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  1. There is the case of Rawesome Foods. Both Alex Jones of infowars and Mike Adams of naturalnews were on that case like ugly on an ape. Rawesome Foods sold raw milk, which is illegal. Nobody complained. Everybody knew they were getting raw milk, so there was no deception. Some people prefer raw milk. Rawesome Foods passed all the tests for cleanliness. Nobody got sick. The only problem was raw milk was illegal. The government came with guns drawn and dumped all the milk and most of the other food and shut down Rawesome Foods and put the Rawesome Foods guy in jail. Do you really think private, for-profit, competing consumer organizations and labs would have dunnit better, faster, and more impartially than government dunnit?I don't get you. I am talking about information and knowledge for people to make up their own minds what they take into their own bodies - and you're talking about intervention and force. Where do they meet? . I was trying to be funny. Raiding a raw milk establishment with guns drawn is ridiculous. If anyone is really concerned about the safety of raw milk, it is sufficient to inform people of the dangers and let people decide for themselves. I do not believe government was concerned about the safety of raw milk.
  2. You didn't read the article. If we take that silly article seriously for a moment, the reason why we are not dead is: 1. It is not about something that happened. It is not even about something that is happening. It is about something that might happen in the future, given the frequency of earthquakes in Japan. 2. If it happens (in the future), it would not kill us instantly. It would give us cancer and birth defects and all that stuff. But there is no chance of anyone getting too much radiation. Every time the radiation gets too high, government increases the safe limit. Just change the number and we are safe. Government has the magical power to do that, even tho Mike Adams doesn't believe it.
  3. Mike Adams is trying to be funny. There is no way a little radiation will do any harm. Radiation is good. That's how to get vitamin D. Don't take this piece of comedy seriously. http://www.naturalne...Plume-Gate.html --- begin quote --- Fukushima reactor No. 4 vulnerable to catastrophic collapse; could unleash 85 times Cesium-137 radiation of Chernobyl; human civilization on the brink by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor (NaturalNews) The news you are about to read puts everything else in the category of "insignificant" by comparison. Concerned about the 2012 U.S. presidential election? Worried about GMOs? Fluoride? Vaccines? Secret prisons? None of that even matters if we don't solve the problem of Fukushima reactor No. 4, which is on the verge of a catastrophic failure that could unleash enough radiation to end human civilization on our planet. (See the numbers below.) The resulting releasing of radiation would turn North America into a "dead zone" for humans... mutated (and failed) crops, radioactive groundwater, skyrocketing infant mortality, an explosion in cancer and infertility... this is what could be unleashed at any moment from an earthquake in Japan. Such an event could result in the release of 85 times the Cesium-137 released by the Chernobyl catastrophe, say experts (see below). And the Chernobyl catastrophe made its surrounding regions uninhabitable by humans for centuries. Yet, astonishingly, the usual suspects of deception are saying absolutely nothing about this problem. The mainstream media (the dying dinosaur media, actually) pretends there's no problem with Fukushima. President Obama says nothing about it. Federal regulators, including the NRC, are all but silent. It's as if they think their silence on the issue somehow makes it go away. Perhaps these professional liars in the media and government have become so used to idea that they can simply spin their own reality (and get the public suckers to believe almost anything) that they now believe they can ignore the laws of physics. That's why they have refused to cover the low-level radiation plume that continues to be emitted from Fukushima. The fate of the world now rests on reactor No. 4 "It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No.4 reactor." - Mitsuhei Murata, Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, Executive Director, the Japan Society for Global System and Ethics Mr. Murata's stunning statement should be front-page news everywhere around the world. Why? Because he's right. If reactor No. 4 suffers even a minor earthquake, it could set off a chain reaction of events that quickly lead to North America becoming uninhabitable by humans for centuries to come. Imagine California, Oregon and Washington states being inundated with radiation -- up to 85 times the radiation release from Chernobyl. We're talking about the end of human life on the scale of continents. Here's how this could happen, according to Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy: "The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident. The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters." (http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218/nuclear-expert-fukushima-spent-...) Note: He says "10 times" the Cesium-137 of Chernobyl. Others say up to 85 times. Nobody is 100% certain of what would actually occur because this has never happened before. We are in uncharted territory as a civilization, facing a unique and imminent threat to our continued survival. And both governments and the corporations that assured us nuclear power was safe are playing their "cover my ass" games while the world waits in the crosshairs of a nuclear apocalypse. Fukushima Facts To better understand the severity of this situation, read these facts about Fukushima reactor No. 4 which I have assembled from available news sources: • Reactor #4 contains 1,535 spent fuel rods which remain highly radioactive. • These fuel rods currently hold the potential to emit 37 million curies of radiation. • Those fuel rods are stored in a concrete pool located 100 feet above the ground, inside the structurally compromised reactor building, effectively making the pool open to the air. • The pool holding these fuel rods is "structurally damaged." • "If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident." - Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy. • "The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors." - Mr. Alvarez. • Just 50 meters from reactor No. 4, a much larger pool of spent fuel rods contains 6,375 fuel rods, all of which remain highly radioactive. • All these fuel rods are, astonishingly, exposed to the open air. They are not held inside any containment vessel. • The total number of spent fuel rods across all six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi site is 11,421. • If reactor No. 4 suffers a structural failure, the release of radiation from the 1,535 spent fuel rods would make it virtually impossible for work to continue on the site, potentially resulting in an inability to halt a massive radiation release from all the other rods. • In all, the 11,421 fuel rods held at the Fukushima Daiichi facility contain roughly 336 million curies of "long-lived radioactivity." Roughly 134 million curies of that is Cesium-137. • "Reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet." - Mr. Robert Alvarez, U.S. Dept. of Energy • This amount of Cesium-137 radioactivity held in the full collection of fuel rods at Fukushima is 85 times the amount released at Chernobyl. • The release of this amount of Cesium-137 would "destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is an issue of human survival." (http://akiomatsumura...012/04/682.html) • The mainstream media operates in a total blackout of this news, refusing to even acknowledge the existence of this immediate threat to human civilization. • The mainstream media is, in large part, owned by General Electric, the very company that designed the Fukushima reactors in the first place. It is clear that GE is diligently running a total media blackout on this news in order to cover its own ass and prevent people from asking questions about the faulty engineering and nuclear facility site selection that led to this catastrophe. 18,000 dead so far and hundreds of millions at risk: The media cover-up "The executive branch and multiple federal agencies, agencies tasked with keeping the American public safe, did their best to hide and to cover-up information about a deadly radioactive plume and ensuing fallout that was headed for the West Coast of the United States from Japan," says Alexander Higgins. (http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/03/01/plumegate-media-silent-fe...) He goes on to state "The evidence obtained in the FOIA request indicates that right from the start, the NRC had a clear idea of the significance of the disaster that was unfolding, but concealed the truth from the American public. The results of the plume and fallout can be measured in the rise of infant mortality rates: cells of unborn and newborn children are dividing at a much higher rate than those of a mature adult, thus the amount of damage is greatly increased and hence more detectable. Conservative estimates place the number of stillborn following the Fukushima accident at over 18,000." See the FOIA documents here: http://www.houseoffo...ML11269A172.pdf and here: http://pbadupws.nrc....ML12052A106.pdf The conspiracy cover-up of the radioactive plumes still being emitted from Fukushima is now being called "Plume-Gate." This issue needs to be front and center on all our radar screens. There may quite literally be nothing more important for the survival of the human race than dealing with this runaway issue of Fukushima radiation in the immediate term, and the larger issue of the scientific fraud of nuclear power "safety" thereafter. As Higgins explains, "It is this author's opinion that any media source not shouting about Plume-Gate as loud as they can are likely controlled by the powers-that-be." He's got a point. This should be our No. 1 issue, and NaturalNews is re-shifting priorities right now to help raise the alarm on the impeding Fukushima disaster for the obvious reason that everything else pales in comparison to the importance of dealing with this. Take action now Although I hate to call for the UN to do anything at all, as it is a criminal globalist organization engaged in widespread sex slave trafficking, child abuse and mass murder, the UN definitely has some pull with governments around the world. The petition linked below calls for the UN to take immediate, decisive action to deal with Fukushima reactor No. 4 before it's too late and we all get "Fuk'ed" beyond repair. http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2012/05/01/an-urgent-request-o... This petition calls for two actions: 1. The United Nations should organize a Nuclear Security Summit to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. 