July 13, 2015

Today Show Virtually Celebrates As Atticus Finch Is ‘Knocked Off His Pedestal’

The media instinct to trash all that is inspiring and noble was unmistakable in Monday morning’s “Today Show” report on the new novel (Go Set a Watchman) by Harper Lee, the author of the widely celebrated, best-selling To Kill a Mockingbird, first published in 1960.

Debate has raged over whether Lee, who is in very poor health and whose mental competence has been questioned, ever wanted her manuscript to be released. “Today” totally ignored that important controversy. Wanted or not, the book officially hits the shelves on Tuesday. Watchman portrays Mockingbird hero Atticus Finch in his old age as “a racist” who is “opposed to that era’s reforms, like desegregation, even attending a Ku Klux Klan meeting.” Naturally, Today contends that “many feel” (media-speak for “we believe”) that the new book’s “broader moral themes” are “just as vivid now as they were in the 1950s” because of “racial tensions” in Ferguson and Charleston.

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Eonline Further Distorts NY Times Scott Walker Hit Piece

Here is an object lession in how the perceptions of low-information voters are shaped to the disadvantage of Republican and conservative candidates.

In the daily email I receive from Eonline.com (subscribing to the web site’s missives is a necessary evil), the fifth item listed read: “Scott Walker Announces 2016 Presidential Run.” (Curiously, the web version of that email no longer links to the Walker item, perhaps indicating that someone at the web site is unhappy that it gave him any notice at all.) Two paragraphs near the end of the Eonline.com writeup tie back to the New York Times hit piece Tim Graham at NewsBusters critiqued in detail earlier this afternoon. Rebecca Macatee’s writeup makes it appear as if the Walker campaign itself is seriously concerned about how the nation perceives him (link is in original; bolds are mine):

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NY Times Claims Walker Needs to Work on Being Seen as ‘Smart’ and ‘Sophisticated’

It’s worth noting how I first came across today’s Page A1 New York Times item on Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker’s formal announcement of his 2016 run for president.

It started with an email I received from Eonline.com (subscribing to the web site’s missives is a necessary evil). The fifth item listed read: “Scott Walker Announces 2016 Presidential Run.” Curiously, the web version of that email no longer links to the Walker item, perhaps indicating that someone at the web site is unhappy that it gave him any notice at all. Two paragraphs near the end of the Eonline.com writeup tie back to the Times piece. They make it appear as if Walker’s campaign is concerned about how the nation perceives him:

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071315)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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11:55 a.m.: “Greece’s tab for new bailout could reach $96 billion

Context — that $96 billion:

  • Is about $8,900 per citzen (population: 10.8 million). An equivalent problem in the U.S. (population: 321 million) in those terms would be $2.8 trillion.
  • Is about 47% of the country’s $203 billion GDP. An equivalent problem in the U.S. (GDP: $17.7 trillion) in those terms would be $8.4 trillion.

The country has already borrowed about $250 billion from the International Monetary Fund (i.e., $23,000 per citizen, or 123% of GDP).

As long as other people’s money remains available, it doesn’t seem at all likely that Greece will ever genuinely reform itself.

Positivity: Woman reunited with first responders who saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Leesburg, Florida:

Posted: Jul 01, 2015 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2015 10:46 PM EDT

It can happen in an instant. Your life is placed immediately in someone else’s hands, because of medical emergency, and that’s exactly what happened to 69-year-old Susan Barlow.

A few weeks ago, at 9:30 in the morning, Susan had just gotten up and showered in her Leesburg home, when she began to have intense pain in her chest. She called her husband, and he immediately called 911.

“I’m so glad they were there at the right time, the right minute…” said Susan, who began to choke up.

Susan’s talking about Leesburg firefighter Lt. John Rice and emergency medical technicians Jeff Moore and Todd Hopkins. She had gone into cardiac arrest; her heart stopped working.

She had an opportunity to reunite with the men who saved her life that morning. They will tell you that it’s all in a days work. Then, they’ll say they will never forget that moment. Lt. John Rice showed Susan her EKG.

“This is where we applied the electrical shock to your heart, and this is you regaining pulse directly after,” he said, pointing to the charts.

Susan acknowledged what he said with an incredulous expression.

“Her heart stopped. From that to the time we got it started again, it was a long, long minute or two,” Lt. Rice explained.

Susan now has a clean bill of health, and a new perspective on life. …

Go here for the rest of the story.