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Rebecca Watson

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    New year, new you! Old you was lazy and dumb. New you is productive and smart! And of course, old you was fat while new you is sexxxy. […]

    • So many studies of weight loss fail because of self reporting in which people are bound to fool themselves. In fact if calorie intake AND usage is not strictly monitored in a weight loss study, it can have no scientific value at all.

      This is why I weep at so many of the Michael Mosely documentaries, which would otherwise be interesting – the opportunity was right there, they had a good idea, they had the volunteers, but usually they manage to flub it in some way.

      IDK, fuckin doctors, they look like scientists, they talk like scientists, but as Einstein said, there isn’t a single scientist among them.

      Speaking of which, in the last study, where was the control group??

    • But also, umm, where can I sign up as a volunteer for one of these cannabis studies? XD

    • I believe cannabis users have a higher caloric intake.

    • If a study measures ‘x’ and finds it statistically insignificant, reporting that fact obviates the need to answer “Yabbut, did you consider/measure ‘x’?” over and over again.

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    Big astronomy news, everyone: NASA is currently exploring the most distant object humans have ever reached! It’s a rock that’s located abo […]

    • I don’t understand… if almost 20 years online have taught me anything, it’s that the entertainment values of cats and the number 69 are individually infinite, and yet we’re being told that saying “mew 69” is boring? Something Is Amiss!

      • Apparently.

        The Nazi thing is kinda interesting. The Nazis were big on Blavatsky and Steiner, I know that. So, yeah, now you not only have Atlantis (and this is where it became completely unmoored from the actually somewhat plausible Atlantis in Timaeus and Critias into the crystal technology Atlantis we now think of), but three additional lost continents, and each of them has its own “root race”. They were also big on homeopathy because Hahnemann was a German, and the Welteislehre because the mind which imagined that little bit of nonsense was an Austrian.

    • > I had never heard of the Nazi legend of a place where enormous honkies strode the frozen landscape

      Honkies? Why not crackers? Wouldn’t crackers preserve really well in the dry, frozen Tundra? What have you got against crackers, Rebecca? 🙂

      > The Internet, which is currently flooded with Nazis. …a place absolutely infested with Nazis…

      Flooded? Infested? I think you are giving these asshats more credit than they deserve. I spend a lot of time on the Internet, and the amount of material denouncing Nazis, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, etc. is orders of magnitude beyond the amount of material promoting them. About the only time I read anything at all about Nazis is when I read something about how evil (pathetic is more like it) they are. I just typed “nazi” into Google and the first three pages are from sources like Wikipedia, the BBC, the Holocaust Museum, Britannica, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Smithsonian, The Guardian, The Telegraph, etc. I didn’t look beyond three pages, but I think it’s fair to say that finding positive, promotional material about Nazis will take some dedicated research. Let’s not make these jagoffs into bogeymen. They are a few sad, pathetic, ignorant morons who exert no more influence over modern society and culture than any other fringe group.

    • Well dang! What WERE results one through six?
      Rocky McRockface is still better than 2014 MU69.

    • Insert Operation Paperclip joke here.

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    At the end of each year I like to offer my psychic predictions for the coming year. As a reminder, I do not think psychic powers exist even […]

    • You’re gonna take a walk in the rain and you’re gonna get wet, I predict
      You’re gonna eat a bowl of chow mein and be hungry real soon, I predict

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    Bodily fluids. Is there anything more precious? Which is why conspiracy theorists the world ‘round are terrified of the things that may be i […]

    • I like how you started with precious bodily fluids. I wonder how many anti-fluoride types know that was a real John Birch Society conspiracy theory. “Poe” could very well stand for Purity Of Essence. (It doesn’t. But it’s nice to pretend.)

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    Oh my goodness, people want Santa Clause to be gender-neutral, what is this world coming to, oh my, we truly live in whatever the non-binary […]

    • I got it! Female for all things related to children, male for all things related to pawn shops. (That logo on pawn shops? That’s St. Nicholas’ three sacks.)

