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July 11, 2001
Your article about Alaska's melting permafrost, glaciers and loss of coastline ("Front-Row Exposure to Global Warming," July 8) almost made me feel bad for the residents until I remembered that they keep voting in Republican leaders who are exploiting the state big-time. Every resident of Alaska gets a cut of the oil revenue. Chuck Heinold West Hills
April 24, 2014 | Ann Friedman
With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution? This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. " Taylor makes a thorough case that the technological advances we've been told constitute progress - that anyone can start a blog, that we can easily keep up with our friends (and frenemies)...
November 13, 1988
I was one of the supervising teachers at the Republican political rally at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 1. I am just now recovering from my feeling of malaise. When the principal of the school where I teach proposed that I take one of my classes, we both were under the impression that we would observe the office of the President of the United States in action. The helicopters would land, President Reagan would disembark, he would greet the audience gathered outside, and then he would move into the gymnasium to continue with the Republican rally.
April 11, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The National Security Agency denied a report that it has exploited the "Heartbleed" bug to spy on consumers for the past two years. "NSA was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL, the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability, until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report," the agency said in a statement. "Reports that say otherwise are wrong. Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong.
June 22, 2009
Re "Where the wild things disappear," Column One, June 18 It is great to see a newspaper stand up for animals in a cruel world. It is heartbreaking to think that we will one day live in a world that is empty of their beauty. I wish that everyone looked at all animals the same way. But leather, alligator-skin purses and fur coats are still in demand -- and as long as people want them, people will continue to treat every creature like property, exploiting them until they are no more.
September 26, 1999
Although the Aug. 22 issue was devoted to fashion, couldn't you have found a more worthy and interesting person to interview than the shallow Lee Minnelli ("The Divine Mrs. M," by Robin Abcarian)? Minnelli's only accomplishments in life were finding and exploiting rich husbands and gluing on false eyelashes. Pathetic! Marylin Schultz Simi Valley
September 24, 1989
Bigotry is, sadly, too often disguised as "doing the right thing." The mayor of the city of Orange, Don E. Smith, and other City Council members are proposing to do the "right thing." Though they claim they are simply "protecting their community" by prohibiting day laborers from soliciting work in open areas of the city, they are really exploiting it. It is natural for people to fear the foreign and the different. By definition, fear usually accompanies the unknown. But this is where true leaders step in to calm people and point out the similarities between the differences and the familiar among the foreign.
February 13, 1988
"A Spellbinding Way to Make a Movie" made me sick to my stomach (by Patrick Goldstein, Feb. 3). How Hollywood producers can pay poverty-stricken people in Haiti 66 cents an hour while they rake in millions and not feel they are exploiting anyone is nauseating. Then, when the 2,000 angry extras revolt, these humanitarians promise them raises and skulk off into the night like the carpetbaggers they are. Of course, "The Serpent and the Rainbow" director Wes Craven said, "You couldn't help but have enormous sympathy for them (Haitian extras)
May 16, 1999
Watching the different special interest groups exploit the recent tragedy in Littleton, Colo., is a tragedy of near-equal proportion. The secular left, most predictably, makes the point that greater gun control is needed to help stem the tide of violence in America. The fact that 16 existing guns laws were violated by the perpetrators of this horrendous crime seems to somehow not show up on the liberal left's radar screen. Equally inconsistent are the religious right's attempts to lay this tragedy at the doorstep of the Hollywood elite.
April 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Final Four has grown so large they had to move it from Planet Earth to Jerry World. It actually makes sense a stadium nicknamed "The Billion Dollar Play Pen" should host college basketball's billion-dollar end games. It makes less sense that everyone except the players seems to be cashing in. This being Texas, of course, one host city was not enough to handle the event, as the NCAA granted this bid to the wide-open-spaces sweep of "North Texas. " That means Amarillo, technically, got a Final Four in the modern era before Los Angeles.
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
University officials and the NCAA have been reluctant to acknowledge that top-tier college football programs are run these days less as athletic programs than as businesses. But a labor administrator's decision Wednesday that Northwestern University's scholarship football players are, in fact, employees with the right to unionize should get their attention. This issue has been bubbling for decades as major sports programs evolved from important but ancillary parts of a college's mission into powerful businesses enriched by multimillion-dollar TV contracts and merchandising revenue, all built on the labor of student-athletes who received no compensation beyond scholarships.
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Feliciano Arnold, guest blogger
The NCAA basketball tournament field is set, and this week an estimated 50 million people will fill out their brackets in a fit of March Madness. Yet almost a year after fans witnessed one of the worst in-game injuries in a generation, college athletes are still fighting for basic healthcare guarantees from the institutions that profit from their sweat and blood. Broken bones come with the territory at high levels of competition, but you know an injury is uniquely awful when the player receives consolatory phone calls from Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Michelle Obama.
February 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Many people haven't known what to make of former NBA player Dennis Rodman's bizarre diplomatic efforts in North Korea, but 20th Century Fox may have found an answer: a big-screen comedy. The studio has bought the pitch for "Diplomats," a movie inspired by Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" efforts in the rogue nation, to be helmed by "Ride Along" director Tim Story, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The film is described as "a two-hander that takes its cues from the antics of the 6-foot-7 former NBA player.
February 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Arriving less than a week after the high-profile death of Pentecostal pastor and reality-show star Jamie Coots by snakebite, the religious thriller "Holy Ghost People" is well poised to exploit fears of an already misunderstood spiritual minority. "Holy Ghost People" takes its name from a 1967 documentary by Peter Adair that captures the soul of a politically progressive West Virginia congregation that handles snakes and speaks in tongues. Director Mitchell Altieri's disappointing feature makes nasty beasts of the very people Adair strived to humanize, portraying them as violent, intolerant hicks straight out of central casting.
January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one to take security lightly, Google has announced it will pay hackers a combined total of nearly $3 million to find exploits in its Chrome OS computer software. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant said it will hold a contest called "Pwnium" in March, in which hackers can put their skills to the test by trying to hack into either the HP Chromebook 11 or the Acer C720 Chromebook. The company said it will pay out prizes of $110,000 and $150,000. In total, it will pay $2.71828 million, which is a reference to the mathematical constant e, a concept that's important to know when writing algorithms.
November 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's problems along the offensive line grew a little worse Saturday. Tackle Simon Goines broke a bone in his leg against Arizona State and underwent surgery Sunday. Goines' absence was not the sole reason the Sun Devils battered quarterback Brett Hundley in a 38-33 victory, but it was a contributing factor. The Sun Devils had nine sacks and flushed Hundley from the pocket on a number of other occasions. Out of that frying pan, into this fire: USC's defensive front may be on the same level as Arizona State's.
October 24, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Farms are having a moment. Which, if you've gone to any weddings recently, is not news to you. For many a bride, her big day takes place in a rustic barn with a “farmhouse chic” decor that includes mint juleps served in mason jars. The ambitious bride even sticks her bridesmaids in cowboy boots. “I never thought I'd see the day when … people would want country instead of country club for their wedding,” says Tony Azevedo, who turned his Central Valley farm into a wedding destination . Turns out, the trend-seeking urbanites are providing enough supplemental income to rescue dairy farmers from financial collapse.
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