Salt,sugar, fat, you name it and there is someone making the correlation/causation error, creates a hype and makes life miserable for the gullible. In the past salt was a conservation agent, everything was salted to a point we today couldn’t eat for its extremely salty taste. Still humanity managed to survive and reproduce.
The statistics Ms. Brody reveals are breathtaking: some half a million deaths, and possibly as many as 850,000, could be prevented over the next decade from small reductions in sodium intake. Up to 1.2 million lives could be saved by an instantaneous drop in sodium intake to 1500 mg/d, she says.
There’s just one problem with this rosy forecast that Brody neglects to mention: There has never been a study that’s definitively proven that we can save any lives – let alone a million of them – by reducing our intake of sodium from current levels. All of the figures Brody cites are derived from observational studies that cannot prove cause and effect, or else from clinical trials of blood pressure drugs that assume a similar benefit for sodium restriction (even though the effects on health outcomes may well be different).
It would be better ofcourse to legalize the profession so it can be practiced out in the open instead in in the criminal circuit. That way sexwork gets accepted as a normal job and crimes against sexworkers won’t be as readily committed when they are as being perceived illegal. It’s the illegality of the work that renders sexworkers more vulnerable to crime, slavetrade and other disgusting things humans are capable of.
The only viable way to drive an electric car is using a diesel-electric drive-train. Sturdy, decades of proven reliability and no need to change any infrastructure nor waste time on the fruitless pursuit of the ultimate battery.
Why weren’t the profound limitations of an electric car the butt of a comedian’s jokes?
Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian/satirist employed by the publicly-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Like his American colleague, Jon Stewart, he spends much of his time commenting on current affairs.
First and foremost, Mercer is an entertainer – a performer who wants to make us laugh. But once you notice that only certain kinds of people and ideas end up on the receiving end of the joke, his schtick gets a bit tiresome.
A friend recently sent me a link to a piece Mercer did on the made-in-Canada ZENN (zero emission, no noise) car. The video originally aired in 2007 and is less than six minutes long.
There’s no doubt it’s good for a chuckle, but it’s also outrageously misleading. Mercer suggests that Tory government ministers are perversely hostile to this revolutionary, allegedly non-polluting…
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Finally some common sense judgment. Guess the chances making that to the agitprop series Whale Wars are pretty slim however.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society represents a return to humanity’s violent past.
You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.
So begins an 18-page court judgment released six weeks ago in Seattle by a panel of three judges. The individuals engaging in the above behaviour belong to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an Oregon-based non-profit that provides a good demonstration of where extremist environmental thinking can lead.
Describing itself as “a marine wildlife conservation organization,” the Society says its mission is to:
end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order…
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