Michael Fumento

Michael Fumento is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and a nationally syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service.

Quicksilver Salesmen

 

Grant the anti-childhood vaccine fanatics this, they are dogged. No amount of data, no number of studies from any array of sources will sway them from their assertions that thimerosal, a mercury-containing vaccine preservative once used in many such injections, is causing the so-called “autism epidemic.” A devastating California Department of Public Health study in […]

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An Epidemic of Falsehoods

 

The UNAIDS program has issued its annual report in which, finally, it doesn’t say how many more current HIV infections there are this year than last. Rather it drops the figure by over six million from its 2006 estimate. Specifically, it went from 39.5 million to 33.2 million. Further, the Agency now admits the number […]

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One Flew Over the Bird Flu’s Nest

 

New scientific discoveries keep eating away at the prophecy that “bird flu,” avian influenza type H5N1, will become readily transmissible from human to human and unleash a disastrous pandemic. This leaves little but rhetoric and those big, terrifying, huge, terrifying (Did I already say that?) numbers that panic purveyors throw around based on nothing more […]

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Fat Chance

 

“To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.” So observed Benjamin Franklin centuries ago. But Franklin didn’t comment on whether food intake restriction worked by keeping people thin or by making them thin. Indeed, it’s become a mantra of the “size acceptance” groups that there’s no scientific evidence that losing weight increases longevity. And it’s been […]

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Lancet‘s Boil

 

It was an October surprise courtesy of the Lancet medical journal. A report, rushed to the public via online publication five days before the 2004 election, claimed the American-led coalition had directly or indirectly killed about 100,000 Iraqi civilians since the invasion — most from airstrikes. The media, with no great love for Bush and […]

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James Hansen’s Hacks

 

In retrospect, you knew there would be trouble when you put the people responsible for the Space Shuttle program in charge of tracking U.S. temperatures. So perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when it was revealed that NASA committed a bit of an oopsie regarding data constantly used by the mainstream media […]

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Obesity Is Contagious

 

What makes you fat? Eating cheesy-poofs while watching Sex in the City reruns? Wolfing down a Wendy’s “Baconator,” comprising a double cheeseburger with six strips of bacon that could feed everyone in Darfur for a week? How about when you get the urge to exercise you lie down until it goes away, as one CEO […]

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Does Racism Cause Breast Cancer?

 

“Breast Cancer Link to Racial Discrimination.” No doubt that Reuters headline, and others like it, pleased race-baiters who would have us think every problem blacks have is due to persistent prejudice. Sadly for them, the report is politically correct trash that any conscientious landfill would reject. The headline comes from a study conducted by Associate […]

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Afghanistan: The Winnable War

 

“This war is winnable.” I can’t say how often during my recent embed in the southern Afghanistan Province of Zabul, just north and east of Kandahar, I heard officers and noncoms say that. Implicit is that it’s also losable; but what they really mean is winnable in comparison to Iraq. Strange but true that Afghanistan […]

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Adult Approaches

 

This article appears in the May 2007 issue of The American Spectator. Click here to subscribe. If you or a loved one is currently ill or planning to be so in the near future, don’t bother looking to embryonic stem cell (ESC) research to help. Instead, you need to consult the adult stem cell (ASC) […]

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