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Can Amazon drones deliver healthy cigarettes?
Last year was bad enough as we flung ourselves back to the future of driverless cars, pilotless drones and rudderless politicians. So where do we go from here? How about... DRONE PROMOTING AND AEROBIC SMOKING: Last week came mass e-mails selling spray-on weight loss, the most outrageous diet promise this side of amputation. Now come healthy cigarettes. (Is smoking aerobic?) "Stay healthy while smoking," promises an ad from XOCigs. (XO, as in k...
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U.S. court decisions favor same-sex marriage
Federal courts often strike down reactionary laws enacted by the cretins in state legislatures, reminding us that fairness and equality should prevail in America. A U.S. district court in Utah, home of the Mormon Church and one of the country’s most conservative and religious states, recently overturned a ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Shelby ruled that all Utah residents had “a fundamental right” to get married. Therefore, he said, th...
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Just a few Rose Bowl memories
It is strange how current events often stir up old memories.
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The American Dream certainly isn’t poverty
Congress is back in session, democrats and republicans are still figuring out what to do with the Tea Party and President Obama is crossing his fingers on the success of his Affordable Health Act.
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Pope highly praised but clings to dogmas
Pope Francis in his homilies, press conferences, interviews and off-hand remarks to visitors has impressed Catholics worldwide by his humility, earthiness and friendliness. Typical comments by faith panelists published in the Reno Gazette-Journal: “A witness to the world.” “A visible role model.” “An inspiration.” “Fountain of grace.” “Uplifts the very soul.” “Lover of all mankind.” “A Christ-like pope.” Wonderful. He’s “one of us” whether Cat...
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Solar powered insurance drones from hell
Can any difference remain between the Internet and reality? No, no, a thousand times no. Spam sez so. Cyberspace has finally provided evidence that we are nearing the Nirvana long-promised by conspicuously consumptive consumerism. Along with all the year-end pleas for public subsidies ("send us tax-deductible money or we die") came the following: "ONE spray of this does the same thing as a 30-minute workout. Simply Spray This Mist Into Your Mo...
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Last game at historic Candlestick Park?
By the time you read this, you will know whether the 49ers have played their last game at historic Candlestick Park or not.
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New Year: Memories of salami and Kosher pickles
It seems it was just a few months ago we were celebrating the arrival of the new year of 2013.
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Warring tribes battle the great black whale
How go the ritual superstitions with your tribe this week? That’s what you’re doing whether you realize it or not. Christmas is Charles Dickens’ updated version of ancient pagan winter solstice feasting after the crops have been stored for the coming cold. The aforementioned first day of winter is the shortest day of the year. “Since the event is seen as the reversal of the Sun’s ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of ...
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‘Rite of Spring’ modern 100 years later
Before the year ends, let us pause to honor the one hundredth anniversary of “The Rite of Spring,” Igor Stravinsky ballet that premiered in Paris in 1913. To me it still sounds amazingly modern. Imagine what it sounded like to listeners then! That audience, used to the grace and elegance of traditional ballet such as Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” hissed loudly at the inharmonious notes of the bassoon playing the opening of “Rite.” The ballet cont...
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Yes, Virginia St., There Is a Santa Claus
It has been more than a decade since I first assured Virginia Street that there was a Santa Claus.
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Political difference between giving and charity
The Christmas spirit seems to bring humanity to a point of the Golden Rule of faith, hope and charity.
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2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Herewith, a grossly underachieving list of 2013's most grotesque, grandiose and gratuitous.
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Following up on Sinatra Jr. Kidnap
As we mentioned last week, during the second half of the 20th century, the Reno dateline was featured in many important national and international stories.
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Has Ted Cruz seen the light of the GOP?
Historian Will Durant once wrote: “We first create our own heroes, and then we worship them as gods.”
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Frat boys cavort in NFL with bullying, hazing
Sports news is more and more leaping from inside sections to front pages. The latest example is bullying, hazing and fraternity hijinks in locker rooms, behavior more suitable to school boys than professional athletes. Coaches of any sport at any level should not tolerate such antics. Richie Incognito, racist bully, sought to harden Jonathan Martin, fellow offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, because he was a classics major and viola play...
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They don't do anything until somebody dies
The downtown Reno multiplex and University of Nevada student union theaters pose extreme fire hazards. "They don't do anything until somebody dies," darkly murmured a long-time local fire expert who didn't want to be quoted. There's an epidemic of that going around. When Reno City Hall bent over to build the downtown theaters, they narrowed W. First Street despite firefighter objections, the expert told me. Later, they installed planter-divide...
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50th anniversary of Sinatra Jr. kidnap
For many newcomers to the northern Nevada area, it is hard to imagine that in the last century we have had what is termed a “golden era.”
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Media goes into frenzy of JFK adoration
Rebecca Cronon, Reno Channel 2 reporter, called me for an interview on the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Alas, I got the invitation too late. I say alas because I would have given her listeners a contrary view to the overwhelming and suffocating adulation of JFK dished out by the media. Indeed, the only criticism I saw in print other than mine was that of Noam Chomsky. Robert Dallek had a column in the New York Times h...
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Man’s nature is not humans’ nature
This year, I was invited to a friend’s home for Thanksgiving.
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