Hello skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins in the media last week.
Cellphone call limits suggested by Health Canada
Many of you sent in articles regarding Health Canada’s move to recommend people limit their cellphone talk time. This one was sent in by Marion. Although the recommendation is a very soft one there is still no data to show that exposure is harmful or that these new guidelines reduce risk. Releasing these new guidelines may do more harm than good by fueling the fear around cellphones and wi-fi. The CBC also published this article on the subject, which ends in a real win.
Should kids’ access to cellphones be limited?
The Globe and Mail published this article on the same topic. It’s a real fail full of anecdotal evidence, like one kid who was “especially sensitive” to wi-fi. This is the type of fear that Health Canada has fueled by creating guidelines based on no evidence of risk.
Return of the “hot hand” in basketball?
Lorne shared this great blog post on the topic of winning streaks in sports. A new study looked at free throws successes from basketball players and found some interesting results. It’s a great read.
Mass genocide of Mohawk children by UK Queen and Vatican uncovered in Canada
Residential schools are a dark mark on Canada’s recent history. There is no doubt that atrocities were committed within that system, but did the Queen command Mohawk children to kiss her feet before ordering their murder and burial in a secret mass grave? This is one of those extraordinary claims..well you know how the saying goes. Conspiracy theories like these are unfortunate, because they draw attention away from the real horrors committed at residential schools that greatly impacts our society today. Let’s talk about that instead of making up stories.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks. See you again next week. Send me your links at firstname.lastname@example.org.