Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Well, the food Nazis are at it again.  Trying to interfere with the free market by pretending there’s some problem with our school lunches.  They’re the enemy of value added, and want to take us back to a time when frumpy lunch ladies actually cooked food!  Nobody’s gonna do THAT anymore!

In some schools, we now have large, successful food companies (like Philly’s own ARAmark) who are in business to make money, create jobs and feed our kids in a wholesome, cost-effective way.   They are emblematic of how private industry is helping our public schools — helping to get rid of entitled union employees cooking in the cafeteria kitchen.  We should trust these experts to provide school lunches to our most precious resource – our children.

According to Lucy Komisar, writing in the New York Times (that liberal rag!):

“…Michigan Department of Education, for example, gets free raw chicken worth $11.40 a case and sends it for processing into nuggets at $33.45 a case. The schools in San Bernardino, Calif., spend $14.75 to make French fries out of $5.95 worth of potatoes.”

SEE!! Value added (so what if there’s a few empty calories added as well)!

Don’t let some liberal feed you the line about childhood obesity or chronic illness from eating overly processed food.  Everyone knows a little baby fat is cute!  And lower test scores in the schools that serve processed foods….Why do you hate America’s food?!?!

If the school district receives 1 chicken for free and then buys it back as nuggets from the food processor for $10.00, how much money did it save?


Isn’t Blue Cross siphoning off enough of our hard-earned money for human health insurance?  Now they want to sell us pet insurance!?!

Yes, now Rover and Kitty can also pay outrageous premiums so veterinarians can share in the bureaucratic fun associated with “health” insurance companies.  But to be fair, perhaps Blue Cross just really cares about pets as much as they care about people.  They are setting up a new charitable foundation to provide more nursing scholarships AND to help poor uninsured people.  The grant amounts to low-income clinics will be comparable to what the IBX CEO donates to Republicans in a year.

Let’s just hope that some pet lovers don’t have to give up their own insurance to cover their furry friends.  On the other hand, pet insurance IS cheaper than the human kind, and with premiums skyrocketing maybe our only hope for seeing a medical professional in the future will be if we’re listed as Spot’s beneficiary….

American Healthcare -- An Impurrfect System




Ha, ha, Inqy, very punny headline.  Though it’s true, when discussing Christie’s candidacy, the 400 pound gorilla in the room…well, that’s Chris…but, um…what we’re trying to say is that his weight is always a subtext.  That’s just America and we’re obsessed with weight.

 But the portly, presidential precedent has been promulgated and it’s clear he’s not too FAT to be president.  Though he may be too OBNOXIOUS

Gormander in Chief?

Okay, now it’s official.  City Council is only concerned with bullsh*t.  PLOP stands for exactly what it sounds like….

Brings to mind that quote, "The law is a ass."


 But let’s take a closer look at this Save Our Pools thing…the last thing you want in a swimming pool is dookie – any sort of dookie.  So why in god’s name would you come up with a fundraiser involving excrement?!?  And if you’re going to do such a thing, you might as well go whole hog and (as a colleague suggests) find some cute, Seussian rhymes to get your message out there.  Isn’t it obvious that POOL rhymes with STOOL…

Gives a whole new meaning to “Killadelphia”…

Once again we’re number one:  we’re fat, we’re dumb, and now we’re poisonous!  Now, it should be stressed that we had some help with this win by including Camden and Wilmington, so the “metropolitan statistical area” surveyed for this ranking goes beyond the City of Brotherly Love.  But no sense squabbling over details.  We are the biggest player so we’re claiming this honor for ourselves.

I’m sure that something good will come out of all this.  Our elected officials will now be embarrassed into insuring our improved environmental health going forward.

The R.I. P-stone State

Last January, New York City solicited (no pun intended) new designs for the wrapper of the condoms doled out by their health department.  Philly may actually be a “sexier” place than NYC (based on government STD data) so sponsoring its own condom contest isn’t a bad idea

The winning New York design is simple and understated.  I suspect the Philly entries may be a little more in your face.  The contest ends on January 14th and you can enter here

We were able to obtain some early design entries that were rejected immediately – though we’re not sure why these didn’t pass muster.  Maybe some violated copyright?  Anyway,  until the actual winner is announced later this year, enjoy!

Guess these designs couldn't even make it to first base...

Everyone would have called him William Penis. But everyone enjoys a long roll...

And the accolades just keep coming…Men’s Health Magazine has ranked Philly dead last in the “healthiest American cities” category.  (But a quick look at the web story’s comments section reveals just how bogus the readers consider their “research”.)  Women’s Health Magazine appears to concur with the results (though I suspect they used the same “research” techniques).

There are a lot of these sorts of surveys knocking around.  The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks Philly (including Camden and Wilmington no less) 80th out of 162 metropolitan areas in physical health.  Which isn’t great, but not as bad as the current Men’s Health opinion.

Travel and Leisure magazine also ranks us quite low in the Athletic/Active category.

I’m not sure this walkable, bikeable city is really any more unhealthy than your average rust-belt metropolis.  I think maybe we’re just different…Perhaps we could begin to change our fate by first updating our food pyramid…


Philly came in second place to New York, yet again…But for once, THAT’S A GOOD THING!

And a national bedbug convention was held in Chicago last week to try and get a handle on this nationwide scourge.  In the meantime, lets hope we continue to fall in the rankings!