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Autism Skyrockets in American Kids. Especially in California.

“Autism” rates are skyrocketing among children in the United States, especially in the state of California, according to new data obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new figures claim one in 36 American eight-year-olds, or 2.8 percent, have been diagnosed with autism. This is higher than the 1 in 44, or 2.3 percent of December 2021. By comparison with the CDC’s first autism prevalence report, published in 2007, the increase is shocking: only 1 in 150 children, or 0.7 percent, had been diagnosed sixteen years ago. The new data makes concerning reading at a time when

STUDY: Big Pharma Is Paying TikTok Influencers to Hook Teens on New Drugs.


“Pharmaceutical marketers have noticed the power of patient persuasion and begun to leverage ‘patient influencers’ in brand campaigns,” says a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado, alongside the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. With the wider influencer-marketing industry expected to be worth up to $21.1 billion in 2023, the study published in The Journal of Medical Internet Research provides early insights into this growing new area, including its darker side. “The bottom line here is that patient influencers act as a form of interactive direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, sharing their knowledge and experiences on pharmaceutical drugs with communities of

The Paul Effect: The Fed Matters In 2016 Race

It isn’t often that I agree with Paul Krugman.  But on Friday, Krugman devoted his NYT column to the idea that “[m]onetary policy probably won’t be a major issue in the 2016 campaign, but it should be.” Well, Krugman got it half right anyway. In truth, not only should monetary policy be a campaign issue, it already is. Last week we watched Bobby Jindal force everyone from Chris Christie to Jeb Bush to start talking about Common Core. In a press release last week from American Principles Project, we called this “The Jindal Effect.” Maybe we should start talking about

Jindal, Cruz, Huckabee on Marriage

Gay marriage is back in the mainstream TV news thanks to Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee. In a CNN interview on Feb. 10, Gov. Jindal endorsed a Constitutional Amendment as a remedy if the Court orders gay marriage.  And on Feb. 1, also on CNN, Gov. Huckabee addressed the religious liberty impacts of gay marriage as progressives redefine traditional Christianity as hatred and bigotry per se. Now, The Blaze is crediting Sen. Cruz with being the first presidential candidate to “take action” in response to Alabama ruling,  for introducing a Constitutional Amendment this week permitting states to define marriage as one man

The Jindal Effect

Bobby Jindal has almost single-handedly inserted the Common Core into the presidential narrative as a major campaign issue, siding with moms over experts and distinguishing himself from Jeb Bush, as I noted earlier. Both Christie and Bush appear to have noticed. Christie said in Iowa he now has “grave doubts” about Common Core. And Jeb Bush, fielding softball questions by his former deputy chief of staff Patricia Levesque, tried to move closer to the moms and away from the elites by de-emphasizing the federal government’s role in education, saying that it “ought to be to enhance reform at the local and

Why Fiorina Matters

Mention former New York Gov. George Pataki or Carly Fiorina in the 2016 GOP primary and many voters will say: “Who?” Nonetheless, Pataki has been giving speeches in New Hampshire, has made plans to speak at the Iowa Agricultural Summit, and is getting his 15 minutes of media buzz. Both Fiorina and Pataki are most likely going to be in the GOP mix. But if you are looking for long shots, Fiorina is the one to take seriously. True, Fiorina (the first female leader of a Fortune 20 company) has not held any political office, and she lost her 2010 bid in California to unseat U.S.

One Smart MSM Reporter Notes Jindal’s Smart Strategy

Frank, at least one NBC reporter noted the logic behind Jindal’s move, at least in regards to Common Core. While most of the media moaned and groaned in an effort to persuade Team Jindal they were being dumb, Leigh Ann Caldwell pointed out: Common Core is more than the issue du jour for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. His evolving opposition to the national education standards has become his signature cause and one that may help differentiate him in a potentially crowded Republican presidential field. Jindal, whose second term ends this year, has embarked on a national tour calling for the

Jindal’s Amazingly Smart Week

In one week, Jindal has picked a fight with Jeb Bush on Common Core, with Bush and Obama on marriage (he won’t evolve on gay marriage and is supporting a constitutional amendment if the Supreme Court disagrees), and with the president and the respectable media of nuance on ISIS. “The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today” has become a Facebook meme. Gov. Jindal’s refusal to backtrack when the nuanced crowd demanded it on the idea of “no-go zones” in France highlighted his theme that assimilation is the issue, not necessarily

SPLC Apologizes For Labeling Carson Extremist Hater

Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center quietly added Dr. Ben Carson to its “extremist hate watch,” basically for opposing gay marriage. This week, the SPLC backed down, withdrawing the designation and apologizing to Dr. Carson: “In October 2014, we posted an “Extremist File” of Dr. Ben Carson. This week, as we’ve come under intense criticism for doing so, we’ve reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it,” SPLC’s statement reads. Congrats to Ben Carson, whose stature achieved something even

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