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Went over to the XM web site just now to listen online, and caught this announcement:

XM to Focus on Childhood Obesity with Special Programming

My first thought: If you've dedicated a whole channel to this, I will cancel my subscription. I know, this is insensitive, but this whole "childhood obesity" thing is another pet peeve of mine. (The other being how it's just so Hip and Cool to be Green (tm).)

The press release can be found here.

Luckily, they're not dedicated a whole channel to it. Just a week on two already existing channels. But still, it's things like this that makes me want to go out and get sterilized.

"Oh, Stephanie, you're just so incredibly insensitive not to be sympathizing with those kids who are obsese," you may be saying.

How true are you about me being unsympathetic. Because, the majority of those I've seen who are suffering from "childhood obesity"... they're spoiled whiny lazy brats who wantwantwant food, and their parents give it to them to pacify them, or because they just can't stand to break their hearts by saying no. (And, no, I'm not referring to the latest episode of Maury. I've seen this in real life. Recently, even.)

You're a parent. You're entitled to say no. "You've ate enough crap for the day. Quit your bitching. Eat this apple, and don't you dare park your ass in front of that PlayStation."

Oh, wait, that's not a "positive way to talk to children about their eating habits." Since when have children become The Chosen Ones and parents second class citizens. No one can freaking parent anymore. Like *parent* parent. The way my parents did to me when I was growing up. Threatening me with spankings with a paddle, swatting me on the butt, yelling at me, shoving fruit in my hand when I was going after a candy bar... no, all that is "abuse" nowadays. (And you all wonder why I'm childfree).

It's not that they can't eat. You're not denying them food. You're just denying them the crappy stuff by making them eat healthy stuff, and you make them like it. I fail to see why there's a "childhood obesity epidemic." (Yeah, I know, I'm waiting for someone to say, "But you're not a parent. You don't understand.")

And this whole shock of how the weight piles on when you're inactive? Don't get that either. Because I've gained 11 pounds since being underemployed/working at home. I don't get out as much (the $4/gallon gas and where my parents live don't help with things), and there's not much to do around the house (cable has a ton of free exercise programs on their On Demand channel, but parents are up and around pretty much 24/7, and I'm sure as hell not going to exercise in front of them. By the time Mom goes to bed, I usually have like two to three hours of me-time before Dad wakes up at 4:30 a.m.), so that combination pretty much guarantees that I'm going to bloat up. Luckily, I think I'm carrying this weight gain in my pooch this time around so it's easy to hide--back when I was 148 in 1999, I carried it in my neck, upper arms, and thighs--but I'm not happy that I've had such a weight gain. Especially when I did so well on the Atkins Diet (I maintained at 128).

So, yeah, when your kid gorges, then parks his ass in front of the PlayStation... he's going to get fat. Still not seeing how this is an "epidemic" when it's more of children today just being really fucking lazy. Am I missing something here?
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I know, going green is the cool thing to do.

But I was skimming through my Scriptscene email today, and found an email from a member, forwarded from RWA, regarding National (which I'm not going to).

Workshop Handouts Survey
In order to be environmentally responsible and respectful of the conference host city, San Francisco, RWA is considering alternatives for the workshop handouts this year. We'd like your feedback in the form of a short survey


RWA provides a huge book of handouts for all the workshops at National to all conference attendees, and members who don't go can buy the books in August. You can also get the handouts on CD-ROM too, for an extra cost, and I usually get that as well, for the times when I don't want to lug a big spiral bound book around.

I took the survey. They wanted to know... if they provided the handouts online, prior to conference, how willing conference attendees would be to download the handouts, print them off, and bring them with them to conference.

WTF? How is this being "environmentally responsible"? You're still killing trees. Not that I mind killing trees. Trees scream often when I'm parked in front of a computer. But still, National is expensive enough. I don't need to add the cost of a ream of paper, an ink cartridge, and binding into the price.

And what happens to the non-attendees? Do we get screwed out of the books because of RWA's insane need to be "respectful of the conference host city"?

Can we stop the PC, going green crap for one single fucking moment? Please??? The earth's been in a shitty place for quite awhile now. You all are jumping on the "save the earth" bandwagon just because Al Gore says it's cool.

Now I really wish I was going... just so I could bring a ton of plastic bags with me to SF for purchases.

S.F. first city to ban plastic shopping bags

(God, don't let Michael Nutter catch wind of that.)
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... doing a freaking children's album.

What. The. Hell.

Jeff and I saw them on Conan last month, performing Seven. We were both shocked--in a good way--because (at least) I haven't heard anything by TMBG in forever. Jeff was like, "Wow, I heard that they were doing kids albums there for awhile."

It didn't hit me until I was trolling around on the iTunes Music Store tonight... oh, I'll look for that song they did on Conan.

And I found it, after having reading their Wikipedia entry, because, in the midst of all the freaking TMBG children's album iTunes had for sale, I looked on the more recent adult TMBG albums, listened to all the songs, couldn't find the Conan song.

It's on a freaking children's album. Here Comes The 123's. Their follow-up to their children's album... Here Comes The ABC's.

What. The. Hell.

Their record label? Walt Disney Records.

I saw you guys in concert, and now you're making children's albums??

