Skepchick Quickies 10.29
- Health officials to consider tightening vaccine exemptions – “Concerned by the steady increase in the number of children who are starting kindergarten without proof of updated vaccinations, public health officials in the Bay Area will meet in November to look into the possibility of tightening the system that allows parents to opt out from mandatory immunizations.” There’s an unfortunate amount of ignorance in the comments.
- Physics professor responds to the Troll Physics meme – “For example, can one survive a falling elevator by jumping up in the air at the last minute? Also, f*cking electromagnetism – how does it work?”
- How to twist scientific studies to promote hate – Well, that’s tabloid writing for you.
- Finally, a “cake” for atheists – From TurboFool.
- Cute Animal Friday! Jack Tripper, the amazing eyeless kitten will win over your cold ruthless heart with his intense cuteness (from Jen). In larger cute kitten news, these lion cubs have graduated from swim school.
The owner of the eyeless kitten sure has an eye for nice photos! What a cute kitty!
That cake will haunt my nightmares. O.O;
I had never heard of Andrea Peyser before. And now I wish I could say that that was still the case. But anyways, look at the cute kitties!
Also enjoyed the Troll Physics article. It’s kinda sad that some of the commenters are too lazy to read the last line of the article though. The prof gets the joke.
The astonishing part of the vaccination exemption article is that Mississippi is actually doing something right!
This should be boilerplate for much of the Internet.
One of the comments, responding to a simple, nonthreatening plea for source-checking:
“When people can’t refute the evidence they simply claim something is “disresputable”, or “oh the scientific method!”. Gimme a break. These are facts, charts based on annuals and disease data for decades upon decades and you question it because you think since it makes vaccine s look bad it must not be accurate data. You’re an idiot.”
I can’t read those comments anymore. Who needs coffee in the morning when a nice dose of rage does just fine?
RE: religious exemption for vaccines
Why? I don’t understand why a superstitious belief should exempt you from public health responsibilities.
Also…One of the comments to that article said essentially, “vaccines weaken your immune system, diseases strengthen it.”
Ignorance like that gives me a migraine.
Mythbusters did a great job with the jumping in a falling elevator myth. I’ve always wondered what would happen if the elevator was full of water and you were floating or suspended in the middle of the water when it hit the bottom. Would your body react differently to the sudden deceleration if there was no compression?
I want to lose weight, but I have philosophical objection to diet and exercise. Therefore I demand the right to file a personal belief exemption to gravity.
Depends on the speed when you hit the bottom and how watertight the elevator is. Best case scenario:
Floating, low speed, water bursts through elevator. Floating means the impact is distributed evenly over your lower surface. The low speed means water is still compressible and absorbs some of the shock and allowing the water to escape increases this benefit.
Worst case scenario: Suspended, high speed, watertight elevator. The water is now close to incompressible and absorbs none of the shock of impact. Although you do get the benefit of the shock to your lower surface being evenly distributed you now have a significant mass of water above you which will smash you flat.
dang, they purged all the comments on the first article.
It was probably for the best…
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That cake is really disturbing…yikes!!
@Bjornar: Okay, but given the human body is mostly water and fairly incompressible, except for the lungs, how could you get flattened if youâ€™re suspended? Perhaps someone with a supercomputer could run a few simulations on this one. And if the elevator was really strong and completely sealed and the person were to be breathing an oxygenated liquid compound there wouldnâ€™t even be an issues with the lungs compressing. I see space travel acceleration and deceleration applications!! Unless I’m totally full of it on this, and I expect there is an obvious problem Iâ€™m ignorant of. If it works I’m calling it a G-force BOG!
the cake looks good to me.
Ok, the eyeless kitty melted my cold dark heart.
*will comment when she stops screaming in fear from the baby cake*
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