Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Chewbacca Defense

WARNING: this video includes explicit language.Anyone else find some similarities between "The Chewbacca Defense" and some of our Council meetings? Does turf come to mind?

Ladies and Gentlemen of this supposed jury Council...

Chewbacca is a wookie from the planet Kashyyyk.

But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor.

Now think about it. That does not make sense.

Why would a wookie... an eight foot tall Wookie... want to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall ewoks?

That does not make sense.

But more important... you have to ask yourself... what does this have to do with this case vote?


It does not make sense...

Ladies and Gentlemen of this supposed jury Council...

If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit vote yes.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

In today's Herald Mr. Trifone states that the natural tempurature change kills bacteria (MRSA).
Here's a section of an article that states that the deadly MRSA bacteria actually thrives and lives longer on artificial turf.
Me thinks that Trifone doesn't know what he's talking about.
If the threats of cancer and more toxic runoff into waterways are not enough reason to get people to reject artificial turf, perhaps a flesh-eating bacteria known as MRSA will do the trick. MRSA is a drug-resistant bacteria that can infect healthy people as well as hospital patients. It infects the skin and even the heart and central nervous system. MRSA begins as a lesion on the skin and can quickly lead to serious illness and death. Unfortunately, MRSA is becoming more prevalent among college and high school athletes and can be harbored on athletic equipment.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control found that athletes who had suffered artificial turf burns were seven times more likely to develop MRSA infection. The reason is partly that the burns open the skin to the opportunity for infection. But many studies, most notably the study conducted by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology in 2000, have found that MRSA survives better on artificial turf than on other surfaces. Specifically, the staphylococcus survives longest, up to 90 days, on polyethylene plastic, which is a plastic used in synthetic turf fibers.

One solution to this problem is, of course, to spray disinfectant. But that introduces yet another toxin to play areas and to open wounds. With natural grass, which has inherent antibacterial properties, no spraying and no MRSA concern would even be necessary.

Anonymous said...

As we the public have been told on several occasions by the Supt of Schools; we are not educational professionals. In the case of Mr. Trifone, he is not a MRSA expert, his opinion is just that, an opinion with no medical backup or validity. If natural temperature change kills MRSA then why is it such a problem? MRSA occurs in all areas and can be deadly.

Anonymous said...

Just goggle MRSA infections and turf fields and you'll find out just how deadly it can be. Plus the turf increases the risk of MRSA infections.

Sounds like reason enough to cancel the turf plan and return the money to the state.

Anonymous said...

Roses are red,
violets are blue,
we've got ours,
so just F you.

MattA and MikeE

Anonymous said...

Trifone will say or do anything to get this turf. He wants it to be his legacy.
If we do get it, then it will be his legacy and this town will never forgive him for it!

Anonymous said...

This whole turf study committee is a joke. It seems that Brittingham and DeVylder are the only ones asking the tough questions. The rest of them know there are risks yet they will minimize them regardless.
I saw Oris in D & D and heard him telling a couple of his buddies that he was going to contact the NFL about the turf. He isn't interested in the risks either.
He just wants the turf no matter what.

Anonymous said...

Wait until the first lawsuit. Where are our legal people at this time? It seems they always have an "opinion" when it's something that the majority don't want passed.

Anonymous said...

Here is Rosa DeLauro's recent press release. She encourages further study of the chemicals in turf and believes the recent study done by EPA is based on flawed information.

If the turf committee ignores this they are as fake as the turf itself.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Adriana Surfas
Friday, August 8, 2008 (202) 225-3661

DeLauro Continues to Press EPA for Thorough Investigation of Potential Health Risks of Synthetic Turf

Washington , D.C. – Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) sent a follow-up letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson pressing for the agency to do a thorough, scientific investigation into the potential health risks of synthetic turf. Additionally, DeLauro expressed concern that the EPA, in coordinating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, could be relying on conclusions based on flawed methodology and less than sound science. (To view DeLauro’s April 28, 2008 letter to the EPA, please click here.)

“I commend the EPA for creating workgroup to better understand the nature and extent of potential exposure to hazardous chemicals in fields and playgrounds where synthetic turf is used and look forward to an update on these activities. However, the questions and concerns surrounding synthetic turf warrant a thorough, scientific investigation,” said DeLauro. “Additionally, I have significant concerns that the EPA appears poised to rely on a recent report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that reached its conclusions based on flawed methodology and less than sound science.”