Respectful Insolence

Back in December, I was excited. The reason I was excited was because everybody’s favorite über-Libertarian, New World Order conspiracy theorist quack, Mike Adams, a.k.a. The Health Ranger, had made an announcement. That announcement was that on January 6, 2014 Adams would announce astonishing “scientific findings” about food that would “revolutionize” nutrition and health. Given Adams’ past history of doing hilariously off-base things with scientific instruments, such as putting Chicken McNuggets under a microscope and being amazed that things look a lot different when highly magnified, resulting in his misinterpreting dust and probably flecks of spice to be bizarre and alien fibers responsible for Morgellon’s disease, I was hoping for, as I put it, comedy gold and blog fodder galore.

I was disappointed.

January 6 came and went, and all I saw over at Adams’ repository of all things that quack, NaturalNews.com, were reports from the hilariously named Forensic Food Lab at NaturalNews.com finding heavy metals and all sorts of “toxins” in not just grocery store food, but organic foods and “superfoods.” Holy hell, even vegan foods and seaweed and sea vegetable products were not immune from Adams’ incompetent use of expensive scientific equipment to generate terrifying numbers for concentrations of lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals. However, it soon became apparent to me that Adams was clearly using his newfound ability to misuse actual scientific instruments to “find” horrifying levels of metals and various scary chemicals in a lot of the supplements and “superfoods” that you’d normally expect him to support. It was then that I started to realize that Adams’ lunacy wasn’t really about belief. Not really. Not this time. Rather, it was about eliminating his competition by testing their products and finding them to be “loaded” with various scary sounding chemicals. He even went so far as to publish an unstintingly funny (unintentionally, of course) article entitled Heavy metals discussions reveal striking state of denial in the minds of some natural products consumers, in which he had the chutzpah to state, “You can’t pick and choose which laws of chemistry you want to be true,” and then follow the section of his article following that title with a claim like, “There is also convincing evidence that at least some people are able to truly live off nothing more than sunlight and air.”

Uh, the laws of chemistry and physics say that living off of nothing more than sunlight and air is impossible for a mammal like humans. Mikey really needs to take his own advice. But I digress…

Yesterday, the old Mikey was back. Gone was the Mikey ruthlessly trying to eliminate his natural foods competitors by “revealing” horrible chemicals and heavy metals in their products, and back was the utterly nutty conspiracy true believer that we’ve all come to know and love. The old Mikey was back in the form of an article entitled Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it. To drive the point home, right next to the title is a picture of a man wearing a hazmat suit and a gas mask. As if that weren’t enough, the second paragraph basically reiterates the title, saying that because of his wondrous scientific experiments Mikey has come to the conclusion that humanity is nearly lost. Don’t worry, though. He’s only getting warmed up:

My lab has uncovered scientific proof that substances are intentionally formulated into dietary products to drive consumers mentally insane while causing widespread infertility, organ damage and a loss of any ability to engage in rational, conscious thinking. These toxic substances are being found across the entire food supply including in conventional foods, organic foods, “natural” products and dietary supplements.

This goes far beyond the mere contamination of foods with heavy metals — a subject which is grave all by itself. Rather, this is about the intentional formulation of toxic substances into products consumed by the masses on a regular basis.

The result is what you see unfolding around you right now: mass insanity, incredible escalations of criminality among political operatives, clinical insanity among an increasing number of mainstream media writers and reporters, widespread infertility in young couples, skyrocketing rates of kidney failure and dialysis patients, plus a near total loss of rational thinking among the voting masses.

Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! Or so sayeth Mike Adams:

The long-term effects of this widespread food poisoning phenomenon will be the utter downfall of modern human civilization for numerous reasons ranging from economic non-sustainability to environmental destruction and the global rise of political violence as we are seeing right now in Kiev.

As more and more lab results have been documented here at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, it has become increasingly apparent to me that humanity cannot survive the mass engineered poisoning of the food supply.

Who knew Mike was so important to humankind? And what are these horrific chemicals that are poisoning us all, turning us into mindless zombie drones serving the pharmaceutical machine, plugging us into it much like the hapless humans were plugged into the Matrix. Key among these chemicals, apparently, is the now-infamous “yoga mat” chemical azodicarbonamide. You might recall that Subway buckled under pressure to remove this food additive from its bread because of a protest trumped up by a blogger named Vani Hari, better known as the “Food Babe.” You remember the Food Babe, don’t you? She’s a particularly dim advocate of “natural” foods and remedies who first came to my attention when my good buddy Mark Crislip so amusingly deconstructed her particularly bad arguments in favor of skipping the flu vaccine last fall. About this horrible chemical, Adams rants:

  • The now-infamous “yoga mat chemical” used by Subway in their breads is also widely used across the fast-food industry. McDonald’s, Chik-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Arby’s and many other restaurants also use the chemical azodicarbonamide which is linked to cancer. Importantly, this is not a contaminant. This is an ingredient which is intentionally added to the recipes in order for the chemical to be consumed by the masses.
  • There is no logical reason why chemicals like azodicarbonamide need to be added to recipes of fast food breads and buns. The chemical serves no necessary functional or nutritive purpose. It seems to exists solely for the purpose of delivering the chemical to hundreds of millions of consumers by blending it into popular fast foods. The sandwiches in which this chemical is found are merely delivery mechanisms for toxic substances that harm human biology.

This is the dumbest form of “guilt-by-association” I’ve ever heard from a quack. Seriously, Mike, what’s wrong with yoga mats? Don’t you like yoga? Or do you only use natural, organic yoga mats made only from all-natural materials, like cotton. (If that’s the case, I hope you wash them regularly. All that sweat from a good yoga workout. Yuck.) Certain basic chemicals are used for lots of purposes, ranging from industrial uses to plastics to pharmaceuticals to foods. In this case, the the chemical, azodicarbonamide, is what’s known as a maturing agent. Basically, when it’s added to flour, it makes bread dough rise better. It also improves the handling properties of doughs, yielding drier, more cohesive doughs that are more pliable, hold together better during kneading, and machine better.

Moreover, azodicarbonamide arguably not even in the final product. According to this article, once flour is wetted with water, reaction with azodicarbonamide with the constituents of flour is rapid. In the experiments described, it only took 30 minutes for all the azodicarbonamide to disappear, with trace amounts left. By 45 minutes, there weren’t even trace amounts left. These guys even labeled azodicarbonamide with 14C radiotracer to determine where the azodicarbonamide ended up found that the azodicarbonamide is rapidly converted to biurea, which itself is demonized based on toxicology studies from the 1960s in which rats and dogs received diets containing up to 5% or 10% biurea. The animals died with massive, multiple kidney stones, bladder stones, and chronic pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys). The stones were made of biurea crystals. Basically, in this study, the investigators gave the animals so much azodicarbonamide that it crystallized in their kidneys in the form of stones. Let’s just put it this way, 10% is roughly equivalent to 100,000 ppm, and the highest concentration of azodicarbonamide used in flour is 45 ppm, or 2,222-fold less than the maximum these animals were being fed. But it’s even less than that, given that almost no one’s diet consists of just bread and baked goods.

