Forty-five is the new 60, saving the Arboretum or destroying it, the bus people of Fargo, the Twins natives are restless, and temperatures are up and pants are down.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is in the thick of another controversy, this time with a Navy SEAL who says the governor, who claims to be an ex-SEAL, disrupted the wake of a SEAL (Michael Monsoor) with loud talk about his opposition to the wars.
Chris Kyle told a Sirius XM Network show that he punched Ventura in the face in the 2006 incident. (Warning: There is an obscenity or two in this video)
The website, The Blaze, digs into the story a bit more, where commenters aren't buying the story.
The former governor has not yet responded to the allegations.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety provides this image this morning of an incident in Monticello. The story goes like this:
This is something you don't see everyday, a semi broke through the ice near I-94 near Monticello. Here is what we know happened, at 6:19am this semi was heading eastbound on I-94 went it went off the road. It went across a pond and broke through the ice. The driver crawled out of cab and across the ice to safety. The semi still in pond and recovery is underway. Driver sustained minor injuries.
In the category, "Questionable Studies From Professors," Israeli researchers have concluded that more physically attractive members of Congress get more coverage on network television.
The New York Times says:
Two Israeli professors concluded that members whom a student survey judged to be better looking appeared more frequently on television -- but not radio or in newspapers. The researchers argued that the networks were trying to attract larger audiences.
It gets even more unbelievable...
Not surprisingly, Professor Waismel-Manor and Professor Tsfati found that other factors, too, influenced coverage. Senators and representatives who hailed from larger states, were male, were black or espoused more extreme ideologies also tended to be featured more frequently. The effect of attractiveness on news coverage, the study found, was greater than the effect of tenure in office, or bill sponsorship. Frequency of news releases had no discernible effect on news media appearances. The study also examined coverage on NPR and in USA Today, and it found no correlation between the so-called attractiveness effect and coverage in those outlets.
Are we watching the same networks?
Here's who I see most of the time, these days:
Here's who the study says I saw most of the time:
That's Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who most people may not recognize because she's actually almost never on TV news shows.
Why the disconnect?
This explanation of the methodology provides a clue:
To avoid skewing the results, they eliminated, among others, members in top leadership posts and presidential candidates.
Top leadership posts? Here's a person who doesn't have a top leadership post, who nonetheless has had much more airtime than Rep. Blackburn.
Check the Sunday TV news shows sometime and see if it's not the same group of leadership members of Congress week after week after week. Why? Because most members of Congress are there for show, and a small number actually influence anything and those are the people news organizations want to talk to.
How does the rest of Congress get some crumbs of attention? Here's a little inside story:
Back in the early '80s, I worked for a network news operation in New York. It was radio, but the situation is roughly the same. My job was to get interviews with people for upcoming newscasts. Over the years I was there, listeners heard a disproportionate amount of Sen. David Durenberger of Minnesota (a state, by the way, with which I had no particular affinity or knowledge).
Why did he get on the radio so much? He answered his own phone, especially on nights and weekends..(14 Comments)
There were a significant number of interesting complaints about digital manners on this morning's Midmorning on MPR. There was the guy who objected to people taking pictures at his wedding and then posting them on Facebook instead of his professionally photographed images. There was the woman who gets annoyed when her texts aren't answered, and of course the loudmouth on the cellphone.
But a study shows what may be the biggest digital insult of all -- our communication tools are neutering the power of mom to make things better.
The study, reported on Wired.com, comes from the University of Wisconsin. It measured the effect of mom's voice on "girls who were stressed," separated by method of communication:
After finishing, the girls were assigned to one of four groups. One didn't talk at all to their mothers. Another group talked by phone, another had a face-to-face conversation, and another communicated by instant message. The researchers then measured their cortisol and oxytocin levels, and compared them to pre-test measurements.
As expected, girls who heard their mother's voice, either in person or on the phone, were consoled. But among girls who used IM, hormone levels barely changed. Translated into words on a screen, mom's words seemingly lost their comforting power.
The researcher suggests that mom's voice triggers soothing effects. What she actually says may be secondary.(4 Comments)
The tragic story of Jack Jablonski, a high school hockey player paralyzed when he was hit from behind in a game, is clearly on the mind of other hockey players.
That much is clear from this fight that broke out Thursday night in a game between Winona and Owatonna when a player was checked from behind, a hit similar to the one that severed Jablonski's spinal cord (Video from HBC-TV by way of KARE 11).
Ten players were tossed out and will receive one-game suspensions.
"I think it was an overreaction to what the situation was," Winona coach Fran McDevitt told KARE.
"Two weeks ago, our guys don't react that way," he told the Star Tribune.
The Minnesota State High School League is recommending to coaches that they remind their players not to check from behind. The message hasn't entirely gotten through, and it'll be a difficult for many players to ignore what has become instinctive. Until Jablonski's tragic injury, few people thought a typical hockey check could have such horrible consequences.(3 Comments)