FROM David McCarthy
Saddle Ridge Hoard and the Allure of Treasure "I thought any second an old miner with a mule was going to appear." That was the reaction of a California man who dug up $10 million worth of gold coins he and his wife found while they were walking their dog. It's a story of discovering buried treasure, an idea hard wired in the human psyche. There were 1427 coins — worth $5, $10 and $20 apiece — dated from 1847 to 1894 and minted in San Francisco. The couple that found them has not been identified, but David McCarthy is the numismatist, or coin expert, they consulted after realizing the dream of virtually every human being. He works for the coin dealer Kagin's in Tiburon, California.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.