Through The Static

September 8, 2008

Getting High on High Fructose Corn Syrup

Filed under: Food,Health,Idiots,Love,There's way too many categories,WTF — bobbleheadedbob @ 7:08 am

BOBBLEBOT IS BACK… erhm… miss me?

So has anyone been paying attention to those pro-High Fructose Corn Syrup ads?  Buh… I mean, the liquid sweetness comes from corn, so ain’t it all-natural?

Mmmmm, liquid sweetness…

::drools::

Looks, MA!  It’s fruit DRINK!  ALL NATURAL!!!

1st question: why is the popsicle nots alls meLticated???!

2nd question: don’t you love me???

3rd question: where did they get this pleasantly acoustic soundtrack from?  They must be hitting up the same person who wrote the tracks for yogurt commercials and kitchen products.

Now, the thrust of the argument for PRO-HFCS is that, “Whoa… I don’t know why it’s bad for me… so it must be good.  After all, it’s NATURAL.”  <- but not really.

Okay, if they’re going to launch a non-informative video campaign, here’s a more nutritionally informative video response – buh… cuz I’s too lazy to write a full-blown article at this time.  LAZY!!!

THERE.  HFCS is still honey-sweet smack for the masses.  SMACK I’S TELLS YOOZE!!!  And if you don’t believes ze bobbLebots, feels free to do yer OWN RESEARCH!!!

::ga-DUNK!::

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August 6, 2008

If trends continue, we’ll all be fat in 40 years

Filed under: Health,Wake Up Call — disciplepete @ 10:03 pm

MSNBC:

NEW YORK – If the trends of the past three decades continue, it’s possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, a government-funded study projects.

The figure might sound alarming, or impossible, but researchers say that even if the actual rate never reaches the 100-percent mark, any upward movement is worrying; two-thirds of the population is already overweight.

“Genetically and physiologically, it should be impossible” for all U.S. adults to become overweight, said Dr. Lan Liang of the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one of the researchers on the study.

However, she told Reuters Health, the data suggest that if the trends of the past 30 years persist, “that is the direction we’re going.”

Ahh, if only my dad could be around in 40 years to see the day when all Americans are fat…I don’t know why, but he was very amused and got a lot of laughs at the expense of fat people, maybe cuz he never saw anything like American fat folks till he came to the U.S. Well, I’ve never seen anything like American fat folks outside America either. And that’s a good thing.

Japan’s females are longest living in world

Filed under: Health,World News — disciplepete @ 10:24 am

Yahoo:

TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Japanese girls born last year can expect to live until they are 86 years old, which would make them the longest survivors in the world, a report from the country’s health ministry showed.

Boys born in 2007 can expect to live to the age of 79.2, ranking third after Iceland and Hong Kong, the report said.

Japan’s females have topped the world’s longevity ranks for 23 years, something researchers have attributed to their healthy diet and tight social ties, among other reasons.

This bodes well for the elder porn industry previously blogged about

July 25, 2008

California Is First State to Ban Trans Fats

Filed under: Culture,Food,Health — disciplepete @ 5:54 pm

NYT:

LOS ANGELES — California, a national trendsetter in all matters edible, became the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Friday to phase out their use.

Under the new law, trans fats, long linked to health problems, must be excised from restaurant products beginning in 2010, and from all retail baked goods by 2011. Packaged foods will be exempt.

New York City adopted a similar ban in 2006 — it became fully effective on July 1 — and Philadelphia, Stamford, Conn., and Montgomery County, Md., have done so as well.

July 24, 2008

Pittsburgh cancer center warns of cell phone risks

Filed under: Eeeeep!,Health,White People! — disciplepete @ 10:47 am

Yahoo:

PITTSBURGH – The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer…

… Adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset, he says. He even warns against using cell phones in public places like a bus because it exposes others to the phone’s electromagnetic fields.The issue that concerns some scientists — though nowhere near a consensus — is electromagnetic radiation, especially its possible effects on children. It is not a major topic in conferences of brain specialists.

A 2008 University of Utah analysis looked at nine studies — including some Herberman cites — with thousands of brain tumor patients and concludes “we found no overall increased risk of brain tumors among cellular phone users. The potential elevated risk of brain tumors after long-term cellular phone use awaits confirmation by future studies.”

Studies last year in France and Norway concluded the same thing.

Maybe I’ll take it back to ’93 and get a pager…

July 22, 2008

British study links IMF loans to tuberculosis

Filed under: Economics,Eeeeep!,Government,Health,World News — disciplepete @ 10:19 am

Yahoo:

LONDON (Reuters) – Austerity measures attached to International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans may have contributed to a resurgence in tuberculosis in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, researchers said on Tuesday.

Governments may be reducing funding for health services such as hospitals and clinics to meet strict IMF economic targets, the British researchers said.

