Gore and global warming – is he a hypocrite?

I’ll state right up front here that I’m not even going to answer that question in regards to Gore’s high level of energy consumption. I’ll leave it for others to answer (as some have tried to do, in case you are wondering). Rather, I want to point out that as usual, pretty much everyone up in arms over this is asking the wrong question, and therefore coming up with meaningless answers and criticisms.

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

And already, the wrong metric is used to judge this consumption, generating a meaningless comparison to the rest of the country and making the punchline of the article off the mark.

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Man dies after week of “marathon” gaming

Folks, if you game a lot (like I sometimes do), make it a point to get up, move away from the computer, and do a little actual physical activity periodically. Look up DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis) sometime – I recommend Google, but pick your favored search engine.

Now, armed with knowledge about how stupid it is to sit, sit, sit, sit, sit, sit, sit, sit, and sit some more, you can learn how not to sit on your ass for the better part of a week and die from inactivity.

An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a “marathon” online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.

The 150-kilogram (330-pound) man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending “almost all” of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.

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“There are only two options. TV or computer. What else can I do in the holiday as all markets, KTV and cafeterias are shut down?” the paper quoted Xu as saying.

I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m thinking exercise, walk in The Real World outside, visit friends, clean the house, work in the yard, and all kinds of other things count as options, even when all the markets are closed. And doing such crazy things, plus dropping just a few pounds (said as a man who games sometimes too much and is at least 60 pounds overweight, but working on dropping some of that), just might save your life some day. It’s really said to see this happen to people, when this particular form of death is extremely avoidable.

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Sure, sure, it’s plenty stupid – but it’s still funny

I’ll agree – this fellow did something that is stupid and uncalled for. I still laugh to think about it, though. I guess I’m just evil like that.

Police say a man sought revenge against his ex-girlfriend by leaving homemade DVDs of her performing sex acts on car windshields throughout the area.

The DVDs include the woman’s name, address and phone number.

Police said the woman never realized the acts had been recorded and has received several visits and phone calls from strangers seeking sex.

It’s funny, because, well, it’s funny. It was a stupid thing to do, however, because he now faces one felony and three misdemeanor charges.

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