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Feeling Young-Gore By The Minute

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Neil Young and Al Gore shared the stage for about 40 minutes this past Thursday at the annual Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco, whose theme was “Reimagine Everything,” which is meant to be futuristic, but also carries more than a wisp of nostalgia, especially when two guys with their storied histories are talking. Every year…
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The Ultimate “Heated” Debate

There’s Ebola and hooded terrorists sheathing swords and the imminent World Series, but when you want to get down to real issues of life and death, you can’t beat the Rethinking Hell Conference, held in Houston this past July. OK, technically not so much “life and death” issues of death, death, and death. Specifically, what…
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The World Has Lost Half Its Wildlife

It’s no secret that humankind interacts with Earth the same way we overdraw from our bank accounts – we tend to take more out than we put back in. Unfortunately, our recklessness has finally caught up with us. According to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world has lost half its…
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The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is….Everything!

I recently watched the latest Ken Burns’ PBS epic “The Roosevelts,” and it was totally great and I heartily recommend it, but the whole 14 hours were worth it just to learn that President Teddy Roosevelt, undoubtedly our most machismo president, once was on the stump giving a campaign speech outdoors when somebody in the…
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Detroit, the Paris of the West

My immediate observation upon entering downtown Detroit was all the construction that was going on. There were orange cones everywhere, and in the middle of the city, no less. I-75 was being worked on. Brush St., which took me to my hotel, was being worked on. The Detroit Opera House was being worked on. Hell,…
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