Archive for May, 2004
I am Mr Do.
I am sedentary by nature, enjoying passive entertainment, eating when the mood takes me, and playing with my food. I try to avoid conflict, but when I’m angered, I can be a devil – if you force me to fight, I will crush you. With apples. What Video Game Character Are You?
I guess “pop” is ok, even if it makes you sound like you’re from a 50’s sitcom, but calling everything a “coke” doesn’t even make any sense. I mean, how can you order a Dr. Pepper if you have to ask for a Coke? Silly states!
Male breasts aren’t nearly as attractive as female ones, but, unfortunately, they’re still vulnerable to cancer. And this BBC report says that male breast cancer is becoming more common.
University of Texas research found that, while men are far less likely to develop breast tumours than women, the numbers are increasing.
Writing in an online edition of the journal Cancer, they warn men seem to be unaware they can develop the cancer.
The local public library has a special display devoted to the early identification of breast cancer … in women. I suppose the same basic medical information applies to men, but you’d never know it from the pink bunting, teddy bears with hearts on them, etc.
If most men don’t know anything about this it’s probably because no one ever tells us. Male breast cancer is still relatively rare. But as long as we’re spending money on publicity campaigns, we might as well make the imagery we use a bit more male-friendly.
(via Dean’s World)
Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, spoke at a press conference regarding the remarkably well-armed “wedding party” that was attacked over the weekend. Iraq Now has a set of excellent example of how just about every report of the press conference completely mangles Gen. Mattis perfectly straightforward quotes.
For the most part, though, the news outlets are committing the same sins: distorting the general’s meaning by omission, by skipping the ellipses (in the same places), and by making the same mistakes.
Essentially, it looks like they’re quoting each other, or some apocryphal Q source material. They’re not quoting General Mattis. They didn’t even show up at the press conference, and they didn’t bother to get a transcript or listen to the tape. But all these reporters are passing their crap off as if they were right from the source material.
Absolutely, completely pathetic.
Amen. What good is a newspaper or a wire service that can’t print a quote verbatim without screwing it up? I’m perfectly capable of reading it myself; I don’t need them to paraphrase for me. Don’t have room to print the whole quote? Nonsense. Drop those four worthless paragraph of “analysis”, backstory, and badly disguised editorializing. In fact, why don’t you just print the transcript. And then the incompetents who write this stuff can go away. We don’t need them anymore.