Wacky eh? Link
A washing machine complete with a warning not to put anybody inside has been given an award for the "wackiest warning" by a US lobby group.
The Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch says the tendency of Americans to sue companies has gone too far, encouraging absurd warning labels on products.
But others say warning labels can play a role in protecting the public.
An engine manufacturer which warned "Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level" won second prize.
Warnings not to dry wet mobile phones in microwave ovens and not to iron lottery tickets tied for third place.
Honorable mentions went to a phonebook which advised: "Please do not use this directory while operating a moving vehicle".
Jon Stewart... Link.
The link has a nice essay at common dreams about Jon Stewart's Gandhian struggle.
Jon Stewart wages a daily satyagraha, an on-going nonviolent struggle in which he clings to the truth, Gandhi-style, making us laugh as he gets us to think. As a result, Stewart, on his fake news show, often does a better job revealing what's going on in the world than the real news media. That's why so many young people turn to his show for their daily news, and that's why I'm glued to the boob tube every night.
Now, let me be the first to say, Jon Stewart is no Gandhi. Moments of profound wisdom are interspersed on his show with fart jokes and penis humor only a twelve-year-old boy could really enjoy. And I'm writing with tongue at least partially planted in cheek, as I sincerely doubt Stewart ever gathered his writers together and proclaimed, "Hey, kids! Let's put on a Gandhian show!" One of the beauty's of Gandhi's method, however, is that anybody, even a late night comedian on basic cable, can use it, albeit in this case unwittingly.
Think about the underlying truths hiding in what appear at first to be casually tossed off one-liners: "War-in many ways it's the only remaining obstacle to peace." Or (as a professor this one's my personal favorite) on the Iraq Study Group report: "I'm glad they got a study group together, but the test was three years ago."
I also liked one of his memorable exchanges from the daily show...
When Anderson Cooper told him CNN has a "sense of mission," Stewart asked, "When's it gonna show on air?" His tenacity in holding on to the truth as his interviewees try to spin it showed clearly when he debated marriage with Bill Bennett:Preznit's Iraq Speech
JS: Why not encourage gay people to join in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?
BB: Well, I think...gay people are already members of families. They're sons and they're daughters.
JS: So that's where the buck stops? That's the gay ceiling.
BB: Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a woman.
JS: I disagree. I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
Well we know what he is gonna say, but the thing that bothers me.. He is gonna propose a 1 billion dollar jobs program for Iraqis. To put this in context, we are cutting money for public housing in the US. While driving home I heard on the radio that the public housing authority in Philadelphia is laying off some 300 hundred workers which includes police officers, case workers and maintenance folks. The reason? They have gotten only 75% of the normal amount that they get from the federal government.
Not a surprise that the poor are getting shafted is it? The rich must get their tax cuts because they are so burdened. Iraqis get job programs while our own citizens get screwed. I am gonna watch his speech but I will have some wine or something to ease my pain of having to watch, but watch I must.
Nerd & Edible Sutras..
The last in the series I promise. Link..