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March 24, 2000 | PAUL HEER, Paul Heer is a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York
The sound and the fury of the latest crisis over Taiwan, prompted by Beijing's recent "white paper" on the issue and Taiwan's election of a nominally pro-independence president, reveal how far Beijing, Taipei and Washington are from a mutual understanding of the fundamental issues at stake across the Taiwan Strait. All three sides are talking past each other, and none of them is addressing the core problem.
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BUSINESS
August 3, 2008
The blood-sucking tactics of the media regarding the aftermath of the IndyMac Bank collapse have gone too far. For many years I myself have aspired to be a successful journalist, but the inflated hype over Downey Savings & Loan's financial situation has caused me to rethink this career choice. ("Mortgage woes hit Downey Savings & Loan," July 24.) In the wake of IndyMac's seizure by the FDIC, I have read story after story hinting at or outright stating that Downey Savings will be the next to fall.
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BUSINESS
August 3, 2008
The blood-sucking tactics of the media regarding the aftermath of the IndyMac Bank collapse have gone too far. For many years I myself have aspired to be a successful journalist, but the inflated hype over Downey Savings & Loan's financial situation has caused me to rethink this career choice. ("Mortgage woes hit Downey Savings & Loan," July 24.) In the wake of IndyMac's seizure by the FDIC, I have read story after story hinting at or outright stating that Downey Savings will be the next to fall.
OPINION
February 6, 2008
Re "Downsizing our dominance," Opinion, Feb. 3 Fred Kaplan's Op-Ed article is a classic example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is precisely because of such thoughts that the U.S. does not have the clout and stature that it should have in the world. Certainly the United States is the world's most dominant country today in every conceivable way. But our dominance is benign rather than destructive. Yet, through self-doubt and undermining like Kaplan's, we are our own worst enemy and invite and tolerate the true transgressions on humanity by petty dictators or regimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991
It's a sad commentary on our way of thinking when you have scientists proposing that we make the atmosphere of Mars more "hospitable" by exporting smog there (Part A, Aug. 8). A lot of people think of mankind as "the crown of creation," with all his good works (whatever the consequence) leading to the inevitable, self-fulfilling prophecy of a "judgment day." If, however, we consider the Earth as the living, breathing organism here, with a body and maybe a spirit of its own, then mankind takes on the look of a rapidly multiplying cancerous parasite spreading disease, decay and destruction wherever it goes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1998
Your cover story on Hollywood's new black power players (by Richard Natale, June 14) has the details right but the big picture wrong. The movie industry is increasingly driven by the foreign marketplace, with more than 50% of revenues coming from overseas. And conventional wisdom is that African American movies don't make money outside the U.S. When you ask foreign distributors or sales agents what they want, the first thing they say is, "Nothing with blacks." So economics becomes the rationale for today's movie racism in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1994
As the father of two school-age children, I am again disappointed to read that education is taking another back seat in the budget process. Our representatives are once more misusing the state's most precious resource, its people. Is it a coincidence that school classes and prisons are overcrowded? Could it be that our underfunded school system and increasing inmate populations are positively correlated? I suspect it is. . . . The state is contributing to the delinquency of its people.
NEWS
March 19, 1995
As this is the first time in 19 years we in the 5th District will have a new representative on the Los Angeles City Council, one would think The Times would be doing extensive coverage of the race. I was very disappointed in the articles you have published. Instead of learning the different views of the four candidates, all I learned was that Barbara Yaroslavsky is the front-runner because she's raised the most money, but that she may have trouble in Sherman Oaks because of her husband's recent actions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1986
What Thomas most wants to see is evidence of another drumbeat being sounded in the schools, "one to counteract the drumbeat of sensuality . . ." And on that score, I suspect he has much company. He suggests a starting point of mandatory curriculum that would not take the present approach of "exposing students to all of their sexual options, as if all are equal and none is to be preferred." The catch, of course, is that he advocates teaching his own preference: no sex before marriage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1999
As an adult, and a regular moviegoer, I couldn't help but be amused by the results of your poll ("Adults Less Likely to Go to the Movies," by Amy Wallace, March 14). I believe that this falls into the category of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The studios make movies for teenagers, so teenagers are the ones who go to the movies. If they make movies for people whose IQ exceeds their age, maybe adults will attend. In Orange County, adults are also faced with what I refer to as "Edwards censorship" regarding what we see. Edwards has a near monopoly on movie screens in O.C., and they dictate what we get to view.
