December 19, 2010 |
"In the Middle Ages," Sara Maitland writes in her brilliant "A Book of Silence," "Christian scholastics argued that the devil's basic strategy was to bring human beings to a point where they are never alone with their God, nor ever attentively face to face with another human being. " Hence our Faustian pact with Facebook, with cellphones, with virtual everything . Overstimulation is one outcome of social media and the sheer intrusiveness of modern life, the noise of it all. But in 2010, the backlash began in earnest.
January 6, 2011 |
Can probiotics in yogurt prevent colds? Do fish oil vitamins make kids smarter? Here’s an expert who looks at the nuttiest health claims of 2010. Dr. Rahul Jandial of KTLA-TV, Channel 5, in Los Angeles, takes a thumbs-up, thumbs-down approach to those questions and others in this video (above). "We have to be careful with the information we see on the Web as well as on the shelves and on the bottles," Jandial warns. Such health claims, of course, will continue in the new year.
May 28, 2013 |
Remember last week, when fans discovered that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his fiancee had registered online for wedding gifts at Bed, Bath and Beyond? His fans bought them almost every gift they asked for, which seemed strange considering he probably makes more money than all of those fans combined. Well, Griffin showed why his fans are so loyal: He wrote a personalized thank you note to every one of them. We know this because Keith Elgin posted his thank you note online: @ michaelsmith twitter.com/keithelgin/sta… - Keith Elgin (@keithelgin)
September 2, 2008 |
Then-Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales mishandled highly classified notes about a secret counter-terrorism program, but not on purpose, according to a memo by his legal team. The memo, obtained by the Associated Press, acknowledges that Gonzales improperly stored notes about the program and might have taken them home at one point -- a violation of government policy. The classified notes focus on a March 2004 meeting with congressional leaders about a national security program that was about to expire.
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September 7, 2001 |
The notes handwritten by Dr. Xavier Caro broke a night of horrors into a simple, eight-part, step-by-step chronology. Projected on a Ventura courtroom wall, the first entry consisted of just a few terse phrases: "Lights on; kitchen clean; quiet. Cora down; hair in face; vomitus (frothy blood) seen; call 911."
April 27, 2013 |
When packing, pick one basic color around which to create your "fashion palette" so you have plenty of mix-and-match outfits to choose from. Marlene Hassel Newport Beach Keep extensive notes on your trips. I have traveled a great deal and have kept those notes. I filled up a notebook on my 30-day trip across Europe on a Eurail pass. Now that I am about to celebrate my 100th birthday and am writing my memoirs, I have all the juicy details of things that happened on my trips: forgetting to take a towel to swim in the Olympic pool in Munich, Germany; the reception I went to in Salzburg, Austria; the green and red figs in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the 550 steps at Santorini, Greece.
July 15, 1990
Readers of "Notes on a Fascist Disneyland," by Alan Berlow (May 20), may be interested to know that in 1989 Congress appropriated $250,000 in humanitarian assistance for Burma's courageous students. The fight was led by Dana Rohrabacher (R-Lomita), who expended considerable political capital securing financial aid for a pro-democracy movement that, unlike China's, has not enjoyed generous coverage from foreign correspondents and camera crews. To date, despite the desperate need of students living in Burma's remote and underdeveloped border regions for medical supplies and other necessities, these funds have yet to be disbursed by our sclerotic foreign aid bureaucracy.
February 21, 1992 |
Josh Thompson of Gunnison, Colo., finished 16th in the men's 20-kilometer biathlon race, the best U.S. biathlon showing of the Games. "I just felt better out there today. I've been skiing the course more and now I'm comfortable with it. At first, the climbs were a little intimidating. Now they're not so bad." Thompson said he felt much better with his showings here than he did four years ago at Calgary. "I'm walking away with a smile on my face this time," he said.
July 10, 1987
Avco Financial Services Inc. said that it is offering to purchase its outstanding senior and senior subordinated notes in four series having a aggregate value of $400 million. A company spokesman said that Avco is "willing to purchase any and all" of the notes. The offer expires Friday, July 17.
January 3, 1989
Calmar Spraying Systems Inc. has registered to sell $140 million in discount notes to pay for the acquisition of Calmar Inc., a large manufacturer of non-aerosol plastic pump sprayers, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Calmar Spraying, in City of Industry, was created to acquire Calmar Inc. in a management buyout transaction organized by Freeman Spogli & Co.