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December 13, 1990 | Times Wire Services
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.
November 27, 1987
It's always shocking to see evil unmasked, as it was in Richard L. Weiss' article ("No-Growth Overreaction Can Sink the Southland," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 18) in which he argued against growth limitations. He wrote, "Unlike gold or some other fungible commodities, land has no intrinsic value." Even after looking up "fungible" in the dictionary I was still disturbed by that sinister and revealing sentence. Weiss has it backward. It is gold that has only the value man arbitrarily assigns.
March 11, 2002
Re "First Test of the Biotech Age: Human Cloning," Commentary, March 6: William Kristol and Jeremy Rifkin articulate the consensus of a very influential and reactionary movement, spanning left and right, that wants to stop human progress and substantial improvement of our species where it counts most: the human genome. I too believe in the intrinsic value of human life, so much so that I want it better for myself, for my neighbors and for those who will follow us in centuries to come.
December 4, 1989 | ALFIE KOHN, Alfie Kohn, a Cambridge, Mass., psychology writer, is the author of "No Contest: The Case Against Competition" and the forthcoming book, "The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life." and
In the laboratory, rats get Rice Krispies; in the classroom, students get A's; in the factory or office, workers get paychecks. It's an article of faith for most people that rewards promote better performance. But a growing body of research suggests that this rule is not nearly as ironclad as was once thought. Psychologists have been finding that rewards commonly interfere with performance, especially when the performance involves creativity.
July 10, 1986 | STEVEN SMITH
Quick quiz: Michael Kamen is (a) composer of one of 1985's most richly symphonic film scores, for "Brazil"; (b) producer of rock's Pink Floyd and Roger Waters albums; (c) a Juilliard-trained oboist; (d) a ballet composer. The answer, of course, is all of the above. "At one time I divided my time pretty equally between producing rock 'n' roll albums, doing an occasional film, and writing ballet scores," the 37-year-old Kamen said from his London home.
August 22, 1995 | From the Washington Post
Japan's shaky banking system suffered a new blow Monday when Moody's Investors Service Inc. gave 50 major Japanese banks some of the lowest ratings in the industrialized world under a new scoring system designed to assess the financial strength of individual institutions. Under the new system, which rates banks from A (exceptional intrinsic financial strength) to E (very weak intrinsic strength), Moody's gave E or E+ ratings to 10 of the 50 Japanese banks.
September 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The downturn in home sales may signal an uptick in home improvements as owners, content to stay put, plan projects to make their homes more livable, attractive or valuable. Upgrades -- if done well -- can add monetary and intrinsic value to a home. That's good for homeowners when buyers eventually knock at the door. How to pay for everything from materials to contractor services? This may bring the old standby, the home equity loan, into favor for many homeowners.
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