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May 31, 2012

We Are Doomed

According to this article, listening to loud music via earbuds is "risky behavior":

Risky music-listening behavior was defined as listening to music at 89 dBA for at least an hour per day, based on a report from the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. (dBA is short for decibel A-weighting, a measure of environmental noise.) That music exposure can cause noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL; people with this condition often have “increased feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness, anger, and fear,” according to the study.

But that’s not where the health risks end. The researchers found that compared with young adults who listened to music responsibly, those who put themselves at risk with digital music players were:

* 1.99 times more likely to say they had used cannabis in the last four weeks;

* 1.19 times more likely to smoke cigarettes daily; and

* 1.10 times more likely to have sex without using a condom every time.

In addition, compared with the students with safe music-listening practices, those who put themselves at risk by attending noisy concerts and clubs were:

* 5.94 times more likely to have consumed five or more alcoholic drinks in a row at some point in the last four weeks;

* 2.03 times more likely to have sex without using a condom every time; and

* 1.12 times more likely to smoke cigarettes every day.

These young folk had best be careful - this sort of thing could easily segue from merely risky to downright reckless behavior.

Without some authority figure to think for us protect us from our own stupidity, how can we be expected to make the kind of everyday, normal decisions we all face each day? Who among us has not thought to him- or herself (because thinking to other people is hard), "Let see... I've been having chest pains severe enough to consult a cardiologist about. Should I go ahead and have that threesome, or defer until after my stress test?"

A Gwinnett County jury on Tuesday awarded $3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit to survivors of a 31-year-old husband and father of two who died while having sex one day before he was scheduled to have a heart stress test.

The unusual lawsuit arose after the Lawrenceville man died on March 12, 2009, while engaging in a threesome with a friend and a woman who was not his wife. It was not immediately clear in the verdict whether the patient's wife or his two sons stand to benefit from the judgement.

Plaintiff's lawyers Rod Edmond and Tricia Hoffler, who represented the estate of William Martinez, argued that a doctor at Cardiovascular Group in Lawrenceville failed to take a proper medical history when Martinez consulted him about chest pains that were radiating into his arm. That appointment occurred a week before Martinez died.

Martinez had high blood pressure and other tests showed he was at high risk of having clogged heart arteries.

The attending cardiologist, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani, scheduled a stress test for eight days later, but failed to inform the patient to stop all physical activity until the test was completed, according to a press release issued by the plaintiff's law firm, Edmond & Lindsay in Atlanta.

I'm thinking this guy's family should also sue the media for failing to force him to read this article. There can be no truce in the continual fight for Justice.

Posted by Cassandra at May 31, 2012 08:29 AM

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So much frickin wrongness...

Teens and young adults who listen to digital music players with ear buds...
These findings are based on survey results collected from 944 low-income students at two vocational schools in the Netherlands.

When your "Low income" population owns iPods, I think it's safe to say that you have lost all perspective on what the word "Poor" means.

2) Correlation is not causation.

They don't come right out and say it, but the implication is that if you see a kid listening to loud music you should be on the lookout for pot smoking etc. Really? You show me a kid who is engaging in the emminently responsible activity of smoking pot, and you are SHOCKED that they are doing other irresponsible things?

Inconceivable! /Vizzini

3) I had hoped when I saw the Big Gulp ban that it was a hoax. One more on the list of erosions between what someone thinks shouldn't be done and what shouldn't be legal.

3a) What do you do when you want to be seen as tough on crime without the nastiness that comes from actually going after The Bad Guys™? Make criminals out of people who are unlikely to shoot back.


but failed to inform the patient to stop all physical activity until the test was completed,...

All physical activity is the standard? Sorry Sir, for the next week, you best not even get out of bed, getting dressed is right out. In fact, it may just be safer if you just don't breath at all.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at May 31, 2012 11:34 AM

I have been in a really foul mood lately, so I haven't wanted to spread it around.

I am convinced that reading the news is the cause. What does it say about us as a nation that we appear to be so willing to cede authority over our every day decisions to a branch of government with an approval rating in the teens?

Not sure I want to know the answer to that one :p

Posted by: Cass - Confirmation Bigot-in-Training at May 31, 2012 12:00 PM

I once advanced the proposition on a leftist-oriented blog that if one is of low income then perhaps one should forgo ownership of iPods, 40" flat-screen high-resolution TVs, a new/low mileage car, a home, $100 gym shoes, etc.

Oooooh. This apparently was controversial. "Oh, so poor people don't deserve nice things? Only you deserve them?" Apparently we are all entitled, by right, to own nice things.

They don't get the point. Again, we see the lack of distinction between "right" and "entitlement", a lack of understanding of what the word "right" means.

No, poor people don't deserve $100 gym shoes. But I don't either. It's not a question of what you deserve. It's a question of what you have earned. And "earned" is a word the left absolutely hates. The proposition seems to be that I was able to earn what I have because of unearned privilege - being white, male, etc. Poor people are poor primarily because they were born without privilege, not due to any flaw in their work ethic, etc.

Certainly if your mother is a 16-year-old black high-school dropout on the dole and your father is in the wind you've started out behind the 8-ball. It's not just compassionate but in society's best interest if you get a hand. But that doesn't mean that you automatically get to have things.

Posted by: RonF at May 31, 2012 12:55 PM

"Posted by: Cass - Confirmation Bigot-in-Training at May 31, 2012 12:00 PM"

Foul mood. Check.

Not wanting to share foul mood. Check.

Caused by reading the news. In my case, I'd have to say nah.

My foul mood seems to be caused not so much by the news itself, but by my suspicion that our society is at some point near the bottom of ye ole, dead cat bounce, albeit in slo-mo. The news only reinforces my suspicion.

Even so, I continue to read the news. *flicks cat-o-nine over shoulder towards back yet again. OUCH!*

Forewarned is forearmed, FWIW.

Posted by: bt_news-zombie_hun at May 31, 2012 02:01 PM

What RonF said!

Posted by: Lark at June 1, 2012 07:24 AM

. . . but you can't just expect people to make choices! What if they make the wrong ones?

Posted by: Texan99 at June 1, 2012 09:52 AM

What does it say about us as a nation that we appear to be so willing to cede authority over our every day decisions to a branch of government with an approval rating in the teens?

1) Because, largely we aren't ceding authority over our *own* decisions. It's not the fat people telling gov't to take away their soft drinks. It's the skinny people who think those *other* people shouldn't have it.

2) Because politicians who run on a platform of you making your own decisions are unelectable uncompromising extremists. /goat-getting.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at June 1, 2012 12:44 PM

Huh? What was it you said?

And not a big 16oz. Coke in sight.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at June 1, 2012 05:45 PM

Fleetwood Mac had a song: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow. Thinking about tomorrow might help mitigate harmful activities today. Might not, but worth a chance.

Posted by: Sam L. at June 15, 2012 11:32 AM