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What’s black, white and totally over?

December 11th, 2008 · 101 comments

From Canberra…

The Chronicle is unsolicited litter. Its removal is the sole responsibility of the Canberra Times and its agents.

To London…


To Washington, D.C….


…it seems like one thing everyone can agree on is the total obsolescence of print media.


related: Love, apt. #3

FILED UNDER: Australia · Canberra · D.C. · newspaper · pleasantries as afterthought

101 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Drew


    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:52 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Canthz_B bang

      That’s not an ampersand…it’s the universal sign for a Christian with a brain tumor.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 3:16 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Futon

      It’s the southern hemisphere, maybe the Coriolis Force works on ampersands more than toilet water.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:37 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   RandyinReno

      You nailed it Futon!

      Swirlies and ampersands turn the other direction!

      Dec 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   Crash bang

    Note #2

    That’s gott’a be the ONLY damn place that promotes illiteracy…

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:57 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   claw71 bang

      There’s also the Oval Office…at least for another month or so.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:24 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Crash bang

      Only if you’re above a primary grade level…remember 9 / 11 ?
      Reading to those kids was more important than the safety of this country, damn it…

      Dec 12, 2008 at 1:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Sarcastic Monkey

      Whatever will Claw complain about without W?

      Dec 12, 2008 at 6:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Nate

      Alright Crash, #2.2 went too far. Can we please, please keep politics off of at least one website on the internet. Believe it or not, there are SOME republicans left in the country.

      Dec 13, 2008 at 6:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   Wade bang

      Aww, Sarcastic Monkey. claw will always have Nate. ;)

      Dec 13, 2008 at 7:18 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Canthz_B bang

      Nobody’s perfect, Nate. :-)

      Dec 13, 2008 at 9:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   snee

    oh look! the No Reading Please sign had two little baby No Reading signs.


    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:20 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Scaryduck

      I live in Reading and am greatly offended by this sign.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 6:19 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Amber

      I’m a print journalist and am greatly offended by all these signs. Except that Chronicle piece of shit. They have a terrible Web site.

      Hey, we gotta compete with somebody, don’t we?

      Dec 12, 2008 at 1:22 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #4   snee

    and solicited litter would be what?

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:26 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Bunnee

      Garage sales.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #5   Crash bang

    Pulitzer and Hearst would be proud.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   snee


      Dec 11, 2008 at 2:41 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #6   snee

    i couldn’t read the news today, oh boy.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:38 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Saysh bang

      Oooh Beatles reference.. good one, Snee! *smooch*

      Dec 11, 2008 at 2:47 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Ti O

      *Woke up got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head I went down stairs and I had a cup. Somebody spoke and I went into a dream.. Ahhhh*

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Ti O

      That’s the RD condensed version. Now then

      *I saw a film today, oh boy;
      The English Army had just won the war.
      A crowd of people turned away;
      But I just had to look,
      Having read the book.
      I’d love to turn you on*

      Thank you intertubes!

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #7   Canthz_B bang

    No Reading

    Finally, someone has come up with newspaper sold solely for use as dog pee paper and fish wrapping.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:09 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   snee bang

      and birdcage liner.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 3:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   claw71 bang

      It’s been around for a while, CB, it’s calledThe USA Today . I like the fact that they offer such a wide variety of colors.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:27 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Shawn

      and Papier Mache

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:52 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Stitchin-Liz

      I agree Claw, I like to think that my bird gets some entertainment out of shitting on the more colorful pages.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 11:31 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   Clumber bang

      A long long time ago, I worked as the lowpaid kennel help in a boarding kennel that also had their own show dogs. In the show kennels there was a particular way we were supposed to line newspapers… and for the dogs I really liked, they all got the Sunday comics. The bitey little asshats got the classifieds and the religion section. The ones I had no opinion of got everything else.

      Today I have my own show dogs, but they live in the house and sleep on our bed with us so only use the newspapers for recreation (1 loves to chew them up) and for the occasional batch of pups. Even their crates have fake sheepskin or colorful blankies.

