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Peter Z. Scheer
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Peter Scheer grew up in the newspaper business, spending family vacations with his mother at newspaper editors’ conferences, enjoying daycare in editorial departments and begrudgingly reviewing his father’s columns on the way to school. Tagging along with his father on an expedition to Southeast Asia for Microsoft’s (now defunct), Peter found himself in the middle of a spontaneous Cambodian coup, alone and surrounded by armed teenagers. It was at that moment that he re-evaluated his parents’ chosen profession and wondered whether the family business was a sensible career path.

Having survived the incident, as well as a later encounter with giant bird-eating spiders, Peter went on to major in communication at the University of Southern California. During a study abroad trip to Hong Kong, Peter found himself in the middle of the SARS epidemic, and, recalling armed Cambodians, wondered why his travel luck was so consistently poor. Having survived the SARS epidemic, Peter returned to USC, where he continued to delay choosing a career. After graduation, he quickly entered the movie business. After a couple of years of long hours and “colorful” personalities, the armed Cambodians didn’t seem so bad, and he stopped refusing his father’s invitation to work part-time for Truthdig, where he worked as Managing Editor until 2015.


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That’s All, Folks

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Don’t Believe in Evolution, Climate Change or Vaccines? You’re Not Fit to Be President

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may run for the presidency, refused Wednesday to answer the direct questions “Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution? Do you believe in it?”

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Truthdigger of the Week: David Cay Johnston

The dogged investigative reporter uses plain language to describe the congressionally prescribed byzantine tax schemes that cheat ordinary Americans to benefit financial elites.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

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AP/David Zalubowski

Thank You, Fred Phelps, for Everything

Now that the godfather of the hyper-homophobic Westboro Baptist Church is dead, it’s time to thank him for his years of service to the gay rights movement.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

Arts and Culture : Television Review


‘Looking’ Is a Gay Show for Straight People

HBO is known for premium content, and its all-gay show “Looking” was successful enough that it has been renewed for a second season. I’m still not sure what, if anything, happened in the first one.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE

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You Probably Won’t Buy Sony’s Amazing Waterproof Phone

For whatever reason, phone shoppers have met genuine innovation with disinterest.

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