Sunday, January 08, 2006

CAUSING the decline of civilization

Bill notes several cases of litigation, or the threat of litigation, ruining perfectly good experiences and medications for the rest of us. this is the most troubling for me, because the idea of "perfectly safe" medication ignores the very real tradeoffs we have to make when dealing with body chemistry and extreme and chronic conditions. The War Against Pain Doctors is a very real side-effect of these kinds of policies.

As my father says, you can make it foolproof, but you can't make it damn-fool-proof, because those damn-fools are so darned clever.... in related news, I've got just under 1.5 years left on the marketing side of this prediction and just over two years on the lawsuit side. [Update: Just in time: the year's best warning labels, complete with pictures. This is not satire, friends; these are real.]

In unrelated linkage, a lovely piece of short fiction with a great kicker ending. If you like socio-political irony, anyway.

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