The Culinary Cult
We’re all opposed to animal cruelty. . . until the definition of “animal cruelty” becomes so broad and far-reaching that it includes ordering McNuggets.
Matt Scully wrote on NRO earlier this week a defense of animal rights that …
Double Standard: Male Birth-Control Study Cancelled Due to Side Effects
A new study shows that a hormonal birth-control shot for males could effectively prevent pregnancy in female partners, but further studies were cancelled after the men involved in the study experienced side effects, primarily depression. The decision to curtail the …
Out of Work and Taking Pain Pills
Just a few months ago, hardly anyone was talking about American men leaving the workforce, even though more than 10 percent of males 25–54 are neither employed nor looking for work.
Now it seems like everyone is talking.
Nicholas Eberstadt of the …
Krauthammer’s Take: Pneumonia Could Have Earned Sympathy If Clinton Camp ‘Were Honest and Clever’
Charles Krauthammer does not think the Hillary Clinton campaign would have disclosed anything about her health without Sunday’s video, and to him this shows a lack of foresight, not just of honesty:
The video is always decisive — for …
Facebook Is Censoring Science and Journalism
One might have thought that the recent allegations by former employees that Facebook was manipulating its trending-topics feed to suppress news stories that appeal to conservatives would make the social-media behemoth tread more carefully. Apparently, though, it did not learn …
The Phony Case Against Glyphosate
From its inception in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has been a hotbed of anti-science activism, incompetence, and corruption.
In 1972, on the basis of toxicity to fish and migrating birds (but not to humans), the EPA banned virtually all uses of …
What’s in a Name? Plenty, if It’s a ‘GMO.’
‘GMOs” get a lot of attention. Devotees of organic and “natural” food want to avoid them, on principle. Anti-technology activists prattle about their imaginary dangers. Pandering to special interests, confused members of Congress have been trying to find a way …
Americans are dying more. Not just poor white Americans — that we already knew — but Americans as a whole, according to preliminary data for 2015 that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released yesterday. That hasn’t happened since 2005, and …
Mitch Daniels Takes on ‘Callous, Heartless and Cruel’ Anti-GMO Activists
‘Lots of people said to tell you they wish you were running for president,” I said to Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, when I met with him last month.
Daniels laughed. “When people said that in 2012, I would ask, ‘…
FDA Makes a Dangerous Abortion Pill Even More Dangerous
In a stunningly reckless move, the Obama Food and Drug Administration recently relaxed standards for administering the abortion pill RU-486, allowing it to be used to abort children who are more developed in the womb and, shockingly, requiring even less …
Can Diet Explain the Rising Death Rates of White Americans?
Something is killing us — beyond the fact that life itself is a terminal condition. This week brought news that the U.S. mortality rate overall has risen slightly since 2014. “It’s a definite milestone in the wrong direction, and …
World Health Organization Seeks to Define Singleness as a Form of Infertility
What do you call people who are not reproducing because they do not have a sexual partner? Antiquarians may designate them “single,” but the World Health Organization (WHO) knows better. They are, we learn today, “infertile.” Henceforth, the organization intends …
Debunking the Debunkers on Sugar
Dr. Courtney Gaine is having a very bad week.
She and her colleagues have been receiving calls, e-mails, and tweets accusing them of killing hundreds of thousands of people and asking how they sleep at night. “I never anticipated the …
The Most Ridiculous Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s Fainting
Having routinely denounced anyone who so much as mentioned Hillary Clinton’s health as denizens of the Internet’s right-wing fever swamps, Democrats and their media allies were forced to switch gears yesterday after footage emerged of the Democratic nominee’s “health …
No, Cutting Family-Planning-Program Funding Didn’t Increase Texas’s Maternal-Mortality Rate
A recent article in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology has received a good deal of media coverage over the past month, as it reports a consistent increase in the U.S. maternal mortality rate since 2000. However, most of the attention …
Michael Pollan and His Faddish Foodie Followers, Ten Years After The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Penguin Books is releasing a special tenth-anniversary edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, with a new foreword by the author. The target market for this release must be post-Millennials — most of the Millennials who matriculated in …
Measuring Life by the Spoonful
‘How is your daughter doing?” is one of the most complicated questions I’ve had to answer.
As Veronica marks her 16th birthday this month, we are sharing an update in hopes of de-stigmatizing and demystifying life with chronic pain, …
Another Bad Week for the Anti-GMO Movement
Mounting evidence continues to discredit the anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) movement. This week has been a particular bruising one for anti-GMO activists, with the release of two reports that disprove most of their claims that GMOs are bad for people …
E-Cigarettes and The FDA: First, Do No Harm
The FDA has taken aim at a fresh collection of pleasures of which it disapproves, including e-cigarettes.
As the Wall Street Journal noted, this included (my emphasis added):
Banning [e-cigarette] sales to anyone under 18, requiring package warning labels, and making …
Feds Spend $143K Getting Mexican-American Women to Talk About Obesity with Each Other
The federal government is spending $143,000 on “intervention” efforts to get Mexican-American women and their daughters talking with each other about obesity.
Now, this may seem crazy to you, but the National Institute of Health, which is sponsoring (read: using your …