Dr. Oz, the TV guru on diets, has been touting all sorts of meals and concoctions to curb the obesity epidemic. In spite of his exhortations, Americans are continuing to balloon in their britches, raising the cost of health care for all of us.
Mars One announced startling news last week that it would receive applications from those willing to travel to Mars to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet. A Dutch entrepreneur named Bas Landsdorp heads Mars One, and he hopes to send four astronauts to Mars by 2023, and then another four every two years thereafter. Landsdorp and his associates say, “This is not a hoax.”
Buck Rogers’ career was mostly documented in comic books and the radio; his appearances in movies and on TV were limited and in black-and-white — which with today’s generation obsessed by high-quality video is almost the same as not existing at all.
On March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush ordered Gen. Tommy Franks to invade Iraq. That day jets rained down bombs on military targets in Baghdad, and the next day the land troops marched into Iraq. Last week marked the invasion’s 10-year anniversary.
As an observer of the world’s major religious institutions — Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish — I keep a skeptical eye trained toward religious leaders. Sure, they do much to help the world’s poor. But they also control immense amounts of wealth and have political sway and the very human capacity to do wrong.
This is the week Washington’s media and cocktail-circuit cognoscenti are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the start of George W. Bush’s belatedly controversial Iraq War. But the talking heads are using the wrong date.
With the Obama administration insistently refusing to release its legal, constitutional authorizations for drone assassinations in Pakistan and other countries, a lawsuit in Britain is causing mounting anxiety among intelligence agents there and in other countries who have aided the CIA.
An organization I utterly oppose has bestowed upon me an honor of the highest order. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has put me on its enemies list, which it labels “National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies.”
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