Other aspects of azodicarbonamide frequently cited by fear mongerers like the “Food Babe” (and, of course, Mike Adams) include the observation that the chemical is a pulmonary irritant. That’s an argument that workers at plants synthesizing azodicarbonamide should wear masks and that asthmatics shouldn’t breathe it in, but it’s not an argument not to use it in food. It’s just like the case of formaldehyde in vaccines, actually. Just because formaldehyde is used in embalming fluid and to fix tissue and is toxic at high exposures does not mean that trace amounts in vaccines are harmful. They’re not.

I know I just digressed a bit, but this whole “yoga mat chemical” nonsense has been irritating me for a while, and Mike Adams just gave me an excuse to address it. Let’s get back to his pure looniness. I laughed out loud when I read this passage:

At our atomic spectroscopy lab, we have confirmed trace levels of aluminum in regular atmospheric air, confirming the fact that all agricultural soils are being inundated with aluminum which is literally falling out of the sky. This is not merely aluminum in our laboratory air, as many labs contain aluminum floors or furniture, causing an unusually high aluminum concentration in laboratory air. Rather, parts per billion concentrations of aluminum have been measured in regular atmospheric air sampled far from any building or laboratory. The result of this phenomenon is that aluminum levels are rising in nearly all soil-grown crops from which everyday food is derived. While aluminum is far less harmful than lead, cadmium or mercury, the repeated accumulation of aluminum is believed to be tied to degenerative brain disorders across the population.

Congratulations, Mike. You spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to set up a lab to find out that aluminum is everywhere. It’s the most abundant metal and third most common element in the earth’s crust. It makes up 8.1% of the earth’s crust by mass. It’s everywhere and in almost everything. Human beings evolved with it. At the concentrations typically found in foods and water, it’s quite safe, and even high intake of aluminum from antacid for gastrointestinal ailments has not been reported to cause any adverse effects.

Of course, Mike can’t finish without invoking apocalyptic imagery, along with Nazis. He compares this “food apocalypse” to World War I (chemical weapons, natch!) and World War II, pontificating that “today’s chemical weapons are deployed via the food supply.” Referring to the human race becoming a “race of near-mutants,” Adams firmly grasps the crazy and charges right off the deep end with it:

What the United States Air Force did to Dresden in World War II via high-elevation bombing runs, the global chemical and food conglomerates are now doing to the world populations via the drive-thru window. But there are no bombs dropping out of the sky and there are no firestorms lighting up the cityscape at night. Instead, the silent, ignorant masses are simply marched to their deaths, one meal at a time, almost like a cargo train full of “useless eaters” clicking and clacking its way to Auschwitz.

On the way to their own deaths, of course, they pay the mandatory tolls to the pharmaceutical giants, hospitals, cancer clinics, doctors and health insurance mandates. Much like victims of Nazi genocide had their gold fillings pulled out of their mouths before they were gassed to death, today’s mainstream consumers are emptied of their bank accounts, assets and insurance policies before finally being discarded by the system.

Because food additives are exactly like the Dresden fire bombing and the Holocaust. And Auschwitz. Especially Auschwitz. I’m really surprised that Adams axercised a little restraint and didn’t throw in the Rape of Nanking or the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for good measure.

Adams finishes with a plea for everyone to grow their own food. Of course, this sort of solution is rarely possible except for well-off entrepreneurs like Adams. There’s another issue, too. If the soil is “contaminated” with aluminum and all sorts of other metals that have been in the soil since before the dawn of agriculture, one wonders how growing one’s own food would obviate this chemical holocaust that is in what passes for Adams’ mind being inflicted upon the world.

Comments

  1. #1 Loren E
    February 21, 2014

    Yeah, drive the consumers insane. Great business model. How can people buy your product if they can’t find the front door? Paranoid? Much?

  2. #2 palindrom
    February 21, 2014

    That’s really hilarious. “Mentally insane”; “regular atmospheric air” — masterpieces of redundant repetition!

    I feel better with some sleep, BTW. Cheers.

  3. #3 Lawrence
    February 21, 2014

    I know Orac – people should build their own massive greenhouses & buy unadulterated soil (provided by Mike A. of course)!!!!

  4. #4 oldmanjenkins
    Wooville Florida
    February 21, 2014

    Um….where to begin with Mike “We’re all gonna die” Adams. “skyrocketing rates of kidney failure and dialysis patients” No Mr Adams this is not the case. I have worked in dialysis for 12 years. I work with epidemiologists, Cardiovascular Surgeons, Nephrologists, Urologists daily. The USRDS (United States Renal Data System) does not show “skyrocketing” rates of kidney failure. It is moving along a predictive increase. As people are living longer on dialysis, the “baby boomers” are getting older and behavioral related diseases (HTN, CVD, DM Type II, Morbid Obesity), the incident rates are in fact increasing but according to a predictable pattern. Mr Adams ignorance of science makes him very scared of natural phenomenon.

    I will quote Lewis Black when he addressed Glenn Beck’s fear mongering: “Glenn, the Nazis are everywhere. And you’re not safe! So here’s what you do and take it from me, my people have been through this before: First, you’ve gotta find an attic. Then hide there for the next three years, and whatever you do, don’t make a sound. We’ll let you know when it’s safe to come out.”

  5. #5 Alphagamma
    Cambridge
    February 21, 2014

    “Aluminum literally falling out of the sky”- so plane crashes are bad for you. Who knew?

  6. #6 Helianthus
    February 21, 2014

    You remember the Food Babe, don’t you?

    [serious] Would she be offended if I say I have no idea who she is?

    toxicology studies from the 1960s in which rats and dogs received diets containing up to 5% or 10% biurea.

    I’m picturing myself a regular meal with entrée, main dish and dessert, with the little roll of bread on the side being made entirely of biurea. That should represent about 5-10% of the meal, and that’s indeed quite a lot.
    That should be a bit difficult to swallow, on all levels.

    aluminum which is literally falling out of the sky

    [laughing] comedy gold.
    [thinking] a few years ago, I didn’t know about dust being made mostly of aluminium oxide. I learned it on this very blog. I may have forgotten it from my high-school days.
    [sad] A number of people will fall for this scare because they don’t know this little fact.

    incredible escalations of criminality among political operatives, clinical insanity among an increasing number of mainstream media writers and reporters, [...], plus a near total loss of rational thinking among the voting masses.

