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HOOKED

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Are you like me?  Have you been itching to find an excuse to ingest a toothy parasite?  Well, if you suffer from allergies or asthema, then you may have finally found the excuse you’ve been looking for.  The NY Times reported a couple years ago about researchers David Pritchard and Carsten Flohr inquiring into the possibility that gut parasites such as the hookworm help to regulate the body’s allergies.  The BBC reported late last year about Flor’s research in Vietnam furthering the hookworm theory.  If you don’t want to wait around for the FDA to sign off on hookworm health care, Jasper Lawrence will hook you up with some home (Jasper’s intestines) grown worms for the low, low price of $2,999!  How badly do you want to get rid of that runny nose?

For more on the interesting theories on why the hookworm is proving a surprisingly effective remedy for allergies, I recommend you check out the BBC report.  The health risks associated with a hookworm treatment are mentioned at the end of the NY Times article.

Jasper Lawrence is featured on This American Life episode 405.

Written by Aaron Nee

April 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

What? No sex slaves?

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Every documentary filmmaker and journalist knows that it is impossible to present a truly accurate picture of reality.  No matter how hard they try to give an honest presentation of their subject, there is the inescapable reality that the limits of what a camera can fit in its frame and the necessity of editing will censor information – sometimes vital information.  With the inevitability of media distortion in mind, a measure of grace must be extended to any report, especially amateur journalism.  Never the less, I find it difficult to conjure the unfathomable amount of grace needed to forgive the disgustingly twisted, lying ACORN “expose” perpetrated by O’Keef and promulgated not only by the likes of FOX News, but also the NY York Times and just about everyone else reporting on the scandal.  A review of the uncut video used to expose ACORN, tells a different story than the popular narrative used to gut the organization.  Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced recently that his office found no criminal wrongdoing by ACORN.

Rachel Maddow offers a look at how the tapes were creatively cut and comments on how O’Keef’s journalistic hoax cost innocent people their jobs and helped destroy ACORN.

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Written by Aaron Nee

April 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm