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TYT: Failing to repeal Obamacare becoming daily thing for GOP

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Jul 27, 2017, 08:16 AM (1 replies)

Majority Report: John McCain's heroic speech about what he'd do if he had a soul

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Jul 27, 2017, 08:04 AM (1 replies)

Derek Lowe's reaction to Panera's dopey (and misleading) sodium benzoate ad campaign


If you Google ďsodium benzoateĒ, prepare yourself for a firehose of stupidity. Thereís a long list of sites that are convinced that while benzoic acid is a fresh, healthy, natural ingredient, that sodium benzoate is a devilish industrial chemical that will rot your soul. No, really, thatís pretty much how it goes, and since I know that the great majority of the readers here have a good understanding of acid/base chemistry, you all must be furrowing their brows in puzzlement about that one. Iím with you. I think that my favorite, in a way, is the assertion that when sodium benzoate is exposed to ascorbic acid, that it immediately converts to benzene, which cues up a look at benzeneís (most definitely alarming) toxicity. The source for this would have to be this paper from 2008, which analyzed a long list of beverages for benzene contamination, and found that the only detectable levels were in carrot juice intended for infants. Benzene levels correlated with copper and/or iron levels, and the authors believe that the benzoic acid in carrots is catalytically decarboxylated to a small extent during the heat treatment of the juice. But even the sites that donít bring that up generally work in something about how sodium benzoate causes Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís, multiple sclerosis, cancers of all types, you name it. And you thought only aspartame could do it all. Somehow, turning fresh, pure benzoic acid into its sodium salt puts the Curse of the Vat onto it, and this evil stain can never be removed, as we all know.

Benzoic acid is found (as a completely natural metabolite and intermediate) in a huge variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables Ė berries are particularly high in it, but itís also found in aromatic spices such as cinnamon and allspice. Thereís not much in meat, but it is found in seafood, and in milk, particularly in fermented milk products such as completely natural, non-GMO yogurt made by people wearing unbleached hemp clothing and singing to each other about their feelings. OK, Iíll try to resist going off like that again (itís difficult), but itís certainly true that the bacterial metabolic pathways in fermented milk products like cheese and yogurt produce a good amount of benzoate. (If youíre wondering, chemically, where it comes from, itís apparently via the microbial breakdown of hippuric acid and phenylalanine, and indirectly from tyrosine as well).
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 24, 2017, 07:48 PM (2 replies)

TYT: Trump Administration More Abortion (cutting sex ed funds)

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 24, 2017, 01:38 PM (5 replies)

Majority Report: Fun Game: Asking Republicans If They Take Trump At His Word

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:56 AM (1 replies)

Majority Report: No, Trump's Base And The Republican Party Aren't Two Separate Things

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Jul 23, 2017, 06:44 AM (1 replies)

Is money laundering a crime or is it not?

What is going on with this country that rich assholes are apparently free to launder millions of dollars in dirty Russian mob money, and the only way they are stopped is that they get elected President and have a special prosecutor assigned to them? (If that even stops them)

Why wasn't Trump in jail years before this, and how many other shitheels are running similar criminal enterprises? Are our prosecuters too busy sending hemp users to jail to maybe look into this?

For fucks sake
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 04:44 PM (17 replies)

Majority Report: Mick Mulvaney Announces MAGAnomics

The MAGATs on Faux and Fiends are confused.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 09:58 AM (3 replies)

Majority Report: Mitch McConnell is very disappointed in everyone

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Jul 19, 2017, 10:36 PM (7 replies)

TYT: Why Is Bernie Sanders's Wife Being Investigated?

typical smear job, attempt to break apart the Democratic coalition
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Jul 19, 2017, 03:16 PM (22 replies)
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