Respectful Insolence

Archives for May, 2006

I can’t argue with this one…

It’s Sunday. Time for silly Internet tests: Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful You’ve got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog. Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights. A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.…

The 35th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching. It will be published this Thursday, and the deadline is Wednesday evening. The host this time is skeptical blogging stalwart Skeptico, and his instructions regarding the deadline and how to submit can be found here. Overall guidelines and the schedule of past and future Skeptics’…

Color coding by religion in Iran?

I’ve written a lot before about the current President of Iran and his anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, as well as the religious fanaticism of the regime he leads. Here’s more evidence of where theocracy can lead: While the Iranian economy appears to be heading for recession, one sector may have some reason for optimism. That…

Damn if PZ didn’t beat me to this one: A federal panel concluded yesterday that there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against use of multivitamins and minerals — the popular dietary supplements taken by more than half of American adults in the hope of preventing heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses.…

More disturbing Google searches

Uh-oh. Periodically, via Sitemeter, I like to check out what sorts of searches are leading people to my humble blog. Recently I noticed one coming here from Italy via a Google search for “giant enema.” Number two on the search list was this post. I’m guessing my Seed overlords are probably relieved that the post…

Basking in the adulation of my fans

It looks like Orac has acquired a new fan. You see, yesterday I wrote a rather long fisking of Vox Day. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to continue it yet again; this dead horse has clearly been beaten enough). In it, I happened to make a brief mention of and link to an apparent admirer…

A sign of the apocalypse

They may have finished in fourth place with a record of 71-91 last year, but as of this writing, my hometown team the Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball (27-13) after a seven game winning streak, and we’re into the second half of May. I realize that 6/6/06 is coming up, but this…

A sad day in the medical blogosphere

I’m a couple of days late with this, but yesterday I finally got around to checking some of my usual medblogs when I came across some bad news. Medblogging stalward Dr. Sydney Smith (the nom de blog of Medpundit) is hanging up her blogging keyboard for good. She’s been at it since 2002 and in…

Everybody wants to get in on the act

Enough, already! Over the last couple of days, we’ve had Signs You Might Be an Intelligent Design Critic. Next, we had You May Be an Intelligent Design Supporter If… Just remember who got the ball rolling with these silly Jeff Foxworthy-inspired lists way back in January 2005 and updated it shortly after landing here at…

I’m sorry to do this to you again, kind readers, to subject you to Vox Day a second time in the same week. However, I just couldn’t let this pass. Hopefully my traffic won’t fall precipitously as people turn away in disgust at being subjected to too much Vox, but I have to take that…

This has to be one of the most idiotic laws I’ve ever heard of. It’s so mind-bogglingly unjust that no further comment is really necessary other than that it would have been a minor matter indeed to fix the law so it could achieve its intended purpose (to prevent overcrowding) while not tearing families apart.…

Belated carnival barking

Because I’m lame, I’m posting plugs for these carnivals one to two days late: 1. Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no. 34 2. History Carnival #31 3. RINO Sightings: The 39th Birthday Blues Edition

Ward Churchill’s going down

Dang it all. I’m not a political blogger by nature, but this week I just can’t seem to help myself, and getting this e-mailed to me didn’t help. I suppose that I can console myself by reminding myself that this is about academic misconduct. I may not be in the social sciences, but certain practices…

Seed will not be denied

Once again, our overlords at Seed demand that we answer a question. No, not “What is your favorite color?” or “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow”? (To which, of course, everyone knows the answer is “African or European?”) This question: “Will the “human” race be around in 100 years?” My answer: Yes,…

Religious nutjobs at their worst

While I’m being more political than usual, how about one more… I normally detest Sean Hannity. Basically, he’s Rush Limbaugh without the flashes of cleverness or humor. However, this time, he’s got it right on. I may be around three or four weeks behind the curve on this, but it’s worth looking at the video…

Hey, it worked for Hitler

Immigration has been on a lot of people’s minds lately, particularly with our President’s speech tonight in which he proposed sending thousands of National Guard troops to the border to reinforce the Border Patrol. Indeed, the subject of immigration all too often brings out the looniness in the right, and this time was no exception.…

Halfway there!

Woo-hoo! Sometime yesterday, while I was in clinic, my Sitemeter hit 500,000 visits! Let’s see, it took one year, five months, and two days to reach that level. When I started my blog I never imagined it would reach 100,000 visits, much less a half a million. (Of course, it takes PZ a little more…

NOTE: I had been thinking about how to migrate my old posts from the old blog over to ScienceBlogs, and came up with an idea. Whenever “real life” intrudes on my blogging–as it has now, thanks to two different grant applications that ate up my entire weekend that prevented me from coming up with the…

The other day, I mentioned an atheist named Larry Darby who happened to be an anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. I was perturbed because this clown was coming far too close to my neck of the woods for comfort, and the stench of his vileness offended me. Because Darby is an atheist, not surprisingly fellow ScienceBloggers…

Welcome, Jason!

Let me just take this opportunity to welcome one of my favorite evolution bloggers, Jason Rosenhouse, over to the ScienceBlogs fold. I’ve been following his blog for many months now. Go say hi to him at his new location at EvolutionBlog, and don’t forget to update your bookmarks (which reminds me, I’ll have to update…

Mothers’ Day

Nothing much to say today (I’m ensconced in the Bat Cave working on two grant–well, three, actually, but one of them is just a shortened version of the other, so I hardly count it), but I do have to take a minute to wish my mother, my mother-in-law, and all the other moms out there…

Yes, I know I’ve been remiss lately, since moving to ScienceBlogs, about getting these out on the first of each month. And I’ve been hearing about it too. Given this years’ theme of EneMan Travels Through Time, you might wonder where our caped colon crusader would turn up next. Well, wait no more! For the…

An atheist Holocaust denier?

Here’s an unfortunate story that shows that loonies come in all varieties: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Democratic Party leaders are wondering what to do about a candidate for attorney general who denies the Holocaust occurred and wants to “reawaken white racial awareness.” Larry Darby, the founder of the Atheist Law Center, made an abortive bid for…

A Snow job on evolution

If you want to see how depressingly ignorant about science President Bush’s new Press Secretary Tony Snow is, you need go no further than this rant at Bad Astronomy about Snow’s assertions about evolution confidently made in obviously complete ignorance about science, what a theory is, what a hypothesis is, or what evolutionary theory actually…

Tara’s post yesterday about Mercury and Mythology about how mercury in vaccines does not cause autism and about a recent story demonstrating tht mercury as used in dental amalgams is safe, coupled with Phil Plait’s discussion of an article in TIME about autism that seemed a bit too credulous about facilitated communication reminded me that…