If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.(Snip)But you don’t have to schlep all the way to Kentucky in order to visit America’s greatest shrine to pseudoscience. In fact, that shrine is a 15-minute trip away from most American urbanites. I’m talking, of course, about Whole Foods Market. From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort (more on that later), Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between
Comments: From the archives, article dated 2/23/14 posted with permission of LCom Staff.
If you want to read anything by a foul mouthed charlatan that worships only his interpretation of science and holds Bible believers in deep contempt, you don´t have to go to Kentucky. Just read anything by Michael Schulson. Are the hyperbolic claims of the "Organic" Food Industry news to anyone here?
The Organic Fad is everywhere. I shop at a "normal" supermarket that recently added all kinds of overpriced goods labeled Organic. They sell Normal parsley for 99 cents a bunch, and also Organic parsley for $1.59. I am not making that up.
The author equates the Creation Museum and Whole Foods on the same terms. A pseudo science. Sorry, Michael Schulson does not define things for me. Reading the article leads me to believe that he places a lot of importance on his own thinking.
As the United Nations looks to guilt the developed world into opening its borders to refugees from the Middle East, Chinese state media claim that Internet users are using social media to condemn the call, issuing a resounding “no” to the U.N. In his speech Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres used World Refugee Day to scold developed countries for closing their doors to refugees. That day, another U.N. official attempted to make a similar argument to China. According to China’s state-run Global Times, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made a plea to China for refugees in a
President Donald Trump celebrated the unanimous per curiam opinion by the Supreme Court, effectively clearing lower court attempts to stay his travel ban, calling it a “clear victory” for national security. “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” the president said in a statement to reporters. Trump’s ban sought to limit people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States, citing a national security risk. (Snip) “As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm,” Trump’s statement said. “I want people who can love the United States
Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates. “CNN said Monday that three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted,” CNN’s Brian Stelter reported late Monday. “Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.” Stelter quoted an anonymous CNN spokesperson—the network refused to comment to him
´Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly´ hit a new ratings low on NBC over the weekend, with the show´s total viewers declining for the third straight week. The host´s sit-down with venture capitalist and ´Hillbilly Elegy´ author JD Vance managed to attract just 3.41 million total viewers according to Nielsen data, with a 0.4 rating and 2 share in the all-important adults 18 to 49 demographic. (Snip)Kelly is now getting a little bit of a break after a month on the air, as NBC will not be airing an episode next Sunday over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. She will
Sergey Kislyak, Russia´s ambassador to the United States and a key figure in the alleged meddling of the U.S. president election, is leaving his post and returning to Moscow, the nation´s Foreign Ministry said Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the departure is part of a regular rotation "all planned in advance." Kislyak´s replacement in Washington will be Anatoly Antonov, according to Russian state media. Antonov is currently the deputy foreign minister and previously served as deputy minister of defense.
Another day, another terrible review for NBC News talent Megyn Kelly in the establishment media. The Boston Globe’s television critic Matthew Gilbert ripped Kelly for lacking both the charisma and acumen to be successful at NBC News. (Snip) According to Gilbert, “there’s something stubbornly shallow about her presence, so that when she sits down with an international dodge artist like Vladimir Putin, she seems way out of her league.” Kelly, according to Gilbert, “came off like a poseur” in her widely-criticized interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin by just “going through the motions of seriousness” and wound up looking “two-faced” after her disastrous interview
Clinton Foundation officials created lifetime “Category A” positions for the former first family on the controversial non-profit’s board of directors in November 2013 that appear to violate IRS regulations barring individuals from using tax-exempt groups for their private benefit, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. The amended bylaws for the foundation’s Articles of Incorporation in the state of Arkansas created the unpaid permanent board positions for former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, their daughter. Mrs. Clinton resigned from the board in April 2015 in her unsuccessful pursuit of
“It’s a bellwether for what the Democratic Party is going to be about,” Democratic National Committee boss Tom Perez boasted. That was back in March and the Dems had just begun their frantic spending spree in Georgia’s Sixth. By the time it was over, Jon Ossoff, an awkward immature hipster who didn’t even live in the district, had raised $23.6 million and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had burned through another $5 million. Other groups threw in around $2.6 million to achieve absolutely nothing. $31 million had been spent and wasted on history’s most expensive congressional election. And the Dem
Two stories keep circling in my head: the first details how the majority of Donald Trump’s voters still support the president overwhelmingly. The second is how the Democrats keep campaigning against Trump and losing. (Snip)Yet, GOP leadership seems incapable of comprehending this fact. Further, the congressional Republicans, despite having a firm grip on power in both chambers, are content to allow the Democrats to continue challenging the Trump White House at every turn. Trump’s message was simple: make America great again. From that, he built a coalition of conservative voters and former blue-collar Democrats, to overcome the other candidates. More importantly,
White House Correspondents´ Association President Jeff Mason is upset because the Trump administration pulled the plug on daily press briefings, which had become so popular that the cable stations drew higher ratings than the afternoon soap operas. Boo hoo hoo. President Trump pulled the plug because CNN and MSNBC turned into Joe McCarthy TV-1 and Joe McCarthy TV-2. I understand it´s all Russia all the time on those channels. On Friday, CNN got caught by Breitbart with Fake News about a Senate investigation into a Trump official over, you guessed it, Russia. Eyeroll. The story was so bad, CNN retracted
