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I haven't seen the first three parts, but I watched the trailer for the series and all of part 4. I tortured myself by sitting through the whole thing just so I could report back to you guys! And also leave HAES-friendly literature behind for participants and organizers.

Here's a slightly modified version of what I just posted to Facebook:

Went to a showing of Part 4 of the "Weight of the Nation" (Obesity Epidemic Panic Oh My) documentary, followed by discussion, last night. It wasn't as bad as I expected, but I did write down at least 6 pieces of misleading to downright factually incorrect information, plus more subtle un-truths through graphics. And our tax money paid for this crap. I did like the discussion of food politics (farm subsidies, food marketing & advertisment, etc.) and the focus on shaping cities to be more friendly toward exercise.

Factually incorrect: The next generation of children will have shorter lives than us because of obesity. UNTRUE. We've been living longer and longer as we get fatter, and the next generation of children is projected to have a longer lifespan.

Factually incorrect: The people shown in the opening credits are typical of the average overweight or obese American. FALSE. The people pictured and quoted at the opening of each episode are well in excess of 35 BMI, some well over 50 BMI. Those people comprise 8 percent or less of all overweight or obese Americans. Most "overweight" Americans would have been in the normal range before the government changed the definition of "overweight" in 1998 from a cut-off of 27 to a cut-off of 25.

Factually incorrect: The number of calories consumed per person has skyrocked by hundreds from the 1960s to the present. FALSE. The numbers often cited by the anti-obesity crusaders refers NOT to calories consumed but calories PRODUCED and they rarely make it clear that many of the food calories produced are a) fed to livestock or b) diverted to industrial use (i.e. soybeans) and not consumed.

Factually incorrect: Most overweight and fat people are that way because they're out of control with food. FALSE. Many studies have shown that we have a set range of weight, and it's hard to eat ourselves much fatter or starve oursevles much thinner because our body clings to that set point/set range. Google "Ancel Keys" and do some reading.

Factually incorrect: Commentator points to all the fast food joints on a block and says "You could eat your way to obesity just on this block." FALSE. You cannot eat your way to obesity. Even the NIH's own info suggests that our genes account for anywere from 60 to 80 percent of the variation in body sizes and shapes.


Also, folks from the Association for Size Diversity and Health contacted the documentary makers, asking to include some information about "Health at Every Size" and were rebuffed. That's too bad, because an HAES approach has been showed to be effective in dealing with metabolic disorders regardless of how much weight is loss (even if it's none).

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I had been wanting to attend one of these for a while and finally got around to it last week. If you're from SE Michigan and like euchre, I recommend it! I reviewed the tourney I went to on my blog, here.
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Today's blog post is a review of the live music program at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

If that's not your cup of tea (har-har), then stay tuned, because tentative upcoming reviews will cover monthly storytelling events, a community band performance and a fund-raising euchre tournament.

It's been fun that I've been having people give me ideas for reviews or even offering to accompany me to events that I could review. Who knew starting a blog would improve my social life?

I Did it So You Don't Have To: Is that event you've heard about worth it? I'll check it out and let you know!
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This is mainly targeted at local-to-me folks, but I'm not filtering it in case some of my friends from afar want to read it as well.

I started a blog about going to some of those events you see listed on community calendars and finding out if they're really worth attending.

So far, I just have up an introductory post explaining the concept and parameters and one post reviewing the current "Bad Habits" exhibit at the Museum on Main.

I'll be reviewing exhibits, musical events, classes and workshops, etc. and providing insider tips to help you get full enjoyment from them. So far, all the posts I have planned are positive, but if something is really suck-tastic and not worth the trip, I'll be sure to document that as well.

Feel free to read, follow, and pass around the link to "I Did It So You Don't Have To"!
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My mortgage file at Bank of America probably has a private note that says, "Wife is a mega-bitch - handle her with caution!" but they acceded to all my demands - revoked late fee, no damage to credit report, apology for our trouble. Thus, while I can't say I'm "pleased" I can say I'm placated.

Apparently, they're a little embarassed by making the #1 spot on the Customer Hall of Shame for 2011- up from the #2 spot in 2010 and are trying to improve their image. Good luck, BOA.
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Man almost loses home to foreclosure after 80-cent payment error.

I'm not surprised at this AT ALL. We have a SPOTLESS credit report, and Bank of America sent us to debt collection over a matter of less than $40 after it was less than 10 days overdue, and the issue was at least 50 percent their fault (issue with setting up auto bill-pay). As soon as we're able to pay our mortgage down a little, we are withdrawing all of our business, incuding checking, from BOA and putting it solely into a local credit union.

Most of my posts here are friends-locked, but I am making this public (and cross-posting widely) to cause BOA the maximum embarrassment possible. F*ck Bank of America.

