April 11, 2012
I had this trouble with "Glee" over the break, where I couldn't seem to contain within my brain that Quinn got T-boned and Rachel almost got married at the same time, and thus kept forgetting one or the other. So I was extra confused when Quinn showed up all blonde and perky and wheelchair-bound. And it was only partly because that's NOT how spinal injuries work. Which … have you ever had that troubling thing happen where your real life interferes with guilty pleasure TV life? I have that a lot with medical dramas where I'm all, “For love of all that is holy, why is your long, flowing hair LOOSE while you are doing SURGERY?
July 21, 2010
Re your editorial, "Smart meters, Redux" (July 18): Yes, the concept is smart--for the utility company, which will charge consumers even more than they already do (and get undeserved and unnecessary stimulus funds to boot). Hasn't The Baltimore Sun heard about the dismal reports in California, where the new meters didn't work properly and consumers were overcharged? BGE has been consistently raising rates already, and I don't care to pay more for a Big Brother system I don't even want.
January 31, 2003
THE U.S. IMMIGRATION and Naturalization Service, historically a laggard in tracking the nearly 1 million foreigners with American student visas, now has the opportunity to do so efficiently - if it can resist playing Big Brother. Yesterday, the INS formally introduced a $37 million tracking system that requires thousands of colleges, universities and trade schools to submit data on foreign students, what they're studying, how long they've been in the United States and when their visas expire.
August 23, 1991
Is Big Brother running amok via the computer? The saga of Proctor & Gamble versus the Wall Street Journal has us wondering. In June, the Journal ran two stories on the forced resignation of P&G's food products chief. Four days after the second story, P&G called in the cops.It didn't hurt that one P&G part-timer was a police detective; he headed the probe. Prosecutors issued subpoenas for files on 803,849 phones in Ohio and Kentucky to trace 40 million long-distance calls. Probers were looking for calls to the Journal's Pittsburgh bureau, its fax machine and the home of a reporter to find her sources.
May 1, 1995
EMERGING FROM the horror of Oklahoma City is the realization that Big Brother, indeed, is watching. Despite the assistance that surveillance cameras have afforded law enforcement people in the bombing case, there needs to be a concern as to how far this technology will take us.Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm warned more than 40 years ago of a society dominated by technology. He used the phrase "negative utopia" in describing the government-dominated societies fantasized in writing by men such as Orwell and Aldous Huxley.
February 28, 1999
Q. My grandson is 2 1/2 years old and extremely bright, but he cannot get to sleep by himself. He sleeps in a futon bed and needs his mother's presence in his bed to fall asleep at night. He seems to have fixated on this security instead of the usual stuffed animal or blanket. At nap time, his mother has been driving him around until he falls asleep.My daughter needs to know how to turn this around. Would getting him a youth bed -- big enough only for him -- work? The problem is compounded now because of the arrival of a little brother.