U.S. museum shows Cixi as arts patron

U.S. museum shows Cixi as arts patron

SANTA ANA, California – For more than a century she has been known as the woman behind the throne, the empress who through skill and circumstance rose from lowly imperial consort to iron-fisted ruler of China at a time and in a place when women were believed to have no power at all. But it […]

A Dutch treat of donated Golden Age masterpieces

A Dutch treat of donated Golden Age masterpieces

BOSTON – Boston’s art scene is getting a Dutch treat with a twist: a flurry of donated 17th-century masterpieces that experts say will change the city’s museum landscape for decades to come. First, collectors gifted the Museum of Fine Arts with 113 leading Golden Age masterpieces – including a prized Rembrandt portrait and works by […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500 new car review

By Eric Peters The market for really small cars like the Fiat 500 has never been really big in this country – land of (usually) inexpensive gas and super-sized SUVs. And BMW’s Mini got there first. No one else offered anything as cute – and as small – as the Cooper hatchback. It had the […]

Eric Peters: A Tesla owner speaks

Eric Peters: A Tesla owner speaks

By Eric Peters I’ve been accused of being unfair to Tesla, that I am infected by personal animosity toward Musk (true; I loathe rent seekers) and a general dislike of electric cars (not true; I merely dislike the way subsidies have distorted the market for them). Well, here’s some owner testimony for you. This guy bought a new […]

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Arthur Vandenberg’ book review

Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Arthur Vandenberg’ book review

ARTHUR VANDENBERG: THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY By Hendrik Meijer University of Chicago Press, $35, 432 pages History is unkind to compromisers. If they succeed, disaster is averted and the compromiser is soon forgotten. If they fail, they’re often scapegoated for subsequent events. Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister whose negotiations […]

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Chicago Cubs’ book review

John R. Coyne Jr.: ‘The Chicago Cubs’ book review

THE CHICAGO CUBS: STORY OF A CURSE By Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 273 pages The 2017 baseball season has ended, and while there’s no joy in Chicago, neither is there resignation. The Cubs didn’t quite make it this year. But after 108 years of waiting, they won it all in 2016, and […]

Bob Garver: “Daddy’s Home 2” movie review

Bob Garver: “Daddy’s Home 2” movie review

By Bob Garver “Daddy’s Home” was one of the worst movies of 2015. I took two hours out of my Christmas Day to cringe through an obnoxious feud between a doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) and an underactive biological father (Mark Wahlberg) over the love of their shared kids. Because that movie had a cushy holiday […]

‘Thor’ remains a box office smash, thundering into second weekend

‘Thor’ remains a box office smash, thundering into second weekend

After a smashing start in its first weekend in theaters, “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered to the box office top spot once again this week, taking $56.6 million, according to industry estimates released Sunday. The third “Thor” episode, boosted by the self-mocking humor of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god (alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, goddess […]

High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

High blood pressure was redefined Monday by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80, not the previous limit of 140/90. “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher […]

Brain implanted chips to be ready within 15 years

Brain implanted chips to be ready within 15 years

From Technocracy News Read carefully: Obama’s 2012 “Map the Human Brain” initiative is producing control freaks who want to achieve read/write access to the human brain. This includes reading, deleting, creating and altering memories. It would be the ultimate mind control mechanism ever created. Of course, it is over-hyped and likely impossible, but the fact […]

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