Right Wing Fights Dirty in Victory & Defeat

June 30, 2015 1:29 PM6 comments

The LGBT Pride parade in Chicago was electric. More than one million people celebrated the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. It felt like I was living history as I glided down the parade route on top of the WCPT-AM float. Throngs cheered, because this was a new […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: The Buoyancy Solution

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There was more news last week concerning the Rosch Innovations Kinetic Power Plant generator that I wrote about several weeks ago. You will recall that this device makes electricity by using the force of buoyancy. Floats in a column of water are filled with air at the bottom and are […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: The Humane Cosmetics Act

June 24, 2015 5:40 PM1 comment

We can judge a society by how it treats its most vulnerable. I am a believer, spurred by the writings of the moral philosopher Peter Singer, that we can and should extend these values to all species. Last year on the campaign trail, I heard from many of you that […]

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Larry Kramer Interview, Part 3: Love & Anger

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Concluding this brief three-part series based on my extraordinary interview with the formidable and unforgettable Larry Kramer at his New York apartment earlier this month, my focus goes to two things. First, there is his new book, The American People: Part I The Search for My Heart, a massive mix […]

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The Tragedy of Charleston Should Be Politicized

June 23, 2015 4:37 PM3 comments

The New York Times reports that the leader of a white supremacist group linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., has donated tens of thousands of dollars the presidential candidates of one political party. Which party do you think it is? […]

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Larry Kramer Interview, Part 2: PrEP Assailed

June 17, 2015 5:13 PM0 comments

Larry Kramer is a national treasure. When I had the opportunity to meet him for the first time and interview him about his new book, The American People, Volume 1, earlier this month, he insisted on changing the focus of our conversation to his current grave concern about the stall […]

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Ignore the Martyrdom & Mutiny Over Marriage Equality

June 16, 2015 2:51 PM29 comments

For nearly two decades gay couples have fought for the right to marry. When we appeared in state offices we were turned away with clerks saying: “Sorry, but gay marriage is against the law.” So it was, and we walked away dejected but – as good Americans – respecting the […]

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AIDS Research Stalled, Larry Kramer Reports

June 10, 2015 8:25 PM0 comments

Research into an AIDS cure and vaccine has all but come to a halt at the National Institutes of Health, and the funding arm of the AIDS research effort “is a demoralized, non-functioning mess.” This news, as delivered to me last weekend in an interview with Larry Kramer, the planet’s […]

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The Conservative Movement Needs A Few Good Shrinks

1:41 PM22 comments

The conservative movement has collectively lost its mind. It is out of touch and out to lunch, with the expanding GOP presidential Bozo Bus exacerbating this debilitating condition. Much of this calamity is due to three strategic blunders: 1) Injecting religious extremism into politics; 2) Deciding that conservatives could opt […]

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Karma & the Filthy Rich

June 3, 2015 6:37 PM3 comments

There was a blockbuster in the Sunday paper this week that was relegated to the Business section so that sports and Sunday funnies-obsessed readers would likely not even notice it. It belonged under a blaring headline on the front page. In a skinny one-column headline on the front of the […]

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