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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Right to Die, and Terri Schindler-Schialvo

This is a tragic situation where a family has been divided by a calamity. Terri Schindler-Schialvo collapsed in 1990, and in 1998 her husband sued for permission to remove her feeding tube. His request was granted, and the only reason Terri is still alive is that her parents are fighting tooth and nail to keep the order from being carried out.

It looks like they are about to lose that battle. Despite evidence of purposeful movement, attempts to speak, recognition and reaction to family members, despite the diagnoses and written opinions of physicians and therapists, the courts have agreed with Mike Schialvo and his lawyer that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state, and a candidate for removal of life support, which in her case, consists of a feeding tube.

The feeding tube is the only reason that Terri is at risk for court ordered euthanasia. If she could be fed by spoon, she could not be allowed to die. Unbelievably, in March of 2000, the judge in the case, Judge Greer, denied her parents and doctors the right to test her ability to swallow, or eat from a spoon. This is simply incredible, since she doesn't drool, controlling her own saliva by swallowing.

For more about the case, including video of Terri responding to family and friends, go here.

There's something seriously wrong here.

First of all, if we're going to kill this girl, then why make her suffer through 10-14 days of thirst and starvation? Be merciful and kill her quickly with a lethal injection. Both actions will certainly cause her death; why make her suffer?

Squeamishness.

The right-to-die crowd has quite correctly assessed the mindset of most Americans. We don't like killing somebody just because they're sick, but as long as we can maintain the fiction that we are "allowing them to die", we can live with it. If we don't act, but through inaction allow her to die, somehow we believe that no moral burden falls on us.

It's bullshit.

Whether death comes from withdrawal of treatment or a lethal injection, the intent to kill is there, so if you're going to kill her, dispense with the hypocrisy and don't let her suffer. Dragging it out over 2 weeks is certainly the les moral of the choices, adding torture to murder.

And it is murder, make no mistake.

That squeamishness reveals the second problem, and identifies why this is murder. Terri left no clear instructions on what should happen in the event of her incapacitation. We have the statment of her husband, which is contradicted by her parents. That simply isn't enough to go on. Making the decision to end a life should only be taken when the evidence is overwhelming, and that isn't the case here. If this were a capital punishment case, the sentence would be thrown out on appeal in a heart beat. Why should a convicted felon have more protection than an innocent victim? So why would this judge allow the removal of the feeding tube under such shaky pretenses?

I can only assume it is because he pities Terri Schialvo, and feels like he needs to put her out of her misery. He may have looked at her, and seen himself, and decided that since he wouldn't want to live that way, she wouldn't either. The problem is, that shouldn't be the basis of his decision. If she can be fed by a spoon, then she can't be allowed to die. Why not allow that test? granted, if she fails it, that won't stop her parents from trying to save her life, but if she passes it, it would prevent a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Isn't that worth the time?

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Harrison Ford: Hypocrite

OK, he thinks our foreign policy is going in the wrong direction. He thinks we shouldn't have used military force in Iraq. He thinks we need to restrict the availability of guns in the US. He regrets what we've done in Iraq so far.

OK, these are his opinions and he is entitled to them, but how seriously whould we take them? He's just an actor after all; I'm not aware of any study he's done in foreign policy, or on interpretations of the Bill of Rights. Is this another case of a celebrity trading on fame to forward a political position?

You betcha!

But read the following bit from Harrison, to see just how seriously we should take him:
Ford said many of today's films "are more akin to video games than stories about human life and relationships."

"It seems everybody is only going for the big hit, for the most return," he said.

The veteran actor announced he will revive the role of adventure-hero Indiana Jones in the fourth installment of the series, scheduled for release in 2005.


Hey, he's just going with the flow, right? Getting his while he can. Which is fine, but he probably shouldn't criticize everybody else for doing the same thing.

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Speaking of the Undead

It's football time in Tennessee, and the Vols are ready to take the field.

Maybe.

The weather forecast is for rain on Saturday, and we all know how well Casey performs when it's wet.

The offensive and defensive lines should be much improved, which will help, and Banks provides a breakaway threat at wide receiver, something we lacked last year. Of course, Banks won't make much of a difference if Casey can't get the ball to him, or if Sanders calls his usual conservative game.

