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  •  Thank you so much for your input. I have a couple (0+ / 0-)

    of follow up questions... Do you happen to know who funded the study?

    Here's the thing I've been noticing about these Koch-funded efforts (which have infected our entire media landscape, and universities, and research centers, etc.)...

    Take any issue: Global Warming, Gun Control, Health Care.

    Regarding most of those issues, when you study them "objectively," the scientific community (and intellectually-honest researchers) usually come to a consensus that's generally-accepted.

    As we've learned, these billionaires-funded propaganda outfits find this type of scientific, or intellectual consensus a little bothersome, so they find ways to muddle the waters.

    Then they use their money to influence universities and researchers in a myriad of ways.

    For example, regarding this study, you as a researchers could have done everything honestly, looking at all the data and coming up with accurate conclusions.

    But then, depending on how the research study was structured, these propaganda outfits could take certain portions of the study and use it to move their agenda forward--which may have been the intended purpose to begin with.

    That's why when I see this stuff, my first question is "who funded the study?"

    Either way, thank you very much for contributing to the thread.

    •  Sure, I can tell you that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador

      The study was funded by a combination of support from NIH and several private Foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a number of others.  Full disclosure of funders available at:

      www.oregonhealthstudy.org

      Funders did not receive advance copies of the article or have a chance to comment or edit before it was published.  What you see in NEJM is unfiltered.  That may or may not be true of what people are writing about the NEJM piece, of course.

      Soon we shall invent a method of being born from an idea. But enough, I shall write no more from the underground... --Fyodor Dostoevsky

      by Last Call on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:48:52 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you that's very helpful. I'm going to (0+ / 0-)

        check out the list of funders.  As you may imagine, I will be  looking to see if there is any association (in any way) with Koch-funded groups (or the groups I mention in the diary).

        That to me would be important to know.

        Either way, thanks again for participating in the discussion.

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