http://consumerist.com/2009/07/09/hey-look-comcast-has-their/

Hey, look! Comcast has their very own blog! It features mostly regular company news about Comcast services and the adventures of employees and executives, but at least it allows comments. Even Consumerist favorite Frank Eliason, Director of Digital Care (aka @comcastcares on Twitter) has joined in the fun.

Maggots, Your (Medical) Friend

Maggots, Your (Medical) Friend

Via Consumer Reports Health blog: A recent study found that FDA-approved maggots work faster than hydrogel dressing to remove dead tissue in human leg ulcers. However, the ulcers healed just about as fast whether maggots or hydrogel was used. So, while the maggots weren’t any better than the hydrogel, they also weren’t any worse. At the very least medical maggots are a viable alternative, and should be considered in other dead-tissue clearing applications. Hopefully you’ll never need maggots but if your doctor should ever happen to suggest them, resist the urge to run away screaming. They’re just trying to feed on your flesh help!

Smokey Bear Says 5-Light Multi-colored Floor Lamps Cause Campus Fires

Smokey Bear Says 5-Light Multi-colored Floor Lamps Cause Campus Fires

SUNY Fredonia warns a cheap decorative lamp is setting dorm rooms on fire. Pretty, inexpensive lamps like these can often be found in college dorms and studio apartments.

In two separate student rooms, the plastic shades melted on the lamps. In one room, this caused the build-up of toxic fumes and the melted plastic from the shade burned a hole in the bedspread. The second instance involved another student who had turned on the lamp and, within 15 minutes, the shade melted and the heat began to turn a poster on the wall brown.

Underwriters Laboratories, the group that certifies that things won’t burn down dorms and studio apartments, believes the lamp in question is different from the one they approved. They are withholding their seal from new lamps, effectively shutting down production.

How Much Ham Is In Ham?

How Much Ham Is In Ham?

McDonald’s Blog’s One-Way ‘Conversation’

McDonald’s Blog’s One-Way ‘Conversation’

After hearing about the blood-topped sundaes allegations at McDonalds, we thought we’d contact Bob Langert, McDonald’s Senior Director for Corporate Responsibility, who also posts to the company’s new Corporate Responsibility Blog, to encourage him to post about the issue. Unfortunately, despite a stated desire to “hear from you because we are always learning and trying to improve,” McDonald’s blog doesn’t have a way to actually contact Mr. Langert listed on the blog itself.

McDonald’s Starts Corporate Responsibility Blog

McDonald’s Starts Corporate Responsibility Blog

Cool. McDonald’s has started up a Corporate Responsibility Blog. Bob Langert, McDonald’s Senior Director for Corporate Responsibility, aims to open up the internal workings of McDonald’s to the scrutiny of his readers, field questions and talk about what McDonald’s is doing to address criticism of its practices.