Advice & Dissent: 2010

Dear Mr. Fumento: Well, if you wish to destroy the credibility of the WHO, publishing a few more articles like the most recent one [Did WHO Knowingly Hype Swine Flu?"] should be quite a help."Trust me! I'm a doctor!" As an individual who happens to know quite a bit about medicine…Read More
I've provided a unique and valuable service for almost a quarter century. Nobody else does what I do. But if I'm to continue, I must receive substantial patron support. Without it, and soon, the pipeline goes dry. Ever since my debunking of the 'heterosexual AIDS explosion' in…Read More
Major League Baseball should ban players from using smokeless tobacco in dugouts and on the field because of its health risks and influence on kids, according to Rep. Henry Waxman (D.-Ca.), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.Shoot, spit! Shoot, spit…Read More
Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) is back in the news, thanks to a new study released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and so is the persistent effort to label it a "mystery." See, for example, the story by a HealthDay reporter headlined "Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, but Causes Unclear…Read More
Toyota is recalling about 50,000 2003 Sequoia SUVs to upgrade the software in the vehicle's electronic stability control. Without the upgrade, according to Consumer Reports, when the Sequoia accelerates from a stopped position, the system could activate at a low speed (about…Read More
I need access to the full Nexis database for probably one hour to search articles from the 1980s. Please help. fumento@pobox.comRead More
According to Reuters, the U.S. has 71 million unused H1N1 swine flu vaccine doses. And damned if it isn't determined to use up every last one, in order to reduce the embarrassment of throwing away so much of the expensive stuff. States and other providers should hang on to the…Read More
'The whole aim of practical politics," wrote H.L. Mencken, "is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." Last year's hobgoblin was swine flu. The President's Council of…Read More
A year ago both the WHO and the UN warned that swine flu, which at the time had killed a grand total of eight people worldwide, could be the next Spanish flu - which killed around 50 million people. The only reason either body gave was precisely because swine flu seemed quite…Read More
Is there any depth below which Godzilla Motors, formerly know as Toyota Motor Corp., will not go? The Washington Post has revealed "Toyota officials sought to develop a public relations campaign to attack the credibility of key witnesses who have testified before Congress about…Read More