Sunday, August 3, 2008


Basically, I find this notion of RSS a tremendous streamlined concept that can cut time and certainly delete junk you don't want in your way, say, when you're reading any news site from Houston Chronicle to the New York Times.

That being said, I found my computer unable/unwilling to create folders for my web favorites in different categories. It kept saying, "error on page" instead of letting me manage or create folders.

The other thing is that, though you may have immediate access to several newspapers/news sources on one page, if you don't know what specifically you're interested in, but are simply seeing what's new in the news daily, it's a little more difficult than bringing up, say, The Houston Chronicle's homepage with all the headlines on one page.

However, if you want to investigate, for instance, the biochemist who, after being tormented about his possible tainting of letters with anthrax, committed suicide, you can bring up all the sources' articles on this one subject very easily. And you should certainly access blogs for this subject in particular, because there will be much contradictory information and widely diverse opinions and feelings on this particular topic.

On this topic, my aunt called me last night from Frederick, MD, and told me that her brother worked in the same bio lab with this man, and is convinced that the man could not in any way be capable of threatening, much less harming, anyone. According to her brother, this fellow weighed 130 lb. soaking wet, and was very sweet, shy, and unassuming. He was dedicated to finding a cure and a vaccine for anthrax, and was frustrated that, though he'd been able to test on animals, the government wouldn't let him test on any humans. She said that the man had been hounded so severely by strapping government operatives for so long, and threatened by them, that he committed suicide.

I had to point out to her that any man who was really as sweet, honest and innocent as he was would not likely commit suicide no matter how he was hounded. The press, who may or may NOT be trusted, claim that, after years of psychiatric care, the man was known to have tried to kill people who threatened him, or women who rejected him. It is more common among us human beings to have more than one mood, attitude, persona, between public and private. As such, the likelihood of such a sweet, caring, seemingly passive man to have an equal and opposite dark, brooding underbelly is quite likely.

Time will out, to quote the Bard of Avon, but I'm sure this is not ever going to be a simple tale of black and white. If the government's operatives hounded this man, they are not to be forgiven for it, even if he was the perpetrator of the anthrax letters. If the man was innocent, then this is a tragedy. If he was guilty, it still is. Such is the complex nature of life.

1 comment:

LauraAnn said...

I have read several of your latest posts, and oh, how I do love your way with language and your literary allusions! Shakespeare, Keats... And your comment about the juxtaposition of the flowers and longing for their scent...lovely!

On to more practical matters, I was ambivalent (ok, probably more accurately described as negative) toward them at first and have since eliminated many of them from my feeds. There was simply too much information, so I left only a few, including NPR's "This much I know to be true" and The New York Times Review of Books.