Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stephen Hawking schools Investors Business Daily

Investors Business Daily, perhaps better known for exceptionally dishonest climate change denialism editorials, now presents conservatism's most cogent arguments against health care reform:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Once the rest of the world had stopped laughing at Investors Business Daily it was left to Hawking to quietly state the obvious (as reported by Hugh Muir in the Guardian).
"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he told us. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."
After being so rightly ridiculed for their stupidity IBD removed the offending passage from their editorial without having the intellectual ability to realise (or honesty to admit) that it invalidated the whole premise of their misinformed screed (redacted editorial here). Clearly they have never heard of the "No true Scotsman" fallacy either.

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