February 25, 2024
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- The replication crisis is an ongoing problem in science, and particularly in medicine and psychology, where peer-reviewed papers that supposedly have a 95% probability of demonstrating a real effect cannot be replicated between 50% and 90% of the time.
It turns out that AI is a cure for this problem. (Stanford)
When querying Google Gemini for medical information, half of the papers referenced do not even exist, and 90% do not actually make the claims Gemini reports.
Cure? Well sure. If a paper doesn't exist, it can't be wrong.
February 24, 2024
Guy travels to Europe for a vacation... it's his first time, he sees the sights, has a real good time... after a while he decides to call home... gets his brother on the phone and says 'so how are things back home?' ... and the brother says 'your cat died!'... the guy says 'you shouldn't break bad news like that, you should...
... break it to me gently... like, you should say, 'the cat crawled out on the roof... chasing a squirrel... and got stuck...
we had to call the fire department... the fireman climbed up and got the cat, but on the way down he slipped... the cat fell to the ground...
... we had to take the cat to the vet... they tried to save the cat, they even operated... on the cat... but it was too late... they couldn't save the cat'... that's how you should break bad news like that'... so the guys says to his brother, 'anyway, how's mom?'... and the brother says
… 'SHE'S ON THE ROOF!'...
Back in 2016, The Boy and I decided this Swedish film was one of the best of the year, and dreaded the inevitable remake with Tom Hanks, which did finally come out last year. We didn't see it, but I'll still enthusiastically recommend the original.--- While we have seen some good movies this year and a fair number of okay movies, there haven't been many at all that made us sit up and say, "Wow, this is easily one of the year's best!" You know, if you go to the movies a lot, you get a sense for film that's going to stand out, no matter whether it's January or (as in this case) October. This Swedish slice-of-life drama/black-comedy is one of those films.
Greetings gang. Time once again to head for the basement, garage, shop, studio or wherever it is you can lose yourself for a few hours, get creative and have some fun.Note: This is NOT an open thread so please refrain from any comments other than germane to the subject.
What's everyone working on, planning or dreaming about?
Hiya K.T. My daughter sent this to me and I thought it was cool and you could use it on the pet thread. I'm mostly a lurker but when I do post in the comments I've been using "GoofusMaximus" Thanks for taking over the Saturday thread activities. I enjoy them. Thanks to your daughter for the unusual photo. Almost worthy of Google Gemini, but more creative!
Hi Katy It's maple syrup time again in the Great White North, a nice time of year to be outside in the bush with longer days & warmer weather. It has been milder than normal this winter so I tapped our trees this past week, about 2 weeks earlier than usual. Temperatures above freezing in the day and below freezing at night are needed for the sap to drip. A short stretch of colder weather periodically stops the sap run which can be welcome relief to the constant collecting, boiling & bottling. Maple syrup season usually lasts 4 - 6 weeks, or for me, when I run out of firewood. After a long enough warm spell the trees start to bud causing the sap to sour. PointyHairedBossUpdated Below!
Watch the leftwing authoritarian Marxist media create the Narrative in real time: 1, if you believe that our rights derive from God, then you are a "Christian Nationalist" 2, if you are a "Christian Nationalist," you are a dangerous proto-terrorist who must be surveilled, harassed, debanked, and imprisoned by the Marxist God-State
She didn't say "2" but we've seen how this game of demonization and creation of a pretext for government persecution works.Yes. But how do you handle such attacks? Ace posted Kyle Shideler's reaction: "I wish everyone posting this clip would stop with the "look how dumb they are" schtick. They aren't dumb. They are setting conditions for what will become, or has already become, the accepted reality." Troublemaker James Lindsay, that anti-communist atheist with a background in the study of religious cults, would agree with Shideler. He has foreseen this for several months now, and says that "Christian Nationalism is an operation" of the left. This was his reaction to the same clip:
Good morning Horde. So this is our last *Saturday together. I mean February Saturday.
- The Florida state legislature has passed a law banning children under 16 from social media. (Associated Press)
I'll have to read the text of the bill, but this seems doomed both constitutionally and practically. Children under 13, you may have a case, and that is essentially the law already. But if you're trying to ban teenagers from YouTube and TikTok, that's simply not going to work.
