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December 1, 2009 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
In a sense, all science starts as science fiction -- in ideas that don't yet have the substance of fact. "What if?" is where both begin, and they move on through the culture in tandem in a mutually encouraging way. In his bouncy new series "Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible," premiering tonight on the Science Channel, self-described "theoretical physicist and science-fiction fan" Michio Kaku seeks to construct scientifically plausible if...
October 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A rare whale known for its saber-like teeth and preference for frigid subarctic waters washed ashore in a highly unlikely place Tuesday night: Venice Beach. The female Stejneger's beaked whale - also known as the Saber-toothed whale - was loaded onto the bed of a truck early Wednesday and taken for an autopsy that will give scientists a rare glimpse into the lives of the elusive mammals. So rare, in fact, it sent Nick Fash, an education specialist for Heal the Bay, pedaling his bike down to the site "as fast as I could.
August 25, 1991
In another Hollywood era, Woody Harrelson would have made it the Hollywood Eleven instead of the blacklisted Hollywood Ten. Today, he reminds us that mindless saber rattling can rip down the banner of free speech as readily as the witch hunts of the '50s almost did ("War-Torn Woody," Aug. 4). Thank God for the Costners and Dansons and Sheens and Newmans and Asners who use the power of their social status for the social good. Their capacity to make the media jump and to prove the legitimacy of often unpopular causes may just keep this country's right wing from trashing the Bill of Rights.
April 5, 2013 | Jung-yoon Choi and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL - When North Korea last weekend declared it was in a state of war, threatening to use nuclear weapons against South Korea, reduce its presidential palace to ashes and mercilessly sweep away the warmongers, residents of Seoul reacted much as they always do. They yawned. Decades of living in the shadow of an erratic, menacing neighbor have made South Koreans almost deaf to the rhetoric from the North. Many people maintain a blase attitude, shrugging off the bombastic threats as another case of "the boy who cried wolf.
July 22, 1986 | ALAN GOLDSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
You see them all over the place: Signs threatening: "Warning! Severe Tire Damage"--and, sure enough, a row of spikes looming in the pavement ahead. In the parking business, those spikes are called saber teeth. Delta Scientific of Burbank is their leading producer, with 90% to 95% of the market in the tire-puncturing devices. But as ubiquitous as saber teeth are in America's parking lots, they do not produce enough business to keep Delta growing the way it wants.
May 6, 2005
On the same day that Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, informs Congress of our military's unreadiness for any expansion of current commitments, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declares that our military is ready for anything (May 3). Should we be concerned about the patriotism of Gen. Myers for being an obstructionist? Or should our concern be with a pattern of reckless saber rattling and disregard for truth in the Bush administration? Who's in charge here?
December 22, 2008
While my heart goes out to the Kahlor family for the trauma they are suffering, at the same time I am astounded when intelligent people are willing to send children to war and then are shocked into critical evaluation of that war only when its devastation touches them personally. Did they think the bullets and bombs would only kill and maim the enemy, while all the "good guys" would march home victorious? It is easy to confuse saber-rattling with patriotism. But logical and sober thinking should tell us that the only way to ensure the health and safety of our children and other innocents is to pursue peaceful and nonviolent solutions to our conflicts, even when the emotional call to vanquish an enemy seems the easier or more righteous path.
March 22, 1985 | DAVID KECK
Spense Thompson is normally quiet and composed, but he can get the point across rather quickly. Like a 20th-Century D'Artagnan, Thompson attacks his rivals with brio, searching for an opportunity to strike. When he hits, he usually wins. Thompson, 15, is a fencer at Harvard High in Studio City. In only three years, the sophomore has become one of the nation's best in his age group, despite a slow start in a sport he knew little about.
December 5, 2003
China's denunciation of what it considers the breakaway province of Taiwan is raising tensions just days before Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, visits the United States. The military's recently renewed threat to declare war if Taiwan proclaims independence warrants condemnation. Beijing has worried about Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan's president, since he took office nearly four years ago after supporting independence from the mainland.
May 19, 2002
Secession fever has spread to the planet Coruscant. In the latest "Star Wars" prequel, queen-turned-senator Padme Amidala and Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi fight to preserve the troubled Republic against the Separatists. Yes, it's only a movie. But this much is true: Any leader worth his or her light saber would fight to keep a great galaxy, a great country--or a great city--from self-destructing. Mayor James K. Hahn is no Jedi knight, but last week he was out there fighting for Los Angeles.
