“Installing openable windows on airplanes would definitely increase safety. Not only would smoke be able to escape, but the fire would instantly be put out when the cabin depressurized and all the oxygen was sucked outside.”
frankieshoes1 on Sep 25, 2012 at 03:45:36
“Think maybe a small passenger or two might be riding the flames out the window?”
“The only way for a company to know its offensive policies and practices are the reason that less people are buying its products is if the boycotters speak out. Otherwise the company will look at its declining sales figures and attribute them to poor marketing, the bad economy, etc.”
“1) Autism doesn't cause seizures. Hence you cannot postulate a link between vaccines and autism based on your son having suffered an episode of seizures as a baby.
2) Was your son actually ever diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? You say that he returned to being a "perfectly healthy baby" so it doesn't sound like it.
3) Correlation does not equal causation. Just because your son's seizure episode occurred around the same time as his first vaccination doesn't mean the vaccine was to blame.
4) Were tests performed that conclusively ruled out other causes of the seizures? An infection that went undiagnosed and resolved on its own is statistically more likely than an averse reaction to a vaccine.
5) One doctor's opinion that a vaccine had an averse effect in a single case doesn't translate into it being established scientific fact that all vaccines are harmful. Medicine is based on peer review because one person working on their own can often get it wrong.
6) Peer-reviewed research has shown no link between vaccines and autism.
7) Anecdotal experiences cannot be used as scientific evidence.
I'm glad your son is okay today, but hopefully he's got a better handle on science than you.
There are plenty of reasons which women take oral contraception. So, I suppose in Worstall's opinion, women with ovarian cysts should pony up a sin tax if they want the medicine need to treat the pain of their condition and help prevent it from rendering them infertile.
What about all the other drugs that can be excreted in urine? It seems extremely doubtful that the pharmaceutical cocktail — painkillers and antidepressants and sleep aids and ED pills — which people regularly flush into the planet's waterways has zero impact on the environment.
Industrial pollution does way more damage to the environment than hormone-saturated pee ever will. Artificial hormones may negatively effect a few species, but pollution can destroy entire ecosystems. But I doubt that a man who writes for Forbes would ever dare propose imposing more taxes on good ol' American free enterprise.
This is misogyny, pure and simple.”
Davi Rozgonyi on Jun 5, 2012 at 23:25:07
“Too true! My partner is on birth control due to endo. It is the only thing that controls (almost entirely eliminates) what was otherwise quite excruciating pain. This is just an extension of the same mindset that led that obese drug addict rash limburgher to call a woman a sl$t for using birth control.”
May 24, 2012 at 17:59:53
“This is hardly the first time Maclean's has run a cover story that made its partisan slant abundantly clear.
The irony is how few progressive and centrist perspectives there are to be found in Canadian media when Canada is generally regarded as a country in which progressives and centrists represent the majority of the population. In the US, despite all the noise about the "liberal media" from pundits on the right, they at least have the New York Times to balance out the Washington Post, Mother Jones to balance out the National Review, and NBC to balance out Fox.
Up here, all the major newspapers save the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail are owned by Sun Media or Postmedia, which both enjoy nothing so much as pecking Harper's posterior. The one major Canadian news magazine is also equally fond of the same pastime. And with the CBC's metaphorical neck squarely on the funding chopping block, it looks like Canadian airwaves will soon be filled with more of the same.”
bbertaud on May 25, 2012 at 08:38:31
“I am sure the French-speaking press is all fair and balanced...LOL”
Mynameisian on May 24, 2012 at 22:28:30
“I am surprised anyone even reads MacLean's anymore.”
“Facebook has content standards which prohibit posting images of exposed human brains. It's a private company, and if people don't like its TOS, they can try another social network.
Plus this story fails to mention that anencephaly is 100% incompatible with life. This baby had a zero percent chance of survival. Anencephaly isn't the kind of thing that escapes detection on an ultrasound, so this couple would've known in advance. They weren't blindsided with terrible news in the delivery room. I can't say I feel sorry for them in that light. They went through the awful experience of having to watch their child die because they consciously chose to have to through the awful experience of watching their child die.”
