Posts tagged The New York Times

If Sugar Doesn’t Kill You, Sitting Will. 

If Sugar Doesn’t Kill You, Sitting Will. Which is good news because you’re probably reading this while running in the park, and not sitting in front of your computer, at the end of a 9 hour stretch of sitting, right? Last Sunday’s issue of The New York Times magazine section singled out sugar as the biggest danger to humans. But The Atlantic says that what’s actually worse for you is long periods of sitting. “Common sense should tell us that sitting for long periods of time is not what humans were designed to do…It turns out that obesity and its related ills will continue to rise until and unless WE more often rise. ” So, go ahead and treat yourself to that vending machine candy bar and eat it walking back to your desk.  It’s better for you than sitting.


[The Atlantic, NYT, the20newyork]

The New York Times Didn’t Get Punked, You Did: Cheers to this chain of blogs that started an endless link-to-link claim that The Times fell for an April Fool’s joke. The claim is untrue, but you have to go from blog to blog to realize that you’re the one that’s fallen for a catchy headline. And by that point, you’ve probably already shared it.



This is the city of the Yankees and Broadway, of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, of sky-high buildings and never-ending parks. How could the world not be rushing to its shores?

That’s Javier Hernandez of the New York Times writing about the controversial Census numbers that came out last week.  When it was announced that New York City’s population grew by only 2.1%, residents and elected officials expressed shock and bewilderment.  Just look at how crowded the 6 train is!, they said.  It was more than just a concern about federal aid or redistricting—it became an issue of pride. It partially crushed our belief that this city is the center of the universe, nearly bursting at the seams with so many people clamoring to live here. One historian came up with some sort of compromise, saying that New Yorkers are simply too “cantankerous” to return the Census numbers.  Which is an answer I am sticking too.


[@azipaybarah, NYT, the20newyork]

On reality television, gratuitous violence and explicit sexuality are not only entertainment but a means to an end. These enthusiastically documented humiliations are positioned as necessities in the service of some final prize or larger benefit — a marriage proposal, a modeling contract, $1 million. But they also make assault and abasement seem commonplace, acceptable behavior, tolerated by women and encouraged in men.

That’s Anna Holmes in an op-ed for The New York Times. The Jezebel creator examines the public’s response (or lack there of) to Sheen’s alleged mistreatment of women. I agree with Holmes on a number of points in her column — that Piers Morgan should have pushed harder on the domestic abuse allegations, that his calling Sheen a “rock star” is wildly inappropriate — but it seems like she really drove it home right here. What’s bothered me most the past week is the fact that the Sheenissohillarious craze has not only been tolerated by women but supported by them, fitting nicely into the trend Holmes outlines in this here quote.

By encouraging Sheen’s current antics, we are downplaying the alleged threats of decapitation, accidental shooting, and general battery of the women in his life — making them “commonplace, acceptable behavior.”


[The New York Times]

Rich Bolts The Times For New York. Frank Rich, the big cheese op-ed guy at The New York Times, is leaving the venerable newspaper to join the staff of New York Magazine, a huge coup for the weekly and a massive blow to the Times. Who will they get now to write 8,000-word essays that awkwardly join together the latest political news with the latest pop culture issue? “GOP Gets Its Sheen On”? Only Frank Rich could write a headline like that.


[@williamfleitch, NYMag]

Technology allowed Karen Riley-Grant, a manager at Levi Strauss in San Francisco, to take care of some business with her New York publicist while she was in labor in the hospital last November. “I had time on my hands,” she says, and “full strength on my phone — five bars.”

That’s Ms. Riley-Grant playing the role of Shocking Lead Anecdote in the Times’ 'Who’s the Boss, You or Your Gadget?'

Good for her. To be in labor is to be literally starved for any diversion from your impending biological imperative. Over the course of increasingly-ravenous hours, the nurses ween you off food, and then water, and then they tell you you can’t even have ice chips. Because COFFEE’S FOR CLOSERS.

If the illusion that your office needs you helps take your mind off your desperate desire for an Italian BMT for even a minute, then do it. Do it and tell the the paper of record you’d do it again.


“They were dividing the marital furniture,” [a divorce lawyer explained.] The husband “was having an affair, and he got the bed. When he and his girlfriend go to use the bed for the first time, they see his wife has carved the girlfriend’s name in the headboard: “S-L-U-T.”
People lie and cheat and steal all the time. That’s a fact of life. But rarely does a national news organization give them an unverified megaphone to whitewash it.

The words of an ex-husband referenced (but not named) in a The New York Times “Vows” column on Sunday. 

[The “Vows” column for those who missed it]

“They wrote to me, ‘We’d like to talk to you; we should take a proactive approach.’ ” Mr. Borker sneers and rolls his eyes. “I sent him a photograph of this,” he says, raising his middle finger.
From David Segal’s terrific New York Times story on Vitaly Borker, owner of DecorMyEyes, an online store that sells eyewear. If you haven’t been following the story, Borker’s philosophy is to treat customers badly in order to get them to post complaints online — which improves his Google page rank and drives more sales. As a result of the story, Google announced yesterday that it has changed its algorithm
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