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If your rock band is good enough to survive indefinitely but will never be the next big thing, you might become a bit discouraged and cynical. At which point you can either pack it in or, like Kitchens of Distinction, put on a show that pivots on your discouragement and cynicism.
April 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Coachella's great if you're rich, tan and beautiful , but those who fall outside that demographic should know that it's not all rose gardens, $15 artisan cocktails and Baco Mercat wraps.  In fact, those with body image issues or a flat-lined bank account can be forgiven for sensing the occasional gag reflex at the displays on the Empire Polo Club in Indio. For all the music permeating the scene, it can be a very hostile and humbling environment, both socially and musically.  To use the words of one attendee who, trapped in a mass of people trying to get a glimpse of Zedd, said flatly, "God I hate people.
April 14, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Iggy Pop was living in an efficiency apartment near the Whisky a Go Go when a gangly Brit visited him, seeking a theme song for his first movie. The filmmaker was Alex Cox, a graduate of UCLA film school, and the movie was "Repo Man," which would, after a brief initial release, achieve cult status for its punk bona fides and its comic sci-fi vision of Ronald Reagan-era Los Angeles. In an interview that's one of the welcome extras in a new, high-definition restoration of the feature (available Tuesday from Criterion Collection)
December 20, 2013 | Chris Erskine
With its rosy-cheeked sunsets and chiseled good looks, California is as fine a place as any to celebrate the solstice and all its attendant after-parties. Christmas, for one. After observing 55 of them, I'm starting to think this little celebration might really be taking off. In California, you don't really need to hang lights this time of year. Where Eastern states turn sullen and sooty, California has this natural December glow, the sun buttering up the aspen or backlighting the mountaintops.
July 4, 1991
As a Redondo Beach artist who participated with the Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison in bringing the whale mural to being, I must object to Tom O'Leary's suggestion of cynicism on SCE's part (Times, June 27). From inception of the project to completion, all those from Edison never showed any hint of cynicism. I found them to be concerned and caring people who were genuinely pleased to be giving the community this mural. BOB SCHUCHMAN Redondo Beach
November 14, 1996 | Associated Press
A study of why Americans are "so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things" will begin next year, former Education Secretary William J. Bennett and retiring Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) announced Wednesday. Bennett and Nunn announced the formation of a 25-member National Commission on Civic Renewal. It will be underwritten by a $950,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
December 7, 1997
The article on the millennium bug ["Debunking Year 2000's Computer Disaster," Column One, Nov. 3] was terribly inaccurate and does a serious, nearly criminal disservice to your readers. It's obvious that reporter Greg Miller is far more devoted to cynicism than to the best interest of his readers. Cynicism, like the sex lives of politicians, must sell newspapers, but is that all there is to the Los Angeles Times? Is there no sense of responsibility to society? I run a software company.
October 24, 1994
I was appalled by William Relling Jr.'s cynical comments about "Forrest Gump" ("It's Time to Dump the 'Gump,' " Oct. 17). To me, the central message of the movie is that no matter your IQ, you can still be a decent, caring, loving and committed person. These are noble qualities we find so sorely lacking in today's society. And it is based on my perception of the movie that I do not find myself superior, intellectually or otherwise, to Forrest Gump. If anything, I feel inferior because I know that, as most people, I have not been able to attain the exceptional level of decency that this character personifies.
September 7, 1986 | PHILIP H. MIRVIS and DONALD L. KANTER, Philip H. Mirvis is an associate professor of organizational behavior and Donald L. Kanter is a professor of marketing at Boston University School of Management. Their study of jaundiced workers is to be published next year under the title "Cynicism at Work."
It's easy to spot the cynics at work. Simply listen to conversations on the shop floor, at the water cooler, in the executive washrooms. The message is the same: "They (the authors of management communications, the sponsors of new corporate programs, the champions of company innovations) are not to be trusted and are only out for themselves." More than 40% of the American work force doubts the truth of what management tells them, according to a study we recently concluded.
October 11, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Melding the urban legend to the Internet meme, the film "Smiley," directed by young YouTube auteur Michael Gallagher from a script he co-wrote with Glasgow Phillips, is a surprisingly effective low-budget horror film that takes as its true villain the casual cynicism and nihilistic misanthropy that so often go along with online culture. In the film, a story circulates among a group of college kids that typing the phrase "I did it for the lulz" - meaning just for kicks - three times while chatting online with a stranger will cause a grotesque creature to suddenly appear and kill the stranger.
