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The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



Robo-News Bot Reports Earthquake Story for L.A. Times

For those who’ve been wondering if at least some of the news currently dispensed by the MSM isn’t churned up and plopped out of a machine somewhere in the dark reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s basement, wonder no more.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



Fracking Bans Gaining Popularity All Over the Place

Americans aren’t the only ones against fracking.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



Seven People Hold the Keys to Global Internet Security

The Guardian’s James Ball describes a Masonic-like meeting of the lords of the Internet in Los Angeles. But “the reality is rather closer to ‘The Office’ than ‘The Matrix,’ ” he says.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



Is It Constitutional to Charge $175 for a Parking Ticket?

Two Los Angeles natives are fighting the city’s outrageous parking tickets and associated fines on the grounds that they violate due process and are “grossly disproportionate to the failure to put a dollar or two in the meter.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Rising Sea Level Threatens Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles faces a growing threat from rising sea levels by mid-century, researchers say as much of the region copes with an unprecedented drought.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



Enough Is Enough: Fraud-Ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option

JPMorgan Chase has been involved in more than a dozen felonies. Why are we still doing business with it?

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Chain Linked

On Feb. 25 the Santa Monica City Council votes on whether Paul Conrad’s peace sculpture should be knocked over and replaced with retail development. Because nothing says we should work to prevent nuclear self-annihilation like a Tommy Bahama, a food court and a lighted fountain full of pennies tossed by shoppers wishing for world peace with their eyes closed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE    



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Lee Baca to Step Down From L.A. County Sheriff Post

After 48 years in the department, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is hanging up his hat at the end of January as federal probes continue into allegations of prisoner abuse in local jails and racial discrimination in an area over which his office presides.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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New York’s Returning Police Boss Targets Stop-and-Frisk Practice

New York City’s newly installed mayor, Bill de Blasio, has tapped Bill Bratton to run the NYPD under his watch, and the returning chief stepped up Thursday with a plan to target and reduce one of the most controversial tactics practiced by the city’s police force.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Nick Ut

Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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L.A. Social Workers Say ‘Social Worker-to-Child Ratios’ Unsafe

“More than 1,600 social workers in Los Angeles County have gone on strike for better pay and fewer caseloads, saying excessive demands were buckling the system and jeopardizing children’s safety,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Beck Diefenbach

Fracking and the New War on Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Over the past 50 years, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides to curb its smog problems by cutting vehicle emissions. But now, the emerging “fracking” industry threatens to undo much of that progress by wantonly spewing toxic chemicals into the air.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Broken Promise: Bankruptcy Judge Says Detroit Can Cut Pension Payments

In a perverse case of making the victim pay for the crime, a federal bankruptcy judge says the city of Detroit can renege on pension promises. Experts say the decision could be a template for other governments seeking to get out from under obligations.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Nick Ut

Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Rare Photos Reveal Griffith Observatory Under Construction

The observatory that sits atop Griffith Park is one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful treasures, both because of its art deco looks and dazzling views of the city below.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

More Than 50 Arrested in Wal-Mart Civil Disobedience

If you’re wondering why Wal-Mart is advertising about how well it treats its worker bees, it may be because demonstrators have launched an ambitious campaign to draw attention to the retail giant’s exploitation and alleged abuse of employees.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


Live: LAX Shut Down After Shooter Kills TSA Agent, Wounds Others

A shooting at Terminal 3 of the nation’s third-busiest airport has closed the facility while authorities try to investigate what happened.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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L.A. Considers Banning GMOs

The City of Angels may prohibit the sale and distribution of genetically modified organisms to become the biggest GMO-free zone in America. But it’s not just about ridding Los Angeles of them. As one of the councilmen who proposed the measure puts it, “so goes the West, so goes the rest of the country.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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L.A.’s Billion Dollar Plan to Replace Textbooks With iPads Struggles With Reality

Apple marketed its iPad as an educational device “that just works,” but the City of Angels is learning the hard way that there’s nothing simple about $700 textbooks.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Quit Whining About Obamacare

One of the most important components of the health program is about to kick in, with the potential to transform American society.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



Rennett Stowe (CC BY 2.0)

Big Trouble in Little Antelope Valley

In this suburban area 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, as elsewhere, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is a time to note how the country has fallen far short of Martin Luther King Jr.’s goals of jobs and freedom.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Bobby Magee (CC-BY-ND)

Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE


L.A. Pot Dispensary Crackdown

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Tami Abdollah

Santa Monica Shootings: Gun Violence Happens Everywhere

A rampage that left five people dead, including the suspected gunman, in the wealthy, liberal, seaside paradise of Santa Monica, Calif., reminds us that guns and killers are everywhere in America.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE


Voter Turnout in L.A.

