Posts Tagged ‘association’

medcannabis

 

  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.”

PS.

The very next fucking day!!!

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I’m getting tired of being correct so fucking often, but not getting paid for it.

 

ukraine-2

 

Propaganda is subtle sometimes, dependent on the associations and wording.  Today we find this curious opening sentence, linking three unrelated developments as if they are intimately connected and causing one another:

“The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S. hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.”

The sentence obviously means to pair the shooting of the mayor with “pro-Russia insurgents.”  The editors glaringly and knowingly mean to associate a terrorist shooting with the West’s official enemies: the pro-Russian separatist protesters.

These editors know full well that most people don’t read entire articles and just skim the first paragraph or two.  This is not a controversial statement. Everyone knows that readers tend to skim the headlines and opening paragraph and to ignore the bulk of the articles.

“Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back Monday morning while cycling on the outskirts of the city… Officials have not commented on who could be behind the attack — and Kernes was a man who could have angered both sides.”

So the plot is thicker than the lead paragraph suggests.  And it’s even a reversal, a plot twist:

Kernes was a staunch opponent of the pro-West Maidan movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February and was widely viewed as the organizer of activists sent to Kyiv from eastern Ukraine to harass those demonstrators.”

If Kernes was an opponent of the neo-nazi Maidan fanatics (whom Obama/Kerry/Nuland just adore), then it is more likely that the nazi Maidan movement shot him in the back, not the pro-Russian separatists.  That, however, is not what casual readers would get from the headline and opening paragraph.  That makes this another in a long list of propaganda exercises that corporate media (in the US and Canada) seek to foist on the gullible public.

Ukraine crisis: Kharkiv Mayor Hennady Kernes shot in the back

 

P.S.

RT  US Deception Re-Cap: