For you this Christmas

Tuesday 25 December 2012

It’s always about more than you.

“Wright’s Law”

(Watch the video first.)


fat (and getting fatter)

Monday 11 July 2011

Working for an organization that advocates for health and physical activity (in relation to transportation choices), I continually hear about the obesity epidemic.

Released last week were the latest obesity figures, which you can see (adult and child) here: F as in Fat, 2011. It’s not a pretty site, with every state having an adult population that is at least 15% obese.  In fact, every state except Colorado has an obesity rate of over 20%!

A nice (or ugly) time lapse of rates for the past 25 years can be seen here:

If this interests you further, you can find more data, including breakdowns by race and connections of obesity to diabetes here: CDC Obesity and Overweight statistics.

It appears that we don’t need to be shipped into outer space because of global warming to turn into the obese creatures found in WALL-E.

Fat People in Wall-E

boycott BP? give it your best shot…

Friday 11 June 2010

On Tuesday I wrote a blog post about the blame being thrown around regarding the oil fiasco going on in the Gulf of Mexico.  I made the claim that BP was just feeding the appetite for oil in this country.

Today, a few things — first, it was reported Thursday that the estimates of oil flowing into the Gulf were actually too low, and probably about double the original estimates, based on the current data now available.  So that kind of sucks…

Secondly, I read this today: Punishing BP is harder than Boycotting Stations — basically it talks about how the BP stations may or may not receive the oil that BP actually mines, but just carry the BP brand because a few additives put in the gas just before it hits the pump.  In the journey from the center of the earth to the gas pump, it oil stops at at a refinery, among other places, where it’s likely mixed with oil from other companies.

Boycotting BP stations will do nothing to change the larger problem.  Nor will vandalization or picketing.  Only figuring out how to reduce consumption altogether will work.

And after watching more satire about this whole topic on The Daily Show this morning, I’m done laughing.  It’s about time we started taking some action, damn it!