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James Riordan‘s current events article series, “A Well Thought-Out Scream”

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, shows a semi-tractor trailer sits stuck in mud on U.S. Highway 101, in Montecito, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during a recent wildfire. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
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And it all came tumbling down.  In 1978 I moved from Illinois to Malibu, California. My rent went from $145 a month to $1,050 a month.  I lived in a five bedroom house with four roommates.  There were famous people everywhere.  Movie stars in the grocery store. rock stars in the

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OceanSink1
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Now here’s something I bet you haven’t thought about. Many scientists now believe that the ocean floor is sinking and that’s very bad – as if you didn’t have enough to worry about.  Another side effect of global warming is that melting glaciers are adding so much extra water into the world’s

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Philip K Dick was an American science fiction writer who explored a wide range of political, social and philosophical themes in his novels. He was born on December 15, 1928 in Illinois but moved to California as a young child. Many of his stories centered around all powerful and dictatorial

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This week we are republishing this year’s most popular blog which was on Bob Dylan accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature back in March. Last week Bob Dylan performed in Stockholm and while he was there he met with the Nobel Prize Committee and accepted this year’s award for literature.

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RusChina1
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They both may embrace Communism as their form of government, but there have always been vast differences between Russia and China.  The brutal purist form of communism adopted by Mao Te Sung, the leader of the Chinese Revolution in the forties resulted in tens of millions of deaths.  The people

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Mum3
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The primary problem in trying to study a mummy is that if you take the wrappings off, the body disintegrates before you can do much examination.  The idea for using a high-energy particle accelerator for the examination came after one of the co-curators, Essi Rönkkö, stumbled upon a fully intact mummy,

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The disappearance of famed woman aviator Ameila Earhart has long been on of America’s great mysteries. Like Jimmy Hoffa, Earhart seemed to vanish into thin air.  Well, we do know she was in the air, attempting to fly her Lockheed Electra around the world in 1937 when she suddenly vanished. 

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ResDogs
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Everyone knows that television and movies are more violent than ever. I was flipping through the TV channels last night around 11 p.m. and there were only two stations that did not have violent images on them, but perhaps even worse, there were seven of the dozen channels I looked

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Nuke5
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Scientists in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland believe there may have been another nuclear accident in Russia. Organizations in those countries detected traces of ruthenium 106 in a cloud that passed over Europe this past week. Ruthenium occurs when atoms are split in a nuclear reactor. The radioactive nuclide does

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is not known for backing down. However, his continued setback in the Eastern Ukraine may have him considering that very option.  While most of the bickering between the United State and Russia has been centered around the question of whether or not Moscow’s interfered with the

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