Back Again

Body Worlds 2–Gunther von Hagens’ latest exhibition comes to Houston September 12. More macabre display of desecrated corpses used for entertainment.

The Salmonella Scare

Since when do tomatoes and peppers carry salmonella? When they’re watered with tainted irrigation water, say the FDA and CDC. Tainted with what? Feces, from “massive overproduction of factory-farmed animals,” says PETA. Thus, this isn’t a vegetable crisis at all–“It’s the Meat, Stupid!” In fact, the meat industry is the main cause of food safety…

When a Mini-Series Really Was

Centennial, has for me, long been the prime example to define “mini-series.” 26 hours of epic tale. Other examples include: Roots, QBVII, Rich Man, Poor Man, even Jesus of Nazareth. The late 1970s were clearly the heyday for the format; today, the term has been subject to deflation, and can mean any two-part movie. Centennial,…

Unreasonable Search and Seizure

The feds may seize your laptop at the border, without having to say you’re suspected of anything. In fact, they’ve been doing it for some time. DHS officials said that the newly disclosed policies — which apply to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens — are reasonable and necessary to prevent terrorism. Officials said…

The Anthrax Case

Remember the anthrax scare? It was one of those milestones on the way to war in Iraq? It was one of those things fueling our post-9-11 hysteria? Despite all the resources of the FBI and other law enforcement agency, the investigation was dead in the water. We’ve heard nothing about it for years. Now a…