“This is what happens when 'reporting' turns into end-to-end 'commentary' - I dont want to hear the inflections, gasps, and 'thoughts' of these would-be journalists and anchorpeople - just report instead... not every, infact, hardly any, news item needs the drama these talking heads inject into every breath... save it for when it's warranted PLEASE. Go watch some 1950's news footage - preferably from the BBC”
“Yeats nailed it a while back... complete with with a nod to rising christian fundamentalism at the end....
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”
Mason Dixon on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:53:09
“Nice. Thank you.”
Bascoda on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:46:09
“Spot on! Fanned”
TokyoTea on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:44:32
“Paul Krugman used the fifth and sixth lines in a column recently. Probably went right over the heads of most of the people standing on this stage.”
irishinohio on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:43:37
“Thank you.....the last two lines...wow!”
thebigbike on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:42:56
“This poem has been on my mind for a long time now.
along with a more recent ( though now "vintage") song by Bob Dylan:
"All your seasick sailors they are rowing home,
Your emptyhanded armies are now going home
Your lover who just walked out the door
has taken all his blankets from the floor.
The carpet too is moving under you
And it's all over now, baby blue.”
Katchalater on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:41:55
“Thank you WB, a great poem. Also Robert Kennedy used this line in his campaign: The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”
nannews on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:40:16
“Fanned...thank you for a painfully appropriate quote.”
"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,"
Now be it known, That I John Adams, President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the said Treaty do, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, accept, ratify, and confirm the same, and every clause and article thereof. And to the End that the said Treaty may be observed, and performed with good Faith on the part of the United States, I have ordered the premises to be made public; And I do hereby enjoin and require all persons bearing office civil or military within the United States, and all other citizens or inhabitants thereof, faithfully to observe and fulfill the said Treaty and every clause and article thereof.
- submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797
“While the major citys of the rest of the world expand with stunning architecture, Los Angeles once again gets a choice of a box or a glass house... These are sickeningly bland... but then again, they fit right in with all the beige strip malls...
This is a great opportinity to do something that will be a landmark - we passed it ip with staples and live... com-on LA get some culture....”
“But it didnt when they ran fawning religious pieces [incl. covers] ? Time is long over - its USA today in a more portable format... sad, but true. Even sadder? CNN's slip-sliding toward the abyss... not to mention some of the medical science coverage right here at huffpost! - we are in the middle of a subjectively impulsed, anti-intellectual age... I dont believe we could pull off the constitution again today in this country if our lives depended on it... maybe they do!”
billhodges on Sep 17, 2009 at 21:03:33
“You sound stressed out! Sorry, watch Beck and build your confidence up and you will be revived.”
“How many soldiers were killed in those 3 US Troops you mentioned in the homepage headline? - I'm sure you have a nice Oxford dictionary there at the office somewhere - please look-up Troop and stop misusing it as you did on the homepage - SOLDIERS died - individuals - not a troop. The proliferation of this usage is part of the same desensitization trend that forbade photos of caskets.”
LREKing on Sep 13, 2009 at 13:50:57
“Trying to fight a changing language is hopeless (speaking from experience).”
Sep 6, 2009 at 17:59:22
“Hmmmm.... so I have some questions:
1. How many anecdotes like this are there?
2. Why is the Dr selling videos and books and vitamins and not funding independent double-blind scientific research that can be peer reviewed in, say, the top 3 or 4 journals?
3. Why is Huff Post presenting anecdotal stories with such vigor? and linking to all the good doctors marketing websites?
4. Where is the journalism? Someone other than the product seller and the editor of their own 'medical journal' should be questioned here
While the Dr's approach may be valid or warrant research, I just cant condone this kind of media exposure for an untested hypothesis. Reporting a hypothesis is one thing, allowing an advocate of same with so much conflict of interest to do so is something completely different - I think you can imagine how it smells to me.
“You make some excellent points but concerned parents don't always have the time for the medical community to come to a consensus.
I am very grateful that none of my children were autistic but one did have symptoms when she was young such as stomach aches, constant whining, and poor attention span. Visits to her doctor for years did nothing. When my daughter was six, I finally went the route of "alternative medicine" and I did so based purely on anecdotal evidence. I did an elimination diet and determined through repeated experimentation that whenever she had corn syrup she was, within a few minutes, writhing in pain. I cut out all corn syrup in her diet and all of the symptoms that she had suffered since infancy disappeared. She went from being a below average student in kindergarten to being an above average student in the first grade. She is now a senior in college.
Had I waited for peer reviewed studies to inform my daughter's pediatrician about how to diagnose and treat my daughter, she may have had a very different life.”
“Something very fishy here. Zicam does have lots of medical research behind it. As predicted for some users after 4 years of use [oral version] I have not had a cold for last 3. I'm afraid that if you're posting here without having read the research or used the product you're not only wasting space but also falling prey to yet another media-hyped, one-sided headline-fest.
Oh, I CAN smell just fine, and it smells like BS to me....”
"While pornography is banned and sex education largely unheard of, shops selling sex toys and related items stand out prominently in many neighborhoods and sex outside marriage is widely tolerated. Prostitution, while technically illegal, is widespread and the keeping of mistresses among prominent businessmen and Communist Party officials is considered commonplace."”
Apr 9, 2009 at 14:58:18
“1. Thornton needs to grow up
2. I wont pay $ for this kind of attitude > includes movies and music
3. Interviews with pre-conditions are not interviews they're 'promotions'
4. Thornton needs to grow up
5. No way they'd have the attention they do without his profile
6. Did I mention Thornton needs to grow up?”
nailinpalinnow on Apr 11, 2009 at 09:27:07
“He reminds me of Sarah Palin - can't handle a real interview - must have it canned or just blows it.”
“you need to think carefully about this people and I am going to make it easy for you to get your head around it: If you think it's OK, then that would grant say, Vivid Video, the right to use a really nice shot of you from your facebook page [colorized in a manner reminiscent of soviet era propaganda] to adorn the cover of their next release - ummm lets pick a name... "Anal Adventures of 'x' – where 'x' is that great profile pic you uploaded last week.... Get the point?
Next problem: how do we reconcile Andy Warhol's work?”
Alvarask on Mar 11, 2009 at 23:15:08
“Obama is a public figure. And he probably could sue is he wanted to, but why would he?”
“My Pleasure - It is a must read , as is Hofstadters "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life". There are also a couple of good interviews with her online [BUT READ THE BOOK!] - one at fora.tv and another presentation she gave in a bookstore. Jacoby's main addendum to Hofstadter has to do with how media is playing a part in 'dumbing down' society... it's a well thought through presentation.”
“Actual "News" is hardly reported any more. Between the editorialization and punditry it is basically all entertainment. Sadly, this drivel has been passed off as news and gulped up by a population too stupid to see whats happening. News is NOT Rick Sanchez checking twiiter or facebook for feedback, it's NOT Wolf Blitzer talking over YoYoMa at the inauguration, it's not ANY kind of pundit comment, and it's definitely NOT the strained inflections, oohs and ahhs of anchors....
This has all evolved as a result of an audience that can no longer think for itself. When a culture looses reason and errs toward anti-intellectualism the result, as we see, is catastrophic. Jacoby's update to Hofstadter's '63 analysis is a must read - as is her inspiration, his book holds up well in todays bright light.”
maggiebeer on Mar 8, 2009 at 14:01:43
“Thanks for the tip on Jacoby's work - The Age of American Unreason - paperback edition coming soon, or so the Interwebs tell me.”