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Brown Fat’s “Off-Switch” Isn't A New Ozempic Diet Exploit

May 23 2024 - 13:05
Brown adipose tissue is different from the white fat around human belly and thighs. Brown fat helps to turn calories into heat and it was once thought that only small animals like mice and newborns had brown fat but some adults retain it.

If some people have it, perhaps others can activate it also, and a study found a previously unknown built-in mechanism that switches it off shortly after being activated.  Which means it doesn't help against obesity. A group discovered a protein responsible for this switching-off process called AC3-AT. Mice that genetically didn't have AC3-AT were protected from becoming obese, partly because their bodies were simply better at burning off calories and were able to increase their metabolic rates through activating brown fat.

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If You Don't Have A Brain Worm But Still Think GMOs And Cell Phones Cause Cancer, You Have No Excuse

May 21 2024 - 15:05
It was recently revealed that anti-vaccine, anti-cell-phone conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy had a brain worm. Well, claimed by him. Crackpots make lots of claims.

He also claimed during his divorce that he got mercury poisoning from seafood, which was almost as supernatural in its supposed harmful effects back in 2012, according to trial lawyers running environmental groups and the wealthy elites who side with them, as MMR vaccines.

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Organic Is Just A Marketing Designation, So Fraud Is Common

May 21 2024 - 14:05
If you buy kosher food, how do you know it is really created using a special process? The same goes with Shade-Tree Grown, Fair Use, Ethical, Sustainable, Organic, and all the rest.(1)

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A Cool Rare Decay

May 20 2024 - 08:05
By and large, particle physicists confronted with the need to awe and enthuse an audience of laypersons will have no hesitation in choosing to speak about the Higgs boson and its mysteries - undoubtedly a fascinating story that requires one to start with the 1960ies and the intuition of a handful of theoretical physicists, and then grows epic in a crescendo of colliders that sought and missed the Higgs boson, and then the LHC which finally found the elusive signal of production and decay of that particle.

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

May 18 2024 - 15:05
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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Declaring War On Frappuccino And Diet Soda Is Not A Valid Government Nutrition Guideline

May 16 2024 - 05:05
You're not  a Frank-people because you eat Doritos, despite what people writing lifestyle/diet books and New York Times journalists who gush over them want you to believe.

Such claims are pure food populism by rich white people for rich white people. It's not science, it's instead not even right enough to be wrong.

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States Sue President Biden Over 2036 Truck Ban

May 15 2024 - 12:05
To bolster declining electric car sales, President Biden told EPA to create a new emissions standard. The agency put epidemiologists to work and declared that X (fill in any number you like, it's epidemiology, that's what they did) life-years have been lost without electric cars and trucks, and created a new emissions-standard that is effectively a ban on their competitors.

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Physician Burnout Is Common - And Informal Rationing Is One Big Cause

May 13 2024 - 14:05
If the government promises every home a great gardener, most people recognize they won't get a great gardener at all, they will probably get someone who couldn't get a better job while the lawn service they used to use is priced out of reach.

There has always been disparity in health care, but that was aggravated when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted wage caps during World War II. Companies who wanted to compete for quality workers could no longer offer more money so they offered "benefits." Like health insurance. 

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Environmental Groups Sue Biden Administration Over TVA Replacing Coal Plant

May 09 2024 - 14:05
The Tennessee Valley Authority couldn't be done today. When it was done, it transformed an area mired in poverty. With affordable electricity, they had water. With water, they could farm. With farming, food became affordable. 

In a generation, the area was transformed and soon had libraries, schools, and much better quality of life.

Environmentalists need to be needed, it is how they feed their $3 billion-per-year appetite, and so TVA could never happen today. Environmental lawyers are so obstructionist and culturally corrosive, TVA can't even replace a coal plant without a lawsuit.

A coal plant. When activists claim they care about climate change.

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Cancel Culture Prevents The Best Researchers From Engaging With The Food Industry

May 08 2024 - 16:05
After Chris Wild took over the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a UN-funded body in France that looks for statistical links between food/chemicals and cancer, they made a switch in their policies regarding participation; an epidemiologist who had ever consulted for industry could no longer vote on what to label a carcinogen.

Even though it was hypocritical - epidemiologists working for trial lawyers or environmental groups were recruited - few inside IARC objected. Nor did anyone think they might. Environmental groups have manufactured an ethical halo so well that even their lawyers look like better people than other lawyers. They are, they assure us, poorly paid evangelists for health and safety against Evil Corporations. 

