September, 2022 archive
Bob Molinaro, sportswriter extraordinaire, asks:
Do the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and other storm swept exhibitionists know how foolish they look trying to stand up to hurricane force winds for the benefit of the cameras? It’s not reporting, it’s a stupid stunt.
Methinks the Weather Channel looks ghoulishly forward to weather disasters. They are a ratings win for them.
Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago catalogs Florida Governor DeSantis’s lies about the asylum seekers he had kidnapped and transported. Here’s a bit from her article:
The governor calls asylum-seekers making the dangerous multicountry trek to the southern border “unauthorized aliens” to strip them of their humanity — using $12 million in state taxpayer funds to harass them and prank us, the media covering him.
“They aren’t from Jupiter or Mars,” says Emilio Martinez, a Cuban American immigration lawyer. “And the ‘unauthorized’ is categorically untrue.”
“What they’re doing [arriving at the border and asking for asylum] is not illegal,” Martinez said, an assertion echoed by other lawyers, citing federal laws.
The Arizona Republic’s E. J. Montini says that you can vouch for it–school vouchers a bait-and-switch.
Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:
Dread feeds on itself.
Stout, Rex, Before Midnight (New York: Bantam, 1993) p. 195
The Washington Monthly’s Joshua Dounglas thinks the
Supreme Supremacist Court is poised to take another whack at the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A snippet:
The first strike came in 2013 when the Court curtailed the act in Shelby County v. Holder. That case invalidated the portion of the act that determined which jurisdictions must seek preapproval for voting changes because they have a history of discrimination. Because of the Shelby County ruling, states and local governments with a record of racism are free to enact restrictive voting rules and unfair redistricting maps without meaningful oversight.
Then, just last year, the Court in Brnovich v. DNC made it much harder for plaintiffs to use the Voting Rights Act to fight election rules with a discriminatory effect on minority voters. Section 2 of the act is a nationwide provision barring discrimination in the voting process. T. . . .
The third case in this grim trio, Merrill v. Milligan, is now before the Court. It’s another Alabama case that could severely limit the act’s protections for minority voters during redistricting. It could even lead to the Court declaring Section 2 unconstitutional.
Follow the link for discussion.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Ruth Bettelheim explores why persons commit mass shootings and other “senseless” acts of violence.
She argues that, though the acts may seem “senseless” to the observer, on some level they make sense to the perpetrator. Here’s a tiny bit of her article (italics in the original):
While most gun violence is committed by people who have never been diagnosed as mentally ill, even those suffering from psychosis (which most mass shooters do not) act for what appear to them to be valid reasons, and from the same motivations as non-psychotic people.
She concludes that there is one way to reduce this red tide. Follow the link to see what it is.
Seth looks at what it might look like if Trump were called to testify before the January 6 committee.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Polly Campbell suggests that excessive news consumption is–er–less than desirable.
A snippet (emphasis added):
I rarely watch television news because once I turn it on, it’s harder to turn off the television. And the nature of television news is that the stories are shorter. Sometimes this leaves me with a lot of emotion and few of the facts I need to understand it. So, I read a national and local newspaper. It’s easier to put down when I’m done.
I think she is onto something.
I gave up on broadcast news years ago. I find it superficial, sensational, and simplistic. Heck, I can read more in 10 minutes than a news announcer can read to me in 30.
And, when broadcasters have the choice, they will opt for sensational over sensible and superficial over solid, because these days it’s all about keeping eyeballs glued to the screen.
So I read.
Newspapers, newspaper websites, magazines, some blogs I have found reliable, sometimes even books–material for persons who read.
Also, in the “twenty-four hour news cycle,” there is not twenty-four hours worth of news, so broadcast news fills the gap with
drivel talking heads spouting opinions. Opinions may or may not be valid, but they are not news.
(Of course, I fill this blog with my opinions, but I don’t pretend that they are anything more than opinions. Always right and never wrong, of course, but, still, just my opinions.)