Jacque Matuza

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Geopolitics

The Surprising Winners And Losers Of The 2015 Toronto Film Festival

Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, and Johnny Depp faltered. Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, and Matt Damon jumped to the front of the awards season pack. And everyone seemed to love movies about journalism.<p>There are so many ways this story about a young woman (Brie Larson) held captive in a backyard shed …

How L.A. County can reduce homelessness

<b>To the editor:</b> Your "solutions" are red herrings that will have little impact unless we effectively address the primary causes of homelessness: mental illness and substance abuse. ("L.A.'s grim homeless data: What can be done?," editorial, May 13)<p>In Los Angeles County, we continue to work with …

Renewing Our Focus on Homelessness

<i>Originally published in The Argonaut Newspaper.</i><p>Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency released the disappointing and unsurprising results of its biennial Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, delivering the heartbreaking news that while we are housing more people than we ever …

Homelessness

YC-Backed New Story Crowdfunds Houses For Homeless Families

New Story is a startup in Y Combinator’s current batch that raises funds to build homes for those who lost theirs due to a natural disaster, starting with Haiti. Co-founder Brett Hagler got the idea during a volunteer trip to help those hit by the 2010 earthquake that left thousands of Haitians …

Nonprofits

Homeless and living in a car: What rules should L.A. apply?

The hundreds of homeless people who live in their vehicles, parked on city streets, may not be as visible as those camped on city sidewalks, but they still pose potential public health and nuisance problems for neighborhoods. Los Angeles officials have yet to figure out a fair yet practical …

A McDonald's Refused to Serve a Man Because He 'Looked Homeless'

A McDonald's in Manchester, England is in hot water after an employee refused to serve a customer because of his appearance. According to the <i>Mirror</i>, 27-year-old landscape gardener Daniel Jackson went to a local McDonald's in his work gear last week. When he tried to order, the cashier said he would …

McDonald's

A New Study Shows Exactly How Washington Cities Have Turned Being Homeless Into a Crime

Homeless in Seattle? You’d better have a good lawyer.<p>That’s the upshot of a series of new reports out of the Seattle University law school on the …

Housing

From burnings to beatings, homeless people face violence on the streets

Tyler Dunlop says his moment of terror came after he passed out in the back parking lot of a bakery in Edson, Alta.<p>The 30-year-old homeless man says he awoke to the sound of taunts as he was being punched and kicked by four intoxicated youths.<p>"They ganged up on me and beat me within an inch of my …

Nova Scotia

The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness

The story of how Utah solved chronic homelessness begins in 2003, inside a cavernous Las Vegas banquet hall populated by droves of suits. The problem at hand was seemingly intractable. The number of chronic homeless had surged since the early 1970s. And related costs were soaring.<p>A University of …

Housing

Science says humans are hardwired to be prejudiced

Social motivations, such as the desire to be a member of a group or to compete with others, are among the most basic human drives. In fact, our brains are able to assess "in-group" (us) and "out-group" (them) membership within a fraction of a second. This ability, once necessary for our survival, …

Psychology

Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

I am standing on a street in Syria when the bomb goes off. My ears ring so loud I can hardly hear the screams as I stumble through the smoke. Looking down, there’s a man cradling a crimson-soaked loved one on the curb. Others run for cover. I pull off my virtual reality headset.<p>I’ve never been to …

Virtual Reality