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October 8, 2009 | Betsy Sharkey
Although you might feel a need to duck and run for cover, it's still worth seeing Michael Moore's new documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story." As he is wont to do, Moore takes on the big guys responsible for the country's current financial ills, at one point putting up yellow crime scene tape around Wall Street. This time, though, he's after the little guys too, as he makes his case for the ways in which our desire to join the ranks of the rich is the real problem. It's never easy to argue for more taxes, though he tries, and it does leave you wondering about Moore's own wealth, which "Capitalism" will no doubt increase.
April 11, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BERLIN - My husband, Alan, and I were on our way from L.A. to Budapest, Hungary - our first trip to Eastern Europe. We had to change planes somewhere, and that somewhere happened to be Berlin, a frequent hub for travel to Northern and Eastern European destinations. We had heard that Berlin was an up-and-coming artists' community, often compared with L.A. Instead of sentencing ourselves to a long layover at the airport, we decided to spend a long weekend in Berlin. We expected three days of prowling contemporary art galleries mixed with sobering visits to historical sites (the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a glimpse of where the Berlin Wall once stood)
March 24, 2000
Capitalism: A system in which the piggish life is equated with the good life. JOSEPH MANDELBERG Granada Hills
April 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the verge of winning the Jennings Trophy, which goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against. " The oddity is that Quick has played only 47 games. Ben Scrivens played 19 before the Kings traded him to Edmonton, and Martin Jones has played 18. It's a significant award and would be a first for the Kings.
December 17, 2013 | By David Horsey
Rush Limbaugh is freaked out by Pope Francis' sharp critique of capitalism and consumerism. Rush says it sounds like “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”  Well, let us consider the pope's words: “Vast multitudes are still living in conditions of great material and moral poverty. The collapse of the communist system in so many countries certainly removes an obstacle to facing these problems in an appropriate and realistic way, but it is not enough to bring about their solution.
May 13, 2012
Re "Overvaluing the free market," Opinion, May 8 Michael Kinsley has a wrong premise about capitalism. Its justification is not that it makes a contribution to society (though it does that) but that it respects each individual's right to his own life and the fruits of his efforts. Anyone, rich or poor, who earns his money honestly has the right to use it as he wishes. No on else has a moral claim on it. No one has a right to say how much another person should earn if the money is earned through voluntary trade.
November 26, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Here's a denunciation of the financial system and income inequality that people all over the world will find hard to overlook, or ignore. Its author is Pope Francis, and the text is from his apostolic exhortation published this week , which addresses in part what he calls "a socioeconomic system...unjust at its root. " Selections from paragraphs 53-60. No further commentary required:  "Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality.
August 22, 1991
Re Alexander Cockburn's Column Left ("Disaster Will Make Reform Smell Sweeter," Aug. 15): In Sweden they say they have "socialism with a human face." Perhaps what we need here is "capitalism with a human face." RON LAWSON Oxnard
March 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Every sign pointed to the Kings losing to the Capitals on Tuesday, and they could have trotted out the cliched but reasonable excuse of lacking energy at the end of a back-to-back sequence on the road, against a team desperate to make the playoffs. They didn't settle for a respectable defeat. If the Kings go far in the playoffs - and their 5-4 shootout victory made that seem distinctly possible - it will be because they've shown they're capable of blending poise, determination and scoring into a potent mix. BOX SCORE: Kings 5, Washington 4 (SO)
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake. And Marian Gaborik. First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, Capitals 1 (SO) The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak.
March 17, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Usually, it's Dustin Penner seeking to provide the creative response to a question. But when the former Ducks forward was pulled off the Honda Center ice March 4 and told by General Manager Bob Murray he'd been traded to the Washington Capitals, Penner did the asking: Why? "Cap room," Murray replied. Penner's reunion season with the Ducks ended in a deal for a fourth-round draft pick the Ducks then dealt to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Stephane Robidas . Penner and the Caps visit Anaheim on Tuesday night.
March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Michael Muskal
AUSTIN, Texas -- The South by Southwest festival will go on, officials said Thursday, after a tumultuous night during which a suspected drunk driver, who faces capital murder charges, allegedly killed two people and injured 23 others at the city's premier festival of music, film and technology. At a morning news conference, officials gave a slightly different version of events but agreed with SXSW chief Roland Swenson who said the show would go on, though many of the staffers would rather go home.
March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Matt Pearce
AUSTIN, Texas - Rashad Charjuan Owens was a music producer with hopes of stardom. He lived in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles from this city's famed South by Southwest Conference, the annual festival where the worlds of music, film and technology blur. Police said an officer on drunk-driving patrol tried to stop a gray sedan about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. But the car took off, weaving, then accelerating the wrong way on a one-way street. It went through police barricades that were set up on Red River Street to protect pedestrians, then dashed through the entertainment district, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up. Rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m. During the chaotic flight under pursuit by the police, the vehicle - which authorities said may have been stolen - hit a moped, a taxi and a bicyclist, then went onto a sidewalk and hit a van, police said.
March 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tylt Lab, a new Santa Monica venture capital firm, has raised $20 million for early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach. The fund will support local entrepreneurs through seed to series A investments, Tylt said, estimating that this year it will be making 12 to 15 investments ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. The company said it focuses on "businesses disruptive to their industries," which include lifestyle products, mobile platforms and services, home automation, software-oriented transactions, consumer goods, clean tech, e- healthcare and entertainment.
March 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Rebellious ethnic Russians in Ukraine's Crimea region raised the stakes Thursday in the so-far bloodless battle for control of the strategic peninsula when regional lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of secession and moved to put the issue before voters in 10 days. Officials in Washington, Kiev and other European cities, where a flurry of diplomacy was underway, denounced the secession bid as unconstitutional and thus meaningless. But with thousands of Kremlin troops in control of Crimea's military, government and commercial operations, the legalistic protests appeared unlikely to persuade the peninsula's Moscow-backed Russian-speaking majority to back down from its refusal to be ruled by the government in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.
March 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The TV ratings were up, but some people wondered if Ellen DeGeneres #overdidit with all the #socialmedia at the #Oscars2014. Sunday's 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC broke with tradition and reverse-engineered itself for the Twitter generation, with host DeGeneres returning after a seven-year hiatus to order in pizza as a joke for the attendees and, in the night's most familiar image, tweeting out a selfie posed with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep,...
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