Reading Newsweek

I took a few moments at lunch today to browse through this week’s (November 26, 2007) copy of Newsweek. Here are some of my observations about what I found contained in this magazine.

First off. On the cover is my shipping label. Encoded on that label is my renewal date, which now seems to be at August 3, 2009. My question is this: why in the world did I just receive a mailing to renew the magazine, when my subscription won’t expire for another year and a half?

Turn to page 16. A short interview with some big time chef who opened a restaurant in Las Vegas. High end place. Dinner costs $420 per person, but that does include wine. Sounds like a restaurant for those with more money than brains.

On page 29, we read a variety of quotes, including on form Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich, explaining why he voted against the USA Patriot Act. “That’s because I read it.”

Now we turn to page 42 for an excellent op-ed piece by Fareed Zakaria called America the Unwelcoming. Mr. Zakaria discusses why tourism to the US from other countries is way down. He states it’s because of all the harassment and down right hassles that travelers experience moving through our country. I mean, think about it, why in the world do we have to remove our shoes, including my flip-flops, before boarding a plane? Read the article which is linked above.

And finally, this little article in the second column on page 12, In Trouble for Show and Tell. This article tells how some four and five year old children are being suspended from school for “sexual harassment”. One four year-old was suspended “when a female school aide reported that the child buried his face in her chest when she hugged him.”

You have got to be kidding me,” if I might quote tennis great John McEnroe. What has happened to sensibility?

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3 responses to “Reading Newsweek

  1. Stumbled upon your blog a week ago and decided to come back. Not for the articles you write, but for how you write them, really amazing stuff you’re doing here, i like how you put information into the articles which makes it much more easier to read and much more interesting of course. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you so much for the compliment. This is a hobby that I started about a year ago.

  3. Oy! Bad enough that the aide interpreted the four-year-old’s natural gesture, but utterly insane that a principal actually suspended the child!

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