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How Anna Nicole Smith Became America’s Punchline

How does a woman turn from a mortal to an icon overnight? Think of Pamela Anderson, in a tight Labatt Blue shirt, at a football game with her friends, and finding herself featured on the stadium jumbotron long enough for the crowd — and later

The Hidden Toxin in Your Tap Water

There is chemical hidden in our reservoirs, lakes, and streams that makes it into your home every day. It’s not a toxin that the mainstream media is talking about because of the big business interests involved. Scientists refer to it as Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). It

Lobby Corporations, Not Congress

Is it possible to have a non-profit stock exchange? Publicly held companies are usually not motivated by the greater good, but by profit – profit that is demanded by large institutional investors. What if I could invest in a marketplace of ideas which returned social

1,042 Mass Shootings Since the Sandy Hook

There have been an estimated 1,042 mass shootings in the US since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

Ecclesiastes 1:18

“When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look but it was gone. I cannot put my finger on it now. The child is grown; the dream is gone.” – Roger Waters Why

Life Is Like a Garden

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015

2014 in the Rear-View Mirror

Most of my 2014 was pretty geeky. One of the coolest things I did in 2014 was test my DNA through 23andme.com. For a quick refresher on genomics, check out these videos. I am, unsurprisingly 99.8% European. However, I’m also 0.2% Sub-Saharan African. This totally

Spain Confirms First Ebola Transmission Outside of Africa

Health authorities in Spain have confirmed that a health worker at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain has been infected with the Ebola virus. This is the first time anyone has contracted the virus outside of Africa. The woman, a nurse technician, had worked

Fire Walk With Me

Directors like David Lynch aren’t supposed to have hit TV shows and appear on the cover of Time; they’re supposed to tunnel ever deeper into their private obsessions, even if it means testing fan goodwill and bewildering or annoying everybody else. After ABC pressured Lynch

Colorado Students Walk Out to Protest Censorship of History

On Tuesday, hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado walked out of classes this week to protest conservative censorship of the national Advanced Placement U.S. history class curriculum. According to the Denver Post, students and teachers are protesting the removal of all mentions

Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking?

The funniest chart of the day from Christian Rudder of OKCupid. When you consider the supermodels, the porn, the cover girls, the Lara Croft–style fembots, the Bud Light ads, and, most devious of all, the Photoshop jobs that surely these men see every day, the

Toothless Hicks Agree: We Love Obamacare!

So the New York Times interviewed people in Kentucky who have taken advantage of one part or another of the Affordable Care Act, especially the expansion of Medicaid. Robin Evans, a 49 year-old with high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, is just “tickled to death”

What are the Odds that Ebola Makes it to America?

A recent study in PLoS Currents: Outbreaks suggests that the chance of getting at least one imported case of Ebola in the United States by late September could be as high as 18%. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 4,336

CDC 2014 Ebola Surge

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa. Although the current epidemic does not

It All Goes By So Fast, Matthew

A few years ago, Nana and I were talking about how life was when she was a kid. It was a very different world on the farm where she grew up. In the middle of her story, Nana paused and looked at me and said,

Turtles All the Way Down

I first read the phrase “Turtles All the Way Down” in a book by Stephen Hawking. According to the story, a big name scientist was giving a lecture on astronomy. After the lecture, an elderly lady came up and told the scientist that he had

Inequality for All

We’re in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression, and we can’t seem to get out of it. Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation’s income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn’t

The 20 Things I Learned in 2013

That sleep helps clean our brain. Or in the words of the journal Science, “Observations showed that when mice sleep, channels between neurons in their brains expand, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flush out detritus, such as proteins that in human beings are associated with Alzheimer’s

Niccolo Machiavelli

To Be Loved or Feared?

In early sixteenth century, Machiavelli asks, “Of cruelty and mercy, and whether it is better to be loved than to be feared or the contrary?” Here is his answer, from The Prince: Turning to the other qualities mentioned above, let me say that every prince

Blackfish Tonight

Sea World in San Diego amazed me. I was completely mesmerized by the Killer Whales and watched them swim around the pool for most of the day. Tonight, I watched the documentary Blackfish. Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed

Nelson Mandela: 1918 – 2013

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela From CNN: Word of Nelson Mandela’s death spread quickly across the United States, bringing with it a mix of reverence and grief for a man who was born

The Coca-Cola Co. Does Not need Atlanta

After Martin Luther King Jr. won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, plans for an interracial celebration in still-segregated Atlanta were not initially well supported by the city’s business elite until J. Paul Austin intervened. In his memoir, activist and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young wrote:

Anna Nicole Smith’s Guess Campaign

From BuzzFeed, “The early ’90s ad campaign that made Anna Nicole a household name. In 1993, Anna Nicole Smith secured a contract to replace supermodel Claudia Schiffer as the face of Guess. Although the struggles with her weight and substance abuse overshadowed the last years

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus A philosophical classic. If you were condemned to roll a boulder up a hill every day could you find meaning in that? If you could not find meaning what would you do? Without meaning in your life, would

Living with Dislecksia

Just about every day at work I have to dial a ridiculously long string of numbers in order to join a conference call. Just about every day on the internet I have to fill out those mind-bending captua forms. For me, it takes intense concentration