This is the last chance for Sanders in my book. I was hard on him last year, but there's no doubt that injuries caused some of his problems. But a good Offensive Co-ordinator needs to be able to react to those injuries, and work around them. Sanders didn't do that. It will be interesting to see how he does this year.

Fulmer has to take a lot of heat for last year as well. He allowed a couple of hot shots to destroy the team. That cannot happen again. The team is saying the right things coming oput of practice, but I'll have to see how it translates on the field before I become a believer again. Apparently I'm not alone, since, for the first time that I can remember, the season opener still had not sold out 3 days before kickoff.

The biggest obstacle facing the Vols this year is their schedule. Even a squad which improved greatly over last year's effort could still wind up with 4 or 5 losses.

Saturday's game against fresno State will be a real test for the team. Do well, and the season promises to be an exciting one, win or lose. Falter, win ugly or lose, and it will be a long frustrating season.

Again.

Vols on top 24-14

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The Living Dead

There’s one scene that’s in every zombie movie ever made. I think it’s required by law or something. It’s the scene where one of the kids running from the zombies has been caught, eaten, and now returns to chase his former friends. Though recognizable, mainly by his/her clothing, they are ghosts of their former selves, brain dead, shambling monsters whose only goal is to feed off the living.

Which pretty much sums up how I feel about 100.3 The River in its new incarnation. The life is gone, but the corpse refuses to lie down and be quiet.

I can still recognize the body of my old friend; the call letters are the same; they still call themselves “The River,” and they’ve even kept a couple of the DJ’s. But there’s no heartbeat in this new incarnation, no soul, probably because there’s no heart in corporate radio.

Morning and afternoon drives are the two peak times for a radio station. That’s when they get most of their listeners, and that’s when they establish a voice. WOKI’s drive time shows are canned, and have all the personality of a trash compacter. They’ve recycled news and traffic announcers from other Citadel stations in Knoxville, a move that saves money, but one that robs the station of the last vestiges of a unique voice.

They claim to have kept the same format, but the mix has changed. I’m hearing more pop music, and less blues, Americana, and reggae. When they let their Music and Program Directors' go, the station lost its direction, and the music lost its focus. Instead of an edgy, eclectic mix of new and old, of songs you wouldn't hear anywhere else, we’re now getting the standard Greatest Hits mix. Before long, I expect ratings will drop off, and Citadel will use that as an excuse to officially change the format to whatever they want to call what they’re playing now.

Contrary to the carefully selected sound bites they’ve been running, most of the River Rats are dismayed with the changes, and are leaving The River. As one former River Rat said, “If I have to listen to crap, I’ll listen to the original crap, not an imitation.”

The River has lost its voice, its edge, and it won’t get it back. According information in the guestbooks on Save 100 The River.com, they don’t want it back. Apparently, the new management is going after a female audience to supplement their male audience at WIVK. I guess that leaves the River Rats who liked the format before, who drove the Station from 11 to 5 in the rankings, out in the cold.

We’ve tried petitions, e-mail campaigns, talking to advertisers, and even talked to the some of the people in charge. We were told we were heard, that our voices made a difference.

We were lied to.

But revenge is sweet, and I get to do my small part to ensure that the newest Citadel venture falls flat on its face. Not by this column; 100 readers or so won’t make a difference, but guess who was chosen as a radio Arbitron family for this week? Yep, that’s right. I’ve got 5 radio logs in my house, and for the past week, not one Citadel station has appeared on any of those logs. WUTK, WETS (Johnson City), WDVX, and 93.1 all show significant time though. I imagine they will be greatful to the new management at The River.

Just my small way of showing the folks at Citadel how much I appreciate them turning my favorite station into a pale imitation of every other mediocre station out there.

You know, I'd be happier if they would go ahead, be honest for a change, and rename the station to something that more accurately reflects the new outlook, like, The Ditch, The Stagnant Pond, or The Cesspool. Let the dead corpse finally rest.

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Monday, August 25, 2003

Enough is Enough!

Checking out SayUncle, I found that Fumento is still commenting about our little dust up. Bigwig has this to say:

If you're going to denigrate the size of a man's equipment in public, no matter how much of an ass he may have been, fair play demands that you be willing to expose your own to the gaze of the same crowd.


