How contemptible are Christians pimping for deathbed conversions? And then lying about them!

Only a particular species of creep could persuade me to write to the son of a friend and ask him to describe the death agonies of his beloved father. I typed that he must say “I would rather not talk about it” if he wished, then sent an email to Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens.

I sat back, feeling dirty and not expecting a reply. I would not have troubled Alexander had not journalists at the nominally serious Times and BBC promoted the claim of a strange, spiteful book that Christopher Hitchens was “teetering on the edge of belief” as he lay dying from cancer of the oesophagus.

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist is the work of a true fanatic, who has never learned when to seize a golden opportunity to hold his tongue. Recounting a memorial for Hitchens in New York, for instance, Larry Alex Taunton has to say how much he hates the event and the mourners. “The funeral, like the man himself, was largely a celebration of misanthropy, vanity and excess of every kind,” he intones…

I put the book aside last week. There seemed no need to write about Taunton, as Matthew d’Ancona and Padraig Reidy had already taken him to pieces with admirable vigour. But then Alexander Hitchens wrote back about that “bloody book”.

On the deathbed conversion – I spent my father’s final weeks and days at his bedside and watched him draw his final breath and die, and can assure you that there was no hint of any sort of conversion (as I’m sure you have already guessed). In fact, we barely spoke about religion at all except for joint expressions of frustration at the god botherers who made the rounds in the ICU and other units where dying people could be preyed upon by vulturous Christians…

I am delighted to say that Taunton’s sole achievement is to show us that, in death, Hitchens provided a further reason for militant rejection of religion: its creepiness.

I second that emotion. I thank Nick Cohen for his article. RTFA for more details though I imagine any of you who have studied men and women of letters and their lives knew what to expect from Hitchens. And, sadly, desperately, what to expect of a demagogue – unable to challenge Hitchens successfully in life – who trotted out a book of lies after his death.

Chile has so much solar power it’s being given away

On green power, you have to hand it to Chile…The country is producing so much solar power that it’s giving loads of it away for free.In some parts of the country, there is such a big oversupply that consumers aren’t paying a penny to power their homes.

It turns out that spot prices for solar power dropped to zero for 113 days of the year, with more days of free electricity to come.

The country’s central grid is producing four times more electricity than it was three years ago, fed by 29 solar farms, Bloomberg reports.

Unfortunately not everyone is feeling the benefits – there’s also a grid in the north of the country, and that’s not as good…It means there’s a lot of catching up to do, with work underway to build a new 3,000km transmission line between the two grids by next year.

Salvatore Bernabei, head of Enel Green Power SpA’s operations in Chile, said: ‘The rapid development of renewables was a surprise and now we have to react quickly.’

Positively unAmerican behavior, eh? Good thing we needn’t worry about problems like this in the GOUSA.

Orange-flavored amphetamine for kids approved by Feds

Adzenys XR-ODT™ is the newest ADHD medication to be approved by the FDA. Chemically similar to Adderall, the drug is now available by prescription for children over the age of six throughout the United States. But Adzenys differs from previous generations of ADHD drugs in one major way — it is the first orange-flavored, orally dissolvable iteration of an amphetamine-based stimulant.

The release of Adzenys has caused concern among doctors and parents due to the fact that the medication is a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance, and the drug’s main selling point — its ease of use — may facilitate abuse…

The Texas-based manufacturer behind the drug, Neos Therapeutics, specializes in developing drugs specifically for ADHD. (Neos did not respond to a request for comment.) The company, which went public in July of 2015, saw shares jump 40 percent after the launch of Adzenys, which, according to CEO Vipin Garg, aligned with making the drug available “before the back-to-school season”…

The CDC has warned that too many American children with ADHD are overmedicated — up to 75 percent of those diagnosed are on a stimulant — and that behavior therapy should be strongly considered as an alternative. Almost 2 million of children presently diagnosed were done so between ages 2 and 5. In 2014, 63.1 million prescriptions were written for ADHD medication, and sales are projected to grow to almost $17.5 billion by 2020…

More troubling is the psychological effect that a flavored ODT may have on children and their perception of medication. According to the website Pediatrics for Parents, “positive taste experiences lead to less medication struggle, improved medication adherence, and better health outcomes… set[ting] the stage for a favorable outlook on all future medication encounters.”

What could possibly go wrong?