Monday, May 08, 2023

Daily Headlines for May 8, 2023

Gunman used an AR-15-style rifle in the shooting spree outside of Dallas

We have fantasized about this moment for decades. The trick is learning how to savor it.

Six months into running the social-media company, the billionaire is talking about his own metric of success

Conference in Africa focuses on AI’s promise and peril for less wealthy nations after ChatGPT sparked frenzy among big tech companies

Research in China on workarounds, such as using software to leverage less powerful chips, is accelerating

‘Robber barons’ of the 19th and 21st centuries enrich, not exploit, the poor and middle class.

Our brains aren’t wired to juggle tasks

A study found that 60% of employment in 2018 was in roles that didn’t exist in 1940.

Stock declines wipe out billions of dollars of paper gains meant for big-ticket expenses

What Investors Should Know About Money-Market Funds and CDs
Investors are turning to these cash-equivalent investments, some of which are yielding 5% or more. But it pays to have a strategy beyond fear.

Does market timing hurt portfolios most during up years or down years? What about when things are volatile? We ran the numbers.

Women analysts with perceived dominant faces, however, are at a competitive disadvantage, a study suggests

Company has reported $1.5 billion in operating losses amid problems developing vehicles

Requirement that detained citizens sign a form before government can share information on their cases hamstrings officials

Gov. Spencer Cox thought a redesign of the state flag would bring people together. ‘I should have known better.’

Far-right group is pivoting its activism from denying 2020 election results toward cultural issues

Some reports based on publicly available information alarmed officials

The Bard Prison Initiative team has built an impressive record—and international reputation—since its unlikely 2015 victory

Ohio State could soon have a redoubt for free academic inquiry.

Oldest millennials reach decade when people often start to notice signs of aging

States push to increase penalties, programs aimed at reducing such attacks

My bill would exclude soda and prepared desserts from SNAP.

Workforce dropouts and drug overdoses became more common as the world obsessed over the virus.

The third installment’s opening weekend falls short of the previous ‘Guardians,’ adding to talk of superhero fatigue

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Daily Headlines for May 4, 2023

Our fear of mass shootings impacts our minds in surprising ways

Why Do the Richest Americans Live a Decade Longer Than the Poorest?
Falling life expectancy is no accident—it is a direct result, and failure, of policy.

Why Isn’t the Death of Local News National News?

‘More Completely Blacklisted’: Remembering John Howard Lawson
Seventy-five years after the Hollywood Blacklist, the ‘Hollywood Ten’ screenwriter’s legacy gets its due.

What’s Behind the GOP’s War Against Democracy?
And are rightwing billionaires who want more, more, more money willing to make common cause with bigots, fascists, and wannabee killers to get it?

Why Do Republicans Lionize the Leaker?

Be a Capitol Hill Citizen on Your Congress

How to become one of Clarence and Ginni’s dearest friends

A Parent’s Bill of Rights for the Rest of Us

Editorial: ’One Dumb Person’ doctrine at work

Amazon delivery firm allows its drivers to unionize with the Teamsters
Eighty-four workers at Amazon contractor Battle Tested Strategies in California have reached a contract with the Teamsters, a major step forward in the battle to unionize the workers who deliver packages for the e-commerce giant

Rutgers University Workers Waging Historic Strike For Economic Justice

Do you worry that your bank is too liberal?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. Here’s what it means for the way we work
New technologies are on track to trigger leaps in productivity greater than we have ever seen before.

How companies can solve the mental health crisis happening in the workforce
The perks that may have once seemed optional are now essential.

Young, Stupid, and Overconfident
We have raised a generation of entrepreneurs and workers who are remarkably out of touch with what's required to start and run a business. Here's a hint, snowflakes: It doesn't involve kombucha on tap.

The Gruesome Death of Lashawn Thompson in the Fulton County Jail

A Colorado reservoir gets ready for an epic snowmelt

Support libraries by rejecting book bans

You need an e-reader, and here’s why
E-books are good for you, incredibly convenient, and best consumed on a device built for the purpose—such as a Kobo.

Monday, May 01, 2023

Life Assignments

 Every time you go to a park:

  1. Walk around the park's perimeter twice—clockwise and counterclockwise
  2. Find the exact center of the park and lie down on the ground, looking at the sky
  3. Sit on every bench in the park to find the most comfortable bench and best view
  4. Pick up at least one piece of litter and throw it away
  5. Take note of one distinguishing feature of the park: What makes it stand out among other parks you've been to?
  6. Thank the park for being there and doing what it does for you, the neighborhood, and the community

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Spaceport Beach Film Fest

The Newport Beach Film Fest is coming up soon: Oct. 13-20, 2022. Flipping through the Los Angeles Times film fest supplement this morning, there are multiple movies of interest to genre fen included in the schedule. Here are the highlights.

