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Today 33 Million Americans Will Claim To Be Irish, But On St. Patrick’s Day In 1776 Few Irish Wanted To Be American

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Anthropology | Comments Off on Today 33 Million Americans Will Claim To Be Irish, But On St. Patrick’s Day In 1776 Few Irish Wanted To Be American

Many people don't realize July 4th, 1776 was not the day the war between America and Britain started, it's simply the day we traitorous colonists finally had enough of our own country's army attacking us, taking over our homes, stealing our food, locking up our guns, and throwing us in jail for no reason and we put the separation in writing.(1)

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Farmers Flee From Organic Consumers Association, Who Then Slash Funding To Their US Right To Know Subsidiary

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Farmers Flee From Organic Consumers Association, Who Then Slash Funding To Their US Right To Know Subsidiary

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation was created by a hedge fund magnate to devote some of their Wall Street wealth to education reform, public pension reform, criminal justice reform, dietary policy, and improving reproducibility in science. 

Those are all positive things, so why last year did they also give money to one of those most corrupt, hate-filled, lying, mercenary organizations in America. U.S. Right To Know is an industry front group that exists to attack scientists and undermine public confidence in food and medicine for their donors/clients, who sell unfailingly "alternatives" to the science and health consensus. They even launder dark money payments to outlets willing to help. More on that below.

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Pancreatic Cancer And Why Alex Trebek Is Right To Be Optimistic

Posted by on Mar 8, 2019 in Cancer Research | Comments Off on Pancreatic Cancer And Why Alex Trebek Is Right To Be Optimistic

Legendary "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek recently announced that at age 78 he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Then he stated he was confident he was going to beat the odds. Was he just engaging in positive thinking publicly while getting things in order privately? Nearly 80, with stage IV cancer, and in the pancreas? Aren't those all really bleak from a prognosis point of view?

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Socialist Libertarianism: How To Get 7 Beliefs Common To All Cultures Worldwide

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Anthropology | Comments Off on Socialist Libertarianism: How To Get 7 Beliefs Common To All Cultures Worldwide

A paper in Current Anthropology uses writing to distill what the authors believe are seven rules of morals common worldwide

It's certainly a catchy idea for people who sit at the bar asking why Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East can't get along but there is a big problem putting them into practice. Some morals aren't creating common ground because they are in opposition to each other. 

The seven common moral beliefs Drs. Curry, Mullins, and Whitehouse, all of Oxford, list are: helping your family, helping a larger cause, reciprocity, being brave, respecting authority, dividing resources equally or by splitting the difference, and respecting the property of others. 

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‘Apollo 11’ Documentary – Review

Posted by on Mar 1, 2019 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on ‘Apollo 11’ Documentary – Review

If you are in a hurry, I will save you some time. Do not walk, fly at 20,000 MPH to your nearest theater or Fandango or however you get IMAX tickets and see "Apollo 11."

I want to be the first to congratulate Todd Douglas Miller on his 2020 Academy Award, because unless someone pumps out a documentary about a minority transgender person with their heart on the outside who escapes North Korea and wins the Olympics, this is going to win.

And for good reason. It looks glorious, it feels glorious, it hearkens back to a time when NASA was bold and not a job works program. As a kid who lived a short distance from Cape Canaveral, I was fortunate to see an Apollo launch in person, and I have to tell you this is better. 

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The Good News And Bad News Of Cannabis-Infused Drinks

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on The Good News And Bad News Of Cannabis-Infused Drinks

Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, who trained by running with tractor tires strapped to his waist and all that, has an easy marketing hook for his new cannabis 'athletic recovery' drink; if I am wrong, then why do I have two Super Bowl rings and a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame?(1) 

It sounds ridiculous when it's so on-the-nose, but that kind of strategy is common because it works. It is why athletes lend their name to products, and why friends of athletes want them involved in companies. As is happening with this Defy beverage, which touts that it contains cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from the marijuana and is being pushed by David, a friend of the CEO.

The bad news: there is no way this is an anti-inflammatory

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Kids Running Lemonade Stands Understand The U-Shaped Curve Isn’t Real, Why Don’t Environmentalists?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Kids Running Lemonade Stands Understand The U-Shaped Curve Isn’t Real, Why Don’t Environmentalists?

Friends of the Earth, the kooky offshoot of Sierra Club that hates science even more, is dumping its advertising budget into a claim it commissioned from a Maharishi Institute scholar who runs what is apparently an uncredentialed lab claiming they were able to detect a weedkiller in common food. And journalists have repeated it everywhere.

Any scientist could have told them that and saved their money.

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Oxytocin And Vasopressin – An Experiment Tackles The Chemistry Of Love And Altruism

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Neuroscience | Comments Off on Oxytocin And Vasopressin – An Experiment Tackles The Chemistry Of Love And Altruism

Love is a complex topic. You love your dog differently than you love chocolate. There are times when you might put your dog, or a loved one, ahead of yourself, but you would never jump in front of a moving car to save chocolate.

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Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement

Posted by on Feb 9, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement

A product like Zicam, which claims it can make colds shorter, shields itself from truth in advertising claims by admitting on the label its product is not actual medicine, it is homeopathy, a pretend drug for people who want to believe.

If they were required to show it works, the way pharmaceutical products must, they'd be out of business. If they could pass a double-blind clinical trial, or any homeopathic product could, they'd spend the money in a second, because every supplement that wants to be legitimized yearns for U.S. Food and Drug Administration legitimacy. FDA may have flaws, like all groups do, but it is the gold standard for the world. 

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Organic Consumers Association Sponsors Anti-Vaccine Meeting With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Organic Consumers Association Sponsors Anti-Vaccine Meeting With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

In 2011 I wrote a book with Dr. Alex Berezow of RealClearScience in which we noted the common cause among the anti-vaccine, anti-energy, and anti-GMO communities. They shared common beliefs about distrust of science and I made a challenge; I said if I drew a radius around a Whole Foods, I could predict with high accuracy how those people with those beliefs voted.

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