New: DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE:Latin America Delivers A Swift Kick

By Conn Hallinan
Tuesday May 01, 2012 - 12:00:00 PM

On one level, April’s hemispheric summit meeting was an old fashioned butt kicking for Washington’s policies in the region. The White House found itself virtually alone—Dudley Do Right Canada its sole ally—on everything from Cuba to the war on drugs. But the differences go deeper than the exclusion of Havana and the growing body count in Washington’s failed anti-narcotics strategy. They reflect profound disagreements on how to build economies, confront inequity, and reflect a new balance of power in world affairs. -more-

ECLECTIC RANT: Islamophobia in the Workplace

By Ralph E. Stone
Friday April 27, 2012 - 12:53:00 PM

Are Muslims discriminated in the workplace? Given the aftermath of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S.-Iran confrontation, and the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya, I assumed there would be some discrimination. However, I expected most of the discrimination would be against women, African Americans, Latinos, and lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender persons. -more-

THE PUBLIC EYE: Fukushima is a Metaphor for What Happened to the US

By Bob Burnett
Friday April 27, 2012 - 12:50:00 PM

More than a year after a tsunami swamped the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plants, the radiation peril continues – reactor 4 is teetering on the edge of collapse, which would force the evacuation of one-third of Japan’s population. What happened at Fukushima is a metaphor for the US economic crisis. -more-

WILD NEIGHBORS: Not Just the Same Old Song

By Joe Eaton
Thursday April 26, 2012 - 05:01:00 PM
A semi-local (Half Moon Bay) white-crowned sparrow

From a birthday card I saw a couple of years ago: “It’s not that you’re getting older—the music really does suck.” -more-

SENIOR POWER: Ozu and Noda

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Thursday April 26, 2012 - 04:48:00 PM

Japanese screenwriter Kōgo Noda (1893-1968) and film writer-director Yasujirō Ozu (1903-1963) began their collaboration when Noda supplied the script for director Ozu’s first feature, Sword of Penitence (1927). It led to such post-War masterpieces as Tokyo Story (1953) and Floating Weeds (1959). -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The Psychotic Mind

By Jack Bragen
Thursday April 26, 2012 - 05:33:00 PM

In the past year and nearly a half, I have covered a lot of the life situations that are difficult for persons with mental illness. However, I haven't discussed very much what it is like for a schizophrenic person to experience an episode of psychosis. -more-

New: My Commonplace Book (a diary of excerpts copied from printed books, with comments added by the reader.)

By Dorothy Bryant
Tuesday May 01, 2012 - 12:15:00 PM

" . . . a novel? Nothing but a short story padded. . . . Unity, totality of effect, is impossible; for besides the few pages last read, all that is carried in the mind is the mere plot of what has gone before.”

—Ambrose Bierce, prolific California writer (1842—1913?—disappeared while covering wars in Mexico.) -more-