Interesting Blog Entries and News Stories of the Week

As I mentioned in my last post I’m going to try to make a habit of compiling fun and interesting Blog Entries and News Stories that I come across on this site.  Let’s see how well I can keep up with it.  🙂

What Happens in your Body when you Eat Raman and Gatorade (YouTube Video)

This is an excellent article and video that show exactly what happens to many processed foods in your digestive tract … Or rather what doesn’t happen.

To put it quickly … The video shows the test subjects eating home-made noodles that broke down in the digestive tract almost immediately to something unrecognizable.  Then they show what happens with processed ramen … The noodles retained their form and appearance for quite a longer while in the digestive tract.  They also had the test subject injest Gatorade which retained it’s color for most of the time as well.

Yet another reason to avoid processed foods when possible!!!


Lies, Lawsuits and Performance Reviews: A Candid Q&A with Corporate HR Manager, Janet Godbey

Maria Dubov, founder of MMD Services, sits down with Janet Godbey to set the record straight on various HR issues that may occur during the application, on the job and after termination.  Those of us that work for someone else can benefit greatly from this information.


Wal-Mart Security Cameras Catch Chunky Naked Guy Stealing Socks (YouTube Video)

I think the title says it all.  Will he be featured on People of Wal-Mart?


Football Coach Resigns After Posting Nude Facebook Photo

Keeping with the theme there was a football coach that accidentally posted a nude photo of himself on Facebook meaning to send it to that special someone.

I’ve seen plenty of people in similar situations on Facebook … Well not with nude photos but with posts they thought were direct messages to an individual but instead they turned into wall posts.  Oops!

Moral of the story is … If it’s something you don’t want the public to potentially see DO NOT pass it through Facebook.


State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes

There’s a school in North Carolina that’s been accused of taking the Michelle Obama healthy eating initiative a little too far . . .   To the point of actually inspecting lunches brought from home and, if it’s not meeting minimum standards, forcing them to take food from the school cafeteria.  In this case the lunch was lacking a vegetable so they gave the kid Chicken Nuggets, Milk, Fruit and a vegetable in addition to her lunch from home.

First of all . . .   As a child I wasn’t much for eating my vegetables (though my mom finally found I’d eat a ton of vegetables in the form of salsa) so that was never packed in a lunch for me.  Second . . .  How exactly is giving a child more food going to prevent obesity?

This is the only instance of this that I’m aware of so this is far from being widespread but you can’t deny that childhood obesity is a big problem.  (Widespread?  Big Problem?  Puns!!!)  The fix has to come from the parents however.  If parents decide to pack their kids a lunch to take to school then the parents are making the nutritional decisions for their children.  Let them do it.

I do agree that the schools have needed to revamp their menus for years but I shudder to think how some healthier items I love to eat as an adult would fare in a mass produced cafeteria environment.  At any rate though the schools are free to clean up their own act for the food that they provide in the vending machines and cafeterias.  Contrary to what some believe this can be done smartly without costing a lot of money.

Beyond that though, if there’s a demand for there to be more done, offer a nutritional class for students with informative handouts for parents.  Perhaps an evening seminar that parents can take if they choose to.  There’s no further responsibility the schools should have to take on for this.  Let’s make no mistake, children are not getting fat on school lunches alone.


Arizona’s Plan to Fire Teachers for Swearing

Because this story was met with skepticism by some ….  I’m going to link some further supporting articles about AZ Senate Bill (SB) 1467 from Fox News Philadelphia, Fox News Phoenix, MSNBC, Arizona Daily Wildcat and BangStyle (Take your pick which are valid news sources, they’re all reporting the same facts)  The actual proposed bill is a useful link as well.

The proposed bill reads as follows:

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-108, to read:
15-108.  Public classrooms; compliance with federal standards for media broadcasts concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity; violations; definition
A.  IF A PERSON WHO PROVIDES CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL ENGAGES IN SPEECH OR CONDUCT THAT WOULD VIOLATE THE STANDARDS ADOPTED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION CONCERNING OBSCENITY, INDECENCY AND PROFANITY IF THAT SPEECH OR CONDUCT WERE BROADCAST ON TELEVISION OR RADIO:
1.  FOR THE FIRST OCCURRENCE, THE SCHOOL SHALL SUSPEND THE PERSON, AT A MINIMUM, FOR ONE WEEK OF EMPLOYMENT, AND THE PERSON SHALL NOT RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION FOR THE DURATION OF THE SUSPENSION. THIS PARAGRAPH DOES NOT PROHIBIT A SCHOOL AFTER THE FIRST OCCURRENCE FROM SUSPENDING THE PERSON FOR A LONGER DURATION OR TERMINATING THE EMPLOYMENT OF THAT PERSON.
2.  FOR THE SECOND OCCURRENCE, THE SCHOOL SHALL SUSPEND THE PERSON, AT A MINIMUM, FOR TWO WEEKS OF EMPLOYMENT, AND THE PERSON SHALL NOT RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION FOR THE DURATION OF THE SUSPENSION. THIS PARAGRAPH DOES NOT PROHIBIT A SCHOOL AFTER THE SECOND OCCURRENCE FROM SUSPENDING THE PERSON FOR A LONGER DURATION OR TERMINATING THE EMPLOYMENT OF THAT PERSON.
3.  FOR THE THIRD OCCURRENCE, THE SCHOOL SHALL TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE PERSON. THIS PARAGRAPH DOES NOT PROHIBIT A SCHOOL AFTER THE FIRST OR SECOND OCCURRENCE FROM TERMINATING THE EMPLOYMENT OF THAT PERSON.
B.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, “PUBLIC SCHOOL” MEANS A PUBLIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM, A PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A PUBLIC JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, A PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOL, A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL, A PUBLIC VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM, A PUBLIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN THIS STATE. 

The point of this proposed Arizona bill appears to be trying to bring what is said in the classrooms by the teachers in line with FCC regulations.  For anyone who’s been to high school in the past 15 years (and I’d venture to say longer than that) can attest … The problem is not the teachers.  The problem is the students.

Another problem with this is the bill is written so vague that the school could technically go after a teacher for swearing outside of school (Don’t agree?  Reread paragraph A.  There is NOTHING that says “When Teaching in a Classroom” or “On School Grounds”).  Someone cut you off in traffic?  Working on your back deck and drive a nail through your finger?  Better not even think of uttering the S word and CERTAINLY not the F word.  Someone might hear you and report you to the school.  “Our children can’t be taught by someone who uses naughty language even if it is in the privacy of their own home!”

I would like to say that would never happen but some people are nuts.  If they have a reason not to like you some people will use every opportunity to make life difficult for you.

What is REALLY surprising about this bill to me is just who is putting their names on it.

Andy Biggs (R)

Al Melvin (R) — Al’s Web Page

Don Shooter (R) — Don’s Web Page

Steve Smith (R)

That’s right all four have the R after their name and at least two of them ran on the platform of less government.  This definitely doesn’t seem like less government to me.

With as much negative attention as this bill is receiving I would expect it to either not make it to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk and if it did to be met with a veto.  I would love to see something from one of the involved senators explaining why this bill is needed however because if they’re talking the media (Liberal or Conservative) isn’t reporting it.  Seems like a waste of time and taxpayer’s money (and what was this about government waste?) to even introduce such a thing, at least on the surface.


Alamo Drafthouse to Open New Theatre in San Francisco

I saw this and was reminded of a YouTube video Alamo Drafthouse posted last year with a woman that was clearly upset that she was kicked out of the theatre for texting.  This is after ignoring many warnings about not texting in the theatre.

A few weeks ago, at AMC in Skokie, I went to see Hugo with some friends and a woman’s phone rang.  She, of course, answered it and carried on a loud conversation. After everyone around her heckled her for a while to either hang it up or leave we went to get management that just decided it was better to listen to her rant on and on about having to take an important emergency call than to get her out of the room.  Please Alamo Drafthouse, open up a theatre in Chicago.  You would have ALL of my movie going business!!!!


Nevada Approves Self-Driving Cars for Use

As someone who used to commute by car 40 miles to work and 40 miles from work and dealing with many many drivers of varying skill all vying for space on crowded Chicago roads I say self driving cars can’t come soon enough.  So … If they’re approved in Nevada … Where do you buy them?  Are they actually on the market already?


Automate Your Most Annoying Errands with these Tools

A somewhat useful article by LifeHacker.   In it they suggest how to do things like set up recurring shipments of items you regularly would need (Filters, Dry Cleaning, Batteries, Groceries etc), have pharmacy refills ready and waiting for you when you arrive and other things.

I’m a huge fan of automating my life where possible and have made use of some of these suggestions.


Raw Beef Bouquet: How to Land a Meat-Lover Lover

“Oh ….  Wow …. You shouldn’t have.  You really really shouldn’t have …”

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


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