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AP/Chris Carlson

Does Anything Change in Los Angeles With Election of New Mayor?

The Los Angeles election Tuesday again revealed a city unlike most of the country—more liberal, more deeply Democratic, yet also more interested in medical marijuana than the troubles of the poor.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator’s Hypocrisy on Tornado Aid, Jon Stewart Hates Washington, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a senator’s attempt to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and the real IRS scandal that is being missed.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE


Broke L.A. Cuts Million Dollar Checks to Cops and Firefighters

A little-known pension scheme in the City of Angels lets public safety workers double-dip at the taxpayers’ expense.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul’s Filibuster Win, Bill O’Reilly Apologizes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new poll reveals the early favorite for the 2016 presidential race and a possible culprit is named in Los Angelenos’ apathy toward this week’s mayoral election. 

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


As Goes Los Angeles, Comes Nobody

“What if they gave an election and no one came?” That’s a paraphrase of a war or anti-war cry of the 1960s. More than 40 years later in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, the cliché came alive in reports of Tuesday’s municipal election, where turnout has dropped to 16 percent, half the number of people who turned out for local elections only eight years ago.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE



Two Rats, One Mind

Scientists connected the brains of a pair of rodents—one in Brazil, the other in North Carolina—via computers; an Italian jeans maker has trademarked the word “Jesus” thus holding exclusive rights to clothes bearing Christ’s name; meanwhile, a police officer is on trial in New York on suspicion of planning to rape, torture and cannibalize women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Reed Saxon

Cardinal Mahony ‘Forgives’ Those Angry With Him Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

The level of narcissism and insensitivity displayed by the pedophile enabler in a blog post Thursday shows just how far removed he is from reality.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Desperate L.A. Offers $1 Million Bounty for Accused Cop Killer

A week after former police officer Christopher Dorner is alleged to have begun killing those people he reportedly views as his enemies, authorities in Southern California—and even Charlie Sheen—are doing everything they can to bring the elusive man out of the shadows.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 READ MORE



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In Los Angeles, a Different Kind of Political Race

L.A. is having an election for mayor, a slogging, nuts-and-bolts sort of contest that doesn’t resemble the popular image of this challenging city.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Manhunt On for Revenge-Seeking Ex-LAPD Officer Accused of Killing 3

Police say Christopher Dorner implicated himself in the killings through a “manifesto” that he posted online this week in which he identifies potential targets by name.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Reed Saxon

Cardinal Relieved of Duties Amid Catholic Church Scandal Exposure

Finally, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has removed Cardinal Roger Mahony, a top clergyman linked to efforts to conceal child abuse, “as it released thousands [of] files [on] priests accused of molesting children,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



Mr. Littlehand

Communities Need Newspapers

Once-proud newspapers have given way to Internet news sweatshops, but clicks don’t bring respect from the public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Court Rules Woman Technically Not Raped Because of Marital Status

A California appeals court has decided that an 18-year-old woman technically wasn’t raped by a man who had sex with her while she was asleep because he was pretending to be her boyfriend. But if the woman had been married and the man had been impersonating her husband? The court acknowledged the outcome would have been different.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



The New York Times

How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Documentary Claims Serial Killer Murdered O.J. Simpson’s Ex-Wife

The former football star did not kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, a new documentary alleges; convicted killer Glen Rogers did.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Sued Over Ban on Medical Pot Dispensaries

The battle between the city of Los Angeles and medical marijuana advocates is intensifying again after a group representing hundreds of pot shop owners and patients sued the city in an effort to overturn a ban on dispensaries.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE


Chalk One Up for Artist Alex Schaefer

Artist and dissenter Alex Schaefer was arrested last month by the Los Angeles Police Department and charged with misdemeanor vandalism when he chalked a sidewalk in an act of civil disobedience against Chase Bank.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Ambiguous Battle for Jobs

It’s the great unanswered question of the presidential campaign: Just how can America actually create jobs? President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are ducking the specifics, tearing each other down and offering little hope to the 15 percent of Americans without enough work.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Jeff Turner (CC-BY)

L.A. Moves to Ban Marijuana All Over Again

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. A fig leaf provision designed to honor California’s 16-year-old legalization of marijuana for medical use would allow patients and caregivers to grow a small amount of their own supply.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


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