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  • Bacardi: A Rum Story The sprawling Bacardi distillery complex in Cataño Puerto Rico is nicknamed the Cathedral of Rum Bacardi has been a dominant player in the rum industry for better than a century. Its founder, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, was responsible for the development of clear light rums, a type better known today as Cuban style rums. The company ...
  • Citizen of the World: Actor Reda Kateb on ‘Django’, Animal Vibrations and Problematic Modern Leaders Kahlil Gibran wrote “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” And perhaps it’s appropriate to quote Gibran’s The Prophet when talking about French-born actor Reda Kateb, who embodies at once cultures as diverse as Algerian, Czech and Italian. If you are ...
  • How to Put America First–While Engaging the Rest of the World Only Donald Trump would attempt to rescue the phrase “America First” from its slightly discreditable heritage. Unfortunately, his sales job has been incomplete and unconvincing. Now someone needs to rescue the same phrase from his crabbed, negative meaning. The dominant foreign policy vision animating left and right in recent years has been promiscuous intervention. While elites ...
  • U.N.’s Call for Women in Science Is a Key Step Toward Global Gender Parity In anticipation of the second annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on Saturday, February 11, The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a press release: “For too long, discriminatory stereotypes have prevented women and girls from having equal access to education in science, technology, engineering and maths … On this International ...
  • Putting China on our Border Envision a scenario where China stationed military forces in Mexico. The recent imprudent actions in international relations by President Trump potentially created a new strategic threat. Worse, it could appear on our doorstep; our southern border with Mexico, and a wall would exacerbate, not alleviate, the problem. In a mere two weeks in control of ...
  • The Writing Life: Journalism Lessons From Long Ago Back in 2004, when I was writing a regular column for The Straits Times based in Singapore, I penned the following essay. Some of it may seem to be outdated, particularly with the overwhelming presence of Internet and smart-phone journalism, but I think what I said 13 years ago is still largely valid: In all probability, ...
  • Today in Trump: The Lowlights Every day in Donald Trump’s incompetent, dishonest, kleptocratic administration brings new outrages and absurdities. As midnight approaches, and the President presumably is safely in his bathrobe, here are some of the highlights just from today, Friday, February 10, 2017: 1. Meeting with 10 senators, mostly Democrats, about the Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination, Trump claimed “thousands” of Massachusetts ...
  • Being A Good Citizen I’ve been reading a lot more lately. And for me, that’s saying quite a bit, because I read all the time: books, magazines, newspapers; in print, online, it doesn’t matter. But WHAT I’ve been reading has changed. I’ve become more discriminating online and have banished what “clickbait” I can from my newsfeeds. I delve deeper into ...
  • 7 Kinky Ways To Use Your iClicker To Seduce Your Class Crush   Are you having a hard time grabbing the attention of your class crush? Do you always leave class feeling frustrated? Do you lock yourself in the bathroom and cry after? Not to worry! The Black Sheep has a couple of moves up our sleeves to get you to seduce your class crush using everyone’s favorite ...
  • A Secretary Of HHS Who Opposes Women’s Health By Nancy K. Kaufman Last week, in an unprecedented move, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted to suspend the rules requiring a quorum for votes on nominations, allowing them to push through US Representative Tom Price’s nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) without the committee’s Democratic members present. That move led, eventually, ...
  • From Skinny Girl To Athlete Each day I encounter people paralyzed with fear of the unknown. They have no idea what their potential is professionally, physically, and emotionally because they are too afraid to expose themselves to failure. I know because I was that person. In my twenties, I was the person so afraid to fail that I kept everything ...
  • The Two Quests Of John de St. Jorre John de St. Jorre, who first revealed in a 1994 New Yorker article the identity of the author of the erotic French novel, Story of O, has compared his search for that mysterious person to the decades-long search for his mother. His new book, Darling Baby Mine: A Son’s Extraordinary Search for His Mother, describes ...
  • ‘Free-Range Kids’? It Depends… Last October the New York Times Magazine published an article about a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who turned his backyard into an elaborate play space for neighborhood kids so they could “take risks and play rough and tumble” without adult supervision. No doubt many readers smiled and nodded to hear about a defender of outdoor play ...
  • News Alert: Psychologists Discover Pathological Pettiness (PP) Psychologists have discovered a new mental disorder for which there is no known treatment: Pathological Pettiness or PP for short. The condition is manifested by the constant need to respond bitterly to the slightest threats to one’s person. Thus, the numbers of people for and against one are magnified all out of proportion. In short, ...
  • How A Betsy DeVos Department Of Education Could Lead To A Massive Transfer Of Public Funds Into The Private Sector On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. ...
  • 8 Things Kids Are Masters At Destroying Six boys produce a lot of destruction around my house. Everywhere I look, there are nicks in bookshelves and unintended holes in the walls from errant hands or fingers or just curiosity, and there are cracked toilet lids and picture frames that have no more glass and shattered lights that took an accidental knocking. But the ...
  • Brexit And Northern Ireland: Fact vs. Fiction Belfast at night. Since the Brexit referendum last summer, there has been no shortage of pundits pedaling an image of a Northern Ireland on the brink of economic calamity. It’s time to dispel some popular fiction with actual facts. Northern Ireland has evolved dramatically over the past two decades into a modern, thriving region. Far from being ...
  • Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis: Do Bubble Wrap and Special Snowflake Myths Prevent a Vision for Needed Change? This is Part One of a three-part series about Mitigating the College Mental Health Crisis. Every generation has its’ own martyrdom anthems. Boomers (born 1945-1960): I had to walk ten miles in the snow to get to school. Generation X (born 1961-1980): I had to wait at the bus stop in the cold. Millennials (born 1981-1995): ...
  • Weekend Roundup: Disarming America’s Soft Power Presidential historian Daniel Franklin writes this week that U.S. President Donald Trump could be a once-in-an-era “reconstructive president” in the mold of Andrew Jackson, FDR and Ronald Reagan. Like those former leaders, says Franklin, he has upended the status quo by realigning partisan constituencies and departing entirely from the previous governing consensus, a shift that can ...
  • Pet Health Insurance If you consider your dog or cat to be a member of the family, you are not a pet owner — you are a “pet parent.” There’s a vast difference, according to Robert Jackson, CEO of HealthyPaws.com, a pet insurance provider. Jackson’s company, he says, provides health and accident insurance benefits to people who would “do ...