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Sunday, May 13, 2012

In the news

I have mentioned before that we have no television. We own the appliance, and we have the black box that everybody had to buy a few years ago in order to received high definition transmissions. But the box broke and Husband didn't care enough to get it fixed or replaced, and I most assuredly shared his unconcern. With no great deal of pride I admit that neither do I read any newspaper, at least not in hard copy, except for the Small Pond Weekly. My sources of news are Other People and the Interwebs, so my knowledge of current events is, speaking kindly, spotty. 


I do know, however, that Amelia Earhart's plane's undercarriage might have been found, along with other evidence that indicates that she might not have crashed and died, but might have survived for a little while at least. That's pretty exciting.


Investigators say they've found key clue to fate of Amelia Earhart

And just yesterday I read that a WWII airplane has been found in the Sahara, hardly damaged, again with evidence that the pilot had survived for a bit. The experts surmise that the pilot walked off into the desert instead of waiting to be found, which would have been equally as futile. There's something more tragic, or perhaps more dramatic, about the idea of his heading off into the desert to meet his demise.
Those two stories interest me probably mostly because of the ghostly mental images they provoke.


Another news item that I could not avoid was about the New Jersey woman and her allegedly sunburned child. It seems to me there has been vastly more coverage of that particular [train] wreck. I have to admit to you that of all the videos, still photos, etc. about that horror, the one item that I could not let go of was the black lipliner. 
I mean . . . really?


Heaven help us all.

14 comments:

Sightings said...

Jeez, I do have a television but haven't heard of ANY of these stories. But then I hardly ever watch the news, b/c you never get any information anymore, just opinions, points of view and snarky commentary. But that investigation of Earhart is interesting.

esbboston said...

I got tired of the "free" CNN news on the internet, then switched to paid subscription to the Wall Street Journal on my iPad for a while but then cancelled it for several months. It was technicaLLy very irrittating to read with their choice of fonts and spacing. I think someone finaLLy complained enough and it seems better now. But I recently started the WSJ back after waying the pros and cons.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I sit eating breakfast every morning with the paper lying on the other side of the table , unopened . So , this morning I know that Athens is threatening to become sticky and that the use of churches as pop venues merits an article on page V-2 .
A news-freak colleague will fill me in on the rest later , every detail ....

( Really !? That was black lipliner ? I thought it was where she was extra crispy ).

Isabelle said...

Don't know about these things either but I love my newspaper and the odd thing on tv. But I could easily live without tv. Radio, now, that's different.

Glad you're feeling better.

rachel said...

Isn't it strangely freeing to avoid tv altogether? It's weeks since we decided to give it up (having lost the remote first, and finding ourselves not at all interested in finding it) but when I do catch a fragment of radio news it's invariably dismal, so perhaps radio will be the next to go....

Carolynn Anctil said...

Like you, I don't read the newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch tv. You have, in these brief paragraphs, provided more news to me than I have heard in quite some time.

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

What constitutes news anyway? I was without TV for two years and it was bliss.
Aha June, Taureans and Cancerians - great matches!

Grandmother said...

We haven't had a TV in 5 years now and can't say I miss it. I've read lots of books, run regularly since then, travelled and written to my hearts content. It's a good life.

georgia little pea said...

I survived very happily without telly for a whole week on our holiday (despite a brand new plasma screen in the lounge). Yet, the moment I got home, I had to catch up with all the trash programmes I had recorded while away. There is no saving my soul.

I haven't heard any of the news you wrote about. And what's the postcard? Not Nessy?

Friko said...

Is there anything that we need to know instantly, or at all? The next news items is already waiting in the wings, waiting to be noticed for all of two seconds; I don't want to burden my days with the clamour of the world.
But there's no escaping it.

Linda Myers said...

We use our TV only for watching Netflix movies a few times a week. I get my news from Yahoo and the front page of the Seattle Times and Time magazine.

However, nothing seems to change much.

Vicki Lane said...

There was a novel a few years ago about the supposed survival of Earhart and her navigator -- I haven't read it but it sounded good.

We have satellite tv but it's only on during college basketball season. I could dispense with that as well.

Barb said...

That whole first paragraph could be me. We don't watch and cannot abide the "news" which (if I remember correctly) is full of hysteria, lies, and negativity. Even while traveling, the set in our hotel room remains blissfully silent. I do read commentary on the Internet if there is something of interest to me. It's always a pleasure to read what YOU've written.

Norm Hayess said...

News is a waste of time.