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offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

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offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

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NAMA Wine Lake

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From Alpha To Omega

en-ie What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Tom O'Brien talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.

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offsite link #020 Revolutionary Strategy Series Tue Aug 13, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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This week start afresh with Chapter 7: ?The Workers Government Slogan? and discuss the revolutionary potential of toilets. Great hilarity ensues. The panelists are: C. Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - Machine noise expert

offsite link #101 Econophysics & Marxist Humanism w/ Andrew Kliman Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:00 | Tom O'Brien
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We continue our discussion with Prof. Andrew Kliman, dig deep into some econophysics critiques of the TSSI, Marx?s 3 system equalities, and Raya Dunayevskaya and the political history of the Marxist Humanism.

offsite link #100 The TSSI and the Critics w/ Andrew Kliman Mon Aug 05, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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That's right! It's episode #100! It?s been over seven years since the first episode in April 2012. I?d like to thank all the listeners for listening to and supporting the show over the years - I couldn?t have kept it going without you all. This week we are excited to welcome back Prof. Andrew Kliman to the show, as Lexi and myself spill our thoughts on the TSSI series that concluded a few months past and we pick the good professors brain on a number of issues

offsite link #019 Revolutionary Strategy Series Mon Jul 29, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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This week finish Chapter 6: ?Unity in Diversity?, and continue our brutal attack on the sect form. The panelists are: C. Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - self-help enthusiast Sophie - Trans Trans Revolution

offsite link #018 Revolutionary Strategy Series Mon Jul 22, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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This week we try our best to conclude Chapter 6: ?Unity in Diversity?, but get stuck neck deep in Sect depravity. Pounding the boards with me this week are: C Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Lexi - Swampside Chats Pouya - show stalwart Sophie - Trans Trans Revolution

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offsite link French Elections: Le Pen and the Far Right, a Collapsed Center, and the Rise of ... Sun Apr 30, 2017 16:07 | Eric Draitser
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Eric Draitser sits down with political commentator and activist Dr. Moustafa Traore to discuss the French presidential elections, the likely outcomes, and the broader political significance both nationally and internationally. [...]
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offsite link CounterPunch Radio (Ep. 83) ? David Swanson Thu Apr 27, 2017 18:25 | Eric Draitser
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This week Eric sits down with author and peace activist David Swanson to discuss war and peace in the Age of Trump. Eric and David examine whether Trump’s early days in office represent an escalation of the war machine, and how Trump is [...]
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offsite link Israel: Trauma, Oppression, and the Politics of a Fascist State Mon Apr 24, 2017 19:19 | Eric Draitser
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Eric Draitser sits down with Israeli-American political commentator and doctor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience Yoav Litvin to discuss Israel and the pathology of its politics and self-image. Eric and Yoav [...]
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offsite link Robert Hunziker on CounterPunch Radio! Tue Apr 04, 2017 19:53 | Eric Draitser
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This week Eric welcomes back to the show environmental journalist and CounterPunch contributor Robert Hunziker to talk about how the earth’s climate is going bonkers, and what this means for human civilization. The conversation begins with a discussion [...]
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offsite link Trump, Fascism, and the American Psyche Fri Mar 31, 2017 17:45 | Eric Draitser
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org sits down with independent journalist Andrew Stewart to discuss his experience at a Trump rally, Trump as the inverse Obama (right wing Hope and Change), the cowardice of the Democrats, and the mentality of Americans on both sides of the partisan divide.
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KevinBarret
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media

offsite link Vladislav Krasnov on Jewish-Gentile Relations..And Ron Unz?s Strategy for Defeating the Monologic Me... Sun Aug 11, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
Vladislav Krasnov writes: ?Dear Kevin, ?This is to invite you and your readers/listeners to a debate on Jewish-Gentile relations that my article ?Ron Unz?s Strategy for the Alt-Media to Defeat the Mainstream Media Is Brilliant? generated on the pages of Russia-Insider. ?So far there are over 150 comments, and it is good as far as...

offsite link Barbara Honegger on 9/11 Anniversary Events; Alison Weir on Sigal Mandelker and Israelis Running US,... Fri Aug 09, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
First hour: Former White House Policy Analyst Barbara Honegger discusses upcoming 9/11 anniversary events including the major conference in Zurich, Switzerland on September 11th featuring professor Daniele Ganser, whose book NATO?s Secret Armies is the best single resource on Operation Gladio, the Pentagon-NATO false flag terror program that murdered thousands of innocent Europeans from the...

