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Qatar = Bad Idea
December 10, 2010

Rumors are a-mill about the 2022 World Cup being moved to January.  What a bad idea!  Listen, I’m all for the underdog.  The little guy.  The small country that is smaller than Connecticut.  Sure, it’s great that Qatar got the bid.  But in the wake of the excitement, there are a few things to really consider:

  • For more than half the year, Qatar is an oven.  Not an Easy-Bake Oven, either.  An oven just below the sun that doesn’t need to be powered by gas because the sun is sitting right above it and heating it up.  That kind of oven.  The average daily high during the summer is 115°F.  And absolutely no rain.  I’m thirsty just thinking about it.  Not to mention global warming.  I’m sure by 2022, the average temperature will be more like 125°F.
  • As part of the bid, the Qatar delegation promised to construct nine new stadiums and renovate three others.  This will cost approximately $4 billion, but does not include the $50 billion in infrastructure costs the country will undertake in order to handle the crowds that the World Cup will bring – an approximated doubling of their population.
  • The stadiums they are building are going to be air-conditioned open-air buildings.  NOT DOMES?  Really?  REALLY?  How is that going to be at all economical?  AND: forget about the final trophy, the real prize will be avoiding skin cancer.  Qatar officials say their system of roof-top solar thermal panels will get the temperature down to 80°F on the field.  Maybe I’m spoiled, but that’s still pretty warm.
I don’t know. I’m torn.  It’s great that the Middle East is going to get a bunch of new tourism, but why wouldn’t Dubai have gone for it?  Qatar is still developing.  Sure, this will give them incentive to develop faster, but at what cost?  Well, $50 billion, I guess!  What do you think?  Should one of the other bidding countries (USA, Australia, South Korea) have gotten the bid, or was this a good choice?
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Four Loko gets CANNED!
November 15, 2010

(ba-dum-chhhh!)

So yeah, I read in the paper today that Four Loko is now officially outlawed in three states, and the last shipment is coming to NY on Friday.  I am thinking… amazing business opportunity.  Let’s stock up on that shit and sell it on the DL!  I had this same plan for Girl Scout cookies.  You know, for during the off-season.

Part of the headline explains that the drink is the equivalent of three cups of coffee and three beers.  A) That explains the heinous taste.  B) Why isn’t it called three or six Loco then?  WTF?  Bad marketing.

Anyway.  I’m serious.  Beerious?  Stock up.  Let’s start selling it.

CHOCOLATE DEFICIT
November 13, 2010

I wrote this blog for work the other day, as well: No More Chocolate in 20 yrs!

At the rate we are going, chocolate is going to be very rare and very pricey in about 20 years.  According to the Cocoa Research Association, we are consuming more chocolate than we’re producing cocoa.  This is an issue.  We will eventually run out.  THAT MEANS NO MORE CHOCOLATE, PEOPLE.
According to Gizmodo, “Cocoa’s notoriously difficult to harvest, meaning more and more small-scale West African growers—who make an average of 80 cents per day—have little incentive not to turn to more lucrative crops, like rubber, or give up farming altogether in favor of more stable opportunities in cities.”
I wonder if there is a way for the chocolate lovers of the world to ban together and start a fund to better pay the cocoa farmers in Ghana.  As much as I love carob chips (a chocolate substitute), on my Pinkberry, I don’t want my Kit Kat bar to be made from them.  And I don’t want to play with the possibility of one day paying $15 for a Nestle Crunch.  I don’t even want to think about what Halloween would be like.
Thankfully, both Hershey’s and Mars, Inc. have sequenced the cacao genome, which means bigger and stronger cocoa trees will be able to grow.  Hopefully between that and higher wages for our Ghana-based cocoa farmers, we’ll be in the clear.
Just in case, though, I’m going to go ahead and stock up on M&M’s.

seriously, people?
September 30, 2010

I know that we are supposed to be sensitive to homophobia right now, but some people are taking it a little too far by scrutinizing things that were most likely NOT homophobic.  The tweet on blast is 50 Cent’s and it says:

If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol

First of all, how can anyone take him seriously?  He says “LOL.”  Also, he spelled “you’re” wrong.  Furthermore, why would be be discriminating gays over 25?  It’s okay to be gay before you turn 25?  How does that make ANY sense?  That’s right… it doesn’t.  Because he is just commenting on men who don’t like to perform oral sex.  Straight men.  It’s an actual “thing” in the black community (so I’ve read).

Loosen up, people.  Seriously.

another day, another oil spill.
September 2, 2010

90 miles west of the last spill, another rig has exploded.  Really?  Can we just stop already?  Jesus.  NEED I REMIND YOU PEOPLE:

In other news: Louisiana should just give up.

Rats! Missed it by 2 weeks!
August 31, 2010

Foursquare and MTV have teamed up to produce the “GYT badge” for those who “check in” at a testing clinic. If only I had known about the badge I could get from checking in at a testing clinic, I would’ve waited an extra 2 weeks to go.

Wait.  No.  No, I wouldn’t have.  And I will never go back.  And I will tell anyone I know to never go back to the Chelsea Clinic because the people there are fucking racist.  I got there, filled out the forms, peed in my cup (and all over myself because if I touched ANYTHING, I probably could’ve contracted something dirty – a nasty bacteria, if not an STI), and then waited.  I waited and the people before me were called in, and then at least ten people after me were called in.

I politely asked one of the nurses if I had accidentally been skipped.  She gave me a discerning look (although I can tell you she wouldn’t know how to spell that word) and said in a very nasty tone, “Everyone is here for different reasons.  Sit down.  You’ll get called when you get called!”  It came with the subtitle: You over-privileged white girl!”

I sat back down in a huff and was forced to continue to watch a video made in the early 90’s about why the black population is AIDS-ridden.

A moment later, I saw a man ask her the same question.  This time, he was black.  And she took him, practically linked arm-in-arm, and said, “Boo, I’ll escort you down the hall.”

At that point, I left and made an appointment with my gyno.  Maybe I am an over-privileged white girl because I have insurance, but that nurse can go to hell, and so can the public clinics here.

Chicken for Christ!
July 12, 2010

In an article, a representative from Chick-fil-a said that a hamburger on the menu would be more likely than the fast food chain ever being open on a Sunday.

Well, that’s food for thought.

abercrommmmmbie
June 25, 2010

After a 7 year sabbatical, the soft-core porn magazine put out by Abercrombie and Fitch is coming back – on July 17th.

Yes, plz.

A&F Quarterly, we missed you.  Now, only if they needed some writing to go with those pictures…

what people won’t do for $$$
June 11, 2010

I can’t believe this is real.  The Ford Amphitheater just sold its naming rights to 1-800-ASK-GARY.  The thing is going to be called the 1-800-ASK-GARY AMPHITHEATER.

See the full article here.

oil hurricane?
June 9, 2010

It’s probably possible.