The Kensington Review

5 February 2007

Latest Commentary: Volume VI, Number 16
Texas Governor Orders Anti-Cancer Vaccine for School Girls -- The Governor of Texas, Republican Rick Perry, has signed an executive order requiring all girls entering 6th grade (that is, 11- and 12-year-olds) to get a new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted piece of bad news that has been linked to cervical cancer, which is about as serious at things get. So why are there folks in the Lone Star state who object to looking out for the young ladies there?

World Scientific Body Says Global Warming is Mankind’s Fault -- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reported that global warming is “very likely” the result of human activity. In a major break with the past, a Bush-administration scientist signed on to this conclusion, when heretofore, the White House denied global warming even existed. Indeed, co-lead author Dr. Susan Soloman, an American, said, “We can be very confident that the net effect of human activity since 1750 has been one of warming.” Now that the debate is truly over, the question becomes what to do about it.

Masterfoods to Stop Advertising to Under 12s -- Masterfoods, the maker of Mars and Snickers candy bars as well as M&Ms, has decided that it’s going to stop advertising to the under 12 audience in the UK by the end of the year. The company already has a policy of not advertising to the under 6 crowd, so this is merely an extension of this. Of course, the TV watchdog Ofcom is kicking up a fuss about such advertising, so Masterfoods is doing what any smart business does, it makes a PR virtue out of a regulatory necessity.

Prince Plays Super Bowl, Beats NFL -- The Super Bowl is the epitome of the National Football League’s entertainment offering. It is hype, it is anticipation, and it is usually a disappointment. Super Bowl XLI was no exception. A close game until the 4th quarter, the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears played a weak game of football in the Miami rain. Fumbles, missed extra point attempts and a Chicago defense that seemed bored didn’t result in the game of the year. Meanwhile, Prince played at halftime, and proved once and for all that the Prince v. Michael Jackson debate is truly over. Mr. Jackson lost.

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