Monthly Archives: August 2008

Lip Syncing at the Olympics

Why have all the talking heads on every network and cable show gone on and on about the Chinese using one girl to lip-sync for another girl who was “singing” their National Anthem?  Evidently, the girl with the great voice was not considered by Chinese authorities to be as “cute” as the one they used on the  broadcast.

This is American media hypocrisy at best.  I figure that if you don’t have great legs, cleavage and long blonde hair, you probably can’t get a job on Fox News at any time of the day or night.  All the blondes are anything but dumb – they’re exceptionally smart, as a matter of fact – but they’re all “babes.”  Whatsa problem with hiring a few plain women with brains too?

Did people feel sorry for Marni Nixon because she only got to sing while Deborah Kerr (The King and I)), Natalie Wood (West Side Story) and Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady) provided the faces for Ms. Nixon’s voice?

I’m told by an insider that many of the stage performances of singing stars are “rigged,” in that the voice you hear has been pre-taped and worked over electronically.

I haven’t seen Greta van Susteren or Nancy Grace spend weeks on the death of anybody who was “plain” looking either.

The little girl with the beautiful voice gave the gift of the performance and was probably well compensated by her government.

The hypocrisy from our media about “looks” not mattering is ridiculous.  I wish I had the patent on Botox just for Beverly Hills.

Antibiotics and Sinusitis

Because I need my voice for my daily radio program, I’ve been quick to use the Z-pack (zithromycin) whenever I get the feeling I have a sinus issue.  Evidently that’s been the wrong thing to do.

It turns out that almost 21% of antibiotic prescriptions written in the U.S. for adults are for sinusitis, even though studies show the drugs often do little or no good in the overwhelming majority of cases that begin as viral infections.  Less than 2% of those turn into bacterial infections (the kind that CAN be helped by antibiotics) so the American Academy of Otolaryngology suggests that you wait 10 days after the onset of a sinus problem.  If you’re still suffering after 10 days, then it’s antibiotic time.  Otherwise, saline irrigation, Tylenol, topical steroids and decongestant sprays (used for no more than three days) are the way to go.

Quote of the Week

“If you measure the quality of performance of multitaskers, they aren’t better than those who don’t multitask.  In many cases, they are worse.”
               - David E. Meyer, Ph.D.
                  Professor, Cognition and Perception Program
                  Psychology Department
                  University of Michigan

Texting Can Be Dangerous to Your Life!

It was a minor news item when a Barack Obama aide fell off a Chicago curb while texting on her BlackBerry.  Evidently, she is one of way too many people getting hurt as they text while doing something else at the same time.  The ability to multi-task can be a great thing, unless it’s taking attention away from where you are walking, bicycling, rollerblading, driving, cooking, and even riding a horse!

The American College of Emergency Physicians has even put out an alert, because of the rising reports from doctors around the country who are seeing injuries as a result of text-messaging “on the go.”  Two people in California have died while texting as they crossed the street, because they weren’t looking around at their surroundings before stepping off the curb.

I’ve been amazed to see bicycle riders pumping quickly around my neighborhood while either holding a cell phone to their ear or texting with one hand, while supposedly steering their bike with the other.  It’s amazing to see, but quite dangerous to do.

Torture, Hamas Style

While the terrorist groups Hamas and Fatah fight for dominance in the Palestinian regions, one of their means of demoralizing each other actually concerns the issue of facial hair.  The Jerusalem Post reports that Hamas has resumed its policy of shaving the mustaches of rival Fatah members to humiliate them as a form of punishment in its struggle to assert dominance over Palestinian politics.

In response, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades issued a statement strongly condemning the use of shaving as punishment. 

I can only imagine the uproar and the blogosphere going crazy if it had been American military who shaved a jihadist’s mustache in order to get valued information.

Why You Love Junk Food

Asked by the Pew Research Organization why they choose to eat so much junk food, the respondents overwhelmingly say it’s due to its convenience.  The second most common reason is junk food’s good flavor, and the third reason is because it is so heavily advertised.  Fourth is its affordability, and the final reason why people eat so much junk food is “ignorance of food values.”  Yeah, I really believe that last reason!

Since approximately three-quarters of the respondents eat junk food out of convenience, it seems a good time for them to re-work their lives so that breakfast and dinner are family meals at home, and lunch is considered a lighter repast to keep the engines going during the day.

Want to really relieve stress?  Take off your figurative plate all the overscheduling – running around with too many activities and piling on too many responsibilities.  Two-career homes leave little time for the lovely, “home-y” amenities.  Rethink your lives and you’ll probably live longer, while being healthier and happier.  Having lots of personal possessions and living beyond your means is a disastrous recipe for stress that leads to all kinds of self-destructive behaviors.

Olympics, Chinese Style

“Beijing officials have distributed 4.3 million copies of an etiquette book, outlining rules on good manners and foreign customs, including rules about what not to wear,” according to The Wall Street Journal (8/1/08)  “Among the no-nos:  more than three color shades in an outfit, white socks with black shoes, and pajamas and slippers in public.”   It should be interesting for the Chinese citizens who obey these rules to see the foreigners in sweat pants, jeans and flip-flops.

Another issue for the Chinese government is the crackdown on any protesting during the Olympics.  China just doesn’t want to look bad to the almost half-million tourists who are there for the festivities.  According to the Associated Press, probably several thousand Chinese protestors have already been locked up for the duration so they don’t behave “inappropriately.”  Also, protestors had to apply for permission to demonstrate some five days in advance and had to acknowledge that they would not harm national interests.  They were supposed to be relegated to one of three parks which are several miles from the main Olympic stadium, but in a report on Saturday, August 8 in the Los Angeles Times, the three parks where demonstrators were to be allowed were totally quiet.  There were no signs of protest areas or of protesters, and, according to the Times,  there were more security personnel than visitors at the parks.  Foreigners who protested over the past week were deported, and the heavy security measures have forced most of the demonstrations to be held in other countries, including Tibet, India, Hong Kong, England, France, and Germany.