[lit-ideas] Re: NYT

  • From: Carol Kirschenbaum <carolkir@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 13:47:47 -0800

I second your recommendation of the made-for-TV film, but wasn't "Shattered
Glass" about a writer for the Atlantic, Stephen Glass?
Carol K.

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From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Nov 16, 2004 1:37 PM
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> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: NYT
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> Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 2:12:05 PM, Andy Amago wrote:
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> AA> A.A. I live in New York State in the Hudson Valley.  How would I know
the N=
> AA> YT stinks if I didn't read it?   Specifically, it stinks in factual
content=
> AA> , a little thing like that.  If you want an idea of what I'm talking
about,=
> AA>  see the movie Shattered Glass.  Shattered Glass is about the New
Republic,=
> AA>  but it applies completely to the NYT over the years, not just the
most rec=
> AA> ent highly publicized debacle. =20
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> have you any examples from the NYT (that are not by the writers who were
sacked)?
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> A.A. Try the book Fools for Scandal about Whitewater for a real eye
opener.
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> AA> s truth.  She also said that a metastudy of exercise vis-a-vis
osteoporosis=
> AA>  found that exercise has no effect on bone mass, which flies in the
face of=
> AA>  all current thinking.
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> J.E. Some types of exercise do not affect bone mass, others
(load-bearing/impact ones), increase it (this assumes the requisite calcium
intake).
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> A.A. That was Gina Kolata's point, that exercise doesn't affect bone mass
at all.  Tuft's still says it does, as do nearly all other sources,
including, I think, the U.S. government health services.  It's a big deal
because it means billions of dollars in health care services for fractures.
You're putting a doubt in my mind as to whether she meant only upper body
weight lifting for women.  I don't much think about osteoporosis except that
it's all over the news, like prostate cancer.  Read the book and let me
know.
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> Regarding requisite calcium intake, Vitamin D is all over the news too.
Well, in my sources, and has been for a while.  It'll be in Reader's Digest
and other mass media sources in 5 or more years unless the government or the
vitamin manufacturers start pushing it.  Vitamin D is actually a hormone,
not a vitamin.  There's a lot of evidence that an inadequate intake is
associated with problems as diverse as prostate and other cancer and
multiple sclerosis.  It's postulated that that's why MS is unheard of near
the equator and found less often in the southern U.S., because Vitamin D is
created by sunlight on skin.  We need far more than the current recommended
RDA, but don't take my word for it.  Calcium is biounavailable, i.e.,
virtually useless, without Vitamin D.
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>  That one I found hard to reconcile in light of the =
> AA> fact that astronauts are known to return to earth with decreased bone
mass,=
> AA>  as do bedridden people.
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> J.E. they aren't doing load-bearing/impact exercise.
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> A.A. That's the conventional wisdom.  Like I said, read the book and let
me know.
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> J.E. have you got a cite for the meta-study?
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> A.A. Only that it appeared in Gina Kolata's book.  I didn't follow up on
it.
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> Andy Amago
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> -- 
>  Judy Evans, Cardiff, UK
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