Myles Power on the Bad Science in Gary Null’s Movie Seeds of Death

I think if you find yourself on the same side of any health or science issue with the crackpot Gary Null you should immediately reexamine your position. Here Myles Powers dismantles Null’s movie scare mongering “Seeds of Death.”

Perhaps the most shocking absolutely scientifically wrong thing about GMOs  that shows this medical doctor Rima Laibow (really a conspiracy theory kook and quack) doesn’t even understand human biology that comes at 4:16 into this short video.

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Many Whites Really Don’t Even Understand the Problem Blacks Are Talking About

Many whites really don’t even understand the problem blacks are talking about and I think this discussion on Facebook helps illustrate so the depth and danger of the misunderstanding and they think that liberals like me by condemning the action in Ferguson MO we are endorsing black on white violence and crime. Have these guys below have any idea of what a Non Sequitor is?  A statement that does not logically follow from the previous statement.

The problem is not about white on black or black on white crime per se both of which should both be abhorrent in the minds of liberal and conservatives alike but the problem we had in Ferguson is encapsulated somewhere in the statement that “1 Black Man Is Killed Every 28 Hours by Police or Vigilantes” (the emphasis is mine)

“Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed  at least 313  African-Americans in  2012 according to a recent study. This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it’s possible that the real number could be much higher.”

But surely white people are also extrajudicially killed so how do these numbers compare with the killing of white people? (from the report)

Sample data: Since there is no national database that keeps track of state sanctioned these killings let alone one that analyzes the data by race, it is impossible to give a comprehensive answer. The partial studies that do exist consistently find that Black people are killed by police, security guards and vigilantes in numbers dramatically out of proportion to their share in the population.17 But we do have sample data that give a strong indication of how extreme the disparity is. In both large cities like Chicago and small towns like Saginaw, Michigan, nearly all the people who are killed extrajudicially are Black, although they are not even the majority of the population of those cities.

2012 Comparison of Black, Latino and White Extrajudicial Killings in Five Cities

City

% of Black people in the population*

% of people killed by police who were Black

% of Latino people in population

% of people killed by police who were Latino (non Afro)

% of white (non-Latino) people in the population

page17image18936% of people killed by police who were white, non-Latino

Chicago, IL

32.9%

91% (21)

28.9%

4% (1)

31.7%

4% (1)

Houston, TX**

23.7%

48% (12)

43.8%

12% (3)

25.6%

(8)

New York, NY

28.6%

87% (20)

25.5%

9% (2)

33.3%

4% (1)

Rockford, IL

20.5%

100% (3)

15.8%

0% (0)

58.4%

0% (0)

Saginaw, MI

46.1%

100% (4)

14.3%

0% (0)

37.5%

page17image486880% (0)

*Population percentages are from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/ * * The race of 4 of the 25 (16%) killed in Houston was not identified.

Taser death disparity: An organization that keeps track of taser deaths has found that 41% of those who died between 2009 and 2013 from police tasers have been Black.18 Black people are about 13% of the U.S. population.

Excessive force against white people: One can find many cases where police use excessive force against white people—especially against those who have been diagnosed with mental illness and/or are self‐medicated. It seems that a larger percentage of white people who are killed extrajudicially by police are involved with shootouts with the police. The recent killings of law enforcement agents by members of the Aryan Brotherhood may indicate a more widespread willingness on the part of white criminals to go toe‐to‐toe with law enforcement.19 When police shoot violent meth‐traffickers, these killings are either the result of traditional policing or the indirect effects of Operation Ghetto Storm. Police developed their militarized shoot‐to‐kill approaches for dealing with Black and Brown people which tend to spill over to their approach to white people. However, extrajudicial killing of white people is not institutionalized and encouraged by the systematic demonization of a “racial” group, “stop and frisk” or other racial profiling systems.

(Warning crude NSF language)

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The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: Arguably One of the Worst Programs on TV Today

Since April 2010 the History Channel has produced and aired Ancient Aliens featuring pseudo science promoters like Giorgio Tsoukalos picking up and running with the Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past torch that Erich von Däniken once lit.(I’ll confess that I read Chariots of the Gods back in 1973 or 74 and thought the idea was fascinating but I was only 16 or 17 at the time and I grew up) Why the History Channel produces and promotes this absolute trash and nonsense I don’t know. Actually I think I can speculate why, there are lots and lots of people who want to believe in this magical idea (two million weekly viewers) and if there is an audience for crap the television execs will pander to them for the almighty dollar.

Smithsonian magazine on The Idiocy, Fabrications and Lies of Ancient Aliens

And if that article isn’t enough to make you really question just what a joke the Ancient Aliens program is there is another website Ancient Aliens Debunked.com and YouTube series produced by Chris White full of great videos thoroughly debunking the whole History Channel series.

Skeptical author Jason Colavito also has several articles dismantling the content and profiling some of the “characters” that appear in this terrible TV program:

 

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GMO: Are we playing God?

The outstanding video blooger C0nc0rdance’s thinking on GMOs.

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Medical Intuitives?

Medical intuitive, medical clairvoyant, medical psychic or intuitive counselor are all just different phrases describing quackery and bullshit!

There is nothing “medical” about being a “medical intuitive or it wouldn’t be called alternative medicine it would be called medicine.

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Michael Spector on America’s Most Prominent Snake Oil Salesman Dr Mehment Oz.

Michael Spector the author of the great book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives wrote a great book about America’s most prominent snake oil salesman Dr Mehment Oz. al the way back on Feb 4th, 2013 that I only just became aware of tonight,

The Operator:Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?

There is also a good little discussion about it on FaceBook too…

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What I’m Reading About Marijuana, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

About a week ago two articles from Mic.com

And two great articles from Dr. David Gorski on the Science-Based Medicine Blog

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The Skeptics Guide to the Universe On Monsanto Myths

An excerpt from a podcast of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe…
Dr. Steven Novella discusses urban myths about Monsanto.

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The Proliferation of Wind Farms Is Ruining Landscapes

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Jeff Holiday, a Skepticlal Video Blogger Everyone Should Know About

I’m not sure how I first stumbled upon him but the other week I discovered an outstanding rational and skeptical video blogger named  Jeff Holiday and I encourage everyone to subscribe to his channel.

I first discovered him when I watched his video…

Logically thinking about GMOs

But then today via the This Week In PseudoScience Twitter feed I stubbled upon this great take down dismantling destruction of the wackaloon Jeffrey Smith’s video  that criticized Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s video statement about GMOs (see Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the Anti-GMO Crowd, Round 2)…

Jeffrey Smith’s ‘challenge’ to Neil deGrasse Tyson EVISCERATED (part 1)

I stayed on Jeff channel for a while an watched this video too that he apparently produced just prior to the Jeff Smith Evisceration…

Neil deGrasse Tyson on GMOs (and the public reaction)

 

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