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“My climate epiphany wasn’t overnight, and it had nothing to do with Al Gore.”
I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I’m a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me very
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This week, I celebrate 24 years free from drugs and alcohol. Go ahead and applaud. We drug addicts are perfectly willing to be congratulated for running out of a burning building. It’s our charm, a combination of inflated ego and low self-esteem sometimes referred to as “a piece of crap the universe revolves around.”
Anyway, the point of sobriety is that — minus major surgery, a valid prescription and someone holding your meds for you — you don’t use mind-altering
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If you’re like me, you’re thinking about Pokmon. We’re both thinking about Pokmon. It’s OK. Pokmon evolve, it’s only
Day 12: Heading home. We’ve seen so much, we’ve been so extraordinarily fortunate. Wildebeest, Marabou stork, lion, leopard and leopard tortoise, African fish eagle, cheetah, leopard, serval, kori bustard (love that name!), rhino, hippo, giraffe… All told, we’ve seen and identified more than 140 different species of birds, mammals and
In 2010, as the economy began its slow recovery from the Great Recession, a new study shows the richest 1% of Americans captured a staggering 93% of all income growth, while the incomes of most Americans stagnated. 93%. Occupy that. The 1% clean up.
The stock market – leading source of wealth for the few –
“Zou Bisou Bisou,” the saucy ditty performed by Mad Men’s equally saucy Megan Draper, played by Jessica Par, didn’t come with a dictionary. The only translation you needed was her strut, her snap, her stupefied yet leering husband Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and that big-sleeved-black-dress and patterned-hosiery combo suggesting a bat paired with Spider-Woman.
Yet all I could think about while watching her was David Costabile and his mesmerizing performance of “Crapa Pelada” at the end of the third season of Breaking Bad, while he nimbly watered his plants. You didn’t need a dictionary for that one, either.
For viewers who missed Costabile’s priceless one-man minute of cabaret, here’s the back story. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) works for Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito)
Norwegian Film Strikes Charming and Controversial Notes Winning Best Screenplay at Tribeca Turn Me on Dammit
No, the title of Norwegian filmmaker Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s debut narrative feature isn’t a typo, it’s really called Turn Me on Dammit! The documentary director (Scenes from a Friendship, The Clown Children) adapted the film from the novel by Olaug Nilssen and won the award for best screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival. TMOD! concerns itself with 15-year-old Alma — played with droll authenticity by Helene Bergsholm — and the little explored terrain of intense sexual yearnings by a female teenager.
As fresh as it is frank, the story follows the vicissitudes of Alma’s over-the-top hormones. Fantasies of romance focused on just one boy, Artur (Matias Myren), as well as raunchier versions conjured up during her vivid daydreams and calls to a phone sex service, much to the consternation of her single mother (Henriette Steenstrup), who gets stuck with the over-the-top telephone bill (6,374 kroner roughly equivalent to $1,122.00 U.S.).
Being known for a rich fantasy life becomes one of the many hazards of being in high school and living in a small town. Alma is joined in mutual boredom and disgust of Skoddeheimen by her friend Saralou (a deadpan, hilarious Malin
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” John Quincy Adams said famously, but increasingly America sees monsters around every corner as we look abroad. Of course you do not negotiate with monsters, you slay monsters, and once again America’s trigger finger is getting itchy.
Last week President Obama struck the traditional pose of the commander in chief, standing on the DMZ, staring down North Korea through his high-powered binoculars. One leg of the axis of evil, North Korea, is not just developing nuclear capability, it has nuclear weapons, it has sold nuclear weapon technology, and within a month it will launch a rocket capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Until his death, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was caricatured as a dwarf in high heels with a propensity for R-rated videos, not exactly the rational actor one can contain with embargoes, diplomacy, and the threat of
The opening up of the contest for World Bank president is a historic change whose significance has not been fully appreciated. This is not surprising, given the widespread misunderstanding of the Bretton Woods institutions (the IMF and World Bank).
