One of the things I do each morning (or whenever I finally wander onto the Information Superhighway) is glance through the news. I realize some of you are more advanced and efficient about this and get pertinent news fed to you. But somewhere along the line, I got in the habit of perusing headlines. I did this back when I read actual, physical, paper and ink, newspapers. I think it started when I had a paper route as a boy.
I use Goggle News. I realize there are a number of other ways to get news feeds, or headlines, or items of interest emailed to you but Google News works for me. You see, I made Google my home page a long time ago and, naturally, the News link caught my eye. The link brings me to a page full of headlines.
The purpose of headlines is to draw your attention, to intrigue you, to make you want to read the story. Some do, some don't. It's an art form, I would say, and not everyone is good at it.
One grabbed my attention right away this morning.
"Billionaires aren't as rich as they used to be"
It turned out to be a Houston Chronicle business section article that was actually titled:
The Rich Get Poorer"
Two things came to mind as I read the Google headline and then went to the article.
1. Was I supposed to feel sorry for the billionaires suffering in this bad economy?
2. How can someone who is rich get poorer? Wouldn't you have to be poor first in order to get more poor? It should be "The Rich Are Still Richer Than you"
I am fortunate enough to be in a position where this economic downturn will not hurt me badly. Not because I was clever and saw it coming. Not because I was smart enough to plan ahead years ago. No, like most of the good things that have happened to me in life, I lucked into this position.
But I am no billionaire. And I can't seem to work up much sympathy for people who have to consider buying a slightly smaller yacht this year.
I also can have Google News provide me with headlines from my little area. This is a nice little feature. We have four Google worthy stories. All are boring. So boring that the only one of note is:
"Sebring preparing for the future, one flush at a time"
The headline is about the most interesting part of the story. Unless you are interested in sewage plants... which I am not.
What I learn from a glance through the headlines this morning is:
That someone seems worried about what will happen to Bernie Madoff if/when he goes to prison. Yeah, that's a real concern. Still he's not a pedophile and we do try to protect them....
There's unrest in Pakistan. Now, that's a surprise, isn't it?
Remember the shoe-thrower in Iraq? He got three years in prison. I wonder if he's worried about his safety while in prison?
The space shuttle launch scheduled for this evening got scrubbed. This seems to happen often. I want to go see a shuttle launch and, since I live only a few hours away from Cape Kennedy, you'd think it would be easy. Nope, sure isn't. the least predictable thing in Florida after the weather is shuttle launches.
In sports, some teams won and some lost. High paid athletes continue to be highly paid, even in this poor economy. Ok, I am not real interested in sports news.
On the Health front, an 18 year study concluded that the air in Los Angeles could be hazardous to your health. I wonder how much that study cost?
Back to you, Chet.
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