Thursday, June 10, 2004

Two researchers have just released a study highlighting the danger of allowing your 18-year-old to take Tylenol without parental supervision. OK, seriously, the study was about "the overuse of over-the-counter pain relievers by children and teens", but if you read the article I think you'll agree with my snark. I have rarely seen such a mix of obvious facts being presented as cutting-edge research and those results provoking such chicken-little-style panic. Observe:
Most likely children and teens are taking this medicine because they think it will relieve their headaches, and not to get any type of "high," study author Dr. A. David Rothner of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio told Reuters Health.

"If you have (children), and you give them medicine when they have a headache, why shouldn't they think they can do it on their own," he said.

There are many reasons why kids shouldn't overuse these medicines, Rothner explained. Some pain relievers contain aspirin, which puts children under the age of 19 at risk of Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal disorder, he said.

Other risks of overuse of over-the-counter pain medicines include kidney failure, liver problems, and intestinal and stomach bleeding, he said.

OK, here's my suggestion: "use as directed." How's that?

Sunday, June 06, 2004

A guy in Granby, CO, had a grudge against certain members of the town planning commission and the local newspaper. So how did he handle it? The same way any red-blooded believer in truth, justice, and the American way would: he built himself a tank and obliterated downtown

Friday, June 04, 2004

You know, work is, like, hard. But the good news is they pay you to do it.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Looks like George Tenet's resigning. It's not effective until Mid-July, and they're all citing "personal reasons", while the President praises him, saying (to use one his new favorite turns of phrase) that "he's done a superb job on behalf of the American people".
New book out by author Rebecca Wilson called "What Makes a Man". The type of thing I'd ordinarily stay away from, except when order to read it for some English or maybe Poli Sci class (after which I'd tear it to pieces) - It's one of those ones about what masculinity means, which for some reason always seem to be written by women. Some people think Violet Brown and Gloria Anzaldua are geniuses who see the world how it ought to be, transcending the patriarchy and the stereotypical machismo of modern society; personally, I think they sound like a couple of bitter lesbians (and I can say that, because they, um, are lesbians), whining "If I can't have a penis, no one else should either!" Of course, then there's the other end, like "The Surrendered Wife" by whoever-the-hell-wrote-that, by women who never made it out of the 19th century and think that all of society's problems are caused by uppity women being all cutesy and getting "jobs" instead of cooking dinner for their big strong husbands. But, as far as this Salon interview with the author goes, this one looks like it might be something different. The book draws from sources well outside of the bitter lesbian academic echo chamber - try death row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters, NPR host Doug Rushkoff, and big fat guy Michael Moore. Not only that, but she seems to be willing to say what's on her mind, even if it runs counter to Paleo-feminist orthodoxy.
Q: In your intro you call on women to help men reconfigure masculinity. You say, "If we want men to be different we must eroticize that difference." What do you mean?

A: Women say we want these integrated, beautiful, sweet men. Then we run off with the macho guy. All these years of feminism and we're still looking for the knight in shining armor. There's a way in which our impulses haven't caught up with our intellect. What I'm saying is, we know that men are often socialized in their sexuality through pornography. I can eroticize this table if I work hard enough at it. Well, women need to flex that power and begin to eroticize what's truly healthy for us and for our partners.

Q: Nice guys finish last -- but at least they finish.

A: Being turned on by macho guys who aren't good for us has to do with us wanting to be the feminine ├╝ber-counterpart. I like those guys 'cause I can curl up and be little. I can be pure sensuality. But those extremes only work in the realm of sexuality. Real relationships are much more multidimensional. I want a partner, male or female, who can be the cool tough guy to my damsel in distress and who can also be the damsel in distress to my cool tough guy. I want to have the full range of my humanity in a relationship. I want to experience life fully, not just a sliver of it. That's why I did this book -- because men are being allowed just this tiny part. I was interested in the ones who are breaking out of that paradigm. I'm interested in knowing what's that like for them.

Now, you can say what you want about that viewpoint, but it's original. It's logical. It's compelling. Now, I haven't read this book. Chances are, my being a schlub, I never will. But for the moment, I have a glimmer of hope that someone out there is doing some thinking for themselves. That's more than I've come to expect from anyone.