March 24, 1986
After reading your excellent, thought-provoking March 9 editorial "Warning bells ring out about danger in the skies," I heard Federal Aviation Administrator Donald Engen on television disagree with the General Accouting Office study that air travel isn't as safe as it should be. His contention was based on a decrease in accidents according to recent statistics, despite the pressure on a declining overworked staff of air traffic controllers and...
March 23, 2011 |
Have tsunamis or earthquakes been in your dreams? You're not alone. Such images arise in dreams all the time. But since the catastrophes afflicting Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, they take on new meaning. What, if anything, do such dreams tell us? They're a response to human suffering - and a portal to the stress in our personal lives. They're a survival strategy as old as evolution. And - at the outer limits of dream theory - there's the possibility that dreams may be a kind of transspecies early-warning system.
October 20, 1989 |
Many companies just can't operate if they can't use their computers. And in the San Francisco area this week, many companies confronted exactly that problem. But the lucky ones already had foreseen such a threat. Long before the catastrophic earthquake twisted through San Francisco on Tuesday, they had hired outfits like SunGard Data Systems Inc., of Wayne. SunGard is part of a tiny but increasingly important industry that specializes in providing emergency computer backup for companies in the event of a disaster.
November 8, 2004
TO PHILADELPHIA Democrats from a two-time Bush voter and fellow Philadelphian: The majority of Americans do not think like you. WE, on the other hand, loathe the Hollywood and cultural radicalism that gets forced on us by the media on a daily basis. WE believe that the producers, the well-educated and the ambitious among us deserve to be haves and the antithesis deserve to be have-nots. WE understand that big business is the catalyst for capitalism, and that the economic boom of the '90s was due to more than a decade of Reaganomics (NOT Bill Clinton)
March 14, 1994 |
For some bands, the departure of a lead singer and principal songwriter spells certain disaster. For the Pogues, whose notoriously alcoholic front man Shane MacGowan was replaced last year, it appears to be just a temporary setback. As if to prove it remains one of the world's greatest anarchistic dance bands, the MacGowan-less group did everything it used to do Saturday at the near-capacity Trocadero. There were reels and jigs and country weepers and Irish ballads. More than once, the carefully appointed mandolin/violin underpinning erupted into blitzkrieging rants served with punkish glee and an Irishman's grin.
February 4, 2003 |
Now come the psychologists, now come the priests. Here are the unbidden journalists, the amateur videographers, the numb families, the stunned public. We assemble again for the American tragedy. By now we know our parts, taught by bitter precedent what to expect and how it all feels. When the space shuttle Columbia fell 40 miles onto Texas and Louisiana on Saturday like a streaking, spent star, the echoes of Sept. 11, 2001, were evident: Disaster played out against a sharp blue sky around 9 a.m., and we got to watch it unfold, in real time, on television.
February 19, 2010 |
Darkness and disaster loom large in this year's selection of five Academy Award-nominated live-action shorts. Maybe it's the glum mood across the land, and around the world, or just a reflection of the prevailing temperament in the Academy committee's screening room, but try this on for size: child slavery in India ("Kavi"), nuclear contamination in Russia ("The Door"), surreal desolation Down Under ("Miracle Fish"), dead bodies in a New York apartment ("The New Tenants"), and a bumbling magician sticking swords through his volunteers ("Instead of Abracadabra")
May 13, 1995 |
The Los Angles Lakers took advantage of a deep hole dug by the San Antonio Spurs to avoid getting in one themselves. Nick Van Exel scored 25 points as the Lakers took a 92-85 victory last night to cut the visiting Spurs' playoff lead to 2-1. Game 4 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals is tomorrow at the Forum. The Spurs dug themselves a deep hole in the opening quarter with poor shooting - 5-for-20 - and even poorer rebounding. The Lakers, who shot 48 percent from the field in the period, outrebounded the Spurs, 18-8, and led, 28-11.
June 8, 2010 |
The BP oil spill is two media events: one environmental and one political. The ecological and economic disaster - oily pelicans, tar balls, empty restaurants, grounded fishing fleets - has prompted monumental media coverage charged with outrage and frustration. Add politics, and this combustible mixture has flared into a second story as white-hot as the first. Ever since the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which killed 11 people, today's fractionated, diverse media world - cable TV, public radio, Internet - has shown that it can cover multiple angles of a complex story.