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6 Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Rupert Murdoch's Post-Hebdo Advice Is 'Just Stop Being Muslim'

January 10, 2015 in Blogs

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Plus Phyllis Schlafly's crazy campus rape solution.


1. Rupert Murdoch: Basically, just don’t be Muslim.

Fox, O’Reilly, CNN and right-wingers of all kinds have been harping away at the Muslim community all week about the need for moderate Muslims the world over to condemn the Charlie Hebdo attack and subsequent violence in Paris. Many Muslims and their leaders have done just that, although Fox can’t seem to locate these numerous condemnations. Bill Maher grudgingly seemed to make some distinction between more moderate and extremist Muslims on Friday night, though he still refers to the “Muslim world” as a single block of identically-minded, violent people. But Rupert Murdoch does them all one better. Blame moderate Muslims, even if they condemn extremist jihadis.

On Friday evening, the News Corp CEO took to Twitter to express his feelings that all Muslim people, even the peaceful ones, “should be held responsible” for “their growing jihadist cancer.”

It seems there is only one solution: Don’t be Muslim. Just stop being Muslim. But that is probably not enough. Stop being from the Muslim part of the world. You can’t expect us to be able to tell who is Muslim and who is not.

2. Phyllis Schlafly’s solution to campus rape: Fewer women.

Everyone can stop trying to solve the problem of campus rape. Phyllis Schlafly has a brilliant idea: schools should stop admitting so many women.

Back in the good old days, when the crusading anti-feminist went to college, odds were much better for a gal on the hunt for a date. “Campuses were about 70 percent male, and until 1970 it was still nearly 60 percent,” Schlafly wrote in her Mondaycolumn for the World Net Daily. “Today, however, the male percentage has fallen to the low 40s on most campuses.”

This tragedy, Schlafly suggests, is causing those outnumbered men to rape women. There are just so darn many of them, why the heck not rape a few? Boys know there are more women than men because they are better at math than girls are. “Boys are more likely than girls to look at the cost-benefit …read more

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Quackwear: Big Pseudoscience Wants to Sell You Wearable Metal to Improve Your Health

January 10, 2015 in Blogs

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Therapeutic metal trinkets and infused clothing are a $1 billion-a-year business. They're also a scam.


Until only a few years ago, copper and magnetic wearables were products marketed mostly on cheesy late-night television commercials for their miraculous healing properties. But recently, these alternative therapy products have become fashionable, and even widely accepted as legitimate medicine, with sports leagues, professional athletes and celebrities endorsing their healing properties. It’s a $1 billion-a-year industry in the U.S., and it appears to be growing.

Copper bracelets, socks, compression sleeves and even athletic wear are said to have medicinal properties that alleviate joint pain and inflammation. Magnetic therapy is also said to relieve muscle and joint pain, and many of its proponents claim it can reverse degenerative diseases, improve circulation, manage depression and even cure cancer.

The belief in copper’s healing properties through dermal assimilation is based on centuries-old folklore, and was bolstered by a single research study from back in the '70s, which has since been regarded as dubious by others in the medical research community. No other remotely reliable study on copper wearables has been conducted until recently, and it directly contradicts the 1976 study’s findings.

Magnetic therapy, sometimes called magnotherapy, was first widely introduced in 18th-century Austria by physician and charlatan, Franz Mesmer, who believed there was a natural energetic transference that occurred among animated and inanimate objects, which he called “animal magnetism.” At one time, Mesmer believed magnets could create artificial tides in the body that could help cure “hysteria” and other psychological conditions. While Mesmer eventually dropped the idea of using magnets on his patients (believing that he, himself, contained high enough levels of animal magnetism to promote health) he’s widely accepted by history scholars as the father of magnotherapy.

The most common suggested mechanism is that wearing magnets helps improve blood flow and oxygenization in underlying tissues and organs, but the devices used in magnet therapy are far too weak to appreciably affect blood components, muscles, bones, blood vessels, or organs. A 1991 study showed that magnets …read more

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"We had the NAACP. They had the Klan."

January 10, 2015 in History

January 10, 2015 1:08 p.m.

Bunny Sanders is the Mayor of Roper, North Carolina. Her father, E.V. Wilkins was a prominent black leader in Eastern North Carolina and was Roper’s first black mayor in 1967. In her interview for the film, Klansville U.S.A., Mayor Sanders states, “We had the NAACP. They had the Klan.” We asked her to elaborate on this and explain how the two very different groups found their own outlets to ensure they were heard in North Carolina during the 1960s. Her response is below:

The NAACP allowed Negroes — [that was] at least a public perception of an equalizer, if not a protector from the more violent arm of the Klan, which, by the ‘60s was on its way underground. [Klan members'] covered faces were a signal of cowardice and lack of pride in the barbaric organization to which they belonged. On the other hand, by the mid ‘60s the law of the land had begun to respond positively to the more civil non-violent strategy of the NAACP, the organization in which many Negroes boasted pride of membership.