Saturday, July 2, 2016

Wolbachia Bacteria Prevents Mosquitoes from Transmitting Zika and Chikungunya

by Entomology Today

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species responsible for passing the virus to humans.

Matthew Aliota, a first author of a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, says the bacteria could present a “novel biological control mechanism,” aiding efforts to stop the spread of Zika virus.
Thirty-nine countries and territories in the Americas have been affected by the Zika epidemic, and it is expected that at least 4 million people will be infected by the end of the year. Scientists believe the virus is responsible for a host of brain defects in developing fetuses, including microcephaly, and has contributed to an uptick in cases of a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. There are not yet any approved Zika virus vaccines or antiviral medications, and ongoing mosquito control strategies have not been adequate to contain the spread of the virus......

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Paul Gottfried on Fascism



Paul Gottfried’s immensely erudite survey of interpretations of fascism puts one in mind of Ludwig von Mises.  Although Gottfried does not discuss Mises, readers of his excellent book will again and again be surprised and instructed at the extent to which Gottfried defends views similar to those of the great Austrian economist. Surprise, though, is not really in order. Though Mises is a classical liberal and Gottfried a conservative, both are steeped in the values and traditions of European civilization, and they interpret fascism from this perspective.

Gottfried has been greatly influenced by the historian Ernst Nolte, who sees fascism as a reaction to the violence and disruption of the Bolshevik Revolution. “Fascist movements were ‘counterrevolutionary imitations of leftist revolution’ that developed as reactions to the dangers of leftist upheavals…According to Nolte, the fascists absorbed the disruptive tactics and revolutionary élan of their leftist enemies in order to vanquish them.” (pp.1, 37)

With characteristic insight, Gottfried points out that Nolte’s analysis of fascism stems in part from “Marxist origins. . .Like conventional Marxist historians but with more conceptual inventiveness, Nolte treats the social strife in interwar Europe as the background for fascism’s rise to power. . .The civil war in which the communists and fascists locked horns was specific  to what was economically and socially the world’s most developed region. This perspective went back to a firm Marxist belief about when a socialist revolution would first erupt. . .” (pp.72-73).....To Read More....

Genetic Literacy Project

Commentary

Anti-GMO activists brandish disputed Stone-Glover Golden Rice paper in attacks on Nobel laureates - Anti-GMO activists are trying to discredit Nobel laureates' rebuke of Greenpeace for attempting to discredit Golden Rice humanitarian project. Here's the controversial paper on which they base key arguments.
 
Adrian Dubock, Golden Rice scientist: Greenpeace, GMO critics misrepresent humanitarian project - In a letter sent exclusively to GLP, a leader of the Golden Rice project speaks out against recent criticisms of the humanitarian effort.

107 Nobel Laureates to Greenpeace: Stick with science, don’t block Golden Rice  - A letter from 107 Nobel Laureates calls on Greenpeace, the UN, and Governments around the world to support and advance GMOs.

 Food and Agriculture
 

Brexit Spells End Of Europe’s Climate Obsession: Germany Starts Roll-Back Of Climate Policy

Spectacular Drop In Global Average Satellite Temperatures
 
Second largest 2-month drop in global average satellite temperatures - UAH Global Temperature Update for June 2016: +0.34 deg. C July 1st, 2016

July 1st, 2016 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for June, 2016 is +0.34 deg. C, down 0.21 deg. C from the May value of +0.55 deg. C (click for full size version):......In the tropics, there was a record fast 2-month cooling of -0.56 deg. C, just edging out -0.55 deg. C in June 1998 (also an El Nino weakening year). .......The rapid cooling is from the weakening El Nino and approaching La Nina conditions by mid-summer or early fall. 

As promised just over a week ago, here’s how we are now progressing toward a record warm year in the satellite data:   The June anomaly is well below the dashed red line which represents the average cooling rate required for the rest of 2016 to tie 1998 as the warmest year in the satellite record. So far my prediction that 2016 will end up being a new record warm year is not shaping up too well…the cooling we are seeing in the troposphere really is spectacular. Just remember, the temperature anomaly can also temporarily rebound for a month, as it did in late 1998........  Full post

Britain’s exit dashes the European Union’s leadership ambitions on efforts to slow climate change, leaving the bloc on the sidelines while others endorse the global pact it championed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Britain’s vote to leave the union has disrupted everyday affairs and probably displaced climate concerns as a political priority. It also removes one of the EU’s strongest voices in favour of emissions-cutting policies. --Reuters, 1 July 2016

Six months after the U.N. Climate Change Conference – or COP21 – in Paris, the German government is becoming less and less ambitious about implementing the results. It is caving in, especially in the dispute over the future of coal. –-Handelsblatt, 30 June 2016

Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The new version, which was revised following consultation with the economy and energy ministry, has also deleted specific concrete C02 emissions savings targets for the energy, industry, transport and agriculture sectors. --Reuters, 29 June 2016

By reducing the role of renewables in its energy mix, Poland could go beyond 80% dependence on coal for electricity production. The new bill adopted on Tuesday overhauls a system of green certificates that polluters must buy, while moving to create regulatory barriers for wind farms. In the short run, the new bill is a boon for a struggling coal mining industry. Poland is one of the biggest producers and consumers of coal in the EU 28, generating 80% of its electricity from the black staff. Being the world’s eighth largest producer of coal, Warsaw also has to consider the 100,000 jobs at stake. Brussels and Warsaw are heading for an inevitable standoff on energy policy. --New Europe, 30 June 2016

The UK agreed on Thursday to set a legally binding goal committing the country to steep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions designed to help ward off climate change. But in a sign of the uncertainties triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the move was dismissed as potentially “unlawful” by the think-tank founded by Nigel Lawson, the former Tory Chancellor and a member of the Leave campaign’s strategy committee.  Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy [Forum] said it was wrong for the government to set in law a fifth “carbon budget” committing the UK to cut emissions 57 per cent by 2032 from the levels of 1990. The goal was “based on the now incorrect assumption that the UK will still be in the EU by 2030”, the [Forum] said. --Pilita Clark, Financial Times, 1 July 2016

