Social media breeds anti-social interactions


Have you ever been that person in the social situation who doesn’t know what to do or how to interact, so you pull out your cell phone and pretend to text someone? Or maybe you actually text someone just to not feel totally inadequate. According to a report by the CTIA: The Wireless Association, mobile […]

CBS fails to score with gay community


This past week, the gay community had a lot to cheer about with regards to their favorite stars. High off the season’s ecstatic award show recognition for Glee, Jane Lynch, the actress behind fiery cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Fox’s hit show, announced that she and her partner set a date to be married in […]

Human nature to blame for scandals


A war has been waged on monogamy. Polyamorists, people who engage in consensual romantic love with multiple partners, are going around suggesting that the “soul mate” is no more real than Santa Claus. The increasingly publicized, nontraditional lifestyle is finally “creeping out of the closet, making gay marriage feel somewhat last decade,” according to a […]

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 […]