Virtual Front Page, Friday, June 4, 2010

At about this time on this date in 1944, the paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions were at the airfield about to be flown across the English Channel to drop behind German lines in the opening moves of the Normandy invasion. But then Ike got a bad weather report and delayed D-Day for a day.

In our somewhat more sedate era, here’s the top news at this hour:

  1. Highway Patrol critical of city’s Benjamin investigation ( — But the HiPos agree with the city cops’ conclusions. Note that “the city also plans to release its full 200-page accident investigation report later tonight.
  2. BP begins capturing oil as Obama makes third trip to Gulf Coast (WashPost) — Yay, robots, huh? Nice work, R2…
  3. Stock Prices Slump; Dow Below 10000 (WSJ) — Some days it looks like we’re coming out of this; other days it doesn’t.
  4. Second Set of Activists Steams Toward Gaza (NYT) — Well, isn’t that just frickin’ great? Just what we needed. Meanwhile, “Turkey Close To Severing Ties With Israel Over Raid.”
  5. US says 80% of al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq removed (BBC) — Which means captured or killed, all in the last three months.
  6. Does the Internet Make You Smarter or Dumber? (WSJ) — Since you’re reading this, you’ve got to be hoping “Smarter,” right?

4 thoughts on “Virtual Front Page, Friday, June 4, 2010

  1. Phillip

    Re #4, whatever the conflicting circumstances of the first ship, this one only has about a dozen people on it, most over 60, and they have pledged to “sit down peacefully” if boarded and arrested, more in the spirit of the Freedom Riders of the 60’s. Or did you also say “well isn’t that frickin’ great” when the lunch counter sit-ins of those days took place?

    Just remember, Brad, there are lots of “Aden”s in the Gaza Strip, too, with hopes and dreams for a decent existence, never mind a better life. Don’t be too flip.

  2. Kathryn Fenner

    “Print fueled the Protestant Reformation, which did indeed destroy the Church’s pan-European hold on intellectual life. ”

    I wonder what unforeseen consequences the Internet will bring?

    There was a guy on NPR who made a compelling case for video games–the kind where you are creative–Sims, et al., not Pac Man, vs. books. It has to do with what came first. If video games came first, we’d be decrying the passive act of merely reading, and how books are just in black and white….

  3. Michael P.

    Why is it people believe everything on NPR as the word of God, but metion Fox and you are speaking in the devil’s tongue. NPR is to Republicans as Fox is to Democrats.


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