FOX News Whistleblowers

This is a very scary video of testimony by two reporters (Jane Akre and Steve Wilson) who say that FOX News tried to coerce them into dropping a highly damaging story about a sponsor, Monsanto. The report discussed Monsanto’s use of bovine growth hormone to produce dairy products, and how Monsanto’s own research indicated that this might have made the milk carcinogenic. Since, at the time, Monsanto owned G. D. Searle & Company, which in turned owned Nutrasweet, Metamucil, and Dramamine (frequent advertisers), Monsanto was able to use financial leverage to pressure FOX News into dropping the report. FOX of course caved like a sugar-addicted toddler being threatened with candy sanctions, and tried to pressure (and bribe) the reporters to drop the story.

I’ll let you watch/read the rest, but here are some more delightful products Monsanto has owned or produced (besides killer milk and :

  • Celebrex: Sound familiar? It was the arthritis drug that had the unfortunate side-effect of, oh, death. Good thing the FDA caught… wait, never mind (to clarify the Pfizer aspect: Monsanto-owned Pharmacia developed the drug – shortly afterward Pfizer acquired Pharmacia (just go to the website for Pharmacia).
  • Ambien: for putting Americans everywhere to sleep. And doing all sorts of freaky stuff in the meantime.
  • Enovid, the first commercial oral contraceptive (aka “The Pill”)
  • Disneyland Hall of Chemistry
    And… drum roll, please,
  • Agent M—f—-g Orange.


    p.s. As a highly relevant aside, G. D. Searle & Company was the owner of Nutrasweet, and there was some amount of controversy over whether it should be allowed on the market despite tests that were of some concern. Fortunately for Searle, a capable leader was on-hand to make sure Nutrasweet got past all that pesky red tape: Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld later left the company once the acquisition by Monsanto was complete.

    p.p.s. Here’s a very recent article in New Scientist saying that Aspartame was “given the all clear”. Read more closely and you’ll see that all it says was that an earlier study that said it was dangerous was flawed, not that any subsequent studies indicated that it was safe. In other words, it’s a temporary reprieve, not an all-clear. The study needs to be done again in a more controlled fashion.

  • Good News to Scream About

    Edvard Munch’s stolen masterpiece “The Scream” has been found. They think.


    MSM Betting On Armeggeddon

    Here’s a clip of Jon Stewart taking the MSM to task for giving quite a bit of airtime to discussing the idea that the apocalypse is coming. The best part is FOX news aggressively asking a priest for date when the apocalypse would start. Hard-hitting stuff.


    Katrina One Year Later

    I’m sticking to my conclusions that Katrina was anything but natural. I wrote about by initial reactions here, FEMA here, but what I’d like to reiterate is from my “2005 Suuuuucked” post:

    Shortly afterward, Hurricaine Katrina. I mean, Holy S—. A major American city, rich with history and culture, all but wiped out. And one of the worst parts is that just about every aspect of the disaster could have been prevented. From the levees to the shockingly incompetent response to the obnoxious stonewalling by insurance companies, it brought out the worst in human nature.

    When I say “just about every aspect of the disaster could have been prevented”, there’s a good case for saying that that includes the hurricaine itself. But even ignoring that, it’s quite clear the American government failed the people of New Orleans in almost every possible way, at every stage (from preparation to prevention to crisis management to reconstruction, and everything in between).

    The tragedy of Hurricaine Katrina will be remembered as a shameful chapter in America’s history.


    Wait… Wha?

    I did a double-take looking at this Reuters headline:
    Annan urges quick end to Israel, Hizbollah disputes

    The obviously correct way to read this is:
    Annan urges quick end to [Israel vs. Hizbollah] disputes

    But for some reason my brain saw:
    Annan urges quick end to Israel, [which] Hizbollah disputes


    Star Wars – Spot the Difference

    Via TheForce.Net, Star Wars (the official site) has a slideshow of the differences between the 1977 (theatrical) and 2004 (DVD) releases of Episode IV.

    I didn’t get to the part where Han shoots first (there are 122 photos) – hopefully they didn’t leave that part out…

    UPDATE: I don’t think they’re making a strong case for the changes with this pair of screenshots.


    When a Picture Is Worth Infinite Words…

    …Because the words in the caption are worthless.

    I’m referring to this picture from the IDF, published by the AP.

    The caption is “In this picture released by the Israeli Defense Forces, an Israeli bulldozer destroys a Hezbollah bunker in southern Lebanon Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Israel Defense Forces).”

    If you’re like me (not particularly eagle-eyed), you are probably wondering what the big deal is. The answer is off in the distance, on the left side of the photo. Apparently that particular Hezbollah base had a friendly neighbor…

    The point is – WHY ISN’T THIS IN THE F—–G AP CAPTION?!? Did no one in AP notice, or was it a deliberate omission? In other words, incompetence or dishonesty?