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HEALTH
July 6, 2013 | By David Levine
Religion and science have long had disagreements - from Galileo, who was tried for teaching that the Earth was not the center of the universe, to battles over teaching evolution in public schools. But when it comes to greed, religion and science share this view: It is not good for you. "Greed never allows you to think you have enough; it always destroys you by making you strive ever harder for more," Rabbi Benjamin Blech writes in "Taking Stock: A Spiritual Guide to Rising Above Life's Ups and Down.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Although no one knows if former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping did say "To get rich is glorious," that sentiment has certainly taken hold in China. But what happens to a society when an unregulated drive for personal wealth upends traditional norms? What happens to the less fortunate when people who have money come to believe that nothing else matters? "A Touch of Sin," the powerful if uneven new film by highly regarded Chinese director Jia Zhangke, is a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2001
Re "NBC: Two Hours Too Late," editorial, June 29: I guess the NBC affiliates think West Coast inhabitants are a bunch of dummies unable to cope with time differences during the Olympics. If that is the case, then how come NBC didn't tape-delay the campaign debates or the political conventions last year? Or even the results of last November's election for president? My goodness, Florida is three hours ahead of us! Who will bother to watch contests where the results will be broadcast on the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | Sandy Banks
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had thousands of union activists on their feet, applauding his utopian ideal. "People who work deserve to make enough to live and enjoy the good life," Trumka told the crowd in his speech Monday at the labor federation's convention in Los Angeles. We ought to value work, not wealth, he said. "No matter what your education level, you should have the opportunity to grow and retire comfortably. " His speech offered an inspiring vision of shared prosperity.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1990
Mathews was incorrect when he wrote that Hollywood is not racist but avaricious. Hollywood is both. S. MASTERLY Inglewood
REAL ESTATE
September 28, 2003
Regarding "Still on the Market" by Allison B. Cohen (Sept. 21), which stated: "Others feel over-inflated prices are about greed." Thanks for having the courage to finally crack the big secret. It is an artificially over-inflated market, and it is time for the banks and the real estate agents to suffer -- as in unemployment -- like the renters and buyers have been suffering for years. Eric Spies Santa Monica
OPINION
March 17, 2002
"Sitting on the Sidelines Isn't Good Enough" (Commentary, March 11) was excellent. It is high time that we bring the good values of the U.S.--democracy and opportunity to do well--to all the countries of the world. However, our foreign policy has been governed by profits for our oil companies and arms manufacturers. The world will become a better place to live in when some of our CEOs can move away from greed. Arun J. Mehta Northridge
BUSINESS
November 24, 1985
Lester Thurow's Viewpoint, "U.S. Can't Compete If Finance Continues as the Master of Industry" (Nov. 17), shows how our current business leaders have discovered the convenience of manipulating for profit rather than the outdated method of producing for profit. The greed now rampant in our business community is destroying the solid industrial base that required generations to build, and it seems that the work ethic is rapidly becoming a meaningless concept. We need legislation to stop future leveraged buy-outs and to prevent America from becoming a debtor's paradise and an industrial wasteland.
NEWS
November 15, 1990
Thanks for your article "Fotographing Fido" (Joe Bell column, Oct. 19). It gives me a chance to get this off my chest. A story runs on Americans and their pets and it is pointed out that while Fido lives in luxury, people go hungry. People go hungry while people play golf. People live on the street while people go to ballgames. People have tummy tucks while people have empty tummys. I am a pet care professional. My work keeps me fed and housed. I contribute to the V.R.M. every month (a shelter for the homeless)
OPINION
March 1, 1987
Not content with wealth that runs beyond the imagination of most Americans, Wall Street's inside traders are accused of scorning the law to get even more. Greed shadowed respected money managers into dark alleys to pick up briefcases stuffed with cash. This was money, of course, that really belonged to investors holding the stock that was being manipulated by the wheeler-dealers.
SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Pitcher C.J. Wilson had harsh words for the 13 players suspended in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation on Monday, especially New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez , who got the stiffest penalty. "It's good for the game that they're finally getting him on something," Wilson, the Angels' union representative, said of Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension. "This latest chapter just gives further fuel to the fire that he's made bad decisions. " Wilson, who will pitch next week in Yankee Stadium - and against Rodriguez, assuming his appeal has not been resolved - then alluded to a recent Sports Illustrated article in which Rodriguez told the magazine he "wants to be a role model.
HEALTH
July 6, 2013 | By David Levine
Religion and science have long had disagreements - from Galileo, who was tried for teaching that the Earth was not the center of the universe, to battles over teaching evolution in public schools. But when it comes to greed, religion and science share this view: It is not good for you. "Greed never allows you to think you have enough; it always destroys you by making you strive ever harder for more," Rabbi Benjamin Blech writes in "Taking Stock: A Spiritual Guide to Rising Above Life's Ups and Down.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
No single resource is more essential to modern life than oil, and no film offers a more incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries than Rachel Boynton's compelling documentary "Big Men. " Those who remember Boynton's excellent previous film, "Our Brand Is Crisis," an examination of political consultants working at the highest levels of Latin American elections, know...
NATIONAL
February 25, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
NEW ORLEANS - Energy giant BP, behind schedule and $50 million over budget drilling a deep-water well, emphasized cost-cutting over safety, causing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, lawyers said Monday as the company's high-stakes civil trial began. Lawyers used PowerPoint presentations to provide a dramatic recounting of the April 20, 2010, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 crew members. Workers were preparing to temporarily cap the Macondo well 4,100 feet underwater when it blew up. The 30-story drilling vessel about 50 miles offshore burned for two days before crumpling into the gulf.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2013 | By Julie Cart
NEW ORLEANS -- With the drilling of its deepwater Macondo well running behind schedule and $50 million over budget, energy giant BP was under intense financial pressure to save money, setting in motion a reckless disregard for safety that led to the largest oil spill in American history, the prosecution said Monday as the company's long-awaited civil trial got underway. Lawyers for the prosecution gave a dramatic recounting of the April 20, 2010, blowout 50 miles offshore of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico . The explosion and fire killed 11 crew members, and the resulting spill severely damaged the waters and economies of five states.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials said Wednesday that banking giant UBS was motivated by "sheer greed" in rigging a key global interest rate and that the $1.5 billion in penalties the firm agreed to pay sends a strong message to the financial industry. The UBS settlement, which includes the company pleading guilty to felony wire fraud charges, follows a $450-million fine against British bank Barclays in the scandal over manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor. The settlement involved U.S., British and Swiss authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1988
In response to "Greed Keeps Third World Hungry," by Arthur Simon (Op-Ed Page, March 2): Is it greed or is it apathy and resignation that keeps good people oblivious to the powerful force they could be on behalf of poverty-stricken people throughout the world? Americans are a caring people but we are basically unaware how we can help either as citizens or as politicians. Given specific challenges, we would rise to the occasion of helping our brothers and sisters--about a billion of them go to sleep hungry each night, year in, year out. We need to make our development aid--over $5 billion last year--live up to the words enacted in the U.S. 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, Section 101, General Policy "Congress . . . renews its commitment to assist people in developing countries to eliminate hunger, poverty, illness and ignorance."
OPINION
September 21, 2012 | By Frederick Kaufman
The drought that descended on the United States this summer will translate into higher prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inevitability of this scenario introduces an old question that has become new: When weather strikes, what can curb food inflation? Recent suggestions cover a wide range of complicated approaches, from GPS-guided drip irrigation techniques to genetically engineered crops and from new federal biofuel standards to new farm insurance programs to new commodity-markets regulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Araceli Magdalena Rodriguez remembers precisely when her son first said he wanted to be a policeman. She went to the market one day in their community near Puebla, Mexico, when he was 4 years old and returned home empty-handed after a pickpocket stole her wallet. "Where are my bananas?" Luis Angel Leon Rodriguez asked his mother. When she told him what had happened, the boy said he would grow up to be a police officer and catch the thief. Nearly 20 years later, Luis Angel became a federal police officer, but when his mother told me the story Monday afternoon on a visit to Los Angeles, she was in tears.
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