Every Saturday the Sydney Morning Herald features an item called The Readers' Panel. Four questions are asked, and the results - yes/no/don't know - are recorded as pie graphs at the foot of the letters page.
One of yesterday's 4 questions was: Do you think Australia should join a joint response to the Syrian chemical attack?
The results were as follows: Yes - 39%; No - 39%; Don't Know - 21%
For the pessimists among us this will be a glass-half-empty:
That is, 39% of Herald readers appear sufficiently brain-dead as not to be aware of the fact that they are being bombarded daily with anti-Asad, regime-change propaganda recycled from the New York Times and the Washington Post.
For the optimists, a glass-half-full:
Despite this bombardment, 39% smell a rat, or two, or three, and remain capable of thinking for themselves.