Absolutely ridiculous poll, or, where to see a picture of a white Michelle Obama figurine

us news world report mothers poll

So, some of the problems with this poll. Seriously, Palin is winning this stupid ridiculous pointless-as-can-be-poll? Wtf? And please, do not vote for the poll, that’s why I haven’t linked directly to the poll!

1. Women are female. Female doesn’t mean best care giver for children possible.

2. First Lady Michelle Obama’s “figurine” is included in the picture like she’s an afterthought… off to the left, with less space around her.

3. First Lady Michelle Obama is a black woman, not a well tanned white woman. Is U.S. News and World Report embarrassed the first lady is a black woman?

4. Would you really vote for who should run a day care based upon her parenting skills?

5. How are people supposed to vote in the poll?

6. The vagueness of the poll makes it utterly worthless.

7. Aside from the fact that it’s on the Internet.

8. What’s with the gestures the figures are posed with?

9. What’s with the results from the other poll regarding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?! House husband?!

10. I’d vote for whoever has the most experience running a business.

11. You know like with hiring people and managing people.

12. I won’t ever be buying a U.S. News and World Report magazine. Though, I guess with titles of articles like this, I probably shouldn’t be surprised?

Bullshit (with update)

Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy D&D games in any shape or form? Do you read OOTS? (If you know D&D and don’t read OOTS, you should.) Do you donate to charities? Anyways… if you answered yes to all of these. Don’t contribute to this charity anymore. The just mentioned charity refused the money raised during GenCon 2008 because it was partly raised through the selling of horrible, evil, scary D&D materials.

Simply based on the prevalency of the Internet, video games, computer games, and, well, who knows what else, this is stupid. Especially when it’s money for starving children. This is, bullshit. I can’t hope this charity doesn’t receive less money since they help starving children, but I do have to wonder whether other charities that help starving children deserve the money more. There does definitely seem to be similar charities that work more efficiently.

Originally found most of this, here.

Update (November 6, 2008) found here (same place as original here from above)

More on American Airlines

Tired of taking heat for refusing to waive extra baggage fees for soldiers, American Airlines has finally caved.

“We always understood that soldiers traveling on duty were reimbursed by the military for the fees on required excess baggage. However, after recently hearing of the burden the military reimbursement process put on soldiers traveling to war zones, the choice for us to forgo payment for a third checked bag from the Department of Defense was clear,” said Tom Del Valle, American’s Senior Vice President — Airport Services in a press release.

… aren’t we surprised? Regardless, glad to see they acted.

Banning CFCs and albuterol

A federal ban on ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), to conform with the Clean Air Act, is, ironically, affecting 22.9 million people in the U.S. who suffer from asthma. Generic inhaled albuterol, which is the most commonly prescribed short-acting asthma medication and requires CFCs to propel it into the lungs, will no longer be legally sold after December 31, 2008. Physicians and patients are questioning the wisdom of the ban, which will have an insignificant effect on ozone but a measurable impact on wallets: the reformulated brand-name alternatives can be three times as expensive, raising the cost to about $40 per inhaler. The issue is even more disconcerting considering that asthma disproportionately affects the poor and that, according to recent surveys, an estimated 20 percent of asthma patients are uninsured.

I’m not sure where they get their information about the cost of albuterol… at least compared to my experience of spending 30 bucks an inhaler without insurance. I’d also bet that 30 bucks that more than 20% of asthma patients are uninsured. I’d also bet a greater number of people have asthma and don’t know it.

We already know fragrances are bad!

Fragrances May Emit Potential Toxins

I’ve already seen news on this study pop up in two other places, the most recent place (the link above) is WebMD. I’m very, very glad to see the study published. I even sent the person (Steinemann) who did the study an email letting her know how awesome it is to see that someone (with a degree!!) has said “wait a minute, something is right about this, why?”
Maybe, just maybe, this will raise public awareness, but, then, it needs to fight general ignorance for that to work, so, who knows in the end. On the bright, less cynical side of things, maybe this is a place to start to get things changed.
List of things to do: Get advise on writing my Senators and Representatives.

New Allergy treatment?

Not sure I could handle this… the gross factor is too much… especially if it involves itchy skin. I can’t stand itchy skin very well.


Though, gotta say it is interesting to know this is happening. Maybe something good medicine/more traditional treatment will come out of this? I do wonder what kind of people can’t be part of the treatment… and how it would help food allergies.

found via here first