Five months after the once-respected Jake Tapper and Carl Bernstein at CNN reported on a dodgy dossier about President Trump hiring hookers to whiz on a bed Obama slept in, we find out from whence that cockamamie collection of claptrap came. Camp Hillary. That´s correct. (Snip)Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists
Modernizing government might not sound sexy as a political agenda item, and definitely doesn’t carry the interest of MSM headlines, however it’s actually a key tenet to reducing the size, scope and expense of government. The utilization of modern technology to downsize government is a policy initiative. The Trump administration is quietly putting private sector operational efficiencies into place within the federal government, as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross outlines: (Video)
President Donald Trump broke a long standing White House tradition of hosting a dinner to celebrate Ramadan, a Muslim religious holiday. Hosting an Iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan fasting is a tradition that started in the Clinton years and was continued by Presidents Bush and Obama. Over the past two decades presidents have honored the holy day by hosting such a dinner. Thomas Jefferson was the first president noted in history to host Itfar in 1805 with an invitation to the dinner stating ´Dinner will be on the table precisely at sun-set – ´ the invitation read. ´The favour
A feminist magazine is calling on all white women to “do their part to prevent white supremacy” and abort their white babies. This is sick beyond words. The feminist Medusa Magazine reported: In a progressive society, it is often white families that stand in the way of equality and justice. Systemic white supremacy depends, first and foremost, on the white family unit. When white conquerors forcefully penetrated the indigenous, egalitarian homeland of the Native peoples of America, they were quick to replicate their white societies, initiating their parasitism by establishing white plantations, headed by white fathers, submissive white mothers, and,
An angry couple assaulted a Georgia fast food owner and her daughter outside a restaurant over a chicken and fries order — leaving the two women battered and authorities in disbelief. “I have a severely broken nose that requires surgery,” Quik Chik owner Jeanette Norris told the Daily News Sunday. “My daughter is scared. She was hit on her right side and has a black eye.” Norris was violently attacked at around 3 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant in Baxley after a couple complained about an order — prompting an argument that led suspect, Latasha Smith, to slap and punch
Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner was shredded by social media users over the weekend after he called for an “all out war” to resist President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter Sunday, the All in the Family star mentioned a Fox News report about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. “When Fox says that DT colluding with the enemy is not a crime, the fight to save Democracy is now an all out war. US-Stay strong. #Treason,” he wrote. (Tweet) Reiner’s remarks were slammed by several social media users, many of them suggesting that the actor’s tweet
I’ve been talking about the importance of protecting against voting-machine hacks since 2002. And now, finally, people are starting to take me seriously. The move to paperless voting started in response to the Florida “hanging chad” fiasco in the 2000 presidential election. Some people (like me) thought this was a mistake, but such concerns were often dismissed. Now, apparently, you can’t be paranoid enough. As Politico’s Bob King noted, while 10 years ago critics of paperless voting were called paranoid, now both parties are worried. It remains true that there is no actual evidence that a single vote was changed by hackers
Have you ever had an old grand-uncle that you haven´t seen in ages and that you have almost completely forgotten about suddenly show up from out of nowhere? His return quickly reminds you why you originally found him so annoying since he is still obsessed about the same grudges upon which he still continues expounding in an aimless manner. In this case it is former liberal talk show host Phil Donahue who appeared with Brian Stelter on his CNN Reliable Sources show on June 25. Yes, it was the same old by the numbers predictable liberal Phil and, of course,
The Obama adventures continue! Barack Obama and his family went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali on Monday amid their nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the family to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip, according to ABC News. Obama will also speak at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta on July 1. Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age 6
At last we know why Chicago’s homicide level is so out of control: Gangs, not police control the streets. The gangs know it; the police know it; and now, thanks to DNAinfo.com/Chicago, we know it. A week ago, Chicago street gangs held a huge party in a park, with a thousand people attending, some brandishing firearms, terrifying neighbors for hours. The police sent 25 squad cars, yet were outnumbered and unable to really do anything. (snip)Obviously, there is no political will to take back control of the streets. So everyone gets the message that gangs rule. No wonder the murder
The New York Post has an explosive report on the infamous “dossier” that tried to smear Donald Trump in order to swing the presidential election to Hillary Clinton. The source of the dossier is a Democratic Party opposition research firm called Fusion GPS: "The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House. Fusion GPS was on the payroll of
A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship´s captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship´s captain said the ACX Crystal had
The New York Daily News’ senior justice writer Shaun King blasted Christians Monday for perpetrating white supremacy for their support of President Donald Trump’s immigration halt. King put out a series of tweets accusing Christians who supported the halt of “fake faith” after the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s immigration ban to go into effect. (Snip) “To support a ban on immigrants & refugees, while calling yourself a Christian, is not faith, it’s white supremacy disguised as religion,” King tweeted.
The Supreme Court said Monday that most of President Trump’s travel ban executive order can go into effect, delivering the first major victory to the new administration on perhaps his most controversial policy to date. Justices said the lower court rulings that blocked Mr. Trump’s policy were far too broad, and said the president can begin to enforce his ban against foreigners who don’t already have some ties to the U.S. That means the president can begin denying visas to visitors from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who don’t already have family in the U.S., or some other prior connection such as