Was I an ass? I don't think so. Far from defending the Atkins Plan, I simply pointed out errors in Fumento's argument, errors of logic and errors of fact that nobody who'd actually read the book could have made, unless they were attempting to distort the truth. I pointed this out to Mr. Fumento, and challenged him to correct the record. I also pointed out that his misrepresentations and distortions were very similar to those he accused Gary Taubes of committing. What I got back was a blast of venom and personal attack, which, while not answering any of my criticisms did succeed in changing the terms of the debate from his erroneous reporting to his boorish behavior, and from there to an argument about readership. When you're losing a debate, it's always a good tactical move to change the focus of the debate, and that's what he did, both in his email to me, and in entries on his site. Both site traffic and his insults were irrelevant to the discussion we were having, but that's all anybody will remember.

My view on this is simple, and documented; the guy is fundamentally dishonest. Just a few examples from Advise section:

First, he introduces errors into a quote from my page, then attributes those errors to me.

Second, he copies a picture, changing the aspect ratio to make it look worse than it is. When called on this by Glenn Reynolds, he fixes the aspect ratio, yet later claims to another reader that he didn't doctor the image.

Third, he uses another picture from an Atkins site to "prove" that all Atkins supporters are fat. He changes the filename, and provides no link to the picture, making it difficult to verify his claim. I took the time, and found the following:

The picture (Scroll down to Betzi) is indeed an "After" shot from Betzi, who claims to have lost 102 lbs, down from 435 to 333 lbs over about a year. She's lost a quarter of her body weight, and this pompous ass has the gall to use her picture to claim that all Atkins followers are fat!

"Sick vicious bastard" springs to mind.

And that's my final word on Mr. Michael Fumento.

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The Essential Survival Kit

Forget what you read in Bomb Shelters Today or The Survivalists's Digest, SayUncle has the lowdown on what you really need to survive when the SHTF.

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Week 3

Hit the scales this morning and was very happy to see 262 lbs. That's 20 lbs in three weeks! I've gone from size 44 jeans to size 40. I raised by carbs to 20 grams/day, and my daily caloric intake fell to just under 1900 calories. The calorie reduction wasn't intentional; my youngest som was suffering from shingles, which threw off my daily routine. I literally forgot to eat!

Since things are going so well, I'm going to add another 5 grams of carbs this week. I'm adding some extra veggies, like asparagus, spinach, and green beans, as well as some fruit, mostly berries. I've also been exercising 4 times a week, doing aerobic photography. I walk just under 2 miles everymorning, taking pictures to document job progress. Combining exercise with work helps me get around my lack of spare time.

For next week, my goal weight is 257 lbs.

A couple of weeks ago, I was accused of being an Atkins cultist, and what kind of cultist would I be if I didn’t try to gain a few converts to the cause? So, beginning with this update, I plan to bust a few myths about the Atkins Plan, put out some correct information, throw in a recipe or two, and annoy an ill-informed skeptic or two along the way.


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Sunday, August 24, 2003

One quick question

Part of the left's mantra for the past few decades is that the root cause of crime is poverty.

"Poor folks have few options," the argument goes, "so they feel they must turn to a life of crime in order to survive."

There's a problem with that thesis. According to the same liberal songbook, we're in the worst economy in history; the people are suffering terribly; there are no jobs, no hope, and frustration is mounting.

Why then are the crime rates falling?
Violent and property crimes dipped in 2002 to their lowest levels since records started being compiled 30 years ago, and have dropped more than 50 percent in the last decade, the Justice Department (news - web sites) reported Sunday.


Either times are not as bad as some would have us believe, or the correllation between poverty and criminal behavior needs to be re-examined.

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Saturday, August 23, 2003

Blow it out your A**!

A while back, there was an artist who created a buzz in the art world by his, shall we say, rather unusual painting style. His name was Keith Boadwee, and he got his 15 minutes by loading up his butt with a paint enema and blowing it out onto a canvas. (Why am I telling you this? Patience, Iago, patience.) This combination of performance and conceptual art excited the avant garde art crowd to no end, proving once and for all that art, no matter how full of crap, will sell if packaged correctly. (In this case shoved right up the old wazzoo!)

The problem is that it isn't art.

Now some will call me parochial and small minded, but art should be intentional. It doesn't have to be beautiful, and it doesn't have to have some deep philosophical or political message, but it should be on purpose, and should provoke or convey some emotion. Some guy farting paint on a canvas just doesn't cut it. It's too random, no different than inking the paws of my cat and letting her walk across a canvas.