Climate scientists and advocates are worried that Britain's exit from the Eurpean Union will complicate the process of ratifying the Paris Agreement and may install a government that will roll back crucial environmental policies and regulations. --Aidan Quigley, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2016

Economics editor Daniel Wetzel at Germany’s center-right national daily Die Welt here writes that the Brexit may be the end of the Paris climate treaty and that it is a climate-political nightmare for the EU. --P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 30 June 2016
 

Daily Signal

25 Years Later, How Clarence Thomas Has Transformed the Supreme Court


Philip Wegmann / / /

When the Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in the fall of 1991, he was still new to the flowing black robes that cloak federal magistrates.  A rookie justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Thomas had served as a judge only since March 1990. Still raw from a bruising, 107-day confirmation process that wrapped up at the end of October 1991, Thomas had only a few weeks to prepare to hear cases that November.

“The easiest thing in the world under the circumstances would just be to go along to get along. He didn’t,” remembers Gregory Katsas, now a partner at Jones Day law firm and one of Thomas’ original cadre of clerks.  Instead, in an early episode that would become a trademark over the course of his career, the newest member of the court split with the other eight justices to write three solo dissents on complex and controversial cases.......Read More

My Take - For years I've read that Justice Scalia was the conservative intellect on the court.  I've followed Thomas's career with interest and came to the conclusion a long time ago - he was the real conservative intellect on the Supreme Court - not Scalia. 
Commentary

Pentagon’s Transgender Policy Defies Common Sense


The U.S. military is dropping its policy of treating male and female troops according to their biology—to be replaced by a policy based on a radical new gender ideology.
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Conservatives Impatient With House Leadership on Impeaching IRS Chief


As the congressional calendar slips by, some conservatives accuse House Republican leaders of dragging their feet on impeaching John Koskinen.
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News

After Harsh Prison Sentence, a Father's Fight for Freedom


In this video feature, convicted pot dealer Weldon Angelos reflects on what he regained after an unusual order from a federal court.
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White House Opens Restrooms Based on Gender Identity, but Not Sure of Other Federal Buildings


"I can confirm to you that that is the policy here at the White House," press secretary Josh Earnest tells The Daily Signal.
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Commentary

Liberals Are Trying Hard to Tarnish Reagan's Legacy


His left-leaning critics simply cannot accept that Ronald Reagan was one of the most successful and popular presidents in American history.
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Congress Has Uncovered Hillary Clinton’s Lies… But No One Seems to Care!

By The Common Constitutionalist

The latest and final Benghazi report has been issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) and boy it’s a bombshell. Or is it? And even if it is – so what!  USA TODAY reports that, “House Republicans on Tuesday concluded a two-year investigation into the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi with an 800-page report that blames politically motivated bureaucratic delays for failing to prevent or stop the deadly attacks that claimed four American lives.”

Oh there were bureaucratic delays and failures all right – purposeful – and I still believe that this was never as it was reported by the press, nor in the 800 page HSPCI report. The situation in Benghazi was just too weird to be chalked up to bureaucratic bungling. Early on, I wrote about it here and here.
The Republicans found that “despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began,” writes USA TODAY.......To Read More.....

This 13-Year-Old Terror Victim Was An American Citizen

By Michael Ware

Many cultures have taken pride in their warrior tradition. For the Scandinavians, there was the Vikings who braved the open seas in search of farmland and places to conquer. For the Persians, there was the Immortals conquering the Near East and Asia Minor. And the Irish and Celts who faced Roman Legions naked.  Now, we have the Palestinians with their knife wielders attacking little girls while they sleep?

Fox reports
A 13-year-old Jewish girl who was stabbed to death in her bed by a Palestinian attacker on Thursday was an American citizen, the State Department said.
Hallel Yaffa Ariel was asleep in her home in a West Bank settlement when a 17-year-old assailant broke in to the house and killed her before he was shot by security guards.
Instead of facing the Israeli guards, this coward slips into the room of a helpless girl. This girl had done nothing but obey her parents. It would have been cowardly enough had this spineless man attacked the parents in their bed, but this girl? No matter how you might see the settlement situation in Israel, there are no excusing such actions.......To Read More....

Of 2,300 Syrians Who Came to America, 8 Are Christians

By Michael Ware

There is no doubt that Obama is striving for a goal. He is seeking to bring in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by September. There is also no doubt that this goal will be reached and possibly surpassed.
The Washington Times reports
The U.S. accepted more than 2,300 Syrian refugees in June alone, sending the fiscal year total soaring past the 5,000 mark and putting the government on track to surpass President Obama’s goal of 10,000 by the end of September, but raising questions about screening out potential terrorists.
June’s numbers set a monthly record for the Homeland Security and State departments, which committed resources received earlier this year to streamline the process — in what critics say amounted to corner-cutting — to get back on track toward Mr. Obama’s political goal.....
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Must Watch: These Men Are NOT Refugees [VIDEO]

By Bethany Blankley

Time and time again pictures of “refugees” swarming across Western European, and American, borders continues to evidence what is missing: there are no women and children. These are all young, able-bodied men capable of fighting ISIS, if they were from Syria. But, they aren’t. Instead, they are coming from Islamic countries to cause violence and bankrupt western civilization. ...... See More...

Adult Radical Muslims Are Being Placed in High Schools [VIDEO]

By Joe Scudder

Adult radical Muslims, imported at taxpayer expense, are put in a high school with young teens and the media doesn’t think the results are newsworthy. Politicians are more interested in helping adult, radical Muslims with others people’s money and they don’t care how many of their constituents are harmed. Not only that, the mainstream media is silent and complicit in the outrage.......To Read More....

