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Gee Whiz, That’s the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

Gee Whiz, That’s the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

By | February 15, 2017 at 1:50 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby We have all heard the phrase, “the greatest thing since sliced bread.”  Have you ever wondered when sliced bread was invented? Before you learn of its origins, “Gee Whiz” is a euphemism meant as a way to avoid using the Lord’s name as a...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

Valentine Gifts: The Good, The Bad and The Awful

Valentine Gifts: The Good, The Bad and The Awful

By | February 8, 2017 at 4:20 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby People will spend on average $130 for Valentine’s Day with nearly one quarter of a billion roses given away.  Two-thirds of all men will have given their partner’s roses while one-third of women will give their partner flowers.  Americans will...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

Year of the Cock

Year of the Cock

By | February 1, 2017 at 1:40 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Only one week after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, we say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and ‘select’ Muslim immigrations to the United States and hello to the Year of the Cock. Why am I mentioning the...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

Donald Trump’s Cabinet

Donald Trump’s Cabinet

By | January 25, 2017 at 11:45 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby With a new Commander in Chief, the United States gets a new Cabinet.  Assuming that the Senate confirms President Trump’s choices, here is a list of some of those who will be crafting and implementing policy: Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus, 44, who...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:42 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby With the transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, there is a mix of euphoria and catatonic astonishment amongst Americans.  As we close out the eight year presidency of Barack Obama, let’s review some of his greatest accomplishments and...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Retail Struggles

Retail Struggles

By | January 11, 2017 at 10:55 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby The Limited is closing all of its stores, while Macy’s is cutting more than 100 of their 700 stores in a move followed by other retailers like Staples, Men’s Wearhouse/Jos A Bank, The Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch and Wal-Mart.  Sears and K-Mart are...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

The Trump Effect

The Trump Effect

By | January 4, 2017 at 10:55 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby In 2016, small and mid-sized stocks performed the best with value-oriented stocks leading the pack.  Small and mid-sized companies are those with market values of less than $4.5 billion.  Value-oriented companies are mostly slower growing companies...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Sex, Drugs, Money, Cars and Politics

Sex, Drugs, Money, Cars and Politics

By | December 28, 2016 at 5:20 am | No comments

If 2017 is a New Year and we still have sex, drugs, money, cars and politicians, you can be sure that there will be new laws going into effect.  Below are some of California’s latest and greatest laws on the books: Sex: People under 18 years of age who are...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

By | December 22, 2016 at 10:40 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby On behalf of everyone at CV Weekly, I want to wish you, your family and those you love a happy Christmas and thank you for reading this paper and my column throughout the year.  It is our sincere hope that your holiday is filled with good friends, tasty...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

2016, Big Money & Post-Truths

2016, Big Money & Post-Truths

By | December 14, 2016 at 7:50 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Who made the most money in 2016?  It looks like it will be Warren Buffett whose net worth increased by $9 billion to $71 billion due to his ownership in Berkshire Hathaway.  Casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, was second on the list as his net worth...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

SUPERVISOR JOHN BENOIT

SUPERVISOR JOHN BENOIT

By | November 30, 2016 at 3:45 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby In a sad piece of news for all of us in the Coachella Valley, our representative on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, John Benoit, announced that he has advanced pancreatic cancer.  As a result, he will be reducing his daily duties as Supervisor...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

The 13th Zodiac Sign

The 13th Zodiac Sign

By | November 22, 2016 at 4:35 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Everything that you think you knew about yourself may be a lie.  Assumptions about your origins could be a fraud.  The person who you thought you were most compatible with may be a mistake.  You see, the pseudoscience of astrology had us all...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Post-Election News

Post-Election News

By | November 16, 2016 at 8:45 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby As new political realities settle in following the contentious 2016 elections, let’s take a look at some of the lesser reported stories of the Election Season: Brussels, Belgium: The European Union (EU) held an emergency meeting related to the election of...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

TRUMP & THE PRESIDENCY

TRUMP & THE PRESIDENCY

By | November 9, 2016 at 8:58 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby With the surprise election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, the Republican Party now controls the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Oval Office. This most likely means that Obamacare will be repealed, a wall will be built...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Stoner Election Guide

Stoner Election Guide

By | November 2, 2016 at 11:10 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Are you only voting this year in order to legalize marijuana? If so, we here at CV Weekly want to help you in completing the rest of your ballot as there are a couple of other propositions on the ballot as well as a race for President, the US Senate and a...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

POWERING THE FUTURE

POWERING THE FUTURE

By | October 28, 2016 at 12:40 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby By now, everyone should have heard about Samsung Note 7 cellphones catching fire.  The problem is due to the type of battery used - a Lithium-ion battery.  This type of battery consists of two materials that combust if not separated by a thin...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

AQUAMAN

AQUAMAN

By | October 20, 2016 at 8:20 am | No comments

  By Haddon Libby Your vote matters.  While it may not make a difference in the Presidential race, down ballot votes are of critical importance to all of us in our everyday lives.  To understand this, we need look no further than the race for 2nd district of the...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

California Ballot Propositions, Part 1

California Ballot Propositions, Part 1

By | October 6, 2016 at 10:48 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby On October 10th, early voting in this year’s elections begins.  Over the next two weeks, we are going to help you understand the 17 proposition on this year’s ballot.  As you will see from the propositions below, your vote is very important. Marijuana...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Beware of the Banksters

Beware of the Banksters

By | September 28, 2016 at 9:20 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby In recent years, the Department of Justice has instigated 144 cases against financial institutions like Wells Fargo Bank. These cases have led to more than $250 billion in fines yet no one has gone to jail. While the financial firms have had to fire some...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Who is Running?

