Emulsifiers may also be a factor in obesity

« When emulsifiers first came into vogue, they were classified by the government as GRAS—”generally regarded as safe”—because in animal studies designed to detect acute toxicity and/or carcinogenic properties, they exhibited neither. But their consumption in the Western world has risen dramatically over the late twentieth century, largely in tandem with inflammatory disorders like colitis and metabolic syndrome, a collective suite of obesity-associated diseases. That connection has prompted more refined safety studies on emulsifiers and other food additives.

The results of some of this new work were published in Nature, implicating two specific emulsifiers in the development of colitis and metabolic syndrome in mice. The emulsifiers exert these effects by disturbing a mouse’s microbial community. »


Craig Brittain, Kevin Bollaert, Hunter Moore and Casey Meyering

It’s been a bad week for Craig Brittain:

« An ongoing CBS4 Investigation has found indications that Craig Brittain, the operator of a Colorado Springs-based “revenge porn” website, may have pretended he was a woman to trick other women into sending him nude pictures. »

« Craig Brittain—the former operator of revenge porn site—is invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a bid to remove 23 links in all—an irony-filled DMCA takedown request that Google is ignoring. One of the links renders the FTC’s press release in January about its enforcement against Brittain. »

« Unsurprisingly, he’s part of the GamerGate brigade demanding media reform for their approach to diversity in the games industry, hence his @AuditTheMedia Twitter handle. »

Gawker has a list of the 23 links he wants removed.

Brittain still doesn’t quite seem to understand what the fuss is about:

Why is it okay for the mainstream press to display someone’s information in a way that portrays them in a negative light – especially in the case of public figures like Brett Favre and Anthony Weiner, who were, in fact, victims of “Revenge Porn”? The mainstream media needs to be held to the same standards. We do not live in a sexist, racist, homophobic, misogynistic “rape culture”. We live in one of the most diverse countries in the entire world (in the United States), where everyone is afforded equal opportunity to succeed based upon their merits.

Of course, he answers his own question by using the phrase “public figures”, but maybe he can snare a few dim bulbs with that argument.

Meanwhile, fellow travelers aren’t having a good time either.

« Hunter Moore, the kingpin behind the notorious revenge porn site Is Anybody Up, pleaded guilty this week to a couple of federal hacking charges; he now faces up to seven years in prison. […] Kevin Bollaert, the San Diego man behind revenge porn site U Got Posted, was convicted of two dozen felonies related to identity theft and extortion this month, and now awaits sentencing that could put him away for 20 years; Casey Meyering, who ran a site trafficking in nude photos called Win By State, will soon stand trial in California on similar charges. »


Meanwhile in Texas…

« The Northwood Park Civic Association — which governs a neighborhood near Houston — has never got around to removing outdated deed restrictions which limit home ownership to the “Caucasian race.” […]

In addition to rules against operating businesses, Rule 21 of the “Article & Bylaws” of Northwood Park states that “[n]o lot in said Subdivision nor any interest therein shall ever be sold, leased or rented to, or occupied by any person other than the Caucasian race.”

Documents on the Northwood Park Civic Association website showed that the group made an effort to change the race-based restriction in 2004. But almost a decade later, the group explained in its newsletter than it was still collecting signatures for the effort. »


Oregon was founded as a racist utopia

« According to Oregon’s founding constitution, black people were not permitted to live in the state. And that held true until 1926. The small number of black people already living in the state in 1859, when it was admitted to the Union, were sometimes allowed to stay, but the next century of segregation and terrorism at the hands of angry racists made it clear that they were not welcome. »

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