Obesity is shaping up as the epidemic of the 21st century according to an Australian Obesity Summit. Of particular concern is children's obesity with claims that puppy fat is a myth and obesity is likely to continue into adulthood. Yet authorities have dogged the opportunity to regulate 'pester' advertising whereby young children are being cynically manipulated to harass parents into buying junk food. A true epidemic, or a misuse of language?
A taxi passenger this week was a principal of a rehabilitation facility for sex-offenders. She claimed that with appropriate treatment the recidivism rate for sex-offenders was around 13%. I didn't believe her. Furthermore, she claimed that common criminals like robbers, druggies and physical assaulters had a much higher recidivism rate (around 60%) than sex-offenders. She was right.
The overnight news that 911 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui got life is much better than the death penalty. Not that I'm opposed to the death penalty per se, but in his case life sucks. Moussaoui will remain incarcerated for the rest of his miserable life to rue the missed opportunity of martyrdom and a virgin banquet. Now that's a true bitch.
The other overnight news which really pleased me is that former Premier Jeff Kennet is considering re-entering Victorian politics, after the demise of the current Liberal leader. Why ? Because left-wing bloggers have become stale and boring of late. Kennet is sure to give them new motivation to be 'outraged/appalled'. RWDB's rejoice at the prospect.
Hey Bloggers! Blog on to my blogtastic blog!!! sneers Jim Schembri, under the guise of (lame) satire. He inadvertently demonstrates why many journalists despise bloggers. Namely cabbies, bouncers, the homeless; anyone who can put two words together can publish and gain a readership. What are you afraid of Jim, losing your hallowed status?