Hump Day Open Thread

April 17, 2013

What’s up?

My heart breaks for the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. As a runner who has fantasized about participating in this event, I am afraid…but also angry. Angry that we still don’t know who committed this heinous act, angry that I am allowing these incidents to get to me and that they have changed the way we live whether it’s increased airport security or nervousness in crowded places. Ugh, ugh, ugh!

In other news: dating in middle school may be a bad idea, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services newsletter:

A study indicates kids who date in middle school have worse study skills, more substance abuse and more likelihood to drop out of high school than kids who don’t date. Researcher Pamela Orpinas of the University of Georgia saw that in seven years of data on 624 northeast Georgia students, starting in sixth grade.

Orpinas advises parents to keep their lines of communication open to kids:

“Tell your children that dating is not a rite of passage. Many kids do not date in middle school. They can wait. Wait a little bit; wait until high school.”

The study in the Journal of Research on Adolescence was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And whoa is this disappointing. (Sorry for so many depressing items today.) Eden, the company that brought us organic beans in BPA-free cans, is run by a misogynist tool. Eden CEO Michael Potter is suing the federal government so that he doesn’t have to help subsidize employees’ birth control — even though he is not religious. Check out these gems courtesy of Think Progress:

“I’ve got more interest in good quality long underwear than I have in birth control pills,” [Potter] said to me. . . . [I] asked why he said he didn’t care about birth control, since he filed a suit about it and all.

“Because I’m a man, number one and it’s really none of my business what women do,” Potter said. So, then, why bother suing? “Because I don’t care if the federal government is telling me to buy my employees Jack Daniel’s or birth control. What gives them the right to tell me that I have to do that? That’s my issue, that’s what I object to, and that’s the beginning and end of the story.” He added, “I’m not trying to get birth control out of Rite Aid or Wal-Mart, but don’t tell me I gotta pay for it.”

I’d add Potter along with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey to men with good business ideas who have left me feeling dejected and sour on their brands.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?