    Evidence of these people’s insanity: none of them believe in Mike Adams’ greatness.

    Adams finishes with a plea for everyone to grow their own food.

    Using plenty of copper sulfate as fungicide.
    Sorry, repeating myself. Personal pet peeve.

  7. #7 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    Orac, I doubt that he spent ” hundeds of thousands of dollars” for his lab equipment:
    earlier, when he first started up on this kick, he wrote that he bought a machine ( I forget which one- perhaps something about oxygen levels/ it had mucho mercury in it when it arrived by mail) worth thousands for 100 USD at a surplus website from the U of Michigan.

  8. #8 Scilicet
    Lab rat maze
    February 21, 2014

    Mike Adams attempting science is like a pig looking at a wristwatch.

  9. #9 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    People like Mikey are desperate to attract consumers to their websites/ webcasts in order to sell them things.

    Here’s a little tidbit I heard the other day- courtesy of Gary Null**-
    he cited a survey of listeners to his radio show ( not sure if he meant via the internet, land-based or both – not sure who did the surveying- as his own ‘research’ is craptastic at best/ he mentioned e-mail responses):
    it seems that his potential audience ( therefore customers?) are attracted because he supplies (so-called) health information AND political/ social/ economic fearmon…I mean *news* – both of which are not available elsewhere.(
    I wonder _why_ it’s not available at other media.

    He divided the aforementoned groups into broad age categories- with the older one being more interested in the woo and the younger more concerned with conspiracies.

    If any of this is true, perhaps it’s an attempt to attract younger people who might then also buy their dreck. Notice the material is tailored to appeal to anti-establishment types- “You’ve been lied to by the powers-that-be-
    Rebel and Fight the Power!”
    There is an anti-government as well as anti-corporate drivel-OBVIOULY the media is totally compromised and entrenched in support of both government and corporations. They know how youth hate corportations. Thus they stress ther own ‘investigative reporter’, ‘scientist’ and ‘rebel messiah’ aspects rather than the fact that they OWN corporations!

    ** he’s back on land-based radio- fund-raising and trying to keep the debt-ridden NY Pacifica station from being leased/ sold- supposedly they have about 2 months to raise money
    to turn things around.

  10. #10 Nutrition prof
    February 21, 2014

    Does he have an opinion on what to do with DHMO?

  11. #11 Renate
    February 21, 2014

    What will we find in Mike’s own organic foods, if we test them in the same way he tested organic foods? The same chemicals?

    B.T.W. some days ago I saw a newspaper article, stating Dead Sea salt was considered organic. Sounded a bit strange to me.

  12. #12 Incitatus
    under a fluffy blanket
    February 21, 2014

    I am waiting for the silicone…..

    you see i do ms quite a lot and the one thing that really is everywhere is silicone, dimethicone. You know, lipstick and lube.
    regular peaks 70 odd apart.
    wait for the plot to lubricate the world to death..

  13. #13 Ren
    February 21, 2014

    “My lab has uncovered scientific proof that substances are intentionally formulated into dietary products to drive consumers mentally insane…”

    Consumers, or just Mike, who is clearly one chicken nugget short of a happy meal?

  14. #14 Chadwick Jones
    February 21, 2014

    If Mikey continues with so much mental masturbation, he might go blind.

  15. #15 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    February 21, 2014

    Dead Sea salt was considered organic.

    Presumably it includes trace amounts of brine shrimp and other organic matter.

  16. #16 Mike
    February 21, 2014

    Slightly offtopic, but in 2012 a Naturopathic “doctor” wrote an article entitled “How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer” http://www.donotlink.com/dU3

    The article has no evidence to support it’s claims.

    Somehow, it went viral this week- When it was pointed out that BPA (if you consider BPA to be an issue) isn’t even in K-Cups, the author continues to scare people by saying that BPA “is only one of many estrogenic materials in present food grade plastics.”

    And when someone questions her credentials (a degree in quackery from the National College of Natural Medicine), she blames the bad reputation of Naturopathy on non-accredited practitioners and argues she’s much better trained.

  17. #17 Arcanyn
    February 21, 2014

    It’s funny the whole aluminium hysteria; given that it’s been a major component of soil for as long as there’s been soil, you’d think you couldn’t get any more ‘natural’ than that.

    Also, if there was some grand conspiracy to make money by poisoning people to give them cancer, you’d think they’d use something other than very very weak carcinogens at best to do this. They could presumably very easily use potent carcinogens like 5-bromouracil and benzopyrene. They’re apparently going to all this trouble just to give maybe a few dozen people cancer, which will clearly make them a fortune.

  18. #18 Shay
    looking out the window instead of writing after action reports
    February 21, 2014

    plus a near total loss of rational thinking among the voting masses.

    Might explain how Louie Gohmert keeps getting re-elected.

  19. #19 Shay
    February 21, 2014

    oh, and one Internetz to Alphagamma.

  20. #20 Eric Lund
    February 21, 2014

    Quoth Mikey: There is also convincing evidence that at least some people are able to truly live off nothing more than sunlight and air.

    There are people who claim to do so, but I’m not aware of any such claim that holds up to scrutiny. Jasmuheen (nee Ellen Greve) won the 2000 Ig Nobel Literature Prize for claiming that Breatharianism is a viable diet. That notion would be excellent fodder for a Friday Dose of Woo entry, if Orac hasn’t covered it already.

  21. #21 Alia
    February 21, 2014

    Now what makes me really mad about it is the way he uses what’s going on in Kiev and the whole Ukraine now to support his crazy ideas. This guy really has no idea.

  22. #22 Orac
    February 21, 2014

    That notion would be excellent fodder for a Friday Dose of Woo entry, if Orac hasn’t covered it already.

    Use the search box, Luke.

  23. #23 Chadwick Jones
    February 21, 2014

    So, is Mikey going to switch out his aluminum foil hat for something a little more “natural”?

  24. #24 Joe Wear
    February 21, 2014

    RE skyrocketing kidney failure we have already passed a plateau of patients coming to dialysis, The concern now is that the clinic infrastructure to provide dialysis may now be over built.
    I’m far from a disinterested party I’ve lived with kidney failure for 20 years, most of it on dialysis.

  25. #25 Vicki
    February 21, 2014

    There was a grand conspiracy to make money by giving people cancer: it’s called the tobacco industry. Fortunately, the U.S. government publicized the dangers, and various levels of government as well as private organizations have acted against the conspiracy. There’s a long way to go, but a much smaller fraction of the population is paying for cancer sticks than did so fifty years ago.

