Well, my public shaming seems to have worked. The Yale Daily News has updated the erroneous story it published last week indicating that a cure for Parkinson’s disease had been found. Here’s what the correction says:
A previous version of this article used a quote from one of the study’s lead authors stating that an alternative cure for Parkinson’s had been found. In fact, the results are only preliminary, and a cure for the disease has not yet been discovered.
Let’s hope that Levent Mutlo, the post-doc who made the cure claim, has learned to align his brain with his mouth, and that author of the article George Saussy, will show at least some skepticism the next time someone says something that is too good to be true.
Some people with Parkinson’s are desperate to find a cure for the degenerative neurological disease. That’s what makes stories like one published in the Yale Daily News especially worrisome because it provides them with a false sense of hope. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the media has over-hyped a research study and won’t be the last.
I would to wring the neck of those “handicapped” assholes who hired themselves out as tour guides at Disney theme parks and used a special pass to enable their clients to avoid the park’s long lines because they ruined a system that benefited scores of people including me. Many parents of children with autism will have to scratch Disneyland and Disney World off the lists of things their kids can do.
As I wrote in MSN Money:
When my family and I went to Walt Disney World earlier this summer, I got a Guest Accommodations Card (GAC) because of my Parkinson’s disease…I probably won’t get this help on my next visit to the “Happiest Place on Earth” — whenever that may be — because people were abusing the system.
According, to MiceAge, a website that tracks Disney, the company is discontinuing the GAC as of Oct. 9 at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure and replacing it with what the company calls the Disabled Assistance System (DAS). Though the MiceAge story doesn’t mention Disney World, it seems likely that the policy will apply there as well.
Unlike the GAC, which can be used throughout the park, only one ride at a time can be reserved using the DAS. Disney may be solving one problem but creating many others.
There has to be a better way to ensure that jackasses don’t take advantage of the system. Disney, for instance could require people provide a doctor’s note to get a GAC. I was stunned that I wasn’t required to prove that I needed assistance;