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A wonderful and inspirational Facebook page

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A happy April first to all!

As I promised, I have not abandoned this blog.  After a hiatus, I will be back in the near future with many more posts.

In the mean time, I suggest this Facebook Page, where you can gain your share of daily wisdom and inspiration on things like natural health and organics!

No, the site is not dead. Yes, there will be new content

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Just a quick announcement:  Many have pointed out that new content for this site has been a bit lacking recently.  I totally understand this and the concern that the twilight of Depleted Cranium might be looming.   However, I have every intent of keeping up the blog.

Right now, I have a number of personal and professional obligations converging.  As a result, I will be on more or less of a hiatus from new posts until April.

I realize that blogs thrive on new content and taking some time off will likely mean diminished traffic and page ranks.  Unfortunately, I just have too much going on.
Thanks,
Steve Packard

As Predicted, Jessica Ainscough Has Died Of Her Untreated Cancer

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Jessicadead

 

I take no pleasure in saying this.  However, it has come to my attention that Jessica Ainscough, the woman who I predicted would die of untreated cancer has passed away.

She was 30 years.  She spent seven of those years with a slowly progressing cancer that would ultimately kill her.

It was 2012 when I predicted this outcome, noting that the slow moving cancer would likely take a few more years to kill her.  It took about three.   To be perfectly honest, that’s roughly what I had expected, based on what doctors had told me and some research on the progression of the condition.

It is surely a sad day for her friends and family.  It’s terrible to lose a life at such an age, especially when it could have been prevented.  However, I believe this needs to be publicized and used as an example of how deadly cancer quackery can be.  She spent much of her life encouraging others to go down the path of fake treatments and quackery.  The ultimate result should be proof to any others who face the difficult decision of how to treat their cancer.

More info can be found here.

Trying out ads again

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Apologies in advance, but I could use some extra cash.  Feel free to use your favorite ad-blocker if you really don’t want to see them.

We’ll see how this works out.  If they’re just too obtrusive, I’ll get rid of them.

I’ll be back. More posts coming… really!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Just a quick announcement:

Any regular readers will notice a great lack of new posts recently. I’m aware of this, obviously, and it certainly has resulted in a big reduction in traffic.

No, I have not given up blogging and no this site is not dead. However, I’m in the midst of a major political situation which is taking all of my time for the moment. I do, however, hope to be able to make a couple of new posts in the next week or two and I will certainly make many more in the future.

In all likelihood, my time will be very limited and posts will be relatively few up until July. Thereafter, I will have a bit more time in August, but expect to be consumed once again in September and October. Then, following November, I’ll either have a lot of free time or very little time.

While you’re waiting, feel free to contribute to my political campaign. Yes, I know, it’s a blatant call for money, and I hate doing it, but it will make a difference, I can promise you that.

Tomorrow Is When I Will (hopefully) Get the Nomination

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Just a brief announcement: Tomorrow is the state Republican Convention. It’s the day when delegates will vote on who the candidates are for state and Federal offices.

I am competing with one other for the nomination to be the party-sponsored candidate for the US Congress. I’m pretty confident I will get it, but a lot can change, even at the last minute.

If you want to watch it happen, you can do so on the Connecticut Network, which has streaming live coverage of the convention caucuses. The Congressional one starts at 4PM Eastern Time.

Sorry about the spam

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Anyone who reads this blog probably has noticed there have not been a lot of posts recently.  Unfortunately, I have just been very busy.  As such, I also have not had a lot of time to moderate the comments.

There has been a huge influx of comment spam recently.  The CAPTCHA test has actually stopped most of it, but it seems many of the spammers have actually turned to human confirmation, using cheap labor.  Others may have used a backdoor around the tests.  But in any case, it’s clear they are far from 100% effective.

While it is unlikely that 100% of spam will be stopped, I’ve implemented some new plugins and filters in an attempt to reduce the problem.   Hopefully it will prove effective.

