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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-20 05:06
Subject: [links] Link salad is for the byrds
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Tags:cancer, funny, healthcare, links, personal, politics, religion, science, videos
Get Fuzzy on dog breeding — Hahah.

New drug reverses even 'untreatable' cancersCancer patients may be offered new hope in the form of a harmless virus which can reverse even apparently untreatable forms of the disease when injected into tumors.

Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth — Fascinating article, especially when read with a political eye. (Thanks to markbourne.)

The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield — The sordid history of antivax denialism in comic strip panels. Children die daily now to support the antivax delusion.

D.C. Douglas PSA For Tea Party And FreedomWorks Critics — Wow, quite a video. "Tweaking the nipple of hypocrites in powers can be dangerous." (Thanks to shsilver.)

Bogus Religious Freedom Claims — An argument about whether government officials in Canada can decline to perform same sex marriages. This is analogous to the deeply flawed "conscience laws" here in the US allowing healthcare providers to decline services that conflict with their religious beliefs. Don't want to dispense birth control pills? Don't become a pharmacists. All these laws do is privilege religious bigots and allow persons in positions of authority to impose their private beliefs on the general public.

?otD: Have you ever been eight miles high?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (GI, fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-05-20 12:28 (UTC)
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good article on denial

I agree it's about feeling a loss of control, mostly stemmed in ignorance. I will always remember something my grandmother once said about scientists: "They're getting too smart." I think that says a lot about how people feel more comfortable living in denial, especially here in the Deep South where both denial and hypocrisy go hand in hand.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-05-20 16:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The article on reolysin reminds me of the SMBC comic How Science Journalism Works.
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User: silvertwi
Date: 2010-05-20 16:49 (UTC)
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I think it says something about the kind of fiction I read/watch occasionally that "possible cure for cancer" makes me think "how long until the vampires/zombies/vampire-zombies show up?"
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User: markbourne
Date: 2010-05-21 01:29 (UTC)
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More good commentary and links re denialism: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/05/denialisms.html#more
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