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We're Believing 'Experts' at Our Peril

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By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 16 June 2020 06:58 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Other than Trump bashing, the media’s most frequent product it's producing are "experts" who tell us how to live our lives in the most granular detail.

"Experts say" followed by some prescription for your daily life is supposed to be unassailable fact that one ignores at their peril.

One of our favorite niche experts is the "gratuity expert" who orders us to tip a certain percentage for various services.

Such "experts" are particularly generous because most of them are on an expense account and the company covers the cost.

(Come to think of it, this is also an apt description for "compassionate" leftist politicians who use tax dollars to pay for their generosity. Only we would never use the word "expert" in referring to them.)

We, on the other hand, are footing the bill for our own tips, which is a big difference.

Becoming an "expert" is easy.

It’s a two-step process.

First, decide you are highly knowledgeable in a given field.

Second, get a gullible reporter to deem you an "expert." And that’s it. You are one.

Wales Online, a UK publication, brings us the latest branch of expertdom: The effects of the China flu "expert."

This time Tim Hartley, former director at Vidal Sassoon, wears the mantle of expertise.

His contribution concerns hair and how to cut it during the current pandemic.

"We have to think about maximizing hygiene. The sooner the long tresses of yesterday are dispensed with, the more hygienic it will be for us all.

"The hour-long blow dries in the salon are no longer safe for the stylist or the client. Research suggests the COVID-19 virus is transmitted much easier through a swift airflow," Hartley explained.

We have never undergone an hour-long blow-drying session ourselves and we have no intention of sampling the practice in the future. Mostly because the thought of spending 60 minutes with a turbine roaring in our ears is no way to spend valuable time.

Some women do, however, and Hartley’s reason is, to put it mildly, full of hot air.

The Wuflu is transported on air currents in confined spaces and can infect after prolonged contact. But any virus blasted into the air on a 130-degree air stream is going to be fried before it reaches another host.

We think most experts fall prey to self-interest, but hairdressers are quite blatant about theirs. Salon owners want women to opt for shorter bob cuts because those sessions are much shorter and they can get customers in and out the door faster.

One salon owner, John Carne admits, "In our salon we will only be able to operate eight of our usual 20 stylists chairs at any given time. Shorter cuts are much quicker than lengthy blow drys, so they will allow us to keep a high turnover and make a profit. Otherwise reopening just won’t be worthwhile."

To summarize, this hairdressing "expert" advice for style during the current pandemic is about health.

But — not your personal health. It only concerns the fiscal health of the shop owner.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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