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Scientists say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are" (Sign The Open Letter)


"As members of the scientific community, we invite our colleagues to stand together in making it clear that Donald Trump's views on many pressing topics are at odds with scientific reality and represent a dangerous rejection of scientific thinking.

There should be no place for this kind of rhetoric - or this kind of attitude toward expertise itself - in the halls of government.

As a community, we affirm the values that make us who we are: curiosity, skepticism, integrity, and simple adherence to the facts.

Join us in saying: Donald Trump is not who we are.



DU scientists, please sign the open letter!

Industry sucks, but this is a more balanced take on the story.

It argues that all industry sucks, basically.



I think this latest round of information can only be understood in the context of the longstanding diet wars. Heart disease has become the number one cause of death, as life expectancy has increased and we have reduced many other causes of mortality.

Overweight and obesity are also diseases of modern civilization which is characterized by abundance and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Further, the food industry is driven by market forces which favor tasty foods, which often means being high in fat and/or sugar.


A recent study comparing high fat, high sugar, and a “prudent” diet (essentially a moderate diet) also reveals this basic pattern of not seeing much difference. They looked at all cause mortality, heart deaths and heart events. The high fat diet was associated with increased overall mortality, but not heart deaths or events. The high sugar diet was associated with a borderline but not significant trend toward higher heart deaths and events but not overall deaths. The prudent diet had no increased risk.

There are also various food industries that would love for the research to show that the food they produce is the healthiest – for example, the sugar industry, the dairy industry, and the meat industry. All these industries fund research hoping to show that their product is healthful.


Anti-vaccine nonsense is a very, very big travesty, yes.


Dr. Bob Sears, critic of vaccine laws, could lose license after exempting toddler


"Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician and nationally known critic of vaccination laws, faces the loss of his medical license after the state medical board accused him of improperly excusing a toddler from immunization and endangering both the child and the public.

The Medical Board of California contends in legal documents released Thursday that Sears committed “gross negligence” and deviated from standard practice when he issued a letter in 2014 prescribing no more vaccines for the child.

In the six-page accusation, the medical board faults Sears for failing to obtain a detailed history of a 2-year-old patient’s vaccines before writing the letter and instead relying on the child’s mother, who described how the boy lost urinary function and went limp in response to previous immunizations.

By not providing an “evidence-based recommendation,” Sears left the child, his mother and “future contacts at risk for preventable and communicable disease,” according to the medical board’s accusation.



It's about time something was done about this guy.

Before Afropunk, There Was Fishbone

Science Moms Trailer #1


This is good stuff!

Va. man claimed he had cure for cancer, charged $1,200 per bottle. Cops say it’s bogus, bust him.


"Though a low-slung medical office building in Manassas City, Va., may seem like an unlikely place to find a cure for cancer, that’s where Peter B. Adeniji was offering his miracles, police say. For only $1,200 a bottle, Adeniji’s special herbal mixture would do what science and proven medications could not, authorities say he promised numerous patients.

The promises ended Monday when police from a Prince William County drug task force raided Adeniji’s office and his home in Bristow, seizing medicines, ingredients for Adeniji’s mixtures and $17,000 cash, authorities said. Adeniji was charged with five felony counts of fraud, seven counts of operating a medical practice without a license, four counts of dispensing drugs without a license and one count of money laundering. He was being held Tuesday in the Prince William jail without bond.

Adeniji has previously been charged and convicted for the same actions elsewhere in Virginia, and two of the cancer patients who obtained treatments from Adeniji later died, the prosecutor said Tuesday. Authorities considered filing a murder charge against Adeniji in one of the cases, Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette said, but decided they could not prove proximate cause between the treatment and her death. Medical experts had concluded the woman likely would have died no matter the treatment she received, he said.

Prince William police said they believed that Adeniji may have had patients across the United States and internationally, based on conversations he had with an undercover detective who made multiple visits to Adeniji’s office just off Sudley Road. The lead detective in the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he works undercover, said Adeniji had been in the office building for 18 months but practicing locally for longer than that, and appeared to have no staff other than himself. It was not immediately clear how many patients Adeniji had seen, pending review of his seized records.



If only he had sold homeopathic cancer treatments, he would still be free today.

So today is the day everyone screams and yells at each other. OK, then.

Tomorrow, the hangover silent treatment ensues, allowing people simmer as they ponder some thoughtful speeches, before we fully remember that we're on the same side on Wednesday and Thursday, and celebrate together before getting the big work done, again, together, in the coming months, right?

That's how this works.



Coen Brothers Come To Life: Bound then bounced from car, man arrested after claiming to be kidnapped



Numerous 911 callers reported what they had seen, and Oregon State Police troopers soon arrived. Officers spoke to McPhail, who through the blood and scrapes on his face told them about being kidnapped in Camas, his hometown.

His story led officers to believe there could be more victims, and other police agencies scrambled into action.

But then, McPhail's day got even worse. Police, growing suspicious about inconsistencies in his story, arrested the 57-year-old. And now he faces charges of initiating a false report and first-degree conspiracy to commit theft.


Late Monday, the Camas Police Department said it became involved in the investigation Sunday and served a search warrant at McPhail's home. A news release from the department said McPhail eventually confessed that the kidnapping was a hoax in an effort to get ransom money from his mother.



Oh, goodness. I guess he was broke after a recent trip to Cleveland.

Heart and John Mellencamp Join ‘John Oliver’ Supergroup for Anti-Campaign Anthem ‘Don’t Use Our Song


"The 2016 campaign season has seen a number of artists complain about political candidates using their music — and during last night’s edition of his Last Week Tonight talk show, John Oliver rounded up a supergroup to fight back with humor.

As you can see in the clip above, Oliver offered a brief recap of campaign infringements past and present — including a few of the many times 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump has run afoul of artists — before segueing into “Don’t Use Our Song,” a tune featuring vocals by Heart, John Mellencamp, Usher, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Bolton, Josh Groban and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.

The song comes complete with a video stuffed with the sort of stereotypically over-the-top imagery that tends to go along with campaign commercials, including shots of the American heartland (and lots and lots of balloons). “It might seem appealing,” goes a sample lyric, “but you’re just stealing.”

As The Atlantic notes, while most campaigns might not clear the use of songs directly through the artist, they’re usually in the clear, legally speaking — to use a recording, you have to pay for the license, and more often than not, those licenses are obtained either through the campaign or the venue where the events take place.




Yeah, it's a silly bit, but we can use a bit of humor, no?

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