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Following instructions

Posted by lex, on June 10th, 2007

Occasional readers will be glancingly aware of the fact that your correspondent has a certain love/hate relationship with the New York Times – an emotion to which the Gray Lady herself remains regally indifferent. But “paper of record” and deeply imprinted biases aside, the Sunday Times, especially, is a rare and – at five clams our here on the left coast, expensive – treat.

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Climate Change

By lex, on December 20th, 2010

File this one under, “the Internet is forever”.

2000, UK Independent: Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past -**

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One Reason The Internet Is A Hoot

I have mentioned others, but this evening I am watching a new series (for me) called Lilyhammer. It is a Norwegian production that Netflix has. It’s about an American mobster who, in exchange for testimony, is in the witness protection program and his choice of venue was….Lillehammer, Norway.(update: Norwegian spelling)

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Afghanistan

 

By lex, on October 22nd, 2010

“All hard, all the time,” were the words that General David Petraeus used to describe the fight in Afghanistan. For the distant viewer, the difficulty is enhanced by an inability to tease out a consistent narrative of the situation there: Are coalition forces gaining ground at a reasonable cost, or losing lives in a fruitless campaign? Will the Taliban sheltering in Pakistan be brought to heel by the application of cross-border fires, or are they merely bargaining for time? And what about redevelopment aid, and the training of the Afghan National Army?

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Tropes

By lex, on October 26th, 2006

On the way home today, NPR was reading their mail on air, they do it every Thursday. People who write letters to radio stations tend to be enthusiasts, and NPR’s mail is usually pretty evenly split between those who just think everything they do is simply marvelous! and those who object to the very occasional attempt – usually when federal budgets (including, one suspects, subsidies to public radio) are being debated in Congress – by the NPR editorial staff to inject a little political balance into their otherwise lightly skewed reporting. Regular NPR I mean. Not Pacifica radio.

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Asking the Hard Questions

By lex, on October 22nd, 2009

The president’s staff is attempting to marginalize Fox News, apparently because “real” outlets don’t have a point of view. Or if they do, it is a point of view at least congenial to the president’s staff. But it’s supposed to be a reporter’s job to ask hard questions. You know, comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable?

That sort of thing.

It can result in remarkable things:

 

When his fellow Communist leaders decided on new travel regulations, (East German Politburo member Günter) Schabowski was out of the room. Later that evening he skim-read the executive order, stuffed it in his briefcase, and headed off to meet the world’s media.

Pressed on the meaning of the new travel policy — When did it come into force? Did it apply to West Berlin? Did people need a passport? — the flustered apparatchik rustled his papers and gave confusing answers that led the news media to believe the border was open, with immediate effect.

The result, once East Berliners had seen that night’s news on West German television, was chaos at border crossings across the city.

At Bornholmer Strasse, one of the main checkpoints in central Berlin, confused border guards couldn’t get clear orders on how to deal with the crush, and debated whether to open fire. Instead, they opened the barrier, and the Berlin Wall was history.

True story.

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Page 19 news

Posted by Lex, on November 8, 2007

 

Sour news today in for the New York Times **:

American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood of Baghdad, a top American general said today, allowing American troops involved in the “surge” to depart as planned.

There, there, fellahs – try to focus on something positive *.

* 09-18-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.

** 09-18-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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