Friday, March 10, 2006

The Stupid Leading the Blind

More ham-fisted bureacratization of education...
CHICAGO - Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver's education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it.

Ramirez is blind, yet she and dozens of other visually impaired sophomores in Chicago schools are required to pass a written rules-of-the-road exam in order to graduate _ a rule they say takes time away from subjects they might actually use. (Full Story)

I honestly don't know what to say. This is right up there with the requirement for braille instructions on drive-up ATMs.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Cherries...The New Gateway Drug?


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is threatening cherry growers with fines and legal action for daring to publicize peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating the health benefits of cherries. According to the FDA's warped view of the world this makes cherries drugs that must undergo FDA testing before public statements can be made about their benefits.

This is stupidity on steroids. Though we must hasten to add that the safety of using steroids to make bureaucratic stupidity even more stupid has not yet been evaluated by the FDA. So will all that talk on various commercials for oatmeal and breakfast cereals, claiming that they'll lower your cholesterol, help you lose weight, or make your bowel movements more regular suddenly come under scrutiny of the FDA as well? I guess the Quaker folks oughta start doing some lab testing and drawing up the thousands of pages of test results required by the FDA to get oatmeal approved for sale OTC. Don't want that stuff falling into the wrong hands.