Please feel free to pass this link, which should embarrass every BOA employee in the nation, on and distribute it widely.
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Dear Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, Netflix,

When I received your letter of Sept. 18, 2011, I had to double-check that I hadn't fallen through a time portal and it was really April 1.

"Qwikster"? Seriously? Are you shitting me?

Sincerely,

Your former customer
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I mentioned in my post about "Typhon's Children" that it looked like toni Anzetti stopped writing after the sequel to that book. However, after some googling, I found that "Toni Anzetti" is a pseudonym, and the author has written a few more books under her real name, Ann Zeddies. One is a mystery novel, so probably not of interest to my husband, J., who is the main target of this post, but she did write at least one other sci-fi novel that touches on some of her common themese about the evolution of humanity: Steel Helix.
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And another math history-related post from yours truly...

Somebody has made a documentary about Alan Turing (whose biography I'm reading right now), but they haven't gotten distribution set up for it yet. I really hope it comes together because it looks quite interesting...
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I believe the character of math prodigy (and later professor) Amita Ramanujan was named in honor of the self-taught mathematical genius Srinivas Ramanujan.


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In light of recent current events, I feel it's time for this patriotic gem.


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I'm especially aiming this at [livejournal.com profile] custardfairy because I know she's been on a Frida Kahlo kick, but others may find it of interest as well.

While in Vegas, we went to the art gallery inside the Bellagio. They have several Picassos and a couple of Renoirs and a Degas and some works by other very famous artist. One artist that was new to me, though, was Yasumasa Morimura. He remakes famous piece of art/pop art and inserts himself into them. I particularly like his series of Frida Kahlo pictures. 

This is the one in the Bellagio's collection that we got to see.
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Just a little update on some of the cool stuff I've been covering, for those who are interested in my writing career:

Probably the piece I'm most proud of is writing the cover story for Crazy Wisdom Journal: Gay and Lesbian Spiritual and Family Life in Ann Arbor: A Look at Evolving Attitudes and Practices at Local Churches, Temples, Dharma Centers and Spiritual Communities

This took months of writing and research, and I talked to at least 15 different people from faith traditions ranging from Unitarian to Reform Jewish to Hindu to Zen Buddhist to Quaker.

I've also written some other fun pieces for local publications: 

Local organic clothing retailer earns award
Just FYI, I don't get to write headlines, and this would better read "earns certification." Maggie's Organics, based in my hometown of Ypsilanti, was the THIRD EVER clothing retailer in the entire world to get fair trade certification. And, she helped write the standards. Pretty neat!

Jennifer Green finds her niche at Packard Health as patient advocate
Nice, uplifting story...

Executive Profile: Shelly Kovacs, director of the Office of Student Services in the School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan
Kinesiology: It's about more than just being a Phys Ed major!

This is an oldie-but-goodie that seems appropriate for this time of year:
A Real Northerner's Guide to Snow Shoveling

 


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We watched "Kickass" not that long ago and enjoyed it. Apparently, the idea of amateur superheroes deciding to protect a city isn't that far-fetched. This page has unfortunate and obnoxious pop-up ads, but the story is pretty interesting:

Police alerted to 'superheroes' patrolling Seattle
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I thought this Body Impolitic blog post was interesting. Marlene (trans guest blogger) says that she understands why the GLBT crowd is disappointed with Obama's performance but says that there have been several "wins" for transgender people under his administration.
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If you're in Michigan and want to explore some cool places in your own state or if you're out of state and thinking of vacationing here, I can make a few recommendations!

We just took a lovely mini-vacation to northeastern Michigan and had a really nice time.

First, we went to hike around a series of sinkholes near the Shoepack Lake State Forest, just outside of Atlanta, Mich. This area is loaded with fantastic scenery. There were a lot of steps to get down to one of the sinkholes and then back up again, but we had fantastic weather for it.

Then, we drove down scenic M-32 to the city of Alpena. And, what I want to know is, why didn't anyone ever tell me how pretty Alpena, right on Lake Huron, is? They have some ugly commercial strip mall areas, but the large residential area off M-32 is pretty, with lots of big Victorian homes. And they have really gorgeous lakefront parks which we did explore, and a maritime museum and a lighthouse that we didn't get a chance to explore. We stayed there overnight at a hotel and then drove south down M-23 the next day.

I can also recommend taking the scenic tour of lakefront and lighthouses along Lake Huron. We saw the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, which has a historic one-room schoolhouse (Bailey School) right next to it, and the Tawas Point Lighthouse. In addition to looking at the lighthouse, we also hiked the 2-mile (very rustic) Sandy Hook Trail.

Today, we've been out picking raspberries, and now J. is mowing the lawn. I LOVE being outdoors and being active at this time of year!
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Itasca School suspends 12-year-old boy for long hair

Well, that's complete double-standard bullshit. Are they going to start sending girls home for wearing slacks next?
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Bushy-bearded Titi Monkey sounds like an insult, doesn't it? But they're so cute!

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