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Embracing Skepticism in a World of Networked Identitynew

The real purpose of networking sites, we think, is to make it easier to stay close to the people you want to be close to, rather than perform for the world, and for that reason I actually Facebooked up last week. And will not, after consideration, blog next year. Facebook will work if I do nothing to it -- a blog entry is obsolete immediately.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dave Kirby  |  12-29-2008  |  Commentary

Fundamentalists Have Turned 'Merry Christmas' into a Battle Crynew

At some point, someone decided that Christians are in the minority in this country and that Christmas is in danger of being lost beneath the crush of cross-culturalism and political correctness. Thus began the push to challenge the inclusive phrase "Happy Holidays" and insist that people say "Merry Christmas" instead.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  12-15-2008  |  Commentary

Stewart Erlich of WadiRum Finds His Voicenew

Spending time alone in the desert has long been thought to be a spiritual experience. The Jews wandered for 40 years. Jesus endured the devil for 40 days and nights. In Stewart Erlich's case, it was more like a long weekend with a nasty bout of the stomach flu, but life altering, nonetheless.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  12-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

How the Facts Came to Hate Americanew

Journalism's emphasis on objectivity and balance fabricated a controversy in climate science that didn't exist. Have reporters learned anything?
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  12-04-2008  |  Media

Len Barron Brings Einstein Back from the Deadnew

Barron has spent the past 20 years trying to exalt Albert Einstein in his one-man show. He just released a DVD, Portraits of Einstein, with clips of his show and other goodies.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  11-20-2008  |  Performance

Colorado City Debates Allowing Backyard Hens as Interest in Urban Farming Surgesnew

Although it's legal to keep chickens in the city of Boulder and in many other communities along the Front Range and across the country, you're likely to get a citation if you try it in Longmont. But this might soon change, as the city is scrambling to review and perhaps change its codes in response to citizen demand.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  11-17-2008  |  Food+Drink

Obama's Victory Revives the American Dream ... For Nownew

After the hype blows over, it's hard to say whether the President-elect can deliver on his sweeping promises. Like Carter with Nixon, Obama is in the awkward position of being an apologist for his warmonger predecessors. And while the comparisons between Vietnam and Iraq wars have become almost cliche, Obama's biggest test will be in ending the Iraq war.
Boulder Weekly  |  Ben Corbett  |  11-17-2008  |  Commentary

Ian MacKaye is Taking Questions and Delivering Answersnew

MacKaye's current solo tour isn't musical, and true to form, it breaks with convention. He's dropping by various bookstores, high schools and colleges for Q&A sessions, or, as he calls them, "public interviews."
Boulder Weekly  |  Elliott Johnston  |  11-17-2008  |  Music

A Historian Discusses the FDR/Obama Comparisonnew

After the global economy crashed, pundits began to compare Obama with Roosevelt, the man who saw his nation through both the Great Depression and World War II. But how apt is that comparison? Historian William E. Leuchtenburg explains.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  11-10-2008  |  Politics

Righteous Anger: Henry Rollins Plants His Black Flag on the World Stagenew

Anger gets a bad rap these days. If only the Left had Henry Rollins representing them on all these Sunday morning roundtables instead of the weak-kneed Nicholas Kristof's and Joe Lieberman's, then there might have been a check on the madness that hijacked our discourse for the past decade or so.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  11-06-2008  |  Performance

McCain's Mistake: Putting His Party Before the Peoplenew

Wearing the mask of party loyalist while subtly nodding to his reform record, McCain tried to work the crowd when he should have been slamming his fist on the almighty podium, promising to rid Washington of these impostors and carpetbaggers who'd somehow slipped into power.
Boulder Weekly  |  Ben Corbett  |  11-03-2008  |  Commentary

Political Part-tays in Bouldernew

Where to celebrate (or weep) in Boulder County before, during and after the election.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  10-30-2008  |  Recreation

The Presidential Candidates' Rx for Changenew

What do the presidential candidates' health-care reform proposals mean for citizens?
Boulder Weekly  |  Dana Logan  |  10-27-2008  |  Politics

Why is Boulder Chamber Orchestra Filled with Scientists?new

Over 30 percent of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra have backgrounds in the hard sciences. What's up with that?
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  10-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jolie Holland Transitions from Musician to Iconnew

Holland's new album The Living And the Dead (her first to really utilize a producer) is so good that everything that came before it seems like a pleasurable blur, although all of her previous, more immediately folky work is deservedly acclaimed and worth checking out in earnest.
Boulder Weekly  |  Arjuna Orland  |  10-20-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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