offsite link Mass Shootings, Mass Censorship: Charles Moscowitz and Doovid Ask the Hard Questions, by Kevin Barre... Tue Aug 06, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
Conservative talk show host Charles Moscowitz was about to interview Jewish interfaith activist Doovid when the latter suggested bringing me into the conversation. The three of us have very different political perspectives and religious worldviews. But we all agree that free speech is in danger?and that YouTube and other social media platforms should honor the...

offsite link Marianne Williamson Is Right: We Need a Spiritual Awakening?and a Real Investigation of 9/11, by Kev... Sun Aug 04, 2019 22:10 | Kevin Barrett
Is the mainstream mind-control machine starting to worry about Marianne Williamson? Boston Globe: ?It?s a very good bet Williamson won?t win the nomination. But her growing prominence in the Democratic field gives her the biggest platform she?s ever had. And as we now know all too well, an entertaining fringe candidate can sometimes catch on.?...

offsite link J. Michael Springmann on Israel?s Trumped-Up War on Iran; Hummux on ?5G = Glyphosate? and Why Fearle... Thu Aug 01, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
First hour: J. Michael Springmann is an attorney and former State Department official whose bizarre experiences at his post in Saudi Arabia are recounted in Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts that Rocked the World. Along with former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, ex-Defense Department advisor Michael Maloof, and US Army anti-terror official Scott Bennett, Mike Springmann...

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RADIO ECOSHOCK

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offsite link Best of Radio Ecoshock Summer Programs 2019 Wed Jul 03, 2019 22:21 | Alex Smith
Now you can refresh with the best Radio Ecoshock interviews from 2006 to 2019.  Listen to these programs now, as broadcast by 100 non-profit radio stations on 3 continents – OR stuff your computer, IPOD or mp3 player with free downloads for listening  …

offsite link Climate Change Has Come Wed Jun 26, 2019 20:24 | Alex Smith
This is it. Ice melt in the Himalayas has doubled just since the year 2000. We get the latest from Dr. Summer Rupper. While Europe swelters in unnatural heat, in the Arctic Greenland is melting a stunning 80% over previous estimates. It is  …

offsite link The End Is in Sight? Thu Jun 20, 2019 00:52 | Alex Smith
Civilization may unravel just 30 years from now, without emergency action to save the climate. From Australia, David Spratt explains. From the UK, Eunice Lo says thousands could die in New York and Los Angeles by 2050 – from the heat. Plus the  …

offsite link There Is No New Normal Wed Jun 12, 2019 23:33 | Alex Smith
When crazy weather goes on and on, we worry “Is this the way it’s going to be now?” Climate scientist Paul Beckwith says there is no new normal. We should expect extremes, swings, and surprises as the world warms. But first meteorologist Richard  …

offsite link Abrupt Permafrost Thaw & Repetitive Heat Waves Wed Jun 05, 2019 21:01 | Alex Smith
A faster permafrost thaw means even the worst scenarios underestimated the pace and severity of climate change. Canadian scientist Merritt Turetsky explains “abrupt permafrost thaw”. Then from Princeton, atmospheric scientist Jane Baldwin: back-to-back heat waves are in your future. Listen to or download  …

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Gary takes on the real issues that the mainstream media is afraid to tackle. Tune in to find out the latest about health news, healing, politics, and the economy.

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offsite link The Gary Null Show - 08.16.19 Fri Aug 16, 2019 19:02

In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages. Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere. For twenty years (through March 2014), Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News.

offsite link The Gary Null Show - A conversation with Leonard Lopate Fri Aug 16, 2019 17:11

Leonard Lopate is a popular American radio personality who currently hosts the talk show Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI, where he first started his broadcasting career in 1977 and ran until the mid 1980s. Until 2017, The Leonard Lopate Show was aired daily on WNYC-FM, New York City’s premier public radio station.  Leonard is best known for his interviewing guests on a very wide range of topics, from politics and currents events, modern science, history and literature, film and theater to food and wine. He has received three James Beard Awards for his coverage of food. Leonard studied art and painting at Brooklyn and Hunter colleges where he studied with the famous American artists Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt.  His current program can be heard every weekday from 1-2 pm on WBAI following this broadcast. 

