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Try looking at this in a different way...

What if Wikileaks were really the ultimate false flag operation, whereby CIA and State leak their own material? There are some advantages to this, of course:

  • They can embarrass and endanger whomever they want
  • They can blame any policy failure on the leaks promulgated by Wikileaks

And, if it ever gets out of control, can claim perfect justification in silencing Wikileaks.

Thanksgiving wishes with an edge

This blog entry points to my latest "Mike's Comment," a writing exercise that has been going on since about 1996. I make the point that, all things considered, most of us still have lots to be thankful for.

Only, I do this while poking fun at the usual idiots.

Have a blessed and relaxing Turkey Day...and read the complete article.

Getting people to exercise

My latest HND piece examines what it takes to get people to exercise. One sure way to NOT accomplish this is with education, along the lines of "If folks only knew the benefits, they would surely begin an exercise program."

As I note--

Human nature being what it is, we seldom do anything unpleasant unless we get paid for it, or the consequences of not doing it are even more unpleasant, if not immediately life-threatening.

Instead, we've got to make exercise enjoyable. Fun, even.

The article discusses group versus individual exercise, and has a few things to say about one of the most popular programs out there...Zumba®.

Read the complete article.

Ducking personal responsibility, and how this affects the environment and health care

My latest HND piece covers an interview I did with Renaissance Man John F. Groom. We started off talking about his new book, The 1.8 Billion Dollar Man. The provocative title refers to the annual cost for the Obama White House. But this was not about bashing Barack Obama.

Rather, it uses the White House budget as a way to study an out-of-control federal government.

I make the point in the article that no organization can be Green, or even claim to support such a notion if it is this big and bloated. Moreover, under these rubrics, there cannot be some sort of exemption for the White House, just because it is the White House. Either the future of the planet is at stake, or it isn't.

Groom then explains why the public does not seem to react to extravagant and questionable activities by celebrities, such as high overhead concerts for various causes, or private jet trips around the world made to convince the little people that they should care more for the environment. He also explains the apparent lack of shame on the part of the hypocritical offenders.

This gets us into the core problem: The disappearance of personal responsibility.

Inasmuch as around 70% of all medical treatment is related to conditions that are lifestyle-induced, you can see how no personal responsibility ties into health care, as well.

Groom is full of interesting ideas, and we agreed to talk again soon.

Read the complete article.

Great new global warming video...You'll like it

Baby boomers are sure to remember the huge Monkees smash "I'm a Believer," written by Neil Diamond, that stayed at number one for an incredible seven weeks, starting at the end of 1966.

You can bet that global warming was not even a gleam in some Greenie's eye back then. After all, the first Earth Day would be nearly four years in the future, and a few years after that, they were talking about global cooling, not warming.

All of which brings us to the creative team at Minnesotans for Global Warming, and their new music video, that offers some updated lyrics to the Monkees' chestnut.

Check it out.

Controlling Hypertension

My latest HND piece takes a look at hypertension (high blood pressure)—a condition suffered by one-third of American adults! It is also the most important risk factor for death in industrialized countries. If that weren't bad enough, there are usually no symptoms, so high blood pressure truly is a silent killer.

The HND article discusses common pharmaceutical drugs, and popular herbs used to treat hypertension. Medical hero and Nobel Laureate Sir James Black, inventor of beta blockers, gets a mention. I also examine a lesser known herb that shows some promise: Hibiscus sabdariffa, taken as a tea in many cultures, but now available in capsule form as the product Rosellica®.

Read the complete article.

Junk science on fragrances--continued

My latest HND piece examines yet another assault on common sense, as discussed here earlier. This time it's fragranced consumer products, courtesy of the work of an environmental engineering professor. It seems that she's discovered that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are in these fragranced consumer products, to which I would say "No kidding!" (or something a bit stronger).

After all, just about anything you can smell has an odor precisely because it IS a VOC.

I obtained further information on how this work got published, and I don't think you'll like what I discovered.

Anne C. Steinemann, PhD, an environmental engineering professor at the University of Washington, and chief perpetrator of the "science" in question here is also heavily involved in the area of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, which—to be kind—is, uh, controversial.

Peer reviewed science sure ain't what it used to be...

Read the complete article.