BREAKING: Today's initial "Noteworthy Fact!"

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018

Sad, but thought-provoking:
At the very top of the reimagined page A3 in the New York Times, we get each day's "Noteworthy Facts" in the "Of Interest" section. (Hard copy only.)

This morning, we were offered seven such facts. The one shown below appeared first:
Of Interest
NOTEWORTHY FACTS FROM TODAY'S PAPER

Leeds Castle, in Kent, England, has a collection of dog collars dating to the 15th century.
Within the modern New York Times, that counts, at least in one person's mind, as a noteworthy fact!

The reimagined page A3 is like this pretty much all the time. In its spectacular daily dumbness, we're inclined to regard it as the sign of the end of a culture.

Coming tomorrow: Last Sunday's Washington Post best-sellers

Others of today's "Noteworthy facts:" These facts are also noteworthy today:
Pablo Picasso's lovers Dora Maar and Marie Therese-Walter had a wrestling match in his studio while he was painting "Guernica."

On the bill for the 2018 Youth Olympics are cross-country running, futsal (indoor soccer), beach handball and a basketball dunk contest.
Our own noteworthy fact would be this—no, we aren't making this up!

22 comments:

  1. "In its spectacular daily dumbness, we're inclined to regard it as the sign of the end of a culture."

    Eh, come on, Bob. A few NYT's ejits don't signify the end of culture.

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  2. A dissenting view on Maddow's story-telling approach:

    https://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/why-watch-maddow/

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    1. Well, since you’re going a bit off-topic, I’ll join. I traipsed upon this after reading a Current Affairs essay:

      “Thomas Midgley Jr. and Kettering identified tetraethyllead (TEL) in December 1921 as an additive that would eliminate engine knocking at a dilution of one thousand to one. While use of ethanol could not be patented, TEL's use as an additive could.”

      “That its use was an ecological disaster leading to a global lead contamination was not acknowledged until many decades later.”

      link

      Which led me to another essay which showed a memo by Goldman Sachs, to biotech firms, explaining that curing disease was not profitable.

      But dang, Rachel Maddow sure is. Is she all bad? No. Is she really considered a leftist? How could she be? We must distinguish storytelling from actual journalism.

      Sorry if I’m coming across as a crank.

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    2. Aw, I posted the same link twice. The first one should have been this

      Sorry

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  3. Somerby has apparently reached that stage in life where his brain can no longer absorb any more facts. Why should he care what tidbits a newspaper chooses to print? He can skip the ones he doesn't care about.

    Contrary to opinion, the brain thrives on additional information. The more associations are formed between pieces of information, the faster the retrieval of any given memory and the easier it is to encode new memories. Knowing more about the world leads to better memory, not worse. There is no need to limit your knowledge to just the stuff you think will be useful or relevant to your purposes or whatever criteria Somerby uses to decide what to read. More connections are better.

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    1. Dave the Guitar PlayerApril 24, 2018 at 12:57 PM

      Imagine that the NYT is your father and you are about to leave home to seek your fortune and ask for some final bits of information for you to use. He replies that "Leeds Castle has a collection of dog collars dating to the 15th century."

      I think that we should expect more from one of the most important sources of information for a large fraction of Americans, and even internationally. If the NYT will give that column space in the paper to me, I am sure I will be able to find something more important for the world to know.

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    2. If this were all they ever printed, you would have a point, but they print lots of other stuff too. I would cut out all the sports reporting, because who cares about that? It is trying to be a "big tent" newspaper.

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  5. Just petty, oh so petty, pretty petty ...

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  6. It looks like we may be spared Bob’s promised attack piece on Mueller. Let us be thankful for small favors.

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  7. What is the point of this? We were informed about the Times "Noteworty Facts" last year:

    BEHIND THE CURTAIN CONTINUED: A useful and fun new approach!

    TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

    http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com/2017/05/behind-curtain-continued-useful-and-fun.html?m=1

    And TDH regularly quotes from them in his blog. And he always says "we aren't making this up" or "we s**t you not." It's like Groundhog Day at this blog.

    There's also a style section. Has been for a long time. Some people enjoy reading various things in the paper, and have done since the beginning of newspapers.

    There is also a crossword puzzle every day.

    So what?

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    1. There used to be a bridge column in the NY Times but they discontinued it. I would call that dumbing down the paper.

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