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November 18, 2013 | David Lazarus
What if a shadowy organization told you it had been quietly keeping its eye on you and had concluded that you were exactly the sort of person who should be privy to its secrets for wealth and power? What if that organization promised the success and youthful vitality of investment guru Warren Buffett and Viacom chief Sumner Redstone, who already possess these secrets? And what if all this could all be yours absolutely free? "I'd think it was a scam," said Los Angeles resident Jim York, 60, who recently received a 10-page letter from a recruiter identifying himself only as Bill.
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND -- A week after he preached to a congregation that included some of his players at a Van Nuys church, Mark Jackson found himself delivering a different kind of sermon. The Golden State Warriors coach and ordained minister, speaking to the media Sunday before Game 4 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Clippers, described allegedly racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling as “unfortunate, disappointing and [there's] no place in society for those thoughts or that mentality.
December 24, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Normally at this time of year, the culture war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year. What's different is that Phil Robertson has taken Santa's place, and instead of a war on Christmas, we have a war on "Duck Dynasty. " The patriarch of the popular A&E reality show said some crude things about homosexuals to GQ magazine. A&E was sufficiently offended that it suspended him from a show about his own family. So far, the controversy understandably has been framed as a fight over free speech.
April 24, 2014 | Ann Friedman
With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution? This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. " Taylor makes a thorough case that the technological advances we've been told constitute progress - that anyone can start a blog, that we can easily keep up with our friends (and frenemies)...
May 21, 1993
I was extremely impressed by Eric Mann's commentary of May 11: "Help for a Smoldering Society." I am an African-American born in 1963. It was truly a shock to me to see a white man advocate the same things black people have been advocating for my entire 30 years of life! He cited the age-old problems of "white racism vs. a multiethnic society," "police repression vs. social cohesion" and "ethnic Balkanization." But indeed, weren't these the very things people marched for in 1963?
September 12, 2010
The kids are not all right. And that's what makes "Never Let Me Go" so memorable. Set in an alternative Britain, the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 dystopian love story follows Kathy, Ruth and Tommy from naive youngsters at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school, to the institutionalized, emotionally immature twentysomethings they've become — as played by Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. Close friends, they've grown up knowing they are somehow different and now live apart from the outside world, marking time until they are called upon to fulfill their destinies.
April 11, 2010
Gentlemen's Breakfast 1101 Mohawk St., Echo Park (323) 306-6766 Frame prices start at $100. Society of the Spectacle 4563 York Blvd., Eagle Rock (323) 255-4300 Frame prices start at $220.
August 1, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Prison hunger strikes like the one going in California right now are a desperate cri de coeur aimed at the conscience of society to draw attention to injustice. But what if society has no conscience?  ALSO: Give Snowden his due: He made a surveillance debate possible Are women stupid? New Texas abortion bill treats them that way Malibu residents' retort: 'We are hospitable to you nasty tourists' Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
September 5, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In Wednesday's marquee speech at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton will argue that Republicans offer a “you're-on-your-own” society, while Democrats want a “we're-all-in-this-together society,” as he symbolically submits President Obama's name for nomination to a second term. According to remarks prepared for delivery, the former president will say Obama “began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.” “The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?
August 9, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
Near the end of "Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877," Brenda Wineapple's fresh and riveting account of America at war with itself, she writes of a sense of fatigue that coursed through the nation in the 1870s. The North had won the war and slavery had ended, but there the gains stalled, leading Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier to lament that, between opportunistic carpet-baggers and Confederate vigilantes, the newly freed slaves in the South "had not been saved from suffering," yet "I see no better course.
April 18, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney, who will be 42 next month, had a lot to talk about with 43-year-old Ducks winger Teemu Selanne on Wednesday during the first game of their teams' first-round playoff series. And it didn't involve swapping stories about AARP. With a timeout in effect, Whitney decided to pay his respects to Selanne, who plans to retire after the season. To his surprise, Selanne repaid the compliment. “Just saying how a pleasure it's been playing against him for so long and he said the same thing, which was very nice of him,” Whitney said after the Stars' morning skate Friday at Honda Center.
April 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers,” Obama told religious leaders at the White House for the annual Easter prayer breakfast. “No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.
March 14, 2014 | By James Romm
This week, as the Ides of March approaches - the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship - the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way off from the Augustan "Golden Age" of ancient Rome, an era that produced art and literature still admired today.
March 6, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. But the flag's removal in a place synonymous with gay life outraged many, and the city this week changed course, raising above City Hall a flag with a rainbow-colored city logo.
February 23, 2014 | By Susan King
"Gravity" and "Frozen" were the feature film winners at the 50th Cinema Audio Society Awards on Saturday evening in Los Angeles. The team from "Gravity" won for sound mixing in a live action motion picture, and "Frozen" took the top prize for sound mixing in an animated motion picture. "Behind the Candelabra" won for sound mixing in a television movie or miniseries, and the "Game of Thrones" episode titled "The Rains of Castamere" took home the prize for sound mixing in a one-hour TV series.
February 14, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Maple Leaf Adventures are launching a series of cruises that should appeal to those interested in exploring British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. The remote region stretches from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border and is known for its deep fiords, whale population and grizzly and black bears. The eight-night/nine-day cruise will take place aboard a small flotilla of one to three small expedition ships, with a maximum of eight guests per ship.
October 20, 2009
Re "The California fix: Cuts dim inmates' hope for new lives," Oct. 17 As a society, we seem more interested in saving money in the short term than saving lives in the long term. Only by investing in the future of our most vulnerable citizens can we break the cycle of poverty and crime that engulfs so many of the inmates in California. The overcrowding in California prisons is shameful and a symptom of man's inhumanity to man. Until we invest in the welfare of our inmate population in California, we have failed as a society and have become a society that is only concerned with materialistic matters.
February 14, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Typically, wine clubs have had about as much coolness factor as the old Columbia Record Club. No serious wine drinkers would have ever considered joining such a club. But now a handful of new wine clubs is changing the game with selections focused on Santa Barbara wines, grand cru Burgundy or natural wines. Bottles are hand-picked, often highly allocated (i.e. hard to find), come with tasting notes and/or recipes - and inside is something you'd actually like to drink. Some clubs cater to what you already like.
February 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space thriller "Gravity" was the big winner Wednesday evening at the 12th Visual Effects Society Awards in Beverly Hills. "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock and is nominated for 10 Academy Awards including the picture, director and actress prizes, won six VES Awards. Among the categories it led were visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture, virtual cinematography in a live action feature motion picture and models in a feature motion picture.
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