Tips on how to break up with a friend!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017

Lead-exposed Times to the rescue:
Kevin Drum's work on lead poisoning has been extremely instructive. Increasingly, we think of his work when we peruse the work of our upper-end press corps.

Lead exposure was much higher in past decades, Drum has noted. This can lead to significant loss of IQ points.

That brings us, once again, to the reimagined page A3 in today's New York Times. (For some reason, available in hard-copy only.) We'll skip this morning's NOTEWORTHY FACTS, unless you insist on these:
Also known as butterflying, spatchcocking is the method of cutting out a chicken's backbone, opening the bird up and pressing down on it so its breastbone cracks and flattens. Once it's spatchcocked, a chicken roasts more quickly and evenly than an intact bird.

In his later years, the billionaire arms trader Adrian Khashoggi lived in much-reduced circumstances. He flew on commercial jets and dismissed his bodyguard, a Korean martial arts expert known as Mr. Kill.
Do they strike you as "noteworthy facts?" Did someone at the New York suffer a lot of exposure?

With that second question in mind, the "Quote of the Day" is this:
"It's a way to meet people. You might even meet the love of your life in a taxi, you never know."
According to someone at the Times, that was the quote of the day from this morning's paper.

That said, the most remarkable feature today was the "Here to Help" feature. We sh*t you not. This morning's helpful mini-essay appeared beneath this heading:
Here to Help
HOW TO BREAK UP WITH A BAD FRIEND
How to break up with a bad friend? Is that anything like a "bad teacher?"

For whatever reason, that's what the heading says. Wisely, sagaciously, the mini-essay starts like this, initial tip included:
For many of us, our friends often stand in for family. But sometimes friendships go bad. Here are some tips on what to do when you need to end a friendship that has reached its expiration date.

Give it serious thought first
Once you initiate a breakup, there may be no turning back.
We sh*t you not. According to the New York Times, before you "break up with a bad friend," you should give it some serious thought!

All in all, this morning's five-tip Here to Help feature reads like the sort of thing teen magazines used to be mocked for. That said, many parts of this famous newspaper now seem to be written by people who are strikingly limited. Or does that reflect what the glorious Times has come to know about us?

In closing, the first clue in today's Mini Crossword was this:

"Jimmy Fallon's network"

Fallon's network? The answer was a three-letter word.

Times subscribers, let's give it a shot! Could the answer be "NBC?"

15 comments:

  1. Once again Somerby is mocking the kind of thing that women would care about, implying that such information does not belong in a newspaper, even under a trivia or helpful information heading.

    Women care about cooking more than men. Women definitely care about relationships (e.g., friendships) more than men do, at least they worry about them and talk about them more. It is not silly to want to know how to stop spending time with someone, refuse invitations and cut short phone calls without making an enemy of them.

    Call me lead-based but I can't figure out how being interested in spatchcocking makes one stupid.

    I don't do mini-crosswords and any kind of crosswords -- what a monumental waste of time they are. I don't watch Jeopardy. Where else am I going to find out about spatchcocking techniques?

    Why is it that Somerby assumes that whatever he isn't interested in reading doesn't belong in our paper of record? If he doesn't like it nobody else should? Talk about condescension!

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  2. I'm so old that when I saw that mini-crossword clue my first thought was, "Who's Jimmy Fallon?" Then I remembered that nauseating picture of some idiot running his hands through Trump's hair. I suppose that was him, but I saw it somewhere on the internet; no idea what network it was. I don't do TV.

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    1. Trump's appearance on Fallon was a chance for people to see a contrast between unhinged vilification and reality. Most people enjoyed it.

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    2. Just a couple guys foolin' around, right Pavel?

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