2. The United Nations should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and coordinate international assistance in order to stabilize the unit's spent nuclear fuel and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences. Here at NaturalNews, although we hold the UN in contempt for its globalist actions and crimes against humanity, we nevertheless support this particular petition and the urgent effort for the UN to actually do something positive for a change. In fact, if the UN ignores this issue, that itself would be the greatest crime of all against humanity, for failure to solve this reactor No. 4 situation could mean the end of human civilization as we know it. NaturalNews will continue to cover this issue, especially focusing on reactor No. 4. We are reaching out to Higgins and Gunderson to conduct more interviews on this subject. Watch for more coverage here at NaturalNews.com. Sources include: Japanese letter: http://akiomatsumura.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Letter-to-Prime-M... Fukushima Update http://fukushima.gre...tion-japan.org/ Arnie Gunderson - one of the most important scientific voices of truth and reason on this issue http://www.fairewinds.com/ Alexander Higgins: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/03/01/plumegate-media-silent-fe... --- end quote ---
  4. There is the case of Rawesome Foods. Both Alex Jones of infowars and Mike Adams of naturalnews were on that case like ugly on an ape. Rawesome Foods sold raw milk, which is illegal. Nobody complained. Everybody knew they were getting raw milk, so there was no deception. Some people prefer raw milk. Rawesome Foods passed all the tests for cleanliness. Nobody got sick. The only problem was raw milk was illegal. The government came with guns drawn and dumped all the milk and most of the other food and shut down Rawesome Foods and put the Rawesome Foods guy in jail. Do you really think private, for-profit, competing consumer organizations and labs would have dunnit better, faster, and more impartially than government dunnit?
  5. Suppose a buyer asked a food producer directly if his product contains a specific substance, do you think telling the truth would violate the producer's rights? Read the label. The label has a complete list of ingredients. None of them is the substance in question. Does that answer your question? For example one of the ingredients is modified starch, which contains the substance in question.
  6. Jerry: Perhaps you could provide us gullible folks with the official "reputable" news source websites so we do not wast our precious time... Thanks Adam Trust only government, nothing else. If it has government's stamp of approval on it, it is trustworthy; otherwise it is not. Avoid anything "alternative", alternative news, alternative health or medicine, etc. The word 'alternative' means alternative to government. Trust "official" and "reputable". These words 'official' and 'reputable' mean government's stamp of approval. For example government says the radiation from Fukushima is harmless or even beneficial to health, but the radiation from the sun causes skin cancer. You should believe whatever government tells you. There is an alternative news source called naturalnews that sings the praises of sun and vitamin D to high heaven. You should avoid naturalnews. Trust FDA (Fraud and Deception Administration Food and Drug Administration). They work for the drug companies for your safety. When they ban a product, it is to protect the drug company from looking bad because too many people would die to protect you. When FDA approves a product, avoid it because they approve only bad things, never good things you should trust the product.
  7. Products can easily be labelled in such a way that the label is misleading and worse than useless. This has been discussed other places so many times and at such length that it seems unnecessary to discuss it again, and besides that it would take us too far off topic. There is a law that says that if msg is in a food, it must be clearly listed on the label. But one of the loopholes in the law is that if an ingredient is listed and it consists of 90% msg, then that ingredient can be listed and msg does not need to be listed. Most people reading the list of ingredients will not know that the food contains msg, even tho it does. Then they go their way, assured that the food does not contain msg, because if it did it would be listed. People such as myself who know how to read dishonest labels know that avoiding msg is a major restriction in diet. People who don't know how to read dishonest labels (most people) seldom see msg. But all that is beside the point. My point is you don't have a right to know what is in the food that you eat.