Better4us on May 20, 2012 at 06:16:20
“What Standards? $$$$”
mgarrison0827 on May 20, 2012 at 05:39:30
“Excuse me, smarty pants, but you apparently blew off your mouth without failing to research the fact that babies with anencephaly are born without a brain. Therefore, there would have been no exposed tissue, just a flat area of skin.”
Celeste Louise on May 20, 2012 at 05:30:46
“DearOhDear you make a lot of foolish presumptions, such as the presumption that the parents knew what to expect because of ultrasound. Some parents choose NOT TO HAVE any ultrasound, either because they are uninsured and cannot afford it or because they have read the research which indicated ultrasounds may be harmful to fetuses. How self righteous and obnoxious your comment was!”
Celeste Louise on May 20, 2012 at 05:24:57
“Wow Dear you are heartless and you make a lot of presumptions. Yes, anacephally is totally incompatible with life and such fetuses are USUALLY aborted but you are IGNORANT to ASSUME the parents knew. Some parents choose not to have any ultrasound,either because they are uninsured and cannot afford it or because they have read the research insinuating that ultrasounds may harm fetuses. And then there is always the possibility that the ultrasound tech was inexperienced and didn't know what he/she was seeing. You self righteousness and tendency to jump to conclusions is obnoxious.”
rona hinton on May 20, 2012 at 05:15:13
“its nice to know that you don't view life as a gift. Can't speak for everyone but I rather watch my child died than to take one second of life's gift fom him or her. What ever religion you belieave, life is always preicious even for a moment.”
AAKAlan on May 20, 2012 at 04:55:22
“I didn't read anywhere where it stated that the pictures showed exposed brains. Have you seen the pictures yourself?”
“The truth is that Obama is Canadian. When his mother was eight months pregnant, she hopped on a plane to go visit her in-laws in Kenya for some random reason, but she went into pre-term labour, and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Newfoundland. The Illuminati realized that his birth fulfilled a prophecy made by Nostradamus in a lost quatrain, so they doctored his birth certificate to ensure the he could become president and one day fulfill the prophecy.
Oh, wait, this isn't a story about wacky birther conspiracy theories? What am I doing here?”
“"While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads."
Sounds like sour grapes over the fact that her baby daddy didn't to join the Palins' circus.
"...we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home."
There's zero scientific evidence supporting the idea that growing up in a one-parent home is bad. But there are a mountain of studies which have shown that being raised by teen mother who is emotionally and financially unprepared for the responsibility of parenthood will negatively impact a child's academic performance, as well as make boys more likely to end up in jail, and girls more likely to suffer the fate of buying a maternity-size prom dress.
An immature high schooler is the last person on earth who should be caring for a baby.”
1GreenMan on May 11, 2012 at 01:31:26
“An unwed teen mother with a bad track-record is the last person on earth who should be criticizing the parenting of a 50 year old family man with a devoted wife and two kids.”
“It's the attachment parenting gurus who are bunch of nonsense-peddling charlatans. Also, your Snape icon is extremely ironic, as I'm pretty sure one of the that a teacher who was routinely nasty to his students would have few kind words to offer co-sleeping, the idea that it's okay to let kids hop into bed with mom and dad because you don't want to hurt their feelings.”
MBulstrode on May 11, 2012 at 01:11:24
“I like to spend my off hours being mean to children.”
“In developing countries, there's an actual reason to continue breastfeeding children to age three, because doing so prevents them from having to drink contaminated water that can give them intestinal parasites, the effects of which can be fatal for very young children.
But attachment parenting proponents aren't living in the third world. There's no real reason for them to be breast-feeding three-year-old children. It's not going to benefit their children in any way, but rather give them extreme boundary issues that'll negatively impact their relationships with their future partners/spouses, and rack up a lot of therapy bills.
