Saturday, May 02, 2009
I think the constant gossip about Kim Kardashian's weight is annoying and insulting. Whether these photos are unretouched or not really doesn't matter. What annoys me more is the constant ridicule over how "fat" she supposedly is. She has about the most perfect feminine body I could imagine. I know a lot of gossip bloggers like girls that look like starving little boys, but I like curves, and a little bit of jiggle. Kim you are alright with me.
Well the Jays haven't run into the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees so those predictions might still come true. Or maybe the Jays intentionally lowered expectations. If that is the case then it may have backfired on them since they have the second lowest home attendance in the AL, averaging just over 22,000 per game.
If you look at the online MLB power rankings, the Jays are getting a lot of respect:
TSN: #1 (ok they are homers)
Sports Illustrated: #3
Fox Sports: #1
CBS Sports: #4
Everyone of course is talking about the hitting. They are first in the AL in batting average, hits total bases, runs, RBIs, doubles and walks. They are third in home runs. They have so many hits that they also lead the league in men left on base. But it's not just the hitting. They bandaid pitching rotation is fourth in the AL in ERA (4.29). That is a drop over last year but still respectable. The staff have given up the seventh fewest hits and lead the AL in strikeouts.
So how long can the starting rotation get by with fill ins? Well as long as they have to. Rickey Romero is out with a strained oblique which shouldn't take long to heal. Casey Janssen has been pitching in the minors so hopefully he will be back this month. Jesse Litsch has begun to throw must with a forearm strain, I'm not too optimistic.
In the meantime, enjoy it while it lasts. The Red Sox are coming.
Does anyone remember the Summer of the Shark? Back in the summer of 2001, the media had nothing to report on, so it turned a couple of shark attacks into a major news story about how there was some kind of new, bizarre, unexplainable shark attack epidemic that was dooming us all. Nature had turned against us!
Of course, it was really just embarrassing news hype; there were less shark attacks than usual that summer, and there had even been 47 previous attacks that year that got little to no coverage. But a bored media took something and blew it out of all reasonable proportion and made a lot of people look incredibly stupid in the months just before 9/11.
That’s how I feel about all of this swine flu coverage. A few people have a new flu strain and some people (far fewer than the annual number of people under normal circumstances) have died, and it’s suddenly a plague? The world is in flames and the dead are rising from the grave? Welcome to the beginning of another early summer slow news cycle. Quit closing the schools until we know what we’re dealing with. Don't cause a panic until you know what you're panicking about. For now, get some blankets and some vitamin C, and drink plenty of water and wash your hand!
The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.
More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is "often" or "sometimes" justified. Only 42 percent of people who "seldom or never" go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.
The National Post will suspend publication of its Monday edition for nine weeks this summer as a cost-cutting move. The temporary cancellation of the Monday edition will begin June 1.
The paper, owned by Winnipeg-based Canwest, has already chopped its weekday editions in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and stopped home delivery in Atlantic Canada a year ago.
Canwest, struggling with a $3.9-billion debt continues to bleed. It has already laid off 560 employees and the company posted a net loss of $1.44 billion for the three months ending in February.
Rather than file for bankruptcy, the media conglomerate keeps negotiating with its creditors for extensions on its debt payment.
In April, Canwest placed its five E! network conventional television stations up for sale, though none of them have been sold yet.
Friday, May 01, 2009
- Is there anything more ridiculous as the swine flu scare. A total creation of the dumn ass mainstream media.
- Schools are being closed all over the continent. So why weren't they closed during this past winter's flu season.
- It seems the 150 or so deaths in Mexico may only be 7.
- It seems the mad cow outbreak drove down cattle prices by 17%. Bloomberg asks whether that means hog prices, already down 7.5% since the Mexican swine flu cases were reported, will fall another 9%.
- U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden is in a bit of trouble for unnerving the public by saying he wouldn't travel in planes or subways now because of swine flu.
- Meanwhile in Egypt, the government plans to cull its pig population, amid swine flu pandemic fears. Pig farmers are to be compensated following the cull. Not sure what that will accomplish.
- There are more than 250 website domain names have already been registered that contain the term "swine flu" to scam consumers. Sites are already offering up "Swine Flu Survival Guides" for $19.95.
- Don't hold your breath waiting for a vaccine. It will take at least 6 months to produce decent quantities. That means manufacturers will barely have enough at the start of next winter's flu season.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Although there are only 19 confirmed cases of swine flu in Canada, it has the pork industry excited. Call it the H1N1 virus, the Mexican flu, a pandemic or just a panic — but whatever you call it, Canadian pork producers would really, really like you to stop calling it "swine flu."
Pork producers are bracing for a market collapse along the lines of what happened to Canadian export markets for beef after an Alberta cow tested positive for mad cow disease in 2003.
