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More State Run Liquor Stores May Prevent Suicides

Science 2.0 - Jun 26 2024 - 05:06
Suicide is the runaway leader in gun deaths in the United States and a new demography paper says more government control of the alcohol business might provide a solution for that, and homicides also.

This was a statistical analysis, so only EXPLORATORY, but they correlate more restrictive alcohol laws with a reduction in specific states’ homicide rates. The authors at RAND used the Alcohol Policy Scale index, which measures state-year alcohol policy environments, higher is more social authoritarian, lower is more freedom, plus vital deaths data (total homicides, total suicides, firearm homicides, and firearm suicides) drawn from the National Vital Statistics System.

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Utah Shows California How To Provide Real Clean Energy

Science 2.0 - Jun 25 2024 - 12:06
Each year when air conditioners are needed, California has to ask EPA for permission to violate federal emissions standards and burn enough natural gas to keep the brown-outs that nearly got Governor Gavin Newsom recalled from happening again.

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Monsanto Trial Judge: Zhang Glyphosate Meta-Analysis Is Nonsense

Science 2.0 - Jun 21 2024 - 14:06
Trial lawyers suing over a popular weedkiller saw six words they never want to read in a court document approving a motion to dismiss a study they consider vital to their future yacht payments: "Zhang’s meta-analysis is junk science."


This is not just authoritative, it is humiliating.

It doesn't end there. The court saw through their pay-to-publish scam and was immune to their time-honored technique of immediately having a bunch of other papers cite it to increase its impact factor and H-index.

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Opposer At A PhD Defense

Science 2.0 - Jun 21 2024 - 06:06
Yesterday I was in Oslo, where I was invited tro serve as the leading opposer in the Ph.D. defense of a student of Alex Read, who is a particle physicist and a member of the ATLAS collaboration. Although I have served in similar committees several times in the past, this turned out to be a special experience for me for a couple of reasons.

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The World Is Richer Than Ever, But It's Not Due To Communism Or Capitalism, It's Science

Science 2.0 - Jun 20 2024 - 15:06
There are lots of stories about the poor in America, and have been for decades. Smart demographers know that, like racism, if everyone is talking about The Poor, it's almost eliminated.

One of the giant cracks in the communist dictatorship called the USSR last century was when the television program "60 Minutes" had a segment on poverty in America. It was designed to tug at the heartstrings of those with more money. The USSR ran it for their citizens but it actually backfired. Being in 'poverty' in America meant having a television and more living space than anyone not an elite in the Soviet Union had.

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Sen. Sanders Still Opposes Nuclear Energy But The American Science Community Marches On

Science 2.0 - Jun 19 2024 - 16:06
If you tell me an old white person in America opposes nuclear power, I can tell you how they vote. I can also tell you with alarming accuracy what they think about lots of science, like food and medicine. They think natural gas is why climate change happens.

The reality is that climate change happened due to...them. Democrats gutted nuclear energy in America 30 years ago. Democrats cheered when Senator John Kerry and President Bill Clinton declared that any nuclear energy research could be a nuclear bomb. This was the capstone of a 30-year effort to undermine nuclear power in America, with politicians, their supporters, and allies in corporate media invoking the Precautionary Principle and saying any risk was too much.

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EU Environmentalists Pull A Fast One On Austria To Get A 'Nature Restoration Law' No One Wants

Science 2.0 - Jun 18 2024 - 16:06
Austrian Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler took one for the environmental team to push through a new environmental bill that few want.

If there is one positive thing that Russia invading Ukraine accomplished, it's forcing Europeans to stop being hypocrites about where their food and energy really derives. It is not Europe, and has not been since they started shutting off coal plants and nuclear energy and claimed solar and wind only needed political will to take over.(1) And that Russian organic food imports were anything more than a placebo in sticker form.(2)

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Farmers Won't Be Replaced By AI But Environmentalists Opposing Agriculture Will

Science 2.0 - Jun 18 2024 - 13:06
A news article says that 2024 fact checkers are having a hard time keeping up with all of the disinformation and misinformation surrounding the American presidential election. While progressive activists want to allege it's only by the right-wing, that isn't true at all.(1) 

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Anti-Science Academics In The US Are Why Golden Rice Isn't Embraced By Developing Countries

Science 2.0 - Jun 17 2024 - 13:06
There is no question that American academia is driven more by politics and cultural agendas than being trusted guides for the public, and a new paper by the European Society of Medicine shows that militancy is a key reason why countries which could benefit the most from Golden Rice are terrified of science.

Golden Rice, fortified with β-carotene that becomes vitamin A in the body, should be prized by progressives who mask their hatred of science behind "distrust" of corporations, because it has no corporate control. It is entirely public domain, created by academics to help the world.

