“Clintons plan secret trip, paper says”

I found this odd report [in the title above] on CNN’s main site, and it  struck me as the sort of tiny puzzle many of us grew up on.  They do go on to explain:

Posted: August 19th, 2009 04:52 PM ET

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slated for a four-day stay in Bermuda this weekend with husband Bill, the Bermuda Sun reports. …

The Clintons will instead stay at Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, a facility where, according to the resort’s Web site, room rates can run as high as nearly $2,000 a night

Not only are they relentless about the details, but of  course the trip is no longer secret, thanks to the paper.  So how should we describe what is going on?  It’s like trying to announce an unannouced trip.  Is the headline the result of an illocutionary act that falsifies its content?  Do we need perlocutionary uptake if the secret  is actually no longer such?

What do  you think?

blatant new-term-approaching appeal

I noticed that ALL 29 of the ‘recommended introductory readings’ on the list provided for undergrads are by men. I want to add some female authored intro texts – in particular, general introductory texts, of the ilk of Simon Blackburn’s ‘Think’, say, or general introductions to particular areas of philosophy (like Dancy’s ‘Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology’).

Any recommendations? Many thanks!

Case studies in victim-blaming

From Feministing:

(1) Carleton University in Canada is being sued by an assault victim who says the school failed to have adequate security measures in the building where she was attacked.

In response, Carleton has said that the student didn’t keep a “proper lookout” for her own safety and should have locked the door to the lab where she was working.

(2) A woman was raped in front of her children in the garage of the Stamford Marriot Hotel, and sued the hotel for a lack of security and failing to notice her attacker – who had been suspiciously hanging around the garage for days. In response to her suit, the hotel’s lawyers say that the woman is to blame and “failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities.”

(Thanks, CR!)