“L.A. still gets nearly 90 percent of its drinking water from out-of-town resources, just as it has for more than a century. But the Sierra Nevada snowpack could shrink by as much as 90 percent by 2100, experts say. Runoff already peaks 10 to 15 days earlier today than it did 50 years ago, according to a 2008 Purdue University study.
Meanwhile, aquifers along the coast of Los Angeles County are already experiencing “seawater intrusion,” according to the National Resources Defense Council, which last year called out L.A. officials for lagging behind other big cities in planning for such climate change-related effects. The group warns that a 55-inch sea level rise would double the number of toxic waste sites, power plants and other critical infrastructure situated inside L.A. County’s 100-year flood zones.”
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the psychologically important 13,000 mark today for the first time since the financial crisis. The blue-chip index has climbed 1,000 points in just two months to hit the milestone for the first time since May 2008.
Dear Los Angeles Times Staff, could you spare a moment to help Janet Liang? If you don't know her story, she's a recent UCLA grad who's currently battling leukemia (after relapsing around Christmas). She NEEDS to find a marrow match by this June. We're trying to mobilize the Los Angeles community to help her find a match. Could you reblog Janet's latest health update video on the Helping Janet's Tumblr? That's all we're asking for. Thanks so much. Peace and love, Team Janet.
Kind of flips the thinking hope that games like Wii Fit would get people more active.
Children randomly assigned to a study group were allowed to choose two active video games over 13 weeks, while others in a control group chose two inactive videos over 13 weeks. Activity was measured in both groups after the first, sixth, seventh and 12th weeks via accelerometers.
No differences in levels of physical activity were noted between the two groups. “None of the active video games had a narrative or story; wrapping an engaging narrative around the activity in active video games may motivate more intense and maintained [physical activity],” the authors wrote.
"California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act is the first law in the nation to link transportation funding, land use planning, and housing policy with an effort to reduce greenhouse gases. What does this have to do with improving public health? Just about everything."
“Many still don’t know that under the guise of “American Jobs for Real Americans” and touting it as a panacea to end the high unemployment caused by the Depression, President Herbert Hoover and the federal government launched an aggressive anti-immigrant campaign together with local governments to “repatriate” people of Mexican descent, forcibly deporting scores of individuals. Although the exact number of Mexican Americans expelled from the U.S. is disputed and perhaps may be never known, most scholars put it at around 1 million. That was in the 1930s. The so-called Mexican Deportation was so swift, that hundred of thousands of the deportees were actual U.S. citizens.”
Economic and racial diversity isn’t a zero-sum game—both factors should be considered in admissions, for different (albeit related) reasons. If the Supreme Court bans affirmative action, we may discover how much colleges care about genuine diversity. We may not like the answer.
“I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love. When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same sex couples were looking for.”—A chance shake-up of Maryland House of Delegates seating assignments brought Republican Wade Kach face to face with gay couples who had come to make the case for a gay marriage law, and might have proved decisive in its final passage through the state’s General Assembly on Thursday. Kach, who had previously backed attempts to define marriage as between one man and one woman, found a space right next to the witness table.
We’re trying something new: Submission Fridays! We get a ton of really great original artwork submitted to our Tumblr, and we’d like to share more of it. SO, now we’ll be taking some time on Fridays to share a few of our favorite submitted works from the past week. Thanks to everyone who makes great art and shares it with us!
Blade Runner has been called “the official nightmare of Los Angeles”, yet this dystopian vision is in many ways a city planner’s dream come true. Finally, a vibrant street life. A downtown crowded with nighttime strollers. Neon beyond our wildest dreams. Only a Unabomber could find this totally repellant.
The streets are littered with electronic parking meters, but there are no cars parked next to them. The VTOL has replaced the SUV, but there are no traffic jams in the sky. The hero, Deckard, drives his car home from his job downtown, yet when he pulls into the grounds of the hundred-story apartment building where he lives, he finds a parking place right next to the front door. Apparently, he is the only tenant with a car.
Blade Runner is easy to criticize […] yet Blade Runner continues to fascinate. Perhaps it expresses a nostalgia for a dystopian vision of the future that has become outdated. This vision offered some consolation, because it was at least sublime. Now the future looks brighter, hotter, and blander. Buffalo will become Miami, and Los Angeles will become Death Valley, at least until the rising ocean tides wash it away.
Computers will get faster, and we will get slower. There will be plenty of progress, but few of us will be any better off or happier for it. Robots won’t be sexy and dangerous, they’ll be dull and efficient, and they’ll take our jobs.