  8. beforeitsnews is not a reputable news source. It's in the same category as Alex Jones and Jeff Rense. Don't nobody pay any attention to beforeitsnews. About government vs the people. That's just a bunch of conspiracy theories. Here is a clue. If it makes government look bad, it's a conspiracy theory. Never believe conspiracy theories, even when they turn out to be facts. Always trust government. No government in all of history ever did anything bad. Patriot Act is good. NDAA is good. If government wants to shut down the internet, that is good. If government wants to kill you for your own good, that is not for you to understand but to accept on blind unthinking faith. Never think for yourself; that's irrational.
  9. You have no right to know what is in the food you eat, if that implies an obligation to tell you. Don't matter the food contains something that if you knew what it is you wouldn't buy it. That's your tough luck. Why should a rational food producer who is motivated by self-interest lose customers by telling them what is in the food with the result that they don't buy it? That would be altruism. Making a law requiring food labelling is a violation of the rights of food producers. http://www.naturalne...fundraiser.html If they pass such a law, fortunately there is a way around it. Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #239: Never be afraid to mislabel a product. There are ways to mislabel products, truthfully and within the law. Products can easily be labelled in such a way that the label is misleading and worse than useless, and this has already been abundantly demonstrated. So in more ways than one, the law is an ass.
  10. I thought it might be Ms. Xray...but here are the sources, there are more. http://www.thesun.co...ex-session.html The Sun http://www.mirror.co...et-after-813563 The Mirror http://beforeitsnews..._In_Street.html Breitbart Unless I missed something, those sources are copies, not original sources. Copies from what? Not given. I didn't even see the name of the author of the article other than "staff reporter". If I did that, people probably would be on me like ugly on an ape. But no matter. It's only humor. One of the sources, beforeitsnews, is definitely not a reliable source; it has conspiracy theories on it. It's in the same category as Jeff Rense and Alex Jones.
  11. No source is given. It looks like it came from a gossip source. Gossip sources have no credibility. Sometimes gossip sources outright make up stories. Their purpose is to be sensational. They don't give a rat's behind whether the story is true.
  12. jts


    Question: If a physical test such as MRI or brainwaves existed to test whether a person is a psychopath (a person without capacity for empathy) and if this test was 100% reliable, would you put in the Constitution that psychopaths are not allowed in any political office? I listened to a bunch of videos about psychopaths. Someone said that most of the political trouble in the world is caused by psychopaths who gain political power. If that is true, then it seems maybe they should not be allowed to gain political power. But to make this a practical idea, a 100% reliable physical test would be helpful. The psychopath test requirement could be added to the Constitution, along with the age requirement and the citizenship requirement. Then maybe half of the world's political leaders would be eliminated and maybe there would be no more wars.
  13. Those guys are crookeder than a dog's hind leg and lower than a snake's belly and they deserve a kick in the ass so hard that they gotta clear their throat to fart. From: http://www.theunderg...ter-dictionary/ --- begin quote --- The Official Bankster Dictionary In the underground world of banking, doing wrong means doing right, up is down, and left is right. I happened to stumble upon a secret version of the Bankster’s Dictionary the other day when I was visiting a bank. I’ve posted some of the terms below that were contained in the Bankster’s Dictionary to help you understand bankster language. US Federal Reserve = European controlled private bank. Central Bank = Counterfeiting Ring Leader Criminal Underworld Currency Counterfeiters = Competitors that must be arrested and jailed. Savings Account = Devaluation Account, Cash Advance for Gambling Division Gambling = Banking Primary Business Line Fraud = Banking Secondary Business Line Las Vegas, Macau, Atlantic City = Model for running business operations. Inflation = Currency Devaluation through anti-free market manipulation of interest rates. Fractional Reserve System = Fractional Expansion Citizen Bankruptcy System, BSE (Biggest Scam Ever) Futures Markets = Manipulation Casino, SkyNet Three-Card Monte Scam Pablo Escobar, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, The Ochoa Hermanos, Yakuza = Cash Cows El Subcomandante Marcos aka Delegado Zero = Anti-poverty activist that must be wacked and shut up Independent Media = Terrorist Mass Media = Allies Allen Stanford, Bernie Madoff = Occasional Patsies and Necessary Fall Guys to appease the public’s ire at us. Stock Markets = Manipulation Casino, SkyNet Three-Card Monte