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offsite link Georgian MP Calls for Recognition of Genocide by Russia Fri Aug 23, 2019 05:53 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko   Translated by Scott and captioned by Leo   If we got an impression that Euro-Georgian historical amnesia hit its limits, the next voice coming from Gabunistan

offsite link The Saker interviews Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi Thu Aug 22, 2019 03:34 | The Saker
[this interview was made for the Unz Review] Introduction: first, several friends recently suggested that that I should interview Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi; then I read this most interesting text

offsite link U.S.-UK Deep State Tries to Grab Hong Kong Thu Aug 22, 2019 02:11 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog What can explain these recent instances, proven by Agence France-Press, in which outright frauds ? lies (in the form of faked photos and

offsite link The Russiagate hoax is now fully exposed. Tue Aug 20, 2019 16:24 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog The last leg of the Russiagate hoax to become exposed was on August 16th, when Gareth Porter bannered at The American Conservative, ?U.S.

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/08/20 ? Open Thread Tue Aug 20, 2019 13:00 | Herb Swanson
2019/08/20 12:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Saudi Human Rights Violation Fri Aug 09, 2019 20:41 | Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

offsite link Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights

offsite link NZ Watchdog On Limits Of Free Speech Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 | Human Rights

offsite link US Abortion Restrictions Violating The Human Rights Of Women Thu Mar 14, 2019 15:33 | Human Rights

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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link It?s a process, not an event? unfortunately. 11:45 Fri Aug 23, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link How can this be? 10:45 Fri Aug 23, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link ?Uncertain grasp?? 07:44 Fri Aug 23, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link MLAs speak out? but who didn?t? 18:10 Thu Aug 22, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 12:44 Thu Aug 22, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

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From Alpha To Omega

en-ie What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Tom O'Brien talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.

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offsite link #021 Revolutionary Strategy Series Tue Aug 20, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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This week we continue continue with Chapter 7: ?The Workers Government Slogan? and talk inevitably leads to the philosophical and sociological world of toilets. Zizek, bedamned! The panelists are: C Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Kyle Thomspon - General Intellect Unit Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - Machine noise expert

offsite link #020 Revolutionary Strategy Series Tue Aug 13, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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This week start afresh with Chapter 7: ?The Workers Government Slogan? and discuss the revolutionary potential of toilets. Great hilarity ensues. The panelists are: C. Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - Machine noise expert

offsite link #101 Econophysics & Marxist Humanism w/ Andrew Kliman Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:00 | Tom O'Brien
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We continue our discussion with Prof. Andrew Kliman, dig deep into some econophysics critiques of the TSSI, Marx?s 3 system equalities, and Raya Dunayevskaya and the political history of the Marxist Humanism.

offsite link #100 The TSSI and the Critics w/ Andrew Kliman Mon Aug 05, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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That's right! It's episode #100! It?s been over seven years since the first episode in April 2012. I?d like to thank all the listeners for listening to and supporting the show over the years - I couldn?t have kept it going without you all. This week we are excited to welcome back Prof. Andrew Kliman to the show, as Lexi and myself spill our thoughts on the TSSI series that concluded a few months past and we pick the good professors brain on a number of issues

offsite link #019 Revolutionary Strategy Series Mon Jul 29, 2019 09:00 | Tom O'Brien
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This week finish Chapter 6: ?Unity in Diversity?, and continue our brutal attack on the sect form. The panelists are: C. Derick Varn - Symptomatic Redness Lexi Dog Robot - Swampside Chats Pouya - self-help enthusiast Sophie - Trans Trans Revolution

