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Boo-etiquette: when is it rude to boo?

When is it OK to boo a public official, and when is it downright rude? Lately, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio was booed by officers at a police graduation ceremony. According to Time ...
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BBC journo flubs ‘apology’ for Paris rally remarks

Yes, as Elton John once sang, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word. Two studies have come out lately explaining why people hold back an apology, and how apologies can heal rifts. And ...
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A lying leader + lazy media = very bad news

Two great winter reads make a near perfect one-two punch for those interested in the current state of American politics and media: “You Lie!” by independent journalist Jack Cashill, ...
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Year One: a movie review

My wife Karen and I were flipping through NetFlix to see what we could watch on our date night New Years. We stumbled upon a movie we’d never heard of before, 2009’s Year One by ...
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The science of Santa, explained

Even since jolly ol’ St. Nick began his annual global sleigh trek across the sky, and slid into homes, people have been asking: how does he do it? I mean, how is it possible he can ...
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Selfie-lanthropy: is it ok to self-promote when you give?

For as long as charitable giving has been around, there have always been voices for keeping acts of charity private. After all, private giving is intimate and pure. Nobody knows about ...
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The unsolved mystery of the menorah

What most of us know about the holiday of Hanukah is the Jewish revolt against the ruling Greeks to fight assimilation, the miracle of the eight-day oil, and the rededication of the ...
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Modern epic poem reaches for the moon

In 1969, Frederick Glaysher, while watching the televised broadcast of the first lunar landing, was bewildered when an anchorman touted the scientific accomplishments of the day, wryly ...
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All-natural skin care products get big thumbs up

I love chemicals.  No, really, I do. I know that’s weird to admit, especially since I choose to live in one of those hippie-granola, vaccine-eschewing neighbourhoods, but it’s ...
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Genie in a pill bottle?

A Look at the Uninspiring History of Diet Pills If you haven’t gone on a diet this year, it’s a safe bet that your neighbor has. According to US statistics, some 100 million Americans ...
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