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    If you follow me on Twitch, you know that I have a “gaming PC” that is a pile of junk that often freezes or freaks out in some way. The onl […]

    • Could you do a similar takedown of the MA quack ass that’s using “shock therapy” on kids with disabilities, because he saw a movie once?

      https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jul/12/judge-rotenberg-educational-center-electric-shocks

      • Yep. The fact is, medicine is great when used properly and child abuse (or even homicide) when not.

    • Brilliant takedown, Rebecca, you seem to have hit most of the salient points.

      I particularly like the paragraph about the cost/benefit analysis involved because it’s all too easy to sit in an armchair with 20/20 hindsight and point fingers at the horrors involved, but it’s a totally different matter when you yourself are facing the difficult choices. This in a society where it seems to be mandatory to legislate that nothing bad happens to anybody, ever.

      I also like the part about the ambulance chasers and their detrimental effect on everybody except the fucking lawyers. This once was a purely American phenomenon, but now appears increasingly across the Western world.

      Speaking of costs though, another burgeoning phenomenon is that mental health seems to be particularly poorly funded in all Western countries, with the result that rich people get treatment and poor people get fucked over. Needless to say this is shameful, inequitable and makes my blood boil.

    • Also, only two “fucks” in three paragraphs? Either I’m getting more sanguine in my old age or I’m losing my edge!

    • I am glad you mentioned ketamine. Results so far have been cautiously optimistic.

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    I talk about p-hacking all the time — that’s the thing where a scientist manipulates their data to make it look like they got a s […]

    • Huh, good on you for calling out this BS, Rebecca.
      Of course, we have Joy of Cooking just like your folks.

      I also have a whole bunch of classic recipes from my mother, grandmother and great grandmother going back to the turn of the 19th century because guess what, I like the old classics.

      News flash, I can get fat or get thin on the old recipes as easily as with new ones, according to how much I eat.
      Fuckn Nobel Prize winning research here, I must publish.

      Now, how do I upload to You Tube again?

    • I think the ob/gyn gives out copies of What to Expect when You’re Expecting as well. So, I’m guessing your mom has that book too.

      I’m guessing Wasink is popular with the National Restaurant Association? I mean, assuming they’re not still denying the connection between calories ingested and weight gain. (Or with modern science, possibly specifically carbohydrate, since insulin is the weight-gain hormone.)

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    Designer babies! No, I’m not talking about babies wearing, like Burberry or Badgley Mischka or…I’m sorry, I don’t know any designer cloth […]

    • You gotta just love a so called Scientist who publishes his results as a You Tube video.
      Fortunately the Chinese National Health Commision is investigating.
      They take such matters very seriously.
      He will be lucky to escape punishment even more draconian than your excellent proposal.

      • Chinese government interested in truth. Good luck with that one.

        TBH, He is disturbing for reasons beyond the mere ethical concerns of this case. We’re dealing with a resurgence of eugenics, and it antedates Trump’s interest in politics. (TBH, most of the eugenists were on the Clinton side. Just like the neocons and a bunch of other old enemies of mine.)

    • Update, He is under house arrest and could face the death penalty:-
      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-09/gene-editing-scientist-he-jiankui-may-face-death-penalty/10702246

      The Chinese Government takes a very dim view of corruption.

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    As a card-carrying man-hating feminist, I think it’s time I finally weigh on the great debate of our time: whether or not the song “Baby It’ […]

    • It’s really remarkable that our species has been so successful when the act required for procreation causes so much confusion, strife and angst. I say let’s all just have a Merry fucking Christmas!

    • Thanks for the reminder. The song is as sex-positive as it dared to be in the late 40s. Supposedly, Frank Loesser and his spouse preformed it as a ‘go home’ message at parties for years before anyone would record it.

      A quick wiki-check hints that there was no Xmas association to the song until the 1990s. I performed it in college back in 1977 and there wasn’t a whiff of Christmas anywhere near the song at that point.

      ‘What’s in the drink?’ is a pretty straight allusion to the (then and now normal) ‘plying with…’ use of alcohol as a dating ‘lubricant.’ And THAT deserves a flow of outrage that doesn’t seem to be happening.

