Opinion

Fourth of July in Mexico?

08/11/2016
Given the enormous influence of the United States in the world and the flood of information that it produces, Independence Day and its festivities are well known worldwide. The date isn’t celebrated beyond U.S. borders, however, as are holidays like Halloween and Christmas, which most of the western world tries...

Alcohol and cancer: new findings

08/04/2016
It has long been known that drinking alcohol can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. A recent review from the French International Agency for Research in Cancer looked at 15 meta-analyses of the risk relationship between alcohol consumption—and the risk of breast cancer. (A meta-analysis is a statistical approach...

Aging and conscious elderhood

08/04/2016
In the longevity revolution, people are living 20 to 30 years beyond the age of retirement. Pre-boomers, born in the 1930s to 1944, and baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1964, are becoming a demographic force as a majority of an aging population. From these individuals is arising a growing...

Living in reactionary times

07/21/2016
We are living in reactionary times and it’s not going to get easier. This is a cycle we have to live through, as horribly as it manifests. We can’t prevent it and we can’t control it—not you and I in our small personal worlds. The events of our times reverberate...

¿4th of July en México?

07/14/2016
Dada la enorme influencia de Estados Unidos en el mundo y el flujo de información que produce, el día de su independencia y sus festejos son bien conocidos. Esto no significa que la fecha se celebre más allá de nuestras fronteras, a diferencia de otras fiestas como Halloween o Navidad,...

Your gut, your microbiome, your health

07/07/2016
The microbiome in our gut consists of up to 1,000 different types of bacteria and about 100 trillion cells. As such, it has 10 times as many cells as we have. The development of the microbiome depends on a number of factors: absorption of microorganisms from the mother’s vagina at...

Brexit is the rejection of rule by economic elites

07/07/2016
On June the 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Admit it: you likely have no idea what that means. But the press, the kind of media we liberal elites look to, is very clear: Brexit is bad. Secession has had negative connotations since, oh, about 1861;...

Revolting masses

06/30/2016
The ignored and desperate are lining up behind the loudest voices calling for change, no matter what that might mean. They yearn for promises of greatness and for scapegoats. They cheer Trump, Farage, Duterte, Le Pen, nationalist ‘Defense Leagues’. They are galvanized by the fear instilled by a callous, corrupt,...

We must preserve housing in West Marin

06/23/2016
Affordable housing units in West Marin are disappearing at an alarming rate. This month, we learned that almost 30 residences will soon be lost. The National Park Service is demolishing 10 houses opposite Marshall in Duck Cove, while four families—including 23 members of the community—will lose their homes at the...

Blaming the seashore for local problems is misguided

06/23/2016
Recent reports in the Light feature comments from locals who blame the Point Reyes National Seashore for a visitor influx that has created congestion and a lack of affordable housing. Yet an analysis of publicly available data shows that since 1986, seashore visitation has been virtually flat. There has indeed...

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