Sunday, Oct. 16, the festival will honor this year's Newport Beach Film Fest honorees and the Variety 10 Actors to watch, which include:

  • Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Thuso Mbedu, The Woman King
  • Amber Midthunder, Prey
  • Keke Palmer, Nope (Artist of Distinction)
  • Joseph Quinn, Stranger Things
Notable genre screenings include:

Friday, Oct. 14
British Doctor Who writer Matthew Jacobs returns to fandom reluctantly.

A research scientist discovers how to follow people into the afterlife.

Saturday, Oct. 15
Steve "Spaz" Williams, who was behind the computer animation of the 1993 Jurassic Park, had a tumultuous career.

A caretaker applies folk healing to a mysterious ill fashion designer.

Sunday, Oct. 16
A stolen sword leads to adventure.

After her father's death, a high school senior attempts to complete her father's unfinished sf screenplay.

Monday, Oct. 17
A comic written by a young man begins to predict real-life events.

Children in an abandoned amusement park struggle to survive.

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Pez smugglers in the 1990s compete to corner the market for the collectible candy dispenser.

Wednesday, Oct. 19
Students at a school for heroes and villains are forced to choose sides.

Thursday, Oct. 20
A young pinball fan helps overturn New York City’s 35-year ban on pinball machines in 1976.

Horror shorts include Bowlhead, Bye Bye BabyCruise, Mama Retreat, Rooted, and Sushi Noh.

There are also multiple animated shorts and other films on the schedule.

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Genre Films on Turner Classic Movies: October 2022

The following movies, shorts, serials, and cartoons are scheduled for broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in October, according to TCM’s Web site. All times listed are Pacific Time. Please check your local listings before tuning in.

Oct. 1—5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—Jerky Turkey (1945), 6:30 a.m.: Tarzan—Crossed Trails (1935), 7 a.m.: Popeye, the Ace of Space (1953), 10:45 a.m.: Gulliver's Travels (1939), 5 p.m.: Metropolis (1926), 7:45 p.m.: Forbidden Planet (1956)

Oct. 2—11 p.m.: Kwaidan (1965)

Oct. 3—5:45 a.m.: Carnival of Sinners (1943), 7:15 a.m.: Angel on My Shoulder (1946), 9:15 a.m.: Sylvia and the Phantom (1946), 11:15 a.m.: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), 1:15 p.m.: All That Money Can Buy (1941), 3:15 p.m.: Blithe Spirit (1945), 9:15 p.m.: The Devil's Own (1966), 11 p.m.: The Haunting (1963)

Oct. 5—12:45 p.m.: Fingers at the Window (1942), 2:15 p.m.: Sherlock Holmes—The Woman in Green (1945), 3:30 p.m.: Sherlock Holmes in Dressed to Kill (1946)

Oct. 7—11:30 a.m.: The Three Musketeers (1973), 1:30 p.m.: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), 11:30 p.m.: The Velvet Vampire (1971)

Oct. 8—1 a.m.: The Hunger (1983), 5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—The Honduras Hurricane (1938), 6:30 a.m.: Tarzan—The Devil's Noose (1935), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Firemen's Brawl (1953), 3:15 p.m.: The Omega Man (1971), 5 p.m.: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), 7 p.m.: Westworld (1973)

Oct. 9—11:45 p.m.: Village of the Damned (1960)

Oct. 10—1:15 a.m.: Children of the Damned (1964), 3 a.m.: Five Million Years to Earth (1968), 4:45 a.m.: Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), 6:15 a.m.: The Time Machine (1960), 8:15 a.m.: War Of The Planets (1965), 10 a.m.: The Wild, Wild Planet (1965), 11:45 a.m.: The Green Slime (1969), 1:30 p.m.: The Illustrated Man (1969), 3:30 p.m.: Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968), 8:45 p.m.: The Fog (1980), 10:30 p.m.: The Howling (1981)

Oct. 11—12:15 a.m.: The Brood (1979), 2 a.m.: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Oct. 12—5 p.m.: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), 7 p.m.: Bedazzled (1967), 9 p.m.: Angel on My Shoulder (1946), 11 p.m.: Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Oct. 14—3 a.m.: Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1960)

