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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Does Anyone At The Times Read It?

I read in the New York Times the other day that the folks who put the paper together are meeting behind closed doors, formulating plans to broaden their reader base. They intend to reach out to rural readers (with a farm report?) and (if you're willing to believe it) conservatives. Whatever.

Since the publisher and editors are seeking ways to gain customers, I feel it is time to offer my suggestion. Put interesting stuff - news if at all possible - on the front page.

Here's what's taking up valuable space on the front page this morning.
Gay Men Are Found to Have Different Scent of Attraction

Using a brain imaging technique, Swedish researchers have shown that homosexual and heterosexual men respond differently to two odors that may be involved in sexual arousal, and that the gay men respond in the same way as women.

The new research may open the way to studying human pheromones, as well as the biological basis of sexual preference. Pheromones, chemicals emitted by one individual to evoke some behavior in another of the same species, are known to govern sexual activity in animals, but experts differ as to what role, if any, they play in making humans sexually attractive to one another.

The new research, which supports the existence of human pheromones, is reported in today's issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Dr. Ivanka Savic and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. (link)
Does anyone other than a researcher in Stockholm care? I can't even believe homosexuals find this interesting.

In the meantime, little girls are being murdered in Illinois, the battle rages in Washington over judicial nominees and the shameful filibuster that radical Democrats in the senate are maintaining, and President Bush is greeted as a savior by the people of the former Soviet satellite of Georgia.

But you won't read any of that if you peruse the front page of the Times. You'll learn that gay guys smell different.

Good grief.