      We have a subscription to the local print media, but we moved into the small town just last year and this little paper is like $9 a month and doesn’t bother itself with big news – other places do that better – it just tackles local stuff. Headline on front page the other day was something like “$Smalltown Man Arrested in Argentina!”. I hope we keep this paper forever.

      Dec 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #8   Poor Little tree bang

    To photo#1 householder,
    Being strapped to a whipping post with duct tape is vexing and insolent – especially as it will make me grow sideways and impair my self-esteem. P.S. pls remove your protest board, it is unsolicited and your responsibilty to remove, thx, yours truly.
    The poor bent in half tree

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:12 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   Canthz_B bang

    Millions spent on advertising foiled by a Sharpie.
    The pen is mightier than the marketing department.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 3:12 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #10   Holiday Djinn

    I have the same damn problem in my hometown. The local small town newspaper at one point was bi-weekly. Now they deliver the damn thing everyday. You want to know what pisses me off more than having to pick up five pieces of litter each week? The fact that I have called numerous times to cancel, yet about every two months there is a new delivery person. Viola I get the damn paper again! Very frustrating.

    Worse yet is the content. It is just Obits, a police blotter, and about 50 stories yanked of the AP wire. Oh, and Dave Berry musing on some worthless crap and getting paid more and more to do so.

    The political cartoons aren’t very political. The obits are only read by old ladies trying to make sure they outlast the other bitches they went to school with. Seriously, I cannot wait until the damn thing goes bankrupt. It really wouldn’t matter much because there are few if any local reporters left because they yank every damn story from the AP wire. Newspapers are so 18th century anyway. Long live the interwebs!

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:20 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      HD, the whole reason for publishing the small town papers is the obituarys. Really. My mother-in-law “subscribes” so she knows who died. She tried to cancel it once, but was so upset by the viewings she missed that she had resubscribe!

      Dec 11, 2008 at 7:36 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   tinkerbell2

      Who is Viola? The delivery girl?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 7:48 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   T.U.M.

      I feel your pain. It’s the same in my town. The free local rag (crammed with ad inserts) comes every day, yet the recycling is only picked up every other week. The 14 papers fill up a whole bin all on their own.

      I called the publisher, and they said they were powerless to stop the delivery – it was all in the hands of the Post Office.

      I called the Post Office, and they said they were powerless to stop the delivery – it was all in the hands of the publisher.

      I left a really nice, polite note for the mail carrier, couching it in terms of she’d be doing me a big personal favor by not leaving the paper. Still it came.

      I saved two weeks’ worth of papers and took them to the publisher’s office, plopped them down on the front desk, and said I was returning them and could they please stop? They said if I left the papers there it’d be littering and tampering with the mail.

      I let them pile up in the mailbox, hoping the mail carrier would get the point. She reported to the Post Office that I must be away from home, and had my mail stopped for a few weeks until I went down to the main Post Office (which is not on a bus route or in walking distance, so I had to get a ride) and filled out a form to get it reinstated.

      I wrote a letter to the editor of the local legitimate paper, and the editor added a comment at the end that he had been through a similar process.

      I’ll bet a million quatloos these PA notes are being similarly ignored.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:33 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Ti O

      I LOVE the police blotters from small towns, sometimes they are quite hilarious.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   anglophile bang

      One time my local freebie had a huge article about a “suspicious” car seen driving in and out of people’s driveways early in the morning. Keep on the look out, etc.

      Turned out, it was the delivery guy for the “real” newspaper.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:50 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #10.6   Goldie

      Viola is Dave Berry’s girlfriend. It’s Dave Barry, people! Know your presidential candidates!

      Dave for prez

      Dec 11, 2008 at 9:01 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.7   Holiday Djinn

      T.U.M. I would have left the papers there at the publishers. First off, it is not “tampering” with the mail. It had already been delivered to you. Second, you have told them several times to stop delivering it to you, and you are merely returning unwanted correspondence. I would have loved to see a police officer actually try to come out. (They wouldn’t by the way, especially if littering in your state is a ticketable offense as opposed to a misdemeanor).