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offsite link French Elections: Le Pen and the Far Right, a Collapsed Center, and the Rise of ... Sun Apr 30, 2017 16:07 | Eric Draitser
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Eric Draitser sits down with political commentator and activist Dr. Moustafa Traore to discuss the French presidential elections, the likely outcomes, and the broader political significance both nationally and internationally. [...]
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offsite link CounterPunch Radio (Ep. 83) ? David Swanson Thu Apr 27, 2017 18:25 | Eric Draitser
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This week Eric sits down with author and peace activist David Swanson to discuss war and peace in the Age of Trump. Eric and David examine whether Trump’s early days in office represent an escalation of the war machine, and how Trump is [...]
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offsite link Israel: Trauma, Oppression, and the Politics of a Fascist State Mon Apr 24, 2017 19:19 | Eric Draitser
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Eric Draitser sits down with Israeli-American political commentator and doctor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience Yoav Litvin to discuss Israel and the pathology of its politics and self-image. Eric and Yoav [...]
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offsite link Robert Hunziker on CounterPunch Radio! Tue Apr 04, 2017 19:53 | Eric Draitser
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This week Eric welcomes back to the show environmental journalist and CounterPunch contributor Robert Hunziker to talk about how the earth’s climate is going bonkers, and what this means for human civilization. The conversation begins with a discussion [...]
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offsite link Trump, Fascism, and the American Psyche Fri Mar 31, 2017 17:45 | Eric Draitser
Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org sits down with independent journalist Andrew Stewart to discuss his experience at a Trump rally, Trump as the inverse Obama (right wing Hope and Change), the cowardice of the Democrats, and the mentality of Americans on both sides of the partisan divide.
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KevinBarret
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media

offsite link Omar Ramahi on ?Choosing Between Tradition and Islam?, by Kevin Barrett Fri Aug 16, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
Omar Ramahi, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, is the author of Muslims? Greatest Challenge: Choosing Between Tradition and Islam. The book ?challenges the use of Hadith as a source of legislation by presenting arguments directly from the Mushaf (the Qur?an). It takes an unconventional approach toward the Mushaf...

offsite link Vladislav Krasnov on Jewish-Gentile Relations..And Ron Unz?s Strategy for Defeating the Monologic Me... Sun Aug 11, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
Vladislav Krasnov writes: ?Dear Kevin, ?This is to invite you and your readers/listeners to a debate on Jewish-Gentile relations that my article ?Ron Unz?s Strategy for the Alt-Media to Defeat the Mainstream Media Is Brilliant? generated on the pages of Russia-Insider. ?So far there are over 150 comments, and it is good as far as...

offsite link Barbara Honegger on 9/11 Anniversary Events; Alison Weir on Sigal Mandelker and Israelis Running US,... Fri Aug 09, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
First hour: Former White House Policy Analyst Barbara Honegger discusses upcoming 9/11 anniversary events including the major conference in Zurich, Switzerland on September 11th featuring professor Daniele Ganser, whose book NATO?s Secret Armies is the best single resource on Operation Gladio, the Pentagon-NATO false flag terror program that murdered thousands of innocent Europeans from the...

offsite link Mass Shootings, Mass Censorship: Charles Moscowitz and Doovid Ask the Hard Questions, by Kevin Barre... Tue Aug 06, 2019 22:00 | Kevin Barrett
Conservative talk show host Charles Moscowitz was about to interview Jewish interfaith activist Doovid when the latter suggested bringing me into the conversation. The three of us have very different political perspectives and religious worldviews. But we all agree that free speech is in danger?and that YouTube and other social media platforms should honor the...

offsite link Marianne Williamson Is Right: We Need a Spiritual Awakening?and a Real Investigation of 9/11, by Kev... Sun Aug 04, 2019 22:10 | Kevin Barrett
Is the mainstream mind-control machine starting to worry about Marianne Williamson? Boston Globe: ?It?s a very good bet Williamson won?t win the nomination. But her growing prominence in the Democratic field gives her the biggest platform she?s ever had. And as we now know all too well, an entertaining fringe candidate can sometimes catch on.?...

