Archive | March, 2011

62kg, four years old: obesity “mystery” to parents

Meet Hao. He is around five times bigger than the average child his age. Born at a healthy 2.6kg, the Chinese boy’s weight ballooned to 132 pounds, or 62 kilograms in his first 4 years, bolstered largely by a voracious appetite and an apparent aversion to exercise, the Daily Mail reported. Hao’s weight gain started […]

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Obese Man Fused to Chair for Two Years

Before I say anything else, I think this title says it all. The American was found by police in his house, too fat to get out of a chair. It seemed he had not moved from it for the entire time as his skin had become fused to the fabric of the chair. It was […]

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Facebook sued for keeping dead body photos

Facebook photos: their right? Or our right? Caroline Wimmer was brutally beaten and murdered by Calvin Lawson in her home in 2009. While Lawson was sentenced to 25 years to life this past summer, Wimmer’s parents’ legal battles continue over the photos of Wimmer’s dead body that were then posted onto Facebook. Mark Musarella, the […]

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Behind the ‘Great Firewall’

Is censoring China’s internet as innocuous as censoring underage/ adult content? Personally I believe it to be an infringement of rights (generally a silly term bandied around these days, but in this case I think quite deserved).  We know the government is curtailing knowledge to retain support founded in ignorance, but should we intervene, or […]

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Beauty pageant children coming to Melbourne

A popular US children’s beauty pageant as seen on “Tiaras and Toddlers” in Texas, is coming to Melbourne. The July pageant, for babies to adults, costs a minimum of $295, which includes a compulsory beauty competition, modelling and make-up workshops. Optional extras include tanning, dressing like a celebrity for $50 and a photo and autograph […]

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