Witches fight the drought

by Barbara Simpson -- It's not often that one gets the chance to call a member of one of the world's most renowned wine families – a "witch" – more specifically "a more…

Media ignore domestic radiation leaks

by Barbara Simpson -- Amazing, isn't it, how selective we and the media are about our worries – or, as the case might be, our panic? It was barely a week ago more…

The ongoing radiation disaster

by Barbara Simpson -- Where were you three years ago on March 11, 2011? I know that as the hours passed on that day and the days after. I was glued to more…

Did Obama resign and not tell us?

by Barbara Simpson -- I saw the lead story on Drudge: "Russian warship in Havana." My instant reaction – the Cuban Missile Crisis again. Then came the announcement by Secretary of Defense more…

What happened to 'my' government?

by Barbara Simpson -- When did we lose control of our government? When did you lose control of your government? When did I lose control of my government? Is anyone aware that more…

Zoo: Have sex or we'll kill you

by Barbara Simpson -- Hey parents, if you were in Copenhagen, the zoo had a wonderful idea for an outing with the kids a week ago. The invitation was out, and people more…

Attack of the corporate nannies

by Barbara Simpson -- If you thought the idea of making people stop smoking reached its zenith when hideous pictures were suggested to be put on packs to frighten smokers and when more…

Both parties flunk this test

by Barbara Simpson -- It's a good thing the two political parties didn't have me in charge of grading their speeches last week. They both would have flunked. What an insulting collection more…

The coat-hanger option

by Barbara Simpson -- The 10th Annual "Walk for Life West Coast" took place in San Francisco on Jan. 25. It was a great success. Begun in 2005 with some 7,500 people more…

The 'Core' is rotten

by Barbara Simpson -- Recently, in Antioch, Calif., a hapless wanna-be bank robber handed a Wells Fargo Bank teller his heist note – but he didn't get a cent. Local headlines snickered more…