      Thank you, btw, I think i have a new tactic in my quest to stop getting unwanted papers.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.8   claw71 bang

      I call bullshit on the whole damned story. Free publications are not going to spend money on postage, especially for something that would require bulk postage, unless you live outside of the delivery area and specifically request them to mail a copy to you. Even then the publisher would ask you to assume the cost off postage with a subscription fee.

      Now there are some advertising publications that are mailed out but they are generally reserved for a specific demographic. It’s to expensive to mail everybody so they target certain people. One in my area is called JB Dollar Stretcher. I also worked for a company that mailed out a specific publication to nurses in central Ohio. Both publishers will happily remove you from their mailing lists upon request. For one, they don’t want to waste postage on you if you are going to throw their rag away. Secondly, they don’t want you to call the attorney general’s office and complain.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.9   Goldie

      Now I’ll be wondering for the rest of the day why we are receiving JB Dollar Stretcher. We live on a decent street, so WTF have we done to get ourselves labeled as “the specific demographics”? Then again, Mr. Goldie did fail to mow the lawn on time on a few occasions.
      I should be so lucky that our local rag is not free. After finding it in my driveway a few times, I left it in the mailbox with a note attached, saying “Please do not deliver. We did not subscribe. WE WILL NOT PAY.” I never saw the local rag again!

      Dec 11, 2008 at 11:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.10   Holiday Djinn

      Claw, i am talking about a newspaper.

      Read my post.

      No. Really read it. It is delivered by a paperperson, not a mailman.

      Lola (post 13) is correct, the newspaper sells advertising based on subscription rates. My house is just another “subscription” (though I have tried to take my name off their list many times).

      Call bullshit all you want, but you may want to actually read and understand before calling bullshit.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 1:19 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #10.11   Juliet

      In my city we get a local paper delivered, free of charge, to our house and have for the last 2 years. The paper is delivered by kids in junior high, who may or may not take the time to put it in the mailbox.

      Mr. Juliet has called several times to get them to stop delivering this paper to our house, as we aren’t interested. The paper still comes. Now I just keep the papers for putting in my garden where I want to kill grass over the winter or prevent weeds from settling in.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.12   Ti O bang

      Goldie ♥ I thought they were talking about Dave Beery. That loveable hoppy smelling town drunk.
      I go read the Wausau Argus online for small town midwest good times.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.13   Crackjob

      Maybe this is a Canada Thing, but a hand-crafted “No Junk Mail” sign taped to the mailbox usually does the trick in terms of deterring random mailers and flyers.

      In my city, employees of the local freebie newspapers stand on the streets downtown in the morning and hand out the free papers to the busy corporate passers-by. Just this morning I noticed that “Newspaper Only” recylcing bins have popped up on the street corners where the newspaper-hand-outers stand. It was amusing to watch hundreds of people have free newspapers shoved into their hands, only to walk three paces and drop them in the recycle bin. Amusing and sad.

      The newspaper-hander-outers should just drop the whole lot of the papers into the recycle bin first thing in the morning and skip the middle man.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.14   claw71

      Yeah HJ, I was referring to TUM’s tome about the postal service being involved. I probably should have specified but I thought that it was clear if you were following the thread. Didn’t mean to question your integrity.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 7:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.15   Canthz_B bang

      Just to add my two cents, if the local free press is being put in your mailbox, you CAN complain to the post office.
      It is illegal to put anything but the US Mail in your mailbox (speaking for US residents only, of course). That’s why you will often see separate newspaper boxes on mailbox poles.
      If they’re tossing newspapers on your porch, or in your yard, etc., you’re at the mercy of the publisher. Threaten to contact their advertisers with your complaints.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.16   Canthz_B bang

      I meant to add that I +++ the The Gamesters of Triskelion reference!!

