Among the markets that are taking financial hits due to the current US economic wobble/slowdown/meltdown (choose one to suit your personal level of anxiety), apparently the cosmetic surgery industry is facing a nip and tuck of its own. Along with cutbacks in spending on such critical areas as interior design and sports cars, America's newly monied are opting for a reduction in reductions while the bad times last.
Whenever I see a beautifully crafted dessert, I am always hopeful it will taste as good as it looks. More often than not though, I am disappointed by the incongruity between the attractive exterior and inferior interior. This is precisely how I feel about Lifetime Networks’ sugar-coated online petition for an end to "drive-through mastectomy," a 20-million-signature-strong petition that had actress Marcia Cross (of Desperate Housewives) lobbying Capital Hill last Wednesday.
There was a two-page feature in last week's issue of Time that reminded me of a blog entry posted by a reader during last fall's FC Now BlogJam. (We'll celebrate the blog's third anniversary this August.)
Yesteray, The New York Times devoted its entire science section to the threat of Avian flu becoming a global pandemic. It took something of an on-the-one hand, on-the-other perspective, but the stories, particularly those about the 1918 flu pandemic, definitely sent a chill down this reader's spine.
New York City's Health Department suggested that restaurants stop using trans fatty oils. They're believed to be very unhealthy, causing clogged arteries. The Dept. did not ban the ingredient outright, they only urged the eateries to move away from such oils.
Sure, GM chief Rick Wagoner has plenty of problems he's currently battling. But the auto maker's real Achilles' heel, it turns out, may lie in the company's funding of retirees' health benefits. The Wall Street Journal turned its expert gaze to this issue in a story that ran yesterday and came up with some astounding findings.