While reading the paper or listening to the news this past week, several stories made me come to two conclusions:
– Common sense has gone the way of the dinosaur.
– Fake news has a close relative: real, stupid news.
The first piece that made me cringe was the story of a woman who was awarded $20,000 in damages by the Supreme Court of Canada for her arrest in 2009. Her offence? Wait for it … refusing to hold the handrail while on the escalator in a subway station. She was detained for 30 minutes in handcuffs, her belongings were searched and she was given two tickets: one for $100 for disobeying the rule (not the law) and another for $320 for “obstructing the work of an inspector”. Seriously? Do these inspectors not have better things to do? You can’t make this stuff up. Read about it here: https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/woman-arrested-for-not-using-metro-escalator-handrail-awarded-20000
The second story was about a section of an Ohio anti-abortion law. This is not about my views on abortion. It’s about common sense. The section requires that doctors attempt to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy in a woman’s uterus or face criminal charges for murder. In an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants outside of the uterus, in a fallopian tube for example. Whether you are pro-life or not is not the point here. The point is that the American Association of Gynecologists and Obstetricians says it is impossible to do! Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening. (I should know, my first pregnancy was ectopic.) So why are politicians with no medical training proposing laws that could endanger women’s lives and doctor’s careers? It’s a head shaker. Read about it here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ohio-abortion-bill-would-force-doctors-to-reimplant-ectopic-pregnancies-which-is-impossible-1.4708422?fbclid=IwAR1cHvR-wIl2LEMfgSCUzoXoX_huh5QKQOmObw48N1dtQmE9L4dM6MIW7A4
Finally, have you seen “The Irishman”, the new Martin Scorsese film? Among all its great reviews, I saw two ridiculous ones. I regret to say that both were by women and both panned the movie for the lack of strong, female characters. Ladies, really, you are not helping here. There are so many serious causes you could get behind to advance the status of women in the world. But this? The movie focuses on organized crime and Jimmy Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union in the 1950s and 60s. How credible would it be to throw in a token woman as a leader of organized crime or a teamster chapter? Is it even credible today? I saw the movie and I give it a big thumbs up.
If you’ve read any “stupid news”, please share it so we can all have a good laugh.