Words Fail Me category archive
We have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
According to a new report by the Washington Post, analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told on Thursday that there were certain words that couldn’t be used on official documents that were being prepared for the agency’s budget next year.
The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
More at the link.
From today’s local rag:
It’s also in the online version as I write this:
What kind of machinations, one wonders, will be required to correct this error.
(By the by, the local rag has been rolling out some excellent editorials lately. The Editorial Board clearly finds the antics of the current federal administration to be concerning.)
The second paragraph in a story in today’s local rag states:
Canine recruit found to be insufficiently fiendly.
One such puppy, a German shepherd named Gavel, flunked out of police training in Australia in February after he was found to “not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.” As BBC reports, the problem was that Gavel was “too sociable,” and enjoyed meeting strangers a little too much to make a career out of catching criminals. Unfortunately, he was too much of a good boy.
The story goes on to say he was adopted by the governor of Queensland.
*Sorry. Couldn’t resiste.
The official cause of death for Davis Allen Cripe was a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia,” said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. It was the result of the teen ingesting the caffeine from a large Diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and an energy drink over the course of about two hours, Watts said.
The story goes on to say that the autopsy found no undiagnosed or untreated condition. The caffeine did it all on its ownsome.
One of the distressing aspects of dis coarse post-election discourse is the attempt on the part of some to portray bigotry, hatred, and racism as somehow legitimate because the bigots, haters, and racists feel “aggrieved.”*
*Afterthought, Late That Same Evening:
And, natch, because they are not Not White. Not White grievances are ipso facto not legitimate. If you paid attention, you’d know that.
I think I shall be ill.
Josh Marshall contemplates the “Trump-Pecker alliance.”
I have nothing to add.
Plaintiffs eat crow in silly lawsuit about crows.
Being a farm boy, I tend to be biased against crows, but, really, now.
Tony Norman points out that it was called “slave labor” for a reason.
Do you want your snake back? Call this number . . . .
Humans are the stupidest people.
No, not the science fiction story. This:
The summer school students plopped down on an orange mat and listened as teacher Elizabeth Fraley read aloud to them from a book. As she pointed out different animals, they took turns pinning the lion and polar bear pictures on a corkboard.
They had already gone through parts of a book – front cover, back cover, spine – as they sat outside on the grass in Santa Monica. People walked by with their dogs. One floated past on a hoverboard.
The children, ranging in age from 3½ to 5, were engaged in more serious pursuits. They were at KinderPrep, a $1,000, weeklong boot camp designed to prepare them for the rigors of kindergarten.
Words fail me.
Unfortunately, this extraordinary alert was withdrawn just four hours later when it was discovered that a groundskeeper driving a sit-on lawnmower had disturbed the readings of a local magnetometer.