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Junk The Junk Science

I hate Junk Science. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? I am talking about the studies that come out and pretty much say we are all screwed and we are all going to die!!!!!!!!

OMG!! Get the Government in here! SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!!!! Think of the CHILDREN!!! We need a billion dollar government grant!!!!! DO SOMETHING! Doom! Gloom! Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!!!

I can tell from the looks I am getting that you are with me. What? You didn't know I could see you while you read this blog? Ain't technology great?

Anyway, back to Junk Science. Steven Milloy runs a website called JunkScience.com where he debunks or links to studies that debunk Junk Science. FoxNews.com often posts articles written by him and today he has a rundown entitled: Top Ten Junk Science Stories of the Past Decade

The Top Ten are:

  • Dioxin will kill you

  • Cell phone-induced brain cancer

  • Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) cause cancer

  • Pesticides and PCBs disrupt hormones which cause bad things to happen

  • Soot in ambient air causes tens of thousands of premature deaths every year

  • Obesity statistics

  • Bio-tech and genetic engineering

  • PETA: Milk drinking makes for future felons

  • Acrylamide in French fries will kill us all!

  • Global Warming
  • It is a good list, but there are some others to add as well.

    Remember when eating eggs would kill you on the spot? That was sometime in the late 1980's. If you ate an egg, you were taking your life in your own hands. But now we have "The incredible, edible egg!". Ok, maybe they aren't as bad for you as we said. Our bad, sorry. It's a good thing too, I love eggs.

    How about fiber will help reduce colon cancer? Remember the great Phil Hartman sketch on Saturday Night Live for Colon Blow cereal? Now a recent study says:

    Taken together, the results from two clinical studies - the Polyp Prevention Trial and the Wheat Bran Fiber Study - failed to show any evidence that adopting a low-fat, high-fiber, fruit- and vegetable-enriched eating plan reduces the recurrence of colorectal polyps

    Opps.

    Then there is the disputed study about autism and vaccinations that says that maybe, just maybe the rise in autism is a function of better diagnosis. 30 years ago, autistic kids were lumped in with those suffering from mental retardation and mental illness. Are there really that many new cases of autism? Or do we just know what to look for now?

    The point is that people and the MSM latch onto whatever study comes down the pike that promises doom and gloom. I know people who will tell you with a straight face that they will not drink anything with aspartame because that stuff will kill you or who won't eat hotdogs because they cause cancer or who won't get their kids immunized because of the autism fear. Look, if you want to have whacked out ideas about things that only affect you, have at it buddy, but when your kooky fears start affecting others and more importantly your kids, it's time to stop drinking the Kool-Aid and think for a change.

    In the spirit of Junk Science I hereby proclaim that: BREATHING WILL KILL YOU! Think about it...EVERYONE who dies was breathing BEFORE they died....

    Think about it.

    WunderKraut once blogged over at WunderKraut.com but has lost his blogging Mojo. Plus "The Man" is keeping him down.

    Posted by Wunderkraut · 7 April 2006 11:14 AM

    Comments

    But..but..but...if all of the liberawhiningtearwasters can't complain about, and extort money for all of these causes, and too many more, they'll all have to get real jobs. Become productive, contributing, tax paying members of society !! That could be the best revenge of all. Failing that, maybe we could use them as........um no, that would require effort on their part.

    Posted by: Edward Lunny at April 7, 2006 01:20 PM

    Hi WunderKraut!... Why is it that the politicians and government funding enriched programs feel like they Must Spend All of the funding given? That is a little off the subject. But sort of the same???
    I am glad you are hosting WILLisms.com. Are you ever coming back? I miss your File It Under comments.

    Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 7, 2006 02:10 PM

    AWESOME post, WunderKraut. I concur wholeheartedly.

    Posted by: Will Franklin at April 7, 2006 02:18 PM

    Zsa Zsa,

    I doubt I am back for good. Just too busy at home and work to find much time for blogging. I even have a hard time keeping up with everyone’s.

    The funding issue is a lot like a budget in government. If you do not spend every dime, you get penalized the next go around when they give you less money. It maybe that you are having a really productive year or other projects are offsetting your costs, but if you come in under budget then you lose money next time. I am not talking about construction or procurement but personnel cost and research cost. That could be it.

    Besides, sucking on the government tit can make you wealthy.

    Posted by: WunderKraut at April 7, 2006 02:20 PM

    WunderKraut?... Don't you mean breast feeding off the government? AND why are they penalized for the next go around? That bothers me that they are required to spend all of the funds. I really am glad you are back! Even if it is just for a little bit...

    Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 7, 2006 02:37 PM

    Does this mean that flogging the frog will not cause blindneess? Did not see that junk science myth has been invalidated.

    Posted by: Eneils Bailey at April 7, 2006 03:22 PM

    PETA: Milk drinking makes for future felons? HA! Does that mean that Breast Feeding off the government makes for future felons? ...

    Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 7, 2006 06:36 PM