      • The

        Candy is Dandy but liquor is quicker is a line from a 1931 poem by Ogden Nash.

        In the 1960’s, he added the line ‘pot is not’.

    • This is all fair, except she does at one point come out and say “I really must go, the answer is no”, and ignoring that is a very problematic message when we have consent issues.

    • To be fair, though, Mickey Finn was from before Prohibition. So it’s not like the idea of intentionally drugging someone in food or drink was nothing new. Though for him it was more of a “15% minimum please”.

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    The internet is up in arms about the CDC this week, because they announced that we shouldn’t be eating raw cookie dough due to the danger o […]

    • Consider yourself lucky! I happen to really love raw hamburger. Risk/benefit is still strongly aligned toward benefit, in my case!

      • It also has meant, during my college years, explaining to my grandmother repeatedly that, no, the E. coli I was working with wasn’t that E. coli.

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    Today I want to talk a little bit about one of my favorite actresses in recent years, Constance Wu. Wu came to my attention when she appeared […]

    • How do the incels not see that if women really were subhuman shallow whores, it is only the incels who would be getting laid. Good men would be handling it themselves.

      Seriously, I thing incels are an insult to every human who is decent and just.

      I am assuming the MRAsians referred to are Americans of Asian descent. China actually does have a problem, with men outnumbering women by more than 30 million, and the birthrate still significantly favouring males.

    • Funny thing is, the first incels I ever encountered (wow, was it really 1999?) were Asian. Very 90s site, with all the typical 90s designs (solid black background because that’s so deep, Fraktur brushscript header, misspelled). They tended to see the anti-Asian bias as “assimilate the women, leave the men behind” imperialism.

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    “Study: Both rightists and leftists are prejudiced — but toward different groups” oh my goodness, what a headline! Have I been wrong basic […]

    • wow…I expect the writer of this article to be one-sided, but it would be nice if you could get over yourself long enough to actually digest information and deduce an unbiased analysis. This is nothing but rubbish.

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    Look, I know that I’ve made a lot of videos this month about the wildfires in California, but in my defense it’s really fucking bad, and als […]

    • You can’t understand his logic. Because it’s not logic. FWIW, I live on the East Coast, and I’ve seen a lot of coverage about the fires, but I don’t watch much cable news, so maybe that’s it. It’s horrifying. We once had California on our “places to live” list, because I can definitely get on board with liberal gays smoking marijuana, and a state actually caring about its people, but so many fires have made us reconsider that.

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    Well, there’s a tragic thing happening, so of course conspiracy theorists have come out in droves to tell us that it’s not happening! In thi […]

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    Last week, a tremendous mob of enraged liberals descended upon Tucker Carlson’s home. They kicked down the door, pulled his wife and d […]

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    Well, it’s fire season once again here in California, and it sucks. It sucks for me and I’m 150 miles away, in absolutely no danger from hav […]

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    Rebecca Schaeffer was a Hollywood actress who had appeared in a few TV shows and movies in the 1980s. In the late 80s, a man from Arizona began […]

    • I agree that this needs to be fixed. A basic right such as voting should never interfere with a citizen’s right to privacy.
      I have a similar story which you might more expect from a more right wing person ( I am, I feel quite progressive):

      The local newspaper for my tri-county area decided that it would be a good idea to have an interactive map on their webpage that pointed out every address of every person who had a pistol permit in that area. I have several pistols that I have not even fired for many years.

      I now had to worry about someone “staking” out my house to steal those pistols.

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      It’s ridiculously how easily accessible voter information is. Via link from a friend, I was able to download an entire file of data about absentee voters in an unnamed state… names, addresses, etc. Besides that, I was contacted numerous times via my cellphone by campaigns, and I have no idea how they got my number.

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    So the midterms are over here in the US and it went…okay. It wasn’t the blue wave I personally wanted to see, which would have been more l […]

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    It’s Halloween, the best time of year! To celebrate, I’ve been binging spooky movies, like A Quiet Place, The Thing, Get Out, and, well, Hal […]

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    Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump and suspected Wheeler from Return to Oz, made headlines this week by claiming that the recent […]

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