    Why didn’t this vast, amorphous conspiracy block the various surgeon generals’ reports? How come it’s easy to find out what radon in the basement will do to your lungs? Whatever became of radium-painted watch dials?

  26. #26 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    Over the past several years, Mikey has paraded a series of products and services across NN.com in order to get his followers to part with their hard-earned cash:
    supplements based on green-lipped(?) mussels, Surthrival ™ products, supplies for survivalists, Superfoods, Clean Chlorella ™ organic GMO-free foods avaiable by mail (Green Polka Dot Box), films, Inner Circle ™ lecture series, “television” shows with a chiropractor, “tooth soap”, a line of shampoos and conditioners, land for sale in Eucador ( he claimed otherwise), etc.

    Next should be a line of heavy metal free supplements and nutritional woo powdered proteins and phyto-nutrients.

  27. #27 lsm
    February 21, 2014

    “Silent, ignorant masses are simply marched to their deaths”.

    “Megalomaniac Mikey” doesn’t like people much, does he? There is always an undercurrent of contempt for their simple-mindedness; either that or bewilderment that they basically ignore him.

  28. #28 AnObservingParty
    February 21, 2014

    So, is Mikey going to switch out his aluminum foil hat for something a little more “natural”?

    Tin foil? No, that won’t work…

  29. #29 sciencemonkey
    February 21, 2014

    Maybe he can pick barium as his next alarmist heavy metal. It’s hard to avoid seeing that when you make ICP-MS measurements, since it’s naturally falling off the gypsum ceiling tiles.

    Of course I give no credence to this guy’s quackery, but I wonder all the same about the future of the human race and of this planet, given our penchant for unrestrained population and economic growth. We could easily see a future like the movie Idiocracy depicts, where the idiots outbreed those of intelligence.

    Or perhaps a world where everything is dying or contaminated, like you might find in a short story by Paolo Bacigalupi. His collection Pump Six and other stories is great. This short story of his (not from the collection) is f-ed:

    http://www.tor.com/stories/2010/06/small-offerings

  30. #30 AntipodeanChic
    February 21, 2014

    So, ah – if Mike Adams is to be believed, the upshot of this so-called “chemical apocalypse” is apparently going to be the human race becoming a “race of near-mutants”?

    I personally avoid reading Natural News (if most of the posts are so unintentionally funny this may well change), but I can’t let this one go! Its a rather strange claim* given that every human being alive has around 100 genetic mutations – be they neutral, deleterious or beneficial, as I understand it they do play some role in evolution. Of course A.M. Leroi may know a little less about science than “Health Ranger” Adams… Does Mike Adams perhaps believe evolution to be yet another conspiracy?

    Also, I’m far, far too tired at the moment to search for any relevant statistics: but I really can’t say I’ve seen any evidence of “widespread infertility in young couples” mentioned either.

    * [From a self-proclaimed scientist/owner of a sometimes-worn lab coat, anyway.]

  31. #31 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    February 21, 2014

    Everybody was laughing at the redundant “mentally insane” in yesterday’s thread, but I said to myself: ‘Self: At least he didn’t say “clinically insane”.’. Well, in the fuller quote today, he did.

    Honest to Dog, isn’t there some way to send a stiff shock over the internet every time somebody uses this oxymoron? “Insane” is a legal term—you can be “legally insane” or “clinically psychotic”! </pet peeve>

    Also, was it him or some other idiot who referred to aluminum as a “heavy metal”? That ought to be worth a good jolt, too.

  32. #32 Dangerous Bacon
    February 21, 2014

    On a more serious note (snerk), Mike is making an elementary mistake with this sort of gloom and doom rant.

    If it is truly too late to rescue humanity and we’re all destined to perish miserably, what’s the point in reading NN articles and buying the products it sells/recommends?

    I’ve seen this phenomenon before with the angst-ridden and terminally confused. They’re inundated with so many horrific conspiracy theories, they become overwhelmed – since there’s nothing they can really do about them, they begin to question whether to just turn off the shrieking and kick back with a few beers, or just go hide under the covers.

    If you don’t give the confused masses hope, Mikey, they’ll abandon you.

  33. #33 TBruce
    February 21, 2014

    wait for the plot to lubricate the world to death..

    That sounds hot.

  34. #34 palindrom
    February 21, 2014

    Gary Null really needs a sidekick with last name “Voigt”.

  35. #35 Rich Woods
    Left a bit...up a bit...fire!
    February 21, 2014

    I’m really surprised that Adams axercised a little restraint and didn’t throw in the Rape of Nanking

    Probably because a fair number of his readers would parse that as the Rape of Nan King and wonder who she was.

  36. #36 herr doktor bimler
    February 21, 2014

    victims of Nazi genocide had their gold fillings pulled out of their mouths before they were gassed to death
    Other way around, I suspect; otherwise it would give the whole game away. Mikey lacks a strong grasp on causality and temporal sequence.

  37. #37 Orac
    February 21, 2014

    Hah. Good pickup. For some reason I didn’t notice that. My brain probably instantly switched it back to the correct order as I read…

  38. #38 Darwy
    Røde grøde med fløde
    February 21, 2014

    At our atomic spectroscopy lab, we have confirmed trace levels of aluminum in regular atmospheric air, confirming the fact that all agricultural soils are being inundated with aluminum which is literally falling out of the sky

    ::deep breath::

    BWAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    As Orac pointed out; grats to Mikey for figuring out that Aluminum is EVERYWHERE. Because, you know, it’s NACHERALLY there!

  39. #39 BobFromLI
    February 21, 2014

    Dangerous @ #31: Do you HAVE ANY IDEA what might be in beer? That fizzy stuff is prolly some kind of poison…carbon dioxide is a well known killer. Oh, and watch out for them twist-off caps or the pull tabs…there’s a plot in there somewhere!

  40. #40 Stuartg
    February 21, 2014

    Denise @ 26

    Green-lipped mussels: huge mussels growing wild around the New Zealand coast, large numbers are also grown by aquaculture because they are delicious.

    They are also being investigated (Auckland University?) because they apparently have some pharmacologically active compounds.

  41. #41 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    @ Stuartg:

    Sure. I think that the product was being sold as anti-CVD – a rich source of omega-3 perhaps- from NZ
    Of course the woo-bent ramp up any inkling of a hint of a possible future medicinal use up to eleventy-one as being the Panacaea Deluxe.

    @ Dangerous Bacon:

    Right. I wonder how many listeners/ readers feel hopeless after experiencing their infernal and ceaseless ratchetting up of fear? Esp on a day-to-day basis.

    Funny but these guys also believe that *stress* causes all manner of illness- esp cancer, CVD, SMI- and their really big fear- AGING.

