California Town Fails to Sell on eBay

“Bidding on the auction site eBay ended Friday after a month on the Internet auction site with no offers reaching the minimum reserve price. Amboy, with seven residents, has a listed value of $1.9 million, but the top bid reached only $995,900.|Amboy has a post office, motel, cafe, gas station, church, gift shop and two landing strips.” –California Town Fails to Sell on eBayAP/Seattle Post) Thanks for the suggestion, Mike.

Apocalypse Statistics

I found this quote on Megnut: “59% of all Americans believe that what is written in the Bible’s Book of Revelations will come to pass.” She was citing a BBC article about Bush and religion. My question is this… what, specifically, does the study say 59% of Americans believe about Revelations? Conservative evangelical churches can’t agree whether “The Rapture” will be pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation, and Catholics have a completely…

NASA Complacency Cited In Both Shuttle Accidents

“Former astronaut Sally Ride says before Columbia exploded, the U.S. space agency may have gotten too used to foam breaking off the fuel tanks and striking the shuttle’s thermal protection system. | Investigators believe hard foam insulation falling from the external fuel tank during launch may have damaged the shuttle’s wing. The spacecraft broke apart upon re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere on February 1. Ms. Ride also says before the…

Rating U.S. Kids' Reading Skills

“Fourth-graders in the United States score better in reading than many of their peers around the world, but poor and minority U.S. students still lag behind other U.S. learners, a new international study shows. | Students in U.S. public schools outperformed 23 of 34 other countries in the project, known as the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study of 2001.” –Rating U.S. Kids’ Reading SkillsCBS News) Among the other findings…

'Baghdad is Safe, the Infidels are Committing Suicide'

“It is bound to go down as one of the great moments in PR history. | With US tanks rolling into Baghdad and the sound of artillery fire reverberating around the city, Iraq’s ever jovial information minister popped up yesterday to declare that the ‘infidels’ were facing ‘slaughter’…. Standing on the roof of Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel, Mr [Mohammed Saeed al-]Sahaf ignored the sight of Iraqi troops running for cover on…

Yahoo Search == "Yahoogle"

After I dubbed Yahoo’s new search engine “Yahoogle”, Clancy Ratliff wrote (in a KairosNews discussion thread): You know, I love the name “Yahoogle.” I wish it were called that and not “Yahoo Search.” We could also have “Lycoogle,” “AltaVoogle,” “NoogleLight,” “Dooglepile,” “AskJoogle,” etc. Instead of “Dooglepile,” I suggest “DogPoogle.” Actually, somebody has already registered “Yahoogle.com,” but as far as I can see, the name is the best thing about that…

Inspiration for 'Babar the Elephant' Dies

“Cecile de Brunhoff, the inspiration for Babar, the enchanting little elephant whose adventures captivated generations of children, has died in Paris. She was 99.” –Inspiration for ‘Babar the Elephant’ DiesAP) To say that somebody was the inspiration for a cartoon Elephant suggests something unflattering. The headline could have been clearer: “Inspiration for ‘Babar’ Stories Dies” ?

Tips on Covering Race & Ethnicity

“Be pro-active, not reactive. Tell stories that provide background and context FIRST. We’ve tried to avoid two traps some media organizations, including The Bee, have fallen into: The ‘minority of the week’ story (writing about minorities for the sake of writing about minorities, i.e., ‘Here are our Latinos!’). The ‘minority bad news story of the week’ (writing about people of color whenever there’s a problem, i.e., violence in minority neighborhoods).…

Smart Heuristics

“It is very puzzling that in a country where a 12-year-old knows baseball statistics, adults don’t know the simplest statistics about tests, diseases, and the consequences that may cause them serious damage. Why is this? One reason, of course, is that the cost benefit computations for doctors are not the same as for patients. One cannot simply accuse doctors of knowing things or not caring about patients, but a doctor…