Never tell me the odds!

Urge the FDA to Say YES to Accelerated Approval for safe, effective therapies for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy — the leading genetic killer of children, which impacts one out of every 3,500 boys born in the United States.

January 27th, 2014 @ 6:38 am
The 1973 National Personnel Records Center Fire

A few weeks ago I did a little web searching on a mission to see if it would be possible to acquire duplicates of any or all of my grandfather’s service medals. He fought as a member of Merrill’s Marauders in the Pacific Theater in WWII and I know he had been awarded (at least) […]

January 17th, 2014 @ 5:36 am

It’s the 94th birthday of Prohibition! The Eighteenth Amendment, the Volstead Act, took effect on this date in 1920, a year after it was ratified. Congress passed the Act even though President Woodrow Wilson had vetoed it. It made the manufacture, sale, and transportation of liquor illegal. It took almost 14 years before the 21st […]

Why Federal Construction Spending Doesn’t Translate to GDP Growth

The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?

Cancer-linked Flame Retardants Eased Out of Furniture in 2014

January 2nd, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Genetic Memories

Have you ever heard of planarian worms? These little guys exhibit the remarkable ability to regenerate (like starfish) if you chop them into little pieces. That in itself is a pretty nifty trick, of course. But what really makes planarian worms seem like something out of science fiction is that — unlike starfish — they […]

December 30th, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Bad News for Resolutionists

Starting in the next few days, you’ll start to see them. They’re the resolutionists, and they’re going to invade your local gym. But new studies show some bad news for everyone working a desk job, and not just for the ones suddenly motivated to start lifting weights or getting some cardio “this year”. Those of […]

December 29th, 2013 @ 6:00 am
Bury My Heart

Today is the anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee, which took place in South Dakota in 1890. Twenty-three years earlier, the local tribes had signed a treaty with the United States government that guaranteed them the rights to the land around the Black Hills, which was sacred land. The treaty said that not only […]

How Not to Say the Wrong Thing: The Ring Theory of Kvetching

Daylight Saving Time: America’s Greatest Shame

Here’s The Truth About Your ‘Private’ Health Insurance — It’s Already A Big Government Program

How Traffic Actually Works

In India, Rapist’s Wife Faces Harsh Judge: Tradition

October 4th, 2013 @ 5:16 am
Friday Five: Los Angeles News

89.3 KPCC

  1. 89.3 KPCC
  2. 89.9 KCRW
  3. Los Angeles Times
  4. KNBC4
  5. KABC7

What Astronauts Can Teach You About Getting A Great Night’s Sleep

October 2nd, 2013 @ 9:54 am
Football for the Troops

“A government shutdown means overseas troops could miss baseball playoff games and favorite NFL Sunday showdowns …” Stars and Stripes Regardless of how you feel about Obamacare or Congress or the President, you’ve got to admit it’s absurd that our armed forces should be denied the privilege of watching sporting events during the shutdown. If […]

In which Jon Stewart and The Daily Show discuss the government shutdown (with an awesome NFL reference).

June 21st, 2013 @ 7:29 am
Friday Five: Best News Twitter Accounts

TwitterHere are my five favorite news-related Twitter accounts:

  1. @BreakingNews
  2. @newscientist
  3. @nprnews
  4. @NPRinskeep
  5. @cnnbrk
May 7th, 2013 @ 4:21 am
Notes from History

Talk about a literary adventure! A note from F. Scott Fitzgerald to an unknown stranger is found inscribed in a book. Almost a hundred years later, the wife of a professor — who was a friend of Fitzgerald’s daughter — notices that the last page of the book has been removed, and uses the ol’ […]