Switzerland’s Improbable Success and the Important Role of Federalism

July 1, 2016 by Dan Mitchell @ International Liberty

Programs about the improbable success of Chile and Estonia already have aired on nationwide TV, and those were joined last weekend by a show about the “sensible nation” of Switzerland.
Here’s the 28-minute program.



When I first watched the program, I was slightly irked that there was very little discussion of the role of fiscal policy and the importance of spending restraint and competitive tax rates.
Moreover, there was no direct mention of Switzerland’s very successful spending cap, even though the “debt brake” has generated superb results.

Indeed, Switzerland is the only nation from Europe or North America that gets high scores from Economic Freedom of the World for both fiscal policy and rule of law (a notable achievement since Wagner’s Law tells us that it is very difficult to stop government from expanding once the private sector generates a lot of wealth that can be redistributed).

But I confess I’m biased about the importance of tax and spending issues.

And as I thought about what I had seen, I realized that the program’s focus on federalism and decentralization made sense.

Yes, Switzerland has a modest-sized government. And, yes, the debt brake has been a huge success. But those good outcomes are in part the result of a system where most government still takes place at the local (commune) or state (canton) level.

In other words, Switzerland generally still has the type of system America’s Founding Fathers envisioned, with a small central government.



I’ve already pointed out that the level of redistribution in Switzerland is relatively low because of its decentralized model.

But there’s another feature of federalism that’s worth celebrating. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb (of “Black Swan” fame) has pointed out, decentralized systems are much more stable and successful since there’s far less risk of a mistaken policy being imposed on a one-size-fits-all basis.

And countless scholars, including many Nobel Prize recipients, have explained that small, competing nations were a key reason why Europe became a rich continent in the first place.

Sadly, most Europeans have forgotten this lesson and have created the EU superstate in Brussels (which helps to explain why I’m delighted that the United Kingdom voted to escape that sinking ship).

So the moral of the story, from both the video about Switzerland and from all the other evidence in the world, is that federalism is good policy.

Let’s close with an interesting example of Swiss federalism in action. The canton of Zug is known for being a low-tax haven in a country famous for having a reasonable tax regime. Well, the town of Zug is on the cutting edge of digital money.
…the town council has hopes Zug’s trend as a financial tech hub continues  — having embraced the new identity with this legislative move. …As the pilot program is first implemented it will initially allow payments up to 200 Francs, and possibly introducing the ability to pay larger amounts later in the future. …analysis will ultimately determine whether or not the town council will continue allowing Bitcoin payments for municipal services. …Bitcoiners will be taking notice of this small town, and it already has the added benefit of being located in Switzerland  —  which is known for its business friendly environment and relatively small regulatory burden. …In fact, Switzerland’s business environment and relatively free-market economy even helped to convince the Bitcoin wallet and exchange, Xapo, to relocate to Switzerland last year. …the town of Zug itself also provides its citizens with a relatively hands-off approach to the local economy. The Swiss town of  Zug showcases one of the lowest tax rates in the world. This combination of a hands-off approach by the government and large tax benefits has made the small town into a successful economic hub where global trade flourishes.
Wow, this says a lot about the quality of governance in Switzerland that a nation that doesn’t need Bitcoin (unlike, say, Greece or Argentina) nonetheless welcomes it as a competing currency.
Yet another reason why Switzerland is one of the world’s best nations.

P.S. Today’s column is about Switzerland, but I can’t resist pointing out that Hong Kong and Singapore both score highly for rule of law and small government. And Chile deserves honorable mention as well. For what it’s worth, the Princess of the Levant’s home country of Lebanon apparently has the world’s small fiscal burden, but the low score for rule of law suggests that the real story is that the government is simply too incompetent to collect and redistribute money

So You Were Expecting Smart Maybe! Foolish Child! You Must Be A Leftie!

The Joy of Old Age

I don't know who authored this, but I made some changes.  My thanks to my friends Maury and Dog for sending this to me.  RK

This what all of you 70+ year old, and yet to be, kids have to look forward to!! This is something that actually happened at an assisted living center.

The people who lived there have small apartments but they all eat at a central cafeteria. One morning one of the residents didn't show up for breakfast so my wife went upstairs and knocked on his door to see if everything was OK. She could hear him through the door and he said that he was running late and would be down shortly so she went back to the dining area. An hour later he still hadn't arrived so she went back up towards his room and she found him on the stairs.

He was coming down the stairs but was having a hell of time. He had a death grip on the hand rail and seemed to have trouble getting his legs to work right. She told him she was going to call an ambulance but he told her no, he wasn't in any pain and just wanted to have his breakfast. So she helped him the rest of the way down the stairs and he had his breakfast.

When he tried to return to his room he was completely unable to get up even the first step so they called an ambulance for him. A couple hours later she called the hospital to see how he was doing.  The receptionist there said he was fine, he just had both of his legs in one leg of his boxer shorts. 

Irrespective of what the author originally said - this really isn't just "another reason not to wear underwear!"

Got Zika? Thank an Environmentalist

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Hank Campbell @ The American Council on Science and Health

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Zika is either a looming threat for the United States or the biggest health scare since Swine Flu BPA Trans Fats Bird Flu SARS Cell Phones Glyphosate Bacon Ebola. Right now, all cases have been sexually transmitted, which, if you are in science and not mainstream media, is actually a lot scarier than mosquitoes. But if mosquitoes are about to become the big threat for Zika transmission in the U.S., the obvious answer to prevent that is killing the ecologically-useless bugs using pesticides.

Yet environmentalists have already begun invoking “Agent Orange” and claiming if we kill these bugs we are going to get prostate cancer, because that is the kind of scary thing they do to raise money. There’s no reason to fix what isn’t broken, they have been using that strategy successfully for over 40 years, which is what has caused the revenue of these anti-science groups to approach $1 billion a year.

