blackbeak (1227080) writes "The Washington Post reports that the Journal of Vibration and Control's review system was hijacked by a ring of reviewers. 60 articles have been retracted as a result. If a relatively nonpolitical field like JVC covers is subject to this kind of nonsense, what might be lurking behind peer reviews in the pharmaceutical or petroleum fields? Maybe non peers should be partnered with peers to do the reviewing." top
blackbeak (1227080) writes "Urie Bronfenbrenner's statement, "...science needs public policy even more than public policy needs basic science" (Bronfenbrenner, 1979, p. 8, italics in original), is the concept driving his Ecological Systems Theory, which itself underlays the Common Core Curriculum currently being rolled out across the land. Are all you scientists jiggy with that?
Robin Eubanks's erudite blog Invisibleserfscollar.com uses foundational documents and a lawyer's ability to cut through obfuscations of language to shred Common Core to pieces.
Invisibleserfscollar's fascinating exposé builds from post to post, so starting with the earliest post is recommended. (Spoiler alert: For those who think "public" policy should drive science, there is not, and never was, a "public" behind this massive change in education policy!" top
blackbeak (1227080) writes "Vaccination has been argued before here at/., and we've certainly a strong pro contingent, but maybe the University of British Colombia’s (UBC) Dr Chris Shaw and Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic (Department of Ophthalmology, Visual Sciences, Experimental Medicine and Neuroscience) can motivate some folks to reconsider their position.
blackbeak (1227080) writes "I'm certainly aware that the recent school shooting is being discussed at length, but the direct correlation of increased prescription of SSRI medication to the increase in horrific incidents is so staggering and so pertinent that this "elephant in the room" deserves it's own discussion. Unlike guns, which can only be held in the hand, SSRIs are held in the mind controlling the hand. You'll see a huge upsurge in news stories again about how guns need to be curtailed, but (again) few stories, if any, about the medications pulling the trigger. Yet SSRIs are obviously behind these killings. SSRIs mess with brain chemistry in ways we cannot fully understand or control, way too often resulting in horrifyingly confused, disordered and psychotic manifestations. How about discussing how these meds are insufficiently tested, driven through the FDA (a "captured" regulatory agency), released into the wild and then prescribed to children on (and off!) label." Link to Original Source top
Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money-laundering.
Thimersosal lovers may claim the fraud is only on the accounting side, but can we really be sure of the research results?" Link to Original Source top
I'm curious to see how many Slashdotters will be siding with the 100 thugs who beat members of the community (at the behest of wealthy interests, natch!) in order to suppress opposition to this "marvel of modern agriculture".
blackbeak writes "Postpeakpublishing proposes we develop an "Unassailable Agenda", ie; a humanist agenda so self-evident that it would receive near unanimous support, as a step toward unifying the masses and ultimately forcing the hand of government to "do the right things" instead of merely supplicating huge vested interests. Some possible ideas for planks in this agenda are presented, though not quite fleshed out. What do Slashdotters think? Is the concept of a UA feasible? What would you put in it?" Link to Original Source top
blackbeak (1227080) writes "It would seem obvious that the alarming increase in school shooting sprees is directly related to the increase in psychopharmaceuticals per capita. And what do you know, "Authorities in DeKalb confirmed Friday that Kazmierczak had recently stopped taking medication." Further, "Thomas said Kazmierczak had confided in him that he had served in the military and received a discharge for psychological reasons." I bet it wasn't aspirin he stopped taking. Quotes from Chicago Tribune story: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-steve-kazmierczak-gunman_webfeb16,0,6907068,full.story
Naturally, the media and politicians' focus will continue to be all over the guns, and of course, the need for their further control. Meanwhile, few speak of stemming the ever increasing flood of profitable psychopharmaceuticals.
It's doubtful evolution is playing a nasty trick on our species, resulting in weaker and weaker brains. We should look instead at the (increasingly unhealthy and probably unnecessary) burdens placed on our brains by modern western life, and realize we're living under terribly depressing circumstances. If we had a sensible economy, a government not run by the self interested elite, and restraints on corporate predation, both guns and drugs would begin to gather dust."