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Expert predictions are next to worthless

Expert predictions are next to worthless

Everyday on television, on the radio, in newspapers, experts are offering predictions for the future. They tell us how much oil will be per gallon, what the political climate will be in a particular region of the world or who will win the Superbowl. But according to the author of a new book, all those […]

Marine’s tragic end a reminder of a generation’s war wounds

Marine’s tragic end a reminder of a generation’s war wounds

To the public eye, Clay Hunt was a shining example of a modern war veteran diligently coping with PTSD and the survivor’s guilt he felt over the deaths of his fellow Marines. The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple Heart after enemy fire pinned him, a sniper’s bullet missed his head by inches and […]

Sidney Lumet – a curtain call for a legend of cinema

Sidney Lumet – a curtain call for a legend of cinema

Director Sidney Lumet started his show business career acting in plays at the tender age of 4. A series of Broadway roles followed in the 1930s, which led him to try his hand at directing television in the medium’s nascent years in the early 1950s. By 1955 Lumet’s reputation had grown and he had begun […]

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders

Leaving from Washington, D.C. in 1961, an integrated group of people calling themselves “Freedom Riders” traveled to the Deep South to put a recent federal ruling declaring it unconstitutional to segregate bus riders to the test. Despite their pledge of nonviolence, they met with physical resistance and sometimes violence as they attempted to occupy segregated […]

That’s all he rote: one journalist’s adventure in memorization

That’s all he rote: one journalist’s adventure in memorization

What are all the prime numbers under 10,000? Can you recite Hamlet’s soliloquies verbatim? If asked to memorize the order of a deck of cards in one hour, could you do it? While such requests might seem patently absurd, they are fully within the realm of possibility for the average human being’s brain. In Moonwalking […]

The Quantum Man

The Quantum Man

Richard Feynman was a superstar of science. As a musician, an extrovert, a well-known party guest and a noble laureate in the field of quantum electrodynamic theory, Feynman made a name for himself, beyond just a scientist, but as a modern Vitruvian man. Feynman was revolutionary in his field for developing the “Feynman diagrams,” an […]

President Obama lays out fiscal policy

President Obama lays out fiscal policy

In his speech at George Washington University, President Obama will outline a series of steps to promote fiscal discipline and curb the growth of the nation’s national debt. The president’s speech is a response to the Republican plan proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and will call for a bipartisan effort to tackle […]

The Bond between human beings and other animals

The Bond between human beings and other animals

The President and CEO of the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, implores humanity to consider a kinship with the rest of the Animal Kingdom in his book, <I>The Bond</i>. He creates a mosaic of the animal world: Life-saving dolphins come to the rescue of human beings about to be eaten by sharks; cattle and other livestock […]

Spring is in the air so it’s time to toil in the soil

Spring is in the air so it’s time to toil in the soil

The climate in Southern California is unique. We live in one of the few places in the world where you can grow vegetables year round. But right now is perhaps the best time to get your gardening groove on and start that vegetable patch. But what should you plant? Where should you plant? What equipment […]

No apologies Jesse Ventura: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read

No apologies Jesse Ventura: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read

In a time when trust in our government seems to be at an all-time low, Jesse Ventura—actor, wrestler, Navy SEAL, television talk show host, bestselling author, and former governor of Minnesota—takes the Wikileaks approach and goes digging. What he comes up with is 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read—from the CIA’s Secret […]