Richard Tren, founder of Africa Fighting Malaria, writes in the Washington Examiner that a new watered-down Zika Vector Control Act is going to do nothing to solve the Zika problem, since pesticides used will not be exempt from litigation. And since any chemical can be detected in water using parts-per-quadrillion, lawsuits will be easy to file under the Clean Water Act.

The thought of sue-and-settle groups like Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) waiting with an army of lawyers is a deterrent and, Tren notes, such anti-science deterrents have been harming the public since the 1970s. He quotes Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization: “Above all, the spread of Zika, the resurgence of dengue, and the emerging threat from chikungunya are the price being paid for a massive policy failure that dropped the ball on mosquito control in the 1970s.”

She is talking about DDT, of course. Activists railed against it decades ago, costing millions of lives. Meanwhile, our own EPA keeps it banned in the U.S. while drafting guidelines for how residents of other countries can spray it inside their homes. But the science was at least unclear then, and we can assume that those original environmentalists meant well.

Their descendants are nothing like those founders — Greenpeace now denies the very existence of Patrick Moore — even though the science is clear about pesticides, vaccines and GMOs they will bounce from cause to cause, looking for new things to scare the public about, new lawsuits to file, new regulations to lobby for, all to block progress rather than protect the public.

You know which country has no Zika? Cuba. They also have no environmentalists using fearmongering to scare people about science and public health. That’s maybe the only thing communist dictatorships get right.

Psst…NRDC Stoners: Your Endocrines Are Disrupted

Posted on by Josh Bloom @ The American Council on Science and Health

The Natural Resources Defense Council never shuts up about common trace chemicals that it claims will disrupt your endocrine system. But, it is strangely silent when it comes to a REAL disruptor — marijuana.

Are people there just too stoned to notice?

Go to the NRDC website. Search “endocrine disruptors.” You will find 103 articles that rant about all the chemicals that they say are screwing with our hormones.

Here are some of the usual suspects: BPA (surprise), a bunch of phthalates, triclosan, perfluorooctanic acid (teflon precursor), various parabens, flame retardants … (ran out of electrons). Stuff that you have been exposed to in miniscule quantities pretty much every day of your life. But, does it matter how little?

Apparently not. According to former NRDC president Frances Beinecke (1), “They act in tiny doses. With just the smallest amount, hormones regulate the function of sexual and reproductive organs, neurological development, and even the rate of metabolism.”

It’s a miracle that we aren’t all dead. Imagine if we were exposed to endocrine disruptors in large quantities. Wouldn’t it be logical to assume that the NRDC to be jumping up and down if this were the case?

Now, go back to its website and search “marijuana.” There is not one single word about human health effects of marijuana in any of the seven articles that mention the word.

I have no idea why, but they must have missed this paper:

Endocrine effects of marijuana in the male: preclinical studies”

Because, if you are interested in endocrine disruptors, this is your bible. A few key points:

“Endocrine effects of marijuana in the male: preclinical studies,” because: “Marijuana affects a variety of hormones that are regulated by hypothalamic function and it appears that the psychoactive ingredient, THC, is the major compound responsible for this action.”

The two gonadotropins, LH and FSH, secreted by the pituitary gland are of major importance to reproduction in the male…”

“The THC-induced block of GnRH release results in lowered LH and FSH which is responsible for reduced testosterone production…”

“THC appears to depress prolactin, thyroid gland function, and growth hormone while elevating adrenal cortical steroids.”

“Also, of concern are the reports that acute cannabinoid treatments affects the quality and quantity of spermatozoa produced by the testis.”

“reduced prostate and seminal vesicle weights, as well as altered testicular function”
“changes in sperm production by the seminiferous tubules”

Of course, that is only one paper, but so is this, which was published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

“Marijuana Effects on the Endocrine and Reproductive Systems”

These authors have quite a bit to say as well:

a clear demonstration of the inhibitory effect of THC on suckling-induced prolactin secretion…” 
“Other in vitro studies with cannabinoids have shown that these drugs disrupt gonadal steroidogenesis, protein and nucleic acid synthesis, glucose utilization and prostaglandin synthesis, and reduce cyclic AMP concentrations in various species.”

Finally, of all the “deleterious effects” that NRDC and similar groups claim about common chemicals, nothing can even come close to the primary villain — estrogen mimics. This is the knock on most of the everyday chemicals that these groups use to try to scare everyone, especially women about breast cancer.

So, the icing on the marijuana brownie cake may be the following 2104 paper.

“Δ9 -Tetrahydrocannabinol Targeting Estrogen Receptor Signaling: The Possible Mechanism of Action Coupled with Endocrine Disruption”

Marijuanabrownies
An endocrine disruptor ignored by NRDC. P
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Some highlights include:

“Δ9THC’s biological activities, its recognized endocrine-disrupting effects, including anti-estrogenic activity, have been the subjects of previous investigations.”

“THC may disrupt the balanced relationship between ERα and ERβ via up-regulation up-regulation of the β type ER in normal cells.”

“THC can be accumulated up to 20-fold in some tissues (i.e., fat tissue) due to its highly lipophilic nature.”

So, why is NRDC going after miniscule amounts of chemicals in sunscreens, cosmetics, and can-liners — all of which have been used forever — yet not utter one peep about a real endocrine disruptor, that has been used by 94 million people in the U.S.?

Who knows? Maybe the science over there is just pot luck.

Notes:

(1) Beinecke holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. I am unable to find out any information about her BS degree.

Greenpeace Is More Dishonest And Dangerous Than The Mafia

Dr. Henry Miller

I grew up in a Philadelphia neighborhood heavily influenced by the Mafia. My best friend sold football pools for the mob family of “The Gentle Don,” Angelo Bruno, and my walk to high school took me past his house, where there were often federal agents parked outside, noting who came and went. (The Don went to his final reward not so gently, after a shotgun blast to the head outside that house in 1980the mob.....[are]  cruel, perverted and anti-social.

As an adult, I have encountered an organization that is even more misanthropic: Greenpeace.

