Monthly Archives: March 2006

All the news that’s fit to slant

Robert Fisk of the Independent (UK) gives excellent reasons why newspapers like the LA Times and services like AP should be renamed “U.S. Officials Say” when it comes to war reporting:

Here are the sources — on pages 1 and 10 for the yarn spun by reporters Josh Meyer and Mark Mazzetti: “U.S. officials said,” “said one U.S. Justice Department counter-terrorism official,” “Officials … said,” “those officials said,” “the officials confirmed,” “American officials complained,” “the U.S. officials stressed,” “U.S. authorities believe,” “said one senior U.S. intelligence official,” “U.S. officials said,” “Jordanian officials … said” — here, at least is some light relief — “several U.S. officials said,” “the U.S. officials said,” “American officials said,” “officials say,” “say U.S. officials,” “U.S. officials said,” “one U.S. counter-terrorism official said.”

Lots more good points in the piece; it’s a must-read if you want to get your outrage on.

Mystery Development in Grand Rapids

This is mostly a test post, and I couldn’t think of anything to put at the moment, but I caught the tail end of the news and there was a reference to this. Basically some unknown company is going to be building something or other close to downtown, and everyone is rather excited, hoping that it’s cool, and not just a big furniture store or megachurch or something. I guess we find out tomorrow…

How do I add a category?

oy vey, Maria

Ave Maria is a town in Florida being built by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza and devout Catholic. Features include lower-than-median home prices, walkable streets, and (if Tom has his way) no contraceptives for sale anywhere.

I immediately thought of Karen and Deana when I read the article. Sounds like a fascinating place to study.

Why Conversation Cafes?

As it says on the website: Because when you put strangers, caffeine and ideas in the same room, brilliant things can happen. For that very reason, the British Parliament banned coffeehouses in the 1700s as hotbeds of sedition. Might we brew up a similar social liveliness now? With democracy, critical thinking and “the ties that bind” all under siege, this may be the most radical cup of coffee you ever drink.