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AutismOne livestream

If you want to stab yourself in your face, AutismOne has a live-stream for their speakers available: Free live streaming by Ustream Im watching some presentation now (dial-up, w00t!). This woman (Laurette Janak, qualifications: Mom) is ‘teaching’ Paul Offit some ‘science’ with cartoon figures. She is really sciencey and not even remotely crazy. Quote someone…

FDA warns Lenny Horowitz

My bestest buddy on planet Earth, HIV Denier and snake-oil peddler Lenny Horowitz, finally caught the attention of the FDA for the crap he is selling on his websites (full warning letter below the fold):

A while back I wrote about how the lead researcher at the Whittemore Peterson Institute, Judy Mikovits, is speaking at Autismone, a huge anti-vax rally in Chicago later this month. I thought Judy was just a crank. Dime a dozen, whatevs. Turns out things are worse than that. Much much worse than that. Its cranks…

Steven Pinker will be speaking tonight at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chicasha! Steven Pinker asks audacious questions about the human mind — then boldly sets out to answer them. Recently named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, he is enormously popular in the media and…

The luxury of being wrong

Youll have to forgive me, folks. Im in the midst of writing a paper (*insert excited Peter Griffin gasp here*– there are lots of open access virology journals, but I cant promise it). Writing this paper has reminded me of a luxury we have in scientific research: we can be wrong. Its bad when a…

ERV does not have a monopoly on teh crazy. Pal really reels them in with his chronic lyme disease posts, and now, evidently, chiro-woo. I could not have made up this post from ‘Dr. Howard Boos‘ if I had tried. You tell me this asshole doesnt sound EXACTLY like a Creationist or HIV Denier! 1.…

The latest edition of ‘Life Extension‘ as once again provided me with a bounty of lols. For instance, did you know that “For the past fourteen years, the gerontological establishment has sought to persecute anti-aging physicians, anti-aging health practitioners, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M; www.worldhealth.net) itself, simply because they defy the prevailing…

I just moved into a new apartment about a month ago. Of course, Im still getting mail for person-who-used-to-live-here. Most of it is junk-mail (‘JOIN AT&T U-VERSE!!!’), but in the 4 weeks Ive been here, there have been 3 magazines… 3 thick, glossy, SEED-quality (construction, not content) magazines… from ‘Life Extension: The ULTIMATE Source For…

Happiness in Ignorance: HIV Deniers

If there is one constant ever present in anti-science groups, whether its Creationists, anti-vaxers, anti-wireless-interneters, whatever– its the groups ignorance on the very topic they are ‘anti’. HIV Deniers are no exception. One of my favorite HIV Deniers, a blonde bimbo named Rebecca Culshaw (‘I IZ NUT BIMBOS I HAS DEGREE IN MATHS! THAT MEANS…

REPOST: Robert F. Kennedy is so weird.

This is a repost from the old ERV. A retrotransposed ERV I dont trust them staying up at Blogger, and the SEED overlords are letting me have 4 reposts a week, so Im gonna take advantage of that! Im with Orac. I was pretty grossed out when I read about Robert F. Kenneys potential position…