    I can counter with:
    Eliminate STRESS and FEAR from your life-
    Stop listening to alt med loons.

  42. #42 Eric Lund
    February 21, 2014

    Next should be a line of heavy metal free supplements

    But as every homeopath knows, diluting the heavy metal content would make those supplements even more toxic!!eleven!

    How well does Mikey really know his audience?

  43. #43 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    February 21, 2014

    Oh, and watch out for them twist-off caps or the pull tabs

    Which is why I drink good beer that requires a bottle opener. While I have seen bad beer without twist-off caps, I’ve not seen good beer with it. Besides, the standard bottles are easier to refill with homebrew.

    or the pull tabs

    I’m afraid you’re showing your age – I’ve not seen a pull tab since the ’80s.

  44. #44 Jessica S
    February 21, 2014

    “…substances are intentionally formulated into dietary products to drive consumers mentally insane…and a loss of any ability to engage in rational, conscious thinking.”

    Sounds like he’s partaking of the same poisons. The “loss of any ability to engage in rational, conscious thinking” fits like a glove.

  45. #45 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    @ Jessica:

    According to Mikey, he *was* poisoned, like everyone else, altho’ he ate what he *thought* were pure, organic, GMO-free, transplendent, edenic ambrosiae ™ but he found out otherwise and then went on a cleansing regime ( no details given, thankfully) and began eating the real, *lab tested* purified, toxin-free essences of Nature ™. Or suchlike.

    He noticed that he became so much more clear thinking and subject to intermittently self-evocative revelations that were,yes, ABSOLUTELY brilliant! As he now remains.

    I knew someone who also was subject to intermittent flashes of brilliance but it unbfortunately turned out to be a detached retina.

  46. #46 lsm
    February 21, 2014

    I took a rare trip over to NaturalNews to see how the commenters were taking this dire news, but I couldn’t read past this exchange:

    Meridianlink • 2 days ago
    Mike, thanks for this, I have known this for a long time by observing the clinical effects in our health clinic here, but I am so glad you are able to voice this publicly. My feeling is that our best remedy is to engage metaphysical remedies, visualizing best case and engaging the unseen friends to make a shift, perhaps to change the molecular structure of glyphosate, and/or shifting the consciousness of the people involved. If they could become aware of the impact, it would change things. Maybe they need to synthesize more oxytocin.

    Joy • 2 days ago
    Many thanks, Meridianlink, for your wise words. I have been a healer trainer for many years in the UK and also work with energies in different ways. The beings/life-forms behind this planetary attack, working through specific ‘humans’, do not have the capability/creative skills to counteract high frequency metaphysical work. They need to lower the frequency of humanity in order to be able to control it, and cannot remain in high-frequency energies as it destabilises them.

  47. #47 Sian Williams
    February 21, 2014

    Mike (and the rest of the media) keeps repeating one of my biggest chemophobia pet peeves: “There’s a yoga mat ingredient in my bread!” could just as easily be “There’s a bread ingredient in my yoga mat!” and the latter wouldn’t prompt nearly as much outrage. Ingredients in cosmetics pop up in some very unexpected places my favorite being isobutane which is used in lip gloss and industrial lubricants.

  48. #48 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    @ Sian Williams:

    I suppose that Mike says ‘yoga mat chemicals’ in order to conjure up an image of a rubber or plastic substance being baked into breads. Oh the horror!

    -btw- I’d be careful about making references to both ‘industrial lubricants’ and lip gloss with TBruce in the house.
    ( Do I know the minions or what?)

  49. #49 JerryA
    February 21, 2014

    I was going to say something snarky about “next warning, beware of silicon dioxide- it’s in food *and* computer chips”… then I read Ism’s comment #46 quoting the marching morons on NN, I mean wise energy crystal metaphysical world healers. *sigh* There is no room for parody any more. It’s been crowded out by the uber-stupid.

  50. #50 notation
    February 21, 2014

    Would the “uber-stupid” include “sabelmouse” and “Free People”? It should.

  51. #51 Incitatus
    February 21, 2014

    Denice, its not industrial lubricants i was talking about. Its a more, erm, personal form. Bow chicka wow wow etc.
    seriously the amount of dimethicone you pick up on mass spec is mind..erm..blowing. Its everywhere.
    and pretty harmless.
    as well as slidey.

  52. #52 Sian Williams
    February 21, 2014

    @Denice,
    I’m well aware of the innuendo those two things carry when used in the same sentence. In my social circle nothing is sacred, and my lurking has taught me that’s much the same here. So have at.

  53. #53 herr doktor bimler
    February 21, 2014

    to engage metaphysical remedies, visualizing best case and engaging the unseen friends to make a shift, perhaps to change the molecular structure of glyphosate

    Just like how the Bene Gesserit Sisters can transmute the molecular structure of spice poison, in that documentary ‘Dune’.

  54. #54 notation
    February 21, 2014

    I am so out of my league here, but I have not laughed so hard in weeks as I have at this series of posts. Thank you for making my Friday night!

  55. #55 Lurker
    February 21, 2014

    If you’re feeling mischievous, you could go to sites that promote yoga as quackmed (which is different to ‘yoga as ordinary exercise’ with no quackery attached), and post a comment about ‘yoga mat chemicals,’ with the URLs of other woo sites about this.

    ‘If you’re sweating whilst performing yoga, you might pick up these nasty chemicals through your skin and suffer the consequences. Anyone promoting yoga mats is clearly nothing more than a scam artist who’s poisoning you with chemicals and laughing all the way to the bank.’

    If you’re lucky this will set off a round of crank magnetism.

    Speaking of chemicals, this gem from the comments on the Mother Jones vaccine article:

    ‘Solo_poke (reply to Becca Bankston) 3 days ago
    You suffered due to the ignorance and corruption of others. I am nearly 50 and in amazing shape because I do NOT allow chemicals inside my body…
    Wake up…’
    9 2′

    What’s frightening is that the comment got 9 up-votes and only 2 down-votes. What’s better is that the two comments in reply to that one said, in effect, ‘Your entire body is made of chemicals, doofus!’

  56. #56 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    February 21, 2014

    herr doktor bimler – but what of the Boni Maroni, the interstellar development cooperative NOAMCHOMSKI, the Schlepping Guild, the Kumquat Haagendasz, and Drambrewski?

  57. #57 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    February 21, 2014

    Watching these alt-med whackaloons constantly reminds me that “Fear is the Mind-Killer”, though.

  58. #58 Lucario
    Night in SoFla
    February 21, 2014

    Denice Walter @#45:

    Whoever thought the world of our ancestors was “edenic” clearly lived a lie. I’ve read enough American Civil War books to know that just wasn’t so. Lead and arsenic in paint, mercury in the patent medicines, and Arceus knows what in the water supply – let’s just say those were dirty, dirty times.

