What does it take to make an incredible plate of bar-style, fully loaded nachos? For starters, at least three kinds of cheese, two kinds of beans, and two different applications of creamy, tangy dairy. It may sound like overkill, but there's a method to this madness.

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Television Has News and Views but No Real Clues

Wally is said to have spent most of his weekend finishing up the last few episodes of Star Trek's Next Generation.

Was a time when he'd get up and watch Meet the Press on Sunday morning, but in Wally's mind, David Gregory is no Tim Russert.

While Russert used to confront bullshit when it appeared, Gregory seems to encourage it. Worse yet, the post Russert version of Meet the Press is more like the Milk Toast Review Show. "Dude's always beating a dead horse," Wally is fond of saying.

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its most important privacy decision in four decades. In Riley v. California, the majority held that police officers must obtain a warrant prior to searching a suspect’s cell phone during the course of an arrest.

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Full disclosure: I ve fortunately never been held at gunpoint. I have however, been mugged for a box of donuts. It was Monday April 21st, 2008 and I was walking down the gritty streets of Toronto with a nearly full box of donuts in my hand.

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In high-income countries -- like the United States and Canada -- some impact of the HIV epidemic has shifted. The disease escalated among intravenous drug users in the mid-'90s, but as its impact fell away in that population, it grew among female sex workers. Estimates of HIV prevalence among prostitutes in Vancouver, for example, are as high as 20 percent; infection rates vary depending on where the sex work takes place.

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Bermuda,  Martinique,  the Exumas, and Barbados may "grab" the spotlight,  when it comes to Caribbean travel, though there is one island, that tends to be less in the spotlight,  that when you visit, will discover is more like that person you didn't realize you've fallen for until it was too late. There's nothing flashy or…

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Jigsaw Days – The Somme, Picardy, France.

From Berlin I’ve flown to Paris late winter, driving north for 2hrs and overnighting in the hamlet of Behen, a classic French Chateau with stately entry paved for WW2 German tanks, towers and walls from 15th and 18th centuries, the stables once bombed by American war planes.

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