Scam Commercial Investment Firm Rating of “Buy” and Hold” = Contrarian Indicator to SELL! Commercial Investment Firm Rating of “Sell” = Contrarian Indicator to “BUY!” Barbarous Relic = USD, Euro, Yen Beta = Empty Statistic meant to impress naïve investors Loan = Usury USD, Euro, Yen, etc. = Fantasy Digital Idea made real by banksters to control humanity Women’s Liberation Movement = Expansion of Tax Base from only men to men AND women Income Taxes = Wealth Transfer from citizens to owners of central banks. Gold = Bankster Kryptonite Silver = Bankster Kryptonite Truth = Banker Kyrptonite Lies & Deception = Bankster Standard M.O. Free Markets = Fairytale story like Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy to be taught in business schools worldwide. Drug Lords and Underground Crime Syndicates = Provider of global banking liquidity and huge year-end bonuses Parasite = Favorite insect Capitalism = Dead system that was killed by Central Banking but false scapegoat we can blame when we cause economic crashes and despair Miscellaneous Charges = Small Monthly Charges to siphon off money from bank accounts that customers will never notice or complain about Computer = Vehicle to rig all stock markets and commodity markets with HFT programs that execute trades not possible if executed by humans and if executed in a clear and transparent market. Boom = Unsustainable price distortions caused by interest-rate manipulation and market rigging. Bust = Opportunity to make money twice as quickly as in a boom! Market Crash = Engineered event to ensure the peasants will never accumulate enough wealth to rebel against us. Rising Markets on Mondays or Tuesdays into OpEx Fridays: Ruse to sucker more people to go long in order to fleece them by the time Friday arrives. Declining Markets on Mondays or Tuesdays into OpEx Fridays: Ruse to sucker more people to go short in order to fleece them by the time Friday arrives. Presidents and PMs = Best puppet and marionette allies to be rewarded handsomely after they leave office (see Tony Blair and the current POTUS) Superior Judges, SCOTUS = Made Men War = Double Bonus! Opportunity to devalue money at faster rate than during peace time and opportunity to accumulate more wealth from interest charged on war appropriations. Universities, Colleges and MBA programs = Re-education camps to indoctrinate students into fairytales of non-existent free markets, non-existent capitalism, and lies about how stock markets, real estate markets and economic cycles really work. Economic Journals and University Tenure = Carrot dangled in front of economic professors to ensure that they repeat to the world the “official” party line. Key Economic Indicators = False manipulated statistics designed to dumb down citizens into believing economy is recovering even as we increase their economic suffering Ben Bernarnke = Shakespearean clown. Conspiracy = Best Word to Discredit Truth about the global monetary system when the truth somehow escapes our censorship algorithms and makes it to the mainstream media we control. Machiavelli = Role Model Ivy League Schools = Indoctrination Camps for media representatives and professors we will send to brainwash other global regions into believing our propaganda CNBC = The Cartoon Network. Goldman Sachs = Rookie Farm Camp for global criminal banking syndicate. World Bank & IMF = Banks used by Western countries to impose crushing debt on developing nations to stunt their growth. Bailout = Transfer of Wealth from citizens to us. TBTF = Lie used to ensure we can perpetuate fraud. Quantitative Easing = Currency Devaluation. Fiat Currency = Worst Possible Idea Propaganda = Daily Financial News Feed Compartamentalization = Process to keep good people working as cogs in the machine within the banking industry ignorant of the fact that they are inflicting massive harm upon society. If others of you have had the good fortune to stumble across this secret Bankster Dictionary like me, please feel free to post more Bankster glossary terms below. --- end quote ---
  14. If you want to keep social security for a while at least, better vote Ron Paul. Ron Paul on social security - video 1 min
  15. Ron Paul will neither be nominated nor elected. Finis. End of Report. The people do not want him. They don't want anyone who will take away their social security. Ba'al Chatzaf Are you sure you are clear on Ron Paul's position on social security? Here is the man himself on social security. Ron Paul on social security - video 1 min
  16. Ron Paul will neither be nominated nor elected. Finis. End of Report. The people do not want him. They don't want anyone who will take away their social security. Ba'al Chatzaf How do you know people don't want anyone who will take away their social security? Is that armchair reasoning? Or was a survey done? Social security will be taken away in any case, with or without Ron Paul. Government is in debt up to its ears and taxes people to the limit and makes money out of nothing (causing it to be worth less) and one of the next things will be to delay or reduce or take away social security. Some people actually understand that.
