Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3706 Dangling

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A common mistake that people make when trying to
design something completely foolproof is to underestimate
the ingenuity of complete fools.
-- Douglas Adams --


From  On average, 4.3 storms per year are referred to as "the storm of the century".'s statistics appear out of nowhere and are unverifiable, but this one I believe, and I don't think I'm the gullible party.


I found this today, in an article written for the Wall Street Journal law blog:
Federal prosecutors accused Mr. Keys last week of helping and encouraging Anonymous hackers to deface the website of the Los Angeles Times. After leaking log-in credentials for a server operated by the paper’s parent company, a hacker vandalized the headline and a paragraph in a story about a tax-cut package, said prosecutors.
In that second sentence, who leaked the credentials?  Mr. Keys or the hacker? [Correct answer:  Keyes, but the sentence says the hacker leaked the info.]

Again, this is from a professional reporter for a highly respected newspaper.  Apparently schools are also no longer teaching about dangling participles, the worst mistake in grammar a reporter of facts can make.

I rest my case.  Clear communication is officially dead.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

3705 Influence

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"To influence the masses, aim first at the least intelligent. ...
Undermine the faith of the masses in their leaders."
-- Foxy Loxy, in Disney's 1943 "Chicken Little" --


The green quote above is from the 1943 Disney short (8:48) "Chicken Little", at  It's definitely not the Chicken Little we all knew.  It's very political, and very much relevant to today's politics, although when it came out, I suspect it wasn't supposed to be about us.

It's scary.


A lot of people think this next video is cute. I find it sad. There's no proof that the little guy did it, but there does seem to be evidence that he's not at the cool kids' table, and he knows it.  That may be what's actually going on.  Maybe he's sad and resigned and maybe a bit afraid, not guilty.

Notice the ingratiating grin at the very beginning? Dogs who have been abused will react like that when anybody raises their voice.