In a way though, what we bloggers do is not very different from what Boadwee did. With certain notable exceptions, bloggers react in real time, from the gut. We read some bit of news or commentary, and instantly jot down our thoughts, analysis, or opinions, hit a button, and BANG! we share them with the world, with out really taking the time to organize our thoughts into some logical order. Heck, many of us don't even take the time to spell-check. (Note to Ben and Mena: You want me to pay money for an MT upgrade? Include a spell checker with a customizable word list, and I'll send you a check tomorrow.)

Now there are exceptions of course. Some of us carefully research our posts, build a case, and craft each sentence with care, determined to let the air out of some pompous windbag. Others of us can execute beautifully written prose on the fly, composing, editing, revising and posting the final version in less time than it takes me to decide on a title. But what most of us do compares to real writers about as favorably as Enema Boy does to Jackson Pollack. Both create abstract paintings, but with Pollack, you see a sense of purpose. The seeming randomness is actually controlled chaos, building to convey or provoke a visceral response. Enema Boy's paintings are colorful crap smeared on a canvas.

Am I saying that bloggers are full of crap?

Yes , partially, but that's not a bad thing.

According to Sturgeon's Law, 90% of everything is crap, so why should the blogosphere be any different? So yes, the blogosphere is full of crap, but we also have to look at Hailey's Corollary, codified about 20 years ago when a young lady friend of mine was going through a very rough time, and needed some encouragement. Hailey's Corollary says that while life is full of crap, crap makes good fertilizer; you should grow something.

Bloggers are creating an extraordinarily fertile garden, where information transfer and personal self expression are cross-pollinating, creating an entirely new medium. Right now, nobody knows how blogs will affect traditional media, only that they have already made an impact, not only in how stories are covered, but in which stories are covered. To return to the Fumento flap as an example, a minor dustup with a "nobody" whose readers number around 100 has now become fodder for the entire blogosphere, seen by tens of thousands of people, simply because the story resonated with a few people, and was picked up and amplified by some of the big players.

It certainly was an unpleasant surprise for Mr. Fumento, but a nice illustration of the way the blogosphere works.

In that fertile environment, even the smallest kernel of an idea has the chance to grow. Blogs are very egalitarian; today's buzz could come from one of the big timers, or just as easily from some obscure guy posting about what pissed him off this morning. If the story resonates, it will spread throughout the sphere, until it is picked up by one of the big boys, which gives the little guy a huge boost.

We all get excited when one of the big guns takes notice of us, and our traffic spikes, but what are we really getting excited about? Take last week for example, where I caught an SDB-lanche from my dust-up with Fumento. My traffic skyrocketed, and I enjoyed the ride, but that enjoyment was tempered by the knowledge that the links that brought in the traffic weren't for me; the people that followed the links weren't looking for my writing; they were eager to see a puffed up science writer show his ass in public.

And they got what they were looking for.

But when this story dies, how many of those 4000 or so readers will still be here? 10? 20 maybe? Who knows?

What I do know is that those 10 or 20 repeat readers are more important than the short term flood of visitors. They are the ones who've looked through my archives and liked what they saw enough to come back, to bookmark or even put up a permanent link. They are the ones I get excited about.

On the other hand, I also got an Insta-lanch last week (Yep, it was a good week!) when the professor linked to my post on the power grid, a link which did bring people here specifically for something I wrote. That was an affirmation I could enjoy without reservation.

So while 90% of what I produce may truly be crap, I keep writing to get to that other 10% that's worthwhile. Who knows; with enough practice, I might be able to knock that 90% down to 85%.

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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Blogger’s Bash!

The RTB has grown so much that it's time for another get together. Heck, any excuse for a party!

We've met at Barley's in the past, but some members prefer a location where more adult beverages are served. Since I live in a dry county, I've got no suggestions there, so I'll throw the location open to y'all. Leave suggestions in the comments, or e-mail me.

As for date and time, football season is open, which means Saturday's are out, since I will be rooting for the Northview Cougars. I've tried a couple mid-week get togethers, with modest success, so it looks like Friday is the best day.

So, I'm shooting for Fri., Aug 29, around 6:30PM. Again, let me know via comments/email if that time or date doesn't work.

