VALLEY: Soap operas: Before and under siege
And then I said, laughingly, “Nicholas Cage, are you kidding me? Can you believe the irony?”
CONFER: Long-term care, long-term burden
Sometime very soon, the Department of Health and Human Services will iron out details of the CLASS Act and submit information to employers in preparation for enrolling their employees into the voluntary program in 2012.
VALLEY: In no particular order ...
I often get e-mails regarding my nephew, Mark. (With that said: “Hello” to those readers somewhere in Quebec.) And as a special service to those requesting information, here’s an update: I was in touch with Mark after his Fox television show “Human Target” ended this year and he had not heard from the network as to whether or not his two-year-old series would be renewed.
CONFER: The reality of domestic violence
The problem with reality television is that it has mutated our sense of reality. That form of so-called entertainment has us finding enjoyment in other people’s misery; ratings are good if the principals have significant tension between them.
VALLEY: Yell ‘fore,’ hit six, write down five
It’s like an itch that you can’t scratch. That’s what it feels like for golfers, such as myself, when inclement weather won’t allow us onto the course. Cabin fever is compounded exponentially if you’re a golfer. Hacker-hibernation is an experienced frustration that reaches the agonizing level shared only by an Amish electrician.
CONFER: Ferraro was not the first
With the recent passing of Geraldine Ferraro, the press, the Democratic party and Americans in general abused history with their remembrance of her life. People everywhere celebrated her role in the 1984 presidential campaign and most said she was the first woman to appear on a presidential ticket.
VALLEY: Good Lord, it’s an atheist
“You don’t need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live.” So blare the billboards popping up across America. Atheists, in an ironic twist, are going about the business of proselytizing their beliefs — or lack thereof, depending on how you look at it. Apparently, they want people to know where they stand.
CONFER: Controlling the Internet
The nuclear crisis in Japan has stoked fears about the energy source throughout the world. Worries persist about deadly fallout brought on by disasters of the natural and manmade sort. When it comes to the latter, many government officials and their propagandists in mainstream media claim that our power plants are ripe for the picking by hackers and cyber-based terrorists who will tap into their networks and either shut them down or set them on the path to destruction.
VALLEY: How did they get through school?
I don’t think there is anything as aptly named as the NCAA’s pursuit of a national basketball champion: “March Madness.” But I refer not to the athletic competition, itself, but to the announcers, coaches and sometimes the athletes as they try to articulate what is taking place.
CONFER: The importance of the Japanese economy
Japan is not an island — or collection of islands — unto itself. As small as that archipelago may be, it’s undeniably powerful, one of the most important participants of the global markets. In 2010, its 42-year reign as the world’s second largest economy came to end, giving way to China and its explosive growth in export-based manufacturing and domestic consumerism.
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