1. It's bloody hot here in downtown Abiko. It was 35 degrees and Allah knows what humidity today. At night, it drops to 29 or so. Whoopee. And Our Man has no air conditioner in his bedroom.
2. That's what Asahi Super Dry was invented for.
3. Man, that Washington Post special on The Secret
Society is LONG. Now, OK, it's serious hardhitting and important and all, but even Our Man, who likes that kind of stuff, can't devote more than 15 minutes to the paper in tbe morning before his eyes glaze over and/or his kids start kicking the crap out of each other. Maybe his reading speed isn't what it was, but a double page spread single story with two titchy pics is too much even for him.
4. It reminds him of college and The Great American Novel. Sitting in class wondering how best to get noticed by the good looking girl and all the while having to fake having read the Big One. Ahab might disagree, but size isn't everything.
5. You kind of lose the battle slagging the information overload that the security state has created when you overload the reader with, er, information overload.
6. If Our Man were the Man at the Japan Times, he'd keep it to two 1,000-word stories and link to the detailed stuff for the policy wonkers on the net.
7. Leaving more space for Third World Tinpot Dictator Independence Day celebrations that we readers of the English language press in Japan love so much.
8. Yes, that would be better.
9. Never mind folks, the US can't keep throwing good money after bad at the military contractors. Can they? We'd all get madder than hell and not take it anymore. We might elect a President who promised to stop the war. Oh.
10. That's what Asahi Super Dry was invented for.