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The case of the missing Greenpeace warnings

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Isn't the Supreme Court going to take another look at the American tradition that lets team owners grow richer by exploiting athletes while being exempt from many regulations about workers' rights?   Don't the corporations known as colleges have the same rights as wealthy team owners? 

A past TV report (BBC?) indicated that manmade trash is washing up on the beaches on Wake Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Many years ago, media in the USA carried reports that beachcombers on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula were finding some very intriguing debris.   Specialists were sent and it was determined that the curious detritus was actually trash from the Battle of the Coral Sea.   It had taken approximately 20 years to make an Eastward crossing of the Pacific Ocean. 

Would it cause a big sensation if the search for MH 370 produced some wreckage from Amelia Earhart's missing airplane?

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We wonder if any of the talking point readers who are "covering" the search for the missing MH 370 airplane on temporary assignment in Perth will on their days off go down to Fremantle and the beach at Cottesloe (we understand there is a "free" beach just North of that world famous beach) and if they will sample the local music scene.   (Google hint:   who is playing at Mojo's this weekend?) 

Abandoning the search and adopting the nihilistic "Such is life" philosophy may seem crass and coldhearted but in the Golden Age of Austerity the search can't go on forever.

Will the Fox faithful ever get to hear a feature story about the Pravda Syndrome? 

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Was it inevitable that shooting rampages would become routine news and hence slip out of the "hysterical obsession" category of news stories on the 24/7 cable news networks?   It seems that historical milestone was reached this week.

The 36th annual St. Stupid's Day festivities were held in San Francisco this week.   Rumors are rampant in Frisco that the media in-crowd in New York are asking if San Francisco is the new New York.   If they have to ask that question, that means they already know the answer and they won't have to wait until they see it in Pravda to believe it. 

[Note from the Photo Editor:   Sixties icon Wavy Gravy participated in the St. Stupid's Day parade in San Francisco on Tuesday and we got some photos of him.   What's not to love about a Sixties flashback?]

It wouldn't be prudent to use a notorious excerpt from Lenny Bruce's comedy (?) track titled "Non Skeddo Flies Again" as the wrap it up quote and so we will note that back in the day before 140 word limits were considered cool, Lafcadio Hearn, at the beginning of "Midsummer Trip to the Tropics" went on and on about just how blue the ocean would be where he was going.   We'll use a self-imposed limit of one sentence and for the closing quote use just this one:   "The painter who should try to paint it would be denounced as a lunatic . .   . ."   (The journalist who tries to report the news [especially the countdown to JEB's Inauguration] accurately will be denounced as a lunatic.) 

Now the disk jockey will play Charles Trenet's "La Mer," Slim Dusty's "I can still har dad swearing," and Judy Collins' "Send in the Clowns."   We have to go finish reading Pete Hamill's "Why Sinatra Matters."   Have a "don't bother; they're here" type week.

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