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A Boom In Carbon Capture Is Upon Us, But The Impact On Greenhouse Gas Emissions Is Uncertain

Science 2.0 - Jun 14 2024 - 09:06

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), the process of separating, treating and transporting carbon dioxide (CO

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For Millennials, The Midlife Crisis Is Inability To Have A Midlife Crisis

Science 2.0 - Jun 13 2024 - 14:06
It's only psychology surveys so take that for what it's worth but the authors of a new questionnaire with a suspect confidence interval claim millennials are so whiny they say they can't even have a midlife crisis like previous generations.

They can't afford it.

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Dinosaurs And Aliens On The Moon: Harvard Found A Way To Stop Talk About Their Anti-Semitism

Science 2.0 - Jun 12 2024 - 17:06
Harvard has found the perfect way to get old liberals to stop yelling at their young progressives due the school's antisemitism, a chronic reality they didn't want exposed in an election year: claim that aliens, cryptoterrestrials, are living in a secret base on the moon. With dinosaurs.

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Ultra-Processed Food Fetishists Have Turned On Vegans

Science 2.0 - Jun 11 2024 - 15:06
What do you get when you combine food diaries of suspect reliability with an agenda against Big Food?

A prominent epidemiologist. No methodology is deemed too shoddy to manufacture "statistical significance" because few in food epidemiology seem to recognize how useless that is as a barometer for "legitimate result."

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The Anti-Science Left Is Now Against Misinformation, Because The Right Caught Up To Them In It

Science 2.0 - Jun 11 2024 - 12:06
Do you believe bees are dying, that GMOs 'need more study', modern pesticides cause impotence?

If so, I know how you vote, and that you would be a great fit as a humanities academic claiming to be an expert about science. Like historian Dr. Naomi Oreskes, who sees conspiracies everywhere except in her tribe, even if a domestic front group for her political party got a gigantic mysterious off-shore anonymous donation through a donor-advised fund because they routinely promoted Russia Today and Sputnik and oppose American science in Russia's two largest exports, energy and food.

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If Acupuncture Weren't A Placebo, It Would Be Real Medicine, So It Can't Help With Infertility

Science 2.0 - Jun 11 2024 - 11:06
What plausible biological mechanism can explain how sticking tiny needs in your neck helps you get pregnant?

There is none, and yet Traditional Chinese "Medicine", also known as acupuncture but under a variety of terms such as folk medicine, traditional medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine...and then whatever new rebrand needs to be done when people stop paying for the old one. Mumbo-jumbo about Yin And Yang and Dao and Modalities and Mindfulness are fine, as long as you consult a real doctor. If you went to a legitimate specialist and got treatment but are convinced "music therapy" helped you get pregnant, okay, but don't pretend you should write a book about it.

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With No Environmentalists To Block Science, A Communist Dictatorship Vaults Ahead In Food

Science 2.0 - Jun 11 2024 - 11:06
Like all countries with a plan, China regards food as a strategic resource, so while western nations dither about new foods that require fewer pesticides and less water on less land, the communist dictatorship is moving ahead.

This time with genetically engineered wheat. The product that eco-terrorists in the US wouldn't even allowed to be grown in a contained field without engaging in destruction. Environmentalists hate science that much.

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Despite Lacking Science, FDA Made 10,000 Vaping Products Illegal. Now It Wants More Armed Agents To Enforce It

Science 2.0 - Jun 11 2024 - 10:06
It will be up to science history to try and gain insight into the reasons the federal government engaged in "Reefer Madness" narratives about marijuana, and then backed off that yet did the same to smoking cessation and harm reduction tools like vaping.

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Anti-DEI: Psychology's Political Bias Manifests In Self-Censorship and Exclusion

Science 2.0 - Jun 10 2024 - 16:06
The social sciences, "science" only in that way that something like military science is, a proper name, are instead in the humanities camp, and overwhelmingly biased against non-progressives, so it is no surprise that censorship, self-censorship, deplatforming, and suppression of anyone who deviates from the majority is common.

Psychology is driven by surveys, most often undergraduates at their school, commonly undergraduates in psychology classes, and if there is budget including people who get paid to take surveys. To the real world the results are 'a social science of undergraduates' and nothing more, so no one takes it too seriously. Except other psychologists.

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'Chemicals' Aren't Causing Lower Fertility, The Decline Is Fewer Teen Births

Science 2.0 - Jun 10 2024 - 14:06

If you are in an environmental group, you need to replenish your targets in order to keep that $3 billion in revenue per year. People need to be mobilized and afraid and believe your legal group will 'hold corporations accountable' - by agreeing to a settlement where environmental lawyers get paid.

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Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms Are An Alternative Medicine Fad More Toxic Than Fentanyl

Science 2.0 - Jun 10 2024 - 13:06
Online supplement marketers prey on consumers by exploiting the margins of President Bill Clinton's 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which exempts supplements from FDA oversight if they state in fine print, "This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease" right after making claims that read like they replace medicine.

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