– A Washington State-Vancouver student is filing an initiative to lower the drinking age to 19.
– Barbara Coombs Lee describes several scenarios where advance directives could potentially be ignored at Catholic hospitals.
– The U.S. Department of Transportation has responded to the study showing that state cell phone bans don’t work to reduce accidents with the same logical fallacy that perpetuates the drug war as well:
Unfortunately, a study released by the Highway Loss Data Institute casts doubt on the reality of this epidemic. Not explaining likely reasons for the surprising data encourages people to wrongly conclude that talking on cell phones while driving is not dangerous!
If you question the ban, you’re encouraging the behavior. That’s bullshit, and it’s the same bullshit you hear from drug warriors every time a study shows that drug prohibitions don’t reduce drug consumption. Cell phone bans don’t work because they only discourage the behavior among people who aren’t going to cause accidents in the first place (which is also similar to the dynamics of the drug war).
– Blackwater: not exactly the best face we’ve ever shown to the world.
– I haven’t seen Avatar yet, but this is a pretty interesting indication of the global reach of our pop culture.