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offsite link Best of Radio Ecoshock Summer Programs 2019 Wed Jul 03, 2019 22:21 | Alex Smith
Now you can refresh with the best Radio Ecoshock interviews from 2006 to 2019.  Listen to these programs now, as broadcast by 100 non-profit radio stations on 3 continents – OR stuff your computer, IPOD or mp3 player with free downloads for listening  …

offsite link Climate Change Has Come Wed Jun 26, 2019 20:24 | Alex Smith
This is it. Ice melt in the Himalayas has doubled just since the year 2000. We get the latest from Dr. Summer Rupper. While Europe swelters in unnatural heat, in the Arctic Greenland is melting a stunning 80% over previous estimates. It is  …

offsite link The End Is in Sight? Thu Jun 20, 2019 00:52 | Alex Smith
Civilization may unravel just 30 years from now, without emergency action to save the climate. From Australia, David Spratt explains. From the UK, Eunice Lo says thousands could die in New York and Los Angeles by 2050 – from the heat. Plus the  …

offsite link There Is No New Normal Wed Jun 12, 2019 23:33 | Alex Smith
When crazy weather goes on and on, we worry “Is this the way it’s going to be now?” Climate scientist Paul Beckwith says there is no new normal. We should expect extremes, swings, and surprises as the world warms. But first meteorologist Richard  …

offsite link Abrupt Permafrost Thaw & Repetitive Heat Waves Wed Jun 05, 2019 21:01 | Alex Smith
A faster permafrost thaw means even the worst scenarios underestimated the pace and severity of climate change. Canadian scientist Merritt Turetsky explains “abrupt permafrost thaw”. Then from Princeton, atmospheric scientist Jane Baldwin: back-to-back heat waves are in your future. Listen to or download  …

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The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment. 

offsite link The Gary Null Show - Dangers of 5G roll out: The adverse effects of wireless EM... Thu Aug 22, 2019 18:13

Dr. Beverly Rubik is an internationally renowned biophysicist investigating the role of consciousness in the physical world and complementary and alternative medicine, particularly the role of  the human biofield.  She is currently the founder of the Institute of Frontier Science, a nonprofit research laboratory in Emeryville California. Between 1988 and 1995, she was the Director of the Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University and was a Congressionally appointed member of the National Institutes of Health advisory board for the Office of Alternative Medicine. Through her research the term "biofield" was accepted into the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Rubik serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Journal of Vortex Science and technology. She holds a doctorate in biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and is an adjunct faculty member of the California institute for Human Science, Saybrook University and the Energy Medicine University. Her present research is to investigate the effects of electromagnetic frequencies from wireless technology on human biology and the development of novel sensors for measuring Qi.  Her websites are FrontierSciences. org   and   BRubik.com

 

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Study supports link between pollution and neuropsychiatric disorders University of Chicago, August 20, 2019

A new study led by University of Chicago researchers suggests a significant link between exposure to environmental pollution and an increase in the prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders. Based on analysis of large population data sets from both the United States and Denmark, the study, published in PLoS Biology, found poor air quality associated with increased rates of bipolar disorder and major depression in both countries. "Our studies in the United States and Denmark show that living in polluted areas, especially early in life, is predictive of mental disorders," said computational biologist Atif Khan, PhD, the first author of the new study. "These neurological and psychiatric diseases--so costly in both financial and social terms--appear linked to the physical environment, particularly air quality."

Green space is good for your mental health -- the nearer the better!
University of Warwick (UK), August 20, 2019

First study to demonstrate relationship between green space and mental wellbeing at an individual level published Using data from 25,518 people, the researchers show that Londoners who live within 300m of green space have significantly better mental wellbeing
Proximity to green space was more important than lifestyle factors such as employment, income, and general health. It is hoped that planners will use the results to help create a healthier, happier and more productive urban landscape. The study, published in the August issue of Applied Geography, found:- Overall there is a very strong relationship between the amount of green space around a person's home and their feelings of life satisfaction, happiness and self-worth Green space within 300m of home had the greatest influence on mental wellbeing An increase of 1 hectare - about the size of an international Rugby Union pitch - within 300m of residents was associated with an increase of 8 percentage points in a life satisfaction, 7 in worth and 5 in happiness. Green space was less important for mental wellbeing in Central London and East London

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Study confirms cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain treatment University of New Mexico,
August 21, 2019

Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States (U.S.), researchers at The University of New Mexico (UNM) found strong evidence that cannabis can significantly alleviate pain, with the average user experiencing a three-point drop in pain suffering on a 0-10 point scale immediately following cannabis consumption. With a mounting opioid epidemic at full force and relatively few alternative painmedications available to the general public, scientists found conclusive support that cannabis is very effective at reducing pain caused by different types of health conditions, with relatively minimal negative side effects. Chronic pain afflicts more than 20 percent of adults and is the most financially burdensome health condition that the U.S faces; exceeding, for example, the combined costs of treating heart disease and cancer.

