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Shady, sketchy creeps: what “normal” sights make your skin crawl?

Shady, sketchy creeps: what “normal” sights make your skin crawl?
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Have you ever felt oddly distressed after crossing paths with a grown man in a Boy Scout uniform or a hairless cat? Does the thought of kiddie beauty pageants or lifelike baby dolls slightly disturb you? If so, there’s finally a book that celebrates these unsettling everyday experiences. David Bickel, former writer for The King […]

Feel free to skate or die just make sure to register your prints with the Sheriff first

Feel free to skate or die just make sure to register your prints with the Sheriff first

The case has been made again and again for kids to wear elbow pads and helmets while skating at skate parks, but is requiring skaters to identify themselves with a scanned thumb print protecting them or a total violation of their privacy? The question has been raised in the city of Poway in northern San […]

Artificial Intelligence – how smart are our machines?

Artificial Intelligence – how smart are our machines?

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence is holding its annual seminar this week in Atlanta. It’s a meeting of the best organic minds in the artificial intelligence business. And it’s a chance for scientists to compare the latest research in robotics and AI. Lately, one of the questions that scientists are exploring is […]

The Pentagon’s survey on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – fair or biased?

The Pentagon’s survey on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – fair or biased?

The Pentagon issued survey about gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces has received some outcry from gay veterans groups for being biased. The groups opposed to the survey say they think the wording of many of the questions in the survey will produce negative results and could be used as reason for discriminatory […]

Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Americans spend 50-percent more on health care than any other country. But if you look at the numbers, it isn’t buying us better health. Medical overtreatment isn’t new. Most people know it’s a challenge in end-of-life care, emergency room medicine, back pain and cancer treatment, where it’s especially difficult to broach with patients. And when […]

"To Kill a Mockingbird" turns 50

"To Kill a Mockingbird" turns 50

Harper Lee’s classic about a courtroom drama in the segregated South turned fifty yesterday. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936. This gave the book an unprecedented real feel and hit very close to […]

The age old question: Are women funny?

The age old question: Are women funny?

What makes someone funny? Is it the look? The writing? The timing? And what makes someone not funny? Well, according to a common stereotype, two ‘X’ chromosomes. The thought of women not being funny isn’t anything new – it’s a stigma many female comics consider a handicap in a male dominated industry. Even after a […]

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford take on the world’s oldest profession

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford take on the world’s oldest profession

In the movie Love Ranch, Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci play a married Nevada couple running one of the first legalized brothels in the country. But their lives are complicated when the husband enters a business endeavor to revive an Argentinean boxer's career. Directed by Mirren's husband Taylor Hackford, the film is based on the […]

California congressmen debate jobs, immigration, financial reform, energy, mid-term election and… oh yes…jobs!

California congressmen debate jobs, immigration, financial reform, energy, mid-term election and… oh yes…jobs!

Throw in a little job creation, a dash of stimulus bills, and a sprinkle immigration battles, and what do you get? Quite a busy summer in Washington. Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA) and John Campbell (R-CA) weigh in on some of the biggest things happening in Congress and across the country. Immigration may be the hot […]

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Stephen Eich, Pasadena Playhouse's executive director, issued a statement today saying the company had created a plan to save the theater from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Since it shut down its main stage in January, the Playhouse has been searching for ways to pay down its $2.3 million debt, mostly owed to subscribers, bankers and vendors. […]