Saturday, November 28, 2015

Odds and Ends

Why We Need Copy Editors, Chapter 37

The daily newspaper in my county recently reported a very sad case -- a woman whom neighbors described as kind and friendly was killed, and her body was found wrapped in a blanket not far from her home. Here's the lead:

     An investigation is underway after a body severed from its head was found 
     in the garage of a  . . .  residence late Monday evening . . . .  

"Severed from its head?"  What a mess we have here.  What was found was a headless body.   My guess is that the head was severed from the body, not the other way around, but nothing in the story indicates that the police even know this much.  Geez. 

The next day, the paper's headline writers embarrassed themselves with another faux pas in a follow-up story.  Here is the headline:   

Decapitated N.J. Mom's Cause of Death 
Remains Unknown, Investigators Say

This terrible headline invites laughter in an inappropriate situation.  The story explains that the police do not know whether the woman died before or when her head was cut off.  

Again, geez. 

Kristaps Porzingis

Not long ago, I discussed the New York Knicks' new center and his apparently felicitous effect on team performance.

Alas, I got ahead of myself.  On Monday, the Knicks traveled to Miami, where they lost to the Heat (still a serious team even without LeBron James), 95-78. Then, on Wednesday, the Knicks lost, 100-91, to the Magic in Orlando.

Carmelo Anthony
Yesterday, the Knicks returned home and got pasted again by the Heat, 97-78.  According to news reports, Carmelo Anthony (touted several years ago as the latest New York franchise player/savior) scored 11 points in the first quarter and none thereafter.
As for Porzingis, the lanky Latvian apparently tried playing some defense, which is always a novelty at Madison Square Garden.  He got himself into foul trouble and spent much of the second half on the bench.  The Heat outscored the Knicks, 47-29, in the second half of the game.  
At 8 wins and 9 losses, it appears that the Knicks are still the same old guys they used to be.

But it could be worse.  The Brooklyn Nets are now 3-12.

No Tipping Update

Joe’s Crab Shack, a chain of 138 restaurants not located in New York City, is taking a risk by raising its prices and waiters' hourly rates and telling its customers that they do not need to leave tips for the service staff.  

(When New York restaurateur Danny Meyer announced he was doing the same thing recently at his 12 restaurants in Manhattan, the news rocketed around the country, an indication of how Gotham-centric our news media are these days.)
Crab Shack servers will be paid a wage starting at $14 an hour -- pretty good in the Crab Shack locations, where wages range as low as $2.13 per hour before gratuities. A group called Ignite, which owns the chain, said the new policy is being rolled out slowly.  

The hopes are that waiters will be more willing to work during non-peak hours and less resentful about having to split tips with other servers for taking care of large dining groups. 

Meal prices will go up by 20 percent, according to the ownership group.  The experiment will continue for a few months.

Another Cultural Appropriation
The Next Big No-No

The Toronto Sun reports that the University of Ottawa has ceased offering a free weekly yoga class for students with disabilities (and also non-disabled students).

Below, in Canadian, is why, according to the newspaper:

     Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe        that "while yoga is a really great idea and accessible            and great for students ... there are cultural issues of 
     implication involved in the practice," according to an 
     email from the centre.

     The centre goes on to say, "Yoga has been under a lot        of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced," and which cultures 
     those practices "are being taken from."

     The centre official argues since many of those cultures "have experienced 
     oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western 
     supremacy ... we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while
     practising yoga."

This is just the latest madness.  Colleges and universities, we are told, are beset by rape epidemics, are chock-full of racists and are minefields of micro-aggression enforcements that scare students and faculty into silence.   

Who needs this?  Maybe it is time to shut these schools and let the people educate themselves more safely with online courses.  

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