      I love ST TOS!!

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.17   Cady

      Those free papers WILL spend money on postage to deliver papers to people who don’t want them because 100 percent of their income comes from ads, and the higher circulation you have, the more you can charge for ads. A circulation of 20,000 to 19,000 people who immediately dump the paper in the trash is still marketed to advertisers as a circulation of 20,000.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.18   hamburke

      I can walk (well, it’s a long walk but not one that I’m completely adverse to taking) to my local freebee newspaper office but they mail it to me. They have good ads generally with coupons so I don’t complain but I know my neighbor who does everything online can’t stand that the mailman packs her box full of the newspapers and she has to actually check her mailbox.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 11:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.19   Jahzzie

      Cady is 100% right. I worked for a “second sale” advertising circular that came out once a week. We paid the postage and mailed it through USPS as 3rd class mail. (flyers, cupons, freebee papers, etc) Everyone in our subscription area recieved this paper.
      I’m pretty sure free “newspapers” work on a similar basis, surviving on advertising and relying on delivery people or just going through the 3rd class mail system. I’m thinking about just getting a second recycling bin and taping a sign saying “put The Cronicler here please.” and be done with it.

      Dec 14, 2008 at 3:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   J

    In DC, we have a real problem with a free daily tabloid/paper that is distributed to everyone whether they like it or not. Often, people’s requests to have delivery stopped are completely ignored- meaning that when you go out of town, papers pile up, and thieves see you’re gone and rob your house. The DC government has gotten involved, but it still hasn’t fixed the problem, and it’s recognized as a big problem. So you can’t really fault the last guy for being a bit just-plain-aggressive in his note.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Deb

      I’m certain that the note writer is a woman, not a man. Just certain.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   hamburke

      As another DC (suburbs) gal, I subscribed to the Post (Sunday’s only). It came everyday. I complained for 6 weeks. It took a cancellation letter (acceptable), 4 copies of the cancellation letter, a phone call to the delivery person, a call to subscription services, 3 weeks worth of similar notes, a call to the editor-in-chief of the paper and a 3 months of unpaid bills before they stopped delivering to me. 3 years later, I’ve given them a second chance again for Sundays only. I had no problems for 3 months but now, I haven’t gotten my paper in 3 weeks. The distribution guy claims that the new delivery person can’t find my house. I told him that he’s not trying hard b/c my next door neighbor 12 feet away gets her paper just fine. I’ll take a picture on Friday/Saturday night of my door with the neon yellow poster board sign saying, “Deliver Sunday Paper Here”. I have it all ready and just have to hang it. I’d take a picture tonight but it’s raining.

      Dec 12, 2008 at 12:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   Woman on the Verge bang

    Why is it that I have an abundance of freebie “news” rags on hand… until I actually need some (not to read, mind you, but to cover something for a craft project) and then I mysteriously have none?

    Dec 11, 2008 at 7:38 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Luchador HectorVonSnodgras

      What will happen to all the bootleg Disney Pinatas being made in Tijuana if there are no newspapers.

      The horror, the horror.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #13   Lola

    I agree that it’s annoying when you get newspapers you don’t want. In our city, there’s a daily newspaper that you pay for (or don’t receive at all), and then there’s a weekly newspaper that you get no matter what. You can’t cancel it. And it’s pretty much nothing but ads and classifieds, and a few little articles. They always come in those plastic sleeves, too. Ugh.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 8:16 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   GhostWriter bang

    What’s black, white and totally over?

    The ’08 Election!

    Dec 11, 2008 at 9:02 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   GhostWriter bang

      …my love/hate relationship with Oprah?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 9:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   GhostWriter bang

      …Spy vs. Spy?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 9:06 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Shawn


      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:58 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   secondsout bang

      The Michael Jackson video where he tried to look tough by smashing out windshields?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   secondsout bang

      The relationship between Dennis Rodman and Madonna?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 12:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   Goldie

      My kids’ obsession with gangsta rap?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.7   secondsout bang

      The porno featuring CB and Amy_d?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   GhostWriter bang

    Ricky Martin’s 2007 tour?

