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Donald Trump's Wack Week, The California Delta, And Jerry Brown (For Senate?)

William Bradley | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
William Bradley

After a tiring week of Donald Trump's presidency, his approach seems a lot less like a strategy than a syndrome. If Trump critics, and this especially...

Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75

William Bradley | Posted 01.06.2017 | Entertainment
William Bradley

As the bizarre, toxic yet darkly fascinating year 2016 has faded completely into an unknown 2017, a question or two occurs with relevance to the next ...

The Eagles' 'Hotel California' at 40, 'Buffalo Springfield' at 50

William Bradley | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, Cali...

Neil Young: A Timely, and Timeless, Appeal

William Bradley | Posted 10.27.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"The end of this war? The end of this war is when we solve the energy problem. This war is going on for a long, long time. This war will not go away u...

Why Bob Dylan's Controversial Nobel Prize Makes Perfect Sense (And Spotlights Incisive Americana At A Crucial Moment)

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

I'm not really a Bob Dylan fan. He's not my favorite singer-songwriter. That's Joni Mitchell. I've only seen him twice in concert. And I've never met ...

Jerry Brown and California Press Forward Again on Climate Change

William Bradley | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
William Bradley

There is no more fundamental and profound issue for the future of humanity than the habitability of our planet, still the only one we have. And as cli...

The Dead Rise Again

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

I'll tell you where the four winds dwell In Franklin's tower there hangs a bell It can ring, turn night to day Ring like fire when you lose your way ...

Jerry Brown's Concerns Reflect Hillary Clinton's Vulnerability

William Bradley | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown has signed another California budget essentially along the lines he proposed, once again thwarting the designs of some legislative Democrats for expansive new and renewed programs.

How Bernie Sanders Is Mangling His Media Moment

William Bradley | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Things haven't gone so smoothly for Bernie Sanders since the primary season ended with a cascade of victories for Hillary Clinton. His big speech at t...

Behind Hillary Clinton's Big California Win and the Promise/Peril of the Bernie Sanders Movement

William Bradley | Posted 06.11.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Poor Bernie Sanders. He made his big post-primary return to Washington Thursday, meeting with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Senate Democr...

Los Angeles, On Foot

Lauren DePino | Posted 06.03.2016 | Good News
Lauren DePino

I love taking walks. Long ones. I start by choosing a direction. Then I let something lead me. I'm not sure what to call it--maybe it's intuition or...

'For What It's Worth': Bernie, Hillary, Jerry Brown, and A Colorful California Primary

William Bradley | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

California public polls are all over the place. One very respected poll has a statistical tie, while a couple of other public polls have double-digit Clinton leads. My read is that both are off, that Hillary is ahead, but Bernie is in striking distance.

U.S. Flag Mural Repainted at Sunrise While L.A. Wakes (Drone Footage)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

The defaced American flag mural overlooking Hollywood was restored to its Old Glory in a dawn operation by The PSA Crew, an L.A.-based street art coll...

Will the California Primary Matter?

William Bradley | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

There's been a lot of chatter that the California primary may at last matter in the presidential race. Sorry to say that this dyed-in-the-wool California enthusiast doesn't think so. Not in terms of calling the turn on either party's nomination, that is.

California's Nation-Leading Minimum Wage Hike Is the Latest for Birthday Boy Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown avoided his characteristic quipsmanship as he signed California's nation-leading minimum wage hike into law on Monday morning in downtown LA.

'Landslide Hillary' Pulls It Out

William Bradley | Posted 02.22.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Is Hillary Clinton regaining the media frame of inevitable Democratic nominee? Probably. Is that a good thing for her? We'll see. It not infrequently has not been.

In the Sanders-Clinton Battle, It's the 1970s vs. the 1990s

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Generally presented as some sort of out-of-the-blue challenge to the orthodoxy of our financialized politics, the Sanders vs. Clinton battle actually has deep roots in decades past.

Powerful #OscarsSoWhite Street Art by Plastic Jesus

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 02.06.2017 | Entertainment
John Wellington Ennis

The ongoing controversy over the Academy Awards' lack of diversity was realized in a street art installation piece left on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood by Plastic Jesus, known for past attention-getting art critical of the Oscars.

Fallen Eagle: Glenn Frey's Untimely Passing Points Up a Long Run Era

William Bradley | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The Eagles, with a few hiatuses between long and rather leisurely and extremely profitable world tours, haven't really gone away since, though together they have only produced the smash studio double album Long Road Out of Eden.

Global Climate Change Summit Ends With Agreement to Agree, Actual National Plans Falling Far Short, and Some California Coups

William Bradley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
William Bradley

Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.

UN Climate Summit's Scattered Approach Points Up Importance of California and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
William Bradley

There is some very good news and some very bad news about the current United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.

Jerry Brown, Greening California and the Ancien Regime of Oil

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
William Bradley

As long as people are using oil -- and even with Brown's target of cutting use in half by 2030, we'll be using a lot of oil -- why not have California reap the economic rewards?

Street Art Fair LA: Packed with Art and Fans

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.03.2016 | Arts
John Wellington Ennis

The first-ever Street Art Fair LA is going down this week at Siren Studios on Orange and Santa Monica in Hollywood, probably the biggest collection of street art in Los Angeles since MoCA's acclaimed "Art in the Streets" exhibit in 2011.

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

The Sanders Saga: Why Is 'A Half-Baked Version of Tom Hayden' Beating the Clintons?

William Bradley | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I think socialism is becoming popular sooner than I expected. With technology inexorably solving scarcity as it eliminates good-paying jobs, a push for a more socialist approach has seemed to me to be inevitable. But it's happening faster than I thought