OPINION
March 10, 2007
Re "Religious schools win legal victory," March 6 Demands from supporters of private schools, especially sectarian institutions, for state money to repair their facilities would simply be seen as a strange hoax were it not for the court ruling in their favor. The Republican base, long controlled by the wealthy and the religious right, has made the destruction of public education its primary mission. So, when parents decide that their children attend private schools, they usually declare that public schools are not fit to educate their loved ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2000 | PAUL HEER, Paul Heer is a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York
The sound and the fury of the latest crisis over Taiwan, prompted by Beijing's recent "white paper" on the issue and Taiwan's election of a nominally pro-independence president, reveal how far Beijing, Taipei and Washington are from a mutual understanding of the fundamental issues at stake across the Taiwan Strait. All three sides are talking past each other, and none of them is addressing the core problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1999
As an adult, and a regular moviegoer, I couldn't help but be amused by the results of your poll ("Adults Less Likely to Go to the Movies," by Amy Wallace, March 14). I believe that this falls into the category of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The studios make movies for teenagers, so teenagers are the ones who go to the movies. If they make movies for people whose IQ exceeds their age, maybe adults will attend. In Orange County, adults are also faced with what I refer to as "Edwards censorship" regarding what we see. Edwards has a near monopoly on movie screens in O.C., and they dictate what we get to view.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1998
Your cover story on Hollywood's new black power players (by Richard Natale, June 14) has the details right but the big picture wrong. The movie industry is increasingly driven by the foreign marketplace, with more than 50% of revenues coming from overseas. And conventional wisdom is that African American movies don't make money outside the U.S. When you ask foreign distributors or sales agents what they want, the first thing they say is, "Nothing with blacks." So economics becomes the rationale for today's movie racism in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
NEWS
March 10, 1997 | JOHN M. GONZALES and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
At the site of the murder, in record stores and over the airwaves, fans expressed shock Sunday over the shooting death of rap artist Notorious B.I.G., and called for a halt to the violence that has killed the music's stars in circumstances where life has too closely imitated their art. The New York musician's death follows that of West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed on a public street six months ago. Fans called B.I.G.'
NEWS
March 19, 1995
As this is the first time in 19 years we in the 5th District will have a new representative on the Los Angeles City Council, one would think The Times would be doing extensive coverage of the race. I was very disappointed in the articles you have published. Instead of learning the different views of the four candidates, all I learned was that Barbara Yaroslavsky is the front-runner because she's raised the most money, but that she may have trouble in Sherman Oaks because of her husband's recent actions.
OPINION
March 10, 2007
Re "Religious schools win legal victory," March 6 Demands from supporters of private schools, especially sectarian institutions, for state money to repair their facilities would simply be seen as a strange hoax were it not for the court ruling in their favor. The Republican base, long controlled by the wealthy and the religious right, has made the destruction of public education its primary mission. So, when parents decide that their children attend private schools, they usually declare that public schools are not fit to educate their loved ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1985
How many more times must the United States engage in fruitless attempts to prevent the rise of Marxist governments in the Third World? How many more tyrants must we prop up in the name of anti-communism before it becomes clear that our approach is not only immoral and hypocritical, but also is inherently doomed to failure? It is apparent that U.S. foreign policy has for decades dictated that our nation lend its blind support to virtually any regime, regardless of how oppressive, racist or tyrannical, provided the ruling order fervently denounces communism and agrees to give us what we want in the way of economic and military concessions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1994
As the father of two school-age children, I am again disappointed to read that education is taking another back seat in the budget process. Our representatives are once more misusing the state's most precious resource, its people. Is it a coincidence that school classes and prisons are overcrowded? Could it be that our underfunded school system and increasing inmate populations are positively correlated? I suspect it is. . . . The state is contributing to the delinquency of its people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991
It's a sad commentary on our way of thinking when you have scientists proposing that we make the atmosphere of Mars more "hospitable" by exporting smog there (Part A, Aug. 8). A lot of people think of mankind as "the crown of creation," with all his good works (whatever the consequence) leading to the inevitable, self-fulfilling prophecy of a "judgment day." If, however, we consider the Earth as the living, breathing organism here, with a body and maybe a spirit of its own, then mankind takes on the look of a rapidly multiplying cancerous parasite spreading disease, decay and destruction wherever it goes.
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