Sunday Links

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
  • Back when I wrote about the obesity debate for Cato, I remember when public schools telling parents their kids are too fat was the sort of thing people on my side of the debate warned about, and people on the other side of the debate said was ridiculous hyperbole. Also, the kid’s BMI is 19.4, and the school is sending home fat warnings? Why not just go ahead and build a vomitorium next to the girls bathroom?
  • NGO fight! World Health Organization criticizing Amnesty International for criticizing World Health Organization assessment lauding North Korea’s health care system. Shouldn’t starving a million of your own people to death somehow factor into any assessment of the sort of health care you’re providing?
  • Federal judge strikes down Stolen Valor Act, which makes faking military awards and experience a federal crime. I’ve written about this before. The proper remedy here is shame, not prison time.
  • Indiana may soon add a $100 doctor’s visit to the cost of treating a cold. Because of the meth.
  • More of this, please. Federal judge not only orders sheriff to issue gun permit sheriff improperly denied, but also orders sheriff to take college-level course on the First Amendment.

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58 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  DarkEFang | 

    “Regarding Indiana’s requiring prescriptions for cold medicine, aren’t there any political groups lobbying to prevent this? I would be willing to contribute money to oppose this nonsense. They recently started moving cold medicine behind the counter where I live and the only thing you can buy after hours is not worth the trip to get it.”

    In the part of Indiana I live in, all the stores have already put sudaphed behind the pharmacy counter, requiring you to fill out paperwork and show your driver’s license for a maximum of 8 tablets or whatever. Being able to purchase sudaphed with a prescription would actually be easier than the current system.

    This sounds to me like the state legislature is just trying to look tough on the issue without actually doing much of anything. The market already took care of the issue. Of course, meth dealers just break into pharmacies now, instead of paying for sudaphed.

  2. #2 |  Mike Healy | 

    Forget Colonel Sanders. What about Colonel Angus?

  3. #3 |  xenia onatopp | 

    Oops, that should be Chan, not Chang. Oddly my phone’s predictive text added the “g.’ Another reason to reread carefully before posting.

  4. #4 |  Lamarck's Giraffe | 

    More Sheriff Joe goodness (bandess?), from here in Maricopa County:
    “A Phoenix-area man accused – and later won acquittal – of murdering his infant son in 2003 won a second legal battle this month when a jury found two Maricopa County Sheriff’s detention officers guilty of abuse and awarded him $855,000 in civil damages.”

    Note the final paragraph from the article: “Every once in a while you get an aberrational jury,” said MCSO Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre. “That’s why we have a court of appeals to straighten these aberrations out.”

  5. #5 |  supercat | 

    //supercat, nobody’s saying there shouldn’t be a ‘consequence’. Radley even said so, that shame is warranted.//

    Shame is only a useful threat against people who would try to avoid it. Many people who claim a fake background (military or other) are shameless.

    If one claims one has received from entity X a credential one has not received, and if one uses such claim to receive from Y any benefit one would not have received without such claim, one commits fraud; both X and Y should be considered aggrieved parties.

    In some cases, criminal charges may be applicable even if neither X nor Y is a government entity. Why should they be any less applicable when X is a government entity?

  6. #6 |  RWW | 

    You know, I think actual military experience and awards are a subject of shame.

  7. #7 |  Mark | 

    Wow, meth sounds awesome. Why haven’t I thought to try it before? I’m going to use my skills of technical invention to make some and get high! Woot!

  8. #8 |  Robert | 

    Being a programmer of medical & dental software, I seem to remember from research for a BMI/body fat calculation & tracking tool I wrote that BMI is considered to be of NO use for anyone under 20, their heights and weights are fluctuating too much for it to indicate anything. So why did anyone bother finding this kids BMI in the first place?