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CNN
"Daily Show book named book of the year"
announced by publisher's weekly

Publishers Weekly called the book "a serious critique of the two-party system, the corporations that finance it and the 'spineless cowards in the press' who 'aggressively print allegation and rumor independent of accuracy and fairness.' "

Walmart won't sell b/c naked supreme court justices (their faces, diff bodies)
caption: "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."
What are the hottest toys this holiday season?
Channel 7 website
Toy Wishes magazine released this year's list of the Hot Dozen toys for the holiday season. Toy experts are saying there will be a rush on Cabbage Patch Dolls, but this time, it's the 20th anniversary edition.

Ms. Pac Man is back for the 21st century and she's hot again. So are Plug and Play toys, the games that plug right into your TV with no console needed.

Toys R Us predicts the newest Elmo will be a top seller again this year.

Now he's dancing to the classic version of the disco song "YMCA."

the 80s are in
Group Releases 'Dangerous Toys' list
channel 7 website
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., or WATCH, was founded by an attorney and child safety consumer activist and works to "educate the public about life-threatening toys and other children's products."

One of the items on the list, the Happy Birthday Bear, has small, gift-wrapped presents attached to the bears' paws by a thread. They can become detached and cause a choking hazard if swallowed, WATCH says.

WATCH has worked to educate the public about the dangers of certain toys since 1968. The worst-toys list has been published since 1973.

In response to the release of the WATCH list, the Toy Industry Association, Inc., which represents toy manufacturers, also released a statement of its own saying toy safety is a top priority for toy manufacturers.
worst toy list

according to watch
POCKET ROCKET MINIATURE MOTORCYCLE
Price: $183.22

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Razor USA, LLC, Cerritos, CA

Purchased: Wal Mart

Age Recommendation: “12+ ages”

Warnings: “…THE POCKET ROCKET CAN BE A DANGEROUS ACTIVITY AND MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH EVEN WHEN USED WITH SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND OTHER PRECAUTIONS”, and other warnings

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE BODILY INJURIES OR DEATH!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Pocket Rocket” is an electric-powered version of the popular gas-powered street bikes, which are now the target of a growing number of regulations in some states. Children are encouraged to enjoy “[p]owerful fun at speeds up to 12 mph!” Other vehicles may not see unsuspecting children using these electric motorcycles due to the product’s low profile. Moreover, although the recommended age for riders indicated on the package is “12+ ages”, the owner’s manual states that “...this product is intended for use only by persons who are, at a minimum, completely comfortable and competent riding a bicycle without training wheels.”



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IMAGINARIUM POLICE CAR BUILDING BLOCKS
Price: $9.99

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Geoffrey, Inc.

Purchased: Toys R Us

Age Recommendation: “1+”

Warnings: None

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This toy is marketed for children as young as 1 year old, yet is sold with four slender, rigid wooden dowels 1/2 inch in diameter, and ranging in length from approximately 3 inches to 5 ¾ inches. The dowels could be mouthed by oral-age children, potentially leading to a choking tragedy.


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DRESS ME PAZ
Price: $19.95

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Discovery Communications, Inc.

Purchased: Discovery Channel Store

Age Recommendation: “For all ages” (on toy) “Ages 18 months and up!” (on packaging)

Warnings: None

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION AND CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Young children are encouraged to “[u]nbutton Paz’s backpack to reveal a teddy bear surprise inside!” The green plastic button on the backpack, however, is attached using only thread and could be ingested by oral-age children. Once detached, the button fails even the toy industry’s inadequate small parts “choke tube” standard. Moreover, a tag on the toy itself states that it is for “all ages”, in contrast to the “18 months and up” age recommendation on the box.


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MEGABUSTER BATTLE WEAPON
Price: $16.99

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Mattel, Inc.

Age Recommendation: “6+”

Warnings: “WARNING! Do not aim at eyes or face”, and other warnings

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Children are encouraged to “[e]xperience the futuristic world of cyber adventure!” with the MegaBuster cannon and cyber sword. The rigid, plastic blade extends approximately 9 ¼ inches from a plastic sleeve, designed to slide onto a child’s arm for “combat”.


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FUN SLIDES CARPET SKATES
Price: $18.00

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Simtec, Co., Irwin, PA

Age Recommendation: “Recommended for ages 6 and up”

Warnings: “Caution: Serious injury can result from the use of this product”, and other cautions


HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR HEAD OR OTHER IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! These “carpet skates” are designed to mimic the sensation of “socks on a hardwood floor”, by attaching to shoes with velcro straps. Children are cautioned on the packaging: “Do not use on or near stairs. Always make sure area is free of dangerous objects and obstacles”. Furthermore, despite packaging language that protective gear should be used, the children and adults pictured on the front are depicted with no protection whatsoever.


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AIR BURST ROCKETS
Price: $32.99

Manufacturer or Distributor:
William Mark Corporation, Claremont, CA

Age Recommendation: “For Ages 10 and up with adult supervision”

Warnings: “Misuse of this product can cause SEVERE INJURY, including loss of an eye or death”, and other warnings

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE OR OTHER SEVERE INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This “high-powered rocket launching system” includes the “World’s Highest and Fastest Air Rockets!” The package insert includes numerous safety instructions, such as “NEVER, NEVER get in the way of or put anything in the path of a launching rocket.” The launch pressure is provided by a bicycle pump, but because the “strength and number of pumps required...varies with temperature and pump quality,” the package insert includes a chart indicating the “approximate” range of pumps required for the rocket to launch with “tremendous air velocities….”


