Archive for the 'Media' Category

Super Lice did not Infest the US Senate

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

liceIn real life, there is nothing funny about Super Lice. That being said, this item in The Onion about Head Lice Going Around Senate is quite hilarious. It puts things in perspective.

The fictitious lice outbreak was not dealt with effectively because the politicians could not agree on a plan of action. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) even made a privileged motion that all affected heads be immediately soaked in kerosene (not really it is satire). Using kerosene or gasoline to kill head lice is very dangerous, DO NOT DO IT. A teen in Indiana is in hospital with life threatening burns after the gasoline on her hair ignited. Even if you do not have a problem with head lice now, you should educate yourself. Visit and get the toxin free method that works, even on Super Lice. The term Super Lice refers to lice that are resistant to most of the toxic shampoos that are available over the counter or by prescription.

People Don’t Forget

Monday, January 12th, 2009

While I was reading some online information about how American clothing labels get their stuff manufactured in Chinese sweatshops I started noticing something. All the sites that I was visiting looked very dated. This issue was a cause du jour several years ago . An undated PBS web page linked to a very impressive chart showing the wages and conditions at various factories as well as what fashion house they were working for. That chart had a date at the bottom, it was made in 1998.

The lack of freshness of the info is best illustrated by the fact that one of the main targets for criticism was Kathy Lee Gifford. For all I know she could be working in a sweatshop by now. When I googled a few factory names, I saw the dated information being paraphrased or quoted in blogs from this century. The manufacturing industry of China is huge, I am not even going to pretend to know whether the situation is better or worse today. I am pretty sure that things are not exactly the same as they were in 1998.

The thing that bothers me about this situation is that companies that respond to criticism by cleaning up their acts deserve to have the positive changes acknowledged. It seems like having ten year old facts used against them would be a disincentive.

On the bright side, hopefully new corporations understand that unethical practices can result in decades worth of negative word of mouth.

My Big Fat Rant About Single Issue Politics

Friday, January 9th, 2009

A popular Fat Acceptance blogger recently expressed their dismay at Barack Obama’s probable choice for the Surgeon General.

Sanjay Gupta is best known as a reporter for CNN. The Big Fat Blog doesn’t hate Sanjay because he made his share of mistakes as a reporter (maybe even some bias because the drug companies were indirectly filling his pockets). It’s not because he is beautiful. It certainly isn’t because he performed life saving brain surgery on a soldier in Iraq.

The Big Fat Blog has a problem with Dr. Gupta because Dr. Gupta sees obesity as a problem. I have to wonder how many of the commentators on The Big Fat Blog would have been willing to vote against Obama if his choice for Surgeon General had been on the table before November. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that some of them voted against Obama because of his skinniness.

Before I could publish this rant, I had to look at the facts enough to decide for myself if Dr. Sanjay Gupta was an appropriate choice for the post. I made up my mind after reading about what exactly a Surgeon General does. To me it seems like many of his critics are implying that Gupta would be creating and administering policies and that is really not the case. Some of them may be worried that he will start putting bold black and white warning labels on stretch pants.