  59. #59 Krebiozen
    February 21, 2014

    I can imagine how horrified Mikey must have been to discover this invisible Holocaust using his new toys carefully calibrated, exquisitely quality controlled, highly sensitive analytical devices. I assume he has found that unequivocally none of his products are poisoning anyone (it would defeat the object otherwise, n’est pas?); that must be some consolation for the poor lamb.

    Does he have an opinion on what to do with DHMO?

    I hope so. We need his help here. Half the UK is covered in DMHO, it’s everywhere, falling from the sky, coming out of faucets. Even blood samples are full of it. It’s in our food, and everything we drink. As little as 2 inches of this stuff can kill. People are dying! Send desiccants urgently. And dear FSM please, no more methicone.

  60. #60 Denice Walter
    February 21, 2014

    @ Incitatus:
    @ Sian Williams:

    I know. The minions expect at least six references to lube, poo and/ or miasmas per post so I thought I’d better slide something in quickly.
    Oooops!

    @ Lucario:

    Mike currently lives in the eden that is Austin, Texas.

  61. #61 herr doktor bimler
    February 21, 2014

    “Fear is the Mind-Killer”
    Yes, that seems to be a key component of Mikey’s business model.

  62. #62 Graham
    February 21, 2014

    This is something I also posted to the Exposing PseudoAstronomy blog (& podcast), but I think that it well sums up the danger of Adams and his ilk.

    Many years ago I read a sci-fi short story (Long enough ago I cannot remember the title or author, but i’m guessing it dated from no later than the 60s). In it the Earth is peaceful and pastoral and the overwhelming majority of the population is telepathic, what one knows, all know.

    The small (less than 15 individuals) portion of the population that does not have the telepathic facility has been given the make work task of looking after the library that holds all human knowlege gained before the rise of the telepaths, who disdain such knowlege as ‘irrelevant’.

    Then, unexpectedly a brilliant comet (I feel the author should have chosen a supernova.) appears in the night sky, and the telepathic part of the human race is seized by a massive panic attack, what one fears, all fear….

    The staff of the library are given the obligatory gloat, before they get down to caming down one of the telepaths and, with the aid of an astronomy text show that the light in the sky, is neither new or threatening.

    In my darker moments, this is where I fear the internet is taking the human race.

  63. #63 DLC
    February 22, 2014

    Adams is like a bright 10 year old who’s been given a microscope but no knowledge of how to use it and no guidebook to what he’ll see when he does. “we found Parts Per Billion!! (!!!11!) of aluminum! Parts per billion. Why not complain that the Earth is a lovely planet except for all the damn people on it.

  64. #64 Helianthus
    February 22, 2014

    @ hdb / MoB / TVRBoK

    Just like how the Bene Gesserit Sisters can transmute the molecular structure of spice poison, in that documentary ‘Dune’.

    Please, Frank Herbert was making much more sense.
    I tried to read twice the quoted comments from NN, and my brain just went on strike half-way through.

    Although these commenters remind me of a French guru who created his own brand of church of happylology. Every night, he would destroy by the force of his mind hundreds of thousands of Earth-bound flying saucers from Pluto. One day, he discovered his own dog was a Venusian spy.

  65. #65 Mrs Grimble
    February 22, 2014

    BobfromLI @39: “Do you HAVE ANY IDEA what might be in beer? ”
    C2H6O, which is a known toxin that kills hundreds of thousands every year and causes mental instability, difficulty in thinking and extreme suggestibility when consumed. And it’s one of those damm chemicals!
    WAKE UP SHEEPLE! STOP DRINKING BEER!!

  66. #66 Incitatus
    February 22, 2014

    Do not wake the sheeple.

    sheesh does no one read xkcd anymore?

  67. #67 El Oso
    February 22, 2014

    Ism’s comment/ quotes, like most of this stuff, made me laugh- and then made me sad.

    For me, the awful thing about the worldview promoted by (and profiting) people like Mike Adams is that it’s

    completely closed. It never has to adjust to new information; it never gets to be wrong. If Mike Adams predicts

    an apocalypse that doesn’t come, it’s not because he was wrong- it’s because Mary Woo and her crystal

    energy spirits reprogrammed everyone’s molecules, just in the nick of time!

    It seems to me- and I’ll let everyone know if it turns out I’m wrong- that being wrong is necessary, beneficial,

    and unavoidable. It’s what happens when you don’t know everything; it’s what happens when you try to make

    a connection with someone who thinks differently from you; it’s what happens when you take a risk, or push a

    limit, or poke a border. From here, down in the muck with the fools and students and researchers, it seems

    horribly lonely, to be up on a cloud where you’re right all of the time. Lonely, and boring, and safe as a tomb.

  68. #68 El Oso
    February 22, 2014

    Ism’s comment/ quotes, like most of this stuff, made me laugh- and then made me sad.

    For me, the awful thing about the worldview promoted by (and profiting) people like Mike Adams is that it’s completely closed. It never has to adjust to new information; it never gets to be wrong. If Mike Adams predicts an apocalypse that doesn’t come, it’s not because he was wrong- it’s because Mary Woo and her crystal energy spirits reprogrammed everyone’s molecules, just in the nick of time!

    It seems to me- and I’ll let everyone know if it turns out I’m wrong- that being wrong is necessary, beneficial, and unavoidable. It’s what happens when you don’t know everything; it’s what happens when you try to make a connection with someone who thinks differently from you; it’s what happens when you take a risk, or push a
    limit, or poke a border. From here, down in the muck with the fools and students and researchers, it seems horribly lonely, to be up on a cloud where you’re right all of the time. Lonely, and boring, and safe as a tomb.

  69. #69 Narad
    February 22, 2014

    Oh, and watch out for them twist-off caps or the pull tabs…there’s a plot in there somewhere!

    Well, sure. That’s why they used to contain occult messages.*

    * These persisted at least into the late ’90s, when Ballantine was twist-off.

  70. #70 lsm
    February 22, 2014

    @68 It does make you sad, visiting the realm of the truly paranoid. How does Denise Walter stay sane?! But even worse were the comments about how maybe this “lost battle for humanity” is all for the best because natural selection will enable a few million enlightened organic feeders to survive.
    Do your homework!

  71. #71 AlisonM
    http://adhdcommunity.boards.net/
    February 22, 2014

    Is it too late to thank Lurker for his wonderful idea about trolling woo sites about the chemicals in yoga mats?

  72. #72 notation
    February 22, 2014

    @lsm: Those quotes gave me such a headache that I had to have 3 glasses of cava.

