about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
Officials are even more worried about a quieter, larger vaping epidemic: More than a million teenagers, many of whom might never have picked up a standard cigarette, are now addicted to nicotine and regularly sucking on the end of a battery — the long-term safety of which remains almost a total mystery. It took decades of research to prove the devastating health effects of cigarette smoking, which kills nearly half a million people each year. Widespread vaping is just a few years old and has already produced one public-health panic. It may not be the last. “The population effects of e-cigarette use may not be apparent until the middle of this century,” one group of researchers recently warned. And CDC scientist Brian A. King admits, “We’re certainly in the midst of a broad, population-based experiment, if you will, in terms of the long-term health effects of these products.” That’s science speak for We have no idea what’s going to happen.
A decade ago, teen smoking was in a 20-year decline. Then vaping arrived. In the past several years, high-school students have become so comfortable with the habit that they no longer feel the need to hide it from their parents, many of whom are now vaping too. You almost can’t walk down the street in any American city without seeing someone take a draw from a pen. A 2019 CDC report found that over a quarter of American high-school students had vaped in the past month. All told, an estimated 8 million adults and 5 million middle and high schoolers are now doing it.
Ever since e-cigarettes began to become popular, two assumptions have governed public thinking about them: that they pose little or no health risk, at least to adults, and that they could help smokers quit their demonstrably unhealthy habit. These beliefs gained legitimacy from a widely cited article on the health risks of e-cigarettes published in 2015 by Public Health England, a U.K. government agency; the review, which drew on 185 citations, concluded that vaping, which eliminates tar and many of the carcinogens in cigarettes, was “around 95 percent safer” than traditional smoking. That message — and, just as important, its scientific framing of risk by comparing e-cigarettes to regular ones — has permeated the public, policy, and political conversations about vaping for the past five years.
People are using their lungs as a sewer to get high.
Those British findings are now dismissed as “ludicrous” by Jeffrey E. Gotts, a pulmonologist at the University of California, San Francisco. “The 95 percent, they just appear to have pulled that number out of thin air,” says Gotts, who was the lead author of a comprehensive article on the subject in The British Medical Journal last September that undermined nearly every scientific assumption about the health risks of vaping. Citing 193 research reports and reviews, Gotts and his colleagues concluded there is “insufficient” evidence to say the most basic thing about vaping — that it is safe. Well-conducted studies, the researchers said, “show measurable adverse biologic effects on organ and cellular health in humans, in animals, and in vitro.”
[SOURCE:Stephen S. Hall | New York Magazine | 4 February 2020]
Thursday, 30 January 2020 at 3h 29m 43s
Okay. Kobe Bryant is/was a great basketball player. Dying in a helicopter with his daughter and 7 other people is both sad and tragic. I too was saddened by these events. The new virus coming out of China (remember the "SARS" virus) is ringing all over the media right now. Okay. Is this the influenza epidemic back right after World War One? Or just the playbook of distraction?
Coincidentally, the President is being impeached because he manipulated the transmissions of foreign aid authorized by congress because he wanted a foreign government to state publicly that a domestic political opponent (Biden) was being investigated on charges of corruption. The President also involved his attorney with rogue persons who had surveillance an employee of the US foreign services in the State department, with intent to possibly "rough up" or do harm. One political party is completely unwilling to allow witnesses to the trial of the President that is being held in the United States Senate.
An impeachment trial in the Senate has only occurred twice before the one against Herr Trump. So why is it being downplayed? How the hell does a helicopter crash? Was it unexpected turbulence? Am I wrong for being suspicious?
According to the Washington Post:
As investigators worked Monday to determine what caused the fatal helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others, audio recordings of air traffic controllers revealed that the pilot of the luxury chopper was given clearance to fly in worse than normal weather without relying on instruments to guide him.
Being 50 years old, I am bombarded with ads trying to make me feel insecure of my ability to "perform" as a male. Which pisses me off, because the underlying reasons are never addressed by the advertised solutions, and actually make the syndrome worse in the long term.
Funny thing. The actual reason why males have erection problems is due to the bad fats in their diets. Since the body prioritizes, it will sacrifice the penis when exposed to the regular exposure to bad fats, because normal skin cells, organ linings and brain tissue rate higher in priority than a male erection. Bad fats are fragile and not supple, which means your penis has a hard time remaining erect. It is not a testosterone problem. It is a symptom of a diet regularly digesting bad fats.
But drug companies love to profit off of dysfunction, even willing to promote said dysfunction so that they can maximize their profit. Our economic system is largely predatory, taking advantage of the imbalances and dysfunction of the human distribution system, rather than contributing to the efficiency and/or enhancement of the system.
Saturday, 25 January 2020 at 22h 10m 5s
A “Critique” of Confidence Intervals
From Steven Kopits:
First, the word ‘confidence’ can be misleading. If the underlying data is bad, if the survey method is weak, if respondents lied, if the sample is not random (but not known to be so), and if the analyst cherry picks data, then the confidence interval can be wildly misleading. If the public reads ‘a 95% confidence interval’, then they think that surely the true mean must be within that interval in all likelihood. But that’s not what the CI means if any of the above mentioned conditions — bad data, bad survey, dishonest statistician — pertains. The only thing is says is that the CI for the calculation for data as it exists and was selected for inclusion yields that particular CI.
The second problem is that a 95% confidence interval is often not actionable. In the example about, the range is from 800 to 8,000. So does one send out the dogs and excavators or not? Can’t tell from the CI. In the real world, CI of this size are all but useless most of the time.
And of course, in a normal distribution, the mean is not only the central value, but also the most likely value.
Click here for the latest podcast from the "professional left" podcast.
Warning: lots of F-bombs and pejorative words.
However, this podcast is straight to the point.
Beginning at the timestamp @ 24:30. "Apathy is the greatest weapon of the oppressor."
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at 4h 11m 19s
Adam schiff kicks ass
Another Californian member of the House of Representatives standing up for the Constitution. Thank you Adam Schiff.
Sunday, 19 January 2020 at 18h 58m 2s
Interesting discussion about economics
This is Anwar Shaikh, professor of Economics.
Sunday, 19 January 2020 at 2h 56m 31s
Ralph Nader's latest
Sunday, 19 January 2020 at 2h 52m 48s
The Case Against Sugar
Saturday, 18 January 2020 at 20h 41m 26s
What does the word capitalism mean?
We humans like to create "ism" words that describe philosophical understandings of the larger cosmos, or human interaction network. Capitalism is one such word. However most people who use the word (which is true of many words) do not really understand what the word means because they do not understand the economic concept of "Capital". Then there is also the issue of partisan misunderstanding because people attach their own meanings to words in order to create a favorable world view.
The word “Capital” means the accumulated knowledge or machinery from prior generations. So the word “Capitalism” means the economic development or “property of” accumulating knowledge and machinery from previous generations. That’s it. Hence making this word some sort of philosophical paradigm that is a natural phenomenon — as opposed to socialism, nationalism, communism, centrism, liberalism, conservatism, etc. — is ridiculous. All these ism’s merely describe the human experience. They exist because they have relevance. They are not banners or mantras behind which we gather to shout out a holy sacrament or morality laden banter.
Socialism is when you share the proceeds of a common endeavor. Nationalism is when you act out of some love of country. Communism is when the common effort is directed by some common bureaucracy. Centrism is when you strive for the middle ground of policy choices. Liberalism is when you have a larger range of policy choices, or you are willing to make changes. Conservatism is when you want to conserve the efforts of the past, or you are hesitant and skeptical of change.