- Meanwhile the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on separate legislation from Florida and Texas restricting viewpoint discrimination by social media platforms. (The Verge)
I don't know how this is going to turn out, but what I suspect is that the Supreme Court will overturn the laws on specific First Amendment grounds and the states will have another try at it with more carefully-worded legislation.
February 23, 2024
Hello, and welcome to Friday's ONT. I just finished reading Doomsday Recon, and I have to say, it was great. Not my usual fare, but it's very well written, kinda Clancy meets Tolkien. From the blurb:
The year is 1989. America has just invaded Noriega’s Panama. And Specialist Bennett’s platoon of Cav Scouts are in country… with, frankly, not a whole lot to do.
Until the freak rainstorm that somehow transports the entire platoon—Humvees, weapons, and all—to another world. A world controlled by a wicked Aztec god.
The Land of the Black Sun.
In a heartbeat, the Scouts find themselves fighting for their lives against savage beasts, witches, zombies, subhuman tribes seeking sacrifices… and even themselves. Fuel runs low, ammo grows scarce, and their only allies are a tribe of all-female warriors and a single fledgling sorceress with a decidedly mean streak.
Sorry for steppin' on any toes, Perfessor, but I really did enjoy the book. On with the memes! I'll start with this one because you definitely could run into these guys in the Land of the Black Sun.
Voice artist goes through all the common corporate voices she's asked to do. A pod of whales. Dol-O-Mite! This is the sort of place where Cthulhu moonbathes. The high road through Switzerland.
A waterfall as viewed from, get this, underwater. Even in the gray rain, Switzerland is still pretty. (There are two videos there.) Bear cubs doing some scouting. Impossible cliffs in Norway. (Multiple videos here.) Jumping from an impossible cliff. Scenes from an Italian (Cliffside) Restaurant. Some amazing cliffs (and sea stacks, of course) in Oregon.
Eat Zee Bugs Update: The Drooling Vegetable Administration is funding a program to raise "edible bugs" on landfill garbage.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began funding research into trash-fed crickets as an alternative to conventional and "unsustainable" protein production in July 2023, a federal grant listing shows. The $130,000 grant supports research that "addresses the need for more cost-efficient production of crickets as a sustainable protein source," according to the listing. Specifically, the grant will support research into using municipal landfill waste to feed crickets that will later be harvested for human consumption. USDA awarded the grant to Mighty Cricket Inc., a private firm that sells cricket flour, cricket protein powder and cricket oatmeal. The agency believes that using landfill waste to feed crickets could help the firm "procure cricket feed at lower cost than what is available on the market," leading to savings that could then be passed along to the consumer.
Seattle activists just declared a "homosexual intifada." An intifada is a violent uprising.
As if "Queers for Palestine" wasn't enough of a self-parody, keffiyeh-donning gay activists in Seattle have declared a "homosexual intifada." After another pro-Hamas/anti-Israel march and rally that took over city streets that Seattle mayor Bruce Harrell ceded, the extremists plastered their signage around downtown Seattle. That's when we started seeing a new flyer showing two men with faces covered with keffiyeh while embracing in a kiss. The pink-hued message says "Homo-sexual Intifada" in all caps. Seattle's homosexual intifada flyer is a stark oxymoron as brazen as it is ignorant. It signals LGBT Seattle activists are willing to become more violent in support of a terrorist organization that would order them tossed from the highest rooftop the moment they accuse someone of misgendering them.Note that any white straight males who even discuss the topic of a possible civil war will be put under surveillance by the federal government. Trans extremists meanwhile accumulate a high bodycount in mass shootings, while their activists demand violent action against normies. But the feds will not monitor their speech -- The Regime approves of violence by the extreme left. It helps intimidate civilians into going where The Regime wants them to go.
Minnesota declared itself a "trans sanctuary" that would sever the parental bonds of authority over children, if children ran away to Minnesota seeking genital amputation against the wishes of their parents. Now Big Mutilation is rolling in money-- the clinics are cutting and chopping night and day, and still can't keep up with demand.
