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Comment Re:I'm laughing (Score 1) 159

What proof was given, precisely?

The abstract states that "We have recently reported that pretreatment with electroacupuncture (EA) at stomach meridian point 36 (St36) prevents the chronic cold-stress increase in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA), an action that may be under central control."

What is a meridian point? I'm sure the person inserting the needle thinks she or he knows, but I've yet to see a description that would allow someone to locate a meridian point from one person to the next. What does one look like when you autopsy a cadaver? How do you locate one on a live person? A rational person who deals in evidence would be forced to conclude they don't actually exist in reality based on these and other questions that are never answered about "meridians."

So that creates a premise within the cited abstract that has a problem: if a meridian point is not an objectively definable point, where's the replication ability of the study. In fact, I note that that abstract mentions that two groups were used, one with "real acupuncture" and one with sham acupuncture. There was no apparent control group in which the same unknown current was applied at a non-meridian point. If there was an effect, it was more likely that it was due to current being passed through the rat's body -regardless of it's entry point.

The only thing this study is proof of, that I can see, is that humans will go to great lengths to create data that are supportive of their preconceived conclusions.

Comment If the information is made public to one... (Score 1) 139

... then it should be made public to all.

The fees are nominal. They aren't exorbitant by any means and reasonable since someone has to take time out of their day (perhaps a good portion of their day!) to search for documents, review them for sensitive and private data (SSNs, account numbers, information that could skew active bidding, etc.) and redact them where necessary.

A single, good reason for making a FOIA request public is transparency and accountability. Many "journalists" have agendas and preconceived notions to which they are seeking supporting data and that data which are not supportive or are counter to the preconceived notions are often omitted, ignored, or kept secret. It is not inconceivable that a FOIA request will be cherry-picked for data, quotes, and out-of-context information that will support a bias and damage the counter-argument. Making the FOIA request data available to all makes those with competing agendas able to see the original contexts of the data.

If a journalist looses a scoop, then they weren't working hard enough. If I'm preparing an expose, and I've already done enough research to know what information to request in a FOIA, then I should be able to produce something before a competitor that didn't know it was going to be made public.

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