As before, there may be a problem with false positives.  If your comment does not show, it is likely because it was flagged as spam.  I periodically check the spam traps for such false positives and approve them, when I do find them.

Thanks for your patience.

Also, more posts coming soon!

The Only Study to Link GMO Foods to Cancer Retracted

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

You may remember back in March, this site called out a study in the Journal Food and Chemical Toxicology as being fraudulent.  No, I cannot claim credit for outing the study, however, as by the time it showed up here, a number of prestigious scientists had pointed out the extreme flaws in the study and conclusion.

None the less, the study, complete with dramatic photos of tumor-ridden rats has become a mainstay of the anti-biotech movement.   It is one of the most often cited pieces of evidence of the evils of genetic engineering.  Now, however, after much criticism, the journal has decided to retract the study.

Via the International Business Times:

GMO Corn Study To Be Retracted By Journal Following Storm Of Scientific Criticis

A controversial paper purporting to show a link between genetically modified corn and tumors in rats is poised to be retracted by the journal that published it following a storm of critics from scientists over the past year.

University of Caen biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini and colleagues published their findings on GMO corn and rats in September 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. They reported that rats fed genetically modified corn or water spiked with glyphosate, the herbicide used in conjunction with GM corn, were more prone to tumors and multiple organ failures. But there were odd signs surrounding the paper from the start: Seralini allowed some journalists early access to the paper, but only on the condition that they sign a confidentiality agreement that reporters not seek comments from other scientists on the paper before publication, an extremely unusual move. Once the research was released, scientists criticized almost every element of the paper: the experiment’s design, the use of a strain of rats prone to tumors, the lack of standard controls, and conclusions that did not seem fully supported by the data.

“This paper as it is now, presents poor quality science and dubious ethics,” scientists from the Brazilian Biosafety Association wrote in a letter to the journal.

On Thursday, French newspaper Le Figaro reported that Food and Chemical Toxicology editor-in-chief A. Wallace Hayes had sent Seralini a letter saying the paper will be retracted if he and his colleagues do not agree to withdraw it.

Having an article retracted, with or without the agreement of the authors is a rare event and about the most extreme form of censure that can be imposed on a scientific publication. It is especially noteworthy that this comes as a direct result of the legitimate criticism that came from the scientific community. Although the journal it was published in was far from prestigious, it became apparent that this was the only way to maintain any credibility they may have had.

Unfortunately, this is unlikely to end the use of the study as evidence of the evils of biotechnology. Just as Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent study still convinces anti-vaccine groups, it is impossible to shake the faith of true believers. Already some are saying this is just more evidence of a Monsanto-backed conspiracy.

So while this is a positive step and will certainly assure no legitimate scientists put any weight on the conclusions of this study, it will not unring that bell or put this claim to bed.

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“Psychic” Sylvia Browne Dead

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Perhaps it is in poor taste not to be a bit more sad and respectful of the dead, but if that is the case, let me be in poor taste.

There are many self-proclaimed psychics who take advantage of people who are in a state of grief or desperation.  One of the most odious has been Sylvia Browne.   A frequent guest on the Montel Williams show, she is known for having made a series of predictions that turned out to be dead wrong, such as saying Shawn Hornbeck was dead when he was later found alive.

While the more skeptical of us would not pay much attention, it did cause a great deal of pain to the families searching for their lost loved ones.

So bad were her scams that my friend Robert Lancaster started the page Stop Sylvia some time ago.

Well, now she is stopped….

Via the Huffington Post:

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A Few Long Overdue Updates

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

To those who have repeatedly asked for things like a return of the comment preview and better anti-spam measures, your requests are finally being answered.

It has been a while since I last upgraded WordPress to the latest version. Today I am doing just that, along with updating some of the plugins and seeking out some better ones. Comment previews should be back, as the new WordPress version once again supports the plugin. New captchas or other measures may be seen today as I experiment with various new options and plugins.

This is long overdue.

But be advised that if you catch the page in the middle of an update or when a plugin is being tried for the first time, you may experience some erratic behavior or interruptions to page arability.