Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Stories

Stories that managed to capture my minuscule attention span this week:

Remember that guy who was supposedly in a coma for 23 years and suddenly began communicating? Orac from Respectful Insolence does and his cry of "bullsh*t" has now been confirmed.

Dan Gardner from the Ottawa Citizen tells us what he thinks of the Olympics (Can't say I disagree with him, though I do enjoy watching them).

The Atlanta Journal Constitution on how obesity is a threat to America's national security.

Lastly an angry guy named Drew Harvey thinks I contribute to the obesity epidemic by criticizing the Food Guide and that I have a hidden agenda therein. If you want a lesson in how not to handle angry comments click on through - though they won't be there. Drew deleted them all. Then he put a very select few back up. Who knows what he'll do next? Don't worry though, the whole thing is quite blogworthy, definitely a "teachable moment", and will be the subject of a post here next week.

(BTW: Thrilled to see in the comment section of Drew's rant (now deleted) that the public questions the Food Guide whenever he hands it out. He had written,

"Why can't I hand out the Food Guide to elementary school students or to adults at a recreation center without hearing regurgitated points against the guide?"
Thanks Drew - yesterday you made my day. Glad to hear that I've helped to normalize the Guide's critical appraisal to the point where even elementary school children are able to see its shortcomings. Perhaps next time around it'll actually be evidence based.)