I spent the last three weeks
mainly in Europe, and mainly on a cruise, but unlike Newt
Gingrich, I don't purport to have learned anything about Europe's debt
crisis, although the Greek, Italian and Spanish governments did all fall the
moment we left each country. What I did learn, or was reminded of, is
that there is a very different way of thinking in Europe. Instead of
blaring out instructions at the security line at the airport, there is just one
discreet sign, and if you don't do it right you are admonished for not having
read or comprehended the sign. To rebook our flights when we missed a
connection due to fog, we were given the instruction to
"Like" KLM on Facebook, without the further instruction to then
post a message asking to be rebooked (that didn't work for me, by the way,
after I finally figured it out).
So I read with some interest
the various stories that have circulated around the Internet with titles like
Says Water is Not Healthy" and "Now
barmy EU says you CAN'T claim drinking water stops dehydration."
And this, of course, is to answer yesterday's pop quiz, which you'll recall
asked if the following statement is true:
The regular consumption of
significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration
and of concomitant decrease of performance.
This was the question asked of
a particular European Union agency with respect to a particular European Union
law and the answer they gave was negative. Which of course set off a
firestorm of laughter and ridicule, followed by a reverse firestorm of alleged
common sense explanations for why the EU was right. With respect, pretty
much everyone has exaggerated something here, intentionally or
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