Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Obesity-r-us

Well, it seems the wonderslobs over at Burger King, ever tuned in to the pysche of North Americans, have introduced "The Enormous Omelet Sandwich". It has "...two eggs, sausage, three strips of bacon and two slices of melted cheese on a bun -- is 730 calories and 47 grams of fat."

According to Burger King's spokesman, chief global marketing officer, Russ Klein:

"By expanding our indulgent breakfast sandwich menu, Burger King restaurants now offer even more alternatives for our guests who want a convenient and filling breakfast."

If the powers-that-be, especially here in Canada where we live in a perpetual nanny-state, can tax the shit out of a pack of smokes and claim it is for "health reasons" (the idea, I guess, is that most of the tax money will go to the health care system when heavy smokers go in for cancer treatments), then why isn't there a hefty fucking tax on fast food? Not just at restaurants, but even at grocery stores. If I want to buy a bag of extra-fatty Pork Rinds, then by God, I should pay for it with more than my health.

Now, I am far from a health nut. No granola-eating, hemp wearing, vegetarian moi! But even I can see the stupidity of actually consuming one of these artery hardeners.

The government should tax every fast food company for "inventing" such a sandwich, and then tax every food item over a certain fat level (and caloric level?). I mean, it would depend on the size of the portion, of course, but it certainly can and should be done.

On the same note, if you weigh 400 pounds, I have no qualms about airlines charging you for 2 seats, or for stopping you from boarding a plane at all.

Most of the people who are obese are most certainly not that way because of some glandular condition....unless the mouth is a gland. I lost 62 pounds in 3.5 months! Just by eating correctly (following the Dr. Bernstein diet plan). I don't exercise.

Universal health care will only work if people stop doing stupid things like eating a 730 calorie (47 g of fat) sandwich.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

NHL Teams and their Fans

Huh..what a surprise! An NHL team is apologising to its fans! The owners of the Detroit Red Wings took a full page ad out to tell fans they were "extremely sorry" that they didn't play this year. They then go on to thank their fans for their loyalty. Does that sound like an attempt to gain back fans? Does to me.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Warning...you can get fired for having sex!

Can you believe this story? Harry Stonecipher, CEO of Boeing, "resigns" because the company found out he was having an affair with a female executive. Found out because someone in the company was able to access their emails. You can read about it in this Globe and Mail article or in this article from the Chicago Tribune.

In a nutshell, this guy has been having an affair with this woman since January. She didn't report to him, he didn't help her career. The company has no knowledge of whether or not they had sex on company property (whether an office or a jet). In fact, their internal investigation showed that there was no detrimental effect on the company whatsoever.

A quote from the Chicago Tribune article:

Certain aspects of the affair "reflected poorly on Harry's judgement and would impair his ability to lead the company going forward," said Lewis Platt, Boeing's board chairman, during a conference call this morning. "It was a judgment call about a violation of the code of conduct."
But in the Globe article, it states:

And now, even though Boeing acknowledges he didn't violate the ethics code, it isn't taking chances. "There were just some issues of poor conduct and judgment that we believe would impair his ability to lead," a spokesman said.
So...if there was no violation of the code of ethics...then what was the rationale behind the firing?

Frankly, I find the way it was discovered to be a greater ethical violation. Someone accessed their private emails and snitched them out (betcha it was a born-again, Bible-thumping puritanical, mind-everyone-else's-business Christian...just a hunch, but I betcha). I'd fire that person first.

As an aside:

It's funny that this kind of puritanical thinking happens in Muslim countries too. The US and Islamic countries...two-sides of the same coin. Ironic, eh?

'Course, the number of people killed by Islamic "terrorists" is nowhere near the number killed in Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but hey, they don't have nukes, so it will take 'em longer to catch up.


Friday, March 04, 2005

Idiot Politicians in Quebec

Jean Charest, the soon-to-be erstwhile Quebec Premier (though, in French, the position is actually referred to as the Premiere Ministre...sans accents...roughly translated "Prime Minister...what do you expect from a province that refers to it's capital city as "Capital nationale" or some such?), wants Quebec to have a more prominent role, alongside the federal govenment in international treaties. (see this article)

One of his reasons is:

"We want to protect our cultural heritage," said Charest, pointing out that the French minority in North America had to be preserved. "We are the example of what is at stake."

My take on this is as follows....if a culture/language needs to be protected through government legisation and enforced (and compulsory) education , then how viable is it really?

Could you imagine this same mentality existing a couple of thousand years ago...we would all be wearing togas and speaking latin.

Cultures and languages change and actually disappear. This is part of a sociological evolution that has been going on since Mankind got booted out of the trees by the much stronger apes who remained there. However, in the past several decades, cultures have not been allowed to evolve much. Governments, intent on protecting culture, bring in legislation that actually cause stagnation.

Not just governments, but corporations (especially media-related) are also prime culprits in this stagnation. Music, for instance...when my 18 year old son can listen to a song from 1974 and actually LIKE it, then something is wrong. Popular music hasn't changed all that much in more than THIRTY (30) freakin' years. Think that has to do with tastes or with record labels?

I live in Quebec and I can't help but think that if this province once again threatens to separate, the rest-of-the-country should just call their bluff and boot them the fuck out. See how easy it would be to protect their culture and language when they are surrounded by 200 million + anglophones. Unless you think Canada would be stupid enough to continue the expensive "official bilingualism" project.