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Ginkgo Extract Lowers Oxidative Stress Leading to Reduced Amyloid Aggregation in Alzheimer Disease Dalian Medical University (China),
August 21, 2019

According to news reporting originating from Dalian, People’s Republic of China, research stated, “Abundant evidence demonstrates that oxidative stress may be not only an early event in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but also a key factor in the pathogenesis of AD. Ginkgo Extract has a strong ability to scavenge oxygen free radicals and supply hydrogen.” Oxidative stress was assessed by measuring free radicals and the activities of antioxidant enzymes. Our studies showed that Ginkgo extract treatment reduced the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) significantly while total superoxide dismutase (T-SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities were enhanced “These findings suggest that Ginkgo extract can reduce oxidative stress by decreasing free radical and enhancing antioxidant status, further leading to reduced A aggregation; Ginkgo extract might be a potential therapeutic agent for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).”

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Low Intake of Vitamin E Accelerates Cellular Aging In Patients With Established Cardiovascular Disease University of Cordoba (Spain),
August 21, 2019

According to news originating from Cordoba, Spain, esearch stated, “Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) shortening is a biomarker of cellular aging that can be decelerated by diet. We aimed to investigate the effect of dietary intake of vitamin E on biomarkers of cellular senescence in patients with established cardiovascular disease.” DNA from 1,002 participants was isolated and Leukocyte telomere length was measured by real-time PCR. We found that patients with an inadequate intake of vitamin E had shorter LTL than those with an adequate intake. Moreover, we observed a positive correlation between olive oil, fish consumption and LTL. Subjects who consumed more than 30 mL olive oil/day had longer LTL than subjects with lower consumption (p=.013). Furthermore, we observed higher glutathione peroxidase activity in subjects consuming less vitamin E (p=.031).” According to the news editors, the research concluded: “Our findings support the importance of an adequate consumption of the antioxidant vitamin E, and the value of the diet as a modulating tool of the senescence process.”

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N-acetylcysteine Prevents Osteoporosis By Inhibiting Oxidative Stress Caused by Testosterone Deficiency Nanjing Medical University (China),
August 21, 2019

According to news reporting from Nanjing, People’s Republic of China, research stated, “Oxidative stress is associated with many diseases and has been found to induce DNA damage and cellular senescence. Numerous evidences support the detrimental effects of oxidative stress or cellular senescence on skeletal homeostasis.” According to the news reporters, the research concluded: “The results from this study suggest that NAC could be considered as a potential therapeutic agent for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis caused by testosterone deficiency.”

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Lifelong study links early blood pressure change to poorer brain health University College London, August 20, 2019

Changes in blood pressure in those as young as 36 are linked to markers of poorer brain health in later life, finds UCL-led research involving participants of Britain's oldest running birth cohort study. The findings from the Insight 46 study are published in The Lancet Neurology.

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Antibiotic use linked to heightened bowel cancer risk Johns Hopkins University, August 20, 2019

Antibiotic use (pills/capsules) is linked to a heightened risk of bowel (colon) cancer, but a lower risk of rectal cancer, and depends, to some extent, on the type and class of drug prescribed, suggests research published online in the journal Gut. The findings suggest a pattern of risk that may be linked to differences in gut microbiome (bacteria) activity along the length of the bowel and reiterate the importance of judicious prescribing, say the researchers.

