March 12, 2009 |
The economic crisis has now spread from Wall Street to Main Street to the places where there are no streets. In slums and shacks around the world, hunger is gnawing again as job opportunities shrink but food prices do not. Global cereal prices are 71% higher than they were in 2005, according to the International Monetary Fund, but the wages of many workers are falling. This is a disaster for the bottom billion, the one out of six humans living on less than $2 a day.
September 8, 2008 |
For those unfamiliar with the Pang brothers' audacious 1999 "Bangkok Dangerous," the new version starring Nicolas Cage will seem like any other fast-food bullet ballet. Viewers who recall that original burst of adrenaline, however, will be left with hunger pangs. The two movies share a title, directors, character names -- and little else. Even the city in this edition feels less like the seamy, gritty, you-are-there Bangkok of the first film than some scrubbed, polished, Vegas notion of the Thai capital.
August 24, 2008 |
North Korea is reportedly claiming that it has developed a new kind of noodle that makes people feel full longer than ordinary food. Choson Sinbo newspaper said that the noodle, made with a mixture of beans and corn, doesn't make people "feel a sense of hunger that generally comes soon after eating [ordinary] noodle." The Tokyo-based newspaper, considered a mouthpiece for the regime in Pyongyang, cited a North Korean research institute. It didn't elaborate on how the special noodle works or how long people who eat it can go without hunger pangs.
August 29, 2007 |
On the last day of "Dr. Seuss week" at our New Orleans arts camp, my 6-year-old son proudly brought me his new cardboard house. He'd built it from shoe boxes and paper-towel rolls, topping his red-and-white-striped roof with a fantastic stovepipe chimney. A few days later, I took another look at his creation and noticed something else: He'd also taken a blue marker and drawn a wave around the walls and then carefully curved the line over the door. "That's Katrina," he explained to me.
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September 3, 1999 |
Bobby Freed, 13, and his family visited a popular cafe in Santa Barbara, where the maitre d' announced they would have to wait an hour for a table. Young Mr. Freed, a veteran of several excursions to Magic Mountain and Disneyland, complained, "Geez, I can see waiting an hour--if there was a ride after it." SUCH A DEAL: For Labor Day weekend shopping, Only in L.A. has hunted up some real bargains (see accompanying).
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February 23, 1999 |
LAPD detectives found a "very large" snake left inside a locked vehicle for three days without food or water, but authorities declined to prosecute the owner. The reason, according to the Thin Blue Line, a publication of the L.A. Police Protective League, was that "snakes can go several days without food." * LETTER IMPERFECT: Writers are constantly claiming they get no respect in Hollywood. And they won't be reassured by an ad that misspells what they do (see accompanying).