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Why Having Obese Kids Shouldn’t Cause You To Lose Your Kid. Two Harvard researchers have suggested, in certain circumstances, placing extremely obese kids in foster care. I find this idea insane for a number of reasons:
- There’s no guarantee a child’s eating habits will be improved under the supervision of a foster parent.
- Anyone with kids, and anyone who has had to take kids to birthday party after birthday party, or seen the public school put candy machines in the hall, knows that your child’s eating habits are not always strictly within your control.
- Even if foster care helped a child’s obesity, do you really think it would cancel out the crippling emotional fallout of being taken away from your family?
“ Residents of the state of New York use Twitter some thirty percent more than the national average, and New York City, for per capita use, is considered the Twitter capital of the world.”
That’s from an op-ed in the New York Times dissecting Congressman Anthony Weiner’s prolific—and damaging—use of Twitter. Weiner is one of the most popular politicians on Twitter, based off of his following; he seemed to understand the casual nature of the site and mixed jokes with serious news subjects. He played well to his audience, but he still did not seem to grasp the notion that the public page was very public. And not even a hashtag could save him from his social media nightmare.
Leonard Stern, Creator Of Mad Libs, Dead Of ________ (Common Fatal Ailment). When I was a kid, we used to do Mad Libs on the bus and fill in dirty word where all the blanks were, and I promise you I have never laughed harder or longer or had more fun than when I writing BOOGER where I wasn’t supposed to. So thanks for the memories, Leonard.
[NYT via Alex Leo]
“Flash Mob” Does Not Mean What WSJ Thinks It Means. The Wall Street Journal is noticing a rash of gang attacks in Chicago, gangs they have oddly labeled as “flash mobs,” though there doesn’t seem to be any instance of the gangs breaking out into a rendition of “Poker Face” before hitting you in the face with a bat.
“ A Baldwin spokesman told the Daily News that the actor, who has a long-standing interest in politics and seeking a political office, was considering a run. “I wouldn’t rule it out,” rep Matthew Hiltzik said.”
By now you know Alec Baldwin is apparently mulling a run for mayor of New York City, and before you go dismissing him on account of his notoriety, keep in mind that folks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Franken, and Jesse Ventura have all won public office despite such concerns. Also, that Baldwin voice is smooth enough to sell me hot chocolate on a 130-degree day.
“ Sometime this month, and as soon as this week, the court will issue its final decision in the case. It will be, at long last, the definitive adjudication of one of the most voluminous and colorful cases in the history of American jurisprudence. But for those whose lives constituted the case’s facts, the decision will mean less than nothing. For within one year of that morning in 2006, all of them would be gone.”
“ In the article on Paul Revere, someone has added false information in an effort to support Sarah Palin’s FALSE claims about Paul Revere… This must be removed as it is a LIE designed to mislead. Dj”
[Wikipedia via New York]
New York Times Reporter Leaves Twitter Account Open For The Lovely Ladies. NYT reporter Brian Stetler was apparently messing around in an Apple store when he forgot to log out of his Twitter account. Fortunately, the person who found his open account was a stunning former beauty queen, who promptly closed it out. And isn’t it just like someone who hangs out at an Apple store and works for The Times to have the world’s most unlikely outcome possible happen to him.