    Dec 11, 2008 at 9:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Goldie


      Dec 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #16   Commentator

    The sign in the first picture is more of an eyesore than any freebie newspaper thrown onto the lawn (or abandoned lot, I can’t really tell).

    On another note, grammar police everywhere should rejoice at the proper use of the possessive “its”. There’s something you don’t see every day.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 9:30 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Canthz_B bang

      Kudos for proper use of “every day” over “everyday”. ;-)

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:57 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   RigaToni

    In case anyone wants to know why these papers get distributed even though you don’t want them…

    The circulation of a paper dictates its ad rate. You can get more if you say more people are reading it. You also get to estimate between 3 and 5 people read each hand-delivered copy (assuming in a house that gets a *real* newspaper 3-5 people will read it).

    So let’s say they print 20,000 copies, they can say they have a circulation of 100,000. But they can’t say that if the papers go in the trash at the print facility… they need to be delivered to someone… no matter how apathetic.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 9:57 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   claw71 bang


      Oh, and DUH!

      Dec 11, 2008 at 10:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Canthz_B bang

      What if a majority of the readers have poor circulation? Wouldn’t their ad rate be anemic?

      Dec 11, 2008 at 11:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #18   biscuit

    Sure, no more damn papers, but the shitty one will still come twice a week.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   Mishee bang

    I just feel bad for kerry really.

    I mean, this post to her is like the moment Dr. Sattler and Dr. Grant are viewing the new facility in Jurassic Park and Dr. Grant says to Dr. Sattler “It looks like we’re out of a job..” and Ian Malcolm replies with “Don’t you mean extinct?”

    Thank god for your backup plan (or is it a backup PAN?)

    *runs out to buy PAN book*

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #20   claw71 bang

    There are times such as this… or a few years ago when Steve Irwin was all the rage…or a few years before that when Paul Hogan was an international superstar…or when Kiley Minogue recycled Locomotion…or when Olivia Newton John got Physical…times when I wonder how cool Australia would be if we only would have let the Japanese have it.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #21   Jessie Ann Heekin

    Print media dead? Hardly. I don’t think that will ever happen. If it should, I don’t think it is necessary.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   Canthz_B bang

    The cool thing about working at the Canberra Times is the Aston Martin you get to drive.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    Robinson Crusoe received The Times in a bottle!

    Aww, CB, that’s just sad. :???:

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   Bunnee

    “It’s the Chronic—what?—cles of Canberra”…..

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Ti O bang

      Headlines read “Turkish Tiger escapes zoo!”

      “Peter is a Prince and Susan is a slut!”

      Dec 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #25   secondsout bang

    The only periodicals I have ever seen which aren’t for reading, are usually the porn mags. I gotta say, The Financial Times just doesn’t do it for me.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #26   Maeve

    Meanwhile total shit papers like the Daily Mirror and the Sun soldier on stronger than ever. Maybe more papers need to have a nude slag on page three to stay in business.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Ti O bang

      I beg your pardon Madame Maeve.(Afrikkaner?)
      I and my bon viviant partner Ms. Beatrix Thwarpoole-Houghe nee-Smithson take umbrage with your characterizations of these delightful buxom free spirits. Trixie, I refer to my friend familiarly as Trixie, was a Sun page three girl in 1972. She was not then nor has ever been a ‘slag’. She is a proper whore and takes her money up front thank you very much and good day to you madame.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #27   Elizabeth Kaylene

    It’s a little sad, but we’re definitely moving on to a new era. I work for my local newspaper’s web development department and, sadly enough, most people in the newspaper business do not understand the internet enough to harness that power and start publishing online. My department struggles every day to keep our site’s stats up.

    I really think that if newspapers can’t adapt and start utilizing the web, they are all going to fail. Not overnight, and not all at once, but eventually.

