Category: War on Science

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Body Positivity is killing women: A Followup

1My previous post on how Body Positivity is killing women, went viral, thanks to Areo Magazine kindly republishing it.

It also raised some follow up question, and snarky comments, which needs to be followed through.

In the wake of the University of Birmingham’s extensive study, which states that people with a high BMI are at greater risk of developing either coronary heart disease, a stroke, heart failure or peripheral vascular disease (PVD) compared to healthy, normal BMI numbered people, now it’s time to finally admit the obvious, that being obese WILL cause health problems, and it is time to stop sugar coating the truth and start yelling from the roof tops the reality if one actually wants to start saving lives.

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Bret Stephens, climate change, and “debate”

Bret Stephens is a good writer and a bright conservative mind. From the paranoid demagoguery that has taken over the American right, to the threats facing democracy around the world, to American foreign policy, and more, he had valuable things to say about many topics on the Wall Street Journal editorial page. What he is not, however, is an authority on global warming or climate change.

So it is strange that such a talented columnist decided to write about climate change in his first column in his new role with The New York Times. While he didn’t dispute that climate change is happening, he did question whether scientists and reporters asserting it is happening, with what he characterized as “total certainty,” undermines their case.

The left-wing responded just as expected: Joe Romm, environmental obsessive of ThinkProgress/Climate Progress, and the very publicly activist climate scientist Michael Mann both said the Times never should have hired him, and Mann called for people to unsubscribe. Conservative predictably responded that the left is anti-free speech and doesn’t want a debate.

Both sides should spare us the unhinged hyperbole. Of course no one should unsubscribe from the Times just because of one columnist writing one column.

But at the same time, open debate about Stephens’ views—and those of anyone else—should be encouraged. The right says they want a debate. Let’s have one.

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