Skepticism/Critical Thinking

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Suddenly, cuckoo bananas!

Because I am having so much fun at mah conference, I missed my chance to plug a Q&A ninja/journalist Trine Tsouderos hosted with Paul Offit, vaccine inventor. Im sorry you all missed the chance to participate (Im hoping most ERV readers are Respectful Insolence readers, so you all got the info that way). I mean,…

VIPDx took this down from their website, but this is the internet. The internet remembers everything. VIP Dx Laboratory is highly regarded in the field of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and neuro immune disease testing. VIP Dx also tests for intestinal gut dysbiosis by means of the Immunobilan test, the same test used in BioRay’s CytoFlora…

Wanna chat with Steve Novella?

Spend your lunch break with a founder of Science Based Medicine and Neurologica Blog! Journalist/Ninja Trine Tsouderos is going to be hosting a live chat with Dr. Steve Novella TODAY, NOON CENTRAL time!

There are lots of controversies in viral research. Not just woo ones, like whether HIV-1 exists and causes AIDS, but real controversies that have been going on for some time, like whether HIV-1 infects dendritic cells or DCs just carry–>pass on virions. The public hears about the stupid stuff, but dont know (dont care?) about…

Woo-ers are dicks.

Orac recently had a post up on Terminator Cranks. Which Cranks are the most persistent? NEW QUESTION. Which Cranks are the biggest assholes? My vote goes to the alt-med crew, as a whole. The anti-vaxers are infamous for their ability to be complete and utter assholes. Like, above and beyond simple assholery. You basically just…

‘A dubious diagnosis’

Trine Tsouderos has done it again! She is a one woman, woo-fighting machine! She has taken on anti-vaxers. She has taken on Dr. Oz. She has taken on XMRV–>CFS. And now shes goin after a rare wooity– Chronic Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is real. The bacterial infection, chiefly transmitted by deer ticks, can cause rashes,…

Umm… *taps mic*… hmmm…

In about a month Im going to be speaking at the Texas Freethought Convention. I can talk about anything. Which means I dont know what to talk about. I mean, I have lots of things I want to talk about, but I dont wanna be all “YEAHHHH!!!!”, and the audience not give a rats ass…

ATTN HIV Deniers: ERVs are not HIVs. Still.

What is it about ERVs that makes kooks cling desperately to them, like little ‘gag-pol-env’ life-rafts, as the kooks FAILboats sink into even further obscurity? I think the general populations ignorance about ERVs is what kooks find so attractive. Kooks, like Creationists, can say any damn thing they want about ERVs, and Average Joe/Jane doesnt…

BULLSHIT: Fast Food

I had a really cool post scheduled for today (found more viruses in mammalian genomes that are NOT retroviral. Its EBOLA AND MARBURG. IN GENOMES.) but theres no point in posting it right now because everyone is freaking out about Pepsi. Im not sacrificing a cool post to a blog drama moment. So, for now,…

FDA and NASA FTW! YAY!

HA! Know how Lenny is finally getting his comeuppance for selling all that quack crap? I got an anon comment this afternoon giving us a little update: Dear Mr. : This is to acknowledge receipt of your recent message left in my voice mail mailbox. We have opened a file on this matter and an…