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June 11, 2012

Living Metaphor: Prime Minister David Cameron accidentally left his 8-year-old daughter in a pub and drove home

Joe. My. God.: BRITAIN: Prime Minister David Cameron Leaves His 8 Year-Old Daughter In A Pub
Britain's tabloids are having a field day after Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife accidentally left their eight year-old daughter behind after visiting a local pub. Horrified David Cameron got home from a Sunday lunch with family and friends — and discovered he had left his eight-year-old daughter in the pub. He dashed back and found little Nancy with staff at the Plough Inn in Cadsden, Bucks. No 10 said: “The PM and wife Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn’t with them.” Nancy got left in the pub loo when Mr Cameron drove off after his lunch. She wandered off to the Ladies as the PM and Samantha were arranging lifts — and they only realised she was missing once they were back home. Downing Street said: “The PM and Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn’t with them. “Thankfully when they phoned the pub, she was there safe and well.

June 08, 2012

Sakawa: West African priests using Juju to aid internt scammers

Taking a page from cyberpunk, traditional West...
Taking a page from cyberpunk, traditional West African Juju priests adapted their services to the needs of the information age and started leading down-on-their-luck internet scammers through strange and costly rituals designed to increase their powers of persuasion and make their emails irresistible to greedy Americans. And so “Sakawa” was born. Now, as we discovered when we went to Ghana with our video cameras, not only is Sakawa the country’s most popular youth activity and one of its biggest underground economies, it’s a full-blown national phenomenon. Sakawa has its own tunes, clothing brands, Sakawasploitation flicks, and even a metastatic backlash from Christian preachers and the press.

NPR's Car Talk brothers quitting to spend more time with their families

I hated Car Talk for years and years but really came around on it and recognized what a hard job the knuckleheads have trying to diagnose car problems while also being entertaining. NPR's 'Car Talk' duo calling it quits
The chatty mechanics on NPR's "Car Talk" are pulling in to the garage. Tom and Ray Magliozzi said Friday they will stop making new episodes of their comic auto advice show at the end of September, 25 years after "Car Talk" began in Boston. The show airs every Saturday morning and is National Public Radio's most popular program. Older brother Tom is 74 years old and the brothers say it's time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

June 04, 2012

The Demise of the Local Daily Print Paper vs. the Demise of Local Integrity

The publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle has written a...

May 30, 2012

The media always misuses the words "skeptic" and "believer"

The Conversation
I cannot bear to watch or read anything that labels the proponents of these debates as sceptics and believers. The misuse of these words creates enough confusion to overpower any substantive points that might be made in the process. The way these words – sceptics and believers – are used in discussing climate change, just drives me nuts. As Hippocrates says, one is science and the other opinion, but when these words are linked to climate change, their meaning is opposite to their definitions. This is sneaky, underhanded obfuscation. Sceptics, as portrayed in the media circus, are completely mislabelled. Those who deny actual evidence cannot be called sceptics. They begin by believing in the rightness of their cause, and then cherry pick their facts. No true sceptic would develop an argument based on bias alone. Scientists are the true sceptics. They begin with doubt, rather than beginning with belief. They ask themselves, “What kind of data could I collect that would prove to me that an idea I think is right is actually wrong?” Scientists ask rigorous questions, test assumptions and scrutinise each other’s logic. Yet when 97% of scientists agree that climate change is caused by human activities, they are labelled “believers”. . . . Indeed, true scepticism is healthy. It allows a person to begin from doubt and move toward something. Scepticism is about moving toward certainty by testing one’s own assumptions. It is about knowledge; the realm of the mind. . . .