“They’re All Quacks.”

I see this phrase online with alarming frequency and it really bugs the hell out of me.

Are there lousy physicians out there?  Yes. Yes, there are.  Are there lousy voiceover actors, lawyers, baristas, contractors, graphic artists and dogs out there?  Also yes. That doesn’t make them ALL bad. That’s a sweeping generalization and it really…

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Seriously, knock that shit off. And get off my lawn while you’re at it.

When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my general practitioner was extraordinarily aggressive with my treatment. And he got me off the heavy duty medications including injectable insulin within six months. He’s definitely NOT a quack. In fact, he’s one of the best doctors and diagnosticians I’ve ever worked with.

You’re in charge of your health care. If you think your doctor is a quack, for chrissakes, get another damned doctor. Besides, if you think your doctor is a quack, he probably thinks you’re an idiot. And he’s probably right.

It’s not rocket science. And speaking of science, if the American populace gave a damn about science education, less people would think that “they’re all quacks.” Less people would also be freaked out about vaccines and the Ebola outbreaks and more concerned about the flu, climate change and zombies.

Zombies are real. I’m not joking. They’re coming.

Inform yourself. Arm yourself with REAL science from REAL sources in your information gathering. Never rely solely on information from someone who’s trying to sell you something.  And above all, think critically. Remember arsenic and mercury are both deadly AND natural, therefore “natural” isn’t always better.

It’s a collaboration and you have to do your part, too.

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Knock off the Hitler Comparisons

Ok, I’ve had about enough of this kind of rhetorical bullshit to last me the rest of my miserable lifetime. Cut it out. Knock it off. Right effin’ now. I mean it.

There are no American politicians who are bad enough to make any comparison with Adolph Hitler even remotely approach validity.

It’s really this simple:

Hitler Any US Politician

Killed 6,000,000 Jews

X

Conducted Human Medical Experiments

X

 

You get the idea.

Now talk about something meaningful or shut the hell up.

Hitler

One last note…

I always see Fred Quillen’s name in the credits of the big live shows like tonight’s Emmys and the Oscars.  He runs the recording/playback devices that play the prerecorded clips for these shows.  I had the privilege of working with Fred many moons ago, though I doubt he’d even remember me.  He helped train me on how to be a serious videotape operator when I worked for ABC and Vin DiBona Productions on “America’s Funniest Videos” and a couple of other shows.  Always good to see his name in the closing credits.  Well done, Fred, as always!