Finally, it’s being called out in the courts–appropriately, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law......Hank Campbell of the American Council on Science and Health described as being “made up of Internet hackers and eco-terrorists using fear-mongering to get uneducated people to do their dirty work for them.”..... Read More....

Shut Up, Elizabeth Warren

America doesn’t need two Hillary Clintons.
Daniel Greenfield  56 

Elizabeth Warren has been coddled ever since Fordham Law Review insisted on believing that the blonde blue eyed woman was Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color”.  She has as much “color” in her pale face as she does principles, ideas, wit, ethics and speaking skills.  Warren isn’t a good speaker. Her speeches are inept, her cadence is uneven and she ends sentences on a squeak. She stumbles breathily through prepared texts, seemingly confused to be up on stage as if she’s waiting for everyone to realize that there was a mistake and replace her with someone competent.

Sadly that never happens. All this might be excusable if she had something to say, she doesn’t.

If Elizabeth Warren ever had a single original thought in her head, it long ago died of starvation. She achieved national fame by claiming that no one got rich on their own because the police protect factories. That was probably a more compelling argument back when the stereotypical millionaire got rich from factories. But Warren was cribbing from the twenties because she has no new ideas........Elizabeth Warren hates banks and hedge funds, except one particular fund that may just have a way of profiting from her agenda. But Warren also keeps finding ways to profit from her rhetoric.......... Read More.....

Hillary Must Come Clean about Huma Abedin

The disturbing new revelations about the top Clinton aide's past ties to terrorist-supporting organizations.

Joseph Klein  35

Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Affairs Department website contained a passage extolling jihad:  "The Muslims are required to raise the banner of Jihad in order to make the Word of Allah supreme in this world…” (As published by The Middle East Media Research Institute)  The Saudi government and some of its influential radical Islamic citizens and groups are pursuing the export of jihad in two ways. The first is through what has been referred to as “civilization jihad.” Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars in funding Sunni mosques, madrasas, and Sunni cultural centers all over the world, which spread the Saudis’ radical Islamic Wahhabi ideology. However, Saudi Arabia’s jihad also includes the support of terrorism.  A cable released by WikiLeaks under then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s name stated: "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.".....Read More.

How Muslims are Reforming America

By Jim Beers

I am reminded of the recently beefed up “Terrorism” Laws that this same Congress and President stampeded us into accepting as a Muslim shoe bomber tried to down a plane over Detroit; a Muslim employee beheaded a coworker in Oklahoma; Muslim one-way pilots killed passengers and used the planes as explosive missiles; a Muslim Army Officer conducted a massacre at Ft. Hood; 2,000 dead New Yorkers and two missing Manhattan skyscrapers; terrorist attacks on a USA Embassy, a USA warship, and a USA office in Benghazi; a Muslim husband and wife killed coworkers in California; and an Orlando nightclub clientele are massacred under the most horrific circumstances. Who could be against these beefed-up laws and penalties that this government assured us were needed?

Well you can count me in as against both.

Why? Because the terrorism laws were only sparingly applied to Muslim terror crimes that were called “Domestic” or “Workplace” Violence and the perpetrators were charged under the older laws where penalties were less and lawyers could more easily explain the poor perpetrators upbringing and poor understanding of American law and misunderstanding of Christianity as simply a rare phenomenon of more primitive immigrants brought here by government trying to integrate into society. Simultaneously, the Congress and the President pontificate and identify “white extremism” and the Christian/European Crusades over a millennium ago as the terrorism threat to America – something that was never mentioned or even inferred as terrorism laws were being passed and beefed-up!

“But Wait!” to quote the TV charlatans selling liquid rubber and other patent medicines: why did they pass those terrorism laws? They passed them and are using them to incarcerate, shoot and charge ranchers in the western USA that protest criminal mistreatment by federal bureaucrats! The terrorism laws are nothing more than another tool for the federal government to oppress opposition and citizens they intend to crush.

All of which brings us to the vaunted “No Fly List”. There are no stated or certain requirements for being named (understandably and justifiably I might add) on the List if we are to attain safety from hard-to-identify Muslim (who else really?) terrorists. Yet, a government that will protect Muslim terrorists from the consequences of terrorism laws specifically passed to protect the rest of us from Muslim terrorism while charging American ranchers protesting criminal government abuses with those very same Terrorism Laws will just as readily put the rest of us (me for writing this?) on a “No Fly List” just like the destruction of evidence of an IRS political activist denying political opponents the same government treatment extended to her own Party goes unpunished and actually rewarded.

The point isn’t that you can appeal to get off or obtain an explanation of why you are on the “No Fly List”; the point is that government can prevent you from buying (or possessing) a gun, as the Constitution provides, for months and years. Simultaneously, guys like me can be forced to accept deadly government-wolves and government-grizzly bears; prematurely-evacuated prisons; and left cowering in unarmed fear, avoiding any contact with or even the mention of Muslim threats to my family, my community and my Nation!

Yes, Muslims are a big (along with others) factor in reforming America from a Constitutional Republic to a tyranny of factions ripe for dictatorship and Sharia in whatever form the strongest have in mind.

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Scholars on Trump

Posted July 1, 2016, by Mary Grabar @ Dissident Prof

Dissident Prof believes that the politicization of education (such as the implementation of Common Core for which we were targeted by the IRS) is a legitimate topic of criticism for an education non-profit. We have noticed that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has inspired countless "analyses," ranging from psychological profiles to comparisons of segregationists and fascists, by professors at tax-exempt universities, without equivalent investigations of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

This is one of the many ways that tax and tuition dollars are being mis-used. Scholars cannot be bothered to go beyond simple praise for a potential "historic" first-female president but engagie in smear campaigns against Trump. Students are encouraged to participate in Democratic-aligned civic engagement activities, and of course are subjected to subtle and not-so-subtle comments in class. It does not even end at commencement, for that is where highly paid celebrities and the first lady continue the politicking.

