phone bills likely to cause heart attacks

Anybody who has opened up their cell phone bill to read about a litany of confusing new charges, fees and restrictions can relate to the term “bill shock.” It’s not just frustrating, but also costly and potentially fraudulent—Verizon just settled a complaint with the FCC for charging 15 million of its users “mystery” fees for [...]

Economy is down, but movie prices are UP!

Economy is down, but movie prices are UP!

These days, movie tickets run about $10 in most major cities. If you’re headed to an ArcLight cinema in Southern California, prepare to drop $11 on a weekday and 14 smackaroos on weekends. Throw in some 3-D glasses and a family movie outing will cost you upwards of 60 big ones. And that’s without any [...]

Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards

Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards

Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards – P.J. O’Rourke on politics and politicians“We should remind ourselves of the purpose of voting, says P.J. O’Rourke in his new book. “We don’t vote to elect great persons to office. They’re not that great. We vote to throw the bastards out.” With mid-term elections just around the [...]

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Genesis 1:21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. In an August 2005 Gallup poll, 58% of the public said that creationism was definitely or probably true as an [...]

Scientists & surfers in pursuit of rogue waves

Scientists & surfers in pursuit of rogue waves

For centuries sailors have told tales of tall waves, one hundred feet high or more, coming from nowhere and swallowing ships. Scientists tended to regard these stories with skepticism. But in the past few decades a startling number of ships seem to have been destroyed by huge rogue waves. In her new book The Wave, [...]

LA’s drive to curb food trucks

LA’s drive to curb food trucks

The recent explosion of gourmet food trucks – serving everything from grilled cheese to red-velvet cup cakes – has transformed curbside dining. Obsessed fans track the mobile eateries on Twitter and endure long lines to feast and commune with fellow foodies. But critics say the trucks ignore parking and zoning regulations, steal business from brick [...]

TitleWave: Philip Roth’s Nemesis

TitleWave: Philip Roth’s Nemesis

Polio wasn’t always the petulant paralytic disease that struck fear into the hearts of parents and children that it was during the middle of the 20th century – for years, people would catch a mild case of the disease and develop immunity to it. As sanitation began to improve our exposure and thus resistance to [...]

Why are you gay?

Why are you gay?

Fanning the flames of controversy around gay marriage are questions about what is natural when it comes to sexual orientation. Whether we’re gay, straight or bisexual, how much of who we are in the bedroom is predetermined? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay drags the science behind behavior out of the closet. Read the Full Story at KPCC [...]