Month: May 2017

Crime

Is the New York Times blackmailing FBI and CIA?

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? How could a reporter at New York Times blackmail an FBI or CIA agent? Easily. And everyone who ever went through counter-espionage training knows it. What Went Down This morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May chastised the US government. The UK freely shares anti-terrorism intelligence with the US. The US is …

News

Study Links Journalism, Stupidity

From the “we could have told you that” department: Journalists’ brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking. [emphasis added] It’s okay to laugh. You …

News

Fox News’ Ratings Collapse Is Almost Complete. Here’s Why.

Guest post by Lee A. Presser For those of you who do not follow things as mundane as television rating scores, you may be surprised to learn that Fox News Channel (FNC) is losing its lead as the powerhouse in primetime cable TV ratings to MSNBC.  There are a couple of reasons why. First, control …

Health

How “Healthy” Diets Kill You and Your Family

Do you follow the recommended diets? Low fat. High carbohydrate? Eat lots of fruit? If so, you’re probably overweight. And your blood tests are probably a mess. Maybe your doctor recommends expensive prescriptions to lower your cholesterol. A new study finds the problem is not your fault. Your doctor, poorly educated in nutrition, and government …

Health, Persuasion

Persuasion and Fat

  The Easiest Formula for Mastering Persuasion, Losing Weight, and Avoiding Disease (video) “Persuasion” is part of my job title. When you’re a persuasion professional, you get a lot of questions about persuasion. Some are sincere. Others are skeptical, like, “Okay, persuasion boy, persuade me to give you a hundred dollars.” Persuasion doesn’t work like …

Budget and Debt, News

Why I’m Not Freaking Out About the Budget

  Congress is about to pass a budget. I call it a “Paul Ryan Special.” This budget lets the government spend money for four months. It expires in September. The budget is horrible. Republicans are spinning a few “wins” in the budget, but that’s a terrible argument. It’s like telling a terminal cancer patient, “but …