Breaking News From 2000

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on April 28, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“An earlier version of this post misspelled, in some references, the name of of [sic] a chain of restaurants in South Carolina. As the post correctly noted elsewhere, it is Maurice’s Piggie Park, not Piggy.”–David Firestone, New York Times .com, April 24

Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking
“President Obama Says He ‘Absolutely’ Would Save a Drowning Putin”–headline, ABCNews .com, April 25

Breaking News From 2000
“Al Gore Is Not Giving Up”–headline, Politico .com, April 24

That Kind of Annuity Just Soothes the Soul
“The Actuaries Institute has launched a print and digital advertising campaign promoting the role of actuaries in a challenging business world, stating they are actually rock stars,” reports Australia’s Insurance Business Online:

One ad, citing the Harvard Business Review, notes that actuaries are in fact the “rock stars” of the 21st century who provide deep analytical insights that can be “used to change businesses, industries and even countries”.

The Institute’s CEO, David Bell said: “Business leaders are inundated by information and they need skilled people who can transform data beyond the numbers into actionable business knowledge.”

“Actuaries more than any other profession have the training and skills to find solutions to some of Australia’s largest business challenges,” he said.

We have all the respect in the world for actuaries, but it seems to us that Bell isn’t quite clear on what rock stars do. We were going to make a Dave Barry joke and observe that The Actuaries would be a good name for a band, but a Google search informed us there’s already one called Blind Actuaries, which is much better.

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