Strange days indeed

Nobody told John Lennon there'd be days like these, either.

As part of my new job at Hoy, I spend about half an hour each day combing through hundreds of news feeds.

Based on what I’ve seen recently, it is very safe to say that John Lennon’s lyrics from Nobody Told Me are still true more than 30 years after Mark David Chapman ended his life.

Here are a few nuggets from the past couple of days:

Nursultan Nazarbayev claims receiving 95 percent of the vote gives him a historic mandate, but David Kramer and Sam Patten write in The Washington Post that it’s a fictional democracy.

Colorlines looks at the homophobia surrounding some of the nuanced revelations in the late Manning Marable’s new biography on Malcolm X, while former New York Times editor Joseph Lelyveld demystifies Gandhi’s saintly stature while raising the specter of his being bisexual in his new biography.

Meanwhile, gas is raising to close $5 a gallon in some places, sparking a decrease in American gas consumption.  There’s still a long way to go: in 2009 87 percent of people drove to work.

Some journalists wrote recently that the recession contributed to a rise in the use of antidpressants, but Flowing Data, one of my favorite sites, looks closely at the data, finding that, as the young boy said to Joe Jackson, “It ain’t so.”

And in what I consider to be a “Say it ain’t so” moment, half of Mississippi Republicans believe mixed marriage should be illegal.

Most peculiar, Mama.

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