In other news, Youtube has officially rolled out its new design layout for channels. I updated to it last night and fiddled around with my channel somewhat for the new layout. I actually made a new, scale-able banner for the channel too - it scales to fit your resolution, so you get a different version of it whether you view it on a smart phone, tablet, desktop, TV, etc. You can view the new layout here, and/or watch my latest paintball compilation video below.
Finally, a story that popped up on my Facebook news feed recently. I'm somewhat lucky in that most of my friends don't post stupid things (although one cousin is a stereotypical conservative gun nut), but it was quite odd when someone posted this article about how Angelina Jolie was duped into performing a double-mastectomy. Of course, this story has been all over the news lately and while I haven't really taken a strong stance on the matter (due to being woefully uninformed on the medical aspects of the story and some general apathy about the doings of celebrities), I thought the article might be interesting. Turns out it kind of was... although, not for the reasons they might have hoped. I could be wrong, but it looks to me like Real Farmacy isn't really a completely medically-sound website (reiterated by their legal disclaimer). First of all, Real Farmacy screwed up their facts (or perhaps just intentionally misinterpreted them). For one thing, they claimed Angelina had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer. In actuality, she had an 87% higher chance of getting cancer than an average person, which is a pretty significant difference. They also claim that you have complete control over whether or not you get cancer, and that this is based entirely on diet and lifestyle choices:
Is it just me, or does Real Farmacy come across as the real quack here? They're disregarding communally agreed-upon medical advice in exchange for their own agenda. I haven't looked into the website too much, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were selling health food or were sponsored by a major health food corporation. To further call their credibility into question, they seem to think marijuana's a miracle drug. It's also worth noting that this article has been copy + pasted across a number of healthy living blogs.
A healthy amount of skepticism is a very good thing to have. I don't know how much crap I come across on Facebook which I've seen people take at face value, but with a 10 second Google search people would find out that it's total bullshit. Websites like Snopes exist just to stop this sort of stuff. It also really annoys me because people will absorb this information and use it to inform future decisions, which is frighteningly dangerous. Of course, these are also the same people who say that the religious are gullible and simple-minded... *ahem*. Bottom-line: think critically about everything.