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If you pay taxes in the US (and many other countries), you are helping fund HIV/AIDS research, including the development of HIV vaccines. This includes my research project, so, YAY! Thank you! What happens, is, we pay taxes. Part of that cash goes to various government agencies to dole out to researchers. When researchers think…

Saturday Shillery: Oklahoma!

I love Oklahoma– Great school, great cost of living, genuinely nice folks, and believe it or not, a fantastic atheist/skeptic scene. You all know about FreeOK (one and my talk isnt up yet from two… SEEEETH!), organized by Atheist Community of Tulsa and the OKC Atheists.  Those groups are amazing, outside of the conference.  Ive…

Ask anyone who has stood up to quacks/charlatans/nutbars– Crazy people be CRAZY. Someone tries to educate the public, move their field, shine a candle in a demon haunted world, stand up for what they think is right, and they are rewarded with insane emails (check!), often including threats of physical violence (check!), badgering emails to…

How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

How to do things, from someone who actually does things: How to Protest a ‘Psychic’– Dr. Caleb Lack There is a big difference between writing and talking about doing something, and actually doing something in the Real World.  Confuse the two at your own risk. For instance, while it is fine and dandy to demand…

OKC Atheists have done many, many things right. On that list of right things (I encourage all atheist/skeptic groups to do this) is the way our groups support our ‘local talent’.  Every month, we have a meet-up called ‘Disbelief Discourse’, dreamed up and executed by my adventures-in-anti-vaxers friend CJ. At these meet-ups, our own members…

Via Coffee Loving Skeptic– The laziest example of peddling snake-oil I have ever seen. Revealed: Gorton church sells olive oil and blackcurrant squash as miracle ‘cure’ for cancer and HIV M.E.N. reporter: After just 15 minutes I was offered church’s ‘miracle cure’ Pastor: We are trying to help … we aren’t hurting anyone See, normally…

There has been a ton of hilarious drama going on with the XMRV fiasco, but I havent been writing about it because I dont actually care.  I ‘cared’ about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because it was associated with a retrovirus.  Turns out it was all a mirage– The retrovirus known as XMRV is not infecting humans,…

Nobel vs Nobel

Luc Montagnier was once one of Gods of Science. Dude was head of one of the groups of scientists who ultimately discovered HIV-1 was the cause of the AIDS pandemic. Wonderful science that amazes me– The things they could do when we didnt know anything, when they didnt have the technology that I have– Amazing.…

FreeOK2– Two weeks from today!

Two weeks till FreeOK!  You can grab tickets in advance HERE. My talk will be: “How I learned to stop worrying and love viruses” The visceral, negative emotions one pins to viruses are antiquated– Viruses are a part of you.  They have protected you since birth.  They might just save your life sometime in the…

Skeptics of Oz 2012

Skeptics of Oz was great– Sean Gillespie asked me if I had any requirements/requests to speak, I gave him my usual rider: Sean didnt just fill a brandy glass with brown M&Ms… He filled huge Richard Dawkins Foundation coffee mug with brown M&Ms! AWESOME! Sean was just a fantastic organizer, overall. On several occasions things…