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Spain diphtheria update: 1st case in 30 years dies


"n an update to a report at the beginning of June, Spanish National Radio reports (computer translated) the 6-year-old boy from Olot with diphtheria admitted to the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona died Saturday.

The child, whose parents refused to vaccinate, has been admitted since May 30 in intensive care.


According to the Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Boi Ruiz, the child’s death from diphtheria will hopefully serve for the emergence of a “collective reflection” on the need for the population to be vaccinated.

Ruiz said that the main cause of death was diphtheria, and that the child would not have fallen ill if she had been vaccinated."


Let the Repugs Rant About Same Sex Marriage. It Will Only Hurt Them.


More and more Americans favor same sex marriage every year. If the fools want to rant and rave, well, I'll point how silly they are, but they are only shooting their stupid selves in their stupid feet.

That is all.

CBC Radio: Science Under Siege, Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Are we living through an Anti-Scientific Revolution? Scientists around the world are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say -- constrained by belief and ideology from all sides. Historically, science has always had a thorny relationship with institutions of power. But what happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? And how can science lift the siege? CBC Radio producer Mary Lynk looks for some answers in this three-part series.

Science Under Siege, Part 1: Dangers of Ignorance - airs Wednesday, June 3
​Explores the historical tension between science and political power and the sometimes fraught relationship between the two over the centuries. But what happens when science gets sidelined? What happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research?

Science Under Siege, Part 2: The Great Divide - airs Thursday, June 4
Explores the state of science in the modern world, and the expanding -- and dangerous -- gulf between scientists and the rest of society. Many policy makers, politicians and members of the public are giving belief and ideology the same standing as scientific evidence. Are we now seeing an Anti-Scientific revolution? A look at how evidence-based decision making has been sidelined.

Science Under Siege, Part 3: Fighting Back - airs Friday, June 5
Focuses on the culture war being waged on science, and possible solutions for reintegrating science and society. The attack on science is coming from all sides, both the left and right of the political spectrum. How can the principle of direct observation of the world, free of any influence from corporate or any other influence, reassert itself? The final episode of this series looks at how science can withstand the attack against it and overcome ideology and belief.

Good stuff!

Great discussion that started from this original piece at Food And Farm Discussion Lab!


Over and over again, those supposed benefits have not proven to be what proponents claim them to be.

Can you provide a consensus peer reviewed research that supports your claims?

Also, I didn't write this particular piece, so you might want to make your responses more appropriate.



A Plea for Culinary Modernism: The obsession with eating natural and artisanal is ahistorical...

The obsession with eating natural and artisanal is ahistorical. We should demand more high-quality industrial food.

"Modern, fast, processed food is a disaster. That, at least, is the message conveyed by newspapers and magazines, on television cooking programs, and in prizewinning cookbooks.

It is a mark of sophistication to bemoan the steel roller mill and supermarket bread while yearning for stone­ ground flour and brick ovens; to seek out heirloom apples and pumpkins while despising modern tomatoes and hybrid corn; to be hostile to agronomists who develop high-yielding modern crops and to home economists who invent new recipes for General Mills.

We hover between ridicule and shame when we remember how our mothers and grand­mothers enthusiastically embraced canned and frozen foods. We nod in agreement when the waiter proclaims that the restaurant showcases the freshest local produce. We shun Wonder Bread and Coca-Cola. Above all, we loathe the great culminating symbol of Culinary Modernism, McDonald’s — modern, fast, homogenous, and international.

Like so many of my generation, my culinary style was created by those who scorned industrialized food; Culinary Luddites, we may call them, after the English hand workers of the nineteenth century who abhorred the machines that were destroying their traditional way of life. I learned to cook from the books of Elizabeth David, who urged us to sweep our store cupboards “clean for ever of the cluttering debris of commercial sauce bottles and all synthetic flavorings.”



A very strong, important read, even if it is 15-years-old. It's time to check the BS on food issues, and get to the evidence that matters.

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