July 5th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Floyd Landis

The disgraced U.S. cyclist, stripped of his Tour de France win, is the subject of a new look at allegations of doping in the sport as this year's race gets under way.

Landis' chief target of accusation is, again, seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, who steadfastly denies ever using performance-enhancing drugs or other methods such as blood doping.

The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy article Friday based on a set of interviews with Landis and other bicycle racers, offering a portrait of Armstrong that the 38-year-old riding in his last Tour is sure to resent.

"Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago," Armstrong said. "We have a person who has been under oath several times with a completely different version, written a book with a completely different version, someone that took money. He said he has no proof. It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."

The Wall Street Journal: Blood brothers

Guy Aoki

The founding president of the Los Angeles-based Media Action Network for Asian Americans has had enough. For the first time its 18-year history, the organization is urging a movie boycott, The Boston Globe reports.

At issue is M. Night Shyamalan's casting of Caucasian actors in his film adaptation of "The Last Airbender."

In the anime-style TV series that inspired the film, the lead characters appeared to be East Asian or Native American, according to the Globe.

The paper reports that Asian-American activists are angered by what they see as the latest example of a Hollywood tradition called "whitewashing" casting white actors in roles of minority characters.

"This was a great opportunity to create new Asian-American stars," Aoki told the newspaper. "When you have ready-made material that has Asian or Asian-American people in it, and they still cast white people in it, that's the last straw."

The Boston Globe: 'Airbender' reopens race debate

Media Action Network for Asian Americans website

Kathy Roth-Douquet

As the Senate considers and the public debates the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, Roth-Douquet is especially qualified to discuss the relationship between Ivy League schools and the military, including recruiting activity.

A lawyer, a former Clinton administration and Pentagon appointee, the self-described nice Jewish girl had no interest in the military until she married a Marine Corps officer.

Roth-Douquet is co-author of "AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service and How it Hurts Our Country." She also was a founder of Blue Star Families for Obama, which morphed into the nonpartisan Blue Star Families, active on military family issues. She has been among Michelle Obama's guides into the world of military families.

Roth-Douquet, herself a Princeton University grad, has written and spoken at the "Ivies" about the relationship between those schools and the military.

YouTube: 'Ivies and the Military'

Kathy Roth-Douquet's website

Tristan Dyer

The Army veteran's documentary about substance abuse among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is part of a 10-part series airing on public television stations around the country.

Each episode of the series "In Their Boots" is "a documentary about how America's servicemen and women, their families, and our communities have been profoundly changed by our nation's campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan," according to the project's website.

The series is produced by the Brave New Foundation, which commissioned films from five veterans.

After five years in the Army, including one year at Camp Taji in Iraq, Dyer enrolled in the visual journalism program at the Brooks Institute of Photography. His film combines personal accounts of veterans affected by addiction with stop-motion animation.

'In Their Boots': Meet the filmmakers

CNN 'AC360°' blog: In their boots

Olivia S. Mitchell

The economist said she thinks that House Minority Leader John Boehner's proposal to raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 70 does not go far enough.

"As Americans live longer and fewer young workers are around to tax so the government can pay retiree benefits, the system is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Revenues fell below benefit costs this year with the economic crisis, as more people retired early and fewer workers were paying in benefits. So the Social Security system urgently needs reform," Mitchell told MarketWatch.

Mitchell is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, executive director of the Pension Research Council and director of the Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research.

"I wouldn't stop at age 70," Mitchell told MarketWatch. "I'd suggest we do what Sweden and other countries have already done, which is to index the retirement age thereafter to future changes in life expectancy."

According to Mitchell, in the 1930s, when 65 was set as the normal retirement age, life expectancy for those aged 65 was 77. Today, life expectancy for those aged 65 is 82, MarketWatch reported.

MarketWatch: Fix Social Security by hiking retirement age

Wharton University faculty profile


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. rob

    Landis is an idiot. Why is anyone giving him one minute of time. He has been caught and is mad. The question is not if Armstrong did anything wrong or not, I dont think he did or he would have been caught by now, it is why anyone even cares what this idiot Landis the lying cheater says. Go away and die Landis!!!!!!

    July 5, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • DougEME

      One got caught,the other one hasn't ... yet.

      July 5, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • mouser

      DougEME, they wont catch Armstrong because he hasnt done anything. He's probably the most tested cyclist out there due to all of his overall wins and his various stage wins in the Tour De France. Landis once said, "Lance showed me how to take drugs and not get caught" Oh really Landis ?? then how the hell did you get caught ??

      July 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brighrworld

    I thought the disgrace had more to do with the silly cycling outfits they wear

    July 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Consider the shiny tights worn by football players or the clownishly baggy outfits worn by basketball players.

      July 5, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. debbie chartier

    Bright world you are an idiot! Those {silly} suits are worn for a reason..they absorb sweat and keep it away from body as well as are aerodynamically important..and what makes you fashion consultant to the cycling world? I am sure they will be crestfallen that you find them silly..hummm wonder what your wardrobe looks like..Your comment has nothing to do with this article , may i suggest you join the other juvenile posters over at AOL perhaps? This is for the adults!!

    July 5, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • spottingLies

      Settle down Debbie. It was an attempt at humor. Most sports have clothing or equipment that enhance or protect the player – Football, Hockey, even Tennis. Then there is basketball...

      July 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Does Landis offer any evidence of cheating by Armstrong? I'm not defending Armstrong or bad mouthing Landis. I'm just asking: What evidence?

    July 5, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Zoe

    I trust Floyd Landis about as far as I can throw him.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    I trust Floyd like I trust BHO. Not at all...

    July 5, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Henry Miller

    If Social Security had been devised and run by Bernie Madoff, it would have contributed mightily to his conviction for running a Ponzi Scheme. Professor Mitchell is right that raising the eligibility age for Social Security to 70 does not go far enough–the misbegotten system should be phased out entirely.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    If the media hadn't bought into the mocking of Al Gore's lock box Social Security would be in a better fiscal position now. Instead we had eight years of the 'tax cut Santa' lining us up for a 'starve the beast' financial collapse.
    Sadly, Republicans do not seem to understand moving the finish line on the baby boomer generation is lousy public policy.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry Miller

      Sadly, Democrats do not seem to understand that the money well is not infinitely deep, nor are younger Americans prepared to pay unlimited amounts of money to support older ones.

      If Social Security had been devised and maintained on an actuarially sensible basis, it wouldn't be in trouble now. But it wasn't. It was put under the control of politicians, with the perfectly expectable result of it being abused for political purposes. (This is another good example of why we can't trust politicians: they'll trade in a heartbeat long-term benefits for short-term, personal, political gain, and leave the resulting disaster for their successors to untangle.)

      July 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |