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Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan

Ebola! The news media has focused attention on an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the past month. According to the CDC, ebola causes the disease with "symptoms ranging from fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). Show More Summary

Glenn Beck Is Wrong to Disparage Poland's World War II Record

Enough. It's not OK to disparage Poland's World War II record. No country fought Nazi Germany longer or sacrificed a larger percentage of its people to Hitler's death machine than Poland. Enough. Glenn Beck said last week: "We're turning into the Poles. Show More Summary

Beleaguered League: Does the NFL Deserve All the Bad Press It's Getting?

When Trey Parker and Matt Stone see fit to rip you to shreds, you know you're at the center of a pop culture maelstrom. The Washington Redskins took a beating in the 18th season opener of South Park, with the show depicting team owner...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Let's start with what I'm not going to do. I'm not going to accuse you of staying silent in the face of the horrific atrocities being committed around the world by your co-religionists. Most of you have loudly and unequivocally condemned groups like the Islamic State (ISIS), and gone out of your way to dissociate yourselves from them. Show More Summary

Today Show Sets Up Sting To Nab Soldiers Who Scam Thousands, Ignores Corporations Who Scam Billions

It was only 7:45 AM, but I was already feeling surly. Thanks to an insurance snafu, I was now waiting to have my blood drawn. I looked up at the TV. The Today Show was doing an exposé, one with an undercover report and everything. You...Show More Summary

The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

The news stories now follow a familiar pattern: an outbreak of a new and frightening disease on another continent, the first cases found in the U.S., the speculation about the risk to the American population. The public has experienced this before: first SARS, then several waves of H1N1, and now Ebola. Show More Summary

Ben Affleck vs. Bill Maher: No One Wins

I am a huge Ben Affleck fan. I think he's intelligent and dashing and heck, I like the movies he makes. Even Gigli, damnit! I am also a huge Bill Maher fan. I think he's intelligent and quick-witted and I respect his unapologetic defense...Show More Summary

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional "Women Writers." I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause. It reminded me of...Show More Summary

The Resurrection of Reporter Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Him Last Word Against the CIA's Media Apologists?

It's been almost a decade since once-luminous investigative journalist Gary Webb extinguished his own life. It's been 18 years since Webb's "Dark Alliance" series in the San Jose Mercury News exploded across a new medium - the Internet...Show More Summary

Why I Commemorate the Anniversary of My Father's Death on Social Media

Six years ago, my dad passed away of a sudden heart attack. My father's passing left a gaping hole in my family. It is a hole that my sisters, my mom and I have each tried to fill, in our ways. For years I have coped with the loss of my father by dedicating very little time to thinking about it. Show More Summary

Why Bill Maher and Ben Affleck Are Both Wrong

When I watched Bill Maher -- with whom I agree about many other issues -- talk about Islam on his show "Real Time" last Friday night, I felt as though my father's life story was being erased. According to Maher, no one in Muslim majority countries openly denounces fundamentalism. Show More Summary

Can GOP Modernize? 'Yes' Since Boomers Economically Insecure, 'No' Due to Rush/FOX Poison

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green On Obama's ISIS "containment" policy. "Containment" worked with the Soviets in the Cold War and Hamas in Gaza... can it as well with ISIS since we can't kill all jihadists or the idea of a Caliphate? AlterShow More Summary

Put Your Money Where Your Big Mouth Is

A few years ago,Bill O' Reilly,host of a highly rated show on Fox News said he didn't think people who opposed the Bush/Cheney Iraq War were traitors,they were just bad Americans. Sean Hannity,another Fox host, had harsh criticism for people who marched in freezing cold weather to oppose this war. Let me start by saying that if Mr. Show More Summary

Boston Bombing Libel Suit Settles: New York Post's Shoddy Reporting Leaves Legal, Ethical Lessons

Late last month, and with very little fanfare, Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi settled their defamation lawsuit against the operators of the New York Post based upon that tabloid's infamous "BAG MEN" cover photo and related story...Show More Summary

John Oliver and Bill O'Reilly: A Study in Two Very Different Views of Obama

If you were in a coma for the last six years, then suddenly awakened this past weekend to observe both John Oliver's Last Week Tonight on HBO and Bill O'Reilly's appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, you might assume they...Show More Summary

Well Said! Defusing the Fear of Airborne Ebola

I could write about Glenn Beck's recent rant about the imminent danger of newly airborne Ebola being brought to America by Nigerian prison guards. But writing about the ways Glenn Beck gets science wrong just doesn't seem worthwhileShow More Summary

Business Journalists Rush to Rescue Chevron From Its Ecuador Disaster

Reposted from Eye on the Amazon (by @kevinmkoenig) On the run from a landmark $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador, fighting enforcement actions in three countries that threaten strategic company assets, and gearing up for make-or-break appellate hearings does not bode well for the prospects of Chevron CEO John Watson and his management team. No worries. Show More Summary

Why Your Attention Is Worth More Than Your Click

Without a doubt, the quantity of content available online is at an all-time high. One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and 500 million tweets are sent per day. But human attention is a finite resource. If nothing else, there are only so many waking hours in the day. Show More Summary

A Brief History of America's Attitude Toward Taxes

This post first appeared on Harvard Business Review's blog, and is posted in conjunction with the publication of the October 2014 issue of the magazine's feature article, "The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy," which canShow More Summary

12 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From Too Many Pills

We are turning our kids into pill poppers. The rate of ADHD has tripled in just 20 years -- it is now diagnosed in 11 percent of all children aged 4-17 and is medicated in 6 percent of them. And the percentages get really crazy for teenage...Show More Summary

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