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For those old enough to remember “duck and cover” drills at school, this article has you in mind. Back when the commies were the evil doers, the one thing we collectively feared above all else was nuclear war. I don't think huddling under our little desks gave anyone a sense of security but the ritual served an important purpose. It was a reminder of the horrors that awaited us if World War III ever started. Instead of fretting a temperature rise of a degree or two over a century, the kind of global warming that we dreaded involved instantaneous temperature spikes in the thousands of degrees. The 1965 hit song "Eve of Destruction" represented the fears of a generation with lyrics such as “If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away. There'll be no one to save, with the world in a grave.”

Besides inspiration for songs and spy movies, the Cold War gave us the original acronym for MAD – Mutual Assured Destruction. The Soviet Union and the United States avoided direct military engagement since hostilities could escalate and nuclear war was viewed as suicidal by most. In the years following the Second World War, the USA and Russia became capable of destroying the world umpteen times over. Today, it may only be half of umpteen, but the danger is as real as it has ever been. The concept of communist domination of the world may be a relic, but the nuclear-armed ICBMs are not. A single American or Russian nuclear submarine has enough fire-power to replicate a thousand Hiroshimas.


“It’s a future where you don’t forget anything … In this new future you’re never lost … We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time …Your car will drive itself, it’s a bug that cars were invented before computers … you’re never lonely … you’re never bored …you’re never out of ideas … We can suggest where you go next, who to meet, what to read ... What’s interesting about this future is that it’s for the average person, not just the elites.”

—Google CEO Eric Schmidt on his vision of the future

Time to buckle up your seatbelts, folks. You’re in for a bumpy ride.

We’re hurtling down a one-way road toward the Police State at mind-boggling speeds, the terrain is getting more treacherous by the minute, and we’ve passed all the exit ramps. From this point forward, there is no turning back, and the signpost ahead reads “Danger.”


It’s been 50 years since the Beatles — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — first landed in America on Feb. 7, 1964, and the news media is awash with nostalgic tributes to the band that “changed everything.”

While there is much to celebrate about the Beatles coming to America, there is also much to regret starting with the fact that while we may remember the music of the Beatles, we’ve lost sight of the hope for change and revolutionary spirit that were hallmarks of those days. Indeed, the Beatles opened the floodgates of music with their riveting Feb. 9 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show which was televised to 72 million Americans in what has been dubbed “the night that changed America.” Beatlemania, in turn, helped fuel a social, cultural and political revolution that took aim at everything from war, capitalism and racism to women’s rights, militarization and equality.



You, or someone you love, may have amylophobia. I fortunately don't have it, which is good since I can't pronounce it. The word amylophobia originated during an anti-bread movement in the 1920s and it translates as “the fear of starch.” The latest incarnation of this theme has zeroed in on gluten, the protein component of wheat and other grains. An expanded list of offending foods have emerged that range from bread and pasta to beer and pretzels. The gluten list also includes non-grain products such as sauces, seasoning, juices, etc. that can have gluten introduced during processing.

There's plenty of money to be made by not selling something. Gluten-free products are big business. A pizzeria chain in Ohio is test-marketing a pizza - sans the dough. The crust is a soy composition, so there is a “bottom” to place the toppings on. At least the pizza maker doesn't have to worry about hand-tossing the dough. They should take it a couple steps further and make the pizza edible for lactose intolerant folks and for vegetarians. Tofu and tomato sauce sounds yummy.


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