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Pitch perfect commentary by Maher, imo. I think it's the first time I've seen anyone on the idiot box get this obnoxious issue right so far.
Oh shit, I almost forgot: Fuck Jay Leno. Fuck him right in his painfully unfunny, middling, oafish, ugly face.
It is nice to see this kind of discusion on prime time TV. I love it.
I love when religion gets treated as the silly nonsense that it is, without any hesitation. I think he comes off as slightly douchy, but genuine. He sounds like he's giving his honest reaction more than being deliberately provocative for cheap shock humor.
Oh why oh why can't Bill apply this same level of honest direct-to-the-point bluntness to the medical profession too? Why oh why does he have such congative dissonance about that one subject? He's so blunt about how stupid faith is and how stupid conspiracy theories are, EXCEPT when the faith-based conspiracy are the ones put forth by the anti-pharma people. When it's THOSE faith-based conspiracies, he swallows them hook line and sinker, and then uses his reputation for skepticism everywhere else to make it sound like his anti-pharma position is also healthy skepticism when it's actually just the opposite.
I think it has a lot to do with attitudes about health care industry in general. The ever-increasing cost and diminishing coverage of health insurance, denial of legitimate claims (epitomized by the "preexisting condition" clause), cumbersome paperwork and impossible to understand billing, constant exposure to contradictory reporting on nutrition and medical treatments, incessant advertisement for drugs on television, etc.It's quite easy for the average person to feel ruthlessly exploited by this system.
I think he was talking about how Mayer is irresponsible when it comes to telling the public about vaccines. He is against them, when all the best science tell us they work. In this one aspect, Mayer is as irrational as a person of faith.