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Brignell vs Wikipedia

Last year I wrote how John Brignell repeatedly tried to add untrue claims to the Sourcewatch article on Brignell because it was critical of him. Now he is complaining about his Wikipedia article: Anyway, reading hostile critiques of one’s efforts is very much like being in that hall of mirrors. All the bits are there,…

Chris Mooney is persuasive

Bob Carroll learns from Chis Mooney about the relative risk scam. He writes I owe an apology to readers of this newsletter. In April 2004, I wrote the first of several commentaries on Penn & Teller’s claim in a Bullshit! episode that the EPA report was bogus that claims that 3,000 people a year die…

Brignell vs Source Watch

The Source Watch wiki page on John Brignell quotes extensively from some of my criticisms of Brignell. Rather than address this criticism, Brignell edited the page to add this comment: What follows is the work of an individual known as The Adhominator. You can recognise his style, as he never attacks the argument, only the…

Our old friend John Brignell has uncovered “The greatest conspiracy in human history”. According to Brignell that’s what global warming is, and: It is not that the proponents are simply mistaken—that would be forgivable. They know that they are lying: otherwise there would be no need for all the manufactured and selective evidence, the appeal…

Biased survey

To mark the centenary of the publication of Einstein’s famous equation, Spiked has surveyed over 250 renowned scientists, science communicators, and educators – including 11 Nobel laureates – asking what they would teach the world about science and why, if they could pick just one thing. They certainly have surveyed some renowned scientists and their…

The Great DDT Hoax

Anti-environmentalist writers frequently claim that after DDT had all but eliminated malaria from Sri Lanka, environmentalist pressure forced Sri Lanka to ban DDT, leading to a resurgence of malaria: Roger Bate in Politicizing Science: The Alchemy of Policymaking writes: Some developing countries imposed a complete ban on the pesticide, as Sri Lanka did in 1964,…

Brignell, again

John Brignell has an odd response (scroll down to “Hit Parade”) to some of my criticism. He doesn’t link, or dare to even mention my name, so it’s probably rather mystifying to his readers what he is responding to. Brignell goes on the Michael Fumento road, boasting about how the 2,488 hits he got on…

Flypaper for innumerates

Yet another person has tried to refute the Lancet article. John Brignell dismisses the study just because: A relative risk of 1.5 is not acceptable as significant. Actually the increased risk was statistically significant. You won’t find support for Brignell’s claim in any conventional statistical text or paper. To support his claim he cites a…

Reaction to my Milloy post

There has been quite a bit of reaction to my post on Milloy. Michael Peckham writes “Milloy’s criticism may be right some of the time, but only when it fits his preconceived anti-regulatory agenda. ” John Quiggin, at Crooked Timber and at his own blog observes that the link between Cato and Milloy reflects badly…