Monday, June 11, 2012

Evidence: Flawed Medical Research Has Led to False Treatments that Contribute to High Health Care Costs Says Chief of Stanford Prevention Research Center in Stanford Magazine : Imagine Then What it is Like in the Soft Sciences

We have been writing about defects in academic research as long as we can remember and now we can add generally flawed medical research to our list, as reported by Joan O'Connor Hamilton in the newest issue of Stanford Magazine - May/June 2012.

O'Connor discusses inter alia the findings of the Chief of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, epidemiologist John P.A. Ioannidis, who says that one of the great contributors to excessively high health care costs are treatments which doctors prescribe that are based on flawed medical research.

Ioannidis has specialized in trying to reproduce past research results by others and has found that "for most designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true.... Many standards of care are never tested."

His result confirms what we have found to be true in the mainstream theories of many of the humanities, which are conducted according to schools of thought that are demonstrably false in many of their basic assertions, and that rely on faulty research and faulty conclusions drawn on less than probative evidence about the subjects under study.

If medical research, for which billions are spent, is this flawed, just imagine what the situation is like in the "soft sciences".


Brainwashing Through the UEFA via Flashed Logo Inserts Violates Freedom of Thought Provision of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

The current brainwashing (subliminal mind control) of the TV viewing public by the UEFA via numerous periodic "flashed" UEFA logo inserts during the course of TV broadcasts of the games of the European Championships in soccer (association football) is a sign that Europe faces serious problems of a broad legal and societal scope previously unimagined by this writer.

The logo inserts are flashed often during the course of an actual soccer game, thus interrupting the viewer's intensive watching of the game with a subliminal UEFA mind message, e.g. when balls are kicked out of bounds or when possession changes hands, etc.

The logos are flashed so quickly that it is not possible for an uninformed viewer to know exactly what has been flashed, but the flashes are long enough to "demand" the viewer's attention, which is the whole idea, "subliminally injecting" into the viewer's mind the UEFA logo.

The logos are positioned on the screen where the viewer is intently looking at the course of the game in progress, e.g. where the ball went out of bounds.

The bombardment with logos is continuous, at every opportunity, and has nothing to do with the course of the game, nor is it clear, especially when the first flashes come, that this is not some kind of game report item on the score, ball possession, or whatever. The flashes are too short to actively gain any information. They are intended to be subliminal.

The viewer knows what he or she is watching and does not need constant reminders of that. The logo flashes have a different purpose: thought control.

The flashing of the logo has of course the purpose of subliminal suggestion, i.e. mind control, a type of "advertising" that in our opinion stands directly in contravention of the provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which entered into force with the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December 2009. That Charter grants to EU citizens the "freedom of thought", a freedom that is denied by methods of mind control that go beyond normal product advertising, a threshold of "normality" which subliminally flashed screen messages of ANY kind CLEARLY overstep.

The responsible European organs must act quickly to put a stop to this kind of mind control, which could easily spread in the media to application in other sectors of human life, not just sports.

The European Parliament, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe (whose reach extends beyond the EU) should take swift action to put a stop to this inexcusable attempt to brainwash the TV public.

A German viewer who complained about those flash inserts to the State-sponsored and viewer-tax-financed ARD received the following reply (we show the original German at the end of this posting -- this is the Bing (Microsoft) Translation:
 "Dear Sir...
Thank you for your email and your interest in the first German television.

We regret your criticism of the logo advertisement in the context of reporting around the UEFA EURO 2012.

UEFA dictates the size and location of the UEFA logo during the games, in the pre-and post-processing modifications are possible. UEFA calls for the involvement of official sequences and views of all television channels. Also, there are numerous requirements in terms of graphical overlays and the first German television is bound to precisely these requirements.

We hope to have helped you with this information and would be delighted to include you continue to the regulars of the first.

With kind regards

First German television
Programme Directorate
Spectator editor/online
P.o. box 200665
80006 Munich"
Original German text of the ARD answer to a German complain about the flash inserts:
"Sehr geehrter Herr ...,

vielen Dank für Ihre E-Mail und Ihr Interesse am Ersten Deutschen Fernsehen.

Wir bedauern Ihre Kritik an den Logo-Einblendungen im Rahmen der Berichterstattung rund um die UEFA Euro 2012.

Die UEFA schreibt während der Spiele die Größe und Position des UEFA-Logos vor, im Vor- und Nachlauf sind Modifikationen möglich. Die UEFA fordert von allen Fernsehsendern die Einbindung der offiziellen Sequenzen und Einblendungen. Auch gibt es zahlreiche Vorgaben hinsichtlich der grafischen Einblendungen und an eben diese Vorgaben ist Das Erste Deutsche Fernsehen gebunden.

Wir hoffen, Ihnen mit dieser Information weitergeholfen zu haben und würden uns freuen, Sie auch weiterhin zum Stammpublikum des Ersten zählen zu können.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen
Programmdirektion
Zuschauerredaktion/Online
Postfach 200665
80006 München"


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