    I feel better now!

    Does that mean cava is the cure for all ills?

  73. #73 Denice Walter
    February 22, 2014

    @ Ism:

    How do I stay sane?
    Easily. Altho’ I probably have a degree of hereditary immunity** I believe that tolerance can be learned and is achievable by systematic desensitivisation if planned correctly and if caution is exercised assiduously.

    And here’s how you do it:
    - try to read or listen to a little woo every day. First you should restrict your exposure – if you want to pull your hair out or drink an entire bottle of Scotch- you’ve stayed too long
    - increase either the time you spend each day gradually ( over months) or choose progressively more looned out woo. e.g. go from AoA to TMR to Jake.
    - when your tolerance reaches 20+ minutes a day of moderately mad alt med hype, create a watch list of sites to monitor daily – follow your schedule religiously.
    -eventually you will graduate to hour long sessions of reading Natural News or listening to Gary Null. If you survive unscathed for a week, you have made the grade.

    Even if you are able to tolerate vast amount of steaming rubbish you must also periodically take life-enhancing countermeasures to forestall any deleterious psychological repercussions:
    today I took a drive to the waterside to see what havoc winter storms have wrought- it was lovely: partially flooded roads and rotted grasses on marshes and hillsides, trees snapped in half. Observing nature opens our eyes to realities unacceptable to alties. Nature ain’t always pretty and our bestest friend.
    Some people swear that vodka will erase all pains associated with the observation of woo.
    Read a good novel to reassure yourself that not everyone is a terrible writer, unaware of realistic human motivation and interaction or concerned only with their own genius.
    AND there you go!

    ** generations and generations of family members in business tolerating nonsense

  74. #74 Joseph Hertzlinger
    Planet Earth (for now)
    February 22, 2014

    There’s a simple test to see if Mike Adams really is a libertarian: If an ammunition manufacturer started making depleted-uranium bullets for handguns, would Mike Adams call for banning them?

  75. #75 Doctor Biobrain
    February 22, 2014

    Food additives are Hitler.

    Food additives tortured Bambi’s mother.

  76. #76 Doctor Biobrain
    February 22, 2014

    Food additives are the Devil.

  77. #77 Lurker
    February 23, 2014

    AlisonM @ 71, thanks.

    Red alert, California USA: Anti-vaxxers take over in comments on measles story in California newspaper:

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140221/articles/140229902#page=0

    Look for comments by ‘Thomas’ and ‘James Bennet,’ regurgitating the usual b—– nonsense and using ALL CAPS to emphasise THE TRUTH.

    Quoting the story: ‘In Sebastopol Union and Twin Hills school districts, 40 percent or more of parents request personal belief exemptions, Holbrook said.’ (Karen Holbrook is a public health official.)

    Those districts are in Sonoma County in California, which is near San Francisco, as are Berkeley and Contra Costa, where an un-immunised university student just came down with measles and rode public transport whilst contagious.

    Anyone reading this who is local to the cities mentioned, ought to weigh in on the comments on that story. The reporter’s email address is at the bottom of the story so you can write to him directly.

    Speaking of ‘personal belief exemptions,’ I’d like an exemption to the law of gravity, so I can flap my arms and fly.

  78. #78 Dangerous Bacon
    February 23, 2014

    With recent bursts of activity on NN including stories warning of the “dark side” of artificial sweeteners, new fluoride horrors, neurotoxin contamination of edible cactus, prisoner torture, government attempts to take over the entire news media, plus the impending loss of the global fight to save humanity, I was amused to see the following NN feature posted today:

    Fear and stress cause “brain illness”.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/044017_brain_illness_mental_stress_health_effects.html

    Thank goodness we have NaturalNews to warn us about the risks of getting stressed out.

  79. #79 Doctor Biobrain
    February 23, 2014

    Food additives will extinguish the Sun.

    Food additives killed Elvis.

  80. #80 Chris,
    February 23, 2014

    So Doctor Biobrain, how do you feel about salt? What about sugar? Vinegar? Limewater or wood ash to release nutrients from certain corn? How about yeast? Or certain bacteria?

    So no pickles, bread, yogurt, cheese or blue corn tortillas for you!

  81. #81 Mrs Grimble
    February 23, 2014

    Not wholly OT: http://conspiracypsychology.com should interest a lot of peeps here. Written by a bunch of psychologists, it examines the psychology of conspiracy theorists, including ant-vaxxers.

  82. #82 LW
    February 23, 2014

    “neurotoxin contamination of edible cactus”

    That sounds like a major international crisis right there.

  83. #83 terry gibbs
    February 23, 2014

    So Mike Adams has discovered that the air is full of…dirt. We’re all gonna die!!!

    About half a century ago, my mother made a series of clay figurines illustrating exaggerated fear of low-level radiation for radiologist Vincent Collins. One guy huddled under an umbrella fearful of cosmic rays. One guy cringed away from radiation coming up from the ground. And one guy, the most terrified of all, stared down at horror at a radiation symbol on his own belly, representing natural radioactive isotopes within his own body.

  84. #84 Denice Walter
    February 23, 2014

    @ Dangerous Bacon:

    Right. Woo-meisters ramp up fear about diet and health as well as about the economy and social conditions ENDLESSLY and then tell us that stress causes illness.
    Which of course can be ameliorarted with proper nutrition, exercise and breathing techniques.
    Then they sell you supplements and relaxation tapes. Which you play after viewing their “Toxic Apocalypse 2014″ and “Economic Ragnarok, 2015″ and “Fascism Reborn, 2016″ videos.
    I swear, Null has a 10 tape series about fascism being
    offered as premium for radio listeners.( see WBAI website)

  85. #85 Narad
    February 23, 2014

    I’d like an exemption to the law of gravity, so I can flap my arms and fly.

    This subject has been addressed, inter alia, by philosophers Brett and Rennie Starks.

  86. #86 Pareidolius
    February 23, 2014

    Headdesk. I live in the bland, provincial, beigeness known as Santa Rosa. Usually the Press Democrat comments section is full of flag-waving, racist, anti-immigrant, Mexiphobic spew. Now it’s full of the aforementioned spew and anti-science, batshit cray-cray. I pity the few, brave souls who have tried to sound reasonable in the comments. Engaging the cretinous Bennet and his ilk is pointless . . . of course, I did anyway.

  87. #87 squirrelelite
    February 23, 2014

    @terri gibbs,

    Those clay figurines sound cool!
    Maybe there should be one inside a plastic bubble to protect against neutrinos, which come from all directions.

    Also, it’s a good thing there is dirt in the air, because we need the dust particles as a precipitation focal point to start forming rain drops. Unfortunately, we need a lot more of that nasty DHMO here in the southwest as well.

