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  1. Another: https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/another-anti-vaccine-article-bad-journal-bad-data/
  2. https://respectfulinsolence.com/2017/02/02/antivaccinationists-try-to-show-vaccines-are-dirty-but-really-show-that-they-are-amazingly-free-from-contamination/
  3. I should have mentioned with Adblock Plus (at least with the Chrome extension) - just click on the extension ABP icon, click "Block element" towards the bottom of the menu, then click on the banner on the page.
  4. You can get rid of it on computer with Adblock Plus or using Brave browser, but I'm not sure on mobile.
  5. Thanks. So basically, the authors released a not yet peer reviewed preprint of a study with a maybe valid but strange comparison and the headlines about it (like is often the case) remove all context to mischaracterize the findings of that study and add fuel to those who are either scared of the vaccine or looking for anything to discredit it. "Teenage Boys More at Risk from Vaccines than Covid" actually means "Teenage Boys More at Risk (of myocarditis) from Vaccines than (of hospitalization from) Covid" But the most meaningful comparison is this: Risk of myocarditis from vaccine is less than risk of myocarditis from Covid and Risk of hospitalization from vaccine less than risk of hospitalization from Covid. That sure sounds like there is considerably less risk in getting the vaccine than not. But that's not even close to what the typical person comes away with when reading the misleading headlines. So frustrating.
  6. Isn't myocarditis a known possible effect of COVID-19 infection? Comparing risk of myocarditis from vaccination vs hospitalization from infection seems a bit like apples to oranges to me. Is there a comparison of risk of myocarditis from each out there somewhere? And then a risk of hospitalization from each?
  7. I did a quick search for younger people and the first entry was a one-year-old who supposedly died from a self inflicted gunshot wound two days after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Sounds legit.
  8. Thanks. I’d never heard of contemporary anti-germ theorists. Interesting tidbit from that article, given Crosseyed’s dietary choices: Makes it sound like strict anti-germers are near-fruitarians, too. Well, that's where the structured water comes into play. It supposedly helps to remove "toxins" that come from the unhealthy aspects of your diet and environment. But it's okay to use this form of medicine, because it totally works and nobody makes money off of it.
  9. You talking about something like this Clark? https://www.pnas.org/content/113/33/9155 Just a guess on my part, but this probably has to do with that one "covid isn't real" guy (Andrew Kaufman) who mischaracterized one paper by virologist James Hildreth and made it sound like he thought viruses and exosomes were one and the same. Hildreth later repudiated his interpretation and made it clear that Covid-19 is caused by a virus. https://www.integralworld.net/visser169.html
  10. Now just imagine how it would be if all those surgeons rejected germ theory.
  11. Germ theory denial in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic
  12. Baloney. It's what happens to scientists who cling to hypotheses that aren't supported by basic science.
  13. Re: your first paragraph, that's not what I said, nor what I meant to imply, so I'm sorry if I came across that way. If it was in response to my statement and link that the placebo effect probably isn't what you think it is, that was a guess based on your earlier comments about it and the fact that it's a confusing subject matter. I had some of my own misconceptions cleared up by that article. Re: the rest. If you're looking for me to argue that the pharmaceutical industry as a whole - especially the business side - is perfect, you're not going to get that from me. And the average American has poor lifestyle (diet and exercise) related to health. But a healthy diet and exercise and maintaining a healthy weight is a part of the recommendations of modern medicine. Why? Because they are actually scientifically backed. And yeah, maybe some pharmaceuticals are too easy to use as a crutch when a person fails at the lifestyle changes, but at least they work. Meanwhile, people are getting rich off of pseudoscientific stuff that doesn't work.
  14. First of all, the placebo effect probably isn't what you think it is. Placebo treatments are often sold as magical mind-over-matter healing effects, but they are mostly just illusions and non-specific effects Second, "modern science" isn't based on blind faith. The "experts" are questioned all the time - that's what peer review is all about. Pseudoscience and the type of alternative medicine you've been touting, meanwhile, is based on blind faith and magical thinking. In a way, your blind faith in your version of Christianity was preferable to me, because IMHO (from what I remember) it was outside of/separate from science, as opposed to your "new and improved" anti-science beliefs.
  15. Oh, I'm cool with you living your life the way you want and believing pseudoscientific bunk is the reason for your good health, and I don't know whether or not you bring it up in an effort to convince others, but I'm good with pointing out that it's bunk just in case.
  16. With a little grounding/earthing and structured water pseudoscientific nonsense slipped in there as well.
  17. I get what you're saying, but when I refer to him as Omar, I completely mean it as a compliment in the same spirit as your statement. That dude could act the hell out of that character to such an extent that he became that character in my mind. Usually, when I think of the actors themselves while I'm watching a show, it's because they aren't as good and their acting takes me out of the story.
  18. I don't know if I posted this ever, but for all the 'analytics' Dave Gettleman said he/his staff does now, he clearly does not/has never believed in the Draft Trade Chart. What an odd analysis by King. First, he gets the year wrong - the 4th the Giants gave up and the 5th they received are 2022 picks. Only the 7th they got was 2023. He then calls them "late fifth and seventh-round picks" when the order isn't known and there's certainly no guarantee that the Ravens will pick as late as 27th next year (or the Giants as early as 11, for that matter). But even going with his assumptions and his hypothetical situation where the draft positions are the same, the difference between what the Giants received and what they gave up is 40 points on the Chart - basically, an early 5th round pick (like a Shawn Lemieux). There aren't typically a lot of starters to be found in that part of the draft, so it is a little harsh to say that's the only way the trade would be worthwhile. I guess "multi-year contributing swing player" is a lot less specific, but still.
  19. This is demonstrably false. There are myriads of documented cases of people being healed with no medical explanation whatsoever. Even if your second sentence is true (and I am in no way conceding that), it doesn't at all lead to my post being false.
  20. Subjective, "How do you feel" aspects of health? Lots of power. Objective, "Can you fix actual physical problems" aspects? Not so much.
  21. Exactly. But hey, let's be fair to Crosseyed. He mocked the religious, too - anyone who followed other religions or other flavors of Christianity from his own.
  22. Things that look really stupid but pretty smart at the same time.
  23. I just remembered I bought a box of Honey Nut Cheerios recently. I think I'm going to break that open tonight and have a bowl in tribute.
  24. You can just hear the calls in heaven, "Omar comin'!"
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