Sunday, August 06, 2006

MEME: Saturday Six - Episode 121

Patrick confesses "Okay, I've been a bad boy. The "Saturday Six" was late this week, although I will point out that it is still Saturday in the Mountain Time Zone. But let it never be said that I would miss an opportunity to turn reality into a question: one of the six this week will deal with that very topic!

"But first, Gabrielle of "A Metamorphoself of Gabrielle" was first to play last week. Congratulations, Gabrielle!

"Here are this week's "Saturday Six" questions. Either answer the questions in a comment there, or put the answers in an entry on your journal...but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as "first to play," you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!"

1. How many different time zones have you lived in? Which one would you most like to live in?
Three? Four? Let's see... Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific – Yep, that about covers it.
2. What is the current setting of your home's thermostat? Do you adjust it up or down based on the time of day, or leave it at one setting at all times?
The A/C is set to Fan at the moment and we haven't any central heating. It is adjusted according to the weather outside and my wife's desires for a cool room to sleep in.
3. Go to your bedroom closet (or the closet in which you keep the majority of your clothes. Take a quick glance: what color do you see the most of? Is this color your favorite color? If not, why do you have more of it than your favorite color?
Blue and that IS my favorite color for clothing.
4. Take the quiz: What kind of house are you?

Take the quiz:
What Kind of House Are You?

Self involved much? For all the self aggrandizing you do, you'll never change the person you actually are. So climb down from your pedestal and pay attention to other people for a change.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

5. Imagine your dream house: how many stories would your ultimate home have?
About sixteen, if you count the lighthouse; otherwise, about four stories should do it (heheheh). The elevator would only go to the third floor – access to the fourth floor would be through the master suite only.
6. Ripped from the Headlines: An underage teenager decides he does not want to undergo a particularly rough regimen of chemotherapy to treat his cancer. With his parents' blessing, he decides to pursue an alternate treatment to be supervised by a clinic that is outside of the country. Should a court intervene and force the teen to undergo the "traditional" treatment? How much does the prognosis for successful treatment with the chemotherapy affect your judgment?

A tough call. The State, through it's child protection division, has the legal obligation to assure that children are protected from abuse. It could be argued that failure to provide a treatment commonly accepted by the medical community as effective would result in a dereliction or malfeasance of that duty, with abuse as the ultimate result. That is the logic of those cases which have required, indeed, compelled Christian Science parents to allow the use of antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection.

A similar leap of legal faith could result in a Court of competent jurisdiction finding that compelling the parents of said teenager to undergo the chemotherapy would, in fact, be the antithesis of abuse and would (potentially) render the child free of disease, whereas the alternative treatment cannot be shown to have any efficacy whatsoever when compared to the treatment successes of conventional chemotherapy. Therefore, it would appear that a Court, presented with the facts as you provided them above, would be compelled, on the appearance of efficacy alone, to rule that the child's parents must require their offspring to undergo conventional treatment and then, and only then, may the child be subjected to an unproven course of “alternative treatment.” To do otherwise would result in the greater harm and expose the minor child to almost certainly mortal consequences.

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