Friday, March 13, 2009

Jerks Die Younger

The next time some jerk is yelling at you for no good reason, you can smile, knowing that they'll be off the planet sooner than you.

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that people who are angry and exhibit hostility have a 19% higher risk of dying from coronary artery disease -- i.e. a heart attack.

The average person hopes that future studies will show an increased risk.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sexualization of Young Girls

I was at the Thursday night street market, where every week on Saipan you'll find food vendors and live entertainment.  Tonight, a dance schools performed.  I'll tell you, it was a sad scene.  There were kids, girls, six, seven, eight years old, dressed like teenagers, with short skirts, makeup, and shin-high boots, and dancing suggestively to lyrics like "Let's make love, ooh, baby, let's make love."

When did this happen?  When did parents start looking the other way, and give their assent to the sexualization of their young girls?  It's like they all went out for a walk, let some stranger called  a dance instructor come into their house, and in the name of "developing talent" twist their kids into these vacant performers.  It disgusts me.  What happened to protecting innocence?  What are these parents thinking?  Do they think this is okay?  To have their young daughters thrusting their pelvises while lip-synching these overtly sexual lyrics?  I don't get it.