This week in the news #28.1

Friday, 15 June 2007

Muscle cream caused NYC teen’s death

Her mother, Alice Newman, said she still couldn't believe her daughter's death was caused by a sports cream.

“I am scrupulous about my children’s health,” she told the Advance. “I did not think an over-the-counter product could be unsafe.”

Here is a short list of things that can kill, and have, that are available over the counter–

  • Mouthwash and toothpaste.
  • Vitamins and supplements.
  • Tylenol and aspirin.
  • Salt.
  • Water.

It’s like the people who see a 15mph speed limit on a curve or a school zone and think, that’s for suckers, and drive off a cliff or over a 2nd grader. Those symbol and letter covered labels and signs have meaning. They don’t magically suspend or morph just because you’re special or God loves you better or your scrupulous attention to detail is, in fact, ignorant charging forward largely unimpeded by serious consequence in an overly forgiving 21st century world.

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Re: This week in the news #28.1

Reminds me -- this post -- of thoughts from A Scanner Darkly; the same sort of exasperated sympathy comes through.

By Vagrant on 15 June 2007 · 21:13

A is A

Re: This week in the news #28.1

I cannot, and will not try to, begin to imagine what losing a child would be like.

Tangent: This is why I hate driving sometimes. If I could wish for anything, it would be that everyone on his or her 22nd birthday would be in a near fatal car accident without actually getting really hurt. Make everybody take it seriously—there’ll be like 45,000 auto fatalities in the US this year + however many stupid fender benders and road rage incidents—and maybe consider mortality and the surroundings in other venues a little too.

By A is A on 15 June 2007 · 21:49


Re: This week in the news #28.1

It takes empathy more than anything else for people to learn from horrific near misses. "That could have been me" has 1/100 of the power of "this could have been someone I love". The former can inspire a responsible commensality. I'd certainly settle for that, as a widespread manifestation. The latter can drive you nuts.

By Vagrant on 15 June 2007 · 22:08