Category Archives: Journalism

STATES WHICH REQUIRE THE OXFORD COMMA IN STATUTES.

STATES WHICH REQUIRE THE OXFORD COMMA IN STATUTES. Grammarians argue about the Oxford comma with only clarity and style at stake. For judges and legislative draftsmen, the “serial comma”, as the Oxford comma is referred to in the opinion I … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WAS THAT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AVOIDED USING PROBABILITIES IN THEIR FORECASTS.

THE PROBLEM WAS THAT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AVOIDED USING PROBABILITIES IN THEIR FORECASTS. Of course government agencies, including the National Weather Service, should keep the public up to date on what their models are predicting. But the cause of … Continue reading

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SHOULD THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSIST IN A WEATHER FORECAST THAT IT KNOWS IS WRONG?

SHOULD THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSIST IN A WEATHER FORECAST THAT IT KNOWS IS WRONG? The National Weather Service issued forecasts that New York City and other coastal cities would get 24 inches of snow on Tuesday March 14. On … Continue reading

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JOE BOB BRIGGS’ BRIEF HISTORY OF THE REDNECK.

JOE BOB BRIGGS’ BRIEF HISTORY OF THE REDNECK. Judith Matloff says that honor codes still survive in mountainous regions like Albania, “where 10.000 men have perished in vendettas in the last two decades”. She points out that J D Vance’s … Continue reading

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THE PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING UNDERLYING TOM WOLFE’S USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING UNDERLYING TOM WOLFE’S USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS. Here is Tom Wolfe’s explanation from the brainyquote website for why he uses exclamation points. “People complain about my exclamation points, but I honestly think that’s the way people think. … Continue reading

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TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT.

TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT. I would have thought that Tom Wolfe would win a competition for the heaviest user of exclamation points because he loves descriptions from the point of view of an excited onlooker. In looking for … Continue reading

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A RANDOM EVENT?

A RANDOM EVENT? I could not find in the journalism that I looked at the key fact in trying to assess what happened: What percentage of the players in the tournament were women? (I looked at a list of competitors, … Continue reading

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A CHESS SCANDAL—OR A RANDOM EVENT?

A CHESS SCANDAL—OR A RANDOM EVENT? Here is the background for Hou Yifan’s protest: She has won four Women’s World Championships and has a rating of 2651 that is close to the top 100 in men’s rankings. She had declined … Continue reading

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A CHESS SCANDAL?

A CHESS SCANDAL? Nick e mailed me this link to a story about how Hou Yifan, the best woman chess player in the world, had lost a game in only five moves in the final match of an important chess … Continue reading

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KIM KARDASHIAN—“THE AMERICAN WOMAN”.

KIM KARDASHIAN—“THE AMERICAN WOMAN”. Maureen Callahan’s story reveals the fact—surprising to an American—that Kim Kardashian is not that well known in France. When the Paris Police Chief was informed of the Kardashian robbery, neither he nor his Number 2 knew … Continue reading

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