“Merchants of Doubt” Part 2

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As I wrote in my previous blog, The 2014 movie “Merchants of Doubt” & how tobacco deniers led the pack, this is a must-see movie, showing in an entertaining yet gripping way how the tactics originally used by the tobacco industry were subsequently successfully adopted by other deceitful industries, most recently climate change deniers.

Below is the movie trailer, kindly provided by Melissa Robledo, Robert Kenner Films, after a request to Dr. Stan Glantz, and from which the still images in the previous blog were captured.

In response to a TV host’s claim that his smoking harms no one at work, below is Stan Glantz’s memorable (bleeped) scientific rejoinder:

Glantz_No, that’s bullsh-t_5087

“No, that’s bullsh-t!”

Merchants of Doubt_5031Weaving a gifted performer of card tricks into this movie was a stroke of genius.
Jay Ian Swiss earns money legitimately by demonstrating to his audience something they know is fake but cannot fathom out how.

Contrast that to the successful tobacco industry, who knew their product was both highly addictive and killing hundreds of thousands of Americans, yet denying it strenuously and successfully for decades in order to continue profiting from it.

Subsequently other industries causing harm and facing critics recognized that they could learn from Big Tobacco, employing deniers to bamboozle the public.

Below are screen shots with audio transcript captured from the opening part of the movie, starting with an animated King of Diamonds in the movie’s credits:

King of diamonds sm_5029First the King of Diamonds is smoke-free …..

King of diamonds smoking_5030….. and then he’s not!

Jamy Ian Swiss_5046

Jay Ian Swiss, Magician:

     My expertise is in deception. The thing that sets magicians apart from con men and other kinds of thieves and liars is that we’re honest liars. It’s the moral contract.

Swiss is introduced to an intimate audience and while he’s shown performing he continues:

“I’m saying, I’m gonna fool you but it’s OK, right, that’s my job. But I’m gonna bring you back whence you began in a not severely altered condition.”

After being shown performing some amazing sleight-of-hand card tricks Swiss concludes:

“I make an honest living, right?
Therefore, it offends me when someone takes the skills of my honest living, if you will, and uses it to twist and distort and manipulate people and their sense of reality in how the world works.
I know how to fool people, and I know how to recognize when people are being fooled.”

Steve Milloy JunkScience.com_5052Short clip of Steve Milloy, who maintains a website JunkScience.com which evidently focuses on attacking and seeking to undermine good science, being interviewed and stating:

“Dioxin, pesticides, chemicals in general: there’s no evidence that these are harming us.”

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