During the last legislative session, Minnesota declared itself a "trans refuge" state, inviting children from around the country to travel to the state to get "gender-affirming care" here if they were no longer able to get treatment to medically transition in their home state. The law was specifically targeted to get children to come to Minnesota for treatments including hormones and surgery. Minnesota Democrats placed this law near the top of their legislative agenda, and were over the moon when they managed to get the bill passed. There was no question in anybody's mind that this would result in a substantial expansion of the client base for clinics and doctors that provide this care. That was the whole point--to bring children here to get the care "they need." Regardless of what you think of the morality of what they did--this law would allow adults to violate court orders and custody rights established in other states--it was not just predictable but also the entire point was to dramatically expand the patient pool in the state.And now the butcher shops "struggle" to keep up with demand. Hit the link for The Rest of the Story. Trans provocateurs arranged for a funeral in St. Patrick's Cathedral. They deceived the church about the decedent, hiding the fact that it was a trans extremist and male prostitute. Then, having deceptively gained entry into the storied church, they made a mockery of it and Christianity.
Well, it happened, and in a big way.
A raucous funeral liturgy for a high-profile trans activist and sex-worker advocate was held Thursday in New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral, sparking an outcry on social media that the iconic church was misused to advance an ideological agenda at odds with Catholic teaching. The Manhattan cathedral hosted the Feb. 15 funeral service for Cecilia Gentili, an activist who helped to decriminalize sex work in New York, lobbied for "gender identity" to be added as a protected class to the state's human rights laws, and was a major fundraiser for transgender causes. Organizers reportedly did not disclose to the cathedral that Gentili, who died Feb. 6 at age 52, was a biological man who identified as a woman. "I kept it under wraps," Ceyeye Doroshow, the service's organizer, told The New York Times. ... The Archdiocese later released a statement on Saturday from Father Enrique Salvo, the pastor of St. Patrick's, who said that cathedral staff "had no idea our welcome and prayer would be degraded in such a sacrilegious and deceptive way." ...That sound you're hearing is the last remaining support and sympathy for the transgender extremists burning up from the heat of their own poisonous hatred of anything good and normal and decent. A prominent trans surgeon admits that hollowing out a penis, inverting it, and then Frankensewing it into an unstable fake vagina can result in a lot of complication for the patient.
Time magazine described the fact that a funeral service for a trans activist was held in a Catholic cathedral as "no small feat," while The New York Times described the service as "an exuberant piece of political theater." ... Other Catholics, however, were more pointed in their assessment. On X, CatholicVote described the service as a staged "mockery of the Christian faith INSIDE St. Patrick's Cathedral" by trans activists. Others called for Cardinal Dolan and the Archdiocese of New York to respond to what they considered to be sacrilege. Many of the 1,000 in attendance wore drag and scanty outfits. At the foot of the altar stood an image of the Argentinian-born Gentili with a halo, surrounded by the Spanish words for "whore," "transvestite," "blessed," and "mother." Trans activist Oscar Diaz told Time it "felt appropriate" to say farewell to Gentili with a funeral service at St. Patrick's, describing the event as an act of bestowing "sainthood" on the transgender advocate. The service for Gentili was marked by several moments that were out of the ordinary for a Catholic funeral and have raised questions of irreverence and sacrilege. For instance, during the liturgy, attendees cheered, applauded, and chanted "Cecilia!" and "madre de putas" -- Spanish for "mother of whores." A rendition of the "Ave Maria" by the cathedral cantor was interrupted when an attendee shouted "Ave Cecilia!" and danced down the center aisle.
WPATH should just admit to their experimental victims that if you opt for "transgender" surgery, you're signing up for the Surgery of the Month club, forever, at least until Americans get fed up and stop covering this butchery under Obamacare. At long last, some common sense backed by courage: Nassau County, NY has banned men from competing in women's sports.
