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Other Scientists call ‘Bullshit’ on Lancet claims…

Does cannabis cause psychosis? Evidence is lacking, scientists say

 

What I wrote about it at the time:

  1. Bogus “study” recruits mental patients with known disorders and tallies up which ones use cannabis. All they’ve discovered, via Occam’s Razor, is that mentally stressed individuals self-medicate. That’s it. It’s been old news for a long time. This is a repeat.
  2. Though they did measure for alcohol, I found a very curious omission indeed: no mention of anti-depressants or other psychiatric drugs! The ones whose labels explicitly warn of psychotic episodes.

FDA’s “Black Box” Warning on prescription drugs (2012 version):

“Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk: Patients, their families, and their caregivers should be encouraged to be alert to the emergence of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, mania, other unusual changes in behavior, worsening of depression, and suicidal ideation, especially early during antidepressant treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down. Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt. … Symptoms such as these may be associated with an increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior and indicate a need for very close monitoring and possibly changes in the medication.” (FDA, 2012, emphasis added)

The media, including NPR, has run with this “study” using the implication that cannabis CAUSES the problem, when not even the authors dare to claim this. So, it has become a propaganda meme, not so much science.

Cannabis use is associated with increased risk of later psychotic disorder but whether it affects incidence of the disorder remains unclear.

Rigged studies are associated with finding what the researchers want to find!

This is more propaganda than science.

The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder…

We included patients aged 18–64 years who presented to psychiatric services in 11 sites across Europe and Brazil with first-episode psychosis and recruited controls representative of the local populations. We applied adjusted logistic regression models to the data to estimate which patterns of cannabis use carried the highest odds for psychotic disorder.

Say again? Now?

They assumed cannabis causes “psychotic disorder” and simply found that psychotic disorder patients like to self-medicate with cannabis. I wonder why?

“assuming causality,”

“…Nevertheless, it is not clear whether, at a population level, patterns of cannabis use influence rates of psychotic disorder.”

 

 

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A woman in Alabama signs a law, and it must be the men of California’s fault somehow…

 

Abortion & How to Alienate Your Own Allies

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A woman in Alabama signs a law, and so it must be the men fo California’s fault, somehow…

 

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Nothing should surprise me anymore here in Trump’s America, but let’s take a look at what’s been flying around the web this week. In the wake of abortion ban attempts in Alabama and other mid-western states, women have taken to memes to fight their battle. And what has identity politics wrought now? What do these memes have in common?

They blame men! Shocker!

Point of fact, I’ve never met a male in over half a century here who was actively trying to outlaw abortion. Not one. I’ve never heard one even talk about it in a personal interaction. Strange, since it’s men oppressing women in a grand fictional conspiracy in meme after meme. Nevermind that the Governor of Alabama, who signed the actual law, is a woman.

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Most men don’t give a shit about the topic, unless they get someone pregnant and then they are happy the option is available. It’s not men who are organizing to overthrow Roe vs. Wade. I’m not sure how today’s feminists can be so off-target that they couldn’t hit the side of a church.

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Yes, it’s fundamentalist religious groups doing this. It’s astounding that this needs to be typed, but here we are. American-Taliban theocrats are the ones organizing to mold the country into their warped image–not “men.” How dense do you have to be not to already know this? American politics is so sloppy, so full of generalizations and propaganda, that few people are capable of thinking clearly about this or most other hot-button topics.

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Women are mindlessly alienating their own political allies with this barrage of hate against men. Heckuva job. Divide and conquer yourself.

The fundamentalist religious nutbars have built an empire of Madrassas to indoctrinate their children and train them as foot soldiers in their ideological wars. Their numbers have grown steadily, ushered in by charlatan televangelists and megachurches.

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The Catholic schools have also become more brazen, such as that field trip to DC that became a national racist incident. That high school class was bussed in to the Capitol to act as anti-abortion fodder for the church. This is organized political action using children of both genders to achieve what is now being legislated in multiple states. That church and school should have lost their tax-exempt status over these types of activities.

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Religion is the antagonist here, not gender. If you can’t even properly define your adversary you’re not going to get very far on the battlefield.

I’m not sure if some American women are simply reluctant to attack religion because of their own religious beliefs and indoctrination, and “men” are always available as the handy scapegoat. Sure, why not? Just blame the men.

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But, I’m not having it. Take a good hard look in your mirrors, ladies, and try again.

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Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog

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Responding to this. Apparently, he’s so confident that he’s hiding the comments on Medium.

The answer is in the question. Socialism is an imbalance that hands the government too much power. You mindlessly phrased it in Marxist terms, “capitalism” versus “socialism,” as if the twentieth century never happened.

The problem is ignorance, ahistorical power grabs, running the whole ship aground. Those are for starters.

You use “socialism” and “democratic socialism” interchangeably. Your adherents lack intellectual rigor and trustworthiness to tackle the complex problems, thus eroding their credibility — and odds of succeeding.

Once you demonize the freedom to trade, the government becomes an unstoppable juggernaut. If the government seizes the “means of production” then the entire society is at the mercy of the government. This is some flavor of totalitarianism or creeping totalitarianism. The government cannot be entrusted with too much power, as the American founders wisely understood and planned for.

Labels matter. You just put up the Communist red flag

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