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The Weather (Covid 19) Channel   Leave a comment

Just posting a short note to bitch and complain about the Weather Channel. Over the last few months it has become painfully obvious that their interests include much more than just weather.

You would think that with all of the tropical storms and hurricanes visiting the USA they would be too busy to keep sending out a steady supply of “Doom and Gloom” Covid-19 articles.

I was under the misconception that the Weather Channel was a WEATHER information sight. When did they decide to become another main stream media outlet spewing negatives across the landscape. I truly believe that the world in general has a pretty good understanding about the dangers of the virus. They just keep piling on with the negative news trying to out do everyone else. It’s a lot like many media outlets during a war who would rather report the body counts instead of actually getting out there and investigating. Big headlines always work it seems. Check these out.

7/18/20 WORLDWIDE COVID-19 CASES CLIMB ABOVE 14 MILLION

8/13/20 US RECORDS HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS SINCE MAY

6/4/20 OVER 1000,000 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

5/2/20 US CASES TOP 1.1 MILLION

5/27/20 US DEATHS SURPASS 100,000

This is just a small sampling of their headlines. If you want to be truly depressed go to their web site and read the details. There are enough idiots out there spreading the news about Covid-19. I think the Weather Channel should just stick to reporting the weather. There are enough disasters going on there to keep them busy for months.

I’m sure they’ll claim it’s a public service to keep us informed but I’ll still be removing their app from my devices until they stop the headline grabbing.

Posted September 30, 2020 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

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01-13-2014 Media Professionals? – NOT   2 comments

I’m a huge critic of the media but at the same time I try to remain fair in that criticism, Truthfully, I hate them all.  When this government of ours was created the Media was to be a watchdog on those politicians known for being corrupt and wasteful with our tax dollars.  The process begins to breakdown once the Media becomes a tool of the government.  You can see it now with Obama putting the Media through it’s paces with little or no criticism of any wrongdoing.  They worship the ground he walks on and it’s pitiful. I think the turning point was reached when all of the largest newspapers and Media outlets were purchased by corporate America.  It’s was a “Kiss of Death” to our democracy as it was meant to be.

The Media has the luxury of editing and reporting only those things that agree with their political agendas as directed by the corporate bosses.  The good quality journalists have become extinct and are only talked about around the water coolers of the surviving newsgroups. What we have now are over educated talking heads who are news readers rather than investigative reporters.  The following list is humorous but at the same time just reinforces my thoughts on the subject.

How do you like these idiotic headlines written by alleged reporters, edited by alleged editors, and published as shown.  Unbelievable is the word your looking for.  Here we go.

MINERS REFUSE TO WORK AFTER DEATH

TWO SOVIET SHIPS COLLIDE – ONE DIES

TWO SISTERS REUNITE AFTER EIGHTEEN YEARS AT CHECKOUT COUNTER

NEVER WITHHOLD HERPES FROM LOVED ONE

NICARAGUA SETS GOAL TO WIPE OUT LITERACY

DRUNK DRIVERS PAID $1,000 IN 1984

AUTOS KILLING 110 A DAY, LET’S RESOLVE TO DO BETTER

IF STRIKE ISN’T SETTLED QUICKLY IT MAY LAST A WHILE

WAR DIMS HOPE FOR PEACE

SMOKERS ARE PRODUCTIVE, BUT DEATH CUTS EFFICIENCY

COLD WAVE LINKED TO TEMPERATURES

CHILD’S DEATH RUINS COUPLE’S HOLIDAY

BLIND WOMAN GETS NEW KIDNEY FROM DAD SHE HASN’T SEEN IN YEARS

MAN IS FATALLY SLAIN

SOMETHING WENT WRONG IN JET CRASH, EXPERTS SAY

DEATH CAUSES LONELINESS, FEELING OF ISOLATION

Remember what you’ve read here when they begin telling you how to think and vote.  Believe nothing they say unless you can verify it though other reliable sources.  It’s your country, take the time and make the effort.

11-01-2013 Stupid Headlines   2 comments

I remember growing up in a time when newspapers ruled the world. Nothing was true unless it was in the paper and each morning people scrambled for the morning news.  It was a time when two deliveries of a newspaper was the norm, the morning edition at 6am and another delivered in the early evening. I had an up close and personal  relationship with our daily paper, The Valley Daily News, because I was one of it’s part-time carriers.  I always felt so damn important as I made my rounds delivering the latest news to all of my friends and neighbors.  For me it was a big deal.

I can still remember rushing to the pile of papers as they were tossed off the delivery truck to catch a quick peek at the day’s headlines.  It was exciting for a dumb kid like me to be the first to get the scoop of the day. 

The quality of the writing seemed much more professional then than some of the stuff I’m reading these days.   In my humble opinion our improved technologies and the birth of the Internet have brought the quality of articles and headlines to a very low level.  The daily barrage of news these days wears on a person.  It’s a constant drumbeat 24 hours a day and it’s annoying as well as redundant.

Back in the day writing was a serious profession and the writing of headlines was almost as important as the articles themselves.  I offer for your amusement the following collection of  headlines from recent years and various newspapers.  Not only do the headlines suck but the editor’s who allowed them to be sent to print should be ashamed.  Here we go.

