Enjoy debating issues and ideas so much that it has to be my favorite recreation. So I was surprised when former mayor Dave Cieslewicz unleashed a short string of profanities last week when Your Squire expressed agnosticism on the human contribution to “global climate change.”
Fortunately, Mitch Henck’s show is now exclusively on-line so it faced no retribution from Barack Obama’s FCC. (Find it here.)
The science is settled, said Citizen Dave. I riposted that science is never settled.
• Neanderthals were brutish, ape-like hominids. Oops! Turns out they were about as intelligent as homo sapiens, just never achieved the population numbers to accumulate knowledge and beat the demographics.
• Menopausal women should get hormone supplements. No they shouldn’t. Well, maybe it’s a good idea, after all.
• Avoid eggs for breakfast. Too much cholesterol. What d’ya know? There’s such a thing as good cholesterol. Enjoy your eggs benedict!
• Phrenology? Cutting edge back in great-grandpa’s day.
From the NY Times: Recommendations pushing low-fat diets may have led to an increase in carbohydrate consumption, which many experts now believe may have made the obesity epidemic worse. Coffee was considered a potential carcinogen, until overwhelming evidence led to its recognition as part of a healthy diet. You were told you should never miss breakfast, you should drink more water and you should use natural sweeteners like honey. Except none of those things are well supported by science.