May 26, 2010 |
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.
April 18, 2013 |
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)
October 18, 1990 |
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."
September 24, 2012 |
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.
November 15, 2012 |
"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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.