Big Change for the Greek Theatre?

Greek Theatre Contract

Larry Wines: One obvious red flag is that Live Nation’s proposal includes a new “Greek Theatre Community Trust” — a fund controlled by Live Nation — “for the purpose of irrevocably receiving funds generated through a ‘special ticket sales program.'”

Deadly Depression

Robin Williams Depression

Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?

Advertising of, by, and for the Rich

It is also a function of our own gullibility in making dimwit celebrities into members of the arrogant rich class. That includes all the obvious examples that populate the “entertainment news” shows – an oxymoronic tv genre as crazy as “reality tv.” And dimwit celebrities likewise include most of those with specific athletic skills who attended college without graduating, then signed $35 million contracts to throw or catch a ball because we are stupid enough to make that economically viable.

Larry Wines: Even if I’m writing the dialog for what I’m seeing, my tv is not safe from flying shoes. Every time I see that ad for The Cadillac Collection, I turn into Lewis Black.

Time to Do Something Massive

Voting Required by Law

Larry Wines: It all comes back to the same thing: If we can’t fix our own House, how can we have the credibility to fix anyone else’s?

Another Smoking Hole in the Ground

Malaysian Airlines Plane

Larry Wines: Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC, is offering background and informed speculation from his current post in Gaza. He’s interrupted.

How GOP Wants to Divide and Conquer California

Dividing California

Larry Wines: By carving-up California along the lines devised by the proposal’s chief advocate, a tech billionaire entrepreneur named Tim Draper, four of the six Californicated states would have Republican majorities.

On the Anniversary of her Disappearance, Amelia Earhart Still Inspires Us

Amelia Earhart Disappearance Anniversary

Larry Wines: Amelia Earhart vanished on a long ago July 2nd while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world. In so many ways, she still speaks to us, a compelling feminine presence from long before the feminist movement, a determined woman who made up her mind to achieve bold things, and set about doing them.

Remembering Howard Baker

Howard Baker

Larry Wines: Always respected on both sides of the aisle, Howard Baker came from the days when Republican politicians were sane.

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