[Taxacom] animals in Superbowl commercials

Robin Leech releech at telus.net
Fri Feb 4 22:53:25 CST 2011

Yeah, I hear it will be about 10-12 degrees F.
That's cooler than when we have our Grey Cup in Canada.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kenneth Kinman" <kennethkinman at webtv.net>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 9:00 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] animals in Superbowl commercials

> Dear All,
>      Superbowl Sunday is almost upon us, and this year those actually
> there (in person) will have to brave much colder temperatures than they
> are used to.  But I suppose many of them will actually believe that
> their alcohol consumption will somehow protect them from the cold.  And
> many of them probably actually buy the arguments that such aberrantly
> cold weather is evidence AGAINST global warming (as though such weather
> actually reflects global temperature worldwide and year-long).   But at
> least the colder temperature will hopefully help them temporarily to
> burn off some of those calories from the junk food that they will be
> consuming (although it will no doubt do nothing to prevent long-term
> health problems from excessive salt intact and questionable nutritional
> value).
>      But the really interesting thing about the Superbowl is the
> astronomical amount of money spent by advertisers producing commericals
> (often counting on humor that has sadly become, for the most part, just
> the same old stuff year after year after year).  Note that most of the
> products advertized are beer, soda drinks, and snack foods of
> questionable nutritional value.  And it is truly amazing how many
> animals appear in such commercials.  As if the advertizers (and their
> consumers)  somehow actually care about wildlife, as opposed to their
> obvious goal of selling questionable nutrition to humans (most of whom
> have little, if any exposure, to wildlife).  Their consumers probably
> run the gamut from those who like cheap art ("dogs" playing poker) to
> high priced "abstract" art that can fetch millions of dollars (even art
> produced by elephants splashing paint at random with their trunks or
> even dogs doing the same with their tails or paws).  A lot of "abstract"
> art (by either animals or humans) may actually end up being as valuable
> as diseased tulip bulbs became in the Netherlands a few centuries ago.
>        Anyway, the present big winners will be  advertizers and
> corporations selling products of questionable nutrition.  Apparently
> such advertizing actually works on millions of susceptible consumers
> (who actually think the results of sports games are more important than
> the long term health of themselves, much less the health or survival of
> Planet Earth).  They prefer to party every weekend (or even fiddle while
> Rome burns, if you will).  Their interests are often even more
> short-term than the advertizers who tend to shape their "wants" (as
> opposed to actual needs).  No wonder western society (and the U.S. in
> particular) has increasing numbers of overweight (even morbidly obese)
> adults and children,  They increasingly tend to only watch sports and
> commericals from their couches (whether by television or computer). And
> even those who are active (and participate in sports) too often negate
> that advantage with poor choices in what they consume (as if exercise
> will negate the effects of consuming food with lots of cheap fat, salt,
> and calories, but with far less nutrition),
>       -------Ken
> P.S.  For those watching Superbowl commericals, notice that the emphasis
> is on either superficial humor or superficial taste of the products
> being advertized.  Not likely to see the words nutrition or health used,
> because they could probably be sued for false advertizing.
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