Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

December 31, 2004

Self-Parody Imitates Parody

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:20 pm

This is one of the worst cases of “life imitates art” I have ever seen.

Really.

The Economics of Dueling

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:50 pm

Over at Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen of GMU has an interesting post on the economics of dueling.

Lost in Translation

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:35 pm

For those of you following the story (below, second half of story) on the Vatican allegedly condeming Israel for refusing to help Sri Lanka after The Wave, when in fact Israel had offered such aid but Sri Lanka had refused it….

Rest easy, it might have all been a translation error.

Meryl Yourish and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein are reporting that the Catholic World News is retracting the story, blaming it on a translation error. In other words, the Vatican didn’t condemn Israel for something it didn’t do after all. They condemned Sri Lanka for declining Israeli assistance, which Sri Lanka did do. More here.

I told you this didn’t sound like today’s Vatican….

Unfortunately, reversing something in translation does sound like today’s journalists….

Hate Speech Roundup

Filed under: — Different River @ 12:00 pm

Jeff Jacoby’s column today contains his eleventh annual political hate speech roundup. Roundups for previous years still online: 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000.

Tsunami Amateur Videos

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:52 am

Tsunamis hit beaches, beaches have tourists, tourists have video cameras, and you can see the results here.