Quickies: Health Care in America, Acupuncture Studies, and a Bible Theme Park
- A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed: #15Girls – “Kamala believes that if she enters the house while she’s menstruating, the people and animals will get sick. The gods will be angry and she’ll bring a curse onto the house. She’s also been told her hands will curl up and become deformed. We try to reassure Kamala that no one will hurt her, but she’s scared and runs away.”
- The Loss – “To understand everything wrong about health care in America today, look to a horrifying trend in amputation.”
- An Industry of Worthless Acupuncture Studies – “The problem (for acupuncturists) with this definition is that carefully controlled scientific studies consistently show that it does not matter where you stick the needles or even if you insert needles (as opposed to just poking the skin with dull needles, or retracting needles, or even tooth picks). To further support this conclusion, the perceived effectiveness of acupuncture does not depend on the degree of training or experience of the acupuncturist (so whatever they are learning has no effect), but only upon how warm and nice they are to the patient. In short, acupuncture is an elaborate placebo.”
- See the Bible in Real Life: Photos of Florida’s Holy Land Theme Park – There is a cardboard cut-out of Jesus on a motorcycle and Jesus in a boxing ring. And live crucifixion shows too!
- Behind The Founding Foodie, A French-Trained Chef Bound By Slavery – “As part of his deal with Jefferson, James Hemings spent the next three years training his little brother, Peter, to replace him in the kitchen. Then, at 31, Hemings became a free man. But freedom was far different for a black man in America than it had been in Paris. He was a man adrift, searching for his place in the world.”