"All of the Pleasure. None of the Guilt,
" an article from this past Sunday's NY Times Magazine, was inspired in part by a similar article posted recently on the New Yorker's Page Turner blog, "Against 'Guilty Pleasure.
'" It has, in turn, inspired another article in the Los Angeles Times: "The art of the guilty pleasure.
" All author's opine, "Is it time we retired the idea of 'guilty pleasure(s)'?" [more inside]
On October 8, the LA Times' Letter Editor, Paul Thornton published a piece entitled, "On letters from climate-change deniers"
following up on a claim in an earlier article
that said, " Simply put, this objection to the president's healthcare law is based on a falsehood, and letters that have an untrue basis (for example, ones that say there's no sign humans have caused climate change) do not get printed." [more inside]
Dying for Relief, an LA Times investigative series about deaths from prescription drug deaths. Part 1, Nov. 11, 2012 Prescription overdoses kill more people than heroin and cocaine.
An L.A. Times review of coroners’ records finds that drugs prescribed by a
small number of doctors caused or contributed to a disproportionate number of deaths.
Part 2, Dec. 9, 2012
Part 3, Dec. 20, 2012
Part 4, Dec. 30, 2012
Edward Gorey's gothic tales from the vault
Edward Gorey's arch eccentrics are on display in two reissues and a never-before-published story.' [more inside]
The McAllen, TX Public Library
won a 'Best-Of-Category' award in Interior Design
for its new layout.
It's in an abandoned Wal-Mart
. [more inside]
When volunteers and employees were suspected of sexually abusing children, Boy Scout officials often didn't tell police, files from 1970-91 reveal.
A Los Angeles Times review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks.
Last month, JP Morgan Chase announced it had lost $2 billion dollars
in a 'hedging' maneuver. Today, Jamie Dimon, Morgan's chairman and CEO, testified
before the Senate banking committee. [more inside]
There is a small jail
on Santa Catalina Island
. And apparently, it pays to be sent there, when you're a pro golfer
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times
celebrated the 130th anniversary of its first issue, and marked the occasion with 130 photos from Los Angeles history
, as well as a gallery of historic front pages
Paul Motian (wiki
), one of the great jazz drummers of our time, is dead at 80. [more inside]
Is a library without books still a library?
Newport Beach library is considering closing its original library and replacing it with a community center that would offer all the same features — except for the books.
A few days ago, Los Angeles Times food critic, S. Irene Virbila
, was photographed
and kicked out
of Jordan Kahn's
new Beverly Hills restaurant, Red Medicine
. [more inside]
Photos from the Los Angeles Times Archives
from Shirley Temple to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In coming months, The [Los Angeles] Times will publish a series of articles and a database analyzing individual teachers' effectiveness in the nation's second-largest school district — the first time, experts say, such information has been made public anywhere in the country. This article examines the performance of more than 6,000 third- through fifth-grade teachers for whom reliable data were available. [more inside]
Paris Metro's cheaters say solidarity is the ticket.
Scofflaws who jump the turnstiles or enter through the exits of the Paris public transit system have formed mutuelles des fraudeurs
— insurance funds that pay the fine if they get caught.
is a photojournalist who has worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and now works for The New York Times
. His work on a more sports-focused beat in Dallas
lead to his update on athletes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
as part of the 2008 Olympics coverage
. As a photographer with The New York Times, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
for feature photography
, for his first time out on the road, covering campaigns
(narrated slideshow, 3min 19sec). Currently, he is sharing his photos
and writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
, which are included in NY Times Lens Blog
(prev. Lens Blog features: 1
). If that's a bit heavy, check his photographers journal
(narrated slide show, 2min 34sec) and his article
on creating double-exposure juxtapositions
from days or weeks of shooting large-form film. [more inside]
"Ransom kidnapping is a rare crime in America. Most cops go their entire careers without handling one. These days, most kidnappings involve a husband taking a child from an estranged wife. That's how things were in Phoenix until a few years ago.
" via 2blowhards.com
The Homicide Report, by Jill Leovy:
An L.A. Times
blog built on the list of homicide victims reported to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office each week.
Newspaper reporter tells readers not to email him,
because "I don't want to talk to you". Nice long rant by frustrated reporter. Sounds like MeFites should drop him a line.
