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Report: seven hours is the optimal amount of sleep

Friends know I hate bed. Room is for sleeping. I don’t return to it until 11 p.m. About seven hours is fine with me, as the latest research shows: Several sleep studies have found that seven hours is the optimal … Continue reading

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Life Itself — Roger Ebert and film criticism

Watching the show in real time proved a challenge. In the early nineties South Florida “Siskel & Ebert” aired Monday morning at one. I’d record and watch the following afternoon home from work. I had already discovered Andrew Sarris and … Continue reading

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“Childhood is a fairly recent economic innovation”

Sobering stats: One in five people in their 20s and early 30s is currently living with his or her parents. And 60 percent of all young adults receive financial support from them. That’s a significant increase from a generation ago, … Continue reading

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Stephen Stills: “I was a very inventive twenty-three year old punk”

What made (or “makes,” god help us) Crosby Stills & Nash loathsome was the way in which mewling turned into insistent moralizing the second sound made contact with oxygen. In Rolling Stone’s oral history of the notorious 1974 Doom Tour, … Continue reading

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“If you think progressives are frustrated these days, consider being your average Fox News-watching rube.”

A Bloomberg poll (see PDF) shows 66 percent of respondents support giving the Affordable Care Act a chance to work with small modifications or leaving it alone. Dreadful news. Digby: If you think progressives are frustrated these days, consider being … Continue reading

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“Think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously”

What sort of revenge would Ayn Rand exact on her apostles were they to support legislation concerning climate change? Great and terrible if the reactions are an indication, according to Paul Krugman: Well, think about global warming from the point … Continue reading

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“Fewer teens getting driver’s licenses”

Many reasons cited for this phenomenon: high gas prices since 2008, shrinking household incomes, and, yes, a waning urgency to see people with whom you’ve just exchanged texts, tweets, and Instagram pics: A survey by ZipCar, an organization geared toward … Continue reading

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“We tolerate, in other words, that which we would rather avoid”

Suzanna Danuta Walters in The Chronicle Review warns against “rose-colored” triumph narratives about the acceptance of homosexuality. “Tolerance,” she reminds readers, used to mean “the ability to bear pain and hardship.” It doesn’t make sense to say that we tolerate … Continue reading

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Where there’s a Will…

In which George Will wishes he lived in 1874, or rather, in Grover Cleveland’s America: Congress, defined by the Constitution’s Article I, is properly the first, the initiating branch of government. So, I will veto no bill merely because I … Continue reading

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“These elite pundits practice their own sort of intransigent ideology”

David Brooks and Ron Fournier, two Deeply Serious pundits, have problems with democracy because Barack Husein Obama can’t get legislation passed. It’s the same moderate gruel, and it fools no voters. The more you’re like your oppostion, the more likely … Continue reading

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South Florida: fourth most dangerous place for pedestrians in America

Apart from hurricanes, flooding from melting glaciers, mosquitos, and politicians descending on Cafe Versailles, South Floridians have motorists to fear. We are the fourth most dangerous place for pedestrians. Only Jacksonville, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando beat Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach among … Continue reading

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Rhymin’ and stealin’: Bob Dylan’s “sort of” parlor trick

In other news: Bob Dylan steals things: When Warmuth found similarities between phrases in Chronicles and Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas’s book about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, American Rhapsody, he was dumbfounded. “Even I was thinking, ‘There’s no chance,’ but as … Continue reading

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