(1) GREG FOR PRESIDENT
My friend Greg Alexander, also known as Professor Moptop on WXRT, is an expert on the subject of the Beatles. He claims he is always learning new things, and not to know everything about the subject-- but I think he must be close. He lives and breathes music and one day hopes to know every song ever-- he is probably close at this task as well. When it comes to politics, he says has become increasingly disgusted with the process, and the lack of leadership by 100% of the so called leaders of our country. So why has he chosen to run for President of the United States?
Alexander told me, “These guys are just as unqualified as I am, possibly more, so I figured I should sort of run. Voter apathy is trending, I am apathetic, hence I will probably lead the polls. Also I got friends who are good with photoshop.” Alexander also claims he can make up stuff on the spot and draw applause just as good, if not better, than the candidates.
While what Alexander said about the qualifications of the two candidates might be wrong, he is correct on voter apathy. According to CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) 4% of eligible voters under the age of 30 participated in Illinois’s March primary.
CBS News reported that, “The total turnout was a meager 24 percent, officials said. It was the lowest turnout for a presidential primary in the past 70 years” Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, said,"It’s very, very disappointing.”
Maybe a candidate from the Apathetic Party might finally stir up some interest.
(2) FAT UNITED STATES AND OLYMPIC MEDALS
Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)published data that showed that while “obesity rates have significantly slowed or stopped altogether in England, Hungary, Italy, Korea and Switzerland, and have grown only slightly France and Spain, obesity rates have grown by 4 to 5 percent in Mexico and the United States, the country with the highest rate of obesity of any developed nation.”
Repeat--The United States has the highest obesity rate of any developed country. That sounds like Americans are probably fat, lazy slobs. If that is true, why does this country win more medals than any other county during the Olympics?
A table of the all-time medal totals for all Olympic Games from 1896 to 2010, including the Summer and Winter Games, gives the U.S. a combined total of 2549. The next closest is Germany at 1099. One cannot count the Soviet Union’s count of 1204 because that number does not include the totals from the Unified Team ((EUN, 1992), nor the totals from pre- and post-Soviet republics (RUS, UKR, etc.).
So maybe it is good that Americans are apathetic about being fat, it wins medals.