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Game reviewGame review: The fires of hell come to the Switch

11/14/2018 12:31 PM MST
Generally speaking, I do not review games that came out fully six years ago. 
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Peace Train: Votes are counted, now what?
11/08/2018 05:21 PM MST - The election results show some important changes at the national, state and local levels.  Full Story

Peace Train: Authoritarian capitalism and anti-Semitism
11/01/2018 04:33 PM MDT - I am a Jew born in 1937 in Nazi Germany. My father spent time in a concentration camp, but my parents and I narrowly escaped the Holocaust, which decimated my mother's side of our family. Full Story

Video games: 'Red Dead Redemption II' is a serious commitment
10/31/2018 01:40 PM MDT - Developer Rockstar Games creates experiences on a different level. The studio best known for "Grand Theft Auto" spends years expertly crafting worlds to immerse players for hundreds of hours of gameplay. Full Story

Kate Becker: Aliens at work
10/25/2018 06:31 PM MDT - It's one of the small tragedies of adulthood that most of your daily work goes unnoticed and uncelebrated. Full Story

Peace Train: A tragic dance around nuclear treaty
10/25/2018 01:12 PM MDT - Activists gathered last Saturday at Nuclear Missile Silo N8, east of Fort Collins. It was a beautiful afternoon and a meaningful event for anti-nuclear activists from Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder. Full Story

Peace Train: RMPJC voter guide to ballot issues
10/18/2018 02:47 PM MDT - The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice has taken positions on a city ballot issue and a number of state issues in the 2018 election. Full Story

Kate Becker: Of myths and moons
10/12/2018 12:55 PM MDT - "Eureka" moments are like mermaids. From faraway, they look like magic. But under the surface, they're very different animals. Full Story

Peace Train: Brett Kavanaugh and the 'iron law of oligarchy'
10/11/2018 02:24 PM MDT - The elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court raises deep questions about the nature of American democracy. Full Story

Video games: 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey' takes on Ancient Greece
10/10/2018 02:04 PM MDT - If someone had told me in high school that one of the best games of 2018 (way too many years in the future) was going to be an action/RPG set around the Peloponnesian War, I would have seriously questioned their sanity. Full Story

Peace Train: 'Space Force' is about American dominance
10/04/2018 02:50 PM MDT - Gazing at shooting stars while camping in the San Luis Valley recently, I mused that space should be the world's peaceful commons, a vast place that people world wide would agree is off limits for militarism and greed. Full Story

The Visible Universe: Alien language lessons
10/02/2018 04:04 PM MDT - Scientific writing has a bad reputation. It's obscure, crammed with jargon, incomprehensible to anyone but other scientists — and sometimes not even to them. Full Story

Peace Train: Media consolidation undermines democracy
09/27/2018 04:26 PM MDT - History matters, especially when it affects our most important rights and liberties. Full Story

Peace Train: Where socialism and feminism overlap
09/20/2018 01:58 PM MDT - Socialism is a movement to end the exploitation of workers. Feminism is a movement to end the oppression of women. Full Story

Kate Becker: The light of other moons
09/13/2018 07:02 PM MDT - When Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon, he described the scene as "magnificent desolation." The phrase always struck me as a little too pretty to have been made up on the spot, but Aldrin says that it was spontaneous - just the first words that popped into his mind. Full Story

Peace Train: Rocky Flats still presents major danger
09/13/2018 02:33 PM MDT - Hot plutonium particles definitely are not cool. They are to be avoided, although with past nuclear activities, we all are at risk.  Full Story

Peace Train: U.S. hypocrisy on nuclear weapons
09/06/2018 01:19 PM MDT - Shortly after the development of the atomic bomb, humans began living under the threat of a major nuclear conflict with its potentially catastrophic effects. Full Story

Peace Train: Universal conscription may deter war
09/04/2018 01:02 PM MDT - Wars are truly horrendous occurrences that can kill huge numbers of soldiers and civilians. Here are conservative estimates of the number of deaths caused by major wars of recent times: Iraq War (2003-2011) over 600,000; American Civil War (1861-65) over 800,000; Korean War (1950-53) over 1. Full Story

Kate Becker: Fact, fiction and the final frontier
08/16/2018 06:39 PM MDT - It's been a big month for the final frontier. First, Patrick Stewart announced that he would reprise his role as Star Trek's Captain Picard. Full Story

Peace Train: Might does not make right
08/16/2018 02:55 PM MDT - The U.S. claims that it supports democracy and human rights. "Unfriendly" nations that the U.S. claims are violating these desired norms risk being attacked or sanctioned. Full Story

Video games: 'Madden 19' adds finer control, tools, story mode sequel
08/15/2018 03:40 PM MDT - It seems like I just reviewed "Madden NFL 18," one of the most innovative installments in the series' long history. Full Story

Peace Train: Socialism is no longer a dirty word
08/09/2018 06:55 PM MDT - As peace and justice activists age, we tend to become somewhat pessimistic about the possibility of progressive economic and political change. Full Story

Kate Becker: Can we make Mars more like Earth?
08/03/2018 06:11 AM MDT - It's summer, and it's vacation time: Time to go away, and then — the best part — come back to a home that feels more like home than it did before you left. Full Story

Peace Train: Nuclear winter is the opposite of wonderland
08/02/2018 02:14 PM MDT - Two thousand years ago, Seneca the Younger said: "We are mad, not only individually, but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples? Full Story

Peace Train: Plutonium is the problem
07/26/2018 01:17 PM MDT - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to open Rocky Flats for public recreation on Sept. 15. Push pause! Full Story

The Visible Universe: A subatomic superhero from a supermassive black hole
07/20/2018 04:15 PM MDT - As superpowers go, invisibility is an anomaly. Super-strength, X-ray vision, walking through walls: These are all fun. Full Story

Chris Weidner: The greatest failure in mountaineering history
07/11/2018 05:59 AM MDT - "To be successful at alpine climbing you have to be super pushy," Jim Donini told me recently. "There are so many reasons you can come up with for bailing. You gotta push through that, but you can't push too far, obviously. And we almost pushed too far." Donini, 74, was talking about the most celebrated attempt in alpine climbing history: the 1978 near-miss on the still-unclimbed north ridge of Pakistan's Latok I (23,442 feet). Full Story

Peace Train: Media, corporate interests and empire
07/12/2018 06:39 PM MDT - The major influential U.S. media have long played an important role in shaping public opinion. For example, social concerns is one area that the media may eventually cover well. Full Story

The Visible Universe: Digging deep for ancient dark matter
07/06/2018 03:26 PM MDT - A long time ago — that is, in high school — I thought I would study either neuroscience or astrophysics. Full Story

Peace Train: 'The bombs bursting in air'
07/06/2018 02:11 PM MDT - "O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? Full Story

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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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(Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story