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Organic Farming Is Not Compatible With Conservation

Posted by on Oct 21, 2020 in Environment | Comments Off on Organic Farming Is Not Compatible With Conservation

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third of the carbon we've generated since the onset of the Industrial Revolution.

The good news; we can do that easily. The bad news; it involves science, and western elites in environmental activism, from Environmental Working Group in the U.S. To Swiss Public Eye in Europe, are never going to allow that without a fight.

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Mask Significantly Reduce Spread Of COVID-19 – Are Laws Needed?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Immunology | Comments Off on Mask Significantly Reduce Spread Of COVID-19 – Are Laws Needed?

A study using Ontario's 34 Public Health Units over the course of two months found that wearing a mask can have a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19.

No argument there, anyone would be worried if their surgeon showed up in the operating room without a mask on, but the economists go a little further and claim mask mandates are the reason. They statistically associate mandates with a 25 percent reduction in COVID-19 cases.

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Eating Less Meat Won’t Help Protect The Environment, Eating Less Will

Posted by on Oct 7, 2020 in Environment | Comments Off on Eating Less Meat Won’t Help Protect The Environment, Eating Less Will

A new paper seeks to take some of the guesswork out of subjective "sustainable" diets. Activists like True Health Initiative try to claim that a meatless diet is better for human health and the environment, for example, but their corporate sponsorships lead to skepticism. Claims about the emissions impact of meat production are often exaggerated by 700 percent. Environmentalists have never visited a farm if they think all grazing land could be growing tomatoes.

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Conspiracy Theories Hinder Progress On COVID-19

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Psychology | Comments Off on Conspiracy Theories Hinder Progress On COVID-19

Do you believe that COVID-19 was created by Bill Gates so he and his Big Pharma pals could get rich selling a cure? Do you believe career government employees are exaggerating COVID-19 to sway the election to their side?

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Smokers Use E-Cigarettes To Quit

Posted by on Sep 21, 2020 in Public Health | Comments Off on Smokers Use E-Cigarettes To Quit

When e-cigarettes - vaping - began to gain in popularity in the early part of this decade, critics like Dr. Stan Glantz at UC San Francisco claimed they were only going to be used in addition to cigarettes, so risk reduction and smoking cessation would not happen.

Former smokers dismissed both him and his Johnson  & Johnson funding - they make nicotine patches that compete with vaping - as a little too convenient, and data since has shown his claims were unfounded. 

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COVID-19 Has Brought ‘Thirdhand’ Smoke Epidemiology Back From Its Science Grave

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in Public Health | Comments Off on COVID-19 Has Brought ‘Thirdhand’ Smoke Epidemiology Back From Its Science Grave

With COVID-19 and worries about the SARS-CoV-2 virus keeping millions of people at home, activists and lawyers are hoping to resurrect worry about a problem dismissed by scientists as a money grab; third-hand smoke.

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Some U.S Cities Could Subsist On Locally Grown Food – If The Local Area Is Large Enough

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Environment | Comments Off on Some U.S Cities Could Subsist On Locally Grown Food – If The Local Area Is Large Enough

A new estimate says that of 378 metropolitan areas, many could actually exist on locally grown food - if the local area is up to 200 miles away, which means New York City could claim farms in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are local to New York. 

Even then, diets would have to change, because progress has meant having diversity and choice, and if locally-grown were really necessary, the population would starve along the Eastern Seaboard and the Southwest of the U.S. And meat would only be for the rich.

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Social Media Political Ads: Less Negative, But More Partisan

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Anthropology | Comments Off on Social Media Political Ads: Less Negative, But More Partisan

While it is said that around six percent of voting Americans decide elections - the truly undecided - it is more the case that getting out the vote among your own party matters most. That is why political parties will drive their own to polling places while telling the other side the date of the election has been changed.

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Climate Change: Engineering Models Hope For Best Outcomes – And Any Chess Player Knows That’s Terrible Strategy

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on Climate Change: Engineering Models Hope For Best Outcomes – And Any Chess Player Knows That’s Terrible Strategy

Did you read a paper saying we can prevent ocean damage under climate change scenarios by dumping iron into water to spur phytoplankton growth? Germans did, and were so convinced they began doing illegal live experiments

The model used a best-case scenario, which any entry-level chess player knows is a bad idea - they forgot to falsify their own hypothesis in their zeal to do something. A new paper notes that many ambitious climate action plans rely on climate engineering technologies where the risks are unknown. They are more like TED talks than real plans.

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Eat A Vegetarian Diet If It Suits You, It Won’t Make You Healthier – Only Fewer Calories Will

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Public Health | Comments Off on Eat A Vegetarian Diet If It Suits You, It Won’t Make You Healthier – Only Fewer Calories Will

People often adopt vegetarian or even vegan diets because they are told it will make them healthier, but the same epidemiological correlation that tried to link butter with heart disease claimed trans fats would prevent it, and now statistical links claim just the opposite. 

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