Mika vs. The World – Royal Newsroom Rumble

Posted in Politics, Video by collinevan on July 3, 2007

The internet loves journalist breakdowns. This one in particular is pretty amazing.

Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC is given a lead to report on the Paris Hilton emergence from her jail sentence. How does she handle it? She refuses to report on it. Unluckily for her, she’s sitting across the table from Joe Scarborough of MSNBC show “Scarborough Country”. Talk about calling someone out.

For the record, I have to partially agree with Mika and her irrationality. Paris Hilton is not a piece of news worthy of anything more than ratings and money. Of course, that’s what we’re going to get reports on, right? Hey, in the end it’s easy to see why our country is in political self-denial and misunderstood, right?

I guess in the end it’s all about being informed, no matter what the case is.


Putin on the Risk

Posted in Food, Politics by collinevan on July 1, 2007

Lobster is apparently good. I don’t eat it because I know what a danger it is! President Bush, however, doesn’t.

This weekend Russian president Vladimir Putin is making his way to the Bush’s summer home for a “lobster summit” where relationships will be strengthened, ideas discussed, and lobster will be consumed. News reports state that the gathering is to be a casual setting where this tenuous relationship can plant new seeds. Seafood and politics, mmm.

Well Bush hasn’t quite reeled in the masses to his policies in the decline of his administration, but now he has lobster activists to worry about. In diligently investigating the selfish shellfish extravaganza, I came upon a website called “Lobster Liberation” which aims to prove that lobsters should not be for human consumption because it puts both lobsters and Humans at risk. To quote the site:

“Like the flesh of other animals, lobster flesh is loaded with excessive protein and cholesterol. A 6- to 8-ounce serving of lobster flesh contains 120 to 180 ml of cholesterol—comparable to an average serving of tenderloin.

Fish and shellfish often accumulate extremely high levels of toxins in their flesh (as much as 9 million times that of the water in which they live) such as PCB’s, dioxins, mercury, lead, and arsenic, which can cause health problems ranging from kidney damage and impaired mental development to cancer and even death. Lobster livers, or “tomalley,” which some people consider a “delicacy,” are especially dangerous. The high doses of toxins concentrated in the livers can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Symptoms range from numbness in the lips to dizziness, nausea, impaired breathing, and choking. Seafood consumption is also the number one cause of food-borne illness: Eating lobsters and other sea animals is like playing Russian roulette with your health.”

Well how’s that for foreign relations. Not to mention the incredible lobster industry output every year to consumers. Does our economy support a fatal habit? Is President Bush locking Putin into a hazardous corner to position himself for diplomatic advantage? Does anyone care about the fish?

I’d say, if anything, feed Putin a bunch of turkey and warm milk to make him sleepy. Then Bush can pop open some grape soda, flip on old tapes of Xena, and flex his political muscles on his love sac.


People dying at the hands of a huge lobster, very fatal.