Even The FDA Doesn’t Know What’s In Our Food

FDA doesn't know what is in our food

Eating and drinking is about as basic to our survival as it gets. While we might debate whether various manufactured foods are the healthiest choices we can make in a day, we assume the FDA has approved their ingredients before we eat them.  We assume all the ingredients meet the standard of a “reasonable certainty” that no harm will come to us … [Read more...]

Dear Righteously Indignant (a.k.a. ME)

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Last night I started to fall into the trap.  I know the writer, but not well.  While I can't imagine he/she was pointing directly at me, it felt as if an all encompassing accusing finger was being raised in my direction.  I could feel a giant target being drawn on my chest. Contradictory knowledge be damned! My first reaction was to enlighten the … [Read more...]

Beating Back the Drive-By Media In Politics

Jerry Doyle and Anita Finlay

As nature abhors a vacuum, so the drive-by media is hungry to control and define any public figure whose impact might supersede their own. How do we beat them? Whether we believe that Hillary Clinton’s “email-gate” is empty click-bait or something substantive, the amount of feverish news coverage generated in advance of securing the … [Read more...]

Words: Steve Jobs “Bicycle For Our Minds…”

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The common everyday bicycle is one of the most underrated inventions. In the US, we mostly consider it as a toy for kids. But the invention and wide use of bicycles, a simple tool of transportation, became a major force of innovation and change throughout the world.  It lead to mass efficiencies in many industries, gave mobility and … [Read more...]

Grammys: Another Institution Failure On Domestic Violence

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Sunday’s Grammy Awards became the latest institution failure on domestic violence. It featured a PSA by President Obama calling attention to the shocking number of women in America who are raped or suffer domestic violence.  “It’s on us,” he said, urging the artistic community to raise awareness to bring a stop to it.  Activist Brooke Axtell then … [Read more...]

How Long Do You Give a Leader To Succeed?

Jerry Doyle and Anita Finlay

How long do you give a leader to succeed when it comes to national, state or local government?  Is four years in office enough? California's tax rates are high.  When Governor Brown re-took office in the midst of a fiscal crisis in 2010, we were asked to bear "temporary" higher taxes on the promise that he would balance the budget.  How much of a … [Read more...]

Majestic Crested Saguaros

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I’ve been on a bit of a scavenger hunt lately for the majestic Crested Saguaros. It all started about a year ago when I realized that the misshapen form I saw on a distant hill (from my kitchen window) was a rare crested saguaro. From my vantage point, it resembled an ogre with thick, uneven limbs. What’s more, its giant Medusa-like, bulbous head … [Read more...]

Music: FLY by Maddie and Tae

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Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG.  Their new single, FLY is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. FLY is a sweet anthem of encouragement in challenging times. Keep on climbing, though the ground might shake Just keep on reaching … [Read more...]

Words: “Today Is The Right Day…”

Dalai_Lama at White House

"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live." His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet TENZIN GYATSO, 14th DALAI LAMA (1935 - ) Buddhist monk   Teacher, leader, philosopher Environmentalist and human … [Read more...]

Why Kaley Cuoco’s “ Not a Feminist ” Comment Matters

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By now, Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco’s comments that she is not a feminist have gone viral.  The online backlash was so fierce that Cuoco has walked back her original statements.  Pundits who miss no opportunity to perpetuate feminism’s negative branding have chastised those who criticized Ms. Cuoco for daring to part from “the tribe.”  Yet … [Read more...]