China must take the next step in talks


A cloud of debate hangs high in the Tibetan Plateau of the Himalayas. On one side, the Tibetans and their supporters have, for the past 50 years, fought for independence and genuine autonomy. Sympathy lies with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. Further, countless human rights violations against the Tibetans are claimed to have […]

Ready for the big one? Neither am I.


Last week I survived a five-day natural disaster ­— a Southern California natural disaster. Rain. But not just any rain — this was a storm so mighty, it poured for more than two consecutive hours. I can’t remember that last time that happened in Los Angeles. The madness is now over, but it got me […]

Uncle Sam’s first name is Bernie


The Congressional Budget Office approximates the United States budget deficit of 2009 at $1.414 trillion dollars. Projected deficits for the coming year, assuming the same laws of 2009 (not including new spending initiatives like health care), predict decreasing yet similar deficits. In the past, the U.S. government only ran deficits to finance wars, and did […]

Celebrity efforts answer the call


In the wake of a grim natural disaster that has captivated the world, a star-studded pack of celebrities have recently come together to answer the call, taking part in a huge fundraising relief effort for Haiti. In a two-hour telethon on Friday called Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, big names […]

Science of “Avatar” looks legitimate


Imagine looking into the eyes of your significant other.  You’re about to tell her you love her, but she beats you to it — except she misspeaks or something.  “I see you,” she says, sweetly and meaningfully. Unless your girlfriend was formerly blind, you probably wouldn’t be impressed.  More likely you would wonder why the […]

Celebs raise bar to plastic standard


In our society, we are told that if we work hard enough for something, we can achieve it. Who knew that the rich and famous would come to understand this illustrious set of desirables to include rhinoplasty, breast enhancement, liposuction and a laundry list of other cosmetic surgeries only a sliver of America’s upper crust […]

Burning calories, if you know what I mean


CNN published a story at the beginning of January outlining the possible health advantages of having sexual intercourse. These benefits will soon be revealed in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. And just like a captivated puppy, every college student in the country just perked up one ear. The article said that people who have frequent […]

Charity can’t be a special occasion


Last week, Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, followed by incessantly large aftershocks. The prime minister of Haiti says more than 70,000 deaths have been recorded, with early estimates placing the death toll above 200,000 people. To put that into perspective, the death toll from Hurricane Katrina was 1,836. […]

Palin’s arrival to Fox News a curious move


After conceding the vice presidential ticket, resigning as governor of Alaska and reflecting on her life in Going Rogue, Sarah Palin is back. Just when we thought the firestorm of Palin-centric jokes had been doused with the passing of time, Palin has reclaimed the media’s attention, this time under some very interesting circumstances. Earlier this […]