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~~ I remember reading years ago how journalism was dead. foley-libya-2-2011-4-7 Whoever thought that was such a prophetic prediction about this deadly profession?

~~ “I can’t believe you’re 65! I would have thought you were barely 60!” bleated one woman to another. “I’m not 65,” came the icy reply. “I said I was 55.” If that was me, I might have told Ms. Gushy to get her hearing checked along with her eyesight. eyechart_alone Though Ms. 55 handled it well, I thought, flinging her handbag over her shoulder, seemingly growing two inches taller, and striding out of the room without looking back.

~~ Near as I can figure from social media, quite a few people truly believe you have to be 100% “for” cops or you’re against them. And you’re either liberal or you’re a racist. Then there’s the group who claims they are legit patriots upholding the Constitution ‘cause the Bible says so, which I guess makes the rest of us USA-hating atheists. Am I naïve to believe that we can still occasionally find a middle ground? (Yeah, OK, I’ll answer my own question.)

~~ Is it a vast conspiracy, or just me, when it comes to product caps and lids? There are the teeny ones on upscale hand creams that are hard to screw on with moisturized digits, and there are the flip-tops on sunscreens that fly open and flick sunscreen all over the mirror. Then there’s the foil lid on the coconut faux-yogurt that splatters white goop on me or across the table no matter how carefully I peel it back. OK, maybe it is just me.


~~ Does anybody really think some run-of-the-mill fragrance is worth $80.00 just because it’s called “Florale” instead of “Floral”?

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~~ Next time you have jury duty, beware the questionnaire! It’s already a hassle for some people to put their lives on hold and be there, and now some potential jurors need to fill out an 80-question poll so lawyers can profile them? Mark me down as both disdainful and doubtful; though I know analytics and algorithms rule, I’d go with the gut of this savvy, logical, considerate, and smart attorney any day:

…Some lawyers seem disdainful of all the analysis.

“I look at it much less scientifically,” said Susan Kellman, a longtime New York defense lawyer. Her favorite question is a simple listening-skills one: “Tell me one person who’s dead who we all know and respect.”

Most jurors say “my grandmother,” she said, and — unless that grandmother is Golda Meir — that tells her all she needs to know, she added.

“They don’t follow directions,” she said. “You’re learning a lot from listening to people, more than tests.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/nyregion/for-service-on-some-juries-expect-a-lengthy-written-test.html?ref=todayspaper

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