Friday, 23 February 2007

Virtue, verity, and vertigo...

So, the health minister received an award for supporting the creation of the "Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation" or CPACC. Good job. Sounds like a great effort. But did the award have to be called "Courage in Public Policy"? How courageous is helping people fight cancer? Cancer has been known to be one of the most deadly diseases for decades -- the word has almost become synonymous with anything dangerous or harmful. No one's going out on a limb politically when they try to "make a difference in fighting cancer and help those living with it". It would be more courageous to support something not quite so publically supported already: same-sex marriage, increasing taxes, pushing environmental protection through, striking down the security certificates... These things seem to require a little more courage.

And on a completely different note... a friend of mine brought up how this theoretical physicist is apprently close to inventing a time machine... Ronald L. Mallett. He's perfectly legit but I'm a little skeptical. I'm going to read his book, Time Traveler, but his main article and found an article that claims to disprove his theory (see Olum & Everett's "Can a circulating light beam produce a time machine" from FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS LETTERS 18 (4): 379-385 AUG 2005 - abstract) so I'm not optimistic...

I'm getting over having been sick for most of last week... I've been feeling dizzy though. According to medlineplus, it seems like I've got Labrynthitis so it's apparently nothing to worry about but I may see a doctor about it anyway.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Feel better soon, Matt! I don't think you have labrythitis, but as you pointed out to be me, it is a cool sounding disease for an ailment instead of just saying that you have a sore throat.

Well anyway have a good weekend.

Debbie

Jennifer said...

Dude he's totally gonna get the time machine working! He just should remember to plug it in **grins**