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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Under new rules approved Thursday, the state hopes to help Californians determine whether political material they read online is a writer's own opinion or propaganda paid for by a campaign. Campaigns will now have to report when they pay people to post praise or criticism of candidates and ballot measures on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other websites. "The public is entitled to know who is paying for campaigns and campaign opinions," so voters can better evaluate what they see on blogs and elsewhere online, said Ann Ravel, who chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
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OPINION
November 10, 2004 | Bruce Feirstein, Bruce Feirstein is a columnist for the New York Observer and screenwriter of three James Bond movies.
"In the aftermath, the Democrats will form their ritual circular firing squad of recriminations." -- Former Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian, Nov. 4, 2004 * Bruce Springsteen blames Jon Bon Jovi. John Bon Jovi blames James Taylor. James Taylor blames Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam blames the Dixie Chicks. The Dixie Chicks blame Dave Matthews. Dave Matthews blames Michael Stipe. Michael Stipe blames Bono. Bono blames George Soros. George Soros blames MoveOn.Org. MoveOn.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2011 | James Rainey
It's been more than a quarter-century since futurist Stewart Brand said, "Information wants to be free. " In about half that time, the founders of Google have accumulated fabulous riches by putting free information a mouse click away. Six years on, Arianna Huffington has shown that free content, assembled by a couple hundred paid journalists and thousands of unpaid bloggers, can pay off in a big way — at least for her. In recent days, the second part of Brand's aphorism has also been proved.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
After spending the bulk of my career writing solely for newspapers, I stepped into the blogosphere a year ago and discovered a whole new world of financial advice. The World Wide Web is host to hundreds of financial bloggers, who provide everything from solid counsel to something of a support group for the budget-challenged. The advice you get in the blogosphere is different from what you see in the newspaper for a variety of reasons. It's sometimes profane and often directed toward a single topic -- including such things as student debt or frugal living.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2005
HAS the rise of movie bloggers corrupted the Oscars "from a celebration of movies into a silly exercise in Ouija board-style predictions and lamebrained analysis"? Los Angeles Times staff writer Patrick Goldstein suggested as much in Tuesday's column "The Big Picture." The response from the blogosphere has been equally sharp and biting. Here are excerpts of responses from some bloggers. David Poland MovieCityNews.com You know, Patrick ... it's getting a little sad. For years ... your couple of columns during the season were chewed on and debated like they meant something.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Political ads sent by text message or placed on websites will have to include a message to voters disclosing who is behind them under new rules approved Friday by the state's campaign watchdog agency. The rule from the California Fair Political Practices Commission subjects online ads to the standards that apply to television, radio and print political advertising. "What we have here is a logical extension of existing rules for more traditional forms of political communications into the online universe," said Commission Chairman Dan Schnur.
NEWS
January 24, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Trenta is the new 31-ounce drink size from Starbucks. The drink may be an excellent form of product marketing but it's a terrible form of nutrition, say weight-loss experts. Dr. Jessica Bartfield of Loyola University Health System in Chicago is among the experts who say that the trenta encourages people to consume even larger portions of foods instead of scaling back. Large portion sizes is one of the reasons why so many Americans battle their weight, Bartfield said Monday in a news release.
NEWS
November 19, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Groans and grunts by heavy-lifters and others at the gym? Over the years, many gyms and fitness bloggers have weighed in on both sides of the workout not-so-white noise. Julie Deardorff in this Julie’s Health Club blog at the Chicago Tribune writes about a buff and otherwise courteous dude who was recently asked to keep it down: "You don't get to bench press 400 by just showing up to the gym and magical osmosis when you are there," he says in the post. "You put in the work and that's what I do. I'm inspiring guys at the gym to do the same.
HEALTH
May 23, 2011 | By Regina Nuzzo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For singles who brave the jungles of online dating, there's nothing like an experienced friend or two to offer advice. "Should I Photoshop out my Marilyn Monroe mole?" "What does it mean that her favorite movie is 'The Exorcist'?" "Do my smoldering eyes in this profile photo say, 'I'm yours' or 'I'm in pain?'" Now imagine you had a few million friends who could guide you through the thicket with their epic tales of success and failure. That's the idea behind OkTrends (blog.okcupid.com)
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