American Academy of Pediatrics attacks raw milk

Surprise, surprise:  yet another enemy of real food attacks the traditional diet…

What is interesting in this article (and makes it worth reading) is this bit:

In 2009, former editor–in–chief of the New England Journal of Medicine Marcia Angell admitted that the “evidence-based” studies published in her former publication and most other “scientific” journals are totally unreliable:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

In her bombshell article, Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption, she documents how doctors and scientists are bought and paid for by Big Pharma.

“Clinical trials are also biased through designs for research that are chosen to yield favorable results for sponsors,” she writes.

Yet more evidence pouring in that ‘peer-review’ is more of a ‘pal-review’…

For a deeply insightful commentary on the state of science today, see CodeSlinger’s comment here.

Is Science Progressing? (featuring Richard Lindzen)

 

Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, faces execution

Though his is not a household name, most people in the world have, by now, heard of the plight of Raif Badawithat Saudi Arabian blogger who is imprisoned for his words.

First, he was tried for having written things on the internet that the Saudi Government disapproved of – and he was sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in jail.

Unacceptable!

No man or woman ought to be penalized for stating their honestly held views.

Those who have visited my blog in the past know I am a bit of a free speech fundamentalist and would not place any limits on speech whatsoever, if it were my call.  And, I do mean all speech!

If we do not hold those who listen even to incitement to violence accountable for their actual deeds, then we are guilty of infantalizing them.  A responsible adult can hear all kinds of incitements to violence, and choose to ignore them. If one chooses to act upon incitement, then one is responsible for their actions!

It is one’s actions we must judge, not one’s words!

But, Raif Badawi situation gets worse!!!

Now, the Saudi court had recommended that he be also tried for apostasy.  In Saudi Arabia, this “crime” carries the death sentence!!!

Words cannot describe the outrage I feel.

We, all of us honest people in the world, must stand up and demand that Raif Badawi (and all other ‘blasphemy prisoners’) be set free and that countries that have blasphemy laws on their books and that imprison or even execute people for apostasy be immediately kicked out of the UN and all other organizations of civilized people!

Write, call or email your local legislators and demand they put pressure on the government to officially condemn this uncivilized behaviour and pressure these countries directly through diplomatic channels to alter their laws as well as indirectly through the UN.

And, if the UN refuses to take the side of the civilized countries on this issue, then the civilized countries MUST leave the UN in protest!

Anything less will make us complicit in their martyrdoom!!!

Reason TV’s Nanny of theYear 2013: Jailing Photogs and Smokers, Outlawing Chipotle! Plus Halle Berry!

 

Merry Christmas!

Thunderf00t: Bill O’Reilly vs The Bible

 

Vote for ‘Cry-baby of the year 2013’

With the close of the year almost upon us, many of us look back to reflect on the year that had just past.  In this case, that is they year 2013.

In the spirit of retrospection, I bring you the ‘Cry-baby of the Year 2013’.

Please, follow the link for the vote and let me know in the comments whom you voted for – or, nominate your own in the comments…and/or voice your support for cry-babies nominated in the comments by others!  Just make sure your comment is made in 2013!!!

On January 1st, 2014, I will tabulate the results and post them!

Have fun – and feel free to nominate/vote for more than one cry-baby:  after all, I am the ‘rule bender’!