It's the one-year anniversary of the Casey Anthony verdict! Remember her? No, no, that was that chick in Italy. What's her face. Amanda Knox! No, not the one on life support either. That was Terry Schiavo. No, the chick who drove her kids into the lake was Susan Smith. I dunno, it's been a long year. ANYWAY, Casey Anthony is the one who killed Jon-Benet. Let's look back… IN ANGER.
Really? Is "Ferris Bueller to Have No More Days Off, Ever" that much of a better headline (to accompany a picture of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and their new twins on Gawker) than the originally-published headline, "Rare Twin Foals Yielded from Successful Studding"? What behooves (HA, "hooves"!) a blog to make regular after-publication changes like this? (This happens as often as a few times a day.) Is it just because one can? It is one of the great and, yes, rather uninteresting mysteries of our modern times. I have lost interest already really. OH and also today! "Billionaire's Wife Valued Solely For Her Smarts, or Whatever" just [...]
"The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a 'great deal' of stress in the previous month. And these stressed-out people said one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news."
Back in 2005, the Appalachian Program, a project of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, put on a play based on local oral histories. This first largely addressed prescription drug abuse. This spring, they're back again with a new original musical drama at the school's Cumberland, KY campus, according to the Harlan Daily Enterprise, with "Higher Ground 3: Talking Dirt": "Natasha Painter, of Wallins Creek, said this is her first year participating in Higher Ground. She said she plays the part of Beth. 'Beth is a really strong character,' said Painter. 'She’s confused about whether to leave Harlan County or not. She loves the area and [...]
Five million in venture funding to the first person who can tell me the difference between "navigating" the news and explaining it, or analyzing it or contextualizing it or just writing it correctly in the first place. The poor news, all these things being done to it, maybe we should let it rest for a while. It must be tired! Anyway, The New York Times has opened its own explainer site, The Upshot, and somehow it's not maddening at all. Maybe a little teacherly, but at least it doesn't seem to hate us.
I'm hearing from a lot of Americans who are, let's say, disenfranchised from the insane (and somewhat confusing) pace of Egypt news. So we're gonna try to break it down a little, to be useful!
• One development of the last few days is that the demonstrators who dislike the government have been standing off in the streets with "pro-government demonstrators." Who are the pro-Mubarak demonstrators? There are largely two kinds, it turns out, in this account. The first is "people over which the regime has some leverage," people whose bosses forced them to attend, and (to be fair!) some number of people who probably just like Mubarak! [...]