The island Packet – July 9, 2017

The trial will follow them for six years to see which group – the moderate drinkers or the abstainers – has more heart attacks, strokes and deaths.

While they pour over data to get at the facts,
I’ll pour a martini and try to relax.


The Economist – February 4–10 2017

In “A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics” Daniel Leviton, and American Neuro-scientist, shows the reader how to find a way through all this numerical confusion.

Facts and bits may be expanding,
But, has that increased UNDERSTANDING?


Surreal had three major spikes in interest that were higher in volume and were sustained for longer periods of time than in past years. In March, the word was used in coverage of the Brussels terror attacks. Then, in July, we saw the word spike again: it was used in descriptions of the coup attempt in Turkey and in coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice. Finally, we saw the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the U.S. election in November.

“Surreal” is indeed a perfect selection,
Describing the Clinton/Trump election.


The Wall Street Journal – January 5, 2017

Lego Boost kits bring brick creations to life with motors while teaching programming basics through an android or IOS tablet app.

Yes, kids will love to brick’em up.
Will they ever learn to pick’em up.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – December 18, 2016

Just 20% of Americans get their news from newspapers, the Pew Research Center survey found. For shame! I can’t help observing that when the newspapers thrived, Americans had less appetite for political nonsense.

Newspaper reader ranks have thinned,
And in-depth reporting; “blowing in the wind.”