December 19, 2011 |
You have only days until you start your New Year's resolutions, and we're going to bet a lot of you have resolved to slim down in 2012. Speaking of betting...that's become a popular way to diet, with diet betting sites popping up on the Internet promising to help you lose a reasonable amount of weight by betting among your friends who will get there first in a set amount of time, and the winner gets the pot. Some sites allow you to bet against yourself....
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November 12, 2011 |
After dodging resistance from Richard Nixon loyalists and Watergate-era operatives, the cold-war historian who oversaw the dramatic metamorphosis of the former president's library from roadside attraction to respected federal institution is stepping aside. Timothy Naftali, 49, who presided over the transfer of the long-ridiculed private library to federal hands in 2007, will leave Nov. 19 and said he plans to turn his focus to finishing a book he's been researching on the 37th president's great rival: John F. Kennedy.
December 7, 2009
Norway's environment minister called the United Nations climate negotiations starting today in Copenhagen "the most difficult talks ever embarked upon by humanity." They are also probably the most important; at stake in this gathering of 190 nations intended to draft a successor to the Kyoto Protocol are the future of human civilization and the survival of countless plant and animal species threatened by climate change. Yet even at a time when unity of purpose is crucial, global warming deniers have stepped up their dirty tricks campaign and scored their biggest victory to date.
February 25, 2009 |
Call it urban warfare for the rich and richer. Mexico City's elite is up in arms over plans to build roadway tunnels and overpasses through lovely suburban neighborhoods, a project that critics say would push the city's destructive sprawl into forests and a vital aquifer when fresh air and water are already scarce. Potential beneficiaries of the project are inhabitants of an even wealthier suburb, not to mention the politician who would get a boost from the high-profile works.
November 9, 2008
Re "Election day -- at last," Opinion, Nov. 4 Political scientist Larry Sabato rhetorically asks, "Shouldn't we be laboring to construct a legislated code of ethics to end dirty tricks once and for all?" In a word, no. There is, after all, that pesky 1st Amendment. One man's dirty trick is another man's right to speak, castigate, smear or condemn. That's what it means to live in a free society. The first to agree with that proposition would have been that known "atheistic coward," Thomas Jefferson, and his 1800 electoral opponent, the "hideous hermaphroditical character," John Adams.
February 9, 2008
Re "My dirty tricks," Opinion, Feb. 3 Allen Raymond's screed on the inevitability of nasty tactics reeks of a jaded cynicism that would as easily excuse a date rape by saying "she asked for it." This dirty-trickster-turned-confessor also manages to glide through the revelation of the crime for which he was jailed -- jamming the phone bank of a Democrat running against his candidate -- without saying whether that maneuver swung the election in his candidate's favor. That Raymond was jailed is somewhat moot if his blunt-force methods had their intended effect and were allowed to stand -- but he wouldn't tell us. If his bottom-line advice is to play dirty because it works, we're in for one hell of a race to the bottom when all sides start shooting -- I mean, swinging.