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Effective Altruism Is Mostly Only Effective For The Top Of The Pyramid Scheme

Nov 22 2022 - 20:11
Welcome to modern colonialism. Literally, the parents of a wealthy cryptocurrency grifter got handed an expensive residence in the Bahamas once inhabited by plantation owners. And now the two Stanford law professors are going to have to try to hide behind age and confusion as to why they didn't see anything wrong with that.

Like the guy who ran WeWork, Sam Bankman-Fried used all the right buzzwords when raising money, and there is no more effective term to make wealthy elites squee in 2022 than "effective altruism." Like "smurf", it can mean anything you want it to mean. Like $300 million in homes for friends and family while $10 billion in customer assets are in some fantasy universe.

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Cholesterol Is Why Government Needs To Stop Making Policy Using Epidemiology

Nov 22 2022 - 19:11
A new study finds cholesterol makes no meaningful difference in your health. Who knew?
Well, everyone. Because it lacked a biological explanation, it was instead looking at a statistical risk factor for a risk factor and telling people to stop eating meat, butter, and eggs.

And yet government and doctors have abdicated critical thinking to epidemiology to such an extent they'll believe anything if someone declares statistical significance. Which they did here, and cost consumers a trillion dollars while doing...nothing.

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The Colorado River Compact Was Built On A Lie 100 Years Ago, But The Tactic Remains in California

Nov 22 2022 - 06:11
Without the Colorado River Compact, an agreement to share water signed 100 years ago this week, there is no Hoover Dam, and cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, and Phoenix would be drastically different.

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Demographics: Young People With Six-Figure Incomes Are Leaving NY and California To Go Here

Nov 21 2022 - 10:11
It's no secret that California is having a crisis of confidence. Water is too expensive and too scarce but politicians jammed through the implosion of four more dams anyway, while energy costs are high due to solar and wind subsidies. The state refused to pay for schooling for poor kids but is saying that college graduates who get their student loans waived won't have to pay taxes. While the state has a $25 billion deficit this year. It turns out that people selling stocks in a bad economy and paying capital gains taxes is not a business mode.

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Regenerative Ag 'Degree' Is A New Way For Maharishi To Bilk Money Out Of People

Nov 21 2022 - 09:11
The worst-kept secret in student loans is not that the same party now wanting to force the rest of us to pay them off put unlimited student loans into law in the first place, nor that wiping out loans will never survive court challenges and was always a political stunt, but that the biggest beneficiaries, proponents, and defenders are and have always been universities.

With loans unlimited, so are salaries and buildings and administrators. And grifts.

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Light Causes Diabetes

Nov 20 2022 - 06:11
It is sort of forgivable if the wacky head of the Crossfit company claims Coca-Cola causes diabetes because at least it has calories. And if you consume too many calories, be it in the form of Coca-Cola or salad, you will get fat. And being obese is the number one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.

But light?

Welcome to epidemiology, where anything can be linked to anything and, if you can claim statistical significance, turn it into a paper you hope science will one day show to be true. 

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Niels Bohr's House And The Carlsberg Beer Company

Nov 19 2022 - 06:11
It's no surprise that a lot of company heads are fans of science. Sinclair Oil's CEO loved paleontology, and they funded a lot of research. The term "fossil fuel", coined in 1759, was to note that it was natural, while that paleontology Sinclair loved said oil began to form during the Mesozoic era - when dinosaurs lived. So he made it their logo.

And so anti-science hippies somewhere along the way decided that all oil came from dinosaurs.

Now science knows coal developed long before that, and rather than being dinosaurs oil is overwhelmingly the result of bacteria, aquatic phytoplankton, and zooplankton.

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No Dead Animals - Cultivated Chicken Gets The FDA Nod

Nov 18 2022 - 05:11
Cultured Gallus gallus cells, with characteristics of myocytes and fibroblasts, don't sound delicious, but it one day soon could be.

It's chicken, except chicken without dreary activists going on about cages and without any heads being chopped off. And now it has FDA go-ahead. After looking at all of the data and the methodology, FDA has determined that it is as safe as chicken or other substitutes.

Given how it is created, it is likely far more safe. They call it 'cultivated' meat to distinguish it from its conventional counterpart and it is already approved in Singapore.

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Panoquell-CA1 For Pancreatitis in Dogs Gets FDA Approval

Nov 17 2022 - 16:11
Inflammatory disease of the pancreas is a life-threatening condition for dogs that often occurs spontaneously and is more common in some breeds of dogs. It generally requires hospitalization.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given conditional approval to Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd for Panoquell-CA1 (fuzapladib sodium for injection) for acute onset of pancreatitis while the dog is hospitalized for treatment of the disease.

Fuzapladib sodium, the active ingredient in Panoquell, has been used in Japan since 2018 and FDA reviewed data from there as part of its assessment of the application for conditional approval.

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Does Organic Food Cause Cognitive Decline?

Nov 17 2022 - 14:11
A new paper accompanied by a scary-looking map claims "people who lived in cities with lead-contaminated water as children had worse baseline cognitive functioning at age 72" and is designed to make every new parent think their child's grades can be blamed on the water supply, but it leaves out important scientific context.

