• Work Ethic Goes Awry: Working One’s Self to Death

    What is it with Americans? We don’t take vacations and in Europe, they’re on holiday for all of August. Americans work 40 hours a week (actually more); in France, they go out on strike with a 32 hour work week. Great piece in the New Yorker on this very subject that deserves our attention. “The Gig

  • Disney Steals Zootopia from Total Recall Screenwriter?

    Could this be the biggest Hollywood trial since OJ decided to take his Ford Bronco out for an extended spin? Screenwriter Gary Goldman charges that Disney ripped Zootopia off from him … stealing character designs, themes, lines of dialogue and even the name Zootopia. The House of the Mouse is, of course, denying the charges

  • “Donald, the Musical” — Watch It Here!

    We typically don’t repost stuff from the late night TV talk shows … but we’ve got to make an exception for “Donald, the Musical” — debuting last night on James Corden’s “Late Late Show.” Corden’s ratings are on a roll these days and critics claim it’s because his show is the place to go for

  • How to Lose Four Billion Bucks … in a Hurry!

    A couple of years ago, he was on top of the world — a billionaire before he hit 50 and generating big bucks for his investors. Today it’s a different story for hedge fund manager William Ackman. Just how did he and fellow investors lose four billion dollars so quickly? For anyone ever interested in

  • Sea Otters Invade Morro Bay!

    Hey, just in time for a weekend jaunt — a trip to Central Cal and to Morro Bay to see … a sea otter invasion! What would cause the crowd of lovable critters? Blame nature, we suppose, because it’s sea otter breeding season! Complete with video, we’ve got the latest on these love-lorn otters and

  • L.A.’s County’s Teflon Sheriff, Once Powerful & Popular, Found Guilty!

    My, how the mighty have fallen. And so it is with L.A. County’s once powerful (& popular) Sheriff Lee Baca. He’s found guilty of a bevy of charges — a guilty verdict that could also land Baca behind bars. It also caps an explosive corruption scandal that brings down many of the county’s top cops.

  • Paranoia and Suspicion Seize the Trump White House

    White House staffers are ‘scared” of the “hostile environments” in the West Wing. Employees, reportedly, are turning off their business phones and stuffing them in drawers when they get home at the end of the day — in fear of being “monitored.” Scary stuff indeed — and we’ve got the details from our friends at

  • Using Drones to Catch Africa’s Wildlife Poachers

    Wow! Seems like a great idea: using drones to bust wildlife poachers. Africa is indeed in the midst of what the New York Times calls a “profound poaching crisis.” And we agree. Elephants and rhinos are being butchered for their ivory and there’s been little success in stopping the slaughter. Will drones come to the

  • Coral Reef Die Off — the Time to Act is Now!

    The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next 30 years. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species, as well as

  • History Uncovered: How a Font Escapes the Nazis & Lands on the Moon

    We do love history — especially stuff coming out of nowhere. Futura is one of our favorite fonts — it’s used everywhere but its history is quite unique. A font escaping the Nazis and, eventually, landing on the moon? It’s news we don’t necessarily have to know … but certainly good to know. We have

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