How Hollywood softened us up for NSA surveillance

Hollywood Park: Rosengold breezes for Tsunami Slew Stakes

Photograph: Allstar/Touchstone/Sportsphoto Ltd Last week’s NSA leaks scandal had a scary side-story: a poll found that many Americans were not that worried about the degree of access the agency apparently now has to their digital lives. Perhaps it is because “precrime”, a sci-fi concept of some vintage, is now real. Hollywood has been softening us up for this for years now, accustoming us to the notion that our spending habits, our location, our every movement and conversation, are visible to others whose motives we cannot know.
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John Patterson

Livingston Rosengold will aim for his fourth straight win in the Tsunami Slew Stakes on June 23. INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Rosengold, the winner of two stakes for 3-year-olds on turf at Santa Anita this year, worked six furlongs on turf in 1:14 at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, preparing for a start in the $70,000 Tsunami Slew Stakes on June 23.
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Bring on a Hollywood-style disaster for the blockbuster film

Others hope so. What could be healthier for the cinema ecosystem than a good old mass extinction? A disaster to end all disaster movies?
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