Why do so many ATIS's, particularly the automated ones, include so much superfluous information? All we really need is the weather and approach in use, along with any pertinent information that is not already in the notams. Here are some common examples of information I think we can do without... "it is mandatory to read back all runway hold short instructions" - it always has been, I don't need the reminder. "bird activity in the vicinity of the airport" -I have never been to an airport that didn't have bird activity. "A02 sea level pressure 183748927758938827788999" -Um, I don't care. Then many atis's go into a lengthy discussion about taxiway closures. If it has already been listed in the notams for a significant amount of time, a simple "numerous taxiway closures in effect, see notams" would cover it all. Something that should take 30 seconds takes 2 minutes.