- NY Times Public Editor puts writers (and public) on notice that while opinions are opinions, they should be based on facts.
- Wealthy no longer able to have cash bonfires, fearful of future.
- Here’s an example of the kind of article during the election cycle that makes me insane: this one asks whether or not Obama will meet with the embattled mayor of Detroit. It seems unlikely but not impossible. This is technically creating a kind of historical fiction, populated by real-life characters and based on current events. Implicit in this article is: tune in again for the next installment tomorrow—did he or didn’t he?
- It’s sort of like this webcomic. Except not funny.
- And lastly, and most importantly, insurance companies are now denying women health insurance if they have had a Caesarean and are still fertile. If they are not denied, they are typically charged extraordinary sums. If they agree to sterilization, they are then insurable. This is partly a result of this procedure being far too common (doctors over-perform it routinely) but now American women face having to choose between safely giving birth with a needed procedure or risking losing their insurance.
What? xkcd is one of my favorite web comics! It’s funny sometimes!
Colin: No worries. I love XKCD. I just meant that that comic to my mind illustrated the creation of a fictional event based on worries implanted in one’s mind by news stories that are essentially light fictions.