Archive for July, 2009

Gimme a Responsible break!

July 11th, 2009 Comments off

Excuse me, Mr. NY Times, but a message like this is completely unacceptable:

Http/1.1 Service Unavailable

At least edit your error message to be somewhat meaningul to your readers!

(the above message was the result from several requests to on  7/11/09 at 7:50 pm.

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NYTimes Corrected by Me. ME!

July 5th, 2009 Comments off

On March 26, the Times printed an article on economics in Europe:

Aided by Safety Nets, Europe Resists Stimulus Push

…The program — known as “Kurzarbeit,” which translates as “short time” — and others like it lie at the heart of a heated debate…

I just had to send this correction, as a comment:

I hate to inform you, but the phrase “Kurzarbeit” means “short work”, not “short time”.

To my amazement, I got a responsive email the next day:

Thank you for your comment on Economix. We’ve corrected the mistranslation of “Kurzarbeit.” Apologies for the error, and thanks for keeping us on our toes.

Ach so!  Two painful years of college German, finally vindicated!  Thank you, Herr Doctor Professor Direktor Karl-Heinz Planitz!

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Clear Days at the NY Times

July 4th, 2009 Comments off

Today’s headline in the New York Times: “PALIN RESIGNING GOVERNOR’S JOB; FUTURE UNCLEAR”.

Whereas at the New York Times, the future is usually bright, clear and easily explicated on Page One.

This almost ranks right up there with the Times’s 1865 headline: “Lincold Reported Shot; Significant If True”.

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WTF? How does this happen?

July 2nd, 2009 Comments off

Here’s the top-selling hardcover books from New York Times list:


1. ”Catastrophe” by Dick Morris, Eileen McGann (Harper)

2. ”Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions)

Two authors insisting Obama’s ‘Socialist program” is destroying America. Who is buying this shit? I suspect these ‘best-selling’ figures are taken from Sam’s Club bulk ordering lists.

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