 

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Quackwatch’s Conspiratorial Theory Against Alternative Medicine

 

Richard Gale and Gary Null PhD

Progressive Radio Network, August 15, 2019



A trend that is increasingly becoming accepted in mainstream, conventional medicine has been the acceptance of complementary and alternative medical theories and practices. Since 1997, Quackwatch has been the nation’s leading voice opposing the growing popularity in alternative medicine and funding for research into its efficacy. Portending to be a consumer protection resource, the organization believes it is serving public health. But Quackwatch is only one faction of a much larger movement and effort to stamp out non-conventional medicine. In the world of the scientific materialism promulgated by Quackwatch and Wikipedia, all roads lead to the ideological movement known as modern Skepticism. Each is a player within a self-reinforcing feedback loop that deceives the public and distorts the very core of the life sciences. For those who are exceptionally critical of Skepticism’s radical reductionist view of medicine and health, it has become evident that this loose confederacy of groups—Quackwatch, Science Based Medicine, Skeptic organizations, and Wikipedia—have sacrificed objectivity for groupthink. 

 

For several decades, the website Quackwatch, founded by former psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Barrett, has been a one-stop shopping center for negative critiques and reviews about practically every kind of medical therapy and practice that falls under the umbrella of alternative medicine. It has been memorialized by Skeptics who have in turn infected many of Wikipedia’s entries with Quackwatch references under the false pretense that it is a scientifically reliable resource. 

 

To be fair, not all of Quackwatch’s criticisms are unwarranted; there are certainly charlatans and entrepreneurs practicing in both conventional and alternative medical camps. Magnetic bracelets, magnetizing beverages, calorie blockers, multilevel marketing for various supplemental products, magic muscle pills, cellulite removers, among others we regard as nonsense as well. And pharmaceutical executives notoriously fool federal health officials with only partial or fake science to get ineffective and toxic drugs through hurdles at the FDA. Yet on numerous other counts, Barrett is flatly wrong. This not only concerns his limited knowledge and highly biased analysis of the scientific literature supporting many common alternative medical practices and natural nutritional protocols, but also many commercial products Americans use or are exposed to on a daily basis. 

 

In his book Chemical Sensitivity: The Truth About Environmental Illness, Barrett states that we live in a time “when our food supply is the world’s safest and our antipollution program is the best we have ever had.” He argues that those who fear chemical- and food-related sensitivities, or who believe they are being poisoned by cosmetic ingredients, pesticides, household cleaning and petrochemical products, fast foods and the average American meat-based diet, food preservatives, fluoride, mercury amalgams, and other environmental toxic substances, are simply delusional. Barrett’s books and Quackwatch articles repeatedly deny that chemical exposure and our industrial processed foods are associated with any diseases.  But scientific consensus strongly disagrees. Barely a day goes by without a new study appearing in the scientific literature about a recently discovered health risk regarding any one of these issues. 

 

The question we ask ourselves is why, and perhaps how, can Barrett categorically deny the enormous body of peer-reviewed scientific evidence that confirms Americans are living in an unhealthy toxic environment every day in their lives? Twenty years ago, Cornell scientists estimated that 40 percent of diseases were environmentally caused, and our planet has become far more noxious since then. The World Health Organization has released dire warnings regarding this trend and estimated that 1 in 4 global deaths are due to air, water, soil pollution and chemical exposure. In 2016, Dr. Stephen Rappaport at the University of California at Berkeley published his research in PLoS One showing that environmental factors, and not genetics, are the major causes of chronic diseases. High sodium, alcohol, low omega-3 fatty acids, lead exposure high trans fatty acids, occupational chemicals and calcium, Vitamin A, iron and zinc deficiencies ranked among the top 15 causes. However, Barrett would rebuff these findings; they do not fit into the corporate-science paradigm he espouses.

 

During an August 26, 2018 podcast interview on the Skeptic Zone in Australia, Barrett denied receiving support from the pharmaceutical industry, a charge his critics frequently level upon him. Of course, it is not necessary to receive funds or remuneration in order to also serve the financial interests of large multinational corporations. Barrett’s role as a Board member of Scientific Advisers to the American Committee on Health Science (ACHS) for almost 4 decades however provides a strong case for his strong biases that would explain his favoritism towards many drugs and commercial products that have been proven to carry high health risks. 

 

ACHS is a corporate-funded consumer advocacy organization that makes the false claim that it supports evidence-based medicine. However practically every Trustee member of the organization has direct ties to large corporations, which is why ACHS advocates for genetically modified foods and industrial agriculture, nuclear power and natural gas, vaccine mandates, cosmetic chemicals, the deregulation of environmentally unsafe toxic chemicals and FDA fast-tracking of drugs. Mother Jones reported that in 2012, ACHS’s donors including Chevron, Coca-Cola, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bayer Cropscience, Procter and Gamble, big ag giant Syngenta, McDonalds and the tobacco industry. It has also received funding to lobby on behalf Pepsi, Monsanto, Exxon-Mobil and British American Tobacco as well as receiving funds from the Koch family and major forces within the Randian pro-industry American Legislative Exchange Council. 