I mean, I saw them do Seven on Conan. I watched it. I thought I listened to the words. I was wide awake. Jeff woke me up, nudging me hard in the side, nearly shouting, "It's They Might Be Giants! On Conan!"

Sure didn't sound like a kiddie-let's-learn-to-count song. I just thought the lyrics... just typical quirky TMBG. No. It's from a children's album. Teaching kids how to count.

I bought the song. It *is* cool. But, I don't know, can't bring myself to buy the whole album. Not when I read reviews like:

"Nothing brings me greater joy than watching my three year old rocking out to TMBG, the band I've loved for 20 years."

Or how about:

"I keep finding TMBG I don't have, and this is new to me! Love it... much more interesting than that Baby Einstein stuff."

What. The. Hell.

I was near-drool over John Linnell--he looked good on Conan, in an adorable yet cool-evil geeky way. Now I just feel dirty.

So I looked on You Tube. Couldn't find the Conan performance, but here's a live performance of the song:





Remind me--no matter how much I'd delusionally want to go--if I ever have the chance to see TMBG in concert again... remind me not to go. Why? Read the reviews for that You Tube clip. References to kids; combination of a kids show. Stephanie and little kids... it just doesn't mix. At all. Ever. It'd be like, "Okay, everyone, let's learn how to count." And I'd be there, standing next to a screaming, crying, annoying 15 month old or something, and I'd be shouting, "Your Racist Friend! I wanna hear Your Racist Friend!"

Unless they play at some place where only 21 and older is admitted. Then I'd be there.
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Let me preface this entry saying that I have been in a F4 tornado (in 1999), and was displaced by it. (And, ultimately, that tornado was the best damn thing that has ever happened to me.) That said...

I listened to Glenn Beck today on XM. On the talk channel, they have news at the top and bottom of the hour from 700 WLW.

So at the 11:30 a.m. news, they talked about how FEMA has sent out 20 trailers to the Kansas tornado victims.

Okaaaaay... Do you really want to stay in a trailer in the middle of Tornado Alley?

That said, is the Red Cross doing anything? Granted, the town is gone, but when I was in my tornado, the Red Cross gave out vouchers for people to go get new apartments. That'd be more handy than staying in a FEMA trailer. Hell, even if they gave out vouchers to stay in hotels in neighboring towns... that'd be more handy than staying in a FEMA trailer.

Then W is coming by tomorrow to look at the area, and the governor is going to express his concern about lack of National Guard equipment there because it's all in Iraq.

Okaaaaaay... ummm, why do you need the National Guard for protection? Did the tornado wipe out your police force, as well as the neighboring police forces?

My tornado didn't wipe out a whole town--just an apartment complex--but there was maybe a small group of National Guardsmen, and that was it. I clearly remember seeing a couple military vehicles, but I can't remember where the National Guardsmen were stationed. It had to have been either at the tent where everyone who lived at Village Brooke had to register and get wristbands, prior to going to the complex to move things out (if you were lucky) or sift through the remmants of your apartment or townhome (if you were one of the unlucky ones); or at the entrances of the complex where you had to show your ID and wristband to be admitted in.

No one was allowed at the complex for two or three days after the tornado because contractors came in to board and tarp buildings up. There was a curfew for about a week after the tornado hit as well. Something like 8 or 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day. Wasn't just for the apartment complex because the entire complex was inhabitable, but for the town the complex was in, so that no one would loot it. I'm sure the National Guard helped there, but I think I saw more police than National Guard.

I read an article about the Kansas tornado on Netscape yesterday. Some teen in Pennsylvania said he was going to suggest to the yearbook staff at his high school to donate $10 for every yearbook sold to the Kansas tornado victims, since a school was demolished. Some Douche Bag left many comments about how $5,000 wouldn't help out the area, that they'll get more than enough money from the government, and that people just shouldn't be doing good for the sake of doing good.

WTF???

$5,000... come on! The teen said he specifically wanted his school to help the Kansas school. That can buy a good amount of books and school supplies.

After my tornado, I was amazed at all the donations. I was one of the fortunate ones: I had a place to stay in the weeks that followed; got moved into a newer, nicer apartment a couple weeks after. But the Red Cross loved writing out vouchers for everything. Rent, security deposits, groceries, therapy. We got gift certificates from Bigg's. We were allowed to go to a freestore set up at a local church, if we needed food, clothing, anything for children. My parents had to drag me to the church because I felt so weird going there since I didn't lose much overall. They wanted me to get some food, since that was an expense we had to deal with since I lost my job indirectly because of the tornado. Even then, I only took a grocery bag.

Douche Bag also said: "It's just a lousy tornado." I hope he gets to experience a "lousy" F4 or F5 tornado someday. I couldn't help but wonder if he was a disgruntled Katrina victim who Didn't Get What I Deserved (tm).

Then there was a naive idiot who basically said that people shouldn't live in places where natural disasters occur. To which a whole slew of people (not necessarily from Kansas) responded, "Where the hell do you suggest we live?" Seriously... think about it. Name one place in the United States where natural disasters (tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, blizzards) aren't a threat.

Somebody said that Naive Idiot lived on a hill, high atop New Jersey, where she watched everyone bail themselves out from the flooding last month. The best reply to Naive Idiot: "Do you have room for the entire state of Kansas on that hill?"

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