  17. There is something strange about the reactions to Ron Paul. He gets more support from the troops than all the other candidates put together. He kicks ass in all the debates that he is in. He is popular on the internet. He draws big crowds. But he doesn't get many votes. Why? No doubt part of it is the self-fulfilling prophecy. People believe he has no chance to win, therefore they don't vote for him when otherwise they would, therefore he does not win. There is no way to know how many people don't vote for him because they think that would be a wasted vote when otherwise they would vote for him. There is something strange about the media's reaction to Ron Paul. For example when Ron Paul gets 3nd place in a poll, the media mentions 1st, 2nd, 4th, omitting 3rd. Why this omission? Perhaps it's to prevent Ron Paul from winning. But that doesn't make sense if they think he has no chance of winning.
  18. Votes in USA elections will be counted by a socialist company in Spain. What the 773H kind of ass backwards idea is that? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xair8xYRZag& "Soros has bought the Spanish company that will count the votes cast in the US presidential elections."
  19. [...] If you're not interested in my comments, that's fine by me. But if you are, I discuss ideas, not preaching agendas. Michael I understand the point of alternative medicine vs alternative to medicine is a side point, not the main part of the discussion. You don't believe in the distinction; I do. I don't believe in alternative medicine. If someone called Objectivism a form of alternative religion, you probably would respond. I get this "alternative medicine" thing all the time. I am very familiar with Shelton. I go back to the 1970s with Shelton and others like him. Wiki is not a good source of info about Shelton. True, Shelton made some mistakes, but that is just a one sided view of him. I agree that Ayn Rand the myth never existed. My guess is she was addicted to smoking but didn't want to admit to being addicted because that would be a denial of free will, so she denied evidence and glorified smoking as controlled fire. Then reality struck. Perhaps perfectly rational people don't exist outside of fiction.
  20. Small distinction. Causes cancer, tends to cause cancer, promotes cancer, interferes with recovery, all these things are on the pro-cancer side of the balance. There is probably nothing in terms of lifestyle that by itself absolutely guarantees cancer.
  21. I am well aware that in health matters, causes are usually not as simple as when cause C is present then effect E is present. To say that one thing causes another thing as for example smoking causes lung cancer is an inexact but convenient way of speaking. Perhaps I should have said "contributes to causing". The things that contribute to causing cancer are legion. The cause of cancer is the total weight of all those things, but even that is an oversimplification because there is such a thing as synergy. I read David Hume's philosophy many years ago. First John Locke made a distinction between primary characteristics (eg. shape) and secondary characteristics (eg. color). Then George Berkeley took that distinction and used it to prove that matter does not exist except in the mind of God. Then David Hume came along and took Berkeley's proof and proved that mind does not exist either and he was the ultimate skeptic. Then Immanuel Kant came along and wrote "Critique of Pure Reason" and, according to Gary Hull, that's when the trouble began and it led to the "Black Hole of Contemporary Philosophy". If John Locke hadn't made that phony distinction between primary and secondary characteristics or if someone had corrected him, maybe Kant would not have happened. But all that has little or nothing to do with the question why Ayn Rand quit smoking.
  22. I have no interest in alternative medicine. I see alternative medicine as alternative quackery. Hygiene is not medicine, orthodox or alternative. Hygiene is an alternative to medicine, not to be confused with alternative medicine. Read this chapter by Shelton to learn the difference between medicine and hygiene. Medicine and Hygiene Contrasted Saying hygiene (the science of health) is a form of alternative medicine is like saying Objectivism is a form of alternative religion or like saying capitalism is a form of alternative socialism. There is a saying: check your premises.
  23. If the diagnosis is cancer, who would not be 'impressed by one's own case'? Someone else smoked and got lung cancer; that is not evidence that smoking caused lung cancer. Ayn Rand smoked and got lung cancer; that is evidence that smoking caused lung cancer. What made the difference?