Dawkins and Chopra

Here’s an excerpt from Richard Dawkins’ “Enemies of Reason” documentary. It’s a bit old, but it’s important. I’ve long come to realize that anyone trying to utilize quantum mechanics for the sake of dishing out spiritual or medical advice is playing everyone for a sucker.

Thought of the day

Here is a descriptive claim:

Many people think bugs are gross.

It is not a value statement. Now here is a normative claim:

Bugs are gross.

It passes judgement on bugs and is therefore a value statement.

I wish more people could separate these two types of claims.

Gay marriage now legal in Argentina

Another nation takes a step towards the right side of history.

Argentina’s Senate passed a gay marriage law early on Thursday following more than 14 hours of charged debate, as hundreds of demonstrators rallied outside the Congress in near-freezing temperatures. Senators voted 33-27 for the proposal, with three abstentions.

“We’re now a fairer, more democratic society. This is something we should all celebrate,” Maria Rachid, a leading gay rights activist, said as supporters of the law hugged each other and jumped up and down after the vote.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez supports gay marriage on human rights grounds and is expected to sign the law after her return from a state visit to China.

Good. There will be more happy individuals in Argentina, with no adverse effects on society whatsoever.

Local paper advertises for Maloney

Christopher Maloney has written another letter to the editor of the local paper. Unlike his first letter, this one isn’t filled with so many lies.

Thank you for the July 10 editorial about antibiotic use in livestock.

The most troubling aspect of constant use of antibiotics in livestock is that human patients are often asked to forgo similar “preventative” antibiotic use so we won’t contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

A sick child with a likely viral infection will not get antibiotics, while millions of livestock animals in close quarters receive a daily dose. It is as if we have placed our food above our children in importance.

Small local farmers are providing world-class alternatives to the overuse of antibiotics. Purchasing locally rewards those who use antibiotics appropriately while growing our community. Those looking can check with the farmer’s markets, http://www.maloney medical.com or the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Christopher Maloney, N.D.

Augusta

Okay, so he is lying when he tries to imply he’s somehow a legitimate doctor with his naturopathic title, “N.D.”, but other than that…he’s actually reasonable. UPDATE: That’ll teach me for not reading such quackery more closely (and at 1:30 in the morning). Antibiotics have nothing to do with treating viruses. They are for bacteria. I expected too much from Maloney.

Of course, there is still the issue of the paper allowing Maloney to put his bogus website in his letter. They’re putting the health of Maine residents at risk by allowing him to link back to his quackery without any sort of disclaimer – especially given the fact that he’s actually making a real point and now spewing some naturopathic, anti-science bullshit.

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