November 30, 2012
Re "A little less to chew on," Column, Nov. 28 One can only hope that Los Angeles County's efforts to reduce food consumption are as successful as two other notable public health successes over the last few decades (both recently reported in The Times): the efforts to increase seat belt usage and to curtail cigarette smoking. Such efforts require education, legislation, enforcement and social change. Changing food habits will probably be more difficult, but if there is the social will, it can be done.
March 21, 2012 |
Well, that didn't take long. Not even a month after the much-heralded accord in which North Korea agreed, among other things, to halt long-range missile testing, Pyongyang announced its intention to launch a satellite - with a long-range missile. This is, if nothing else, clever. The United States has put a lot of eggs into the basket of a denuclearization process and of improved relations supposedly inaugurated by the February nuclear deal. But if Washington stands by its position that this proposed satellite launch - a transparent ploy to test powerful rocket technology - would be a deal breaker, we'll be right back at square one. Pyongyang has us right where it wants us, in a sense, which shows again the bankruptcy of a policy designed to bargain for nuclear and missile concessions that the North is never going to provide.
March 1, 2012 |
- Morning fog weaves its way through colorful rows of vegetables, herbs and flowers as staff and apprentices gather at the center of the garden at Esalen Institute. It's 7 a.m. The freshly awakened faces sit calmly in a circle for a morning meditation, listening to the Pacific Ocean until the sound of chimes lets meandering minds know it's time to tend to the day's harvest. Bins of chard, arugula, parsley, radishes and carrots are picked, washed and delivered to the back door of the kitchen, roughly 1,250 feet from the field.
November 29, 2011 |
In today's hyper-speed world of technology entrepreneurship, David C. Bohnett ranks as a grand old man. Bohnett, 55, founded GeoCities, the pioneering social networking company that made his fortune, back in 1994 — virtually Internet prehistory. He took GeoCities public in 1998 and it was sold the following year to Yahoo for more than $3 billion in Yahoo stock. After 10 years of indifferent and shortsighted management, Yahoo consigned GeoCities to the Internet's memory banks by shutting it down in 2009.
September 24, 2011 |
Here is what "Mad Man" has wrought. (Never underestimate the power of a media-beloved period cable drama featuring beautiful people in beautiful clothes, no matter how few people actually watch it, to influence decision-making at a broadcast network.) "The Playboy Club," a tale of mob intrigue set in the original Chicago bunny hutch, premiered on NBC on Monday; "Pan Am," a sparkly and highly appealing international adventure series set around the late airline, takes off Sunday night on ABC. What these series have obviously in common is that they take place in the pre-psychedelic early 1960s, sometimes called "swinging," before the Kennedy assassination, the Summer of Love or the Days of Rage, between the introduction of the pill and the rise of Women's Lib — a time of hope and change, of the future shaking off the past but not yet shut of it. "Playboy" and "Pan Am" concern women in uniform, working for commercial icons of the era, who at some time during their shift will be called on to serve a drink, smile prettily, or be polite to someone who doesn't deserve it — and who are using what only looks like subservience as a path to self-empowerment and self-knowledge.
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July 11, 2011 |
Robert Sklar, a film scholar known for bringing the insights of the social historian to understanding the history of American film, has died. He was 74. Sklar, who also was one of the original Rotisserie League fantasy baseball "owners" in the 1980s, died in Barcelona, Spain, July 2 after suffering head injuries in a bicycling accident, said Richard Allen, professor and chair of cinema studies at New York University. A professor in the department of cinema studies at New York University from 1977 until his retirement in 2009, Sklar was the author of books that included "City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield" (1992)