 As PJ Media noted, among the most prominent politicized commencement addresses are Michelle Obama at City College, NPR film-maker Ken Burns at Stanford, and lefty actor (and Howard Zinn pal) Matt Damon at MIT.

In the Trump "scholarship," historic parallels are made to Nazism, McCarthyism, the Red Scare, and Sinclair Lewis novels. Judging by the number of articles coming out in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a multitude of books are in production about the "authoritarian" Donald Trump and his ignorant, xenophobic supporters.  They recently put out a special Trump Issue, with articles with such titles as "The Clickbait Candidate," "Make America America Again," "Poor White Politics," "The Politics of Resentment." and "The Jerk's Political Moment"--hardly an indication of any kind of objective scholarly analysis.

Who Pays for the Chronicle of Higher Education?  You, dear taxpayer and tuition-payer in the form of (expensive) subscriptions for individual faculty members, and for placement in departmental offices, admiistrative offices, faculty lounges, and libraries of just about every campus in the country.

A Trump Syllabus: Furthermore, demonstrating that such material is to be used in the classroom, the Chronicle offers a Trump Syllabus!

Where is the outrage?  The outrage comes not from fellow scholars disturbed by the politicization of academe, but from fellow scholars who complain that not enough credit is given to their form of politicization.

Trump syllabus is "too white." A letter to the editor charged "'Trump Syllabus' Is as White as the Man Himself"!  The letter was originally published at the African American Intellectual History Society.  It has 346 signatories who complain that not only did the Trump syllabus fail to include works by "scholars of color," but failed to include "works on sexism, racism, whiteness, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, or nativism. . . ."  The most glaring omission, though, is its failure to
acknowledge the intellectual genealogy on which it is based. So committed to presenting a 'whites-only' portrayal of American political history, The Chronicle Review completely ignores the fact that it draws inspiration from several earlier initiatives led by scholars of color, including the #Fergusonsyllabus and the #Charlestonsyllabus.
With indignation, the scholars concluded by stating,
For all of these reasons, the 'Trump Syllabus' should not have been published (as is) by The Chronicle Review. The editors’ decision to publish the syllabus without ensuring the inclusion of more diverse issues and voices only underscores their racial illiteracy. As Connolly so accurately explains in the comments section, 'Intended or not, this document offers sad testimony to the ongoing segregation of American political history, and is far less an interrogation of racism than an artifact of racism itself.'
Ouch!

Duly chastised, the Chronicle published an apology that follows the letter:
Editor’s Note: We apologize for the absence of works by scholars of color and other marginalized groups. We recognize that these omissions are offensive. Responsibility rests solely with The Chronicle, not the scholars who offered suggestions for the syllabus. We have and will continue to cover issues of race, and we’d like to hear from you. Please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .">editor@chronicle.com .
Once again, the Dissident Prof recommends reading that "writer of color," Richard Wright, who described an all-American show trial by the CPUSA in The God That Failed.

The Real Appropriation: Undeterred, the Chronicle continues forth, perhaps encouraged by such "right-wing" analyses of Donald J. Trump and supporters, as appeared in the pages of National Review: Kevin Williamson's bold thesis that Trump supporters are like Nazis, then presidential candidate for 24 hours David French's defense of it claiming that "Working-Class Whites Have Moral Responsibilites," and "Trump's Missing Intellectuals" (countering the few spotted in the hinterlands by Fred Barnes), not to mention the "Against Trump" special issue.  Come to think of it, if anyone should have reason to complain about intellectual appropriation, it should be National Review!
As with the 1964 Barry Goldwater campaign, any Republican candidate who rises above the meekness of Mitt Romney invites an industry of scholarship on such things as "authoritarian personalities" and the backwardness of those who would vote for them.

An Opportunity to Analyze Conservatism: The Chronicle grasped the opportunity and expanded beyond Trump to "analyze" conservatism itself, as Timothy Shenk, a postdoctoral fellow from Washington University (color unknown), did by comparing Donald Trump to George Wallace.  The promising young scholar displayed the current requisite scholarly ability to divert attention from the party affiliation of George Wallace to the preponderance of evil residing in Republicans. In his article, Dr. Shenk looks at a number of books by colleagues who wrestle with the phenomenon of voters who disagree with their political views and so are by definition ignorant, xenophobic, racist, sexist, etc.

The New McCarthyism: In the same pages, Ellen Schrecker, a presumed senior scholar on "McCarthyism," lent her analysis of the "New McCarthyism" emanating from Trump supporter Newt Gingrich, a "right-winger," "scaremongerer," "xenophobe," whose credentials as a former history professor are called into question.  Gingrich's comment on Fox News about resuscitating a House Committee on Un-American Activities to investigate potential Muslim terrorists inspired a rant titled "The New McCarthyism," accompanied by a cartoonish cut-out illustration of George Wallace flanked by Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump. There really is no connection to George Wallace, not even in the article. But, hey, why not? The visuals are good and in an odd way are appropriate for the tenor of Schrecker's article, which goes like this:
Change a few words in Gingrich’s anti-Muslim rants, or those of Donald Trump, and you could be listening to a diatribe about the evils of Communism by Hoover or McCarthy. Whatever the ideology — and the witch hunters of today are as vague about the content of Islamic radicalism as the McCarthyites were about Marxism-Leninism — their line is that it’s un-American and deserves to be suppressed. They are equally vague about the organizations that should be sanctioned. Gingrich’s Exhibit A is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil-liberties group that seeks to combat anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States just as the Anti-Defamation League fights anti-Semitism. But in the twittering world of today’s hyperventilating patriots, any connection to Islam is cause for alarm.
One imagines Professor Schrecker in her tweeds and calmly puffing on a pipe as she applies her scholarly insights to the "xenophobia" rising like a mushroom cloud around Donald J. Trump:
Xenophobia aside, what should also be of concern to the academic community is the former House speaker’s attack on the 'national elites; who, he insists, facilitate terrorism by adhering to political correctness. According to this scenario, by refusing to demonize Islam, these elites in the news media, Obama administration, and the universities are simply coddling the enemy. They have been as soft on terrorism as the McCarthy-era witch hunters claimed the New Deal liberals were on Communism.
For a lively analysis of the kind of scholarship Schrecker engages in, read In Denial: Historians, Communism & Espionage: Historians, Communism & Espionage by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr. They have actually read things, like the secret Communist papers that were made available for a short time after the downfall of the Soviet Union. Yes, Virginia, there were real Soviet spies and they wanted to destroy the U.S.A.

