Respectful Insolence

Archives for February, 2006

Technical issues (again)

Although the most serious blog problems (such as my not being able to post) appear to be resolved, that doesn’t mean that everything is peaches and cream here at ScienceBlogs. Apparently the servers have been getting slammed by spammers attempting to deluge us with comment spam. Consequently, we have all been asked to tighten our…

His Noodliness walks (or flies) among us, and here’s the evidence. Hey, it’s better than any “evidence” that I’ve seen supporting the existence of UFO’s or ghosts.

Technical problems resolved

Previous technical problems that prevented my posts and your comments from showing up on this blog have now been resolved. Orac is back online. Everything appears to be working as it should, and you should be able to comment again. If you haven’t contributed your own You might be an altie if… idea, now’s the…

For a humorous take on the David Irving verdict

For a humorous take on the David Irving verdict, go here. The Photoshopped picture and caption are priceless.

Well, that was fast. The trial took less than a day. David Irving, as expected, pleaded guilty. As expected, he was found guilty of Holocaust denial. What was not expected was the severity of the sentence: VIENNA, Feb. 20 (AP) — The British historian David Irving on Monday pleaded guilty to denying the Holocaust and…

David Irving on trial for Holocaust denial

Well, today’s the day. After all the waiting, it’s finally here. David Irving is going to stand trial for Holocaust denial in Austria today. Those of you who have read my old blog a while know what a despicable human being I consider David Irving to be. He’s clearly an anti-Semite, most famously having said…

Not so respectful insolence

And here’s the last (and one of my favorite) categories of my blast from the past, some times over the last 14 months when Orac decided to take the “respectful” out of Respectful Insolence: A response to the “Herbinator” “Intelligent design” apologia: Pot. Kettle. Black. I tried not to discuss “intelligent design” again, but… Invitation…

EneMan in danger?

I can understand wanting transparency regarding the gifts that pharmaceutical reps give doctors, particularly those of the more expensive variety, but this is ridiculous: At least nine states are considering bills that would require drugmakers to publicly report how much they and their sales representatives give to doctors, hospitals and pharmacists each year. A few…

This will be my last post on this subject, but I thought it might be of interest to show that Andreas faced his impending death due to lung cancer with dignity and class. Indeed, one could say that he faced it much the same way G’Kar would have, if he existed. A couple of days…

The ethics mansion

A bit of a reconfiguration and “clarification” of the ethics rules and rules regarding accepting honoraria for faculty at my institution makes me particularly appreciate this piece in–where else?–The Onion: Senate Ethics Committee To Meet In New Ethics Committee Mansion WASHINGTON, DC–In the wake of several major lobbying scandals, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics…

Orac knows a lot of other things too

Continuing my series of posts designed to categorize and archive essential insolence from the old blog, I now continue with some miscellaneous tidbits: The EneMan files (Dedicated to the very strange character who is this weblog’s de facto mascot) Orac’s encounter with Derek Jeter I never realized “Zero tolerance”=”Zero common sense” Kentucky Zombie update Inauguration…

What is an “altie”? (2006 edition)

About a year ago, I introduced the blogosphere to a term that had become common on certain Usenet newsgroups. I can’t take credit for coining the term, but I think I can take some degree of credit for disseminating it to a wider audience. That term is “altie,” and has a meaning similar to the…

The wit and wisdom of G’Kar

Since the death of Andreas Katsulas, I’ve been thinking just how many great lines he had as G’Kar in the series and how well he delivered them. Here, culled from the web, is but a sampling of some of them. Some are very serious; some are humorous, but all are quintessential G’Kar. I can’t think…

Orac knows World War II and Holocaust history

In a continuing series of posts, for the benefit of new readers (and a trip down memory lane for old readers), I now present: Orac knows World War II and Holocaust history: 60 years ago today: The evacuation of Auschwitz and start of the death march The 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: How…

The Twenty-eight Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has come to order at Unused and Probably Unusable, and Eh Nonymous has done a great job at gathering the best examples of skeptical blogging from the last two weeks into, of all things, a courtroom scene: WHEREFORE the 28th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle was convened on…

Teenage graffiti as cave art

I’ve always had an interest in archaeology. Indeed, one of the elective courses that I most enjoyed in college was a prehistoric archaeology course. All of this shows why the following interests me. Through a scientific analysis of ancient cave art, it’s been found that human nature hasn’t changed much in 35,000 years: Many art…

Alright, who’s responsible?

Alright, everyone, who’s responsible? Someone out there must have done it. Someone out there must have nominated me for a Koufax Award for Best Overall Writing by a Lefty Blogger? (True, it’s my old blog that’s listed, but I am listed!) Come on. ‘Fess up. It’s not that I’m not honored that someone would consider…

Orac knows medicine and surgery

In a continuing series of posts, for the benefit of new readers (and a trip down memory lane for old readers), I now present: Wearing two hats (and part 2) What is a surgical oncologist? The deadly power of denial: Personal observations Also see Part 2: It’s not always denial; Part 3: Fear; and Part…

Ohio rejects intelligent design

As someone who lived in Cleveland for 8 years and whose wife grew up in Toledo, it does my heart good to see that the Ohio Board of Education finally got something right. They voted to strike language in their state science standards singling out evolution for a “critical evaluation: COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 14 —…

G’Kar is dead

Sad news on the Babylon 5 front. Andreas Katsulas died on February 13 of lung cancer at the age of 59. Besides playing the One-Armed Man in the movie The Fugitive and making frequent appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Katsulas was best known for playing the Narn Ambassador G’Kar on what was, in…

As anyone who read my old blog knows, I have some very strong views on free speech, viewing it as the single most important basis of a free society. It is therefore not surprising that I recently commented on the Danish cartoon imbroglio, in which fundamentalist Muslims, outrage stoked by their Imams and by Muslim…

Blogging Alzheimer’s

How annoying. I had the perfect dubious medical test that I had wanted to write about from a skeptical viewpoint. It was a test that looked at many different blood tests and biomarkers and claimed to be far more sensitive at detecting cancer and a wide variety of diseases. It was obvious to me that…

Orac disembodied, day 3

Nope, Respectful Insolence is still not integrated into the main ScienceBlogs page or into its aggregated feed. Patience, Orac-philes. It probably won’t be until next week now; so please keep this blog bookmarked, or, if you use an RSS feed aggegator, don’t rely on the aggregated ScienceBlogs feed to catch your daily helping of Respectful…

Last Call For The Skeptics’ Circle

Besides running my own blog, I also happen to have the distinct honor of being responsible for organizing the Skeptics’ Circle. One of the great things about the blogosphere is that anyone can have a blog, either for free through a service like Blogspot or at a nominal cost. This greatest aspect of the blogosphere…

Here is the second in a series of links to essential classic Respectful Insolence from Orac’s old blog. In a continuing series of posts, for the benefit of new readers (and a trip down memory lane for old readers), I now present: The Galileo Gambit What is a theory? Breast cancer “dormancy” Public speaking “Short…