PETA Whines For Dollars
(October 28th, 2004)
"This may be the most important letter I've ever written," declares People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) president Ingrid Newkirk in a September 27 fundraising letter. "I can honestly say that, in the almost 25 years that PETA has been in existence, I've never --...
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A Halloween Of Ghosts, Bats, And Lawsuits
(October 27th, 2004)
Even though an academic study published by the prestigious British Medical Journal concluded that "consumption of candy was associated with greater longevity" and "non-consumers of candy ... had the highest mortality overall," Halloween candy continues to bring the sour threat of frivolous obesity lawsuits from greedy...
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A Morning Jolt Of Common Sense
(October 26th, 2004)
When Johns Hopkins University researcher Roland Griffiths released a study arguing that "caffeine addiction" should be recognized (alongside depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, we could have guessed how the mass media would interpret his findings. read more here »

Major League Fatsos
(October 25th, 2004)
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are fielding teams of fatsos and fatties. According to the government's flawed definition, nearly every World Series player -- 43 out of 50 -- is officially overweight. What's next? Fat taxes on peanuts and Cracker Jacks? It's no secret that...
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Luddites At The Polls
(October 21st, 2004)
Even as a new report from the National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy demonstrates the financial and environmental benefits of genetically engineered (GE) crops, anti-technology activists in four California counties are pushing for complete bans. Following their March victory in Mendocino County, activists in...
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A Rat Is A Pig Is A Dog Is A PCRM/PETA ‘Expert’
(October 20th, 2004)
The website of the grossly misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) currently features a screed in praise of rats. No kidding. Like baseball players heading for the Fall Classic, the quasi-medical front group for People for the Ethical Treatment...
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Fat-Tax Man Collects Millions From Feds
(October 19th, 2004)
An obesity researcher who's pushed for Twinkie taxes, marketing prohibitions, and even zoning laws to restrict where restaurants and convenience stores are located has received a fat check from the federal government. Once again the recipient of federal taxpayer dollars to regulate our eating habits, Tulane...
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Author Soaks Own Anti-Soda Study
(October 18th, 2004)
In an exercise in "statistical hocus pocus," this summer a team of Harvard academics published a headline-grabbing soda slam in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association). The authors, many of whom have a history of attacking pop and working with the nutrition...
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PCRM Doctor Endorses Murder — On Tape!
(October 15th, 2004)
In May, when we first broke the news that long-time Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) spokesman Dr. Jerry Vlasak openly endorsed murdering other doctors at an animal-rights convention, we expected some skeptics to give Vlasak the benefit of the doubt. Not any more. Yesterday...
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CSPI Goes Animal-Rights
(October 14th, 2004)
Animal-rights activists cloaked as doctors were among the prominent speakers at the "2004 Healthy Lifestyle Expo" put on by VegSource, an on-line repository of animal-rights mythology closely connected with the radical group EarthSave International. But there was a notable addition to the speakers list, which has...
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