Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Once again...



Defy-ers defiant about defiance.


Sinclair Media gets called out for its shenanigans.


Anti abortion zealots send fake, retracted studies to the Supreme Court.

The legal challenge was set off by a group of antiabortion doctors who argued that the Food and Drug Administration ignored safety concerns when it eased restrictions on mifepristone’s availability. They relied on scientific studies claiming the medication is dangerous, citing the number of emergency room visits after mifepristone use. After publication, though, other scientists voiced major concerns about the statistical methods and thus questioned the conclusions.

For example, an external group found that one of the retracted studies used inaccurate medical codes — numbers used to translate health-care procedures and diagnoses — to count “abortion-related” emergency room visits. The study used codes for ectopic pregnancies, which occur naturally and are unrelated to abortions. The experts identified major ethical issues and scientific errors, including: A peer reviewer knew at least one of the authors of all three studies, and several are members of the same pro-life advocacy organizations, despite declaring no conflicts of interest in the study. The Sage review also concluded there were “unjustified or incorrect factual assumptions,” “material errors” and “misleading presentations” of data that “demonstrate a lack of scientific rigor and invalidate the authors’ conclusions in whole or in part.”



1 comment:

Jon Harwood said...

The far right loves performative politics that regurgitates the babbling of talk radio. A big part of MAGA world looks to be getting off on dopamine hits that keep the buzz going. Politicians, talk radio paranoids and social interactions with each other support the buzz. Fantasies about a civil war provide dopamine hits as does the grandaddy of them all, social media.

From afar it looks a lot like the addictive cycle with dopamine hits followed by a down cycle and then a search for more dopamine hits.