Michael Fumento

Posted January 18, 2010

That's right: The great American swine flu epidemic - which led to two proclaimed national emergencies and thousands of spooky news stories - has ended with a whimper.

Posted November 09, 2009

It's folly to think you can solve a problem caused partly by crying wolf simply by crying wolf even louder.

Posted October 28, 2009

“In keeping with the administration’s proactive approach” to swine flu, the White House has announced, President Obama on Saturday declared the disease “a national emergency.” It’s the second such declaration, with the first in late April.

Posted August 25, 2009

There was never doubt that whenever the economy began turning around the Obama administration, and especially the $787 billion stimulus package, would get the credit. “Absolutely” the stimulus package was working, Christina D. Romer, Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, insisted in an August 6 address to the Economic Club of Washington D.C. Yet she accompanied that talk with contradictory evidence – which is about par considering that since joined the administration Ms. Romer has herself become a contradiction.

Posted August 03, 2009

"Realism is the special effect"

Posted July 30, 2009

“U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die.”

Posted July 17, 2009

An age of medical miracles is dawning. Obama administration federal funding rules for embryonic stem cells, or ES cells, will open wide the money floodgates for "the most remarkable potential of any scientific discovery ever made with respect to human health." It has "the capacity to cure maladies of all sorts, including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's," and spinal cord injuries. Or so says Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) among others.

Posted May 21, 2009

Although the “worried well” are still swamping emergency rooms, our pig flu is appearing to be a piglet.

Posted May 01, 2009

There's absolute panic over an outbreak of swine flu. "Projections are that this virus will kill 1 million Americans," the nation's top health official has warned.

Posted February 26, 2009

The F-22 Raptor is “the most capable multirole combat aircraft in production today,” according to the think tank Air Power Australia.

Posted December 01, 2008

The cover of Time magazine has Barack Obama photoshopped into Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous convertible, complete with oval-shaped glasses and cigarette holder held between the teeth.

Posted September 15, 2008

Posted January 24, 2008

Grant the anti-childhood vaccine fanatics this; they are dogged. No amount of data and no number of studies from any array of sources will sway them from their beliefs.

Posted November 27, 2007

The UN AIDS program has issued its annual report in which, finally, it doesn’t say how many more current HIV infections there are this year. Instead it drops the figure by over six million from its 2006 estimate – from 39.5 million to 33.2 million.

Posted November 14, 2007

Mass hysteria is a poor method for allocating medical research resources. Surely we all agree on that in principle. But when it concerns any given hysteria, principle flies out the window.

Posted September 20, 2007

New scientific discoveries keep eating away at the prophecy that “bird flu,” avian influenza type H5N1, will become readily transmissible from human to human and unleash a disastrous pandemic. This leaves little but rhetoric to counter the reality, such as massive death estimates.

Posted August 30, 2007

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.” So observed Benjamin Franklin centuries ago. But Franklin didn’t comment on whether food intake restriction worked by keeping people thin or by making them thin. Indeed, it’s become a mantra of the “size acceptance” groups that there’s no scientific evidence that losing weight increases longevity. And it’s been true – until now.

Posted August 16, 2007

In retrospect, you knew there would be trouble when you put the people responsible for the Space Shuttle program in charge of tracking U.S. temperatures. So perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when it was revealed that NASA committed a bit of an oopsie regarding data constantly used by the mainstream media and other global warming proponents.

Posted August 02, 2007

What makes you fat? Eating cheesy-poofs while watching Seinfeld reruns? Wolfing down a Wendy's "Baconator," a double cheeseburger with six strips of bacon that could feed everyone in Darfur for a week? How about when you get the urge to exercise you lie down until it goes away, as one CEO famously put it?

Posted June 22, 2007

It’s time to negotiate with the Taliban says Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. Canada is one of our top Afghanistan allies and almost two-thirds of Canadians in a May poll think we should parlay with the Taliban.