Yes, Velveeta is sick to death of the dearth of money she has, the fact that she must do her taxes this week, and all the bad news that continues to boil over on the TV, radio and interwebs. Sheesh! The Washington Post is cutting its daily financial section while the celebrity Web site TMZ and TV shows like "Extra" and "Inside Edition" are expanding theirs! I wasn't even aware these gossip shows had
any coverage not related to Britney, Lindsay, Paris and missing white women. Guess I'll have to tune into "The Soup" with Joel McHale to see how my stocks are doing.
Anyway, I am sick of money talk; falling DOW's, rich CEO's bilking me out of money, and auto makers that are going under because no one can afford to buy, much less drive, their copious behemoth Hummers, and they can't figure out what the problem is.
So instead I present you with some non money news! Like this:Why Did The New York Times Kill This Image of Henry Kissinger? (Not for His Naked Butt Cheeks!)
The Kissinger image below (by David Levine) is one of 320 illustrations – by 142 of the world's most acclaimed contemporary artists – that The New York Times itself originally commissioned for its Op-Ed Pages, but then got cold feet about running, and eventually paid more than $1 million in “kill fees” to hide from public view (sometimes for as long as 38 years).
What didn't the Times want you to see?
Can you imagine illustrations so "blasphemous," so "politically embarrassing," so sexually "over the line" that The New York Times gladly paid a fortune just to protect your delicate eyes from being exposed to them?
My favorite is the cartoon of Raygun as a beggar with a missile for a nose! This rather dull
article also caught my eye. (Its raining here all weekend.... what can I say). Aren't you dying to know the oldest English words? Huh? Huh?
Some of the oldest words in English have been identified, scientists say.
Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient, dating back tens of thousands of years.
Their computer model analyses the rate of change of words in English and the languages that share a common heritage.
The team says it can predict which words are likely to become extinct - citing "squeeze", "guts", "stick" and "bad" as probable first casualties.
And lastly, this article
which is really quite dumbfounding. Literally! American Adults flunk basic science.
Over the past few months, the American government has allocated hundreds of billions of dollars for economic bailout plans. While this spending may provide a short-term solution to the country's economic woes, most analysts agree that the long-term solution must include a transition to a more knowledge-based economy, including a focus on science, which is now widely recognized as a major driver of innovation and industry.
According to Science Daily more than half of the adults surveyed could not answer such questions as how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun or roughly approximate the percent of the Earth's surface that is covered with water. Many did not know whether early man and dinosaurs lived together or not. (Hm, perhaps we should amend the Constitution. We don't want men living with dinosaurs should they ever return).
Anyway, if its raining were you are, they also include a science test
which you can take to amuse or horrify yourself.
See ya inside.