By Helen Rippier Wheeler,
Thursday February 20, 2014 - 08:18:00 PM

The Nugget—Berkeley, California’s North and South Senior Centers’ newsletter—refers to February as National Senior Independence Month. I’m all for senior independence. My eighty-eighth birthday was this week. -more-

New: ECLECTIC RANT: Eliminating Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts

By Ralph E. Stone
Saturday February 22, 2014 - 10:55:00 AM

According to The Free Dictionary, "arbitration is the submission of a dispute to an unbiased third person designated by the parties to the controversy, who agree in advance to comply with the award—a decision to be issued after a hearing at which both parties have an opportunity to be heard." Over the years, arbitration has become a take-it-or-leave contract provision in many consumer contracts. And available evidence suggests that the arbitration playing field has tilted against consumers. -more-

THE PUBLIC EYE: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2014)

By Bob Burnett
Friday February 21, 2014 - 08:44:00 AM

In 1970, the late jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote >The revolution will not be televised, which became an anthem for the black power movement. His thoughts remain relevant. I’ve broadened the context and updated the prose. -more-

AGAINST FORGETTING: The War Against Contraception: “Women need to be liberated from their libidos."

By Ruth Rosen
Thursday February 20, 2014 - 08:45:00 PM

The new Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires all health plans to pay for contraception. Some religious organizations and corporations are so angry that they have taken their case to the US Supreme Court. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Learning to Discard Spurious Thoughts

By Jack Bragen
Thursday February 20, 2014 - 08:55:00 PM

In the mind of any human being, mentally ill or not, the thoughts that carry a strong emotional charge will gain a higher priority. Thus, thoughts that trigger or come from jealousy, fear, anger, and desire, will all have more power over us, and will be harder to disregard compared to thoughts that are more objective. -more-