Bit of a slow news day, so we've got this doozie of a dirt-dig on Dr. Oz's sketchy past as a shady doctor. Sorry for all the alliteration (I'm not sorry). Corey is back with you for the rest of the week and also for next week, I'm off to go get married. See ya! - Jack
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Dr. Oz Massacred Dogs in Lab Experiments
Animal lovers may want to scroll past the main story today: as if Pennsylvania GOP Senate Candidate Dr. Oz couldn't get more cartoonish, a Jezebel report today dug up news from an internal investigation at Columbia University which found that his research experiments at the university killed a staggering number of test animals.
The death toll is really quite something. From Jezebel:
A review of 75 studies published by Mehmet Oz between 1989 and 2010 reveals the Republican Senate candidate’s research killed over 300 dogs and inflicted significant suffering on them and the other animals used in experiments.
Oz, the New Jersey resident who’s currently running for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, was a “principal investigator” at the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine labs for years and assumed “full scientific, administrative, and fiscal responsibility for the conduct” of his studies. Over the course of 75 studies published in academic journals reviewed by Jezebel, Oz’s team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animal subjects that included dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits, and small rodents. Thirty-four of these experiments resulted in the deaths of at least 329 dogs, while two of his experiments killed 31 pigs, and 38 experiments killed 661 rabbits and rodents.
I mean, do a little math there. 329 dead dogs in 34 experiments? That's almost 10 dogs per experiment! What was this man doing!
Some of this news has been floating out there since at least 2000, when a whistleblower veterinarian started documenting and testified to some truly horrific treatment of animals inside Oz's lab. I'll spare the details here – Jezebel has them all – but the general gist of things is that Oz appears to have disregarded common practice and the rules set by the Animal Welfare Act and let test animals suffer much longer than they should have before being euthanized on multiple occasions. In other words, the man's research was torturing animals in ways that may have been illegal at the time. Columbia paid a $2,000 fine in 2004 based on some of these allegations into Oz's lab.
This latest gruesome tale is just another bad press hit that Oz has had to deal with as he mounts an insurgent Senate campaign in Pennsylvania from his residence in New Jersey. The Post also has a pretty damaging report out recently, which details the many, many well-documented ways that Oz used his massive platform as a TV doctor to hawk conspiracies and quack products to millions of viewers. Oz is using his TV experience as a centerpiece of his campaign. Maybe not the best idea, seeing as he's getting crushed in the polls by John Fetterman, who, as far as I know, has not murdered any dogs.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Supreme Court Debates Gutting Clean Water Act in Looming New Term
The new Supreme Court term is shaping up to, again, be quite a right-wing feeding frenzy. We'll likely have much more coverage as rulings come down, but one to watch right away: the Post reports that the Court's conservative justices are trying to curb the restrictions of the Clean Water Act to make things more permissible for property owners – using a case of an Idaho couple who tried to build a home near Priest Lake – in order to deliver a ruling that would surely also benefit big business polluters. The court's liberal members are reportedly looking for some kind of compromise that would get the conservatives a win on individual liberties but retain some of the government's authority over wetlands near major waterways, hopefully limiting some of the damage that the big corpos can do. One to watch!
Bukina Faso Military Boots President in Second Coup This Year
Military officers in Burkina Faso appeared to stage a coup late last week, as details are filtering in about the shift in the country's power structure. As a reminder, the country changed hands once already in January, when Lt. Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba siezed power. But it looks like Damiba's time is up – a group of officers on state TV announced that he had been removed from power and that Captain Ibrahim Traoré was the new President. The dispute stems from Damiba's alleged inability to control an Islamist insurgency in the country which has displaced thousands of people, perhaps as many as 10% of the country's population. But current reporting in the west isn't completely clear on whether or not the coup was successful, or on the whereabouts of Lt. Col. Damiba, so there could be more conflict and tension there in coming days.
- The Newest Union Wave Might Be College RA's A group of Barnard resident assistants have just filed petition to join the OPEIU – with 93 percent of them in support, they're looking for voluntary recognition from the university. Here's hoping this catches on at other schools. via WaPo.
- Pro-Life Hershel Walker Paid For Girlfriend's Abortion Even his extremely right wing grifter son is cutting ties after the latest scandal. via The Daily Beast.
- Investigation Finds Abuse at Every Level of Womens' Soccer From the national team to the NWSL, managers, coaches and team owners have been turning a blind eye to players' allegations of abuse and mistreatment. via NYT.
- Ukrainian Forces Advancing on Two Fronts The war is getting worse and worse for Russia by the day. via NYT.
That's how much higher the "excess death rate," or the number of deaths above the naturally expected death rate, was in registered Republicans than Democrats, according to a new study that looked specifically at deaths in both political demographics after the Covid vaccines rolled out. One party got them. The other often didn't, and they died for it.
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