Thursday, October 23, 2014

About the legendary Ben Bradlee, a monkey idiom, and gleaning secrets from open sources!

The world of journalism will not see the likes of Ben Bradlee again...

The Washington Post
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National/global news alert  •  Tue., Oct. 21, 2014 7:53 pm
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Legendary Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93
Benjamin C. Bradlee, who led The Washington Post for 26 years and guided its transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, has died. He directed The Post’s coverage of Watergate, which resulted in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history, and he was the most celebrated editor of his era.

ST, Oct 23


Monkeys, they say, are great imitators...

ST, Oct 23
But I thought these two pics that accompanied the story above tell their own story...

Picture 1: Despite what the caption says, these monkeys do not look like they are about to move off!

Picture 2: This pic is even more intriguing. The humans here seem to be very respectful, with arms behind their backs. So are they taking instructions from that monkey there? Who's teaching whom? What's that again about "Monkey See, Monkey Do"?

Anyway, did you wonder about that headline above? Yes, it is idiomatically correct. But why not "Monkey sees, monkey does"? Someone else asked this question too:

Why Do We Say "Monkey See, Monkey Do"?

I like the little monkey tale that is retold by the writer above:

A somewhat more likely exotic origin suggested on Wikipedia is West African folklore. In a folktale from Mali, a hat salesman has his entire inventory of hats stolen by monkeys, who grab them while he naps under a tree, and then climb out of his reach. Upon waking, he gestures and screams angrily at the monkeys, only to have them imitate his gesturing and screaming. Finally, he throws his own hat to the ground in frustration. The monkeys do the same, and happy ending ensures.


Finally, I felt there was such irony in this ST story below about a "once-secret" SAF unit that uses open sources for the secret work it does!...

ST, Oct 23

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