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38” PLAYTIME TRAMPOLINE
Price: $29.99

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Variflex, Inc., Moorpark, CA

Purchased: Toys R Us

Age Recommendation: “3+”

Warnings: “Misuse and abuse of this trampoline is dangerous and can cause serious injuries”, and other warnings

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR HEAD, NECK AND OTHER SERIOUS BODILY INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The user’s manual refers to the potential for children to be injured while engaged in this “recreational sport”. However, the trampoline is sold in the toy aisle for children as young as 3-years-old. The many hazards associated with trampoline use make it apparent that such equipment should not be sold as a “playtime” activity for young children. Incredibly, the packaging promotes the trampoline as being “safe” and “Great for indoor and outdoor play!”, yet a warning on the package insert states: “For Indoor Use ONLY”.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAR
Price: $10.99

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Gemmy Industries, Corp., Coppell, TX

Purchased: KB Toys

Age Recommendation: None

Warnings: “Remove all plastic fasteners and tags. These are part of the package and should be discarded.”

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION AND CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! These furry “Happy Birthday Bears”, sold for all ages, play a catchy musical tune at the push of a paw. Sold with the toy, however, are miniature, gift wrapped presents attached by thread. The tiny gift boxes can detach, presenting an ingestion hazard for small children.


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PARENTS MAGAZINE MIRROR POUND-A-BALL
Price: $12.99

Manufacturer or Distributor:
Battat, Inc.; Parents Magazine

Purchased: Target

Age Recommendation: “12+ Months”

Warnings: None

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This activity toy for babies is sold with a rigid, plastic mallet, intended to “pound” the colorful balls accompanying the product. The mallet’s slender handle, which is approximately 5 ½ inches long, could be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway. Oral-age children have been known to choke on toys with long, slender handles which become lodged in their throats.


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3 GUN SQUAD SET – UZ-1 COMMANDO MACHINE GUN
Price: $14.95 (Set of 3)

Manufacturer or Distributor:
411 Toys (ACTA company), Van Nuys, CA

Purchased: www.411games.com (Internet)

Age Recommendation: “Not for children under 3 years”

Warnings: “CHOKING HAZARD-Small parts. Not for children under 3 years”

HAZARD: REALISTIC TOY WEAPONRY!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! In today’s world, there is no excuse for outfitting children with realistic toy weapons designed to produce dangerous and unnecessary thrills. Existing regulations addressing the hazards associated with such “toys” are inadequate. Such detailed replicas should never be sold as toys, and have been a concern of public safety officials for many years.
Omaha World Herald
12-12-04
Books 7AT
Wrap Up a Book or Two
Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
- first from 1898
- boy must save his pacifist of a dragon
Santa’s Secrets Revealed by James Soldheim
- santa must persuade a child to believe
Children’s Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings
I Like Books by Anthony Browne
- monkey introduces books
My Guardian Angel by Sylvie Weil
- Elvina, a jew, in 11th cent France helps a wounded crusader
My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody
- know what you’re wishing for
Omaha World Herald
12-12-04
Books 7AT
Wrap Up a Book or Two
Tales from wrestcal lane by Mick Foley
- wrestling stars as kids
Merry Chrstmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
- what if book
Winter’s Gift by Jane Monroe Donovan
- elderly widower given new purpose in life when rescues a mare in a snowstorm
Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards
- two sisters celebrate their first Hannukah
- Dad can’t cook
Numerous others…
Make a list...electronics, fur, toys, cashmere...
12-12-04
9E
10 things will please anyone
1. iPod - iPod photo - $500 - iPod mini $250 - pink, blue, green, gold, and silver
2. Fur - faux or fox...hehe - not for men
3. pod coffee mker - no measuring - Melita One:One - $49.99 - AND cool colors
4. learning toys - baby einstein and leapfrog - so cool
5. presents for pets - $25 per pet on average - canine clothing - Red Envelope - weather resistant parka w/ fleece lining for $55 (plus $10 for monogram)
6. Cashmere - $31.88 crew neck sweaters at Sam's - $1,180 zip cardigan from Brunello Cucinelli (Saks)
7. AUDIO AND VISUAL - xbox - Halo 2 game major - Grand theft auto also big - $50 each on average - mature audience rated - DVDs really big
8. Coach things - bags and wallets to belts adn shoes - handbags start around $100
9. - poker! how-to books and card tables - hand held game for $24.95 - Discovery Channel story
10. gift cards! woot!
The most popular gifts don't need a box
D1
Michelle Singletary
SUnday WOrld Herald
12-12-04
19th annual cosumer survey of holiday retail spending plans and trends commissioned by Deloitte and Touche USA LLP
- plastic gift cards beat out apparel
64% of consumers intended to buy gift cards
- more than %50 of people want to recieve cards
average will by 3.38 cards for 108.28 dollars

TIPS
- read fine print
- make sure not time period
- make sure have original purchase receipt
- check service fees