I'm looking forwrd to meeting all the new members, and seeing some familiar faces.

UPDATE: Every response I've gotten so far says that Friday the 29th is a bad day. How about the next weekend, Friday the 5th of Sep?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Week 2

Ok, for those of you interested, on Monday, I completed two weeks of induction. I've lost 13 pounds on an average of 2060 calories per day, and a carb average of 14 grams per day. For the next week, I'm adding radishes, tomatoes, cucmbers and mushrooms to my salads, plus almonds and macadamia nuts as a snack.

First time around, I went from 305 to 227 in about 7 months. My mistake was thinking that since I lost the weight so quickly, I wouldn't gain it back. I quit the plan, thinking I could eat normally without falling into the same patterns that lead to the 305 pounds in the first place.

Yeah, right.

Chocolate milkshakes and french fries are from Satan.

I gained just over 50 lbs during the year after I left the plan. Fortunately, I wised up before I gained it all back, and I'm back on it. I kept a diary last time, and to try and duplicate that success, I'm doing it again. Feel free to skip these entries if you'd like, but if you want to follow along and see whether I can lose it and keep it off long term, as well as get a few facts about the Atkins Plan, come on along for the ride.

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Light blogging, but with a heck of a good excuse.

It started very innocuously. Luke complained after football practice that his skin was hurting underneath his hip pads. I looked, and there was a little redness, but nothing major. I figured he had sensitive skin, and that in a day or two, it would go away.

Wrong.

The next day, the red had turned into a small rash, and hurt worse. His coach and I figured he might be allergic to the pads. He switched from a half T-shirt to a full shirt, and kept that between the pads and his skin. The coach said he had seen rashes like that before, and to put baby powder on all of the pads.

The next day, the rash began to blister, and Luke told me that his skin in other places was beginning to hurt. I started to worry at this point, and checked him out again. The rash was still localized to under his hip pad, but a new one started under his butt pad, and there were red patches starting on his leg. I knew it wasn't an allergic reaction, but it looked so much like poison ivy that I thought maybe he had gotten some underneath his pads, but it didn't itch, it hurt.

His mother looked at it, and mentioned that it looked like shingles to her, but it couldn't have been shingles because that's an adult relapse of chicken pox, and Luke had never had chicken pox. We looked it up on the web, and his symptoms matched perfectly. he was standing with us while we were talking about it and mentioned that a boy on his football team was recovering from chicken pox when practice had started 2 weeks earlier.

Case closed. We had the culprit.

I called the doctor's ofice first thing Monday morning, and couldn't get an appointment until this afternoon. They told me to give him ibuprofen for the pain and make him comfortable for the night.

Easier said than done.

It's a very helpless feeling when your child is hurting and there's nothing you can do about it. You want to take the pain for them; you ask God to spare them and give it to you, but it never works that way, and the best you can do is be there for them. The poor guy was in a fair bit of pain, but he handled it better than I would have. He cried a little, but didn't whine or gripe, facing the pain with a smile for the most part, and that's more than you can expect from most men. I did what i could; we did find that soaking a paper towel in cold water and putting it gently on the rash helped, and so did cool baths.

We made it through the night and left the house to go to the doctor's office. As soon as the sun hit the rash, it started burning him again, so he wasn't very happy until we got into the office and out of the heat. The nurse got his height and weight and took us back to the exam room and asked what the problem was. Luke pulled up his shirt and showed her.

She immediately gasped, and started saying "You poor thing," and other things nurses say to try and make kids feel better. She seemed a little rattled, but I what really surprised me was the doctor's reaction when he walked in.

He looked at Luke's back, stuttered for a moment and said, "That must hurt like a mother-f....a lot!"

He regained his composure, took a blood and urine sample from Luke and gave us a prescription for an antiviral. All the while, he kept saying how bad it must hurt. Luke kinda laughed a little and said it did hurt, but he was dealing with it.

I got misty.

Anyway, we headed for the house, and I went and got Luke's medicine, so we should be on the road to recovery now. He's sitting here beside me and wants to show y'all what we've been talking about.

WARNING: The image at this link
is nasty. It hurts me just to look at it. You've been warned!

