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If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Science and Society | Comments Off on If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump

If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump
Earlier today, President-Elect Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and, at least according to RFK, Jr., wants the prominent Democratic anti-vaccine activist to head a commission on vaccine safety.

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Environmental Opportunity In A Trump Presidency

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on Environmental Opportunity In A Trump Presidency

Though environmental activists are aghast that Republicans now control the White House, the Senate and the House for the first time since the 1920s, at least a few have come to some self-awareness that non-stop lobbying against jobs and poor people, and for higher regulations and cost, are to blame for why their candidate lost.

What they don't realize is that there is actually a great deal of opportunity for environmentalists during the Trump years. In most ways, he is a lot more like Democrats than he is like Republicans, they just need to stop being against everyone and everything except higher taxes and more federal rules.

It may be time to mix it up, when the writing is on the wall that being "anti-" is not working for anything except their bank statements.

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Baby Boomers Unbound: Marijuana Surges In The Elderly

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Baby Boomers Unbound: Marijuana Surges In The Elderly

Baby Boomers Unbound: Marijuana Surges In The Elderly
When the oddly-named Baby Boom generation (the "boom" happened in 1946, after soldiers returned from World War II, it wasn't an entire generation) were young, it was the age of "Reefer Madness", with kids involved in manslaughter, suicide, and a whole bunch else thanks to marijuana.

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Mark Bittman Can’t Succeed In Food, So He’ll Teach It

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Science and Society | Comments Off on Mark Bittman Can’t Succeed In Food, So He’ll Teach It

Mark Bittman, cookbook guru and former New York Times columnist for those who self-identify as being the latest nutritional trend followers, has had success telling other people how to run their business - but was a giant flop when he actually had to implement his own vegan beliefs.

That has led to a sweet teaching gig at Columbia University, which tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health education you are taking out $72,000 per year in student loans to get.

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Environmentalists Have Gone To Their Bunkers Over Trump

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Science and Society | Comments Off on Environmentalists Have Gone To Their Bunkers Over Trump

Environmentalists almost certainly cost Secretary Hillary Clinton the election and now they want to act as a violent alternative to President-elect Trump. President Obama had consistently sided with environmentalists over jobs - an example was the Keystone XL pipeline - despite science and smart policy and that came back to haunt Democrats, who couldn't get back control of the Senate, stayed a minority in the House, and now lost the Presidency.

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Michael Pollan Doesn’t Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Michael Pollan Doesn’t Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Michael Pollan Doesn’t Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Michael Pollan, food activist and journalist, is the proverbial man trapped in the past in his latest piece for the New York Times, criticizing the Obama administration for not catering to his bizarre beliefs about how food production actually works, and along the way taking the opportunity to smear...me.

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Cornell Students Want Their Own Kangaroo Court For GMOs

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Genetics and Molecular Biology | Comments Off on Cornell Students Want Their Own Kangaroo Court For GMOs

Cornell students want to "debate" GMOs tomorrow, and while finding anti-science activists is easy - Michael Hanson of Consumers Union will go anywhere to undermine food, that is why The Dr. Oz Show loves him, and they also got someone named Jonathan Latham of Independent Science News - what they couldn't find was a scientist.

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California Methane Caps Could Hurt Organic Farming Most

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on California Methane Caps Could Hurt Organic Farming Most

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law demanding that dairy cows stop producing so much methane. They are basically giant fracking wells on four legs, after all. 

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March Against Monsanto Claims Vaccines Cause Cancer

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Immunology | Comments Off on March Against Monsanto Claims Vaccines Cause Cancer

In 2012's "Science Left Behind" I noted something that was perfectly obvious to anyone who was not in a progressive ideological bunker - that while both the American left and right were each anti-science about some things, only the right wing got any science media attention about it. And that was despite the fact that the left's anti-science beliefs are far more dangerous.

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A Win For Clean Energy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Energy | Comments Off on A Win For Clean Energy

Today the House Committee on Ways and Means put a likely end to the production tax credit expiration for nuclear energy by approving H.R.5879 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities. Since new facilities will be public-private partnerships, and public entities can't be taxed, this was creating a lot of confusion and that meant if nothing was done, the incentive for a company to help build an expensive clean energy plant would be gone. 

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