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Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms Are An Alternative Medicine Fad More Toxic Than Fentanyl

Posted by on Jun 10, 2024 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms Are An Alternative Medicine Fad More Toxic Than Fentanyl

Online supplement marketers prey on consumers by exploiting the margins of President Bill Clinton's 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which exempts supplements from FDA oversight if they state in fine print, "This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease" right after making claims that read like they replace medicine.

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Is It Safe To Buy Food At A Farmers Market?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2024 in Psychology | Comments Off on Is It Safe To Buy Food At A Farmers Market?

There is populist rhetoric about Buy Local but what few in the public realize is that the definition is subjective. Restaurants in Manhattan often claim they buy local, but in the fine print it reads 'when available', and they don't tell you when it was not locally available, and local to them may be up to 500 miles away.

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Is Sharing A Bed With A Partner Better Or Worse? Yes

Posted by on Jun 1, 2024 in Psychology | Comments Off on Is Sharing A Bed With A Partner Better Or Worse? Yes

Once upon a time, young Baby Boomers ridiculed television programs that showed married couples in separate beds. They used terms like 'prudish' and 'Victorian' and 'repressed.'

Actually, those shows were representative of culture for most of human history. Humans have rarely shared a bed with a spouse or relative if they had a choice. Only in the 1950s did sharing a bed in larger rooms in larger houses become common. By the 1980s, California took the concept of a King-Sized bed (invented in 1890 to sleep 15) and marketed it for wealthy elites on the coasts; a California King, 7 feet long.

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Glyphosate Impact On Soil Microbes – The 1% Can Worry But Scientists Do Not

Posted by on May 29, 2024 in Environment | Comments Off on Glyphosate Impact On Soil Microbes – The 1% Can Worry But Scientists Do Not

Is glyphosate damaging essential microbes in soil? A multi-year study sought to answer the question using real-world conditions.

Glyphosate (e.g Roundup) is the most popular weedkiller in the world, and that has made it a target for some disreputable competitors, primarily those in the organic food segment, who promote their own chemicals as alternatives. Their chemicals, they claim, don't harm soil but glyphosate does.

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45 Percent Of People Try Diets And That’s A Good Thing, Even If They Fail

Posted by on May 18, 2024 in Public Health | Comments Off on 45 Percent Of People Try Diets And That’s A Good Thing, Even If They Fail

Most people who try a diet don't succeed in keeping weight off long-term and that is trumpeted as a huge failure of dieting by people who, wait for it, are often selling a competing diet.

The health truth is that even if you fail, you improved your health. Claims that people whose weight go up and down are dying earlier are just the same bad epidemiology that has journalists lamenting that International Agency for Research on Cancer activists claim pickle juice and aloe vera cause cancer.(1)

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Evolutionary Psychology: Your Parents Income During Pregnancy Made You Gay

Posted by on Apr 30, 2024 in Psychology | Comments Off on Evolutionary Psychology: Your Parents Income During Pregnancy Made You Gay

Evolutionary psychology, the discipline that claimed we're being manipulated by flowers and evolved to like the appearance of black men, also made the bold assertion that the income of your parents during pregnancy made you...gay?

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Oil Kept Congo From Starving – Western Academics Don’t Seem To Like That

Posted by on Apr 21, 2024 in Energy | Comments Off on Oil Kept Congo From Starving – Western Academics Don’t Seem To Like That

If even a wealthy like Germany has to lie about emissions to placate government-funded environmentalists and burn wood and buy gas from Russia, it seems unfair to criticize a poor country like Congo, but the culture war on oil can't think about any of that.

If you don't want to look like a rich, white progressive telling poor black people that the climate is more important than their children, the way to do it is to write...anonymously.

And an ironically-named humanities journal like Critical Historical Studies will still publish it, uncritically. 

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China Sells Western Progressives Solar Panels While Switching To Nuclear Power

Posted by on Apr 19, 2024 in Energy | Comments Off on China Sells Western Progressives Solar Panels While Switching To Nuclear Power

China has quietly overtaken France to become the world's second-largest producer of nuclear energy.

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If You Care About Emissions, Rethink Urban Agriculture

Posted by on Apr 5, 2024 in Environment | Comments Off on If You Care About Emissions, Rethink Urban Agriculture

Urban/local/small ag is a feel-good fallacy.

There is nothing wrong with wishful thinking and aspirations, we all have harmless beliefs that get into our brains. Some home ag is clearly ridiculous - a $150 machine to grow $0.25 worth of herbs is a gimmick for the rich - but mostly it's good, slow exercise or at least good to not be on a tablet watching TikTok videos so China can harvest your personal data. 

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Black Mental Health Is Basically Ignored By AI Models

Posted by on Mar 29, 2024 in Technology | Comments Off on Black Mental Health Is Basically Ignored By AI Models

Large Language Models, colloquially called Artificial Intelligence by companies selling rebranded autocomplete tools to other companies and the public, can automate a lot of entry-level projects but when it comes to anything more complex the flaws are quickly seen.

When Black people using social media exhibit possible depression in their prose, a paper claims LLM/AI tools don't detect it as easily as they do other skin colors.

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