Archive for March, 2012

A Not-so-happy Anniversary: The Exxon Valdez

By Newsbyrd staff- For environmentalists worldwide, not to mention the wildlife in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, March 24, 1989, was a day not soon to be forgotten. And, as an almost fitting anniversary present on the eve of the... Read more

The New Nouveau Riche and the Great Divide

Essay by Robin Roush- America, long before it was the United States, has been historically and acutely discomforted by its painfully conflicted ambivalence about theories of social class, social equality, economic justice and fundamental meaning of democracy.  We see... Read more

Mi Lai: Was PTSD a factor?

By Mark Kneubuhl- It’s hard to believe that it was over 40 years ago on March 16th, that nearly 400 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians- including women, children and the elderly,  were murdered in their South Vietnamesse village of  Mi... Read more

Song: The Iamb of Male Regret

by Frank Balistreri- Here in Milwaukee, the lovers of the odd, the devotees to the music that ought to be on the radio but only almost makes it, used to  congregate at the lakefront from around 4 in the... Read more

TV Success is Eco-friendly: Saves Whales

Newsbyrd staff- Whale Wars became a hit for the Discovery channel and has received mostly good reviews. While discussing the high ratings, general manager of Animal Planet said that the show was a “great example of where we wanted to... Read more

TV Success is Eco-friendly: Saves Whales

Newsbyrd staff- Whale Wars became a hit for the Discovery channel and has received mostly good reviews. While discussing the high ratings, general manager of Animal Planet said that the show was a “great example of where we wanted to... Read more

Was Robert Bales Suffering PTSD Prior to His Recent Deployment?

By Mark Kneubuhl- The question many are asking today is:  Did Staff Sargent Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier held in connection with the killing of 16 Afghan civilians suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Bales is originally from the Midwest,... Read more

Thoughts : Food and Culture Can Never Collide

by Glenn Spillman- “Many claim that the most informative thing to know about an animal is the type and range of food it eats. I could easily agree with this except where it concerns the human-animal and the complexity of ‘type and... Read more

Zombies, Vampires and Computers, Oh My!

By Jeffrey Mays- In a recent article in Atlantic Monthly, James Parker quipped, “In the very, very near future, everyone—you, me, Barbara Kingsolver, V. S. Naipaul—will write a zombie novel.”  There seems to be no end to the permutations... Read more

The Obesity epidemic: Just breathe!

by Newsbyrd staff- Explanations of the obesity phenomena in America have traditionally been based on the availability of high fat, inexpensive food and lack of exercise. But here’s something that will really throw a wrench into that equation:  Rising... Read more