september 6, 2007: going with the flow, going with the glow

Dear Readers,

 Naxal here, reporting on the news once again its on.  Keep reading for All the News Thats Fit to Flip.

 September 6, 2007

Pavarotti died this gorgeous Thursday morning at his home in Modena.  He died due to complications associated with pancreatic cancer.  He was 71.  I wonder was it as beautiful in Northern Italy this morning as it was in Brooklyn, NY.  I hope so.  I got a lot of love for that man, partly because my brother trained to be an opera singer and drilled respect for this man into our Desi family.  But mainly because Pavarotti was a singer with cojones, enough to spread his charm from genre to genre despite the noise from the hordes.  He opened his mouth, cricked an eyebrow, and out came feeling. 

In honor of his death the Daily News, which calls itself “New York’s Hometown Newspaper,” dedicated half its front page to the singer with an endearing picture and an inside article headline reading; “Golden Voice Goes Silent.”  The New York Times, on the other hand, managed only to squeeze a small picture and a brief note, referring readers to its website for pictures and the obituary.  I’m sure the Times will run more later, but I’m thinking they dropped the ball on not getting in an article on the late, great singer today. 

New York Times Headlines Today: My Take

1. Iraqi Forces Seen Still Lagging, Democrats Mull Compromise:  Mull?  Not that I’m a champion for the Dems, but come one, “mull” is a drag of a word, no justice, no peace, war in the middle east my entire natural born life and they acting like its just the latest reality show reflecting tv light on millions of faces tonight.

2. Despite DNA Result, Prosecutor Retries a ’92 Rape-Murder Case: I don’t think Rape-Murder should ever be hyphenated nor should either of those things be just one word.  We need to take it back to the day’s of long ass words for complex matters, what (really) should either of those two heinous crimes be named?

3. Cabs Are on Strike, but Are on the Street, Too: This is the first strike I’m witnessing as a New York rent paying resident and the only things I have to say right now are; 1.  Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director of the New York Taxi Worker’s Alliance is doin the damn thing, 2. Information is so extremely disparate that the whole issue smacks of corruption.  For example, Bloomberg says cab drivers are making $28 an hour (and have nothing to complain about), Desai says their making $10-12 and have the right to strike.  Didn’t anyone see Sicko?  Folks is striking all the time in France, this should happen, and wish Drivers and their families much love during this uphill battle against the installation of high tech video and fare systems, which by the way, are made by a company with ties to Bloomberg’s administration.  Surprise, surprise.  Can we say Halliburton?   

4.  Germany Seizes 3 It Says Planned Terror Attacks: Lawda mercy.

5. Clinton Donor Fails To Appear In Court Again: So not a story.

6.  Big Gifts, Tax Breaks and a Debate on Charity: Rich folks just love talking about themselves. 

Stay tuned for more of All the News That’s Fit to Flip, by Naxal.




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