JUNK SCIENCE: The Revolution Will Be Televised

junk-science-copy.jpgTONIGHT, Aug. 6th, ON CABLE TV, Philadelphia
BiG TeA PaRtY’s Chew on This, written and hosted by Elizabeth Fiend
part of DUTV’s Special Indy Movie Presentations
Time: 8:53 pm, EST (15 min.)
Comcast channel 54 or 62

Chew on This (15 min.)
Part game show, part food show and all parts fun, this video is a feast of eye candy and an earful of information, full of Philly food facts and fun fur hats. BiG TeA PaRtY creates their own quiz show by playing the games Dicey Dinner and Tic Tac Tofu. Even Ben Franklin, one of America’s greatest thinkers (and eaters), learns a thing or two from Elizabeth while he charms her into making him a sandwich, a sandwich on a soft pretzel! Roll the dice in your favor with this fabulous and fun food farce.


WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8th, ON THE DISH NETWORK, National Satellite TV
BiG TeA PaRtY‘s Green Tea Party, written and hosted by Elizabeth Fiend
Free Speech TV (FSTV), channel 9415
Times: 4.29 am; 7:29 am; 10:29 am; 3:29 pm; 9:29 pm, EST (30 min.)
Green Tea Party (30 min.)
This planet-friendly how-to video identifies problems and offers ways to help you make your life more green. Topics include making better food choices, composting, transportation, and water conservation. Great for kids to watch alone, or fun for the whole family.


ABOUT THIS COLUMN: At no time in recorded history have we possessed so much knowledge about health and nutrition, nor have we ever had such vast and effective machinery for disseminating that knowledge — and yet, for all intents and purposes, we live in hi-tech Dark Age with the vast majority of the global population essentially ignorant or confused about the basic facts of their own biology. How did this happen? Well, that’s a whole six-part mini-series in and of itself, but the short answer is that the bottom line of many a multi-national corporation is dependent on that ignorance, and vast sums of money are expended to maintain it. The global warming argument is a classic example. When scientific fact did not favor Big Oil, they hired their own scientists to to conduct and publish studies that contradicted the peer-reviewed facts about the environmental impact of carbon-based emissions. As a result, whenever the latest global warming news is relayed to the public, it always comes with the caveat that “some dispute these findings.” There was time when newspapers saw it as their duty to truth squad these debates, but that’s long since become a luxury most papers can no longer afford — better to hire another gossip columnist and give the people what they want. To fill this crucial gap, Phawker began publishing the JUNK SCIENCE column by Elizabeth Fiend, beloved host of Big Tea Party. Every week, Miss Fiend connects the dots to reveal a constellation of scientific facts that have been hiding in plain sight — scattered across the vast, cold reaches of the Internet. With a background in punk rock and underground comics, and longstanding employment as a library researcher, Miss Fiend doesn’t pretend to be a scientist or an expert. She does, however, know how scientific facts become diluted by corporate-sponsored non-facts, and every week she separates the smoke from the mirrors. Why? Because she loves you.

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