Monday, July 27, 2015

Why?

Kurt Vonnegut
 1922-2007
Much of what appears here is in homage to Kurt
(With whom I was blessed to share several meals) 

Really?


"We're playing dodgeball with this?"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The rest of the story NOT!

    Today's issue of my South Florida Sun-Sentinel carries a front page story headlined: New reports of HIV soar in Florida.
    And, in its first paragraph the story reports The number of HIV cases in Florida has jumped 23 percent so far this year, the biggest increase in a continuing upward trend that began in 2012 after several years of decreases.
   Inside, on page 16A, the paper reports Since hitting a low of 4,512 news cases 0f HIV in 2012, the number of new cases in Florida rose 18 percent in 2013 and 11 percent in 2014.
    Further, in an example of solid journalism, the Sun-Sentinel noted 78 percent of all new HIV cases involved male-to-male sexual contact -- while heterosexual sexual contact represented 15 percent of Florida's new  HIV cases.
    However...
    Absent from the story was any meaningful context  - like :

                    Florida Population - 2104                                  
                       Total               HIV 
                    19.8 million  104.5 thousand
White           56%              29%
Black           17%              49%

Hispanic      24%              20%        Anyhow...
     What we have here is yet another unfortunate example of how and why Bill Moyers, a recognized expert on the nation's  news media, says:
   
 Too often, journalists are paid to explain things they don't understand.

    Thus...
    The newspaper's readers were left to wonder if they needed to worry about the increase in the number of HIV cases reported in Florida. 

     Oh yes.
     As for Sun-Sentinel as "the most valued information provider in South Florida"...
     Hi-Ho!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A short story


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   There once was a man who built a time machine to travel some 2,000 years into the past.
  In this way, he hoped to save Jesus of Nazareth from a death on the cross.
  And so, when the time ca
me t 
  

"One nation, under God..."


He is missed...

Metaphor d'jour

     What is man that Thou are mindful of him?
    Thou has made him a little less than angels.


Duck killer sentenced  to jail
by Mark Freeman
Staff writer
   He intentionally mowed over nine ducklings.
      Now the landscaper responsible for the 
      Muscovy massacre in May has landed a 
                            jail sentence.
        Jason Scott Falbo II, 24, pleaded guilty 

     Thursday in Palm Beach County court to 
      nine counts of felony cruelty to animals. 
                 
                Front Page - 7/25/2013