Swine Flu

Good morning a little bit late; hope you’ve been getting some work done. At the closing bell on Friday, we were wondering if there was any way to stop talking about torture. Apparently there is: start a global pandemic! Or at least turn all the sick birds to sick swine, and you have something new to talk about for a while. But in all seriousness, the morning’s news and gossip:

Oh, Mexico. You just can’t get anything right, can you? First civil war over drugs, and now you’re responsible for a swine flu outbreak that is somehow getting us sick all the way here in New York. What were you thinking? Europe is ignoring us in the halls now because we associate with you. Oh well, at least one positive thing always comes out of global viruses: good M.I.A. songs.

48% of Texas Republicans favor secession. Some other people do, too.

John Mayer had an angsty night last night. “Would you trade not being a genius for not being crazy?” (We would not.)

Megan McAllister has called off her previous plans to marry the soon-to-be-convicted “Craigslist killer.” Probably a good call.

—The Times still wants you to believe there is an “atheism closet” that people are increasingly brave enough to come out of. Word.

Steven Curtis Chapman was sort of the Heath Ledger of this year’s Dove Awards.

Beyonce’s movie with that guy from The Wire, which is reportedly terrible, beat out Jamie Foxx’s Oscar bait at the cinema this weekend.

—Speaking of movies, the Odyssey is being made into one. It’s directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who was responsible for Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which really gives one confidence in this project. Confidence that we are safe to never mention it again.

—It looks like the Hipster Grifter saga has finally found a fitting conclusion. The part we never understood: why would anyone think robbing hipsters was worth their time?

—Protestant pastors are evenly split—47% on each side—over whether global warming is “real or man-made.”

Geez, New York. We try not to hate on you too much, but when you do everything you can to turn into Time Out New York, well, it’s just too easy. Really, another recession guide?  

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  1. Tim says:

    The Odyssey movie is gonna suck. Basically they want to make 300 Again except with Odysseus finally coming home to find his family killed and enact revenge on everyone else.

    Why, I ask, can’t they just actually follow the book?!?

  2. Heather says:

    That Heath Ledger crack was kind of snide (to both Chapman and Ledger).

    Pretty weird about the atheism closet, though. The atheist POV is hardly silent in the media, particularly in supposedly “thoughtful” outlets like the times. Everybody wants to be oppressed. Or at least say they are.

  3. Dave says:

    There is still very much an atheism closet, especially in very religious areas of the country. At worst, it can be dangerous to be known as an Atheist, at best, it certainly distances you from most social activities.

    I for one have ‘come out of the atheism closet’ only recently, despite being an atheist most of my adult life. So much depends on our personal local relationships that, much like homosexuals in the closet, it can often be easier not to make public that which is so fundamental to us.

    I am thrilled to see the NYTimes take up the SC organization, and I hope to see more atheists come forward and be counted in this nation.

  4. Nathan says:

    It’s odd that ~68% of evangelical pastors don’t believe in Global Warming as a man-made problem, when only 3% of polled scientists (that study the issue) are of the same skeptical opinion.

    The rejection of facts and science for political or religious expediency is one of the factors that keeps me away from a lot of evangelical churches. I believe in God not the Republican party and their corporate overlords.

  5. Matt says:

    The polled pastors are not split over whether global warming is “real or man-made.” They are evenly split with about half saying global warming is “real and man-made” and about half disagreeing with this proposition. One misquoted conjunction makes a difference here.

    Considering that the long-term climate trend for our planet has always been trending warmer or trending cooler, calling our current climate change “man-made” seems to be an over-simplification.

  6. alan says:

    c’mon! it’s soo bad reading in patrol things such as “Oh, Mexico. You just can’t get anything right, can you?”
    i follow you from México City… and i feel angry and dissapointed…

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