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Articles from the May 18, 2017 edition

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  • Is America Ready for Animated Sex?

    Zane|May 18, 2017

    If you grew up watching Wile E. Coyote being blown up, or Tom beat up Jerry, you'll notice that there has been a long history of violent animation – much of it aimed at young children. Older viewers can't escape the never-ending supply of sex and violence in live-action shows like Game of Thrones, Versailles, or Girls. "When you combine the two and make adult themed cartoons people suddenly seem to question it. Did that guy just get stabbed? Whoa, is that animated sex? It's crazy," says H...

  • American Diabetes Association Calls Out Inaccurate Comments from White House Office of Management and Budget Director

    Zane|May 18, 2017

    On behalf of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association is extremely disappointed by the misinformed statement of Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as reported by The Washington Examiner. Mr. Mulvaney's comments perpetuate the stigma that one chooses to have diabetes based on his/her lifestyle. We are also deeply troubled by his assertion that access to health care should be rationed or denied to anyone. All...

  • Save the Penguins: Urgency Grows for Governments to Establish Network of Protected Areas off Antarctica

    Zane|May 18, 2017

    The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on the 25 member governments of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to continue their efforts to establish a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. In October, the Commission agreed by consensus to designate the Ross Sea Region MPA, at twice the size of Texas the world's largest protected area. As a result, commercial fishing will not be permitted throughout more than 2...

  • Ten Things that Often Happen in Sitcoms but Never Happen in Real Life

    Rebecca James, Observer Staff Writer|May 18, 2017

    1. Everyone in the gang tries out for a community theater production. The most vain character doesn't get the leading role. Petty jealously and bickering lead to a disastrous performance. 2. A friendly poker games or weekend trip to the casino revives someone's previously undisclosed gambling addiction. They lose tons of money before their friends realize what's going on and stage an intervention. 3. An unexpected visitor or event leads residents to sleep in one another's beds. Someone comes...

  • SamoHi Cancels Drug Seminar After Discovering Scientology is Behind the "Foundation for a Drug Free World"

    Observer Staff|May 18, 2017

    After discovering that Scientology is connected with the Foundation for a Drug Free World, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District is looking elsewhere for drug education District Superintendent Ben Drati made the announcement in a Robocall to parents Friday night. The embarrassing gaffe comes as SMMUSD faces a record number of student injuries and incidents involving drugs and alcohol. A SamoHi boy died after falling from a 3d floor window during an acid trip he took with friends. After the...

  • Saturn's Moon Iapetus Revealed As An Alien "Death Star" Starship: Cassini Spacecraft

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|May 18, 2017

    Soundings from the high intensity ultrasound imager on the Cassini spacecraft prove that Iapetus, like another Saturnian moon Pan, is a holdover from the same ancient alien civilization. Iapetus is a moon of Saturn that resembles the infamous Death Star in the "Star Wars" films, with a large crater that resembles the fictional weapon's superlaser focus lens. There is a reason for this: It was built by an alien civilization years ago, parked in orbit around Saturn, and left there. Publicly, NASA...

  • Shark Bite: What If Sharks Are Attacking Us, Because We're Finning Them?

    Ella Branch|May 18, 2017

    Cape Cod, Massachussetts. August, the twenty-first century. A ten-foot mako shark swings lightly in the breeze, suspended horizontally from a measuring gallows on the pier where a crowd of locals and vacationers stand around nodding approvingly. From a pierce in the left chest gushes deep-cherry blood; more blood rolls out of the mouth, the jaws thrust out of their socket, forever poised in a last attempt to bite whatever was trying to kill it. The snout designed to slice through water, the...

  • Amazing Set, Acting Excellent, But Confusing Message

    Ron Irwin, Observer Staff Writer|May 18, 2017

    Imagine a family living on a beautiful farm by a lovely pond in Northern or perhaps Central California. There is a large family home and another smaller home occupied by an immigrant woman and her son who help take care of the property. The father is in charge but he is a bit of a hippie. So when the fabled drought hit him he simply didn't bother to read the letters from the bank. The vineyards had shriveled and the income had fallen sharply and he figured that if the lender had something...

  • WaPo: Syrian Government Has Constructed Crematorium to Execute Prisoners

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|May 18, 2017

    Officials say at least 50 prisoners a day are executed, some in mass hangings, at the notorious Sednaya military prison outside of Damascus. And the officals accused Russia and Iran of complicity in "these atrocities." The U.S. released aerial photos of the facility and said its information came from "intelligence assessments" as well as human rights groups. "The Syrian Government has conducted and continues to conduct mass executions and burn the bodies afterwards,:" Auschwitz I was first...