November 28, 2013
Re "It's all in your head," Opinion, Nov. 26 In addition to the three reasons Michael Shermer gives for why conspiracy theories persist, there is a fourth: Conspiracy theories make people feel superior. The theorists know something to be true that everybody else doesn't. How else does one explain the idea that Shakespeare did not write the plays attributed to him? Conspiracy theorists have come up with dozens of different authors of the plays that sounder minds attribute to Shakespeare, including Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, the 6th Earl of Darby, the 17th Earl of Oxford and even Queen Elizabeth I. The anybody-but-Shakespeare clan ignores overwhelming evidence, even computer studies showing that none of the leading candidates could have written the plays.
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October 3, 2013 |
When Ronald Earl Brim sprayed bullets into a crowd of evening commuters at a Compton Metro station, he hit his marks — and more. He killed the two men he was aiming at and wounded three bystanders, including a mother who was returning home from grocery shopping with her young daughter. On Thursday, Brim, 48, was sentenced to death for his crimes. His co-defendant, Leo Lloyd Adams, who supplied Brim with the gun used in the shooting, received life in prison without parole.
September 30, 2013 |
At Texas, losing the support of Earl Campbell might be akin to cake losing the support of frosting. A day after USC fired Lane Kiffin, though, one of the most beloved players in Texas history has called for the ouster of Coach Mack Brown. Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, told KRIV-TV in Houston he thought Brown should step down or be forced out. "Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen," Campbell said, according to the Fox affiliate. "I'd go on record and say yes, I think it's time.
August 29, 2013 |
On Wednesday night, everyone who went to see Earl Sweatshirt perform at the El Rey Theatre got a free cartoon-y mask of the rapper's visage. It was for a photo shoot -- a sea of Earls staring back at the El Rey stage. But a lot of people kept them on throughout the night, and there was something kind of appropriate about that. For a long time, as his Odd Future cohorts rose to cultish prominence in L.A., there wasn't much Earl to go around (the teenager born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile was, famously, at a boarding school in Samoa)
August 19, 2013 |
Musical obsessions are some of life's great pleasures, and "Doris," the latest album by Los Angeles rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, 19, has lived in my car at huge volume for a month now. I'll confess to crawling up next to cars blasting "Molasses," a dubby, reggae-rolling jam co-produced by RZA and Christian Rich, sonic humble-bragging my way through L.A. I know the nooks and crannies of this baby - Earl rapping "new patterns, paddy-caking with...
August 16, 2013 |
When Earl Sweatshirt's new album, "Doris," is released Tuesday, fans will note the presence of the L.A.-based production team Christian Rich on four tracks. In addition to the first single, “Chum,” the pair -- twin brothers Tai and Kehinde Hassan -- played key roles in the production of the strange and magnetic tracks “Centurion” and “Knight,” as well as the RZA-co-produced “Molasses.” The brothers have been on a roll of late, having produced "Sparks Will Fly" for J. Cole's breakout album "Born Sinner," and two others for Chris Brown's forthcoming full length release.