Joe Francis Gone Wild:
Claire Hoffman, L.A. Times adult entertainment correspondent, rides along with Girls Gone Wild
(Slate, SFW) producer Joe Francis on an expedition to a Chicago nightclub. Hoffman claims that over the course of the night, Francis pinned her against the hood of a car. A woman who agreed to be filmed in the crew's bus claims that Fancis had non-consensual sex with her. Reposted with safer language.
Ray Bradbury proposes monorail-bulding
One week after publicly declaring his lack of support
for our troops, LA Times columnist & professional nerd humorist Joel Stein comes out in favor of
Grand Theft Auto's Hot Coffee mod
, which has recently been the focus of a lawsuit brought by the city of Los Angeles against Rockstar Games, the makers of GTA. "Because if these teen computer geniuses are given the opportunity to unlock a video-game sex scene, then they'll be just one step away from breaking the code that allows them to type dirty words into Google."
Sheikh Khalid Yasin grew up as a Christian in the United States
but converted to Islam under the influence of Malcolm X. Last week he was interviewed
) by Australia's 60 Minutes
. Yasin's claims
—Muslims should not attend university because it's a "gateway for deviation", homosexuality is punishable by death
, and Muslims cannot truly befriend non-Muslims—have caused controversy among LGBT groups
& moderate Muslims, yet despite his naysayers, Yasin does not lack
for a following in Australia
, and is frequently honored
as a guest speaker
around the world. The LA Times has more
on US-born extremists.
"The Bush administration intervened to argue that their claims should be dismissed"
I seriously can't believe it. This is Brechtian
. Something has to be missing. This can't be my government.
A Senior Moment
The sign of a good specialist writer is the ability to amuse those who aren't specialists, or even enthusiasts, of their particular field. Dan Neil of LA Times is probably the most entertaining automotive writing around. Here, regarding the Montego, he asks the Mercury people, "What were you thinking?" (Registration might be necessary). He's also funny when doing positive reviews, as when drooling
over the Acura. No particular car lust required.
Cartoon in Times Prompts Inquiry by Secret Service
I know these guys have to investigate jokesters and fools who threaten the President, but this has the broad outlines of Federal intimidation of the press. Bah humbug on the SS, good for the lawyers for smackin' the guy down, and double good for the L.A. Times
for reporting it to their readers. (Reg. req. to read story. Sorry 'bout that, kittens.)
This lengthy Los Angeles Times photo correction
addresses the manipulation of a front page photo and the subsequent firing of its photographer. Working from two source photos, Brian Walski combined them in Photoshop to create a more compelling image, but was caught when someone noticed that some people appeared twice in the background of the modified photo. (via Fimoculous
The Los Angeles Times goes multimedia.
For the past few weeks, the LA Times has begun a significant push into offering video, audio, and interactive Flash on their website. One of the most interesting aspects is that the paper has moved one step beyond simply replaying AP Television clips as many sites have done; the LA Times writers are stand before the cameras and microphones themselves and report stories in a stuttering, non-hairsprayed, introverted demeanor that I find very refreshing, though so far I have gleaned very little additional information from it. When does (or can) this mode of journalism on the web rise above gimmickry or 'just because we can' and add value to a written article? Can video/tv news rise above mere spectacle?
This LA Times article
will get you clued in to some recent developments. But what is the most responsible course of action to deal with the Salton Sea?
It's part of a complex hydrologic system
and has a pretty unusual history. To me, this seems one of the best reminders that ecological issues are among the trickiest we face.
Can the LA Times write a decent story about bloggers and blogging?
They certainly didn't in their latest piece. Plus they took an interesting angle of writing about bloggers, but ignoring every single LA-based blogger despite the fact that LA just might be home to the largest community of bloggers
on the planet.
But LA shouldn't feel shunned, the Times didnt mention the Instapundit, Ev, or Metafilter either.
Who Killed Tupac Shakur?
More importantly, does the L.A. Times
run the risk of re-igniting an east-coast/west-coast rap "war" by implicating a certain notorious
indivdual in a feud that was virtually nonexistent until the media hyped it up the first time around?