Colonel Penn LemuelColonel Penn LemuelIn reality, fighting the Ku Klux Klan: In the course of my own research for my book on George Schuyler, I have learned that the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigated not only communists (who were responsible for beatings and murders of African Americans) but also the Ku Klux Klan who murdered  U.S. Army Reserve Officer Lemuel Penn in 1964.  Penn, a World War II veteran, was driving from active army reserve training at Fort Benning, Georgia, back home to Washington, D.C., when he was killed near Athens, Georgia, by Ku Klux Klan members Howard Sims and Cecil Myers. The two were acquitted by a local jury, but were eventually tried and found guilty of conspiracy by a federal district court jury.
The murder of Colonel Penn and others spurred the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1965 to investigate Klan activities, resulting in a rapid decline in Klan membership.

But largely due to communist sympathizers like Schrecker who shrieked about the "witch hunts" against innocent Communists the House Committee on Un-American Activities was disbanded, no doubt to the delight of the white-garbed cross-burners.

Works in Progress and Published: The Schuyler book is a work-in-progress, but be sure to check out and ask your libraries to order the just released Literature and the Conservative Ideal edited by Mark Zunac with an introduction by Mark Bauerlein.  My essay, "Black and American: George Schuyler's Battle against Black Separatism," appears along with essays by Zunac, Thomas L. Jeffers, Thomas W. Stanford III, Todd H.J. Pettigrew, Barton Swaim, James Seaton, and D. Marcel DeCoste, with topics ranging from F. R. Leavis, American New Critics, Thomas Carlyle's political thought, George Santayana and Henry James and the "Genteel Tradition," Evelyn Waugh, and the anti-Jacobin defense of liberty.  Also, check out the Summer 2016 issue of Academic Questions published by the National Association of Scholars (which you get with membership to the NAS).  The issue features articles about academic freedom, an excellent analysis of reading lists (and how "informational texts" do NOT improve reading abilities) by Sandra Stotsky, and a review of Michael Walsh's The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West by the Dissident Prof herself.

Photo credit: Donald Trump meets Ronald Reagan: By White House photographer. - Ronald Reagan Presidential Library., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48622633

Taking Down the Establishment: Lessons from David Brat, the Man Who Unseated Eric Cantor

By Elise Cooper

American Underdog, written by Congressman David Brat, discusses how Americans need to return to the moral and economic lessons of Classical Greece and Judeo-Christian values. He emphasizes the need to protect future generations through a solid Conservative agenda. American Thinker interviewed the Congressman regarding important issues of the day. People might think of him as the 21st Century “Mr. Smith,” or “Dave” Kovic. David Brat resembles these movie characters, a citizen politician, a single voice who tries to put his imprint on American politics and policy.  Brat is known for his odds-defying win in 2014 against the then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Brat was a little known economics and ethics professor who ran against the Washington establishment of his own party.............What is important for the Congressman is returning to what he considers the three pillars of America’s foundation: moral tradition, rule of law, and the free market system.  He compares what happened in England --  how a nation state, took back its sovereignty -- to what should happen in the US, with states’ rights and the Congressional branch regaining their power...... 

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Federal judge goes all in against rule of law, tosses stare decisis

By Sierra Rayne

A couple days ago, I discussed how Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has advocated that no judge should spend even a few seconds "studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation." 

Such a public statement appears to be in contravention of 28 U.S. Code §453, the oath of judges, which requires all judges to "faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent ... under the Constitution and laws of the United States." Writing over at the American Bar Association Journal's website, Debra Cassens Weiss has brought to light some additional and equally troubling statements by Posner, this time made to The Dallas Morning News about his disdain for the doctrine of precedent (stare decisis):
They [precedents] should be applied very infrequently. Here's the problem: The law, for whatever historical reasons or other reasons, tends to be very backward-looking. The lawyers are preoccupied with the decisions made, statutes drafted, constitutions written long in the past.

The original Constitution, the original Bill of Rights -- that's what, 220 years ago or more? It's unrealistic to think that 18th-century people who wrote the Constitution -- they were very smart people, but they couldn't foresee the 21st century. ...

This is true with decisions hundreds of years old or 50 years old or it could be even 10 years old. ... I don't think judges should pretend that they're obtaining guidance from old statutes, constitutional provisions or decisions when they're not. Because those old rulings are obsolete.
No Constitution and no precedents.  The dream of every authoritarian..........Read more

A Suspicious Meeting in Phoenix Probably Means FBI Charges against Clinton

By Jonathan F. Keiler

On Tuesday Attorney General Loretta Lynch met former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport where they held a discussion that lasted at least thirty minutes. Lynch’s explanation for her meeting with Clinton was that it was entirely coincidental and they mainly discussed his two infant grandchildren.

This is unconvincing if not preposterous.

When Loretta Lynch opens her mouth to speak on a public policy issue, she, like her boss the president, is not likely to be telling the truth. So we can pretty confidently presume that something else topped the agenda, to wit: a forthcoming referral of criminal charges against Bill’s wife in the ongoing email scandal.

