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February 23, 2003
"The Simpsons" is almost certainly the most subversive show in the history of television ("The real first family," Feb. 16), and the way in which the mainstream media have celebrated it brought to my mind a passage from James Agee's introduction to "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," in which he implores the reader not to view his work as "art": "Every fury on earth has been absorbed in time, as art, or as religion, or as authority in one form or another.
April 20, 2014 | Doyle McManus
It was tempting to look at last week's diplomatic agreement to pull Ukraine back from the brink of war and see the beginning of a grand compromise between Russia and the West. Tempting, but mistaken. Vladimir Putin is still winning most of what he wants in Ukraine, and he's winning it more cheaply and more elegantly than he would by launching a full-scale military invasion. Last week's agreement, which called on pro-Russia militias to end their occupation of government buildings, was probably only a speed bump on the way toward bringing all of Ukraine under Moscow's influence.
April 24, 1987 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
In a surprise maneuver, the federal government on Thursday dropped subversion charges against six of eight Los Angeles-area immigrants accused of belonging to a Marxist faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, even though a top government attorney said all eight remained "security risks" to the United States. William B.
February 28, 2014 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It wasn't Windansea Beach itself but a detour taken while trying to find a parking spot there that led to the mother lode of inspiration for Jonathan Cohen's spring collection. The 28-year-old designer, who grew up near the fabled beach in La Jolla and is now based in New York, had recently reread "The Pump House Gang," Tom Wolfe's 1968 story about rowdy teens who hung out at the pump house at Windansea, defending their sandy turf from the over-25 set. When he was home last March, Cohen was determined to see the place with fresh eyes.
November 6, 1987
Vietnamese authorities, moving to quash anti-Communist resistance, sentenced a Roman Catholic priest and 22 others to prison on charges of subversion. The Vietnam News Agency said the priest, Tran Dinh Thu, 81, was sentenced to life and the others to four to 20 years in prison. All were arrested between May and July in or near Ho Chi Minh City.
April 25, 1987 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen white supremacists were indicted Friday by federal grand juries in Arkansas and Colorado on charges varying from the anti-Semitic killing of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg in 1984 to conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. "These indictments show that we will not tolerate unjust activities by any group seeking to overthrow our system of government," Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III said.
March 12, 1989 | SAM HALL KAPLAN
"Our goal is to produce architects who are truly artists and inherently subversive. They must constantly try to redefine old territory and define new ground. This is the fundamental responsibility of the creative person." So says Michael Rotondi on post cards, in brochures and in speeches and interviews promoting the Southern California Institute of Architecture, of which he assumed the directorship last year.
May 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A freelance writer was sentenced to 12 years in Chinese prison on subversion charges. Yang Tianshui was convicted of posting articles on foreign websites, receiving money from abroad and helping a would-be opposition party, said his lawyer, Li Jianqiang, who maintained that his client was innocent. The penalty came on the heels of a new indictment of a Chinese researcher for the New York Times on charges of betraying state secrets.
February 5, 1992
Over the years, people have tried to stifle freedom of thought and information for some rather bizarre reasons. But the willingness of Senate leaders to risk these 1st Amendment rights in order to keep peace with the Republicans in the Senate club is as ridiculous as any of them. A special counsel hired by the Senate to root out the person or persons who leaked a transcript of Prof.
January 10, 1997 | RICHARD CROMELIN
The casual-sounding, folk-based music played by the Lincoln, Neb., band Lullaby for the Working Class doesn't have a lot of overt inner tension. So when singer Ted Stevens drops a line like "Honey, please put the knife away" into a shambling, string-band setting, the effect is surprising and subversive.
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. It is very tempting to use the movie's pounding pop anthem - "Everything Is Awesome" - to put this insane sensory experience into sound-bite perspective. But that is no doubt the piece de resistance of the filmmakers' master plan. Or in "Lego Movie" speak, the Piece of Resistance. So in solidarity with that sentiment, I'll resist.
