CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 |
Chalmers Johnson, an influential scholar of East Asia's political economy whose seminal writings forced a reevaluation of both the Chinese Revolution and the Japanese "economic miracle," has died. He was 79. Johnson, who taught at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California from 1962 to 1992, died Saturday of complications of long-term rheumatoid arthritis at his home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, said his wife, anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson. The UC Berkeley-educated Johnson was the founder and president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a 16-year-old nonprofit organization devoted to public education about Japan and its place in the world.
March 22, 2008 |
I'm feeling oddly tongue-tied in the wake of the pop psychology gabfest spawned by the ever-evolving sex scandals of the New York governor's office. Even though I happened to be in New York when the whole Eliot Spitzer thing was unfurling, and every other conversation had something to do with hookers or managed to incorporate cheesy innuendo about "Client 9. " I'm still not entirely clear as to what we're supposed to take away from this. But, by God, we need something. The Spitzer narrative, its many lurid subplots, and now the peccadilloes of the new N.Y. "Luv Gov" and his wife have demanded not just around-the-clock reporting but a breathless "cultural dialogue" suggesting that a huge percentage of Americans have quit their day jobs and turned into amateur psychologists.
August 19, 2002
In Argentina, even in the wealthier area that includes Buenos Aires, half of the population lives in poverty in shantytowns. In Brazil, 10% of the people control half of the wealth. In Guatemala, about two-thirds of children under 5 years old are chronically malnourished. In Colombia, an average of eight people a day are kidnapped for ransom.
March 5, 1987 |
Question: What is engine blow-back? How is it caused, and how can it be corrected? I have a 1963 Cadillac with 150,000 miles on it, which I bought new. The car uses oil, particularly on sustained drives, and will need a quart every 200 miles. It does better in city driving. I don't see any oil leaks or blue smoke, but the engine is covered with slimy oil. I have been told the problem is blow-back, and only a complete engine overhaul will fix it.
February 1, 2013 |
Reacting to a federal appellate court decision upholding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's denial of reclassification of marijuana, The Times states in its Jan. 25 editorial that whether marijuana should be reclassified under federal law to permit its prescription as a medicine should be based on science and an evaluation of the facts, rather than on myths. I fully agree. And yet the editorial is based on the myth that the DEA has made it "nearly impossible" for researchers to obtain marijuana for such scientific studies.
May 28, 2013 |
More often than not, columnist Jim Newton gets things right. But his analysis of Controller Wendy Greuel's campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, which I advised, is dead wrong. Newton: "Greuel never introduced herself in a positive way to voters. " Greuel's first television commercial did precisely what Newton said she did not: It introduced Wendy in a positive way to voters. The ad, " All of L.A. ," featured her speaking directly to the camera as she described her record identifying waste as controller and her plan to create jobs, improve schools and reduce crime for all of Los Angeles.