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Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can damage blood vessels University of Pennsylvania, August 20, 2019

Smoking e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes and is rising in popularity among non-smoking adolescents. However, a single e-cigarette can be harmful to the body's blood vessels -- even when the vapor is entirely nicotine-free -- according to a new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results were published today in Radiology.

offsite link The Gary Null Show - The Baby Boomers' Theft of the Millennials Economic Future ... Tue Aug 20, 2019 19:31

Joseph Sternberg is a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal where he hosts a the Political Economics column for its European edition. Joe joined the Journal in 2006 and edited its Business Asia column in Hong Kong.  Previously he was a journalist for the New York Sun and The Public Interest.  He is the author of the recent book "The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials Economic Future" -- which is a searing narrative about poor policies that have contributed Millennials economic well being and stability precarious at best.  Mr Sternberg is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and is speaking to us from London in the UK.

offsite link The Gary Null Show - Wikipedia Skeptics’ Mission to Suppress the Dissemination... Mon Aug 19, 2019 19:18

Wikipedia Skeptics’ Mission to Suppress the Dissemination of Quality Health and Medical Studies

By Richard Gale and Gary Null PhD

Skeptics place an enormous amount of importance in the scientific research that appears in peer-reviewed publications. At the same time it is correctly critical of the quality of large amounts of clinical research that gets published. The same is true for Quackwatch, the Skeptics' first-stop resource for information to debunk non-conventional and alternative medical systems, practices and its leading practitioners and advocates. Unfortunately, as we have documented elsewhere, Quackwatch has also been recognized by Skeptic editors who control approximately 700 entries dealing with alternative health and parapsychology on Wikipedia, and likely Jimmy Wales himself, as a legitimate and authoritative reference. But assuming Quackwatch is a reliable source of information is far from the truth. Nevertheless, Quackwatch's founder Stephen Barrett is heralded as an authority throughout many of Wikipedia's health pages. Barrett has accused the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a federally funded department within the CDC, of “wasting money sponsoring useless studies.” Barrett and his Quackwatch colleagues are adamant that tax dollars should not be spent to investigate Complementary and Alternative Medicine's (CAM) therapeutic successes. Skeptics already believe they have the answer for CAM's achievements; that is, patients are being duped into a placebo effect. Similarly, the folks over at Skeptic group Science-Based Medicine (SBM), founded by Steven Novella, have also made it part of its mission to lobby against public funding for non-conventional medical research. On Quackwatch, Barrett references his colleague the late Dr. Wallace Sampson as an authoritative voice in his accusations against public funds being spent on CAM. However, Wallace likewise cannot be acknowledged as an objective voice representing sound scientific views. The irony, and hypocrisy, we find in Quackwatch and SBM complaints about peer-reviewed journals publishing studies into alternative and complementary medicine is that its own attempt to launch its own peer-reviewed journal was a dismal failure. Wallace Sampson was the co-founder and editor of the now defunct journal The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine and Aberrant Medical Practices, later renamed the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine (SRAM). He was also an editor for Novella's SBM blog. The journal defined itself as the “only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to objectively analyzing the claims of "alternative medicine." However, objectivity was one virtue the journal was woefully deficient. At a glance many of its contributing authors are familiar to Quackwatch and SBM blog readers, notably Kimball Atwood, the co-founder of Barrett’s National Council Against Health Fraud William Jarvis and Wallace himself. Although there is no recognizable direct financial connection between SRAM and the Quackwatch network, the journal appears to have started with the intent of being a kind of quasi-peer-reviewed Quackwatch with a glossy cover as a means to more effectively penetrate the medical establishment. The fact is that Quackwatch, and its successor SBM, have remained on the fringes of modern medicine. SBM has yet to gain widespread acceptance and is held with considerable suspicion even in the medical profession. It can perhaps be best understood as a small cult within conventional medicine at large. The SRAM journal was evaluated on three separate occasions by the National Library of Medicine to judge whether its professional standards were high enough to be included in the Medline/Pub Med’s Index Medicus and was rejected each time. SRAM was only in print between 2000-2007. It is also worth noting that SRAM editorial administration operated out of the leading Skeptic organization Center for Inquiry through which all subscription and press inquiries were directed. Stephen Barrett, Wallace Sampson, Steven Novella, Kimball Atwood and David Gorski are all leading celebrities in the Center, especially its Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. What