A prominent surgeon stated that the complications from vaginoplastic surgery that aims at removing male genitals and creating a vagina 'can be pretty bad" and noted that there was "a growing number of programs throughout the world of gender affirmation, probably with a lack of training and not proper training," according to the video of a presentation that the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained through a public records request. "Complications can be pretty bad for vaginoplasty and the most-dreaded complication is to perforate the rectum while you are dissecting the vaginal cavity," Dr. Alex Laungani, a Canadian surgeon, who has "expertise in trans surgical care," said at an event sponsored by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). "You are essentially dissecting the vaginal cavity between the prostate and the rectum and there's literally no space there," he said. "So, you have to create a new plain in a spot that doesn't exist. So, you're very close to the rectum and it's very hard--it's very easy to get in there. We don't, I mean, the more you do it, the less risk you have, of course." "You're not going to follow up, you know, and you're not going to be that interested that you actually go and hang out at these kinds of conferences and learn from your colleagues, because you're not going to do it as much," he said. "So, I think you need to dedicate a huge part of your practice to gender-affirming care if you are going to do it at all." One article published in 2023 in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery stated: "Penile inversion vaginoplasty (PIV) is a common procedure for transfeminine patients, with the goal of creating a functional vaginal canal and clitoris and a natural-appearing vulva. Creation of the neovagina requires opening the prerectal space, most commonly from a perineal approach, and the reported rates of rectal perforation during this dissection range from 3% to 5%." A slide in the WPATH presentation listed possible complications of vaginoplasty, which include minor wound dehiscence, vaginal stenosis, recto-vaginal fistula, pelvic floor dysfunction, and clitoris necrosis. During the presentation, Laungani noted the rate of wound dehiscence, a complication in which a surgical incision reopens, could be as high as 75%. "I think for the dehiscence you can expect as much as probably 75 percent," he said. In the recording, Laungani explained that within the first week after surgery, a vaginoplasty patient must begin regularly dilating the surgically created vagina, sometimes called a neovagina, to prevent closure. He described dilation as a sometimes painful, time-consuming process, saying patients have to dilate themselves up to four times a day.
This is believed to be the first such executive order. It applies to female competitive sports, not co-ed sports, or sports where females compete against males. The ban is for county-run facilities. It's crazy that an executive order like this had to be signed in the first place, but here we are. Kudos to Nassau County for leading the way. Let's hope that more local officials will do the same across the country.[ABC News 7 in NYC:] "This is not precluding anybody from participating in sports," said Blakeman. "What it is, it's identifying that there are women and girls who spend a tremendous amount of time and effort to excel and compete in their sports that are women's sports.... And it is an unfair advantage for someone who is a biological male to compete against a biological female."Blakeman was surrounded by female athletes, including Kim Russell. Russell is a former women's lacrosse coach at Oberlin College in Ohio. She was reassigned after speaking out against men competing against women. The county has 100 ballfields and athletic facilities. If a team or league does not agree to the ban, they will be barred from the facilities.
The ADL says that the leftwing trans terrorist who shot up Christian children is not a leftwing terrorist at all, because it used the word "f*gg*t" at one point, which, let's be serious, 90% of gays use themselves. And through this kind of accounting fraud, the left is able to claim that only "rightwingers" do mass shootings. They just reclassify any leftwing murderer as a rightwinger. After all, no True Scotsman would ever...
And Las Vegas, of course.
FBI investigating Illinois Mayor Tiffany Henyard for misuse of office and corruption as state AG shuts down her charity after she responded to critics by saying 'how dare you question me, I'm a black woman!' Illinois Mayor Tiffany Henyard is accused of shutting down businesses that refuse to donate to her campaign, and using public funds for her charity The FBI is now investigating Dolton's mayor for myriad instances of public financial corruption Residents of the small village hope to see their mayor in handcuffs sooner rather than later By Sophie Mann For Dailymail.Com
The FBI is probing the self-described 'super-mayor' of a small Illinois town over mounting allegations of misconduct and misuse of office. Tiffany Henyard, 40, had her charity shut down Tuesday by the Illinois Attorney General over alleged financial corruption. 'Tiffany Henyard Cares' was ordered to stop seeking contributions. Prior reporting found that Henyard used taxpayer money and the services of public employees to support the charity, which was not registered with the AG's office. Henyard's notorious misuse of public funds, on expenditures that include personal styling, travel, and an outlandish salary, have allegedly plunged the tiny town of Dolton into $5million of debt. ...
