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Charlotte Laws, Ph.D. is an author, TV host and renowned activist. She was voted one of the 30 fiercest women in the world for 2013 and is a former politician in Southern California. Her 2015 memoir is called Rebel in High Heels, which tells about her fight as the "Erin Brockovich of revenge porn" and the first 22 years of her life. Laws is the founder of two animal organizations: The League for Earth & Animal Protection and The Directors of Animal Welfare. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, two Master's Degrees, two BA Degrees and completed post-doctoral study at Oxford University, England. Charlotte's articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Gawker, The Daily News, et al. She has appeared on the following television shows: Larry King Live, CNN, MSNBC, Dr. Drew, Nightline, The Late Show, Fox News, Oprah Winfrey, etc. You can follow her on Twitter.
Seat Filling for the Stars: Sitting Pretty or Slave Labor?
I went undercover at a televised show called "Teachers Rock," which was to be broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. I'd applied to be a seat filler with hopes of learning how this highly unusual profession works. Could this be the key to unemployment? Could filling seats fill bank accounts? It turned out the answer was no because the salary is zero.
History, Happiness and Colin Quinn
Colin Quinn was performing his one-man show "Long Story Short" (directed by Jerry Seinfeld) to a sold-out crowd. In addition to nonstop laughs on historical topics, the show offered profound insights. I was particularly intrigued by Colin's observation that (the pursuit of) "happiness" is part of Declaration of Independence, yet "no other country has made it their policy to cheer people up." How ironic, I thought.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Real Thoughts on Fake Lives
I wondered about those who intentionally live someone else's life and headed to the 2012 Celebrity Impersonator Convention and Awards in Las Vegas. I wanted to know how "Sean Connery" and "Johnny Cash" felt about being Sean Connery and Johnny Cash. Could they retain a sense of self?
Religion vs. the Sprinkler Police
When it comes to my yard, a middle ground is unachievable if it means a dead ground. My religion and moral value system require healthy greenery; which in turn, benefit the animals and insects who depend on my yard for sustenance.
Michael Jackson: In Defense of Doctors
Michael Jackson's doctors have been described as greedy, selfish enablers with "blood on their hands,"- but isn't it just as likely they are caring individuals who are willing to risk personal liability to help the suffering?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009(1 comments)
Hold the MSG: It's Not Risk-Free
MSG is a secret saboteur of health. The food industry tricks consumers into buying products with free glutamic acid (or MSG) by listing it under any one of 43 innocent-sounding names, such as natural flavoring, seasonings, yeast extract, spices, pectin or citric acid.
Adam Lambert and the Partisan Divide
Commentators call American Idol contestant Adam Lambert a polarizing figure: you love him or you hate him. Could this stem largely from the partisan divide in America?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009(2 comments)
Banks Get a Bailing Grade
This article discusses an alternative to the ill-advised financial bailout and how banking incompetence in housing short sales departments is wasting billions in taxpayer funds.
Monday, November 3, 2008(6 comments)
Sarah Palin Effigy: Now Hanging around a Republican's House
A Sarah Palin effigy-a mannequin with a rope around its neck-- was removed from a home in West Hollywood, California on October 30, 2008. Now, it hangs in my front yard in order to make the bold political statement that McCain has lost Republican and independent votes by choosing a cruel animal-killer as his running mate.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Warning to Democrats: Don't House Around
Democrats have put McCain under "house" arrest, arguing that because he cannot whip out facts about the number of homes he and his wife own, he is an out-of-touch fat cat, disconnected from common folk.
Monday, November 26, 2007(1 comments)
Caught in a Community College Stereotype
Although community colleges benefit society with their low cost learning and convenient locations, my experiences with them punctuate a less-than-flattering stereotype.
Confessions of an Adopted Child
As an adopted child, I felt ideologically out of place. I wondered if a person could have a genetic predisposition towards particular morals values? And could DNA be a factor in a person's attraction to sports?
Are you the terrorist next door?
Congress recently passed legislation called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which can be used to prosecute civil disobedience and speech as "domestic terrorism" when an animal-related business loses profits and property. The Act also protects corporations that pollute and destroy the environment.
Friday, January 5, 2007
Not Food For Thought
This article offers a unique opinion about dieting. It argues that the "experts" who ask dieters to calorie count, join programs and think constantly about what they eat are not always offering the best advice.
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Los Angeles Measure H is Not the Magic Bullet
Magic is not necessary to increase the number of homeowners in Los Angeles. There is a knowledge deficit, not a housing deficit. Education rather than subsidization is the key. A huge number of middle-income families can afford to buy, but simply need information as to how.