Don’t you know that historians of the presidency will have a lot of fun c. 2050 combing through things that get released then — kind of like the endless stuff that comes out nowadays about the Kennedy years? Will they believe how close John Edwards got to the White House (or at least Number One Observatory Circle) and how willingly the media averted its gaze? What a scumbag. As far as I can tell, the real accusation here is not that he had a child by his mistress, but that in order to conceal it from his dying wife he tried to pay her off not with his own massive fortune but with money he was taking from supporters of his campaign. Scum.
Hmph. What a teaser. The article is much less amusing than the headline.
Homes are wrecked by suspected tornadoes in Alabama, with storms predicted in six other US states after extreme weather leaves 13 dead.
Printed newspapers may be in crisis in the West but circulations remain enormous in high-tech Japan – and its media will even resort to medieval methods to get copies to readers.
When the March 2011 tsunami struck a great swathe of the northeast coast, leaving 19,000 people dead or missing and triggering the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it also submerged theIshinomaki Hibi Shimbun’s presses.
The 14,000-circulation paper had the biggest story of its 100-year existence right on its flooded doorstep, but no way of printing it.
So its reporters did what monks in European monasteries did with the Bible in the Middle Ages and copied out their message to the people by hand. (my emphases)
Of course, one might point out that the news was distributed this way at cafés in Western Europe well into the Modern era, but still.
via my Japanese-professor colleague.
It seemed to me that there was a boom during the W administration of Historians of the Presidency Roundtable articles ranking presidents, with the then incumbent jockeying with Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan for least impressive.
Maybe I’m just not reading the right websites, but have those events stopped happening? Have the Americanists suddenly realized that history is not the same as current events? Or are they just a tad disappointed?
These experts (many of whom are as obviously partisan as the American historians were) aren’t afraid: Experts Grade Obama ‘C-Minus’ on the Economy. That’s an end of semester, summative grade though.
How big will the new facility be? “When completed in 2012, the e2e plant will be 183,000 square foot, a space about 50 percent larger than the Wegmans store in Ithaca.” And readers in the Finger Lakes say “Hmmm, pretty big!” This Geneva reader says “oh, someone’s finally going into the H.P. Neun space. I didn’t realize it was quite that small. Looks bigger from the highway.”
The Roosevelts at least had the decency to be only distantly related, and members of opposing parties. Kennedys, Bushes, Gores, Udalls — now Chelsea Clinton becomes a journalist. We all suspect where this is leading. But maybe we’ll luck out and Chelsea and Jenna Bush will duke it out to be the next Maria Shriver.
Icebergs are always breaking off that are the size of something or other, but this story uses a metaphor than always confuses me:
NASA scientists are watching a giant crack forming over a vulnerable Antarctic glacier and they think it will soon break off into an iceberg the size of New York City.
Manhattan, or all 5 boroughs? Staten Island is a LOT bigger than Manhattan, for instance, but one wants specifics.
The Telegraph says the iceberg will be “the size of Berlin,” 880 square kilometers, so that’s all 5 boroughs. Much clearer! Though I find it interesting that a London newspaper would use Berlin as its example….
One of my Google News searches is art + theft. This morning it turned up a story on the recovery of two Bolivian paintings in Washington, DC, where a dealer asked the Art Loss Register to check out the two.
The portraits, Saint Rose of Viterbo and Saint Augustin, were among more than 100 religious artefacts stolen from the church, which is a national monument, at the same time.
Admittedly, it’s the BBC news FOR Latin America, but still. That’s not quite English. Or Art-talk. First, we don’t call those things portraits, since they aren’t. They are icons (even in the non-Byzantine orbit) or, more simply, paintings. Second, if you’re going to call her Rose of Viterbo, you might as well refer to him as Augustine. Or Rosa and Augustin. Either way. But not a mix.
Every would-be journalist should study this clip. This is what lying looks like. This is how a powerful, ambitious individual endeavors to push you back.
She refers to Congressman Weiner in full Shameless Liar-mode. Here’s her entry.
Actually, a course in “how liars lie” might be very interesting. It would be easy to collect lots of bi-partisan video of before, during, and after statements. Weiner is serving up the flavor of the week, though.
On a related note, here’s a beautiful diagram of why the “At least he’s not a hypocrite” defense is really not much of a defense at all, unless you want to be the Stupid Party.
From CNN: Weiner, a New York Democrat, said he is not resigning his seat, nor is he planning on separating from his wife. But he said he took responsibility for his actions — both the relationships and for lying about sending the photo of his bulging underwear on his Twitter account.
Will she separate from him? Well, she was a Hillary Clinton aide — so her role model isn’t someone who was willing to put up with a difficult husband in the interests of his (and her eventual) political career.
You may sex scandals don’t matter — but it’s pretty obvious that LYING does. Repeated lying to his wife, to colleagues, and to the press (that is, to us through the press). Oh well, all will be forgiven. I just hope he runs for mayor and people get to rake through all of this again! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
CNN got someone in Congress to say so, too.
Many Democrats first rallied around the liberal congressman. But members of the House Democratic leadership have talked repeatedly in recent days to try to get him to end what has become an unwelcome political distraction, a member of the party’s leadership told CNN before Weiner’s press conference Monday.
“It’s frustrating because we’ll talk to him, and say clean it up, and then he goes out and does stuff,” said the member of the House Democratic leadership, who declined to speak on the record about private discussions with Weiner.
Megan McArdle has a thoughtful comparison to Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich — should we know these things about political leaders? Does it make them less fit to lead?
I don’t think that the good faith proponents of the argument for ignoring sex scandals actually believe that poor impulse control, accomplished lying, and a willingness to break one’s most solemn promises in pursuit of a covert thrill have absolutely no bearing on job performance. I assume they believe that this sort of sexual infidelity is so widespread among powerful men that it has absolutely no predictive power–and also that it’s not society’s job to punish people who break their marriage vows.
The 2nd anniversary of the earthquake in l’Aquila, about 70 miles east of Rome, passed this week. They noticed in Italy — and one of the main questions is what happened to the 75 million euros donated by people sending SMS. I can’t find any articles in English yet, but here’s a link in Italian: DONAZIONI PER L’AQUILA: I SOLDI VOLANO, LE MACERIE RESTANO, Seguiamo la pista (tortuosa) dei milioni donati dagli italiani e dall’estero [Donations for L'Aquila: the money vanishes, the ruins remain: we follow the (torturous) path of the millions donated by Italians and from abroad].