 

Finally, it should be noted that the watchdog organization Center for Science in the Public Interest issued a report concluding that ACHS promotes fraudulent science to whitewash the health risks of some our most dangerous commercial products. The report stated that the organization is “a consumer fraud; as a scientific group, ACSH seems to arrive at conclusions before conducting studies. Through voodoo or alchemy, bodies of scientific knowledge are transmogrified into industry-oriented position statements.”

 

Therefore, after four decades of fraternizing with ACHS’s executives and providing scientific advice on projects for its corporate clients, how can one accept Barrett’s scientific objectivity?  He has been repeatedly wrong on most of his positions about industrial food and chemical safety. Arguments against Barrett and Quackwatch serving the private corporate interests of some of our nation’s largest polluters, the pharmaceutical cartel and major contributors to environmentally-caused diseases hold absolutely no merit. Therefore, why should anyone believe his assessment of alternative health is scientifically plausible?   

 

This may explain why Barrett has had a career that has been largely out of touch with America’s declining health trends now that iatrogenic or medical-based error is the third leading cause of mortality in the US. The weeds of bias have overgrown any light from reality. However, this does not explain why Quackwatch is obsessively determined to undermine complementary, alternative, non-conventional medical therapies. While the site pretends to be protecting public health by attempting to discredit effective, cost-saving health practices, we observe that it is serving the economic interests of the pharmaceutical industry. By discrediting every alternative medical therapy or supplemental nutrient or botanical medicine a patient may seek out for relief or treatment for a health condition or disease, Quackwatch in effect diverts their queries back into our broken drug-based medical system as the only recourse of treatment available. 

 

In an ingenious way, Barrett has created a perfect distraction. In his estimation, those who place their faith in Chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese and Ayurveda medicine, nutritional therapy, etc. are mentally unsound. On occasion he has labeled patients who turn towards these therapies as “paranoid,” “hysterical” and subject to “certain psychological factors.”  As for practitioners of these healing arts, he would prefer to see them facing a judge in a courtroom. Therefore, Quackwatch has given birth to a wild conspiracy theory. And this has contaminated the entire Skeptic movement and Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia have drunk deep from the gully of this conspiratorial Kool aid. 

 

We must realize that the vast majority of people seeking relief for any disease will begin with conventional medicine. In many cases that is sufficient and we compliment that. Orthodox approaches are especially beneficial in emergency medicine and surgery. However, most patients who turn towards alternative therapies do so because the predominantly drug-based treatments either failed or they suffered the drugs’ adverse effects. So where is the study that enables Quackwatch and Skeptics to confirm that these patients have not benefitted from alternative approaches?  

 

Over the years we have interviewed hundreds of board-certified physicians who only started to explore complementary and alternative medical modalities after their orthodox approaches to treat patients were found limited. Not only did they discover many of these protocols ineffective, but often in fact harmful. Many physicians reported that it was a lonely journey they undertook. It was fraught with criticism and personal attacks.  In the case of California and New York, some early physicians in the 1960s and 1970s were brought up on charges of fraud: the fraud being that they were not using accepted medical protocols at that time, despite their clinical experience that their patients benefitted. Today physicians are permitted to practice with informed consent without the fear of being harassed or the loss of their medical license. One example is the second largest medical group, the Chiropractors. Upon reviewing the scientific literature, there is a growing body of literature that supports Chiropractic practice. Chiropractic’s success is simply because patients find relief and this is not due to any placebo effect as Skeptics would force us to believe. The same is true for acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy and other approaches to natural health. Therefore, the scientific literature has kept pace with consumer interest and these alternative medical therapies.  Yet Quackwatch and the Skeptics remain frozen in a mindset similar to the AMA’s Committee on Quackery back in the 1950s. 

 

Nevertheless, if you search on Google, you will be taken to Wikipedia, which reflects Skepticism’s biases against alternative medicine’s efficacy. This is one among other reasons why Quackwatch, the Skeptics and Science-Based Medicine must be challenged for propagandizing unscientific and biased opinions.

offsite link The Gary Null Show - Vaccines 101 w/ Dr. Sherri Tenpenny Wed Aug 14, 2019 19:40

Join the Wellness Way for internationally-known Dr. Sherri Tenpenny's groundbreaking presentation about the scientific truth behind vaccines. This talk is only a small part of her larger mission to deliver reliable vaccine information that is rarely reported in the mainstream media, combined with practical tips for natural health and healing.

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