Larry Steckling 5 p.m., June 30
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Baby Einsteins, Dumb Pilots
I hadn’t planned on blogging about that airplane that left San Diego and was going to Minnesota, but flew to a completely different airport nowhere near its destination.
Even with my friend being on a plane to Minnesota that same day, I just didn’t really have a take that was any different from anyone else.
But today two things struck me as odd about the case. One was a story in the Union-Tribune, that mentioned the benefits of pilots taking a nap, instead of being tired.
And on an AM talk show, one of the crew members admitted they were on their computers. This admission probably came after the FAA and everyone insisted they must’ve been sleeping to have not had radio contact for an hour and missing their airport.
I thought, if we need laws about not using cell phones and texting while we drive, the pilots need some rules. We finally got them to stop drinking and flying, but now it looks like we got a bunch of other problems – guns going off, computer usage, etc. Pilots need to get their crap together.
The other people I can’t figure out are the fine folks at Disney. I can’t remember if good ol’ Walt has his head frozen somewhere the way Ted Williams does. I’m guessing if his head is frozen, it was probably in the possession of Michael Jackson when he died.
(Anyone know if they froze any part of Jackson? His nose perhaps) *
Someone at Disney needs to get a brain, because they decided to give refunds to people who bought the DVD series of “Baby Einstein” tapes.
This all stems from the threat of a lawsuit by a parent group, after research showed TV may be harmful to children under two.
Obviously, having educational things on TV is a lot better than your child sitting next to you while Entourage is on.
Sesame Street came on the air the year I was born, 1969. And I loved it as a child. I remember them playing a beautiful Vivaldi song, as they showed flowers being pelted by rain. I also learned how to steal cookies from my mom. I guess there’s good and bad in everything.
But unless the boxes on the Baby Einstein DVDs guaranteed your child would be smarter, I’m not sure why a refund was necessary. Children can obviously become a lot smarter based on how much interaction they have with their parents; reading children’s books and things of that nature.
But studies have shown that adopted children do worse in school then other kids, and their adoptive parents usually expose them to more educational materials. So basically, your child is going to be about the same IQ as their parents.
Some parents go the opposite extreme and don’t let their children watch any TV. That’s a bad move, too. There are many fun and educational programs for kids; just tune into Animal Planet sometime.
* This was my 15th and finally Michael Jackson/nose joke used in a blog.
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