Monthly Archives: December 2013

Early Oscar Predictions

The 86th Academy Awards voting process has begun.

Until the nominations are announced on Jan. 16, 2014, Hollywood will be holding its collective breath. Provided below is a short summary of what you might expect to hear on that date.

The all-important awards season is the most competitive in decades thanks to a flood of critic and member pleasing fare. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are featured in challenging roles this time around.

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Another Celebrity Sales Pitch for Obamacare

As the saying goes, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

Recent actions by the folks behind Obamacare seem to fit the insanity mold to a T.

Last spring the White House managed to persuade a host of celebrities to go out and inject some stardust into an otherwise anemic Obamacare website. Onboard at the time for the signup effort were Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Pearl Jam, Lance Bass, John Legend, Alyssa Milano, and Kerry Washington.

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Stanford Professor: We Can Now ‘Eavesdrop on the Brain’

Recent concerns over privacy have primarily centered on surveillance, data mining, and digital profiles that are being conducted by the U.S. government and segments of the private sector.

However, a new kind of technology is steadily emerging, and it is one that may seriously jeopardize a privacy component considered to be self evident—the right to our own personal thoughts.

Science fiction films and television shows are replete with references to authoritarian dictatorships that have employed technology to ascertain the thinking processes and personal reflections of individuals within the populace.

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Will the Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’ Be Miley Cyrus?

What do Vladimir Putin, Edward Snowden, Ted Cruz, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Boehner, Chris Christie, Kathleen Sebelius, and Pope Francis have in common? All of these notables are trailing behind Miley Cyrus in a poll for Time Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year.”

Time’s website has been asking its readers to cast votes in an online poll for the person that they believe “most influenced the news this year for better or worse.”

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