September 4, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is now home to a "ferocious" saber-toothed-cat puppet featured in a performance titled "Ice Age Encounters. " On Wednesday the life-sized animatronic puppet will be "prowling" Miracle Mile, and to celebrate, the museum has commissioned free Coolhaus "saber-toothed cat" ice cream sandwiches (snickerdoodle ice cream with red velvet cookies). It's "the Ice Age plus ice cream," get it? From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. catch the saber-toothed cat and Coolhaus on the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Curson Avenue.
March 8, 2012
Tortoise power Re " The solar desert: An uneasy coexistence ," March 4 I was utterly amazed, though not surprised, by the attempts to "save" the desert tortoise at such a tremendous expense of dollars, personnel, programs, sacrifices and concessions. There is a severe shortage of renewable clean energy on this planet. There are millions of children who go to bed hungry each day. There are millions of humans who do not have access to clean drinking water. But by all means let's have a private company spend in excess of $56 million to provide food, housing, medical care and security for the desert tortoise.
February 24, 2012
Obviously, the Republican presidential candidates have the right to speak out on any issue they choose, and just as obviously, the escalation of hostility between Israel and Iran is a terribly important subject that should concern every American. But so far we haven't gleaned much wisdom from the GOP contenders, who, except for Ron Paul, are encouraging a reckless rush to war while unfairly portraying President Obama as an appeaser. At Wednesday's debate in Mesa, Ariz., Mitt Romney assailed the administration for cautioning Israel against launching a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
February 23, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
California has a state bird, a state flower and even a state fossil — the saber-toothed cat. Joining the bunch could be an official state marine reptile. A bill introduced last week by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) would name the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle to a growing list of symbols that includes the California quail, the gray whale, the California poppy and the garibaldi — the state marine fish. The leatherback, the world's largest sea turtle, would claim an entry in the law books right below — and not to be confused with — its relative the desert tortoise, a landlubber that has held the title of state reptile since 1972.
January 10, 2012 | By Micah Zenko and Emma Welch
Listening to the Republican presidential candidates, one would believe there is no foreign policy challenge more threatening to the United States than a nuclear Iran. As the remaining candidates attempt to distance themselves from President Obama and one another, all but one (Ron Paul) has described the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapons capability as "unacceptable" and endorsed the use of military force if that were necessary to prevent an Iranian bomb. The most troubling aspect of this default position held by most of the Republican candidates is the complete absence of any details on how the use of force could accomplish this ambitious objective.
September 20, 2011 | By Rick Rojas and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Taggers have left their mark all over Los Angeles. On buildings and bridges. Trees and cars. And even tombstones. But on Monday, Angelenos saw graffiti in a place they've probably never seen it before: the sky. Saber, a Los Angeles native and professional graffiti artist, hired five skywriters for an unlikely art installation and protest in the crisp, cloudless sky above downtown around noon Monday. The skywriting didn't have the artistic flourishes of high-style street art, but the white lettering hammered home a point.
September 16, 2001 | GERALDINE BROOKS, Geraldine Brooks is a former Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and the author, most recently, of "Year of Wonders."
I spent last week on a road trip I never expected to take. Like thousands of others with busted flight itineraries, I passed my hours in a rented car with the radio on and the voices of America filling my ears. Driving through the mountains of Oregon and the flat, golden fields of California, when the steady familiarity of Noah Adams and Terry Gross dissolved into static, I would hit the "seek" button and find myself in the foreign territory of small-town talk-back.
February 21, 2002
Re "Americans Admire Bush's Tough Talk, Cheney Says," Feb. 19: In his speech before an audience of Marines, Dick Cheney referred to "a certain amount of hand-wringing in some quarters" regarding George W. Bush's tough talk of an "axis of evil" consisting of Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Speaking refreshingly from a disclosed location in front of an audience ordered to attend, Cheney admirably shook and rattled his vice-presidential saber. I wonder if it was with the same strong moral conviction and forthrightness (and steady hands not being wrung)
January 20, 2011
It's apropos that Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl would pick Pappy & Harriet's as the place to bring their folk project "Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. " The album in haunted by all sorts of times and places past ? Syd Barrett's sun-scarred psych and pastoral English folk; a lyrical world of hope glimmering in corners of apocalypse; Lennon's uncannily familiar vocal lilt and way with unexpected guitar runs. Pappy & Harriet's, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown. 8 p.m. Sat. $15. pappyandharriets.
September 21, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II and Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
It happened more than a million years ago, but the fossilized evidence preserved the scene. A horse not much different from modern horses was enjoying a cool drink at a watering hole in what is now San Timoteo Canyon when a saber-toothed cat sneaked up and grabbed it by the haunch. After finishing its meal, the cat left the skeleton to be buried in mud from flash floods. That cat, or one very like it, eventually also ended up dead and its skeleton joined the horse's in the accumulating sediment.
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