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'Countdown to Zero' and angel tickets

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Lucy Walker’s documentary "Countdown to Zero" about the current global nuclear threat opened in Washington and New York and has begun a national roll out. If you want to see it but can't afford a ticket, read on. "Angels" have stepped forward and are making free passes available for select showings in various communities.

Click here for cities, theaters and links for tickets: Countdown to Zero Angel Tickets

Participant Media produced "Countdown to Zero" and previously produced the Academy Award winning films "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Cove." Participant Media's goal is to provide "entertainment that inspires and compels social change." Last year, Participant Media's Academy Award nominated film "Food, Inc." sure convinced me to be a more mindful food consumer based on justice issues, and I am becoming a vegetarian. (See my review: Food, Inc.)

I reviewed “Countdown to Zero” earlier this month for NCR "Nuclear Reality and Lost Opportunity."

More bad news about childhood obesity

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National Public Radio has a story on the Impact Of Childhood Obesity Goes Beyond Health

The health effects of being overweight or obese are well documented. Extra pounds add extra risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, even among children. But new research also documents significant social and economic consequences of being overweight since high school.

Looking out from number one

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I had drinks a few nights ago with a friend, and about five minutes in I realized that he had become someone very different.

This friend lives in New York, so we only see each other a couple of times a year, when he comes out to the West Coast for business. Usually our drink-fueled conversation centers on arguments about politics -- arguments that get absurdly heated for two people who agree on pretty much everything.

BP's tree fell on my lawn

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A friend posted this link on Facebook to Roger Ebert's column in the Chicago Sun Times July 25. Ebert, a cancer-survivor who can no longer speak, articulates his views in print through powerful prose. One of the best and most thoughtful film critics since Andre' Bazin and Pauline Kael, he applies his powers of observation, and critical skills -- indeed his soul -- to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

NY AG subpoenas panhandling 'nun'

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"The lying "nun" will now have to answer to New York's highest authority.

NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday subpoenaed panhandling phony Melindia LeGrand after the New York Post exposed the sham sister's bad habit of seeking donations for a nonexistent orphanage, sources close to the investigation said yesterday.

For more than a decade, LeGrand has walked city streets allegedly claiming to be an Episcopal nun in order to prey on the public's sympathies

Authentic nuns and priests who actually beg for alms could very well be impacted if new city or state legislation is introduced to prohibit false solicitations. According to the New York Post, New York City Councilman Peter Valone, Jr., a Democrat, Catholic, and a Fordham College and Law School graduate is introducing legislation that would prohibit such false solicitations.

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