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Trump Selects Anti-Vaccination Kook Robert Kennedy Jr. to Head Vaccination Safety Commission – Update: Not So Fast?

Sadly, the selection of Robert Kennedy Jr. by Donald Trump to head some kind of vaccination commission should not be a suprise. After all, Trump evidently met with prominent anti-vax leaders back in August; one whom described Trump as being “extremely educated on our issues.” (In contrast, I have explained that Trump is an “idiotarian” […]

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An Epidemic of Bad Epidemiology: New at Reason

Getting Risk Right reviewed by Ronald Bailey Ronald Bailey|Dec. 23, 2016 1:30 pm Sukmaraga/DreamstimeEating bacon and ham four times a week could make asthma symptoms worse. Drinking hot coffee and tea may cause cancer of the esophagus. South Africa’s minister of health warns that doggy-style sex is a major cause of stroke and cancer in […]

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Climate Scientist Michael Mann’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Critics Can Proceed, Rules Court

Everett Collection/NewscomClimate science is politicized from top to bottom. One of the nastier spats occurred in 2012 when Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) policy analyst Rand Simberg intemperately denounced Pennsylvania State University climate researcher Michael Mann as “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science.”* Sandusky, of course, was the Nittany Lion football coach convicted of child molestation. […]

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Sugar Wars: Junk Food, Junk Science, or Both?

Is eating too much sugar bad for you? And what’s too much? As it happens average American per capita consumption of caloric sweeteners like refined cane sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is down from 111 grams per day in 1999 to 94 grams per day today. However, 94 grams per day adds up to over […]

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OPEC Production Cutbacks, Oil Prices and Fracking

The petro-autocracies attempt to get more cash to buy off their restive populations will fail Ronald Bailey|Dec. 19, 2016 4:59 pm Gumpapa/DreamstimeA couple of weeks ago, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) along with Russia agreed to cut back their crude oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day. The goal is to reduce […]

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The Successful Progressive Conspiracy to Burn a ‘Climate Heretic’

YouTubeThe politics surrounding the science and policy of climate change is really, really nasty. Name-calling and ad hominem attacks are rampant. The recent wikileaks release of John Podesta’s (Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager) uncovered a remarkable effort by minions at the Center for American Progress to silence University of Colorado political scientist Roger Pielke Jr. […]

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Nuclear Power Subsidies Adopted by Illinois State Government

Subsidies for Everybody! Nukes evidently need subsidies to compete with renewable subsidies. Ronald Bailey|Dec. 2, 2016 3:45 pm Herbert Kehrer/NewscomWhat source of power provides no-carbon on-demand electricity? Well, yes, hydropower dams do, but the vast majority of no-carbon power in the United States is generated by nuclear power plants. So for folks worried about man-made […]

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