Observations on the News

This seems to be a week for observations on the news. As that seems to be what the universe wants, I’ll continue with my quest to find you the most interesting tidbits. I noted the following while waiting for my tea to cool:

  • From the “Let’s Go Out To Dinner” Department: The New York Times has an article today about yet another factor that creates tensions in a couple: dietary differences. Their lead example was a couple that broke up because he loved bread, and she was gluten-free. Of course, I’ve been in that particular situation for years, as my wife and daughter are both gluten-free, and I’m the sole wheat eater in the house. But the article also discusses vegetarians living with meat-eaters, etc., and emphasizes couples that break up over it. Now, I know many couples where there are vast dietary differences, and some how they work it out. I wonder if it is just the single generation they interviewed in New York is just less flexible?
  • From the “It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it” Department: The New York Times also has an article on a job you might not though of as hard: Being one of those ladies that hold the cases on “Deal or No Deal”. It’s actually an interesting article: some are lawyers and interpreters. Of course, more interesting is the fact that this simple program has not given away the $1M prize in over 2.5 years of trying. I wonder what that says about human psychology, and choosing what you know you have over what you might have.
  • From the “No, I didn’t snub you” Department: I’m surprised this hasn’t gotten more press, given how much Hillary’s camp made of Obama’s supposed snub at the State of the Union, where he supposedly turned away from shaking her hand to talk to Claire McCaskell. CNN is reporting that Hillary is failing to acknowledge or congratulate Obama on his recent primary wins, even has Obama has congratulated or at least acknowledged her on her increasingly few wins. The courtesy of conceding a primary or caucus loss — and then congratulating your opponent — is by no means required. But it has become standard practice during campaign season.
  • From the “Life in the Sculpture Garden” Department: The LA Times is reporting that thieves have stolen a bronze statue of a miner from its perch near Carthay Circle (Crescent Hts and San Vicente). Presumably, it was stolen as part of the larger theft of copper — statues are increasingly being stolen, chopped up, and melted down for their metal value (even though they are worth more as art). And that, my friends, is the state of the art.
  • From the “It’s Not Alive!” Department: And just for underpope: The SF Chronicle has an article on how to survive a zombie attack.