Archive for the ‘LA Times’ tag

#  Balance California’s Budget →

June 26th, 2009 at 17:42 // In Worth Distraction 

The LA Times has an interesting Flash thing (game seems too generous): devise a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to balance California’s famously troubled budget. For some reason I can’t seem to devise a solution that no one would be upset about…

(via Mr. Arment)

#  The Minicow Boom →

June 22nd, 2009 at 18:41 // In Worth Knowing 

What’s most interesting about “minicows” which are apparently experiencing a “miniboom” because they’re more efficient in a feed to commercial-cut analysis, is that they’re not some new scientific breakthrough, but old technology. The “miniature” breeds that some farmers love are just the regular cows from 100 years ago.

“Feed prices were relatively cheap, and grazing lands were accessible,” Lemenager said. “The plan was to get more meat per animal. But it went way too far. The animals got too big and eat so much.”

(via Human Nature)

#  A Landmark Event for Newspapers →

January 12th, 2009 at 19:37 // In Worth Knowing 

An interesting fact: The LA Times’s online advertising revenue is now sufficient to fund its entire editorial operation — both print and online.

It’s also worth noting, as Mr. Jarvis does, that the Times newsroom is nearly half the size of its former self.

(via PSFK)

#  IWearYourShirt.com →

January 11th, 2009 at 10:35 // In Worth Distraction 

If he sells every day, Jason Sadler will have made at least $66,795 — he’s selling ad spots on the calendar pages, which would add $18,000 — and probably will have received around 300 free tshirts (don’t forget repeat buyers) in 2009. I wonder if he’ll end up forced to wear a hair shirt

(via Adii)

Also, there are ripoffs. And a parody. (via LAT)

#  Dr. Horrible →

July 16th, 2008 at 22:01 // In Worth Distraction 

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog is odd. It’s also pretty awesome. Act I went online Tuesday, Act II just went online, and Act III should be up on Saturday. Oh, and if you’re looking for a longer explanation of the project, I suggest this write up from the LA Times’s Web Scout blog.

#  That North Korea-Syria Nuke Deal? Real. →

April 23rd, 2008 at 15:52 // In Worth Knowing 

Or so reports the (*cough* always reliable *cough*) LA Times, citing an undisclosed CIA source:

CIA officials will tell Congress on Thursday that North Korea had been helping Syria build a plutonium-based nuclear reactor, a U.S. official said, a disclosure that could touch off new resistance to the administration’s plan to ease sanctions on Pyongyang.

The CIA officials will tell lawmakers that they believe the reactor would have been capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons but was destroyed before it could do so, the U.S. official said, apparently referring to a suspicious installation in Syria that was bombed last year by Israeli warplanes.

I should also note that The New Yorker’s Seymor Hersh did his best to debunk this story a few months ago.

(via Kevin Drum)

#  God is Allah →

April 6th, 2008 at 10:31 // In Worth Considering 

We’ve all heard this at least once in the last decade, but Rabih Alameddine’s exploratation of Arabic words in English deserve a hearing. The bit most likely to be controversial:

We never say the French pray to Dieu, or Mexicans pray to Dios. Having Allah be different from God implies that Muslims pray to a special deity. It classifies Muslims as the Other. Separating Allah from God, we only see a vengeful, alarming deity, one responsible for those frightful fatwas and ghastly jihads — rarely the compassionate God. The opening line of every chapter in the Koran is “Bi Ism Allah, Al Rahman, Al Rahim”: In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful. In the name of Allah. One and the same. […]

In these troubled times, creating more differences, further parsing so to speak, is troubling, even dangerous. I suggest we either not use the word Allah or, better yet, use it in a non-Muslim context.

Otherwise, the terrorists win.

#  The Prophetic Anger of MLK →

April 4th, 2008 at 11:17 // In Worth Considering 

Michael Eric Dyson makes some interesting points in this LA Times Op-Ed. Pointing to some of Dr. King’s controversial statements made after 1965 to mostly black audiences, he says that Revered Wright is clearly a descendent of King’s split opinion on race.

Perhaps nothing might surprise — or shock — white Americans more than to discover that King said in 1967: “I am sorry to have to say that the vast majority of white Americans are racist, either consciously or unconsciously.” In a sermon to his congregation in 1968, King openly questioned whether blacks should celebrate the nation’s 1976 bicentennial. “You know why?” King asked. “Because it [the Declaration of Independence] has never had any real meaning in terms of implementation in our lives.” 

#  Understanding Islam →

April 2nd, 2008 at 13:41 // In Worth Knowing 

Daniel Miessler’s mildly arrogant “What Every American Should Know About the Middle East” got a lot of attention recently. Sounding more intellectual but covering roughly the same ground, John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed make this point:

What about Muslim sympathy for terrorism? Many charge that Islam encourages violence more than other faiths, but studies show that Muslims around the world are at least as likely as Americans to condemn attacks on civilians. Polls show that 6% of the American public thinks attacks in which civilians are targets are “completely justified.” In Saudi Arabia, this figure is 4%. In Lebanon and Iran, it’s 2%.

#  A Day at Guantanamo →

March 28th, 2008 at 16:13 // In Worth Reading 

Carol Williams assembled — through the shards of information made public — what a day is like for prisoners at Guantanamo. There are several interesting bits, but this really caught my eye.

More than 2,000 books and magazines in 18 languages are stocked for the prisoners, each vetted for its potential to incite. The “Harry Potter” series had been the most popular selection before a recent influx of nature and music books.

At the new Camp 7 facility for high-value detainees — which jailers have dubbed “the platinum camp” — the book most in demand now is “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” a nearly 20-year-old treatise by Stephen R. Covey.

(via brijit)

Also of note: Raymond Bonner’s “Forever Guantanamo” rife with outrage about torture and having surprisingly little to say about the place itself.