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Journalistic irresponsibility is killing newspapers

slacktivist: Reporting the controversy Fred Clark nails it.
So here, then, is our chance -- a chance to start doing again what it was newspapers were supposed to be doing all along: Telling the truth. Outside of the sports pages, we don't really do that much anymore. We don't check things out and find out what are, in fact, the facts of the matter. We don't evaluate claims to see if they correspond with any discernible reality. We just repeat the claims. We "report the controversy," but timidly refuse to suggest whether the facts support one set of claims or the other. We have pitched our tent in the excluded middle and abdicated any responsibility to check things out. "One faction claims A," we report -- if you can even call that reporting, "While another faction claims Not-A." It's even worse than that, actually. Whenever anyone, anywhere makes any claim "A," we don't go looking to see whether or not A is actually true, we instead go off in search of some representative to assert the competing claim of Not-A. If we have to invent such a representative, or to elevate some barking mad lunatic to play that role, then we will do so in the name of "balance." Balance between A and Not-A. That's another name for madness, but we'd rather be crazy than be accused of bias. This cowardly irresponsibility is what is killing newspapers.

Study: Abstinence-Only Lunch Programs Ineffective At Combating Teen Obesity

Study: Abstinence-Only Lunch Programs Ineffective At Combating Teen Obesity | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Despite the popularity of abstinence-only meal programs in schools across the country, the study found that children who were provided with no food at lunch and cautioned against eating at an early age were no less likely to become overweight than those who were provided with a well-rounded nutritional education. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the findings could adversely affect federal funding for all programs that tell kids "lunch is worth waiting for." "There's no evidence to suggest that instructing teens not to chew, swallow, or even think about food is actually going to stop them from eating," Sebelius told reporters. "Let's face it: Kids are already eating. And not only during lunchtime. They're eating after school, at the mall, in their parents' basements. Pretending like it's not happening isn't going to make it go away." "After all, they're teenagers," Sebelius continued. "Eating is practically the only thing on their minds."

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates was illegal under Massachusetts law

Raw Story -- Fox legal analyst: Gates arrest was improper
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News judicial analyst, explained to Shepard Smith on Monday that under Massachusetts law, Cambridge Sergeant Jim Crowley did act improperly by arresting historian Henry Louis Gates. His argument essentially boils down to the difference between public and private domain. As Crowley arrested Gates for causing a “public disturbance,” the action is improper on its face due to the fact that Gates was in his own home. Additionally, Napolitano said, it was illegal for the police to enter the house to begin with, as the source of the report did not pass legal muster to constitute probable cause. Napolitano added that because of the violation of Gates’s constitutional rights, he would be eligible to pursue legal action against the police department.

Come, come, nuclear war: It is now time to select a Queen of Evony!

Evony is some crap in-browser WoW ripoff which advertises with misleading pictures of girls with big tits. The current Achewood comic thread brought this cultural sump to my attention: Young ladies who took time out of playing Evony to offer themselves up as "Queen of Evony." They competed for it. As an achewood poster opined: "I read as far as the fourth page, and defy anyone to claim that they managed to get further before collapsing in depression and rage at the internet." 3542711622_3a3dd43b18.jpg Queen of Evony Entries! - Evony Community
If elected Queen of Evony I will do my best to serve not only server one but all servers that request my presence. All servers should benefit from the queen elect. I will actively help the newer colonists in Evony as well as the well established. I shall take time away from raising my own standings to aide those in need. __________________ Demytria Vice Host - TheOrder Server 1 Senater's Aide to TheOrder on the Evony Senate.

July 27, 2009

Neil Hamburger - Recyle Bin

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Citrus Duck Recipe that Won't be Sweet Overload

Mighty Duck Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network...

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