Monday, July 22, 2013

“I read the news today, oh boy ...” (St Mary Magdalene Edition)

In November of 2010, David Gregory, host of NBC's Meet The Press, spoke at the City Club of Chicago. For those who report the news, even within the "lamestream media," there is a human side to the business of (ostensibly) keeping us informed. So there's a few good laughs in this clip, as we listen to the stories behind the stories, which are usually a lot more interesting.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:

They say that police departments are getting to be more paramilitary in their approach to crises, whether it's a hostage situation, or ... (

Meanwhile, investigative journalist Geraldo Rivera has discovered that "seventy is the new fifty," and wants the world to know it. Duuude??? (Twitchy)

With the Boy Scouts' new membership policy in place, here's hoping this will never be an option for a summer camp experience. (Blur Brain)

And speaking of options, will this be the latest letter in the alphabet? Probably not, but it won't prevent some -- innovators in text messaging, perhaps? -- from trying. (NPR)

In another story of changing fortunes, palm surgery is on the rise in Japan, in the hopes of beating the odds. (At least here in America we have Vegas. Yeah, baby!) (Daily Mail)

The City of Detroit has declared bankruptcy, and some empty suit at MSNBC isn't just blaming George Bush. And that's the good news. (Real Clear Politics)

Finally, if you're looking to beat the heat, there are only two ingredients needed for making ice cream, and ice isn't one of them. (Lifehacker)

And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.

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