January 5, 2013 |
"If the whole universe had no meaning," C.S. Lewis once wrote, "we should never have found out that it had no meaning. " Pithy observations like that - rooted in logical argument - have made the writer one Christian whom many agnostics and atheists accept and enjoy. "Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis," Sigmund Freud once wrote. "Mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis. " A pithy observation like that is one reason many people are stimulated by Freud's writing, even if they regard his psychology as dated, oversexualized nonsense.
December 29, 2012 |
Representatives of the NHL and the players' association spoke by phone on Saturday to clarify and discuss the proposed collective bargaining agreement the league presented late Thursday. The sides did not arrange a face-to-face bargaining session for Sunday, but it's possible they will meet late in the day in New York. "We do plan on continuing [Sunday] morning the 'informational' sessions we had today," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday. "Then we will see. " The NHL's proposal included a deadline to have a deal in place in time to open training camps on Jan. 12 and start the season on Jan. 19 or the season would be canceled.
December 22, 2012 |
Larry White photographed this fairy tale-like scene during a trip to Hallstatt, Austria, in October. He and his girlfriend, Christine Cyran, visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site to celebrate her birthday, and stayed at the Pension Sarstein, near the spot where he snapped this photo. On Cyran's birthday, the couple rented a motorboat for a cruise around Hallstatt Lake, White said. The Westlake Village resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
November 15, 2012 |
The Eurozone is back in a recession, its first in three years, as gross domestic product for the debt-plagued 17-nation bloc contracted 0.1% in the third quarter from the earlier quarter. Two consecutive quarterly slips make a recession - in the second quarter, the currency collective tightened 0.2%, according to the official European Union statistics agency Eurostat. Compared with the third quarter last year, the Eurozone's GDP was down 0.6%. It's one more piece of bad economic news for the Eurozone.
November 14, 2012 |
Lindsey Vonn remained in a Colorado hospital Tuesday, “awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain,” her spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email. The four-time World Cup champion skier has been to the hospital in Vail for the issue more than once during the last two weeks, her ski technician, Heinz Haemmerle, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “She told me she feels bad and has pain all over her body and that her bones are hurting," Haemmerle said.
October 18, 2012 |
An art exhibition in Vienna titled "Nude Men" -- "Nackte Manner" in German -- is stimulating considerable media attention in Austria. The show, which opens this week at the Leopold Museum, is dedicated to depictions of male nudity from the 19th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. The Leopold Museum is offering some of the artwork on its website. (Please note the images may be offensive for some readers.) On its exterior wall, the museum has put up a full-frontal image of a naked man created by Austrian artist Ilse Haider, "Mr. Big. " One of the items in the museum show has already proved controversial.