Oct. 15—1:45 a.m.: Cartoon—Six Men Getting Sick (1966), 1:55 a.m.: The Grandmother (1970), 5 a.m.: Cartoon: Peace on Earth (1939), 6:30 a.m.: Tarzan—River Perils (1935), 7 a.m.: Popeye's Mirthday (1953), 5 p.m.: THX 1138 (1971), 7 p.m.: Robocop (1987)

Oct. 16—9:30 p.m.: The Lodger (1927), 11:30 p.m.: Yotsuya Kaidan, Part One (1949)

Oct. 17—1 a.m.: Yotsuya Kaidan, Part Two (1949), 5 p.m.: What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), 7 p.m.: Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1971), 8:45 p.m.: The Masque of the Red Death (1964), 10:30 p.m.: House of Wax (1953)

Oct 18—12:15 a.m.: The Hypnotic Eye (1960), 1:45 a.m.: Mad Love (1935), 3 a.m.: The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Oct. 20—4:30 a.m.: Freaks (1932), 5:45 a.m.: Mark of the Vampire (1935), 7 a.m.: The Devil-Doll (1936), 11:15 a.m.: Isle of the Dead (1945), 12:30 p.m.: The Body Snatcher (1945), 3:30 p.m.: Martin Scorsese Presents, Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

Oct. 21—12:30 a.m.: The Boy with Green Hair (1948), 11 p.m.: It's Alive (1974)

Oct. 22—12:45 a.m.: It Lives Again (1978), 5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—Screwball Squirrel (1944), 6:30 a.m.: Tarzan—Unseen Hands (1935), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Toreadorable (1953), 5 p.m.: Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), 7 p.m.: Making Mr. Right (1987)

Oct. 24—1 a.m.: The Plumber (1979), 8:45 a.m.: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 3 p.m.: Brainstorm (1983), 5 p.m.: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1977), 6:45 p.m.: Alice, Sweet Alice (1977), 8:45 p.m.: The Haunting of Julia (1977), 10:30 p.m.: Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Oct. 25—12:15 a.m.: Carnival of Souls (1962), 1:45 a.m.: Spider Baby (1964), 3:15 a.m.: Freaks (1932), 6 a.m.: Dracula—Prince of Darkness (1965), 7:45 a.m.: The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), 9:30 a.m.: Rasputin—The Mad Monk (1966), 11:15 a.m.: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1969), 1 p.m.: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), 2:45 p.m.: The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), 9 p.m.: Mac and Me (1988), 11 p.m.: Hausu (1977)

Oct. 28—1:15 a.m.: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), 1 p.m.: Them! (1954), 5 p.m.: Poltergeist (1982), 7:15 p.m.: The Innocents (1961), 9:15 p.m.: Don't Look Now (1973), 11:15 p.m.: Alligator (1980)

Oct. 29—1 a.m.: Alligator II: The Mutation (1990), 3 a.m.: Around the World Under the Sea (1965), 5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons: The Calico Dragon (1935), 6:30 a.m.: Tarzan—Fatal Fangs (1935), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Bride and Gloom (1954), 9 a.m.: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932), 12:45 p.m.: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), 3:15 p.m.: House of Dark Shadows (1970), 5 p.m.: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), 6:45 p.m.: Deadly Friend (1986), 8:30 p.m.: Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935), 9 p.m.: El Vampiro Negro (1953)

Oct. 30—1 a.m.: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), 3 a.m.: Two on a Guillotine (1965), 5 a.m.: It! (1967), 7 a.m.: El Vampiro Negro (1953), 9 a.m.: Cat People (1942), 10:30 a.m.: I Walked with a Zombie (1943), 11:45 a.m.: The Seventh Victim (1943), 1:15 p.m.: Return to Glennascaul (1953), 1:45 p.m.: Eye of the Devil (1966), 3:30 p.m.: Curse of the Demon (1958), 5 p.m.: Peeping Tom (1960), 7 p.m.: The Tenant (1976), 9:15 p.m.: Haxan (1922), 11:15 p.m.: Cronos (1993)

Oct. 31—1 a.m.: Eyes Without a Face (1959), 3 a.m.: The Bat (1959), 4:30 a.m.: House on Haunted Hill (1958), 6 a.m.: Horror Hotel (1960), 7:30 a.m.: The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), 10:30 a.m.: The Mummy (1959), 12 p.m.: The Devil's Bride (1968), 1:45 p.m.: Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), 3:30 p.m.: The Plague of the Zombies (1966), 5 p.m.: Bride of Frankenstein (1935), 6:30 p.m.: Son of Frankenstein (1939), 8:15 p.m.: Frankenstein (1931), 9:30 p.m.: The Invisible Man (1933), 11 p.m.: The Wolf Man (1941)

You might also be interested in the movies screened by Svengoolie on MeTV. Airing Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT), October’s features include Trilogy of Terror, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, The Tingler, Bride of Frankenstein, and Count Yorga, Vampire. Also airing at 11 a.m. CT Saturdays on the CW 26, Svengoolie is featuring Gargoyles, Trilogy of Terror, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, The Tingler, and Bride of Frankenstein.