The study, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine, found that countries participating in IMF programmes had seen tuberculosis death rates increase by at least 17 percent between 1991 and 2000 — equivalent to more than 100,000 additional deaths. About one million new cases were recorded during the same period.

Nations that received money from other institutions with less restrictive economic conditions attached had seen a nearly 8 percent drop in tuberculosis death rates, David Stuckler and colleagues at the University of Cambridge said.

“IMF lending did not appear to be a response to worsened health outcomes; rather, it appeared to be a precipitant of such outcomes,” they wrote.

But an IMF spokesman questioned whether the study took into account the instability following the break-up of the Soviet Union, and said it takes time for the disease to develop so the mortality rates could be linked to something previously…

…Even when considering population changes, war, inflation and other factors that can lead to new cases, the researchers found that rising TB rates correlated closely to when IMF funding began.

July 9, 2008

Drugs suspected in treats given to Texas police

Filed under: Drugs,Health,Pokemon — disciplepete @ 8:15 pm

Ok, I feel kinda bad that I find this funny, cuz it is pretty messed up!! Yahoo:

FORT WORTH, Texas – A teenager is suspected of delivering baskets of drug-laced treats to about a dozen police departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to police who charged him Tuesday with LSD possession. At least three officers have gotten sick.

The 18-year-old man was arrested after taking cookies to the Lake Worth police station, said Brett McGuire, the suburb’s police chief. Officers there had been tipped off that someone was falsely claiming to deliver treats on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

June 16, 2008

N.Y. poised to OK marijuana for medicinal use

Filed under: Culture,Government,Grassholes,Health,Politics,Rights — disciplepete @ 6:13 pm

Daily Gazette:

Last year the Assembly passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana; a new version of the bill has moved out of the codes committee, and another version is pending in the Senate. Those who support the bill are optimistic that this is the year New York legalizes medical marijuana.

The Assembly bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, would allow patients to use marijuana only if they have life-threatening or debilitating conditions, and only if their doctors believe it would be the most effective treatment. Patients and caregivers would register with the state and receive identification cards that would allow them to legally purchase marijuana for medicinal use. They would be allowed to grow up to 12 plants and to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, though a state-regulated distribution system would eventually replace home cultivation. This transition would hinge on the federal government’s approval of the state-regulated distribution system.

Last year, the Assembly passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana for the first time, and this year’s version of the bill attempts to address the concerns that derailed its chances in the Senate. Some legislators felt that last year’s bill did not provide for adequate regulation; the new bill mandates that registered organizations such as pharmacies, nonprofit organizations created for the purposing of selling marijuana to chronically sick people and local health departments handle sale and distribution of the drug.

Twelve states have legalized medical marijuana, with New Mexico, which legalized medical marijuana last summer, the most recent to do.

June 13, 2008

Squashing the Beef in S. Korea

Filed under: Activism,Food,Government,Health,Politics,World News — disciplepete @ 3:56 pm

More on the beef thang, from Al Jazeera:

The US government says it will encourage US beef exporters to label meat showing the age of cows slaughtered in a bid to ease tensions in South Korea.

Protesters have been demonstrating in Seoul for weeks over a new trade deal that would resume beef imports from the US five years after a ban was imposed…

…Such an approach could be a way to address anger in South Korea without altering an April agreement that fully resumes beef imports that were banned after a case of mad cow disease was detected in the US in 2003…

Protesters have given the government a June 20 deadline to come up with a better deal on the US beef imports…

Ben Nelson, a Democrat from the cattle-producing state of Nebraska, opposed banning older cattle, saying the move might prompt other countries to demand such concessions.

“They created the problem; they’re going to have to find solutions,” he said, blaming the South Korean government for successfully stoking fears that US beef was unsafe.

 

 

June 11, 2008

In Europe, Debate Over Islam and Virginity

Filed under: Gender,Health,Pokemon,Religion,Sex,WTF — disciplepete @ 10:15 pm

NYT:

PARIS – The operation in the private clinic off the Champs-Élysées involved one semicircular cut, 10 dissolving stitches and a discounted fee of $2,900.

But for the patient, a 23-year-old French student of Moroccan descent from Montpellier, the 30-minute procedure represented the key to a new life: the illusion of virginity.

Like an increasing number of Muslim women in Europe, she had a hymenoplasty, a restoration of her hymen, the vaginal membrane that normally breaks in the first act of intercourse.

“In my culture, not to be a virgin is to be dirt,” said the student, perched on a hospital bed as she awaited surgery on Thursday. “Right now, virginity is more important to me than life.”

As Europe’s Muslim population grows, many young Muslim women are caught between the freedoms that European society affords and the deep-rooted traditions of their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

The article is pretty interesting. I think overall it’s pretty messed up for the men that these women are trying to fool. I think it’s bad to start a marriage based on a lie of this magnitude. Obviously these men place a high importance on virginity, and regardless of what the importance of a woman’s virginity ought to be, the deceptiveness of this whole thing just rubs me the wrong way.

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