January 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
With Batman, Gandalf and Luke Skywalker all making appearances - and, of course, with constant references to the titular toy - "The Lego Movie" may be one of the biggest brand barrages Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory. With an undercurrent of anti-totalitarianism, a suggestion that big corporations keep us numb with empty entertainment and even self-mocking references to dud Lego products, the film also may be one of the more meta and subversive movies Hollywood has unleashed on the American filmgoing public in recent memory.
November 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
With its show-business staging of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" as a cheekily animated silent movie, Los Angeles Opera on Saturday night got what it very much needs. That this will be a hit goes without saying. But what this once pioneering company really needs right now is a reason to be talked about again. So let's talk about Barrie Kosky, one of the hot directors on the international scene and, like most hot directors on the international scene, ignored in America. Not too many American opera companies dare hire directors who put buckets of excrement onstage, as Kosky did in a recent German production of Janácek's "From the House of the Dead.
August 16, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown acted Friday to repeal a World War II-era law that requires the registration of subversive organizations conceived “for the purpose of undermining and eventually destroying the democratic form of government” in California and the United States. In all, Brown signed 12 bills Friday, including AB 1405, which repeals the Subversive Organization Registration Law enacted in 1941. During World War II, some political figures believed there were internal groups attempting to undermine the United States even as it fought wars against Japan and Germany.  No organization ever registered under the law, state officials said.
May 6, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - When Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from his impoverished country last week, he complained that Washington "still has a mentality of domination and submission" in the region. It was a familiar charge for the State Department's principal foreign aid agency. In the last two years, it has been booted out of Russia, snubbed in Egypt and declared unwelcome by a bloc of left-leaning Latin American countries. USAID "threatens our sovereignty and stability," the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas fumed in June in a resolution that accused the United States of political interference, conspiracy and "looting our natural resources.
January 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
An American democracy activist accused of trying to overthrow the Vietnamese government was freed Wednesday and sent home to Southern California to rejoin his family, more than nine months after he was first detained in Saigon. The unexpected decision comes amid a recent rash of charges against dissidents in Vietnam that have triggered global condemnation and raised concerns about the country's increased strategic engagement with the United States. U.S. citizen Nguyen Quoc Quan was arrested last April and faced subversion charges tied to his activism with the banned political party and democracy group Viet Tan. Though the United Nations human rights office and other watchdogs say the banned party is a peaceful organization, Vietnam deems it a terrorist group.
November 16, 2007 | Leah Ollman, Special to The Times
Eric Beltz writes like a schoolteacher and swears like a dockworker. He draws with extraordinary control and sends his mind wandering with abandon. His first solo show in L.A., at Acuna-Hansen, is a fascinating display of colliding temperaments, amazing skill, irreverent humor and thoughtful cultural scrutiny. Beltz calls what he does "high definition drawing."
August 22, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Opponents of a controversial Hong Kong anti-subversion bill gained a major boost when one of the territory's leading pro-Beijing politicians said the legislation should be delayed by a year. "It's better to delay," said Jasper Tsang, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong. Tsang had been a leading advocate for early passage of the legislation.
January 9, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Fourteen activists were convicted of subversion Wednesday in Vietnam and sentenced to up to 13 years in prison, in an unusually large case centering on their alleged ties to a banned democracy group. Vietnamese state media reported that the dissidents had been sent abroad by the “reactionary organization” Viet Tan to draw up plans to overthrow the government, equipped with money, vehicles and training. Viet Tan, an exiled political party, slammed the case as a “sham trial” to persecute dissidents for peaceful advocacy.
August 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
If you're already familiar with the motorcycle-jumping, car-crashing, body-banging brand of extreme sports marketed and practiced by the team Nitro Circus through its television show, then you might be predisposed to enjoy "Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D. " Though decidedly not for everyone, "Jackass," both the TV series and the movies Johnny Knoxville and his team made, had a sharply wry sense of narrative, showmanship and subversion. By contrast, "Nitro Circus," opening Wednesday, remains firmly planted in the realm of the inarticulate dude-bro, where shirtless men gleefully engage in physical acts of self-inflicted pain without a trace of real self-awareness or understanding.
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