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By Removing More Hydroelectric Power, California Energy Costs Will Go From Highest To...Highest

Nov 17 2022 - 12:11
Years ago, California asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to remove Klamath River dams that are currently part of a vast network of water and energy supply in the state.

What two things does California lack? Water and energy. And this will make it worse. But California invoked native tribes and environmental laws it helped push into existence as a reason to say the dams needed to be removed - at a cost of $500,000,000 and with very little study of the environmental impact of removing them.

Worst of all, a state that routinely has to ask EPA for permission to void all emissions regulations and run conventional fuel plants at full blast to avoid brownouts due to bizarre belief in solar and wind schemes now has even less clean energy.

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Organic Industry Journalists Want To Make Sure 'No Kill' Meat Never Enters The Market

Nov 15 2022 - 14:11
If you see a claim that vegetables grown using no pesticides at all, no, GMOs, even no soil don't count as "organic" you can be almost certain you are seeing a progressive journalist from a site like Mother Jones that gets 84% of its funding from corporations (albeit laundered through a foundation they created to take corporate money and which has one grant recipient) or someone else colluding with the organic food segment of environmental activism.

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NIMBY-ism May Be Why Renewables Won't Make A Diference In The US

Nov 15 2022 - 13:11
If you live along the coastal US, you are almost certain to be a wealthy progressive, which means you are almost certain to nod your head at President Biden's pledge to cut climate emissions by 2030.

Yet progressive enclaves, which mean 9 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the US, are least likely to support climate-friendly plans that don't involve having poor people pay higher utility costs to subsidize solar panels for the rich. 

Writing in Reason, science journalist Ron Bailey notes that 18,000 megawatts of offshore wind power, on the coasts, are being tied up in federal environmental permitting battles, because either activists want concessions or residents don't want their expensive view affected, and any permit is a slippery slope to being overrun.

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Dogs With Cancer Are Cutting Cutting-Edge Treatment, And It May One Day Help Human Kids

Nov 15 2022 - 10:11
A clinical trial where dogs get advanced cancer treatment could pave the way for a new immunotherapy treatment in kids. 

Sarcoma is a cancer of the bones and soft tissues and one of the most common childhood cancers, the third most common cancer in children, with one in three dying from their disease. The first step for almost all sarcoma patients after diagnosis is surgery to remove the tumor. 

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Atrial Fibrillation: Skip Drugs And Go Right To Cryoablation?

Nov 15 2022 - 10:11
A new study says early intervention with cryoballoon catheter ablation (cryoablation) can halt disease progression and reduce risk of serious health impacts of atrial fibrillation(AF).

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Grip Strength To Estimate The Pace Of Aging

Nov 13 2022 - 07:11
Age is relative. If you put two people the same chronological age next to each other, one may look younger while one may nonetheless be biologically younger. Yet age is the biggest risk factor for most diseases even though it doesn't tell much of a health story.

Population statistics about age are as pointless in individual care as most epidemiology, but they can provide proxies for biological aging that at least have people taking important things for their future, rather than placebos like a USDA food servings chart.

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Like Plants? Thank Mass Extinctions

Nov 12 2022 - 07:11
One of the largest mass extinctions ever is bad. Six marine extinctions is even worse. That all happened in one period now known as The Devonian Period, 419 to 358 million years ago.

Yet that is also when the world got the trees and complex land plants similar to those we know today first evolving and spreading across the landscape. Those complex root systems affected soil biogeochemistry and set off part of the chain that allowed humans to thrive.

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Science Without Borders, The USERN, And Its New President

Nov 11 2022 - 13:11
Humanity progresses thanks to the diffusion and sharing of human knowledge. In particular, scientific progress is brought forth by the sharing of ideas, measurements and experimental results among scientists, and the distribution of excellent education. We have grown very good at doing that, but can we improve the sharing of knowledge for the common good? 

The answer is certainly yes, as the interconnection of the scientific community and the interdisciplinarity of its efforts are hampered by borders, language barriers, cultural differences, political influences, religious hindrances, education system challenges, and also by different conventions, policies, metrics in the different areas of scientific research.

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Lifestyle Ticking Time Bombs Were Sped Up By COVID-19

Nov 11 2022 - 06:11
In 2022, the United States surpassed one million COVID-19 related deaths. Many of them had co-morbidities that are risk factors for many diseases, like old age, cancer, or respiratory issues.

Added into those risk factors were lifestyle diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and smoking, all of which are linked to poorer outcomes from COVID-19 infections. Those have all long been linked to negative health outcomes, which is why we have advocated for exercise, sensible diets, and giving up cigarettes as first lines of defense against many future problems.

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Melanoma Wants To Kill - Here Is How It Changes To Do So

Nov 10 2022 - 20:11
A new paper describes the perfect combination of genetic alterations that tumors use to promote explosive growth and prevent their own demise, a development that could change the way oncologists understand and treat melanoma.

Telomeres, protective caps at the of the end of the chromosome, are required to prevent DNA from degrading. In healthy cells, telomeres become shorter with each cycle of replication until they become so short that the cell can no longer divide. Disruptions in maintenance of the length of the telomeres can lead to severe disease. Short telomere syndromes lead to premature aging and death, but extra-long telomeres are associated with cancer.

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