Retraction: With a Flourish

“This American Life” and its host Ira Glass will dedicate an entire hour to retract an episode aired excoriating Apple and Apple’s Chinese factories.

Why? Glass is highly respected and he prides himself on the work of his show. Or at least that’s my impression from listening to his show and the fallout from the Drug Court episode with the attendant hoopla that followed in Georgia and in the Georgia legal community.

Glass’s choice to retract with headlines and “sound and fury” reflects something that is missing in much of today’s journalism, if you can call it journalism. The Apple Factory story created a frenzy against Apple. Glass’s choice to highlight the mistake made with the same press and controversy shows a respect for objective truth and a recognition that neither he nor his show are perfect.

When retractions and corrections are but footnotes on an inside page of major news papers, Glass publicizes his own mistake with an hour not merely a quiet voice note during the current episode. The media could learn from Glass. But I doubt they’re paying attention.

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Edinburgh Larder

Some of my fellow travelers located the Edinburgh Larder prior to the arrival of the rest of the group. The Larder offered wonderful, wholesome foods along with gluten free options. The folks who operate the Larder were helpful and nice to the visiting Americans. Best find: gluten free brownies. Stop by for a coffee and dessert. You won’t regret it. Wish I had taken a photo.

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Castle Terrace: Edinburgh

The first night of my visit to Edinburgh our group ate a splendid meal at Castle Terrace. Sally Parrott Ashbrook, creator of Tilth and a member of our group, organized the meal with the staff at Castle Terrace. Many of our group members suffered food allergies and Castle Terrace created a menu for our group that was spectacular. The servers tirelessly attended to the group and provided guidance about the menu options. I highly recommend Castle Terrace for an appetizing and comfortable meal. The prices may be higher than the average traveler plans to spend, but the meal and service are worth the price. Castle Terrace is located beyond the Castle.

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Day One: Rosemary Challenge

This rosemary plant hopes to be a rosemary bush one day. It suffered miserably in a pot on the front porch while I was out of town for two weeks. Since returning I’ve ignored it another two weeks or so, believing it on it’s last legs as it were. Tonight, in the beautiful Georgia daylight savings time evening, I transplanted it from the Trader Joe’s pot into the yard.

I hope that the organic soil and homemade compost added to the sticky Georgia red clay will support growth. Today is the first day of the challenge. The poor little plant was barely surviving in the pot without attention. Perhaps some positive attention and room to grow will provide me with free rosemary for years to come.

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Random News; January 24, 2012

NCAA Disparate Treatment. Rushdie, still? Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Danielsville?

NCAA Outrage. Joe Nocera of the N Y Times writes about a college basketball player suspended because his mother took a plane ticket and then may have accepted money from family friends to support Christmas. So let me get this straight, Cameron Newton’s father can accept a large check to steer his son to a school without repercussions to the son or the school, BUT a single mother of four accepting a plane ticket and help from family friends is suspect. It’s time for the people who buy tickets and donate money to stand up to this outrageous behavior. This young man, it looks like, did not accept any of this assistance and he is being punished by an arbitrary and capricious bureaucracy which chews up hope and dreams in the name of “justice.” Shame on you, NCAA!

Long memory. Salman Rushdie’s appearance by video at a Literary Festival in India has been cancelled due to protests and threats of violence by Muslims. Rushdie cancelled his scheduled live appearance due to death threats. While I understand that “Satanic Verses” had some very offensive chapters, the rest of it was incomprehensible. No one would have read the book, least of all me, if Ayatollah Khomeini had not issued the fatwa for Rushdie’s execution. It’s been more than 20 years. Stop talking about, you’re only making him more “famous.”

Careful what you Occupy. Occupy Wall Street Protesters traveling to the King Memorial in Atlanta, passed through Danielsville, Georgia yesterday. Apparently, someone felt “harassed” and called the police. Two protesters were arrested when they failed to provide identification. Really? Yes, folks, really. Fortunately, the judge released them. Hopefully, those charges will just go away. They should.

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Random News. 12/18/11

 

Leaving Baghdad. U.S. troops leave Iraq.

College entrepreneurs. Students arrested in Athens for making and selling quality fake i.d.s.

Truancy. Seriously. Atlanta will start enforcing Truancy laws. Kids go to school or parents get a fine and jail. Yes, folks state law permits this.

Occupy Your Personal Space? Occupy Wall Street is now attempting to Occupy New York City? If only these folks had a real cohesive message and could work together to create change. Disruption is fine, but at some point, a message must follow.

Interview with Michael Stipe. New York Times Magazine interview with Michael Stipe for you R.E.M. fans.

A man of principle. Vaclav Havel died. He brought about change in Eastern Europe.

 

 

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Modern Christmas Lyrics…

While traveling the other night, I listened to an all Christmas music station. One series of songs struck me as odd: Lennon’s “Happy Christmas,” song from “Mame” “We Need A Little Christmas” and finally the modern classic silver “Silver Bells.”

John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas” sounded very maudlin to me. (Taken from here. )

So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, The near and the dear one, The old and the young

A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year, Let’s hope it’s a good one, Without any fear, And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong, For rich and the poor ones, The world is so wrong, And so happy Christmas
For black and for white, For yellow and red ones, Let’s stop all the fight, A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one, Without any fear, And so this is Christmas, And what have we done
Another year over, And a new one just begun, And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one, The old and the young, A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year,
Let’s hope it’s a good one, Without any fear, War is over over, If you want it, War is over, Now… 

Next: “We Need A Little Christmas” provides almost frantic desperation for the feeling of Christmas. (Taken from here.)

Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas Right this very minute,
Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet. Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute. It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;
So climb down the chimney; Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
Slice up the fruitcake; It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older,
All:
And I need a little angel Sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now.
Mame:
Haul out the holly; Well, once I taught you all to live each living day.
All:
Fill up the stocking,
Young Patrick:
But Auntie Man, it’s one week from Thanksgiving Day now.
All:
But we need a little Christmas Right this very minute, Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas Right this very minute.
Agnes:
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;
Ito:
So climb down the chimney; Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
All:
Slice up the fruitcake; It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough. For we need a little music,
Need a little laughter, Need a little singing Ringing through the rafter, And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after,” Need a little Christmas now. Need a little Christmas now.

Finally, the simple joy of “Silver Bells

City sidewalks busy sidewalks. Dressed in holiday styleIn the air, There’s a feelingof Christmas, Children laughing, People passing, Meeting smile after smile, And on ev’ry street corner you’ll hear

Silver bells silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city, Ring a ling hear them sing, Soon it will be Christmas day
Strings of street lights, Even stop lights, Blink a bright red and green, As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, See the kids bunch, This is Santa’s big scene, And above all this bustle, You’ll hear Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city, Ring-a-ling, hear them sing, Soon it will be Christmas day

And so I wonder…whether the continuous Christmas music is to be cheerful or just make us ponder the origins of the lyrics and feelings and emotions.

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