Terrorism and Cancer

I just received an email drawing the (far from original) comparison between terrorism and cancer. It struck me that, to make this metaphor exact we’d need

* attacks on cancer researchers for seeking to ‘understand’ cancer

* even more attacks on anyone trying to find ‘root causes’ for cancer in the environment, such as exposure to tobacco smoke

* lengthy pieces pointing out that the only thing we need to know about cancer cells is that they are malignant

* more lengthy pieces pointing out that criticism of any kind of quack remedy marks the critic as “objectively pro-cancer”

I guess Steven Milloy and other “junk science” types come pretty close to providing the first two. Has anyone seen examples of the third and fourth?

31 thoughts on “Terrorism and Cancer

  1. “Keating and Hewsen were philosophically a lot closer than you seem to think.”

    Umm, that was my point.

  2. “Umm, that was my point.”

    Well, neither Keating nor Hewsen could be accused of being part of HUTA (athough a surprising number of HUTA members seem to think Keating was one of them. A testament to his political skills I guess, given that no modern Laborite can afford to get HUTA offside).

    They straddle the start of the Boomer generation (Keating born 1944, Hewsen born 1946), so assuming culture is a continuous function of time (reasonably valid at least without catastrophic interfering events like wars or depression), they’re from the same generation regardless of where you draw the Boomer boundary (butressing your argument using outliers or boundary cases is weak, but maybe it is common practice in economics.)

  3. Dogz, what is going on?

    Are you cross with the Howard government spending money on private schools, family allowance (nanny state), using budget surpluses to fund superannuation of the pre-boomer generation (middle class welfare), spending on advertising campaigns (political correctness), reducing funds to Universities (affirmative action)?

    Also, is it really the case that high school subjects such as Latin, Greek, French, German, Indonesian, Chinese, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History deal with political correctness, postmodernism, victim culture, nanny state, middle-class welfare, affirmative action? I find it hard to believe.

  4. To understand ‘islamofascism’, a good starting point is moderate liberal Islamic scholars, Ziauddin Sardar for example. His book ‘Desperately Seeking Paradise’ is a very readable memoir with a great deal of insight into the modern Islamic world and its malaises and their origins.

  5. Are you cross with the Howard government spending money on private schools, family allowance (nanny state), using budget surpluses to fund superannuation of the pre-boomer generation (middle class welfare), spending on advertising campaigns (political correctness), reducing funds to Universities (affirmative action)?

    No, to some extent, definitely (they are not funding the pre-boomers, just public servants), yes (but they’re not pushing political correctness), no – judging by the low international standards of Australian universities it is well past time the majority of academics and university administrators were sacked and forced to reapply for their jobs.

    Also, is it really the case that high school subjects such as Latin, Greek, French, German, Indonesian, Chinese, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History deal with political correctness, postmodernism, victim culture, nanny state, middle-class welfare, affirmative action? I find it hard to believe.

    By their nature, most of those subjects are free from political indoctrination peddled by the HUTA brigade. But there are plenty of other subjects. The president of the AEU (Australian Education Union) is quintessential HUTA

  6. [love that cartoon Pablo. Sums it up beautifully.]

    Yes, it does. I’m assuming the guy in black is a pro-war American patriot, right?

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