November 29, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Toward the end of "American Hustle," the new film from comedy-drama laureate David O. Russell, a man describes his hard-won epiphany. "The art of survival," says the character, a con man played with toupee-ish shiftiness by Christian Bale, "is a story that never ends. " The line articulates one of the central motifs of the film - the need for self-narrative - while offering a telling peek into the mind of the man responsible for it. For the last two decades, Russell, 55, has had one of the movie business' wildest careers, donning guises like most people put on shirts: edgy wunderkind, hothead flameout and, lately, Oscar-nominated auteur with an unlikely box-office touch.
September 25, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's delegation to leave the room during this week's U.N. speech by Iran's president, he was listening and was not happy with what he heard. "As expected, this was a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy," Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday.   Netanyahu rejected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's comments describing Iran's controversial nuclear program as an effort aimed at civilian purposes.
September 2, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
In the wake of recent events, it would be easy to dismiss Lamar Odom. Nice pro basketball career. Got 14 years out of it, 12 of those in Los Angeles with either the Clippers or Lakers. Made millions, screwed up in the end, so it is over. See ya. We tend to find these stories all too familiar, and their familiarity nudges our cynicism. Tall kid plays basketball so well it gets him out of a tough neighborhood. His dad is a heroin addict, mom dies of cancer when he is 12. Basketball and the people hanging around him as he becomes a star - some with genuine concerns for him and others with genuine desire to profit from him - become his family.
August 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. The members of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros think pop music might be headed into a new phase, one in which the calculated cynicism and ironic detachment prevalent in recent years starts giving way to good old-fashioned sincerity. FOR THE RECORD: Edward Sharpe: An article in the Aug. 3 Calendar section on Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros said the group's new album is being released by Mumford & Sons' Community Music/Vagrant label.
July 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Not content to be merely ineffectual while they're in office, the three Republicans on the Federal Election Commission are now trying to inhibit the agency from enforcing campaign finance laws after they leave. Ordinarily, they wouldn't have the power to impose their ideological agenda, but a vacancy on the Democratic side of the panel gives them a temporary majority. Using it to push through the changes they've proposed would be a cynical move giving candidates and special interests even more freedom to thumb their noses at campaign finance law. The 1974 statute that created the FEC takes pains to keep the commission from becoming partisan, mandating that the president appoint three commissioners from each party and requiring the support of at least four commissioners to launch an investigation, sue a suspected lawbreaker or issue an advisory opinion.
June 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee began its review of the SAFE Act, a noxious, cynical measure that, if passed, would designate all undocumented immigrants as criminals for the first time and would allow states to enforce their own immigration laws as well as federal laws. If that sounds at all familiar it's because the bill is little more than a rewrite of Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner's punitive 2005 proposal that drove millions of people to march in the streets and ultimately helped doom efforts to overhaul the nation's broken immigration system.
October 24, 1987
It was a holy moment when the child Jessica was lifted to safety in Midlands, Texas. And even more than that, it reassured us that all was not cynicism these days, that the tender heart of America was still there. SOPHIA WYATT Santa Monica
February 22, 1995
Re: County to prioritize programs. Eureka! Government discovers the priority system. Maybe this explains the public cynicism, indifference and refusal to ante up more tax dollars. After years of corporate restructuring, it is mandatory for government to follow the same path. BOB THERRIEN Ventura
May 17, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
Spoiler alert! "Scandal" is the most cynical show on television. No seriously, don't read any further if you care about what happened on Thursday night's finale but disobeyed the directive to watch it in real time. Because for weeks now, creator Shonda Rhimes has been warning her "gladiator" fans that if they missed watching the final five minutes in "real time," they'd be kicking themselves all summer. One assumes she is referring to the big "What's Up Doc?" rip-off of a final scene in which Olivia (Kerry Washington)
May 13, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Maeve Reston and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A new mailer sent out by Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel's allies to Latino voters that strongly suggests voting for her will result in an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour drew sharp criticism from her rival Monday. In addition to the mailer, labor members supporting Greuel drove through Latino neighborhoods over the weekend broadcasting a song, "La Wendy," with the same message. Greuel's opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, called the efforts a "cynical attempt to buy votes" and "give false hope to people who are struggling to make ends meet.
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