This Isn't About Norman Rockwell
I thought it was clear enough that "the Norman Rockwell" story isn't really about Rockwell per se, but the comments about the story on Facebook are so out of left field, I thought I'd revisit it. First, the story itself, from the 1 December 2013 issue:
Revenue-Virginius Mine Disaster
But not this week.
Clowns to the Left of Me; Jokers to the Right
I got a protest unsubscribe this weekend from “EJ” in California, who complained:
Band of Brothers
A story in this week’s True absolutely demands that I include the video mentioned in the story, so it’s being published here (with the video) rather than in the newsletter. From True’s 29 September 2013 issue:
Banned Book Week
It’s Banned Book Week this week, an annual event (started by the American Library Association in 1982) to draw attention to the fact that there are still many self-appointed censors out there who want to control what you read.
Bashing the "Lamestream Media"
A good friend “shared” something on social media not too long ago that really made me roll my eyes. It was about the wanna-be terrorist “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid. Just before Christmas in 2001, Reid, a Brit, got on an American Airlines plane from Paris to Florida, and while in-flight he tried to light a bomb in his shoe. Other passengers subdued him, and his airplane bombing fizzled. He’s now in prison in the U.S., serving a life sentence without parole.
Part of the posting that my friend copied (he didn’t write it, he just shared it) was this:
A True Milestone: 1000 Weekly Issues
The 11 August 2013 issue — Issue 1000 — brought a new look to This is True: as promised nearly two years ago, plain text is out, and “simple HTML” is in. I introduced it to the Premium subscribers this way:
Premium Subscribers Demand: Raise the Price!
It has nearly been a decade since the price for a Premium upgrade changed -- it went to $24. Premium subscribers themselves have said it's too cheap. I wanted some detail, and was boggled by what they told me.
One Heck of an Evening
As you've probably heard in the news, Colorado has been suffering a lot of catastrophic fires this year. A few of them have hit too close to home.
There was a magazine I read back in the 80s that I enjoyed: The Journal of Irreproducible Results, or JIR. A lot of the nerdy folks at NASA liked it (and there are a lot of nerdy folks at NASA!): it is, according to its tagline, "The Science Humor Magazine".