The beleaguered leader has previously lashed out at the town's board and her constituents for criticizing her, accusing her detractors of 'attacking a black woman that's in power.' The FBI, citing the pending investigation, declined to comment. Though, local residents say agents who have approached them about the case say they have received dozens of complaints about Henyard. 'She said we are going to get her,' one resident said, referring to an FBI agent. 'It just takes time. We have to make sure we have all our i's dotted and t's crossed.' Henyard, the first female mayor of the tiny Illinois village, has been accused of shutting down businesses that refuse to donate to her campaign. She was previously slammed for using city money to fund her glamorous looks. She's also accused of using official position within the town to retaliate against those who do not comply with her wishes, the New York Post revealed. Residents claim she adopts the persona of movie gangster Nino Brown from the 1991 film 'New Jack City' during official meetings, dressing in an ensemble designed to instill fear.
During a meeting, she reportedly signaled for a DJ to play Rihanna's 'B***h Better Have My Money,' while fully committing to her Nino Brown persona, even carrying a small stuffed dog reminiscent of a scene from the movie. ... Since the initial reporting on Henyard's spending, it's been revealed she and other officials spent more than $67,000 on trips to Portland, Austin, Atlanta and New York City on the village's dime, according to WGN.
Many of the flights were first-class, while Henyard's team spent $13,000 in public money staying in New York. ... Henyard doesn't understand the criticism, as she believes she's working to better everyone's lives. 'Everything we do is for the people. But we're under attack. We get scrutinized by the media,' she said. 'For what? Loving on the people? Showing that they matter to us? We going through the fires for you all.'Appearing in a Black Church near you!
... Henyard, who often refers to herself as 'God's favorite,' has now sparked further outrage by proposing a new law that would cap the next mayor's salary at $25,000, unless she remains in the role, Fox 32 reported in early February.She's making $300,000 per year to be mayor of this tiny town of very poor people. But she wants to give the next mayor a salary of $25,000, if that person is anybody but her. Basically attempting to craft a law that would make no one want to take her job from her.
Oh, and she also hires her sex-offender criminal friends to positions that involve going into people's homes:
A judge fren of hers tossed out that recall effort.
A year after her election, Dolton residents triggered a recall process largely due to her hiring of convicted sex offender Lavelle Redmond into a role that would require him to enter people's homes. According to reporting at the time, the then-16-year-old Redmond and three others kidnapped and sexually assaulted two girls, ages 13 and 14. At age 17, Redmond was sentenced to 50 years in prison but was paroled in 2016 and required to register as a sex offender. At the time Henyard defended the move, stating that convicts who have served time deserve a second chance.
... However, the recall failed on a technicality and Henyard remained in post, turning up to the next board meeting blasting a disco song and dancing on the podium.
The only thing that would make this better is if the demented clown Joe Biden met with this gangsta bitch. Good news: It's better.
Following the verdict, she also posted a defiant picture on Instagram proclaiming herself the 'People's Mayor' with the caption, 'I am and forever will be Dolton's Mayor.'
The FBI is reportedly probing misconduct allegations regarding Dolton, Illinois Mayor Tiffany Henyard after a local business owner claimed he was punished for refusing to donate to an event the mayor held. Henyard had previously posted an Instagram video of herself chatting with Biden from when she attended a press conference at the White House on Jan. 19, during the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual winter meeting. Fox News Digital previously reported that Henyard has been living like a royal with a combined salary of nearly $300K -- more than the state's governor -- and frequent use of beauty vendors, despite the 23,000 residents of the Illinois town having a median income of $24K. Henyard has also come under fire for various tirades in public meetings, accusing her critics among local leaders of "beating and attacking on a Black woman that's in power."She just started sexting Darrius "Sweetdick" Honeycum, Esq.
Actual Justice Warrior has done several videos about the "Super Mayor." After the FBI began investigating people that she was using the cops to shut down for not donating to her campaign or charity, she then began retaliating against people who spoke to the FBI. Keep watching to the 4:00 mark -- one of her critics also happened to have two thugs dressed all in black shoot up her house and vehicle, then speed off in a white Escalade (?). That video is around 3:40-4:00. The shooting takes place at the top right of the screen.
