Category Archives: The world

Even SOPA can’t clean up piracy

Ever wonder if the fractious online world can come together on a particular issue? Based on Wednesday’s brown-and-blackout on many web sites, it appears operators can do just that. After a day in which some sites like Wikipedia went dark … Continue reading

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49ers move past Third World breakdown

Great win last night for San Francisco over the Pittsburgh Steelers — but amid the great defensive performance and the one-sided assault on the Will Ferrell doppelgangstering Ben Roethlisberger, the big story was the two power outages. One was right … Continue reading

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Life and death at Christmas time

If you haven’t ever gone to the annual Christmas concert at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, here’s the Good News. 1. There arenine performances remaining, through Sunday (this link will take you to the schedule), and, 2. It’s free. (You … Continue reading

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Of violent men and violent ends

This world is ruled by violence. Nothing new there, under the sun. And violent men (almost always men) are brought down by the very forces they have released. Live by the sword and so you shall die … Watching the … Continue reading

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Plenty of challenges for Panetta

(Leon Panetta testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. Tim Young/Reuters)   It was a testament to his popularity in Washington that our former congressman, Leon Panetta, was confirmed as the next defense secretary by the Senate in a … Continue reading

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Father’s Day: Even grad dads need wisdom

Watching the thousands of excited young people gathered on a sports field in the gathering dusk to celebrate their college graduation I was struck by an unoriginal, but compelling, question: “What will they all be doing next year at this … Continue reading

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Seventy thoughts on Bob Dylan

Tears of rage, indeed: Bob Dylan turns 70 years old today. As a nearly lifelong fan of the inscrutable and inimitable Mr. Bob, here are my Top 70 Bob Dylan moments (in no particular order, since I love all these … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s take on Santa Cruz’s earthquake

Back in March, Nikki Macdonald, a reporter for the daily newspaper in Christchurch, New Zealand, was in Santa Cruz, conducting interviews and searching for archived photos relating to the Oct. 17. 1989, Loma Prieta earthquake that killed three people and … Continue reading

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Lara Logan breaks the silence on sexual violence and women journalists

In the drama of the Osama bin Laden killing operation Sunday night — for that certainly was what it was as “official” accounts continue to take shape — one CBS News reporter found herself  on the job for her first … Continue reading

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Panetta played key role in finding bin Laden

By now, many details about the daring raid that killed Osama bin Laden are coming out. The months of planning. The final go ahead. The tension in a White House situation room as Navy SEALs hunted down bin Laden — … Continue reading

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