Outsourcing today to Abby Olmstead writing about Ellen Hahn and company, lying and hiring security because they are so scared of the people they are supposedly trying to help. As I have said before, if the people who you are supposedly trying to help despise you (and, in this case, frighten you), then you are probably doing it wrong.
Go read it.
Notice especially the part where the ANTZ are trying to take the sting out of “nanny” by trying to coopt it. It won’t work. Coopting a negative epithet works when you are a large cultural group and have inspirational leadership with the discipline to pull it off. They fail on both counts.
Posted in Lies
Tagged Ellen Hahn
Today’s content is thanks to Kristin Noll-Marsh, who has created CASAA’s direct response to the Ellen Hahn poster that was the topic here for most of last week. Taking a different tack from our letter to the University, Kristin created a consumer-friendly poster to directly compete with Hahn’s. So anyone at or near the University of Kentucky, please print out some copies and post them next to Hahn’s! Kristin’s document covers a lot of the same points that appeared here already, but it makes some additional points. Moreover, even though it is a catchy poster, it also stands as more of a research paper (with specific sources cited for specific claims, in particular) than the blog — and probably more than anything Hahn has ever written.
Since it is all there at the link, I will not repeat it here. (Aside: Remember, the more links we have to the letter, poster, and blog posts, the higher those will be in searches compared to her lies. Just sayin’.)
I know that a lot of readers are waiting for our response to the anti-THR press release about lung effects that was touted this week. Since we have higher scientific standards than the author of that press release, it is taking a bit longer to finish. It should appear in two or three parts starting later this week.
posted by Carl V Phillips
We conclude Ellen Hahn Week with a mass debunking of her lies. Today, CASAA released to the public a letter that we sent to the president of the University of Kentucky and the attorney general of Kentucky, calling for an investigation of Hahn’s actions. Here is our press release announcing this, which also announces the creation of this blog (but you know about that already). The focus of the letter was a particular action by Hahn, in which she used anti-THR lies, coupled with intimidation tactics, to try to trick a local hotel into canceling a scheduled vape meet.
If you like this blog and can spare a few minutes more than it takes to read it, you will want to check out both of those links. Ok, it is a lot of minutes, but should be worth it. This is really not just about one liar; it is an announcement that THR advocates — all of us, I hope! — are going to stop trying to politely correct the lies, but are going to start fighting back.
The letter speaks for itself, and it is 26 dense pages about Hahn’s lies and trickery, so rather than try to excerpt or summarize, I will just incorporate it here by reference. The part that is most important for the big picture is her scientific disinformation, similar to her lies that we have already documented here. Most of that is concentrated in Appendix B of the letter, which reads like entries in the blog (and will probably all end up here eventually).
A few others have already posted about this.
Posted in Lies
Tagged Ellen Hahn, UKY
posted by Carl V Phillips with analysis from Elaine Keller and input from CASAA board
We finish up our debunking of Ellen Hahn’s project “Lie to College Students” with her claim,
In the cartridge: Formaldehyde. Highly toxic to all animals, including you. Good for embalming dead bodies. Causes cancer.
This is obviously another example of the same word games that were analyzed in previous posts, so we will not repeat those points.
The interesting thing about this point is that the chemistry studies of e-cigarettes do find that of all the contaminants, formaldehyde might be the one that is most worth trying to reduce. Unlike the other chemicals that Hahn mentions, which are at tiny fractions of 1% of what is considered the hazardous level, formaldehyde might be in the neighborhood of 1% of what is considered hazardous level. Of course, this “merely” 100-fold margin is hardly a cause for worry, and the quantity is similar to the exposure we get from other sources. (There is also speculation that some of the formaldehyde measured in lab studies is from the vaper, not the vapor — the human body emits a measurable amount of this horrible scary toxic chemical.) It is certainly a lie to say that this contamination causes cancer, as Hahn claims.
But among all of the trivial contaminants, this trivial contaminant might be worth a bit of engineering effort. I do not know enough about the chemical engineering to know how practical or easy reducing it would be. An honest scientist or public health advocate might say “this is unlikely to cause health problems, but it theoretically could be causing a tiny bit of needless risk, so maybe something can be done here to make these low-risk products even lower risk.”
But this is like saying, “seat belts seem to produce a bit more bruising near the clavicle compared to elsewhere when they prevent someone from getting killed in a major crash, so we might want to focus some effort to improve that part of the seat belt.” You would have to very stupid and/or very dishonest to reason, “A bit of bruising near the clavicle?!!! OMG! Bruises can be fatal! Don’t use seat belts!”
A short post today, but we will make up for it tomorrow, when we publish 26 pages about Hahn’s lies. Stay tuned.