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Theresa May launches Tory leadership bid with pledge to unite country

Home secretary vows to make sure Britain leaves EU, saying there must be no attempts to ‘remain through the back door’

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Theresa May has launched her bid for the Conservative leadership, pledging that “Brexit means Brexit” and that there would be no general election before 2020.   The home secretary, who campaigned to remain in the EU, positioned herself as the candidate of stability and experience.
Asked for her pitch, she said: “I’m Theresa May and I’m the best person to be prime minister.”  The event was electrified by Michael Gove’s surprise announcement just minutes before she stood up that he would run for the leadership because, he said, Boris Johnson was not a suitable candidate.

Bookmakers were making May the favourite, followed by Gove, even before Johnson dramatically announced later in the morning, after she had made her speech, that he was not going to stand.
At the May leadership announcement event, most MPs thought her speech had worked against Johnson and in her favour by splitting the vote among leave supporters. But Gove is also extremely popular among the Conservative grassroots, so could prove fatal to her campaign if the pair become the final two on the shortlist......To Read More....

Tech Companies Fight Back After Years of Being Deluged With Secret FBI Requests

Jenna McLaughlin

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and technology and internet companies have been waging a little-known war for years over how much information companies are obligated to hand over about customers during national security investigations — absent a court order.

In early June, when Yahoo disclosed three secret government requests for customer information — called national security letters — one of those requests revealed that the FBI might have been exceeding its authority by asking for email records, such as headers or browsing information, in addition to basic subscriber information.

While the revelation that the FBI kept asking for those records surprises some academics, lawmakers, and privacy advocates – national security attorneys and large technology companies have known about the problem for years, and have been arguing with FBI attorneys over what’s allowed and what’s not.

Meanwhile, the FBI has been pushing for a legislative solution to expand the range of information it can get with national security letters; there are currently two bills being discussed that could grant it......To Read More....

Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists



Secret FBI rules allow agents to obtain journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures.The classified rules, obtained by The Intercept and dating from 2013, govern the FBI’s use of National Security Letters, which allow the bureau to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the news organization being targeted. They have previously been released only in heavily redacted form.
Media advocates said the documents show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information.

The rules stipulate that obtaining a journalist’s records with a National Security Letter (or NSL) requires the sign-off of the FBI’s general counsel and the executive assistant director of the bureau’s National Security Branch, in addition to the regular chain of approval. Generally speaking, there are a variety of FBI officials, including the agents in charge of field offices, who can sign off that an NSL is “relevant” to a national security investigation......To Read More.....

Clinton best friend: Hillary secret has D.C. 'scared to death'

Eye-popping insider account reveals mystery that has politicians shaking in their boots



Hillary Clinton is seeking the presidency because of her insatiable quest for power, but she is both ethically and medically unfit for office – and she knows dark secrets that have Washington politicians “scared to death of her” – according to Bill Clinton’s former lover who is now the author of an explosive new book.

Dolly Kyle is a former attorney who dated Bill Clinton in high school and carried on an affair with the future president both before and after Clinton married Hillary Rodham and until Clinton ran for president in 1992........she said her experience with Hillary convinces her America cannot afford to choose her in November.  “She is motivated by her power addiction. She has always wanted to be the first woman president. It really doesn’t matter to her how she gets there,” said Kyle, who is author of the new book, “Hillary the Other Woman: A Political Memoir.” “I did not want to write this book, but the last straw was watching Hillary on television last December, looking into the camera and saying very sincerely that women who claimed to be raped and sexually assaulted deserve to be believed,” Kyle explained.........Read more

My Take - I think the title of this article is clearly hyperbole since all of this is pretty much known and those who dispise her will merely have more justification to do so - and those with weak minds and moral foundation who support her - they won't care. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

This is What Democrats Think of the Constitution and the Second Amendment

 By A.F. Branco

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Over 100 Nobel Laureates Condemn Greenpeace for Opposing Golden Rice

Posted on by Hank Campbell @ The American Council on Science and Health

When it comes to Golden Rice, the numerous layers of anti-science rationalizations about opposition to agriculture fall away. It is not controlled by a company — which is why proponents have been unable to overcome the army of environmental lawyers and regulatory moats placed around approval — and it is clearly needed by millions of poor children, showing that environmental groups opposed to it are in a war on developing nations. They are involved in what Nobel Laureate Sir Richard Roberts calls a “crime against humanity.”

It’s not new to people inside science, but it may be news to the public, which thinks Greenpeace must be about good works and wholesome environmentalism because it is a lot of better at PR than pro-science groups. To those who know the organization, its made up of Internet hackers and eco-terrorists using fearmongering to get uneducated people to do their dirty work for them.

If you are not familiar with it, Golden Rice is the name of a product created when scientists added three genes for producing beta carotene, a Vitamin A precursor, to the 30,000 already in rice. Obviously this is a good thing in countries where Vitamin A deficiency is common. Regardless, organizations like Greenpeace and Union of Concerned Scientists have labeled it “Frankenfood.” In the time these groups have helped block its approval, nearly 20 million children have died and another 20 million have suffered preventable blindness.

That’s blood on the hands of Greenpeace and the organizations they mobilize for support, not to mention Deniers for Hire like SourceWatch and US Right To Know, which use their dark money funding to attack farmers and scientists.

Why would Greenpeace be opposed to a vitamin-enriched bowl of rice? Its usual arguments against progress hold no water. It is not corporate-controlled and cannot cause health problems or upset ecosystems. Their only alternative is supplements. Supplements? Not really a surprise, since if you buy into supplements, homeopathy, anti-vaccine beliefs and that modern agriculture is scary, you are going to be a Greenpeace donor rather than one supporting the American Council on Science and Health.

Greenpeace is being singled out because it’s the one which has used the most violence in advancing its goals. But the United Nations shares a big chunk of the blame, for not only catering to fearmongers, but in the case of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), putting activists on committees without disclosing the obvious conflicts of interest. Governments will share some of the blame, but officials represent voters, and voters are easily scared by environmental calls to action.

As we have known for all 38 years of our existence separating health threats from health scares, “your food is safe” is a terrible call to action by comparison. That is why Greenpeace raises hundreds of millions of dollars more than we do each year.