The IMF’s loss of power over most middle-income countries, which has occurred since the late 1990s, is probably the most important change in the international financial system in the past 40 years. Yet it has gone largely unnoticed in the press. The Fund had been Washington’s most important avenue of influence in developing
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Dear Mr. Brown:
With this week’s court-ordered release of previously classified NOM strategy documents, there are way more questions than answers. I know that you’re one to keep your cards pretty close to the vest and that you aren’t likely to spill the beans on any number of questions, but I’d like to pose a few queries nonetheless.
First, how can you think you’re winning when the American people are so clearly moving toward fairness? You write that “victory is possible, even likely…” Before you get too far ahead of yourself, you should take a look at a few non-partisan public polls (like Gallup for instance) that shows majority support for equal marriage. And don’t forget young people where support is off the charts and nothing indicates that as that cohort ages they’ll suddenly be inclined to reverse their support for marriage.
Where are all of these supposedly unhappy kids of gay parents? I’ve got to be honest, one of the most bizarre parts of these documents was your goal of paying an outreach coordinator to find kids of gay parents to speak on
It’s been over four hundred years since the first African slaves landed on the shores of what is now North America. Together, they walked into what would eventually be generations of slavery.
Today, African Americans are still connected by chains. They’re not made of iron, as our ancestors wore. They’re
Are pills the new alcohol?
Here’s a quote from the March 26, 2012 New York Magazine cover story, “Listening to Xanax: How America Learned to Stop Worrying About Worrying and Pop its Pills Instead,” by Lisa Miller:
The article is accompanied by an illustration called “Chill-Pill Matchmaking,” which shows “four anxious archetypes and the drugs that might suit them.” The recommended pills are Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Valium.
Last I checked, these were some heavy-duty drugs, and yes, some people cannot function without them. But those who can function without them would be better off trying to deal with the anxiety another way. Because Xanax is extremely addictive, it is only approved by the FDA for up to eight weeks of
Forget takeout. These irresistibly satisfying recipes — with flavors from China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam — are quick and easy to make at home. The key is to stock your pantry with a few Asian staples, such as hoisin sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce and Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce, which are readily available in the Asian section of most supermarkets.
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By Aaron Mehta and Michael Beckel, iWatch NewsAt first glance, Rick Santorum’s decision to give a speech at the Jelly Belly Company’s factory in Fairfield, Calif., seems a little odd.But Jelly Belly isn’t just any candy maker. The company — best known for making jelly beans that taste like buttered popcorn and other interesting flavors — is a major supporter of conservative causes and one of the few corporations to make direct contributions to a super PAC.And this isn’t just a speech — the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania and GOP presidential contender is hosting a $1,000-a-head fundraiser to help his cash-strapped campaign, inside the factory, at the conclusion of the speech.”Jelly Belly Candy Company looks forward to discussing sugar reform with presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he visits our Fairfield factory on Thursday, March 29,” reads a company statement.Jelly Belly has long been tied to Republicans, with President Ronald Reagan ranking as its most famous fan. (A portrait of the Gipper, who served the brand at his inauguration and in the Oval Office, made from 10,000 of the company’s candies hangs in his presidential library.)In September 2010, Jelly Belly became one of the few companies to take advantage of the post-Citizens United campaign finance laws, making a $10,000 corporate donation to Citizens for Economic & National Security, which was created to support California Republicans.That amount made up nearly 20 percent of the super PAC’s receipts.Citizens was active in the battle between Democratic challenger Ami Bera and incumbent Republican Rep. Dan
March is a desert for whole foods lovers. The gardens are brown, the supermarkets are full of produce from Chile and Mexico, and even the Winter Farmers Markets around here have ended. Some of us compensate for the lack of freshness with stored vegetables from last season, like potatoes, carrots or parsnips.
On the other hand, with so few fresh ingredients to inspire our cooking, and all the distractions of spring yet to intrude, March may be the perfect month to
It was a similar crew of conservative justices on the Supreme Court that decided that their long-held beliefs on states’ rights were irrelevant and made George W. Bush our next president in 2000. Now, they’re back!!! And they might decide yet another presidential election.