Who is Running?

By | September 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The 2016 elections are coming up in about 45 days. If you listen to many politicians and their marketing machines, these will be the most important elections since the beginning of time. While that bit of hyperbole is not necessarily true, it is important that...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Wells Fargo: Corporate Cannibal

Wells Fargo: Corporate Cannibal

By | September 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Corporate Cannibals consume their customers. Wells Fargo is the poster child for this type of behavior in banking. Let’s review where Wells Fargo has recently violated customer trust…and the law: Last week, Wells Fargo paid $190 million in fines and...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

For-Profit Non-Profits

For-Profit Non-Profits

By | September 8, 2016 at 12:35 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby This year the NFL is giving up the non-profit status that it has maintained since 1942. While each team in the league is a for profit business in this $10 billion a year industry, the league itself was a non-profit despite revenues of more than $300 million...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Touch of the Vapers

Touch of the Vapers

By | September 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Back in 1939 in the movie “Gone with the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara told Rhett Butler that she was “overcome by the vapors”. Once upon a time, the vapors were a catch-all phrase used to reflect any number of health issues that might affect women. The...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

UNBEWEAVABLE

UNBEWEAVABLE

By | August 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby With the Olympics winding down this weekend, what have we learned about Brazil that we didn’t know before? Personally, I didn’t realize that Brazil was as dirty and corrupt as it is. Brazil is polluted too with the green color in their flag matching their...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance

By | August 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Which state do you think is the best place to live?  If you run a business, which state might be the best for doing business? If you combine the needs of business as well as workers, one can make a strong case that Maryland and Utah do the best jobs at...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

The Most (and Least) Ethical Businesses

The Most (and Least) Ethical Businesses

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Honesty and integrity: Two qualities that most of us would like from the businesses that we patronize and spend our hard earned money at. For the last ten years, the Scottsdale, Arizona based Ethisphere Institute has recognized the most ethical companies in...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

NEWS YOU CAN USE

NEWS YOU CAN USE

By | July 28, 2016 at 3:37 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby With wall-to-wall coverage of the Presidential election and shooting sprees by the various news networks stretching their reporting capabilities to their breaking level, let us here at CV Weekly keep you informed on other important news stories that are not...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

GOVERNMENT WASTE

GOVERNMENT WASTE

By | July 14, 2016 at 7:11 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby I think we all know that the Federal Government wastes an awful lot of money. Below are just a few of the more outrageous wastes of our tax dollars: THE ARTS The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) gave the Colorado Symphony $15,000 in order to host...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Rio 2016

Rio 2016

By | July 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby The start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are only a few weeks away. Much focus has been put on the dangerous Zika virus that is spread by mosquitoes and the filthy conditions that many will have to compete in. As one example, thirty-two tons...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

In(ter)depence Day

In(ter)depence Day

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:32 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Interdependence or independence?  This is the issue that the United Kingdom voted on June 23rd.  While we all recognize the beneficial value to working as part of a group, giving up independence is a tough sacrifice for most of us.  When those in control...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Heat of the Moment

Heat of the Moment

By | June 24, 2016 at 12:43 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby On the first day of summer, temperatures in the Coachella Valley surpassed 120 degrees. Despite these scorching temperatures, two ‘rocket scientists’ decided to hike the Bump and Grind Trail.  It was so hot at the time of their 911 call that a rescue...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Radical Extremism

Radical Extremism

By | June 17, 2016 at 12:20 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby The attack at the LGBTQ club in Orlando last week was a hate crime undertaken by a deeply disturbed Muslim man.  Despite a casualty count of more than 100 people, this horrific event equates to less than 2% of all hate crimes in the United States in a...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

SCHOOL’S OUT

SCHOOL’S OUT

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:16 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Four in five California high schoolers will graduate putting us on par with the national average of 81%. Iowa has the highest graduation rate at 90% while Oregon is the lowest at 68% while the District of Columbia graduates 60% of high schoolers. Looking...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

Marauding Hippos

Marauding Hippos

By | June 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm | No comments

By Haddon Libby Most news services in the United States do very little international news reporting.  This week, let’s look at a few of the more interesting stories that have had little to no reporting here in the United States. Starting in Iran, Payvand News reported...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby

IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:31 am | No comments

By Haddon Libby Most news broadcasts in recent years have reduced their news content in search of higher ratings.  While the news still covers a few key stories, there is really very little being reported for a world of more than 7 billion people. Fear not, we here at CV...

Posted in: Columns, Haddon Libby