News of the Weird Daily Pro (January 22, 2014)

News of the Weird Pro Edition
Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule

Prime Cuts of Current, Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
January 22, 2014 (still in Beta; Beta Beta Beta!)

Yr Editor Names “Best Journal Article of 2014,” and It’s Only January: That would be from the Journal of Topics in Cognitive Science “proving” that older people are not necessarily slower but that we’re they’re (they’re!) burdened by knowing too much stuff. That’s the ticket; we they know too much. This by researchers at Tübingen University in Germany. Daily Telegraph (London)

Perspective: As a reminder, for those in the U.S. East this week, the phenomenon is called “global” warming, not “North American” warming. Science agencies have these thermometers in place around the globe. U.S. agencies NOAA and NASA have issued their satanic “fact” propaganda stats for 2013, that it was the 4th (NOAA) or 7th (NASA) warmest yr on record for planet Earth. The U.S.’s year was only its 37th hottest, but Australia hit the jackpot (warmest in 104 yrs of record-keeping). Earth’s 14 hottest yrs on record have all occurred in the last 17 yrs. New York Times

The News Business: It’s one thing to read a headline from, say, Ghana and be tickled at what happens in a “traditional society.” But it’s another thing to be a professional reporter for, say, the Ghana News Agency and sorta have to write up the who-what-when-where-why of a story like that, and do the interviews and fill the column inches or word-count. Here’s a good story from 1-17-2014 about a lost cellphone (sold by a “fetish priest”) and the “ghost” who arrived to arrest the priest and freak out the townspeople. I’d hire that reporter. Ghana News Agency via Modern Ghana

Chuck’s Daily Cite-Seeing Tour

Another failed “you stupid cops will never find me.” Associated Press via WILX-TV (Lansing, Mich.)

Inexplicable: Pro jewelry thieves who “love” each other, “brother.” KCNC-TV (Denver)

Feeding birds in their yard for 25 yrs--until that ubiquitous bane-of-civilization “one person” complained, and now there are Rulz, Rulz, and more Rulz about bird-feeding. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Intelligent Design: Spider species in two continents building spider idols.

Imagine a city gov’t telling major league baseball players they were subject to arrest for spitting. England’s Enfield Council tried it (very, very briefly) for soccer players. BBC News

The Least Important Controversy in the Developed World Today: The Cambridge (England) City Council has decreed that street names will henceforth contain no apostrophes (and the caca hit the fan). Cambridge News

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

The sacred Martin Luther King holiday: Perfect for celebrating 2nd Amendment rights with a gun raffle (bang-bang!). A British artist’s tribute celebrating how far the black woman has come in the world (even though she’s still half-naked). The Oregonian /// Huffington Post

The Way The World Works (You Lost)

The planet’s poo-bahs, at their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, reportedly found out [ed. My invite must’ve been lost in the mail.] that just 85 people (the world’s richest) own as much as the bottom 3.5bn of the planet’s 7bn people. Earned every penny, did the 85. All 85 hit triples instead of being born on 3rd base. Los Angeles Times

Are We Safe? FBI and Homeland Security are all over terrorism possible “pirating,” performing as lapdogs for the Motion Picture Ass’n of America. Washington Post

an style="color: #0066FF;">Editor's Notes

Latest News Website Click-Bait to Be Revealed as False/Exaggerated: Well, one outdoor video of a sunrise in Beijing, to counter the smog, took place. News culprit: Why, oh, no, it was the World’s Greatest Newspaper.

Newsrangers: the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.
     Posted By: Chuck - Wed Jan 22, 2014

Knowing too much- It does slow us down because we are always trying to remember something we 'know' but just can't think of.("its on the tip of my tongue"itis)

hot- Wonder what things were like in the unrecorded millennia before our recorded history.

facebook- Bringing down stupid criminals everywhere!

spiders- God help us if spiders are becoming super intelligent! :ahhh:

spitting- Hold a pro sports star accountable for breaking a law? Rarely.

85/3.5bn- Yet instead of those few helping others we have Sally Struthers begging pennies form the poor to feed the destitute.

China and pollution- Their government better start regulating industry like we have to clean things up. Oh no, its easier to set on their hands and blame the US for the problem because they let industry come there and have no rules.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/22/14 at 08:17 PM
Cognitive Science They're forgetting the old saw: I've forgotten more about xxx than you'll ever know, you young whipper-snapper!

News Business Kudos to the reporter for remembering the 5 Ws.

#1: Love Lust is all powerful.
#2: The thieves must be from Philly.
#3: There, seriously, needs to be a law about these laws!
#4: Itsy-bitsy spider wants to be one of the big boys.
#5: Anything that impedes soccer is fine by me.
#6: It's long past time English got a make-over anyhow.

MLK Day #1: Our 'RIGHTS' are for one and all!
#2: Who forced that woman to act as a chair? Despicable! Wait, she got paid?

Good week, Chuck.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/22/14 at 11:33 PM
Davos - I prefer to be thankful for what I have, rather than jealous of what others have.

Chair - there is a white woman version also, both apparently from Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard.

Can't Find Me - there are enough idiots in Lansing, MI, without adding those from PA as well.

Temperature - really hard to get a good number for the entire globe over time, especially if you aren't measuring at the same spots every year.
Posted by RobK on 01/23/14 at 11:53 AM
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