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Synthetic food: Our future doesn’t taste good

Synthetic food: Our future doesn’t taste good

Armed with hefty grants from the Pentagon, squads of corporate and governmental food technologists are on a mission to supplant nature with a great leap forward in the Brave New World of synthetic foodstuffs. Not satisfied merely to tinker with genetic re-engineering of nature’s products, these mad scientists have a God-like goal of “creating” new […]

Report shows need to rein in Wall Street

Recently my Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held the final hearing I will hold as its chairman and one of the most important. Our hearing, and a 396-page report we issued, examined the involvement of three Wall Street banks in the market for commodities like metal, coal, uranium and energy. These are not activities that […]

JUSTIN MCKEE: A lens for the wild ones

JUSTIN MCKEE: A lens for the wild ones

As a user of Canon equipment, I am positively giddy about the camera company’s latest update to an old favorite. Canon has labeled 2014 the “year of the lens,” and it certainly has been an exciting year. Canon has released a new 16-35mm f/4 L IS lens with Image Stabilization technology; hence, the IS at […]

JOEY COTTLE: What? No coffee?

JOEY COTTLE: What? No coffee?

Living in a college town, one might think a late-night coffee shop wouldn’t be merely handy—it would be a commodity. Yet, take a drive around Big Rapids after 9 p.m., and no such place can be found. The absence of even the token coffee shop serving up late-night lattes, poetry slams and quiet studying spots […]

JIM HIGHTOWER: The first  casualty of war

JIM HIGHTOWER: The first casualty of war

Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” Actually, in America’s recent wars, officials have slaughtered the truth even before the fighting. The Bush-Cheney regime hustled America into its Iraq escapade, for example, by snuffing out the truth about that country’s weapons of mass […]

JIM CREES: And the looniness continues …

JIM CREES: And the looniness continues …

I recently got a reader all fired up by suggesting Hillary Clinton wasn’t really a liberal. Whether Sen. Clinton is a liberal or not wasn’t the point of the column at all. I was actually writing about  loony politicians including one out in Montana who had called Clinton “the Anti-Christ.” Oh well. Since the reader started […]

DONALD KAUL: How did we get here?

Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: “The people have spoken — the bastards.” Now, you know me — I wouldn’t say anything like that about the recent elections. It’s vulgar and I’m couth. However, if the shoe […]