Imagine the damage it does to President Obama to strip him of his signature accomplishment right before the election. It would also allow the Republicans to say — “See, we told you so! It was unconstitutional all
I’m far more interested in forgiveness than justice.
I say this just to calm myself down after a morning of media overkill, so to speak. There are so many murdered mothers and children in the news, some with names and faces, so many just adding anonymously to one death toll or another.
An Iraqi mom, 32 years old, is beaten to death in her house in El Cajon,
Be prepared to see more of the first lady in the coming weeks, according to reports. She’ll be returning this weekend to Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards and then will appear on an episode of The Biggest Loser in April. “We share a common goal with the first lady to get people more active and healthy, so both parties felt it was a natural fit to join forces again,” executive producer Todd Lubin said. But these won’t be Michelle Obama’s first forays onto the small screen — her IMDB page actually boasts a relatively large number of cameos and
When visiting London, we almost always eat late: after and preferably right near the theater. Here are three places we went during our March trip.
One night we took the bus up to Islington’s Almeida Theatre and saw one of the final performances of an admirable and fascinating production of Federico Garca Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba.” Afterward, we strolled 12 minutes north and had an entirely pleasing meal at Trullo, which takes reservations up to 10:30 p.m. but which was welcoming customers at least a few minutes later than that. Small, comfortably decorated and with warm and knowledgeable service, it offers good value and a short, fairly simple Italian menu (despite its name, not focusing on the food of Puglia, which is where trulli are to be
From the cheerful way United’s CEO, Jeff Smisek, virtually greets you at your seat before takeoff, you’d think everything was just peachy in the newly-merged, friendly skies. More routes are being added, new planes are being bought, the online reservation system is supposedly getting easier and cabins are being modernized with wireless Internet access. So, how come everyone you talk to now refers to it as “United F#&*n Airlines?” That’s easy. Just pull back the first-class curtain and you will see the “friendly skies” aren’t so friendly after
The view changes. Miles and miles of rolling hills give way to sandy beaches, slanted cliffs and tall swaying pine trees.
Our getaway suggestion: Take a relaxing train trip along the picturesque West Coast.
My co-host, Pat Johnson, and I recently traveled on Amtrak’s historic Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle. As I packed my bags to hop on a flight from Chicago, I got excited of course for the opportunity to be on the road once again, but more so because — as a native of California — I had never had a chance to savor the West Coast by train.
On this particular trip, we were also going to share the new journey with Barbara Collins-Brooks and her husband
3-D glasses, rosary beads, condoms — a slideshow of some interesting hotel minibar items and in-room offerings.
–Jennifer M. Wood, Cond Nast Traveler
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New York, Portland, Palm Springs, Seattle
The Ace Hotel mini-chain — with locations in New York, Portland, Palm Springs and Seattle — is bohemia’s answer to the five-star hotel, with a focus on reimagining historical properties. And Ace’s minibars are bursting with items both standard (Skittles, Starburst) and not (3-D glasses, a walking stick, a laundry bag) — so much so that the in-room offerings have spilled out of the mini-fridge and on to the walls, hanging as thoughtfully as the artwork (which can also be purchased).
Courtesy Ace Hotel // Photo by Jeremy Pelley
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New York, Portland, Palm Springs, Seattle
The Ace Hotel mini-chain — with locations in New York, Portland, Palm Springs and Seattle — is bohemia’s answer to the five-star hotel, with a focus on reimagining historical properties.
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New York City may have invented (and re-invented) the speakeasy, but Sydney has perfected it. FATHOM contributor Matt Rodbard knocks a few back.
SYDNEY – There is no place in the world where the Prohibition-era cocktail scene has prospered more than New York City. Beginning with Milk & Honey, Employees Only, and Pegu Club in the early 2000s, the concept has been carbon-copied over and over again to varying degrees of success.
I found a real speakeasy at two-year-old Eau-de-Vie in the Darlinghurst section of Sydney. It’s hidden in the back of the darkened lobby bar at the Kirketon