Despite repeated assurances from public health officials that this new hybrid flu strain only appears to be transmitted between humans, the fear is already taking hold in international markets. Russia, China and more than a dozen other countries have banned pork imports from countries affected by the outbreak.
Israeli Health Minister Yakov Litzman has been updating a nervous public on the swine flu epidemic - and he started by renaming it for religious reasons.
"We will call it Mexican flu. We won't call it swine flu," said Mr Litzman, who belongs to the ultra-religious United Torah Judaism party.
Pigs are considered unclean under Jewish dietary laws.
Mr Litzman is one of eight ultra-Orthodox Jewish ministers and deputy ministers in Mr Netanyahu's administration.
Correspondents in Israel say scientists are concerned the new religiously sensitive name could could be seen as stigmatising Mexico. The North American country has had the most cases of swine flu, but it is not necessarily where the disease first emerged.
Meanwhile, Mexico's Ambassador to Israel Frederico Salas, filed a formal complaint with the Foreign Ministry.
Salas protested the statement, saying his government was offended by the suggestion. The Foreign Ministry assured the Mexican ambassador that the disease will be called "swine flu" and offered its apology if any offence was taken.
Talk about over-reacting. All sports activities are being postponed at public schools in Texas until May 11, because of the swine flu outbreak. I don't think they have one confirmed case.
This means the baseball season is suspended and that regional track championships will be eliminated, according to University Interscholastic League executive director Charles Breithaupt. He told the AP the action was taken on the recommendation of public health officials.
The state's high school golf and tennis championships are scheduled to begin May 11. The state track meet remains scheduled for May 13-14, but qualifying procedures mad have to be changed.
I guess the concern is that someone might pick up swine flu from a spit ball? Really it makes no sense. Kids are more at risk sitting in a class room passing out term papers.
Julie Couillard's infamously revealing dress sold at a charity auction on Tuesday night for $1,000.
Couillard wore the dress in 2007 when she accompanied her then-boyfriend, Tory MP Maxime Bernier, to Rideau Hall for his swearing-in ceremony as Canada's foreign affairs minister.
The dress was sold at a charity auction in Montreal to raise money for epilepsy research.
Less than a week after Yankees president Randy Levine blasted MLS commissioner Don Garber for mentioning the empty premium seats at the new Yankee Stadium, the club finally deigned adjust its prices.
Those much-discussed $2,500 seats - the ones behind homeplate? Now they can be had for half the price. The foul-line seats that used to go for a cool grand? A veritable bargain now at $650.
And you don't even have to bid on eBay for the discounts.
The Yankees announced they're reducing the price on more than 40% of their front-row seats and will offer additional free tickets to those who have already bought premium tickets at the original price.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Today when New Yorkers looked up to see a low flighting plane it immediately brought back memories from Sept 11th. However this time it wasn't Islamic terrorists. It was President Obama.
As it turns out it was one of President Barack Obama's official planes flanked by an Air Force fighter jet flew low over the Statue of Liberty Monday for a photo opportunity that reminded startled New Yorkers of the Sept. 11 attacks.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the federal government and his own administration for failing to warn the public, which was shocked by the image of a jumbo jet flanked by an F-16 flying near the World Trade Center site.
"The good news is it was nothing more than an inconsiderate, badly conceived and insensitive photo op with the taxpayers' money," Mr. Bloomberg told reporters.
Swine influenza (swine flu) is caused by type A influenza virus and gives pigs the flu. Swine flu viruses cause regular outbreaks of flu in pigs but death is infrequent. The viruses may circulate among pigs throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans. The classical swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first isolated from a pig in 1930.
People who work with poultry and swine, especially people with intense exposures, are at risk of infection from these animals if the animals carry a strain that is also able to infect humans. The virus can mutate into a form that allows it to pass from human to human. The strain responsible for the current swine flue outbreak is believed to have undergone this mutation.
In humans, the symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of the flu in general.
n February 5, 1976, an army recruit at Fort Dix said he felt tired and weak. He died the next day and four of his fellow soldiers were later hospitalized. Two weeks after his death, health officials announced that swine flu was the cause of death and that this strain of flu appeared to be closely related to the strain involved in the 1918 flu pandemic. Alarmed public-health officials decided that action must be taken to head off another major pandemic and they urged President Ford that every person in the U.S. be vaccinated for the disease. The vaccination program was plagued by delays and public relations problems, but about 24% of the population had been vaccinated by the time the program was canceled. About 500 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, resulting in death from severe pulmonary complications for 25 people, were probably caused by an immunopathological reaction to the 1976 vaccine. Other influenza vaccines have not been linked to GBS, though caution is advised for certain individuals, particularly those with a history of GBS.