According to FOX 32, a Dolton-based U-Haul rental and trucking business owner named Lawrence Gardner said he went to the FBI out of frustration that the Village of Dolton would not renew his business license. He claims he has suffered from harassment, raids on his business and being shut down by Dolton Police. Gardner believes it's retaliation after he refused to donate to a civic event sponsored by Henyard. "I talked to a couple of [FBI] agents and I explained to them what's going on," Gardner told FOX 32. "I gave them all my paperwork to show them what was happening in court and what was happening in Dolton. And they told me they were investigating and would be in touch with me." He also reportedly claimed that the FBI agents he spoke with took his allegations seriously, "Yes. Very serious. Very."
Plus: Begone, Thot! Away With Your E-Snizz!
Jay BhattacharyaYoung people are dying for unknown reasons, and media and the politicians refuse to even admit this fact, let alone attempt to explain it. Which tells you a lot about what they suspect the explanation is, no?
@DrJBhattacharya An excellent article by @toby00green in @PerspectiveMags provides a balanced discussion of an under-acknowledged catastrophe -- continuing & catastrophic excess deaths among young people since the pandemic's end. But not in Sweden or Mexico.
I personally almost died because I could not see any doctor when I had a serious health problem in 2020. My situation deteriorated and deteriorated and no one would physically see me. They just prescribed stuff over the phone without ever diagnosing me. When I was finally forced to go the emergency room, they diagnosed me immediately. Oh, it wasn't covid. But covid almost killed me, because of the lockdowns.
A calamity of lost youth High numbers of deaths among young people are being ignored by the media and politicians 22 February 2024, 11:57am Ever since the World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 pandemic over in May last year, the world has moved on. Yet people continue to die in much higher numbers than before 2020. And while covid mortality mainly impacted older people, it is younger people who are now dying disproportionately. The news cycle hasn't said much about this, even though, of course, these unexpected deaths are no less tragic than those of the pandemic. Why the silence? One factor may be that, historically, pandemic planning factored in excess deaths as part of the pandemic phase. That they would continue for several years wasn't part of official plans, although according to Lucy Easthope -- visiting professor at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, and author of the bestselling book on disaster recovery When the Dust Settles -- it was predictable. As she put it in an interview in September 2020: "For every Covid-19 death, we would estimate another four deaths over two to five years... you see extra deaths for domestic violence and obstetrics, delayed or missed oncology diagnoses, no admission to A&E, sepsis, suicide."
... In the digital era, however, this phenomenon has taken on a life of its own. In the face of public silence, thickets of information and misinformation abound on the internet. So it's best to start with the most unvarnished facts of all: the numbers of deaths. Mortality is far higher than used to be normal. In October, the BBC reported that Scotland's winter death toll in 2022-23 was the highest for 30 years. And things are not improving. ... First, it's important to assess the causes of these premature deaths. Cardiovascular issues are significant. In June last year, the British Heart Foundation said that since 2020 there had been 100,000 excess deaths in England from cardiac issues. In December, the Daily Mail reported a notable increase in deaths from heart attacks among young people. In July, meanwhile, doctors from Los Angeles reported a 29% jump in heart attacks among those aged 25-44 from 2020 to 2021. ... Yet covid on its own cannot explain the current situation. There is no clear mechanism to explain why covid infection especially harms younger people, who show the largest rates of excess mortality. Moreover, given the extreme variability of mortality rates between western and eastern Europe, it's unclear why people in some countries should be more prone to this causal connection than others.The article sneers at the possibility that the experimental mRNA vaccines might be causing these excess deaths, signalling that this is just a bunch of internet Horse Paste conspiracy nonsense:
The article dismisses the vaccination explanation on the grounds that Sweden, uniquely in Europe, has a very low excess death rate, but had very high vaccination rates. A confusing factor here is that Sweden never locked down. So maybe it's the lockdowns themselves, after all? The "experts" have no explanation for this -- and, in fact, refuse to acknowledge there is a large number of excess deaths, especially among young people, that needs to be explained at all. Speaking of official, lethal corruption:
Finally, there's a large body of material online claiming that this increase in mortality in the young has been caused by the covid vaccines. This material is usually produced by those who saw covid lockdown policies as part of a "great reset" engineered by the World Economic Forum.
