August 7, 2006
Re "How to keep 'em down on the farm," Opinion, Aug. 3 Jonah Goldberg is right in his description of the Welfare Kings who claim to be farmers, live in our major cities and collect payments from the federal government while not growing anything. Others grow crops that make economic sense only because of the subsidies. Also subsidized in the West is the water used to grow crops. The Welfare Kings are demanding a 44% increase over the next 25 years in the amount of water they want to take from the Central Valley Project at highly subsidized rates.
February 1, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Candace Cameron; Ricky Martin. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Matthew Perry; former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.); Brooke Burke. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Regis and Kelly Lisa Kudrow; Minka Kelly. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) with his wife, Ann. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors A 28-day road to health. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Suzanne Somers. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show Vegan diet; where meat comes from; authors Michael Pollan and Kathy Freston.
February 9, 2011
BOOKS Jane McGonigal For kids growing up in the aughts, video games have replaced TV as the brain-rotting boogeyman promoting violence and impassive drooling for hours on end. But there are an increasing number of writers and designers from the video game industry who are advocating its potential for creativity and a deeper understanding of the world. Zócalo Public Square presents the game designer and author of "Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
June 1, 2008 |
As DIRECTOR of the Hammer Museum at UCLA for the last nine years, Anne Philbin has spearheaded an abundance of memorable exhibits, including "Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective" in 2003, the current Kara Walker exhibit and brought Jean Prouve's "A Tropical House" to the museum's courtyard in 2005, just to name a few. This summer's upcoming exhibit on modern architect John Lautner, "Between Earth and Heaven," has been several years in the making and is...
December 27, 2011
SERIES Best in the Business: Grocery baggers, excavators, blacksmiths and oyster shuckers face off against their respective counterparts on the debut installments of this reality competition (8 and 8:30 p.m. Discovery). Texas Multi Mamas: Lone Star State mothers of twins, triplets, etc. are featured in this new reality series (8 and 9 p.m. WE). Dirty Jobs: Host Mike Rowe checks in with the Millennium Seed Bank Project, which preserves seeds for replanting in the event of a catastrophe (9 p.m. Discovery)
November 5, 2012 |
PROP. 37 SUPPORT SLIDES: September polls showed more than 61% of likely voters were in favor of Prop. 37, the ballot initiative that calls for labeling foods made with genetically modified ingredients. But a month later, support has fallen by 17 points .... An estimate says the No on Prop. 37 campaign has outspent the competition by $37 million. [NBC News] CAMPAIGN MONEY: Who's funding the for and against? Plus, a Prop. 37 cheat sheet . [KCET] OP-ED IN OPPOSITION: The back and forth between those who support and oppose Prop.
February 19, 2012 |
The American Way of Eating Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table Tracie McMillan Scribner: 336 pp., $25 -- Readers curious about food have been able to deepen their knowledge exponentially over the last decade. They know how bad fast food is (thanks to Eric Schlosser), understand the complexities of food production (thanks to Michael Pollan), and know how hard it is to work in a kitchen (thanks to Bill Bryson). There are shelves upon shelves of books about how, why and what we eat by restaurateurs, farmers, chefs and even moonlighting novelists.
April 29, 2012 |
American Canopy Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation Eric Rutkow Scribner: 407 pp., $29 Every book has its quirks. In the case of the newly published history "American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation," the prevailing eccentricity is that it's not primarily about trees. The leitmotif of author Eric Rutkow is wood, chiefly how North American virgin forest gave rise to a new nation, and how the U.S. has reduced that resource from close to a billion acres of ancient woodland to what is now more like 750 million acres of often young trees.
August 18, 2002
*--* Southern California Rating FICTION *--* *--* 1 BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett (HarperPaperbacks: $13.95) A terrorist standoff in a South American town mirrors opera 2 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Vintage: $14.