"The Associated Press
, which usually does not report names of sexual assault victims, stopped identifying the girls by name after authorities said they had been raped. The AP resumed reporting Marris' name Friday after she came forward and used Brooks' name after she appeared on national television Monday." Richard Roeper
and the Los Angeles Times
cover the media decision to cover rape differently than other crimes.
LA Times article goes into some of the details of the Bush/Harken SEC investigation. While it leaves a lot of questions unanswered, it's largely exculpatory.
News Sites Hustle for Profitability
In a recent survey of 429 newspaper Web sites worldwide by media consulting group Innovation, only 5.5 percent of North American sites currently charge a subscriber fee. But many are re-considering that model. Steve Barth, general manager of L.A. Times Interactive feels the need to condition us.
"If we took a leadership position and did our part in helping condition the reader that not everything is free forever, hopefully other substantial news organizations would follow,
" says he.
High Finance Run Amok
[latimes free reg req] is a Kevin Phillips editorial on the "financialization" of the US economy. "As the financial sector, in short, became too important to fail, the Fed and the Treasury abandoned market economics to embrace socialization of credit risk. No other sector of the U.S. economy, save possibly defense, received such governmental assistance."
2nd Degree Murder Verdict Thrown Out in SF Dog Mauling Case.
Though Superior Court Judge James Warren said Knoller and Noel are "the most despised couple in this city," he said the evidence did not support a murder conviction because Knoller had no way of knowing her dogs would kill someone when she left her apartment that day.
Punks vs. Yuppies in San Francisco
I don't know how I feel about trying to get yuppies and punks to reconcile but I do like the idea of a yuppies vs. punks Olympics. It'd be funny if they had one here in NYC (I'd nominate Willimasburg as the location).
Music industry makes first mature move in years!
Universal and Sony will respond to piracy by selling CDs at $9.99 - and singles at .99. How easy was that?
(Link requires free registration but well worth it, IMO)
Star Trek's George Takei scoops LA Times by two months.
Los Angeles is so big that The Valley wants to secede as does Hollywood.
Takei, who grew up in LA, pointed out
in his web site months ago that if Hollywood split away, the world famous sign, which isn't technically in Hollywood would be on LA real estate.
Not until today, LAEXAMINER.com
reported, did the LA Times seem to think this newsworthy
Antidote to the Liberal Monotone: Blogging
After reading MetaFilter for a while, I would assume that blogging ticks off all people, left and right, equally. Does exposure like this on a major Op-Ed page show that blogging is on the verge of becoming something big?
Gay Life in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
This is an interesting article in the LA Times about a phenomenon that I noticed 20 years ago when I had a bunch of Iranian teenage boys in a school I worked in for awhile. It seems that every society has its constraints, and ways of getting around these constraints.
"Dude, Where's My Lawyer?"
Note to self: Leave 3,600 grams of opium (allegedly) at home.
Utah Leads Nation in Rate of Anti-Depressant Use.
It is interesting (to me) in that the people doing the study credit a "Mother of Zion" syndrome of married Mormon women putting on the happy face regardless of how happy they truly are. My state is up at the top also. Could be all the rain I guess. . .*sigh*
The Texas sleeping lawyer case
is being submitted to the supreme court by the TX Attorney General in hopes of overturning the 5th Circuit Court's ruling that maybe the lawyer in question did doze a little too often during the trial. It seems the issue is " how often an attorney can sleep during a trial without violating his client's constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel."
"It's not propaganda, it's the truth"
Rumsfeld declared. OK, but leaflets with radio broadcasts
, and Information Programs
, is this the best we can do? How about some Daffy Goes to War
, even some inspirational Soviet
communist posters, as we do battle on the psyops
Judge May Reject Olson Guilty Plea
"A day after Sara Jane Olson pleaded guilty to attempted bombing charges and then denied her guilt outside the courtroom, a Los Angeles judge announced he will hold a hearing next week to decide whether to toss out the plea."
Even if she's actually innocent, I can't help but think the former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive should've kept her mouth shut until after the sentencing at least.
The LA Times
isn't very sympathetic, either.
Once Insular Americans Now Studying Up on The World
According to this LA Times article, Americans are suddenly getting interested in the world outside its borders, with a special emphasis on Islam and the Middle East. How about you? Run into any websites or books that help make sense of it all? link via AllAboutGeorge via mefi text ad