Evie Magazine, talking with author of The Big Fat Surprise Nina Teicholtz: Proctor and Gamble paid off the corrupt grifter group American Heart Association to claim that heart disease is caused by saturated (animal) fats, not what really causes heart disease. The Big Fake Food industry loves putting sugar into everything -- it makes cardboard palatable -- and they'll pay big money to suppress any negative information about their miracle ingredient. Big Fake Food also paid them to recommend replacing real, healthy animal fats with the frankenfoods fake fats they were manufacturing.
[Nina Teicholz] shares an article from a journal called Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity that reviews the history of "the diet-heart hypothesis from the late 1950s up to the current day," including revelations that were never published before in scientific literature. The American Heart Association, the nation's largest nonprofit organization that is considered the leading voice when it comes to heart disease education and awareness, started recommending in 1961 that people avoid saturated fat and replace it with polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, rapeseed oil, etc. "The 1961 AHA advice to limit saturated fat is arguably the single-most influential nutrition policy ever published, as it came to be adopted first by the U.S. government, as official policy for all Americans, in 1980, and then by governments around the world as well as the World Health Organization," the article reads. However, they were paid off to distribute this information. The AHA accepted $20 million (in today's dollars) in funding from Procter & Gamble, a corporation that conveniently makes and sells Crisco Oil. The AHA recommended that everyone replace butter with "heart healthy" alternatives like vegetable oil or Crisco Oil.I will keep recommending The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. It's not a health book -- it's a book about corruption of official institutions, from the American Heart Association to the US government to major corporations. The sugar lobby paid everyone off to pretend that sugar had no unhealthy effects when eaten "in moderation." That last part is doing a lot of work. Sure, most things are not harmful "in moderation," but remember what these guys' idea of moderation was: Sugar went from being a scarce and expensive additive to being dirt cheap by the late 1800s, and humans went from eating about a pound of it per year to eating 40 pounds per year. (Or something like that: I am a well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.) The most absolutely enraging part of the book for me was the cereal manufacturers pushing the idea that kids needed a huge bolus of sugar within a half our of waking up to "give them energy," and how they bought off anyone who suggested that maybe putting all children on the glidepath to diabetes wasn't a great idea. This is why they began adding vitamins to cereal -- just to pull a con on parents into making them accept their kids' pleas for starting the day off with a bowl of dessert with 50 grams of sugar in it. Anyway -- great book. If the climate hoax grinds your gears, you'll love this book. Big Sugar did the same thing to disprove the obvious fact that sugar causes weight gain -- they held a conference in which only people who thought sugar was harmless (or were paid to pretend it was harmless) were invited, then had a poll of "scientists" at this curated-invitation-list conference, and then went out into the world that they had proof that sugar does not cause weight gain -- they polled "experts"! It was an "expert consensus"! Relatedly, Doctor Phil and Doctor Drew Pinsky (Adam Carolla's partner) discussed the atrocious media bias, especially in medical reporting.
Dr. Drew Pinsky rages against the corrupt media landscape on "The Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast," "Ask Dr. Drew" and any time he's near a microphone. The news media's obsession with "misinformation" ignores the most galling sources of it, he argued on the latest episode of "The Adam and Dr. Drew Show." "Everything is thought of as misinformation or disinformation, when in fact so much of what the New York Times reports, which is the source of quote legitimate information, ends up being incorrect or wrong ... and then of course, no corrections and no adjustments." "What do we do about this?" Dr. Pinsky asked. Now, Dr. Phil (real name: Phillip Calvin McGraw) is lashing out at the same targets, courtesy of the "Joe Rogan Experience."Videos at the link. TRUST THE EXPERTS TRUST YOUR TV FRIENDS IN THE MEDIA TRUST THE BENEVOLENT, LOVING GOD-STATE THE GOD-STATE ONLY WANTS YOU TO WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU, CITIZEN!
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