Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Via email comes the latest paternalistic government ban that shouldn't amaze, but does; and that would be too over-the-top to be usable in a work of political satire, but is making real news:
[B]alloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight, in case they accidentally swallow them and choke.The story has no word on how humanity managed to perpetuate for so long without such detailed instructions or, on a more serious note, whether anyone was becoming concerned that a government far-reaching and powerful enough to concern itself with such harmless activities might pose a far greater danger to life and limb.
Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a a long coloured paper tongue when sounded -- a party favourite at family Christmas meals -- are now classed as unsafe for all children under 14.
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Note to self: Try ifttt already.
Heh. I guess Netflix has decided against "disrupting" itself, if it was even being that smart by splitting itself in half.
David Veksler has written a very intelligent post on "The Case for Evidence-Based Medicine", over at Truth, Justice, and the American Way (via Objectivism Online). I particularly like this quote:
[I]t is difficult to make firm conclusions in medicine. But when valid scientific principles are not followed, it is easy to conclude that no valid conclusion can be reached. In other words, you can't always be sure what's good for you, but you can be sure when someone is talking nonsense.Towards the end of his post, Veksler links to a good TED video by Ben Goldacre that has other good things to say against medical quackery.
When someone makes irrational health claims, it does not mean that those claims are false. It just means those claims were not derived by rational (scientific) principles, and so we cannot [say] anything about their truth -- we can only ignore them as arbitrary. It is as if someone claimed [an] invisible, undetectable pink unicorn in the sky -- that which cannot be proven or disproved can only be dismissed. [minor format edits, hyperlink added]