Friday, March 09, 2007

Steve Rogers - RIP

Just a few weeks back, I commented on Marvel’s Civil War, and why I felt it ended on a relatively strong note because Marvel didn’t off a major character for shock value. We all know Marvel’s afterlife has a revolving door, and no one who matters stays dead for long. So what would be the point in killing an icon?

Well, as most of you have heard by now (and there are spoilers ahead, if you have been living under a rock this week), Captain America was assassinated by a gunman’s bullet in issue 25 of his own book. Even talking heads have been commenting on it!

As many folks have already stated, there is no way Captain America will be gone for long. Heck, at the end of Civil War, they alluded to the fact that another hero may have already taken up the mantle left by Steve Rodgers.

I will give Marvel this much: I am very excited about the next few years within their fictional universe. Starting this week, they have started publishing a new monthly book titled “The Initiative”, which documents Iron Man’s government program to establish a trained super hero team in every state across America. Marvel may have actually produced a crossover that does make significant changes in their world.

Likelihood of Success

Having left Dean’s World, Ron Coleman has set up an all-purpose blog at Likelihood of Success. Good stuff; definitely worth checking out. His newest post is about everyone’s favorite soon-to-be dictator, Hugo Chavez.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Government Study Stupidity

A recent government study found that youngsters in America are working in “hazardous” conditions. I call bullshit on this study.

The first national study to interview teenagers about on-the-job dangers found many violations of federal laws, including sizable numbers performing risky tasks…”

I already doubt the accuracy of this study based on this fact: teenagers lie. It isn’t their fault, they just can’t help it. The same thing is often done when they conduct surveys about sex from this target group. They need to feel like they are more adult, or more dangerous than they are, so kids talk up all the sex they are having or that they think is happening. In my experience working with teenagers, I can attest their need to sound “adult” in this realm. Just asking kids questions, especially over the phone, without actually checking the validity of their statements, is a pretty stupid way to conduct a good study.

Then there are legal guidelines that I didn’t even know about, such as this one:

“_37 percent of teens under age 16 said they had worked after 7 p.m. on a school night, a violation of federal rules for that age group.”

Well fudge me in the ear, I apparently was involved in “on the job dangers” routinely in high school. I worked putting pool covers over the public pools after lap swim, and it took till 8 or 9 on a few occasions. I didn’t feel violated or endangered. But hey, that’s the lay apparently.

“_One-third of all the teens said they had received no safety training on the job.”

I don’t buy this for a second. A better response would have been “I don’t remember receiving safety training.”

Now, this isn’t to say there isn’t some truth in the argument that working at night is not great for students in high school, but to suggest our youth are all caught in Dickens-like work environments is pretty stupid. If anything, high school students should all have to work minimum wage jobs in the evening so that they have a good reason to stay in school and study!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

But I am a Liberal blog: A-Ok to Chinese Government!

This blog is not banned in China. Damn, I guess I am not being subversive enough then!

(Heads up to An Insomniac)