Germs of ideas   8/2/2013

James Valentine takes the P155 out of sook-wranglers who would deny kids birthday cake candles because they might catch germs.

Shopping trolleys. The unwashed grasp their handles for a half hour at a time, infusing the grip with sweat, dirt and bodily fluids best left unnamed. The trolley is left in an unventilated carpark, handle festering in the heat, then herded back upstairs, to be clasped by the next consumer.
Hideous. What if this shopper’s next stop was a sandwich shop? May as well order a salmonella sandwich.

What other measures could nanny-staters take to keep us and our kids safe from germs and other meanies?
I’m worried about the dangers of breathing. It’s got to be a real health risk inhaling all those horrible carbon dioxide and methane emissions from inconsiderate others.
The worst thing about these health and safety fascists is that they’re on the public payroll. Savings there, Abbott.

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Freedom fighters   

Those who have slammed the federal government’s recent attacks on free speech have been surprised by the silence from many who would be expected to deplore such totalitarianism.
Michael Sexton pointedly asks:

Amid this deafening silence from the supporters of the legislation, there has also been an absence of comment from a range of groups that are generally outspoken on questions of individual freedom. Where, for example, are the protests from legal professional bodies such as bar associations and law societies or from the various civil liberties organisations? And where is the protest from those perennial radicals and challengers of authority, the Greens?

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