The Wonders of Get Tall 1000

On Wednesday night, my friend Dr. Greg Forbes gave a talk to CFI Michigan about alternative medicine and all the absurd and unproven claims found in supplements and “homeopathic” medicine. He had us all cracking up when he brought up a product called Get Tall 1000, which actually claims to make you taller — with a 110% guarantee! This is seriously funny and has all the hallmarks of a mediscam. I’ve bolded all of the weasel words and meaningless bullshit in the ad:
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Syria and the Art of Ignoring Reality

There’s trouble in the Middle East — as there nearly always is — and the usual suspects are demanding the usual action. Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard is beating the drums for war, a musical refrain that should sound quite familiar. He’s signed an open letter to President Obama demanding military intervention in Syria, a letter that is, hilariously, alleged to be from “experts” like him. And Karl Rove. And Elliot Abrams.
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The Indigent Defense Crisis

Vanita Gupta of the Center for Justice and Ezekiel Edwards of the ACLU have a column at the Huffington Post documenting the ongoing crisis in our public defender system. On the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Gideon v Wainwright, the promise of giving the indigent a competent legal defense remains unfulfilled nearly everywhere.
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Another Weak Attempt to Coopt MLK

On the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington that finished with Martin Luther King’s legendary I Have a Dream speech (which I still can’t watch without getting choked up), Jerry Newcombe published a lame attempt to turn King into a right-winger at — where else? — the Worldnetdaily. He seems to think that King was “politically incorrect” (whatever the hell that means in this context) because he…quoted the Bible.
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Wingnuts Protest Boehner, Demand Unicorns and Lollipops

It’s really quite incredible to me just how disconnected from the real world the wingnuts really are. A group of far-right Tea Party types staged a protest at the home offices of Speaker John Boehner, demanding that he do something he simply cannot do, defund the Affordable Care Act. And they’re telling ridiculous lies to justify it.
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Pathfinders Update: A School on Stilts in Cambodia

Foundation Beyond Belief’s Pathfinders are in Cambodia working with the Bridge of Life school. Wendy Webber has a report (or here) on a visit to a school built on stilts that serves a floating village called Kampong Klein. She and the others are learning some of the difficulties of providing education to young Cambodians:
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Another Right Wing Myth Debunked

You may remember the right wing absolutely freaking out about pro-choice protesters allegedly bringing jars of urine and feces to throw at the Texas state capitol when the legislature was trying to pass harsh anti-choice legislation. “Police confiscate jars of suspected urine and feces,” screamed the headline at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. And the Hot Air blog. And RedState. And the National Review. Turns out it was all nonsense:
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