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Thursday, August 2, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Fisher-Price to recall nearly 1M toys

Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.

The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores.

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The recall is particularly alarming since Mattel, known for its strict quality controls, is considered a role model in the toy industry for how it operates in China.

First Thomas, now Elmo. The part of these situations that continue to interest me is the degree to which it has any effect on business relationships between US companies and China or, more to the point, between US consumers’ buying habits and products made in China. Of course, one will allow that most people don’t pay attention to where things are made. Of course, if enough toys are affected, there will be parents who do start paying attention.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: Easy Bake toy ovens recalled again

The Easy Bake oven, an iconic toy with a four-decade history, has been recalled for the second time in less than a year, government safety advocates announced on Thursday.

In February Easy Bake’s parent company, Hasbro Inc., recalled 985,000 of the toys because children were getting their hands and fingers trapped in the front opening, and some were burned. At that time, Hasbro offered a free repair kit to improve the oven’s safety.

Since the February announcement, the company has received an additional 249 reports of children getting their hands or fingers caught in the ovens, including 16 reports of second- and third-degree burns. One burn required partial amputation of a 5-year-old girl’s finger.

To be honest, it never seemed like a good idea to me that an operational oven, no matter how small, was a good idea for a child’s toy…

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Thursday, June 14, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: “Thomas and Friends” railway toys recalled

More than 1 million of the popular “Thomas & Friends” wooden railway toys made in China are being voluntarily recalled because some may contain lead paint, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.

About 1.5 million wooden vehicles, buildings and other train-set parts for young children are being recalled, the CPSC said in a statement. The toys were sold in the United States from January 2005 through June 2007, the statement said.

Lead is toxic and can pose a serious health risk to young children who often put objects in their mouths. Children under 6 are most at risk.

That’s a lot of trains. Indeed, we have purchased some of those toys during the period in question. Thankfully my boys are at the age where they don’t put the trains in their mouths…

On the political front, this is more damaging news for Chinese exports:

The recall of toys made in China follows a series of health scandals in the United States involving food, drugs and other products imported from China, from poisoned cough syrup to tainted toothpaste and pet food.

For all the talk of China becoming an economic superpower, they are going to face a tough road if people are going to start associating “Made in China” with “Made with Poison.”

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Here’s why: click!

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Monday, February 5, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Ok, so two of your three children have come down with stomach crud and each have, um, erupted twice. What do you feed the third children knowing that he may too may come down with said ailment?

All I know is that it won’t be anything red.

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

Me to Youngest son: “No light saber play after you’ve vomited. It’s like a law of the universe of something.”

And if it’s not, it should be.

Who says there is no such thing as natural law?

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By Dr. Steven Taylor

I have to cancel classes today. Eldest Son started the morning by throwing up and Middle Son has a school-related situation that requires a parent, and since that makes two children needing parents at two different physical locations, it means I am not coming to class. Plus, my wife isn’t feeling too well.

Gee, it must be Monday.

(And to top it off, the site was down this morning probably due to some b*stard trying to spam me).

At any rate, I have sent an e-mail to all students as well with some class-specific details.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Happy Birthday to my Eldest.

The photos are from 12/7/96, 12/27/96, 12/27/01 and 12/27/06.

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Monday, December 25, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

This is the pre-whirlwind shot.



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By Dr. Steven Taylor

The Taylor Boys say: “Merry Christmas!”



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