Daily Archives: May 3, 2002

The World After WTC I didn’t do anything with B…

The World After WTC

I didn’t do anything with Bjorn Staerk, because I’m not sure what they play in Norway. I should probably look that up.

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Marriott Drops Andersen As Auditor Frankly, I’m…

Marriott Drops Andersen As Auditor

Frankly, I’m surprised they have any clients left.

Mercury News | 05/03/2002 | FBI agent warned last …

Mercury News | 05/03/2002 | FBI agent warned last July that Middle Easterners training at U.S. flight schools

I don’t think this is a Great Moment, but the headline is unclear. Translated from the Headlinese, the agent warned headquarters that “several Middle Easterners were training at a U.S. aviation school and recommended contacting other schools nationwide where Arabs might be studying.” There was talk about maybe checking up on them, but nothing came of it.

This will obviously excite the conspiracy nuts, but never attribute to villainy what can be best explained by incompetence. Even that’s not fair; there’s a lot of information out there, and most of it never gets the attention it needs. Eventually, there will be a thriving underground of McKinneyists, parallel to the nuts who think FDR knew about Pearl Harbor ahead of time. Some of them will probably be the same people.

The CORNDOG I don’t care what some people say, …

The CORNDOG

I don’t care what some people say, this is damn funny. Especially “Andrew Stutterer”.

Wrong about the right

Great Moments in Headline Writing

AP Wire | 05/03/2002 | Right-Wing Wins British Elections

May 3, 2002: The Miami Herald (perhaps getting the head from the AP story) makes it sound like a tidal wave of extremism has swamped British politics. While the headline is technically true, it refers to only three council seats in one town, (the BNP ran 68 candidates, and the other 65 all lost) and in fact on a nationwide basis Labour did better than expected.

Extended serial monogamy

Great Moments In Headline Writing

BBC News | SHOWBIZ | Actor Hopkins to divorce again

May 3, 2002: The BBC makes it sound like Sir Anthony changes wives on a constant basis, when he’s been married to his current one for 29 years and has only been married once before.

Great Moments In Subheadings

There are two subsections in this story, entitled “Riches” and “Psychotic”.

I’ve made space in the blogroll by arbitrarily eje…

I’ve made space in the blogroll by arbitrarily ejecting various nefarious furriners to their own sections, and promoting some people from the NIT to the Regionals. I put Tal G. among the Brits on the grounds that they play a lot of soccer in Israel. I’ve also added Evan Day to the roll.