Tagged: Michael Konik

The War on Leakers

Luckily for Barack Obama, news of improper shenanigans at the IRS stole attention from the week’s biggest story: that the President’s Justice Department had secretly seized call information from at least 20 phone lines belonging to Associated Press reporters, including personal cell phones and the main switchboard of the AP’s Washington bureau. While Obama thundered...

Mourning the Real Victims of the Bangladesh Garment Factory Disasters

News comes from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, that a disastrous fire swept through a garment factory there, killing eight people. A factory fire in November killed more than 100. The garment industry in Bangladesh is euphemistically called “loosely regulated,” so, regrettably, these things (fires and so forth) tend to happen with alarming regularity....

Enrich LA

Certain simple ideas have the power to transform humanity (for the better). Creating an organic community garden is one of those life-changing concepts. The forward-thinking nonprofit, EnrichLA, builds gardens at schools, using students, parents, and community volunteers to construct irrigated planting beds, trees, flowers, and vegetables. In the tradition of Habitat for Humanity, it all happens...

Bottled Water is Amazing!

Were you aware that bottled water is “bad for the environment,” “bad for public water sources,” and “bad for your wallet”? Neither were we! It’s pretty funny to think of something so obviously good – so amazing, when you think about it – as inherently evil, or something. Bottled water is, like, one of the...

Here Lies Love

Entertaining, educational, and totally boogie-licious, the New York Public Theater production of “Here Lies Love” is the most fun we’ve had at a show since the age of disco. Originally a stellar recording project created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, with vocals from, among others, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Nathalie Merchant, Santigold, Florence Welch,...

Why Terrorists Hate America

The commonly understood reason why terrorists wish to kill and maim Americans is because they hate our freedoms. That’s what’s behind all the civilian violence: they hate our freedoms. You can go ahead and enumerate all the freedoms the terrorists hate, but it doesn’t really matter which ones –freedom to assemble publicly with unmarried members...

The Ballad of the Barclay Boys

Oh, what a glorious life my uncles have had! Born to the manor these two fine brothers, Whose servants sheltered them from feeling sad, Or foolishly acting too kindly to others.   Natural twins from the start, they twinned all through life, The Harvard® and clerkships and China Bank™. Jason got married; George needed a...

Kim Richmond’s “Artistry”

The idea has intrigued modern American composers for decades: What would happen if you mashed-up jazz with the symphonic form? Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Vince Mendoza, and Maria Schneider have written ravishing scores in this vein. Now, the respected Los Angeles reed-man, arranger, composer and band leader Kim Richmond has released his latest masterwork, “Artistry,” a...

Hooray for Hollywood (Boulevard)

The whole world is worried about North Korea. We’re not. We think locally. The area around which we can walk or ride our bike is our concern. We’re civic-minded that way. Hollywood Boulevard is nearby. We walk on its sidewalks almost every day, often to access the subway, which serves our neighborhood with a Hollywood...

Sticking Up for Society’s Most Unloved

We’ll never win a popularity contest, that’s for certain. We’re OK with that. To us, it’s more important to do what’s right than to be liked and admired and affirmed. That’s why we feel comfortable sticking up for society’s downtrodden, the friendless, powerless folks who bear the daily aspersions and derision of those who think...