Cancer Rant

I had to tell someone I love last night that lemon juice will not cure his cancer. FUCK antiscientific rumours and false hope. They just distract from the best possible medical healthcare and the reality of the situation a person faces. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are dedicating their lives, wholeheartedly, to a cure. They publish what they discover in books that anyone can read. When they find something that helps, we all know about it, including front line doctors. There is no evil conspiracy to hide the cure, it’s not hidden a test-tube somewhere in a vault. I wish it was, because it wouldn’t take long for someone else to replicate the result anyway. Next time you see some FUCKING BULLSHIT on the Internet, don’t hesitate to stomp it out.

US schools can still beat children, causing psychological harm

According to a press release issued by McGill, UToronto and UMinnesota today, schools that beat their students impair the psychological functioning of the victims. More specifically, the psychological processes affected relate to planning, abstract thinking, and delaying gratification. While the study was undertaken in West Africa, Prof. Stephanie Carlson at uMinnesott points out the shocking relevance of the research for North Americans: “In the U.S., 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools, although more of them are now asking for parent permission to use it. With this new evidence that the practice might actually undermine children’s cognitive skills needed for self-control and learning, parents and policy makers can be better informed.”

I’m personally much more surprised to learn that American schools can still beat children than the fact that it causes psychological issues. What about you?