When Eight Became Either

Opening sentence to a major news story published July 2, 2017:

“A shootout erupted around 10:30pm on Sunday night in Avignon, southern France, when two gunmen opened fire on a crowd outside the Arrahma mosque leaving either people injured…”

During article read, realized “either” should have been numeral ‘eight’.

No correction as of this date (7/16/17).

What happened to self-editing, especially for the “hook”?

If a writer, consider self-editing, several times, prior to publishing. Readers like me appreciate clean and clear type. Really do!

Either write well – with quality in mind – or eight ball the content. Your shot!



Devastating Derivative

Sometimes when reading news articles I come across a “hidden treasure” of information that, to me, should be a headliner story. Maybe ‘hidden treasure’ is not appropriate terminology, but that’s how I describe a seemingly buried tidbit of a newsworthy topic. Here’s what I consider to be a newsworthy tidbit contained in an article about recent polio cases in Congo:

“Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated.”

“Vaccine-derived” caught my attention immediately, as did the mention of “Syrian outbreak”.

About the same time frame of reading that article, I came across reportage of a “mystery polio-like illness” attributed to “a rare virus called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)”. What struck me as quite odd in the article was a child neurologist’s quoted statement:

‘It actually looks just like polio, but that term really freaks out the public-health people,’ he said.”


I encourage research and leave you to your own opinions or conspiracy theorist conclusions.





Inappropriate Thanks

On June 23, 2017 I read an article about Australia taxing banks and noticed, what I believe, to be an inappropriate use of the word “thanks”:

The tax was imposed by South Australia, which is struggling with the country’s highest unemployment rate and thanks the banks should be doing more to pitch in.

I think thanks should be thinks. Do you?

I’m thinking the banks are not thanking Australia. Do ya think?

Me thinks thanks could be thinks by now, but maybe not, since no guarantee editing occurred since read.

Am I skull-banging your thinker? Think so! If so, no thanks needed.

Thinker on….