Alex Jones, conspiracy theory and dietary supplement monger, has been accused of being a snake oil salesman.
But two of the elixirs he pushes in his Infowars online shop appear to be significantly more dangerous than reptile grease.
According to the Oakland-based Center of Environmental Health, Infowars’ Caveman Paleo Formula and another supplement called Myco-ZX contain high levels of lead.
CEH reported that, “People who take the daily recommended dose of the Formula product would ingest more than twice the daily limit for lead under California law.”
Those who took the Myco-ZX supplements faced a greater risk. A single dose of Myco-ZX, which is also meant to be taken daily, contains more than six times the daily limit for lead in California, CEH stated.
Caveman Paleo Formula is advertised as a “bone broth drink mix” that “harnesses the power of ancient supernutrients with cutting edge nutraceutical science.” Ingredients include bee pollen and turmeric root. Myco-ZX supposedly offers “an all-natural blend of potent herbs and enzymes” to help the body’s “detoxification of yeast and undesirable fungal organisms.”
According to EPA, lead exposure causes sperm damage and reduced sperm production in men as well as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and delayed puberty in both men and women. Research has found that even low levels cause brain damage in children.
Ironically, Jones supplements’ are often marketed as enhancing male virility.
CEH, a national health watchdog, has taken legal action under California’s Proposition 65 against Infowars and its affiliate for failing to warn consumers about the high levels of lead in their products. It also is urging the company to recall products already sold.
Bernie Sanders stood by his remark from the last Democratic debate in which he called climate change the greatest threat to national security, a day after the deadliest attack on French soil since the end of World War II.
“Absolutely. In fact, climate change is directly related to the rise of global terrorism,” he said. “This is what the CIA says,” he went on to say, noting a struggle for limited resources like water and land.
During the October debate, Sanders explained it in a different context.
“The scientific community is telling us if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we’re going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable,” he said.
Martin O’Malley has voiced similar concerns about climate change being the underlying cause of unrest in the region.
Vince McMahon‘s WWE Entertainment has reached a multi-year pact with industry heavyweights Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Genius Products for a potentially vast assortment of releases.
In the short term, Genius will become the exclusive home entertainment distributor of all WWE DVD titles, effective November 1, 2006. Apparently the WWE has a 90,000-hour library of video content and the upcoming releases — starting with “Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story” — will cull from that trove.
“WWE is not simply a brand; it is an American Icon,” Bob Weinstein says in a statement. “Harvey and I very much relate to Vince McMahon’s entrepreneurial style and entertainment philosophy. We love what Vince has done in making WWE the leading sports entertainment franchise in the world, and we are very interested in expanding our relationship beyond DVD distribution to other facets of WWE’s global entertainment empire. We view our relationship with WWE as a major alliance with great growth potential.”
While the official release only discusses the home entertainment possibilities, media reports suggest that the next step could include theatrical releases for WWE films and places for WWE stars in upcoming Dimension features.
“Home entertainment is a major part of the WWE’s business, and webelieve we have found in Genius a company that understands our brand andwill help us continue to drive our company’s growth,” says Vince McMahon, WWE’s chairman. “Bob and Harvey Weinstein have a tremendous track record. We’re excited about this partnership and its long-term potential.”
As the Atlanta Falcons football team celebrated its regular season closer at the Georgia Dome on Jan. 1, 2017, former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick paid a visit — and was greeted with a standing ovation by the crowd.
But Vick’s return to football — and his appearance in Georgia — have been far from universally celebrated. More than 30,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding that Vick be excluded from the Jan. 1 celebration on account of his 2007 conviction for dog fighting.
I remember when Vick’s involvement in illegal dog fighting came to the public’s attention in 2007. Authorities seized nearly 70 animals from Vick’s property — mostly pit bulls and pit mixes. There were stories of dogs being electrocuted, shot and beaten to death.
Vick seems to have known about and participated in some of the animal torture, in addition to financially benefiting from the fights themselves.
I love dogs. I’ve adopted three rescue dogs in the last few years, two of which had been badly neglected and abused. I’ve volunteered with dog rescues and animal shelters, most of which were filled to capacity with predominantly pit bulls and pit mixes, some who bore the telltale scars of fighting.
In the rescue community there are vast numbers of people who are willing to bend over backward to save and rehabilitate dogs, including dogs who — because of the abuse they’ve suffered — are aggressive toward other dogs and people.
Plenty of people like me empathize with traumatized animals. But somehow that empathy often doesn’t extend to other human beings, particularly black people — many of whom have been traumatized by poverty and white supremacy.
We can’t consider the story of Vick’s rise and fall with understanding the context of the systemic racism that informed his life at every step, including his interaction with the criminal justice system and an American public intent on punishing people of color far more harshly than they do white people.
There is no shortage of evidence showing the profoundly racist double standards our society applies to black boys and men, particularly those who have found financial success or have any sort of public platform.
White boys make mistakes. Black boys are thugs. White boys have their whole futures ahead of them. Black boys are superpredators.
White boys get second, third, hundredth chances for some of the most cruel crimes we can imagine. Black boys can work their whole lives to atone for their sins — and we still be consider them beyond redemption.
A player such as Ben Roethlisberger gets to keep his contract and his career — and is now one of the highest paid athletes in the world — after twice being publicly accused of rape by actual human women. When Vick appeared in Atlanta on New Year’s Day 2017, social media treated him like he were some remorseless monster who didn’t deserve to live, much less have a chance at redemption.
I challenge anyone, even the staunchest animal-rights advocate, to look at Vick’s post-2007 life and tell me he’s not a fucking exemplar of redemption and rehabilitation.
Since pleading guilty to the dog-fighting charges 10 years ago, Vick has served nearly two years in federal prison, paid for the care of all of the dogs seized from his property, apologized sincerely and completely for his crimes, publicly campaigned for stricter laws against dog fighting and joined— on his own volition — the Humane Society of the United States’ campaign against dog fighting.
“Given the penalties available at the time he was sentenced, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson meted out a strong penalty to Vick,” the Humane Society stated. “He paid a steep price for his crimes, in addition to serving his prison sentence.”
So if you’re white and you still think Vick is the scum of the earth, perhaps your hatred is rooted in something deeper than just loving dogs.
A “ring boy” is somebody whose job it is to assemble a wrestling ring before a show starts and disassemble the ring after the show is over. At the time of the WWF pedophilia scandal, the head of the WWF’s ring crew was Mel Phillips.
The ring crew was, at times, referred to by former WWF agent Terry Garvin as the disgustingly-named “Cream Team”.