But, unfortunately, our culture seems to love giving every interesting spectacle that comes along its very own 15 minutes, and getting a lot of attention makes it hard for people to acknowledge that their behavior is detrimental and not normative.”
“Anyone who suggests that Obama is strategically flip-flopping on an issue like Romney did on abortion (going from pro-life to pro-choice to pro-life) needs to realize that Obama has nothing to gain politically by supporting same-sex marriage in America's current political climate. It's not going to do much to help him win the moderate vote in any of the crucial swing states. I can thus only conclude that he's had a real change of heart, and is taking this position on principle.”
May 4, 2012 at 21:51:01
“Trudeau, love him or hate him, was a bold reformer who sought to do what he thought was right for Canada, even if it wasn't considered the popular thing to do at the time. He created a lot of friction in his day and wasn't always an easy man to like, but, viewed in retrospect from the vantage of 2012, his tenure as PM takes on a much more positive light.
History isn't going to view Stephen Harper any less unkindly than he is viewed today. With Richard Nixon, we can look back and acknowledge that he was an unscrupulous crook, but that his moderate views on social issues and foreign policy were more reasonable than those of any of the Bible-thumping, cowboy diplomat Republican presidents who came after him. There ain't any silver lining to be found with Harper: he's a vindictive control freak single-mindedly bent on undoing all the progress made in this country over the last 30 years, and that assessment isn't something time will change.”
Apr 28, 2012 at 18:35:46
“A TV show that starts out good but goes downhill can be said to "jump the shark." Harper's tenure as prime minister has been a disaster for Canada since day one. But, whereas an awful TV show would quickly get canned due to low ratings, our first-past-the-post system has allowed a guy only 39% of the country likes to stay in office for the last six years.
Though I have to say the Tories have become an extreme parody of themselves recently. Some of their recent broadsides against members of the opposition have been laughably sophomoric. Can't defend your internet-monitoring bill on merit? Call your opponents pedophile sympathizers. Can't defend your military policy in Afghanistan? Call your opponents Nazi sympathizers. Etc.”
YankinCanada on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:02:26
“The Fonz, on water skis, jumped over a shark in a stunt. It was year 8 I think of the series. Let's hope we don't have to 8 years of Harper and his ilk.”
Apr 28, 2012 at 18:16:23
“The Tories have already demonstrated an apparent willingness to stack the deck to ensure the game comes out in their favour. If they you can't win a riding fairly by convincing more voters that your candidate is the best, then just make sure there will be less people voting for your opponent because they turned up at non-existent polling stations, or just redraw the riding so that there are no longer enough supporters in your riding to elect your opponent.”
Apr 28, 2012 at 17:51:34
“If Stephen Harper had a shred of integrity, he would be backpeddling as fast as possible after not only violating Godwin's law, but demonstrating a laughable ignorance of the political history of the country in which he currently holds the highest possible political office. Instead the Conservative Party stubbornly continues to reiterate this nonsense talking point cooked up by its propaganda machine, which seems to rival that of Rupert Murdoch. A politician who resorts to calling his political opponent a Nazi sympathizer when he's run out of rational defenses of his own policy positions has no business meeting the Dalai Lama.”
YankinCanada on Apr 28, 2012 at 18:02:09
“F&F'd!! In quick terms, do you think Harper has jumped the shark?”
Apr 27, 2012 at 17:12:16
“Where was Stephen Harper when Hitler was spreading terror throughout Europe? Just because he was born in 1959 doesn't been he's exempt from the same moral obligation the NDP are apparently under to travel back in time to fight the Nazis.”
Apr 24, 2012 at 01:07:37
“I will now think twice about condemning anyone who votes PC in Alberta. Their choices were between bad and worse, and I think that, presented with such an ultimatum, I also would have chosen generic neoconservatism over full-on Tea Party crazy. I definitely don't like either option, but I know which I'd find it easier to live with.”