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More good stuff from the 7PM project

Due to finishing my exams on Friday, I have done absolutely nothing in the last two days except sleep, eat, and either listen to music, read books or watch tv/dvds. And I must admit, it has been good!
Anyway, moving onto the topic of this post, first up on Friday’s 7PM project was the amazing survival of the baby that, after the mother’s momentary distraction, rolled off the platform (in it’s pram, guys, don’t be ridiculous… babies don’t have wheels!) in front of a oncoming train. The driver reacted quickly and hit the emergency brakes, but wasn’t quick enough to stop before the train passed right over the top of the pram. ironically, the baby only survived due to the fact that it was strapped into the pram! At least the crew at the 7PM project had the good sense to not joke about this accident, and instead reinforced common sense… use the brakes… they’re there for a reason! The mother of the baby had the good sense to turn the wheel(s) of the pram away from the edge of the platform, but in a moments distraction, the pram turned and ran of the track… and understandably, usage of the pram brakes would have prevented this near-death experience. The baby survived with only minor bruising.
And onto another story, which was seen by people all around the world within minutes of it happening – the story of the little boy who floated off in his parents helium weather balloon. Initial reports said that he had either cut the rope and climbed into the balloon, or that it had broken loose whilst he was inside. It then processed to float across America. News reports varied, and people talked themselves into actually seeing him there in the balloon (yeah, the balloon is tipped at an angle, he’s defiantly on board… yeah, riiiight :shrug:). When the balloon finally came down, he was not there, and so the ‘rescuers’ believed that he had fallen out, and a massive air and ground search began. However, later that day, he was found… in a box in the attic of the family home. When interviewed, the story varied between having an argument with his father, to (and more likely), doing it for the show (a publicity stunt). The family are hurricane chasers, and have been involved in other publicity/tv stuff such as wife swap, so the most likely story is that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.
There goes the idea that people are less racist than previous generations… when you hear that black models do not sell magazines, and that even in Asian and African countries, white models are more appealing. Are we turning a corner though, which dark skinned women like Beyonce appearing on this months Cosmo magazine
I really enjoyed the visit by Seth Green, who stared in Buffy, The Italian Job, Austin Powers, and also co-writes and produces ‘Robot Chicken’ (great show, but warped!)… and even though he is a Hollywood star, he still ‘normal’. What are the odds?
Have to this one out on Danni… apparently crying as a good pick up line… or is that when she walks out on you telling you to ‘suck it up, Bambi!’!!! And after that little bombshell, the rest of that segment falls apart, as the male cast take every opportunity to cry on camera!!! lol
To finish off the show, the metro whip-round segment was good, with jokes about ‘my dwarf parties’ and how if have a granny or a dog, then you’re in with half a chance of picking up a girl on the weekend.

Modern TV is corrupting…

Good, but corrupting! Just been watching Family Guy, and it’s not only representing Albert Einstein as a murder and a thief. but Peter is addicted with penises and has managed to turn Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘The King and I’ from a 1860;s classic into a futuristic naughties trash production… strange how that version is more popular than the original, though. :->
Hm, what to say about American Dad… or, more accurately where to start… with Stan pushing Francine into the pool so she would stop embarrassing him and commenting on her now see-through dress, or maybe with Stan calling their gay next-door neighbour a banana crammer! What… the midget who played R2D2 is dead!? … wait a minute… there was a midget playing R2D2… I think not!!! And do straight guys really faint differently to gay guys?
Gotta like the life of Donie… fall out of a try and fake stupidity… you get to sit on the couch all day, watch TV, say rude things and every waits on you hand and foot. And boy is Maya cute, could just sit and stare at her all day! Really, just shoot me!
I don’t know how to describe ‘That 70’s show’, so I won’t even try. Just go and want it now. Really. Now. Watch It. Do It! Do It Now!!!
And finally, before I deleted ‘just shoot me’ I saw the start of ellen, and they were showing some ‘worst paid for pictures’…. so, what’d you think is wrong with this picture… and it’s not the pants! And that Ellen is depraved… she got 10 US university students to recreate that photo! Great fun though 🙂 And no, I don’t watch ellen, just saw that story and couldn’t stop laughing.
can you tell me what's wrong this picture

Who says that comedy can’t be informative?

Was just watching the 7PM project on SC10 (ad free, courtesy of my computer and a fast-forward button), and saw a couple of very interesting news items.

The first item was about the unusual approach taken by Atherton State High in Cairns to reduce bullying in their school, and the principal of the school, Tony Whybird, was interviewed in order to get the full picture. There has been much talk recently about how an average of 3 children per class are being bullied – either in person or via text messaging, and the prevalence of cyber-bullying and also how this has affected the teen suicide rates.

So, you may ask, what was the approach taken by the school? Simple… ban the use and possession of mobile phones and other electronic devices such as iPods by students while on the schools premises. If students are found in possession of a mobile phone or other electronic device on the school site, it is confiscated and later returned to the parents. The result… the respect that students have to one another has improved, the rate of bullying in the school has dropped, and students are now talking to one another instead of text messaging to friends and enemies and listening to iPods. It will be interesting to see if this approach is adopted by other schools, as to put it bluntly, there is no need for students to have mobile phones and iPods while at school, and they cause major problems with the behaviour and attitudes of students when they are at school.

The second news item was the apparently the biggest news in HIV research in 15 years, which was is two antibodies that attack the HIV virus have been identified, and with the quoted number of people with HIV worldwide being 33 million, this potential for a cure for the virus can’t come soon enough. The 7PM project crew spoke with a Dr Andrew Rochford, who explained how blood samples had been taken from approximately 160 who have HIV but don’t show symptoms of the virus, and compared that with the blood of other people who have the virus in order to determine what was unique about their blood, and researchers discovered two antibodies that attack the HIV virus even if it mutates.

The result of this research is that scientists now have a blueprint for the genetic code which can be used two ways; to be reverse engineered so that they can develop a cure for people who already have the virus; and to immunise people who don’t have the HIV virus and prevent them from getting it. Hand in hand with that news items was talk of an anti-obesity drug… but this is just a pipe dream at the present time – the combination of anti-depressants and anti-alcohol &opiod dependent drugs simple means that 1 in 2 people will lose 5 kg over a 12 month period – so a far better and more effective option is still healthy eating, a good diet and plenty of exercise.

Other notable headlines include… Men Love Sheds and Women Don’t, and Robbie Williams has a new single out.