May 28, 2004

NSFW Shotgun

OK - not all of these links are Not Safe For Work, but a number of them are.

  • My First Boner (Flash, NSFW)
    • This was one of the best animations at this Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted. Answers the question “What if Schoolhouse Rock had handled sex ed?”
  • Kung Fu Bunny
    • Every bunny was kung-fu fighting.
  • Bush is Lord
    • A website dedicated to showing Bush in his true, holy light.
  • Bush Game (Flash, NSFW)
    • An anti-Bush video game that is definitely not safe for work.
    • Bush & Co. team up with Voltron to exercise dominance over the world. You must win back the America you know and love with the help of Hulk Hogan.
    • Looooong intro animation.
  • Navy Phonetic Alphabet
    • Learn ‘em and use ‘em to talk to your friends!
    • Example: Whiskey—Tango—Foxtrot? (thanks, Ryan)
  • Republican Survivor (Flash)
    • Nitwit, Payoff, Outsource — This is the trailer, they’re actually planning weekly cartoons. Get your pass to see each cartoon and participate in voting the Republicans off the island!
  • I Love Death (Flash, NSFW)
    • Definitely not safe for work (NSFW), depicts cartoon sex, violence and masturbation. And that’s just in the first 10 seconds.
    • On the other hand, a catchy tune and depressing/darkly humorus comment on life.
  • Remarks By Al Gore, May 26, 2004
    • More disturbing still was their frequent use of the word “dominance” to describe their strategic goal, because an American policy of dominance is as repugnant to the rest of the world as the ugly dominance of the helpless, naked Iraqi prisoners has been to the American people. Dominance is as dominance does.
    • When a business enterprise finds itself in deep trouble that is linked to the failed policies of the current CEO the board of directors and stockholders usually say to the failed CEO, “Thank you very much, but we’re going to replace you now with a new CEO — one less vested in a stubborn insistence on staying the course, even if that course is, in the words of General Zinni, “Headed over Niagara Falls.”
    • Long, but a worthy read. This is the sort of eloquence we could have had. It’s a call to hold those in power responsible. Like they said they were going to be.
  • MTV Won’t Advertise Super Size Me
    • MTV claims to still be in negotiations, but the film company claims the ads were rejected.
    • Last night I took Maggie to see Super Size Me and she loved it. I tried to pay attention to bias this time around. Yes, the film has an obvious point of view, but he did a decent job letting some people speak for themselves (As when the lawyer for the girls in the recent anti-McD lawsuit was pretty straightforward that his motivation was monetary compensation) (thanks Patti )
    • I’ve worked at McD’s and met some of my best friends because of that experience.
    • A big part of the problem is how kids are inundated by the advertising of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Seems like curtailing TV would really help with that. There isn’t one answer to this complex problem, and the film doesn’t try to sell it as a simple thing.
  • Eric Idle’s FCC Song (MP3, NSFW)
    • The Pythonite gives his opinion of the FCC and the Bush administration. (Thanks, Mike)
    • Fuck you very much, dear Mr. Bush…
  • Murray: Martial Arts Monkey (Flash)
    • To the tune of Jungle Boogie, the monkey is a kung-fu hero!
  • Giant Index of Science Jokes
    • A neutron walks into a bar. “I’d like a beer” he says. The bartender promptly serves up a beer. “How much will that be?” asks the neutron. “For you?” replies the bartender, “no charge”
Posted by James at May 28, 2004 10:50 AM
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For me, the most disturbing part of Supersize Me was the situation in school cafeterias. I was upset about that even before the movie, though. Giving kids unlimited access to fast food at school seems like a good way to ensure that they develop the worst possible dietary habits as early as possible.

Posted by: Julie at May 28, 2004 12:35 PM

I loved Eric Idle's ditty. Made my day.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 28, 2004 12:49 PM

It was clear in the film that the teachers, administrators and lunch people assumed that the kids were eating healthy (as a way to make themselves feel better about their lunch programs.)

If someone bought two bags of chips, they assumed two people were eating the chips. If all they bought was fries, they assumed the kids had brought a healthy lunch from home to go with them.

The reality (as shown in the film) was that the kids buying 2 bags of chips were eating them alone, and the girl who bought the fires had only brought in a can of Coke from home.

Sadder still was that the "alternative school" (read, the school for troubled children) was able to provide healthy meals to their students for close to the same cost as the junk food. Why aren't all schools doing it? Pressure from the companied like Sodexho which don't want to lose the contracts.

-JP

Posted by: James at May 28, 2004 1:24 PM

BTW - Sodexho runs UMass Dartmouth's dining services.

Recently they re-worked the entire Dining Services area.

Where the North Alcove used to be is now the Sky Grille serving flame broiled hambirgers and fries.

To be fair, they also offer a grilled portabello mushroom burger. The food is tastier there than ever before. And that's great. By the time you get to college, you should be able to figure out what's healthy for you.

The question is, with lousy food in schools and a constant barrage of fast food advertising, are kids ready to make good choices by the time they get to that age, or have they already gotten their health off to a bad start?

-JP

Posted by: James at May 28, 2004 1:32 PM

Sodexho runs the cafeteria at Genzyme, and they offer a stunning variety of choices.

Bottom line, it's all in how much you want to pay. Nobody wants to pay for teacher salaries, for god's sake, so they're sure not going to pay more for food.

We have a screwed up way of funding education (and other important things) in this country. Americans don't know what they want, but they know they want a LOT of it, and it should be free or really cheap.

Nobody wants to pay for anything, but everybody wants to have it.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 28, 2004 1:38 PM

McDonalds has made it really cheap to buy crappy food.

It didn't start out cheap -- they manufactured the demand. They have a huge effect on the beef industry and the current chicken industry is largely a result of the invention of the Chicken McNugget. As a result of their efforts, they have created cheaper chicken and beef.

I'm not going to say it's necessarily McDonalds' reponsibility to push healthy food. However, who is to say that expensive fruits and vegetables couldn't be made cheaper if they were given the same attention that McD's gave to beef and chicken?

Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: James at May 28, 2004 1:49 PM

I have to say I loved "My First Boner." Very Schoolhouse Rock!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 28, 2004 2:50 PM

Interesting idea, James (about the vegetables).

Posted by: Julie at May 28, 2004 2:53 PM

Is that bush for lord site satire or for real?

sick humor I think. good to post that their are wackos like that out their. Christ would kick their asses I think at this point.

Posted by: saj at May 28, 2004 9:50 PM

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