Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:50 am

A feature of oligarchy is the dynastic ascension of new leaders, children who rise to positions of power and wealth simply by the luck of birth. We welcome Chelsea Clinton to the club.

 

Director of Office of Research Integrity Resigns, Calls It Worst Job He’s Ever Had

By: Friday March 14, 2014 10:15 am

The Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), David Wright (no relation), has resigned. His resignation letter reads as a comprehensive indictment of the federal bureaucracy which he worked for and called “remarkably dysfunctional” raising questions over the future of American research and innovation.

‘He Said/She Said’ Journalism: A Growing Threat to Public Health

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 6:00 pm

The recent announcement that actress Jenny McCarthy is replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the popular ABC morning talk show The View has sparked an intense wave of backlash.

The problem is that after McCarthy’s son was diagnosed with autism, she became convinced it was because of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and over the last several years she has reinvented herself as the leading celebrity voice of the anti-vaccine movement. Although the study that originally sparked the MMR vaccine-childhood autism panic has since been completely discredited, many parents have stopped vaccinating their children, in part because of anti-vaccine advocacy carried out by McCarthy and others. As a result, measles cases have spiked in recent years.

Late Night: This Wouldn’t Be Happening if Our Schools Still Taught Math and Science

By: Sunday June 30, 2013 8:00 pm

Our public schools no longer teach math and science very well, apparently for fear of angering religiously militant parents, and the religiously oriented private schools have in many cases been forbidden from doing so. We may have a lot of verbally adept and linguistically clever students, but not many who understand even the core principles of mathematics, much less the sciences. We see it in our journalism, especially those sectors covering finance and science, and we see it in the rise in the use of new-agey nostrums even in modern hospitals whose administrators know better but still cynically seek the dollars fake medicine can bring.

Obama Takes Control of Keystone XL Pipeline Decision, Highlights Public Health Risks

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 7:40 am

President Obama, asked about the Keystone XL pipeline in a local news interview, took full responsibility for making the decision. He related a full understanding of the public health risks, though he limited that to the immediate risks of a pipeline spill, rather than the extraction and burning of tar sands oil in general.

83 Died in U.S.-Guatemala Syphilis Experiments: “We’re talking about intentional deception.”

By: Monday August 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Only total transparency and an end to secrecy on these issue will bring an end to this kind of illegal experimentation and the human tragedies that result. “National security” for too long has been a shibboleth to justify the worst violations of human rights.

United States Drops Behind South Africa Among Civilized Nations

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 6:00 pm

With this mammoth step toward civilized behavior, SA becomes another better country to live in. Hopefully, one day the United States will catch up.

Our country became substandard by yet one more nation when SA took this impressive stride forward. Presently the U.S. is 37th in ranking for health care among nations. South Africa stands at 175th. This will set it forward, and the U.S. farther back.

A Little Speechwriting Help for the State of the Union

By: Saturday January 22, 2011 9:00 am

Next week is the State of the Union address, and I thought I’d offer a little last minute, unsolicited advice to the president and the White House speechwriters. Some may think it presumptuous, but as one of “we, the people,” I think it’s allowable. It’s not like they have to take the advice, after all . . . but it sure would be nice to see and hear something like this.

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