is particularly important is to recognize that SRAM was a product of a network of Skeptic entities who share a mission to discredit CAM and natural health therapies, and this same network today dominates the Wikipedia's health pages. In his Quackwatch article “Problems with CAM Peer-Review and Accreditation,” while praising the peer-review process, Barrett notes that simply being approved for the Index Medicus does not “guarantee quality” research. We would certainly agree with this observation because the quality of a high percentage of conventional medical and drug research finding its way into print is deeply flawed. In recent years this has become somewhat of a scandal within the entire business of medical peer-reviewed literature. But Barrett’s hypocrisy in criticizing the British Medical Journal and the Annals of International Medicine for a “poor job in keeping out junk CAM reports” is worth noting. Quackwatch's animosity towards practically all alternative medicine, despite CAM's growing popular and scientific acceptance, confirms its strong bias that would oppose any CAM scientific support from appearing in important medical journals. The irony is that in order to be rejected from inclusion into the Index, a medical publication has to be REALLY POOR! In the Scimago Institution ranking of peer-reviewed medical journals, which is based upon the quality of science being published as well as its impact and number of citations in the medical literature as a whole, SRAM received an H Index of 9, placing the journal in the bottom quarter of medical publications. Many journals specializing in a variety of alternative medical systems, such as the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs, International Journal of Phytomedicine, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Akupunktur, and Alternative and Complementary Therapies were ranked higher than SCAM. Some CAM journals ranked in the upper quarter of reliable publications such as PhytoMedicine, Journal of Natural Products, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture in Medicine, Integrative Cancer Therapies, Planta Medica and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Even Skepticism’s primary nemesis homeopathy is represented by the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy with an H score notably higher than SRAM. Barrett's and SBM's larger mission is to marginalize CAM practices and push it as far as possible to the hinterlands. They believe that increasing mainstream acceptance of CAM is contaminating modern medical practice and clinical protocols for treating patients. For obvious commercial reasons, the pharmaceutical industry has no objections with Quackwatch's and SBM's agendas. The founding of NCCAM as a federally funded department in order to support research into alternative medicine and health therefore poses an enormous threat to Skepticism's bottom-line philosophy of scientific reductionism. Big Pharma makes every effort to gain hegemony on how medicine is practiced in the US by lobbying Washington, influencing federal health agencies and buying off corporate media. Ridding CAM and other non-conventional medical therapies means that patients are offered only a single option for treatment and that is corporate, pharmaceutical-based medicine. As we pointed out in a previous article, Barrett and the SBM group display many of the same characteristics leveled against conspiracy theorists. They view natural health as a conspiracy orchestrated by practicing charlatans to fool the public by offering false promises in non-drug therapies in order to gain profit. Paranoia runs rampant in the diatribes written by Barrett, Novella and Gorski. For example, Barrett writes, “The NCCAM can be appropriately characterized as a cancer that metastasizes misinformation throughout our medical education system.” There is no sound explanation to validate this claim except to accept Barrett's opinion that the federal health agencies have been infiltrated and overrun by CAM proponents. This is of course preposterous. CAM funding makes up only a tiny percentage of tax dollars going to medical research. The vast amount in billions of dollars goes to the pharmaceutical industrial complex. Today, the majority of the research and development costs that go into a given drug is funded by the American public. It is estimated that a company may only contribute about 35 percent of total costs in a drug's development; the remainder is picked up by outside sources, most being from federal health agencies. To the contrary, almost no federal funding is provided to develop new promising alternative medical treatments. In summary, it is time for the media to undertake deeper investigations into the Skeptic network and the operations being coordinated between Quackwatch, Science-Based Medicine, the Skeptic flagship organization the Center for Inquiry and Wikipedia. This cultist network hides behind the veneer of "promoting science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues" (from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's mission statement). Rather, Skepticism is an ideology with all the trappings of a faith-based philosophy with a sole mission to penetrate the scientific community (with bogus journals such as the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine), the mainstream media, and the public via Wikipedia. The more the darker agenda of Skepticism's network is brought to light, the faster we can be rid of this dangerous dogma that has been a leading obstacle to medical advancements and a deeper understanding of human biology and health.

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