November 3, 2005

You and James Read the News

(Yes, you do. Not much in the way of amusing headlines today, however.)

Riots in Paris

Don’t skip over this entry. It’s not “Rugrats in Paris” — it’s “Riots.” Seven straight days of riots in Paris suburbs and, even though I’ve turned on CNN and Fox a couple of times (a couple of times more than usual) I haven’t seen this story on TV in the last 7 days. After a week, though, we’re finally seeing some of it.

I think if there were similar riots in New York it would be reported all over the world. The news media baffles me.

Nonsmoking actor puffed up to 50 cigarettes a day

Apparently, David Strathairn took up smoking because cigarettes were an important prop in his role as Edward R. Murrow.

News Flash: a lot of people smoke because of their jobs. But not too many of them take up smoking while playing a guy who died of lung cancer in his 50’s.

Democrats Seek a Shift to Issues That Will Favor Them

When Republicans are doing any sort of political maneuvering, it’s always hidden under some rock somewhere and lately seems to involve breaking the law. When Democrats practice politics, it’s headline news.

King Kong Looks Awesome

OK, it’s not really news. It’s a web trailer. But still. Peter Jackson, a giant ape and Naomi Watts. What’s not to like?

Fake Drug Doesn’t Need Trademark Protection

Panexa is a fake drug.

The two fellows who made it up can’t sell parody T-shirts of it on CafePress because CafePress is afraid it violates a trademark… What? The lawyers must have told them to shoot first and ask questions later.

Posted by James at November 3, 2005 9:29 AM
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a lot of people smoke because of their jobs.

BTW: I am not one of them.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2005 9:33 AM

Oh, there's an ape in that movie? I must have missed that.

Posted by: Mike L. at November 3, 2005 9:48 AM

"Do not taunt Panexa." LOL!!! It's no Proloxil, though.

50 cigarettes a day is an awful lot. I wonder if Panexa can minimize the health risks. ;-)

Posted by: Julie at November 3, 2005 9:54 AM

Panexa helped him quit, cold turkey, as soon as the filming was done.

I don't get to see enough movies these days. Sadly, Kong may not even make my rental list.

And the Democrat thin IS news. When was the last time this party showed any real fight or teeth?

Posted by: briwei at November 3, 2005 10:47 AM

Yes - the closed session is news. But I thought this headline (and story) about Democrats seeking a shift in issues to be interesting, considereing we rarely see stories reported as "Republican Administration Raises Terror Level To Shift Issues."

BTW - they've worn that one out, which is why you don't really see the terror level being jerked around like mad anymore.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2005 11:03 AM

Julie reads the news too, and this is what she found on CNN concerning some emails that were written by former FEMA paperweight Michael Brown. These must be read to be believed.

Actually, reading may still leave you feeling incredulous, but if you remember the pandemonium around New Orleans a few months ago, you'll believe it.

Posted by: Julie at November 3, 2005 12:10 PM

Well, this is the same Brownie whose staff complained that he would need more time to eat "at a restaraunt of his choosin" while people were starving in the Convention Center.

Posted by: briwei at November 3, 2005 1:30 PM

If you say "brownie" again, I fear I will eat some junk food that I will regret.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2005 1:36 PM

"I tried all different kinds of tobacco to see which would be the least crippling and I ended up with pipe tobacco."

When I was a teenager, I worked for a brief time in a pharmacy, where the pharmacist was a pipe-smoker. I used to badger him to quit, and his reply was always the same: mouth cancer can't kill you. Guess he didn't like reading stats, such as these from the American Cancer Society:

About 90% of people with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer use tobacco, and the risk of developing these cancers increases with the amount smoked or chewed and duration of the habit.

Smokers are 6 times more likely than nonsmokers to develop these cancers. About 37% of patients who persist in smoking after apparent cure of their cancer will develop second cancers of oral cavity, oropharynx, or larynx, compared with only 6% of those who stop smoking.

Tobacco smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes can cause cancers anywhere in the oral cavity or oropharynx, as well as causing cancers of the larynx, lungs, esophagus, kidneys, bladder, and several other organs. In addition, pipe smoking has a particularly significant risk for cancers in the area of the lips that contact the pipestem.

Eighty-one percent of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer patients survive at least 1 year after diagnosis. For all stages combined, the 5-year relative survival rate is 59% and the 10-year survival rate is 44%. These survival rates have not changed much in the past 20 years. If the cancer is found early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year relative survival rate is around 81%. If it has spread to lymph nodes, the relative 5-year survival rate drops to 51%.

(Oropharyngeal cancer develops in the part of the throat just behind the mouth, called the oropharynx.)

Back when I was a) a smoker and b) single, someone I dated told me, "Kissing you is like kissing an ash tray."

So glad I quit 16 years ago. Yuck.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2005 2:09 PM

And had this person kissed many ashtrays? I can see why you dumped him. ;-)

Posted by: briwei at November 3, 2005 2:24 PM

Honestly, it was so long ago, I don't remember who it was or who dumped whom. But, hey, who cares, right? I've got Bob and a really nice ring.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2005 2:39 PM

I have, on occasion, been paid to perform, to develop characters who smoke, drink, curse, and many other unpleasantnesses. The hardest thing to do on stage is smoke. As an actor, you have to be acutely aware of your body in ways you certainly aren't in day-to-day commerce. And smoke (not just smoking) must become a part of your characterization: where it goes, how long you hold it in, puff it out. Because the camera is unforgiving, the characterization must be even more honest. Straithairn brilliantly captures the chain-smoker in Murrow, playing that he wants that nicotine as much as he wants the truth from McCarthy. That means he uses the tools of his trade effectively. I hope he quit easily. But since film is very stop-and-go, I doubt he actually smoked a whole cigarette from first light to last drag, the way Murrow did.

Posted by: ThirdMate at November 3, 2005 3:06 PM

True. And I've even known "chain smokers" who will light a cigarette, take a puff, put it down, and do something while the thing burns up in the ashtray. Not really smoking, exactly.

Posted by: Julie at November 3, 2005 3:47 PM

My dad was really bad. He'd light a new cigarette with the butt of a previous one!

I was never that bad.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 3, 2005 3:51 PM

I'm really looking forward to seeing that film. But it will probably be a rental.

Yeah, I hope he was able to quit easily, too.

Posted by: James at November 3, 2005 6:55 PM

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