  88. #88 palindrom
    February 24, 2014

    squirrelelite — Unfortunately, a plastic bubble won’t protect you against neutrinos. You’re constantly being irradiated by neutrinos from the sun — even at night, because they pass unimpeded through the body of the earth!

    Nothing to fear, though, since they proceed to pass through you, too, without depositing any energy or causing any damage.

    John Updike wrote a fine poem about this.

  89. #89 Arcanyn
    February 24, 2014

    -Most- will pass through you; very occasionally one will interact with the nucleus of an atom, causing it to transform into a different element. Though the odds are remote, this could potentially happen to DNA, and probably has happened a few times in history. Therefore, we can be sure that neutrinos cause CANCER and that the neutrino apocalypse is surely upon us. But do not fear, simply purchase my book “The Neutrino Detoxicification diet; 200 holistic quantum recipes to protect you against toxic frequencies”, and you will be able to keep your family safe while War, Famine, Death and Pestilence ravage the lands with GMO chemtrails. (can you blame me? I’m a terrible cook – how else am I going to sell a recipe book?)

  90. #90 palindrom
    February 24, 2014

    OMG — GMO !

  91. #91 Denice Walter
    February 24, 2014

    Mikey, never one to rest upon his laurels, today instructs his ardent followers about the twelve “potentially life-threatening mistakes” that survivalists and food preparedness obsessionalists make.

    When the Great Culling begins, water and food will become scarce and PURE water and foods will be virtually non-existent. If you’ve already stored tons of packaged foods you might believe that you are indeed “out of the woods” BUT you think wrong(ly). Possibly DEAD wrong.

    Your canned foods could be dodgy and laden with heavy metal, radiation and GMOs; your water could be problematic; defending your stores may not be the first issue that popped unbidden into your mind; the seeds you may depend on could be difficult to maintain; did you remember to stock fertiliser, barter goods and bullets? Oh, you didn’t. Then tough luck, hombre.
    If you live in a city, well, you’re already DOA.

    Mike will enlighten you about the strategies you require to keep your family, your property and yourself safe and sound through these apocalyptic times . He’ll be testing storable food and heirloom seeds for toxins as well as offering his new supplement which will counteract radioactive cesium.

    See the new adv… *news stories* coming soon to Natural News- your one stop shop on the internet to satisfy all of your largely imagined, fear-driven needs.

  92. #92 squirrelelite
    February 24, 2014

    You’re right, palindrom.
    But, umbrellas don’t help much against cosmic rays.
    It’s more an expression of where you expect the thing you fear to come from. And since neutrinos can go right through the Earth without interacting with a single atom, they can be coming from any direction. Hence, the plastic bubble which covers in all directions.
    But, over course that is way TMI.

    Personally, I’d worry more about a gamma ray burst pointed in our direction. Those things are NASTY! But, fortunately there don’t seem to be any stars big enough to cause the effect that are close enough for us to worry about.

    Still, it’s about as logical as most of the foolish worries about minute quantities of poisonous chemicals or toxins that keep getting repeated in the anti-SBM media.

    And, I still think the clay figurines sound cool!

    Have a good week!

  93. #93 squirrelelite
    February 24, 2014

    @Arcanym,

    Sounds like a cool book. Maybe I should share some of my favorite recipes with you and we could have fun!

    I actually have an old cookbook with a recipe for grilling steaks with a high energy laser. Something like that ought to fit right in.

  94. #94 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    February 24, 2014

    I am someone you’ll never know
    I am the little neutrino
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk0Is8-gGSQ&feature=kp

  95. #95 The Smith of Lie
    Here in the trailer park...
    February 24, 2014

    Now, thanks to Mikes I finally know what queers are doing to the soil! ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71PNZH1OaW0&feature=kp&hd=1&html5=1 ) They’re adding aluminum!

  96. #96 herr doktor bimler
    February 24, 2014

    Mikey, never one to rest upon his laurels
    He is too busy examining them under the microscope, checking for modified genes.

  97. #97 Vicki
    February 24, 2014

    Randall Munroe looks at possibly lethal neutrino radiation in this what-if column.

  98. #98 herr doktor bimler
    February 24, 2014

    Remember, a neutrino beam provides the prefect homeopathic remedy for radiation exposure.
    Not to forget neutrino geotomography.

  99. #99 Ausduck
    The sunny side
    February 24, 2014

    How many more sharks are left for Mikey to jump?
    Good grief!

  100. #100 Blues
    February 25, 2014

    I am a lubrication analyst, I review lab data and manage the lubricant health of machinery important to the health and safety of the public. So I read waiting for this to pop up

    “we have confirmed trace levels of aluminum in regular atmospheric air, confirming the fact that all agricultural soils are being inundated with aluminum which is literally falling out of the sky. ”

    In my machines, indeed in the standard spectroscopic analysis of almost every oil sample, we monitor for aluminum. In my case, we have only a few machines with any aluminum components. The source is well known in the Predictive Maintenance world. The Earth itself.

    If I see Aluminum, I think dust.

    So, if I sampled air tightly enough, I would expect to see aluminum in air, given that I have I have chased the source other trace elements at some expense and difficulty to their source. Coastal air.

    So, when does air that has been over saltwater become bad for us?

  101. #101 Masha
    February 28, 2014

    After reading Orac for the last year or so, I’m finally incensed enough to comment.

    Mr Adams can just f**k right off about Kyiv (Kiev in Russian, Kyiv in Ukrainian). The reason people are pissed there is because their president had the balls to steal SO much money from the country. Google ‘Yanukovich house’ and see some of the photos that come up. And check out some of the bookkeeping that was found by the journalists there. There’s a receipt for a $12,000,000 US cash change of hands (yep, 12 million dollars!). And receipts for his furniture, which cost more than the whole education budget for the country. And the 2-kg bread-shaped paperweight made of solid gold.

    It’s not the aluminum. He can seriously f**k right off.

  102. #102 Narad
    February 28, 2014

    And receipts for his furniture, which cost more than the whole education budget for the country.

    A quick Intertubes foray suggests that Ukraine has a GDP of $165.25 billion and spends 6.15% of GDP on education. That must have been a lot of furniture.

  103. #103 S. Williams
    February 28, 2014

    Looks like this whole mess has been picked up by a
    credulous CBS reporter here:

    Looks like the reporter copy-pasted portions of the
    EWG page without much actual research into the
    matter.

  104. #104 lilady
    March 1, 2014

    World renowned and respected gym mats, soles of shoes and bread expert, offers up his opinions; here at 5:35 into the tape:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jtolplgl3w

    Way to go, Bill !!!

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