Editers Need Not Apply
In the Heat of Battle, Hit Mute
There are obviously those who can write coherently from battlefields, riots and the scene of natural disasters. I’m not one of them. I can’t put two thoughts together unless the butt-chair-keyboard combo is stationed to the left of the window with the barn in the near distance, the butterfly bush just out the window, and the coffee cup at arm’s reach, making circular stains on the desk blotter. Bring in a couple of smallish children even there, and I’m out to sea. Yesterday, new sound-blocking earbuds arrived. This morning, I’m looking for white/ambient stations on TuneIn, RadioTuna, etc. Suggestions?
I despair of the state of the written word, having read at least a half-dozen web articles just today (and some, from academic or scientific sources) with words missing, mis-spelled or containing other reader-halting glitches of syntax that would have been caught (you’d think) by even minimal editing. In most cases, the problem seems to be the result of a “we can’t afford a realÂ editor so let spell-check do it” attitude. One piece I read this morning suggested readers find “more extensive descriptions bellow.” Makes me want to below. Come on, peopul. (I, for one, plead sanctuary from such grammar and punctuation requirements because…well, I can’t come up with any good reasons other than I’d rather criticize than correct.)
(Not the) The Last Roundup
I’m seeing more and more bad news about Roundup–not that this is altogether unexpected. First, take a look at the startling rise in “roundup-ready” crops that are being foisted upon the farming community, a front-end loading that makes absolutely certain huge volumes of glyphosate (Roundup and others that contain this active ingredient) will be sprayed on the resistant soybeans or corn to wipe out the susceptible grasses, sedges and broad-leaf weeds. It is harmless, the totally believable and trustworthy Monsanto has promised us. Oh, maybe not. And oh, by the way, the big M will pay you a bonus to use the stuff, unless the SEC puts the lid down.