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Saturday, August 16, 2003

More on the blackout

Sparky, over at Sgt Stryker, has posted a very detailed analysis of the blackout, using power plots from the areas involved. He comes up with some surprising information. Go check it out.

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Friday, August 15, 2003

Power grids and blackouts

Yep, the lights went out for 50 million people yesterday, and we still don't really know why it happened. Canada blames a fault in our system; we blame a fault in Canada's system, or a bad transmission line in the Midwest, but we're all sure it wasn't a terrorist.

Why? Just because nothing blew up?

Let's try a little experiment, change the word terror to sabotage. Sound any more likely now?

The leading theory on the root cause of the failure, at least, the leading theory as I rode in to work this morning, was the simultaneous failure of multiple transmission lines in the northern Mid-West US.

Hmmm. When I learned to trouble shoot, they taught us that multiple faults are very rare, and to look for a single fault first. If you seemed to be chasing a multiple fault, step back and look again. You probably missed something.

Here's a scenario to consider: Some idiot with an axe to grind and no sense of self preservation decides to die gloriously for Allah or whoever. He shorts two high tension transmission lines together, vaporizing himself while causing a cascading overload which shuts down power to 50 million people.

That's "simultaneous failure of multiple transmission lines."

This is offered as a possibility. I have no evidence, not even a hunch. Possibly a short occurred naturally, I don't know. But I'm getting a bit tired of the first words coming out of every politico's mouth when something happens being "It wasn't terrorism" when in truth, there's no way to know.

Don't lie to me.

OK, rant over. Now to the informative portion of this post.

There are a lot of folks griping about the collapse of the power grid, and the predictable voices are blaming the President, as if he had something to do with the design and construction of the grid. First of all, the thing wasn't designed; it grew. Second, it's not a monolithic system with some control room out of Star Trek. It's grunches of smaller, local systems interconnected, co-operative but independent of each other. Third, the complaint that "Somebody ought to do something" is easy; determining what to actually do is the hard part.

To give you some idea of how hard that question is, I have to take you into the complexities of the power grid, give you a tour of how it operates, and why it is set up the way it is. My knowledge in this area is based on my Navy career as Nuclear Reactor Operator. I didn't deal directly with the power distribution system, but through extensive cross training, I am familiar with the principles and techniques involved. And if I make any mistakes, I'm sure Sparky will correct me.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

The Last Bit on Fumento

First, thanks to all of you for visiting, and leaving your comments.
  • Evan, I'm not worried about a suit, he gave me permission, remember? "Tell it to your two readers, etc." It's not my fault he underestimated the blogosphere!
  • Toronto Citizen, I see your point. Still, whether or not hindsight tells us more about SARS or not, at the time, with what we knew, and more particularly what we didn't know, I still think it was prudent to react as the WHO did. Better to overreact than underreact.
  • Pat Berry, thanks for the catch. I've made the correction. Since I'm always a borrower *sigh*, I default to that point of view.*grin*
  • DougL, clip away!
  • FredH, draw up a chair and stay awhile if it suits you.
  • Scott, don't worry about it. I'll answer to almost anything!
  • Steve Story, there's more to Atkins than lowered caloric intake, but I don't want to be accused of being a cultist, so I'll let it be. The important thing, really the only important thing is to find a diet that works, that is safe, and that you can live with. For me, Atkins fits the bill.


Now to new business. I just found out from my buddy SayUncle, that I have been honored by inclusion in Fumento's Advise and Dissent column. He crows about his "victory" over me, gratuitous insults included. The only reason that this is noteworthy is that either he has not quite mastered cut-and-paste, or he is trying to make me look bad by inserting typos in the quote he uses (without links of course).

From the original post:
By your numbers, SARS had an overall mortality rate of approximately 9%. Since other respiratory ailments generally run at less than 1%, even in the elderly, that one factor alone warrants considerable concern.


From Fumento's piece (linked above):
By your numbers, SARS had an overall mortality rate of approxinmately (sic) 9%. Since other respiratory ailments generally run at less than 1% (sic), even in the elderly, that one factor alone warrants considerable concern.


A journalist, particularly a contrarian like Fumento, trades on his credibility. Lose that, and he may as well pack it in. By altering the quotes of an unknown blogger, Fumento opens himself to charges of misquoting anyone if it serves his purpose. In my eyes, he is the Michael Bellisiles of science journalism.

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