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July 20, 1986
I am one of the optimists in the Nuclear Age referred to by Bernard Lown and Conn Nugent in their article (Editorial Pages, June 24). My concern about nuclear and space weapons, based upon a 35-year career in the military-industrial complex, closely parallels theirs. The article ends, "We need a concrete, common-sense step to give us optimists some new reason for hope." Because we live in America, a "common-sense step" is already available to us. Money for everything from toilet seats to nuclear weapons is controlled by Congress.
April 12, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
- Say this for Bubba Watson : He has a positive attitude. Despite shooting a two-over-par 74 in Saturday's third round of the Masters, the 2012 champion called it "all in all, a good day. " "The greens were the firmest I'd seen in years," Watson said. "I'm not too worried about what went on … and if I play bad [Sunday], I still have a green jacket. " Watson, who holds a share of the 54-hole lead at five under, left a flurry of putts short Saturday and three-putted two greens - two more than he had Thursday and Friday combined.
July 22, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
One more reason to keep your glass half full: Optimists might be less likely to have a stroke. In new research, the more people believe good things will happen, the less likely they were to suffer a stroke within two years. Psychology researchers from the University of Michigan examined data from 6,044 stroke-free adults from the Health and Retirement Study. The adults answered how much they agreed with statements like “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best,” and two years later the researchers tracked which participants had suffered a stroke.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
He's often the forgotten one in the Lakers' mash-up of who's coming-who's going after this season. It's easy to understand why Robert Sacre is overlooked even though he's one of only four Lakers under contract after June - three if you toss out Nick Young , who is expected to decline a player option for $1.2 million. In the race to analyze/criticize the $23.5 million coming to Kobe Bryant next season and the $9.7 million due to Steve Nash , Sacre's $915,243 just doesn't measure up. But he'll be here unless he's traded.
May 26, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper and Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
Worries about Europe's debt troubles sent stocks diving again Tuesday — until some investors decided that enough was enough, and the market staged a stunning reversal. The Dow Jones industrials plunged as low as 9,774 — down 293 points, or 2.9%, from Monday's close — in the first minutes of trading. But the blue-chip index quickly pulled up from that low and then rallied strongly in the last two hours of the session to finish down just 22.82 points, or 0.2%, at 10,043.
A mother and daughter are driving along. The young girl suddenly asks: "Mom, where are all the jerks today?" "Oh," says the slightly surprised mother. "They're only on the road when your father drives." Alan McGinnis tells this story, laughs and then, like the preacher he used to be, points out the lesson therein: "If you expect the world to be peopled with idiots and jerks, they start popping up."
April 18, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The inspiring documentary "The Revolutionary Optimists" profiles a memorable quartet of youngsters from India whose attempts to effect change in their impoverished neighborhoods - as well as within themselves - offer a vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities. Producer-directors Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen spent several years tracking the hardscrabble lives of these kids in Kolkata, including Shikha and Salim, a pair of self-possessed friends (both are 11 when the film begins)
November 15, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Optimists" is a simple film, as much family memoir as documentary. But the story it tells is as significant as it is little known: how the people of Bulgaria rose up in 1943 and saved the country's Jews from deportation to the death camps of World War II. Completed several years ago, "The Optimists" (named after a jazz band of the period with Jewish members) is playing in Los Angeles now because of an exhibition at UCLA's Hillel Center titled "Bulgaria and the Holocaust: The Fragility of Goodness.
September 24, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Humans have a well-known bias toward good news, often at the expense of reality. This bias, which social scientists call the "good news/bad news effect," has been blamed for events as diverse as the recent financial crisis, our often-poor preparation for natural disasters and, more generally, the pervasive human trait of optimism. In a new study, however, scientists have figured out a way to dampen that optimism: By turning off a certain part of the brain believed to play a role in how we balance good and bad news.
December 16, 1990
Year-end messages are generally upbeat, but I'm finding too few who share my optimism for '91. Regardless of media forecasts, I see my glass spilling over for one simple reason: I control my fate. I'm not the first to state that positive attitudes breed positive results, but it bears repeating when messages of gloom are as fashionable as they now are. To make '91 the best year ever, just increase your productivity. I believe we can all do that by thinking in terms of problem-solving.
