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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Administrative note 

The Sideblog service seems to be down right now, so the Music Minutiae will be on hiatus until and if it comes back online.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Sure, why not? 

'Caped Crusader' foils Uptown robbery:
"If you're in Uptown, and you're gonna commit a crime, watch out for galactic superheroes," Evans said.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Moo-gitive 

Japanese cow leads police on wild chase:
A cow being delivered to a Japanese slaughterhouse tried to bolt to freedom Sunday, leading nearly two dozen police on a 3.7-mile car chase through town and sending one man to the hospital unconscious.

Security camera footage of the wild escape, aired by public broadcaster NHK, showed the frenzied 1,606-pound animal zigzagging across a parking lot and then darting down a street, hotly pursued by a stream of patrol cars.

"The cow was being delivered to the slaughterhouse, and it was startled by a loud sound and just ran off," said Masashi Kitabayashi, a police official in the central town of Yakkaichi, where the incident took place.

The 3-year-old cow eventually crashed headfirst into a metal fence, fell down and died, but not before attacking a rendering plant worker who was trying to recapture the animal, Kitabayashi said.
Meat eaters, take note. After the cow died after bashing into a fence and, apparently, a struggle to the death with a rending plant worker, the body was reclaimed by the plant:
Slaughterhouse workers took the cow's body away.

"I don't know whether it will be processed into meat or not," Kitabayashi said.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Intuition vs. Facts 

I was flipping through the latest issue of Newsweek, and I ran across this remarkable pair of sentences:
Statistically, people who marry at much higher-than-average ages don't have lower odds for divorce. But intuitively, some experts are starting to think that later-in-life marriages may have better chances of survival.
Wow. So the facts point one way but intuition points in another direction. And then the magazine goes on to quote an "expert" expounding on the anecdotal approach--which, um, only happens to be contradicted by those annoying statistics.

I can't help but find this example emblematic of much of today's journalmalism.

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