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Bizarro Vegan Dr Paul Saladino Gives Diet Advice Just As Dangerous For Babies

May 08 2024 - 12:05
If you are a vegan and opt your child out of a nornal diet, they are going to suffer from malnutrition and you may end up in jail.

Crackpot Dr. Paul Saladino,  on the other end is just as dangerous, because he claims science doesn't exist so infants should be eating honey, raw milk and even meat.

It's nonsense without any empirical foundation but it also exposes a weakness in modern medical schools; no medical school that is sending physicians into the real world of patient care should be be graduating people who focus on alternative medicine. They do it for the same reason Cleveland Clinic will endorse Dr. Mark Hyman nonsense; it brings them money from patients who love celebrity doctors.

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The Fall Of Scientific American Redux

May 07 2024 - 15:05
For around 15 years, I have joked 'that's why they got sold for a dollar' when nonsense got published in Scientific American and my statement was both funny and factually correct.

They've been in decline for a while, their only hope for survival lay in what The Atlantic and Washington Post also got - a rich progressive (well, 'progressive' when it comes to other people paying taxes while they hide money offshore) who wants to say they own it as a vanity project. They have had that, thanks to the Holtzbrinck family of Germany, since 1986.

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Move Over - The Talk I Will Not Give

May 06 2024 - 01:05
Last week I was in Amsterdam, where I attended the first conference on European AI for Fundamental Physics conference (EUCAIF). Unfortunately I could not properly follow the works there, as in the midst of it I got grounded by a very nasty bronchial bug. Then over the weekend I was able to drag myself back home, and today, still struggling with the after-effects, am traveling to Rome for another relevant event.

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Kratom: This Supplement Can Kill Godzilla But You Can Buy It In Gas Stations

May 02 2024 - 10:05
U.S. Marshals, acting on a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized yet another ridiculous "dietary supplement," and this one's a doozy. About 90,000 bottles of a bunch of garbage with the brand name RelaKzpro, which is sold by Dordoniz Natural Products of South Beloit, Illinois, were confiscated.

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With EV Sales Flatlined, Tesla Cancels Its Supercharger Network

May 02 2024 - 05:05
President Biden was thrilled when Tesla announced it was creating a Tesla Supercharger network, because electric cars were not legitimate until they stopped needing government hand-outs, and few wanted electric cars until they were sure they could charge them on trips.

Which no company wanted to do because there were no government handouts.

Tesla believed it could solve the problem, and President Biden was going to add to an alarming federal deficit to give them handouts, but the problems seem insurmountable, because Tesla pulled out.


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EPA Sets Timeline For Ban Of Non-Industrial Use of Methylene Chloride

May 01 2024 - 16:05
As announced a few years ago and stated every few months in preparation, EPA has created a timeline  for a ban of non-industrial uses of methylene chloride. 

It was used in the past as a paint stripper but could also be found in things like automotive cleaners and various other consumer products. In home use, acute deaths did occur but only after shocking violations of common sense and boldly stated safety precautions.  If you used it to strip a bathtub in a closed room, well, you need to learn to read. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long had stringent safety controls in place.

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Vermont Should Stop Showing Leadership In Overruling Scientists On Farming

May 01 2024 - 14:05
Despite Vermont's Agricultural  Innovation Board (AIB), created to inform regulatory recommendations using science, flatly stating there was no basis for a ban on a class of safe pesticides called neonicotinoids, and agreement by Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont Senate just passed House Bill H706, which will ban such insecticides despite decades of safe use.

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Congressional Panel Recommends Wuhan Envoy Dr. Peter Daszak Be Formally Debarred

May 01 2024 - 13:05
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the science community was right to openly wonder about the Wuhan labs next to the wet market where the disease took the world by storm. A Chinese government researcher had been arrested and found guilty of selling lab animals and everyone with any experience knew that a biosafety rating in America and in China were much different levels even if a the communist government slapped any number they wanted on there.

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Evolutionary Psychology: Your Parents Income During Pregnancy Made You Gay

Apr 30 2024 - 16:04
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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With Skittles Banned, California Democrats Are Targeting Froot Loops and Doritos Next

Apr 29 2024 - 12:04
California Democrats know to strike when the anti-science iron is hot, so hot on the heels of banning red dye No. 3, using nothing but the same suspect epidemiology that turned the state into a laughing stock with Prop 65 'may cause cancer' warnings on 65,000 products, they are going after red dye 40.

Think of all the lives being saved by all those bans. There must have been corpses lining the streets!

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