LOST: Babies Are Boring

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After last week’s dramatic episode, I had high hopes for LOST‘s third installment, titled “The Little Prince.” Well, I was disappointed. It was dull, dull, dull, punctuated only by overly dramatic music (like when Sun received a very ominous box of Godiva chocolates) and one key revelation. Namely, Jin’s not dead! Hurrah!Most of the information in the most recent LOST, including the Jin plotline, is revealed as the island-bound Losties ricochet through time. Viewers follow them as they encounter people from the island’s past, like a young, super-preggers Rousseau and her French crew. This may be a quick and easy way for the writers to reveal information, but it’s a predictable plot device and not terribly exciting to watch. I’m not sure how much more of island time-hopping viewers (and by viewers, I mean myself) can take. LOST fans may not get nosebleeds, but doubtlessly at least some are disoriented by the constantly fluctuating island timeline.

Off-island, a complicated series of events leads several characters to convene near a boat in Los Angeles. Namely, Sun, Ben, Jack, Kate, Sayid, and the titular Aaron. One can only hope that next week, they will actually get on the boat and move the series closer to its 2010 end-date. Seeing the group assembled on the docks, one question we’re left with is why Ben doesn’t want Aaron to go back to the island. I’m guessing that there’s something in the complex island laws of fate that excepts Aaron from the “we’ve all got to go back to the island or the world will end” rule. For next week, I also want to know why the French scientists from the 1970s who save Jin look like they were outfitted at American Apparel, and if Sun really has the chutzpah to shoot Ben.

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“Great journalism really does make a difference in this world: it can even save kids.”

That’s what a civil rights lawyer wrote to Julia Lurie, the day after her major investigation into a psychiatric hospital chain that uses foster children as “cash cows” published, letting her know he was using her findings that same day in a hearing to keep a child out of one of the facilities we investigated.

That’s awesome. As is the fact that Julia, who spent a full year reporting this challenging story, promptly heard from a Senate committee that will use her work in their own investigation of Universal Health Services. There’s no doubt her revelations will continue to have a big impact in the months and years to come.

Like another story about Mother Jones’ real-world impact.

This one, a multiyear investigation, published in 2021, exposed conditions in sugar work camps in the Dominican Republic owned by Central Romana—the conglomerate behind brands like C&H and Domino, whose product ends up in our Hershey bars and other sweets. A year ago, the Biden administration banned sugar imports from Central Romana. And just recently, we learned of a previously undisclosed investigation from the Department of Homeland Security, looking into working conditions at Central Romana. How big of a deal is this?

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