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“OFFENDED!” (TIPTOEING IN AMERICA) Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Steve Soifer, CEO of an international support group for people with “shy bladders,” excoriated DirecTV in November for its series of commercials featuring Rob Lowe, whose “awkward” character in one ad stands at a urinal and says, “Fact: I can’t go with other people in the room.” Soifer says the ad ridicules a serious problem — and compared it to “making fun” of a man missing an arm or leg.
WEIRD Patriotism Wednesday, November 26, 2014
November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreüde”
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Whether you consider them interactive entertainment, a colorful addiction, a gateway to Satan (repent, World of Warcrafters!) or simply a great way to escape from reality, video games have become a …
BIG BALLIN' Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jaguars provide the fans with a cornucopia of emotions: failure, disappointment, faint glimmers of hope, blinding fury, Shad Khan yacht jokes … and while they’re at 1-and-10 so far this …
For his sophomore effort 10 years ago, writer/director Jonathan Glazer struck more controversy than pay dirt with Birth, an odd but fascinating film about a woman (Nicole Kidman) who comes to believe …
PISCES: November 26-December 2 Wednesday, November 26, 2014
“Dogs don’t know where they begin and end,” writes Ursula K. Le Guin in her book The Wave in the Mind. They “don’t notice when they put their paws in the quiche.”
AQUARIUS: November 26-December 2 Wednesday, November 26, 2014
In her book Revolution from Within, Gloria Steinem offers a challenge: “Think of the times you have said: ‘I can’t write,’ ‘I can’t paint,’ ‘I can’t run,’ ‘I can’t shout,’ ‘I can’t dance,’ ‘I can’t sing.’”
CAPRICORN: November 26-December 2 Wednesday, November 26, 2014
While in his early 20s, actor Robert Downey Jr. appeared in Less Than Zero and Weird Science. That got him semi-typecast as a member of Hollywood’s Brat Pack, a group of popular young actors and actresses who starred in coming-of-age films in the 1980s.
SAGITTARIUS: November 26-December-2 Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), an Italian astronomer, physicist and mathematician, is sometimes called “the father of modern science.” He expressed his innovative ideas so vigorously, he offended the Catholic Church, which convicted him of heresy.
SCORPIO: November 26-December 2 Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I’m not necessarily predicting you’ll acquire a shiny new asset in time for the solstice. Nor am I glibly optimistic that you’ll get a pay raise or an unexpected bonus.