Christopher J.O'Neal

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Where to See the World's Most Dangerous Animals

Name three dangerous animals. If you're the average person in America, your list probably includes sharks, snakes, bears or maybe even mountain lions. While all of these animals are efficient killing machines in their own right, three of them (guess which!) should barely register as a threat. In …


Costa Rica, better watch your back! Mother Nature shows off in Honduras, too

Honduras is more than twice the size of Costa Rica, has double the protected area and is easier to get to from the United States.<p>The only real difference, says James Adams, the head naturalist at The Lodge at Pico Bonito, is "Costa Rica is more savvy at marketing. Their Tourism Board has ten times …


It Sounds Like Mark Zuckerberg's Immigration Lobbying Group Is Falling Apart

Although this behavior was described as business as usual in Washington — if you want to get something done, you just bribe Senators and Congress-people to vote for it — some of the donors to Zuckerberg's lobbying group,, may not have seen it that way.<p>The way they might have seen it was that …

Silicon Valley

California Gets a New Democrat: Defection of Recent Rising Star Among Latest Signs of Further GOP Decline

One of the strangest things about California over the past decade is how little impact Arnold Schwarzenegger's two landslide wins for the governorship had on the Republican Party. Instead of a right-wing party moving more toward the center, the GOP became instead, after some perfunctory …

Jerry Brown

Making the Case for Rioja

La Rioja, as a wine region, has it all. There are three distinctive sub-regions: the Alavesa, Rioja Alta, and Rioja Baja. The primary city most central to all three sub-regions is Logrono, where the Ebro River runs through. Actually, the Ebro River weaves its way all the way through La Rioja. …