March 17, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Don't feel sorry for Pau Gasol. He doesn't feel bad for himself. Kobe Bryant played only six games this season and Steve Nash barely made it through 10, but Gasol will appear in his 57th game Wednesday against San Antonio, the same team that blasted the Lakers by 34 on Friday. The Lakers had never lost by that many to the Spurs. They'd played 76 games against each other since 1976. "It's weird," Gasol said. "I'm sure it feels weird to them as well to see the team that we have out there and what we had in recent years.
March 14, 2014 | By Dean Kuipers
We generally think of climate change as a story of sky - of emitted gases, of atmospheric carbon levels, of storms. Author Kristin Ohlson would like to direct our gaze earthward, to take a long, hard look at the dirt beneath our feet. We may have overlooked a solution there. In her sometimes breathless but important new book, "The Soil Will Save Us," Ohlson lays out a thesis that farmers and climate researchers have been talking about for decades: that a change in farming and forestry techniques could sequester enough carbon in the ground to not only mitigate but reverse global warming.
March 5, 2014 | By Doyle McManus
It sounds as if someone in the Obama administration has been re-reading George F. Kennan, who ( as I noted in my column ) advocated a policy of “containing” Russian expansionism - but always giving Moscow's rulers a face-saving way to back down. “It is a sine qua non of successful dealing with Russia that the foreign government in question should remain at all times cool and collected,” Kennan wrote in 1947, “and that its demands on Russian policy should be put forward in such a manner as to leave the way open for a compliance not too detrimental to Russian prestige.” What does that mean in 2014, when Russian troops have occupied the Crimean peninsula (once part of Russia, now part of Ukraine)
February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels open the season March 31. Will Josh Hamilton be ready? We're optimistic he will be," Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Hamilton strained his left calf Tuesday. Scioscia confirmed the expected, that the left fielder would sit out "a minimum of a couple of weeks. " Hamilton had an MRI examination and the Angels have been told that the injury should heal on its own, ruling out the kind of severe strain that would require surgery. "This thing has to heal on its own terms," Scioscia said.
February 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
February 1, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Last April, when the pre-Olympic winter sports season ended, the optimist and pessimist weighed in about U.S. medal chances for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Back then, the optimist liked the U.S. to improve its record total of 37 medals, with nine gold, from the 2010 Winter Olympics. The glass-very-full view showed 52 medals, including 20 gold. The glass-nearly-drained view showed just 22 medals, with three gold. As the 2014 opening ceremony looms, it's time to revisit those predictions.
November 30, 1992 | MICHELLE QUINN
Nice drivers will get their due in Camarillo this week. Starting today, members of the Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club will cite drivers who yield unnecessarily, give right-of-way or do something noticeably considerate of other motorists or pedestrians. "It's common-sense stuff that should happen daily," said club spokesman Alan Kaluhikaua. "We just wanted the community to be aware that there are good people driving courteously this holiday season."
April 10, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
On more than one occasion during the last several years, my 10-year-old daughter has expressed a desire to be an actress. This has led to Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel being banned from our household for long periods of time while I chastise myself for ever turning her on to "Hannah Montana" or "iCarly. " But the desire has remained long enough to be respected, and so I recently recommended that she watch the work Eden Sher is doing on ABC's "The Middle" as beyond-awkward teen Sue Heck.
January 27, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Economists working for U.S. businesses are more optimistic about growth this year and see little effect from the start of healthcare reform or the reduction in a key Federal Reserve stimulus program, according to survey results released Monday. More than 40% of respondents in the January survey by the National Assn. for Business Economics said they expected their firms to raise prices in the first three months of the year, the largest percentage since 2012. But despite the brighter outlook, the pace of hiring is not expected to increase, the survey said.
January 19, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Long before they had heard of Sochi, well before they made it to the NHL, the five men who comprise the leadership group of the U.S. Olympic hockey team crossed paths many times on many rinks. Fearless winger Dustin Brown grew up playing on B-level teams in small-town Ithaca, N.Y. He often competed against winger Ryan Callahan of Rochester, N.Y., a city big enough to have triple-A teams. One season, Callahan's coach borrowed Brown to play in the famed Quebec peewee tournament. Brown and Callahan teamed up again on state teams and in juniors in Guelph, Canada.
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