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Restaging violence: A Q&A with “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer

Restaging violence: A Q&A with “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer

“The Act of Killing” looks at a bloody chapter of Indonesian history that is seldom discussed outside of the country. The documentary “The Act of Killing” looks at a bloody chapter of Indonesian history that is seldom discussed outside of the country. Starting in 1965, paramilitary groups that would eventually put General Suharto in power […]

Edmunds.com’s top 10 biggest auto failures of the past decade (photos)

Edmunds.com’s top 10 biggest auto failures of the past decade (photos)

Photographers take pictures during the presentation of “MIEV” (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle), the new electric and ecological vehicle for Latin America by Mitsubishi Motors, in San Jose on February 25, 2011. ; Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images The folks at Edmunds.com recently listed the top 10 auto failures of the past decade, using criteria like sales […]

Letting things go is key to a longer, happier marriage

Letting things go is key to a longer, happier marriage

Are longer, happier relationships products of avoiding talking about conflicts?; Credit: Martin Smith/Flickr Negotiation is at the heart of how we as a culture like to deal with conflicts. From your work life to your home life, how often has the saying “let’s talk about it” come up when things hit a snag? But this […]

Announcing, Prince….?

Announcing, Prince….?

A Town Crier reads an announcement about the birth of a baby boy to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London, on July 22, 2013. ; Credit: Photo credit:ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images The future prince of England and potential heir to the throne still remains nameless. […]

Should we have to ‘opt in’ to view porn online?

Should we have to ‘opt in’ to view porn online?

Should computers automatically block websites that feature adult content?; Credit: Matthew T Rader/Flickr Let’s say you like porn…a little too much. Would it help to have a company block your access? What if that was a country-wide mandate? That’s what’s happening in the UK, where Prime Minister David Cameron wants internet providers to block access […]

Wardrobe etiquette from 9 to 5

Wardrobe etiquette from 9 to 5

Are people dressing too casually for work?; Credit: Flickr/thetaxhaven The office dress code has slackened over the years. It’s not so surprising nowadays to see folks wearing flip-flops or baring some of their tattoos in the office. Still, how much sartorial latitude a worker has depends largely on where one works. A judge in Tennessee […]

‘The Guide’ documentary: Can you can ‘preserve’ the environment you live in?

‘The Guide’ documentary: Can you can ‘preserve’ the environment you live in?

Jessica Yu’s film “The Guide” is set on Mount Gorongosa in Mozambique.; Credit: Meraj Chhaya/Flickr Set in Mozambique, filmmaker Jessica Yu’s main character, Tonga Torcida, lives on Mount Gorongosa and wants nothing more than to become a tour guide at the Gorongosa National Park, where 90 percent of the animal population has been wiped out […]

Will increased religious freedom in the military threaten military order?

Will increased religious freedom in the military threaten military order?

Is religious freedom in the military being threatened?; Credit: Getty Images Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) has proposed an amendment concerning religious rights in the military to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA). His amendment, section 530, passed through the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House on June 14. Alongside Congressman […]

Should Metro build a freeway tunnel or take another route in the 710 project?

Should Metro build a freeway tunnel or take another route in the 710 project?

Early morning traffic jams the entrance to the 710 Freeway in Alhambra.; Credit: Nick Ut/AP Metro and CalTrans have already spent two years researching how to relieve traffic in Los Angeles County. Their study, SR-710, began in 2011 with 40 different traffic alternatives. By 2012, it became 12 options and is now narrowed down to […]

6th District City Council candidate reveals past sexual abuse

6th District City Council candidate reveals past sexual abuse

Nury Martinez revealed she was sexually abused as a child. ; Credit: clcv/Flickr Creative Commons In the midst of what has become a heated race to replace former 6th District City Councilman Tony Cardenas, one of the candidates has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child. Nury Martinez, one of the two top […]