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Links for June, 2014
Ethanol Useless: The headline from Forbes Magazine says it all: “It's Final — Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use” Ethanol is a scam to bilk taxpayers (you and me) out of our hard-earned money to subsidize Big Ag with pork-belly mandates and an inferior product, all the while wearing the sheep’s clothing of “green.” Plus, UN-L Research condemns corn ethanol as causing more environmental damage than fossil fuels.
Pot of Gold: Legal marijuana sales in Colorado soar. Crime plummets and tax revenue skyrockets.
Roundup kills weeds — and you. Glyphosate, AKA “Roundup”, the most commonly sold weed killer in the world, is made by the same folks who made Agent Orange and is a derivative of same. They say it’s safe. It isn’t.
Gates Opens Polio Gates. Being rich doesn’t mean you’re smart. It doesn’t mean you’re a wise policy maker. There’s a billionaire asshole around every corner. (Hello, Donald.) You can be rich and misguided (or stupid) all at once. Rather than eradicating polio, an epidemic is sweeping the very countries that Gates’ Foundation is vaccinating. Stop it, Bill. Buy an NBA team. Play ping pong. The CDC’s own metrics on them and when they point out that the vaccine causes polio and it’s spreading in the very countries where the push is on, it’s time to step back and consider the potential unintended consequences.
Heart Association Junk Food Like many other medical associations, the AHA endorses products they assess as “heart healthy.” And they make millions doing it. To get the little “Heart Check” logo on your food will cost thousands of dollars up front then an annual fee. Cardiologist Barbara Roberts calls them out for endorsing junk like “Chocolate Moose Attack,” which has more sugar than Pepsi.
Links for February, 2014
Pipe Fitting In mid-February, a Nebraska judge struck down a 2012 law that incorrectly gave governor Dave Heineman supreme power over where the Keystone Pipeline would be allowed to go. The law allowed Herr Heineman the option to cede condemnation power and Right of Eminent Domain to the Canadian corporation, TransCanada. Essentially, TC would have had the right to confiscate land from Nebraska farmers and build the pipeline wherever governor wanted. The law was ruled unconstitutional. This reversal again reminds TransCanada and others that Nebraska ain’t Canada’s bitch. Why it’s important: Foreign countries shouldn’t control Nebraska; the pipeline is a dangerous undertaking; we need to shift from fossil fuels.
Cat Pause Some crazy people rammed a ruling through a couple years ago that allowed the State of Nebraska to award licenses to chase down, tree and gun down cougars. With a measly 22 mountain lions holding claim to 49 million acres of Nebraska (about one puma per 2 million acres!) they justified it “to control the cougar population.” WTF? Fortunately, Ernie Chambers is one of the sane ones in Lincoln and has collected enough votes to reverse the cougar hunting law. Why it’s important: Humans need more respect for nature.
Baby Steps Women have been birthing babies for, oh, millions of years. Modern surgical procedures have been around, oh, about a hundred years. Lately, docs have been cutting open wombs to pluck babies more often than ever. About one in three US deliveries is done by C-section. Finally, modern docs are figuring out that the female animal has not forgotten how to birth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued guidelines that delivery docs should be a little slower with the scalpel. C-sections are valuable when indicated by life-threatening complications but too often they are scheduled for bad reasons: a doctor’s tee time, convenience or fear of liability lawsuits. C-sections have a whole list of dangers and cutting back on the cutting up is good news.
Mammograms Questioned One of the largest and most meticulous studies of mammography ever done, involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century has found that they are statistically useless in regard to saving lives. Perhaps more attention will be given to what causes the disease and focus on that.
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Links for News You Can Use: May, 2013
Obama Signs HR 933 “Monsanto Protection Act” — Imagine a mega-corporation being able to do dastardly deeds, poison people, make people sick and then a United States court being unable to censure or stop it.