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Thursday, April 4,2013

Media madness

As influence of news, other media grows, new concerns arise over its impact on our culture

By Joel Dyer
Things have certainly changed since media critic Jerry Mander made the above observation, but not as much as we’d like to think. Thanks to computers and the Internet, we now have more screens from which to get our secondary, mediated messages, and we now spend even more of our time substituting them for input from the real world.
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Thursday, March 28,2013

Injection rejection: How disposal drilling could backfire

As science catches up to oil and gas drilling, a disturbing picture is emerging

By Joel Dyer
Some of the research that has been done recently reveals that injecting liquids into deep disposal wells at high pressure can and does cause earthquakes.
Thursday, March 28,2013

The Wildflower in spring

Spring concerts at Wildflower Pavilion kick off with Whitewater Ramble’s CD release

By Joel Dyer
To hear Sites tell it, musical schizophrenia is just another day at the office for Whitewater Ramble.
Thursday, March 14,2013

Boulder and Sunshine Laws: Not-so-sunny days

Why isn't Boulder at the forefront of open government?

By Joel Dyer
If you aren’t a member of the news media, you may not be aware that it’s officially Sunshine Week, so here’s your chance to celebrate. It shouldn’t just be journalists who are taking time this week to appreciate our socalled sunshine laws — we all benefit greatly from their existence.
Thursday, March 7,2013

Will Lafayette be the next Front Range community to stand up to Hickenlooper and the oil and gas industry?

By Joel Dyer
Not only are the towns of Erie and Lafayette in close proximity to one another, they share a great deal of history. Both communities owe their existence to the discovery of coal that fueled their early economies. The shafts of old mines still zig-zag just below the homes and businesses of these enclaves on the eastern plains.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Can third time be the charm in the uphill battle for GMO labeling?

By Joel Dyer
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, knows his numbers. He knows that more than 90 percent of Americans believe that all foods that contain or are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be required to have labels that state as much.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Hickenlooper’s drinking problem

By Joel Dyer
There’s more than one way to lie. You can knowingly offer up false information as truth, or you can offer up little pieces of a story while leaving out other parts of the tale in order to convey a false impression without actually stating an inaccurate fact.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'Trash Dance'

By Joel Dyer
On some level, Allison Orr is either an idealist or a masochist. She has the audacity to believe that art can transform lives by allowing individuals to show their true selves to complete strangers by communicating through the common language of art.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'Little World'

By Joel Dyer
Albert Casals’ version of travel is the equivalent of doing a solo ascent on K2 without oxygen and wearing only your underwear. It’s adventure travel without map or net.
Thursday, February 7,2013

The new era of conspiracy thinking

Why people die when we talk about gun control

By Joel Dyer
I believe there is a darker side to our current gun conversation. The elephant in the room is the impact that the gun control debate is having on the conspiracy-driven anti-government movement.
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