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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 

Stephen Wacker thinks Girl Scout cookies are a problem

The editor of Spider-Man channels Michael Bloomberg/Michelle Obama when he says:

No. People concerned about obesity should be responsible for themselves and prove they're capable of refraining from eating what they don't think is healthy, and besides, what if the Girl Scouts use healthier ingredients than most other pastry companies for their cookies? (This article says they make them trans-fat free.) Funny that he suggests the Girl Scouts USA are a problem but not bigger companies like Keebler and Hershey; the Scouts are way too easy a target. And the way he implies the Scouts are "enemies" isn't very respectable either. Why, did it even occur to him that they're running a business just like the comics company he's working for?

Maybe Wacker just hasn't noticed, but if this NYT article is correct, obesity rates have declined since 2000. There may still be some distance to go before the situation really becomes better again, but for now, it may be a sign that people did wake up to the hazards of obesity.

Wacker might also want to remember the famous line from Spider-Man's beginnings: "With great power must come great responsibility". It applies to everybody, including people concerned about their health, and even Wacker too.

Update: it appears it was really a joke Wacker was making. Some jokes are difficult for me to identify. Clearly, I have to try harder.

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There's these things called 'jokes'. You may have heard of them. they're quite popular on the Internet these days.

Yeah, I think you may have read a bit much into that, Avi. I don't know Wacker from Adam, but I think he was being humorously sarcastic.

(And he Tweeted this post about an hour ago. FYI.)

Yeah, I guess you're right. Some jokes are difficult for me to figure out. I know that in France, they have a very sophisticated sense of humor that's tricky to understand at first, but with a little effort can be understood, and enjoyed.

Irony is the most easily misunderstood form of satire. There were probably people who thought that Jonathan Swift seriously advocated eating Irish babies. And a lot of people still think that Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" were patriotic anthems.

Admittedly it is sometimes hard to tell if someone is being sarcastic on the internet.

No worries, Avi, as it happens to all of us. Like Carl said, Cold text is hard to figured out, in terms of tone and what not and to infer any sarcasm.

And wasn't "This Land is Your Land" a full-on borderline socialist battle cry? Hehe.

My first thought was that it was a joke as well.

Sadly, given that a lot of leftists and/or comics employees are nuttier than squirrel poop, it can often be hard to tell when they're serious. No real difference between banning Big Gulps or Girl Scout cookies, after all...

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