IRAQI HEAD SEEKS ARMS

QUEEN MARY HAVING BOTTOM SCRAPED

IS THERE A RING OF DEBRIS AROUND URANUS?

PROSTITUTES APPEAL TO POPE

PANDA MATING FAILS – VETERINARIAN TAKES OVER

NJ JUDGE TO RULE ON NUDE BEACH

CHILD’S STOOL GREAT FOR USE IN GARDEN

DR. RUTH TO TALK ABOUT SEX WITH NEWSPAPER EDITORS

SOVIET VIRGIN LANDS SHORT OF GOAL AGAIN

ORGAN FESTIVAL ENDS IN SMASHING CLIMAX

EYE DROPS OFF SHELF

SQUAD HELPS DOG BITE VICTIM

DEALERS WILL HEAR CAR TALK AT NOON

ENRAGED COW INJURES FARMER WITH AX

LAWMEN FROM MEXICO BARBECUE GUESTS

You just can’t make this stuff up.    For as long as the Net prospers so will my coffers of stupid remain full.  Long live the Internet.

10-26-2013 One Year Anniversary   Leave a comment

I’ll begin celebrating today after posting this blog entry.  When I retired the Anti-Stupidity Blog one year ago I challenged myself to start a new blog and to write for one year, 365 posts, without missing a day and not using graphics, catchy and cutesy headlines or photographs.   It sounded easy at the time but it was anything but. 

I needed a lot of willpower but after the first six months my reserve of motivation was almost exhausted.  I worked through it and today that challenge and goal have been met. 

I’ll start fresh on October 27th (tomorrow) with an better outlook and a return to what some consider normalcy in blogging.  I’ll use the occasional photograph or two in the future but not gratuitously. The majority of these photo’s will be those I’ve taken myself.  I’ll be adding a word or two in addition to the date to indicate the general content of each post.  Since I’ve become somewhat addicted to this style of posting it will continue this way for the foreseeable future. 

I’m looking forward to the next year and I hope you are as well.  Tomorrow will be the start of something a little different but the endless quantities of totally useless information will continue.  The trivia quizzes will return and number of new twists can be expected there.  I’ll continue to comment on celebrities and their unusual activities, other inappropriate humor, and as many dirty and filthy limericks as I can find or create.  I’ll do the occasional book review and anything else that catches my fancy. 

The world is my oyster and I’ll keep searching for those proverbial pearls of wisdom to pass on to you.  Onward and Upward!

08-06-2013   Leave a comment

I thought a little humor might be nice with Hump Day approaching.  I just heard on the news that yesterday Amazon purchased the Washington Post newspaper for two hundred million dollars.  I thought Amazon as a company was a lot smarter than that.  Newspapers are failing all over the country with their readership moving steadily to on-line sources but maybe they know something I don’t (which is likely) and I wish them a lot of luck.

That newspaper story got me thinking about how inept many newspapers have become since their hay-day.  Stories faked, pictures Photo Shopped, and numerous grammatical and spelling errors becoming a regular feature. With that in mind here are a few headlines from actual newspapers that couldn’t be more ridiculous or funny.  I hope none of the newspaper associates responsible for these headlines end up working for Amazon. 

  • Two Convicts Evade Noose, Jury Hung
  • Queen Mary Having Bottom Scraped
  • NJ judge to Rule on Nude Beach
  • Smokers are Productive, But Death Cuts Efficiency
  • Nicaragua Sets Goal to Wipe Out Literacy
  • Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
  • Grandmother of Eight Makes Hole in One
  • William Kelly was Fed Secretary
  • Farmer Bill Dies in House
  • Iraqi Head Seeks Arms

How ‘s that for ten samples of really terrible professional editing.  I can’t believe these headlines actually made the published newspapers but they did. Here are a few more:

  • Miners Refuse to Work After Death
  • War Dims Hope for Peace
  • Blind Woman Gets New Kidney From Dad She Hasn’t Seen in Years
  • Man is Fatally Slain
  • Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say
  • Eye Drops Off Shelf
  • Enraged Cow Injures Farmer With Ax
  • Child’s Stool Great for Use in Garden
  • Prostitutes Appeal to Pope
  • Panda Mating Fails – Veterinarian Takes Over

The hits just keep on coming and there seems to be an almost endless supply of these carelessly thought out headlines.  All of the available journalism training these days seems to be more concerned with creating another Watergate than spelling properly or just making good old common sense.

  • Autos Killing 110 a Day, Let’s Resolve to Do Better
  • Stiff Opposition Expected to Graveyard Plan
  • Lack Of Brains Hinders Research
  • Policeman Help Dog Bite Victim
  • Man Denies He Committed Suicide
  • Four Battered In Fish And Chip Shop
  • Goldfish Is Saved From Drowning
  • Prisoners Escape After Execution
  • No Cause Of Death Determined For Beheading Victim
  • Jury Suspects Foul Play In Death Of Man Shot, Burned & Buried In Shallow Grave

I can’t continue with this any longer.  The more I read the crazier it makes me.  If I had submitted things like this to my high school English teacher, Ms. Walters, she would have rolled it up and smacked me across the head with it.  Maybe that’s the kind of thing missing from our current journalism schools.