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Vitamin C May Protect Cells From Hexavalent Chromium? No, But You’re Safe From It Anyway

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on Vitamin C May Protect Cells From Hexavalent Chromium? No, But You’re Safe From It Anyway

In the movie "Erin Brockovich", actress Julia Roberts portrayed a clerk who got energy company PG&E worried enough about a jury being scared of science they wrote her boss a giant check. Because Hollywood is in California, the state government was motivated to declare the compound harmful and put in tighter restrictions.

The concern from the science community was that no one was being harmed. It's a slippery slope from demonizing a scary sounding chemical in water to doing the same thing to vaccines or weedkillers. Which is exactly what has happened, and California has led the way in both cases.

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Bayer Releases All Glyphosate Safety Studies Used By European Food Safety Authority

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Bayer Releases All Glyphosate Safety Studies Used By European Food Safety Authority

Every regulatory body in the world has found that the weedkiller glyphosate is only harmful for plants. And huge studies of over 50,000 farmers have found the same.

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Bayer Releases All Glyphosate Safety Studies Used By European Food Safety Authority

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Bayer Releases All Glyphosate Safety Studies Used By European Food Safety Authority

Every regulatory body in the world has found that the weedkiller glyphosate is only harmful for plants. And huge studies of over 50,000 farmers have found the same.

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Europeans Keep Telling Peru To Preserve The Rainforest The Way Europe Wants But Nevertheless Peru Persisted

Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Europeans Keep Telling Peru To Preserve The Rainforest The Way Europe Wants But Nevertheless Peru Persisted

University of Bonn environmentalists and economists say Peru's National Forest Conservation Program needs to do more ro protect the rainforest.

Peru, on the other hand, is navigating the shackled man problem(1); that developed countries want the rest of the world to limit progress now that rich economies are already doing well. So in 2010 they launched a program to protect the rainforest but Europeans criticize that its effect is still too small. Further, they want Peru to enact three more stringent measures and if governments in Europe agree Peru has to at least consider it because they are held hostage by international governments funding the program.

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It’s Biologically Impossible For Diet Soda To Increase Your Risk Of Heart Attack, But Statistics Can Make It 100%

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on It’s Biologically Impossible For Diet Soda To Increase Your Risk Of Heart Attack, But Statistics Can Make It 100%

I sometimes like to read the arXix preprint physics site. It's where a lot of papers go before they are in journals. It was open access, a way to see what scientists were working on before the results were locked behind a corporate journal paywall, before open access was even a thing.

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Government Accountability Office Has Awkward Questions For NASA About New James Webb Space Telescope Delays

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Aerospace | Comments Off on Government Accountability Office Has Awkward Questions For NASA About New James Webb Space Telescope Delays

Since 1990, the U.S Government Accountability Office (G.A.O.) has had NASA on its High Risk list due to persistent cost inflation and missed schedules.

Well, NASA is bold adventure, right? Doing things no one else can do? Bureaucratic timetables can't stand in the way of science. Except just the opposite is true. GAO regards NASA as a job works program for the opposite reason than that its missions are too bold for terrestrial accountants - it promises a lot and then once government is on the hook for the money, fails to deliver.

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Progressive White People Will Try To Appear Less Verbally Competent When Communicating With Minorities

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Psychology | Comments Off on Progressive White People Will Try To Appear Less Verbally Competent When Communicating With Minorities

When we think of racial bias we usually think about differences when being stopped by the police or being watched more closely in a small deli, but there is another facet of it, an indirect bias by people who otherwise behave in ways that seem diverse and tolerant. In a recent preprint paper, the authors concluded that white liberal politicians and individuals engage in "competence downshift" when talking to minorities while conservatives don't. Liberals downplay their own verbal competence and use more emotional language. It's like mansplaining, except for people of color.

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Survey Claims Vaping Has Already Caused Heart Disease, But There’s A Big Catch

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on Survey Claims Vaping Has Already Caused Heart Disease, But There’s A Big Catch

Survey results presented at the American College of Cardiology 2019 Annual Scientific Session led to a declaration that went well beyond the evidence - they said electronic cigarettes can lead to a dramatic increase in the odds of having a heart attack, coronary artery disease, and even depression and used that to state, "These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes." 

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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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