Friday, September 02, 2022

Genre Films on Turner Classic Movies: September 2022

The following movies, shorts, serials, and cartoons are scheduled for broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in September, according to TCM’s Web site. All times listed are Pacific Time. Please check your local listings before tuning in.

Sept. 1—1 a.m.: The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980), 7:30 a.m.: Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Sept. 2—11 p.m.: Day of the Dead (1985)

Sept. 3—1 a.m.: I Was a Teenage Zombie (1987), 5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—The Mad Maestro (1939), 6:30 a.m.: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe—The Pool of Peril (1940), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Ancient Fistory (1953), 7:08 a.m.: Tarzan Triumphs (1943)

Sept. 4—10:30 a.m.: Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Sept. 6—5 a.m.: House of Wax (1953), 6:45 a.m.: Hands of a Stranger (1962), 5:30 p.m.: Dead of Night (1945), 7:30 p.m.: Magic (1978), 9:30 p.m.: Shanks (1974)

Sept. 9—1:30 a.m.: The Return of Dr. X (1939)

Sept. 10—5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—One Droopy Knight (1957), 6:30 a.m.: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe—The Death Mist (1940), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Floor Flusher (1953), 7:08 a.m.: Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Sept. 13—3:15 a.m.: Spook Chasers (1957), 4:30 a.m.: Night of Dark Shadows (1971), 9 a.m.: The Canterville Ghost (1944), 12 p.m.: The Haunting (1963), 2 p.m.: The Smiling Ghost (1941), 5 p.m.: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), 6:45 p.m.: Thunderbirds Are Go (1968), 8:30 p.m.: Thunderbird 6 (1968), 10:15 p.m.: Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Sept. 14—1:15 a.m.: The Great Rupert (1950)

Sept. 15—4:30 a.m.: Doctor X (1932), 6 a.m.: The Most Dangerous Game (1932), 7:15 a.m.: King Kong (1933), 9:15 a.m.: Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), 10:45 a.m.: The Vampire Bat (1933)

Sept. 16—11:45 p.m.: Puppet Master (1989)

Sept. 17—1:30 a.m.: The Devil-Doll (1936), 5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—The Prospecting Bear (1941), 6:30 a.m.: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe—Stark Treachery (1940), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Shaving Muggs (1953), 7:08 a.m.: Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)

Sept. 19—11:15 a.m.: Dead Men Walk (1943)

Sept. 20—1:15 a.m.: The Next Voice You Hear (1950), 5 a.m.: More Than a Miracle (1967), 9:15 a.m.: Ghosts—Italian Style (1969)

Sept. 21—5 a.m.: The Lodger (1927), 6:50 p.m.: Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Sept. 22—3 a.m.: Bomba the Jungle Boy—African Treasure (1952), 5:30 a.m.: Bomba the Jungle Boy—The Lion Hunters (1951)

Sept. 23—11:30 p.m.: The Beast Must Die (1974)

Sept. 24—1:15 a.m.: House on Haunted Hill (1958), 5 a.m.: MGM Cartoons—Seal Skinners (1939), 6:30 a.m.: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe—Doom of the Dictator (1940), 7 a.m.: Popeye—Baby Wants a Battle (1953), 7:08 a.m.: Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946), 5 p.m.: It Came from Outer Space (1953), 6:30 p.m.: When Worlds Collide (1951)

Sept. 28—8:45 a.m.: Two Hearts in Wax Time (1935)

Sept. 29—8 a.m.: Haxan (1922), 11 a.m.: The Phantom Carriage (1921), 1 p.m.: The Lodger (1927), 3:30 p.m.: Grandma’s Boy (1922), 5:30 p.m.: Before Mickey Mouse: A History of American Animation (1982), 6:45 p.m.: Century of Animation Showcase: 1922 (2022)

You might also be interested in the movies screened by Svengoolie on MeTV. Airing Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT), September’s features include Frogs, It Came from Outer Space, House of Dracula, and Gargoyles. Also airing at 11 a.m. CT Saturdays on the CW 26, Svengoolie is featuring Killer Shrews, Frogs, It Came from Outer Space, and House of Dracula. For an excellent article about Svengoolie, be sure to check out Captain Flashback #44. ( He also recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. (