    The internet is where the money is, people. I strongly believe that.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Juliet

      Canada is on strike for more money! We want internet money!

      Dec 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.2   Amber

      Yeah, sure. The Internet is where it’s at. But my newspaper has consistently had the best-rated Web site in the greater Chicagoland area (no, we’re not the Tribune), and we still have layoffs. Web sites almost mean nothing to us except another thing to add to the to-do list.

      P.S. – I write at least two stories, three briefs, blotter and a blog entry a day. Plus research for weekend centerpieces, conduct interviews, find art, folo (aka follow up) on meetings I couldn’t attend because I cover five towns … and then I deal with stupid people in my free time.

      To learn more about what it’s really like being in the newspaper business, this is my second-favorite site (after PAN):

      Dec 12, 2008 at 1:31 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #28   TBone

    So if I unsubscribe from an e-mail newsletter, does that mean that electronic media are obsolete?

    Dec 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #29   Woody24

    The first and 3rd one are related images. The second one doesn’t belong in the series. What they are talking about are the free newspapers that are dropped at your doorstep without any approval. They are annoying since they contain garbage. There is no useful information in those papers. And since you didn’t subscribe, you cannot unsubscribe. The only way to make them stop is by leaving them notes. And sometimes that doesn’t even help.

    When I moved into my new house, that had been on the market for over a year, those papers were still delivered. The real estate agent was bring the papers in, and putting them in the mudroom. 60+ weeks of water loaded paper was not a fun task to remove.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Troy McClure bang

      I think I’ve seen some wrestling matches in the mudroom at Woody’s.

      Dec 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.2   Canthz_B bang

      The mudroom was wet for over a year and you bought the house? 8-O

      Would you like to see a nice bridge I have? ;-)

      Dec 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.3   Saysh bang


      Dec 12, 2008 at 2:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.4   GhostWriter bang

      Of course the mudroom was wet- if it had been dry, it’d be a dirtroom.

      Dec 12, 2008 at 9:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.5   Woody24

      didn’t buy the house, just renting it for the time-being. And they were papers just brought in from sitting outside too long. So theres nothing wrong with the house.

      Dec 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.6   Canthz_B bang

      I misunderstood

      “The real estate agent was bring(ing) the papers in, and putting them in the mudroom. 60+ weeks of water loaded paper…”

      to mean bringing them in over the course of the 60+ weeks…because, you know, that’s what that means. ;-)

      Put that with the fact that it was just a fucking joke and you have the whole picture.

      Dec 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #30   Bluie

    Ohh, I need one of those Chronical signs, damn buggers ignore my no junk mail sign and deliver it anyway. Wonder if they have had any luck….

    Dec 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #31   Cady

    I work at a newspaper. The whole “print media is dead” thing would be funny if it weren’t so true.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #32   comicstar

    Well this post makes me feel less guilty about the work I’m not doing as distribution co-ordinator for a newspaper.

    Dec 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #33   weaves

    i fucking hate the chronicle

    Dec 11, 2008 at 11:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   bronnie

    yay, canberra!!

    …i feel that way about the chronicle too!!

    Dec 12, 2008 at 12:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #35   David

    ah come on…the Chronicle is useful when my recycling bin needs to be fed.

    Dec 12, 2008 at 1:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #36   robert

    “Web sites almost mean nothing to us except another thing to add to the to-do list.”

    If that is how the site is approached, then yes, it will be valueless.

    Jan 6, 2009 at 2:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #37   Juanita

    I live blocks from the DC one. I was going to send it in too. In their defense, several people in the neighborhood have asked the paper itself, petitioned their councilmembers and left signs to get it to stop and they refuse. It is a rag and we all hate it. The delivery person in my neighborhood leaves them on the ground on the road side of the sidewalk. They are littering and causing a huge burden for the residents. But they only deliver to the “nice” neighborhoods, so I guess that means my block is getting better, ha. The paper is called the “Examiner.”

    Jan 6, 2009 at 6:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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