Respectful Insolence

Archives for June, 2006

Ask a ScienceBlogger: Time

Time – He’s waiting in the wings He speaks of senseless things His script is you and me, boys Time – He flexes like a whore Falls wanking to the floor His trick is you and me, boy Time – In Quaaludes and red wine Demanding Billy Dolls And other friends of mine Take your…

Time flies when you’re having fun. Hard as it is to believe, it’s been a year since RFK, Jr. first posted his ridiculous conspiracy-mongering piece on Salon.com. Ever since moving to ScienceBlogs back in February, I had planned on reposting this article on the anniversary of its original appearance. Unfortunately, for some reason I misremembered…

Skeptics’ Circle

This weeks’ Skeptics’ Circle made a brief and mysterious appearance last week, only to disappear just as mysteriously back into the Bermuda Triangle. No doubt it will appear again as scheduled this week on Thursday, as always. If you want to take part, get your best skeptical blogging to Autism Diva at the this address…

Clark posted the latest Pediatric Grand Rounds Friday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to posting a plug until now. Go forth and read the best medblogging about pediatrics. Hopefully, I can give him a little late boost in traffic. Enjoy.

R.I.P. Don Lemmon

Almost two months ago, I posted a rather light-hearted skeptical takedown of a guy by the name of Don Lemmon, who billed himself on his website as The #1 Nutritionist Online. The main gimmicks of the post were twofold. First, I poked fun at his selling of dessicated animal glands, in which he harkened back…

There’s only one thing to say about this little video clip: Doom, doom, doom, doom, doom….. Hat tip to my sister for e-mailing me this! Hmmm, maybe I’ll get serious again tomorrow and try to answer the latest Ask a Scienceblogger question or perhaps cover some other of my usual topics. Some alties have used…

An ashtray that tells it like it is

Too bad I don’t smoke. Well, actually, no it isn’t, given the horrible health effects of smoking. Be that as it may, I wish I had a couple of these to have around the house for when relatives who smoke come over (photo below the fold):

A sad day for Tiger fans

As I sit here marveling that, as of this writing, it’s almost the summer solstice and the Detroit Tigers still have the best record in baseball (with the New York Mets not far behind, yet!) I come across this depressing news. Tiger Stadium is going to be razed this fall: It’s official. After years of…

Who knew Bob Saget was such a badass?

I knew he wasn’t nearly as clean-cut as his televisioin persona implied, but who knew Bob Saget was such a badass. (Warning for if you’re at work: Much gratuituous use of the F-word is contained.) What I want to know is how they got George Lucas in the video.

In Petaluma, California (the Bay area), as reported by ABC 7: June 14 – KGO – More former clients of a North Bay chiropractor are coming forward, echoing what we reported a month-and-a-half ago — that Daniel Marsh is making money off some bizarre treatments. State investigators are looking into Dr. Marsh, his treatments and…

Over at the Nature blogs, they’re soliciting comments and opinions about open peer review: The goal of any change in the peer review system must be to improve the quality of review, where quality is determined by two distinct functions: filtering manuscripts for publication in a given journal; and making constructive suggestions on how the…

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Michael Savage’s attack on George Soros, in which he stated that “people like you give Jews a bad name, Soros. It’s people like you who brought about the Holocaust, Soros. I stand by those words.” Admittedly, at the time I wrote my little rant, I didn’t know that Michael…

I don’t know if it’s possible to be to the right of Ann Coulter, but Spacemonkey over at IMAO gives it a try. I’m not sure that he succeeds. After all, he says, “We let God’s will or survival of the fittest, if you swing that way, be the appeals process.” I don’t think that…

Michael Savage: Anti-Semite?

I’ve come across Michael Savage’s radio show a few times now and then. Basically I dismissed him as being even more obnoxious as Ann Coulter and not nearly as intelligent. I hadn’t known he was an anti-Semite as well, but check out this quote from his radio show the other day referring to George Soros:…

Fearing the beast’s return

Leave it to Dr. Charles to remind me of something that happened recently, albeit in a bit of a roundabout way. It’s something I would rather have forgotten, but, when you dedicate your life to battling the beast that cancer, it is something that is inevitable and something a doctor has to learn to deal…

Mothership question of the week

From our Seed overlords at the ScienceBlogs collective: Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why? While I’m not as down on this question as PZ is, I’m not quite sure how to answer. There are lots of…

I can’t stand Ann Coulter, but this response to her vileness is just plain stupid and plays right into her hands as “evidence” supporting the attacks Democrats that she makes in her book: QUIGLEY/STENDER CALL ON NJ MERCHANTS TO BAN SALE OF ‘VICIOUS’ COULTER BOOK Hate-filled Attacks on NJ 9-11 Widows Has No Place on…

I’ve heard of physicians using themselves as guinea pigs for their own research before, but this is ridiculous. Yesterday, my copy of General Surgery News arrived at my office. As I was whiffling through it to see if there were any articles worth reading, I came across a tale of a Japanese doctor who was…

Carnival barking for the week

Grand Rounds, no. 2, vol. 38 has been posted at the Haversian Canal. Get your medblogging fix for the week there. Also, a belated shout-out to yesterday’s RINO Sightings at Tinkery Tonk: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers.

Ed over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars has been on a tear lately defending the ACLU against spurious attacks from right wingers and religious. Now I see that that dreaded atheistic, America-hating organization has invaded a little too close to home, coming into my area of the country.Clearly any real God-fearing American can’t let…

The Spoof on Andrew Wakefield

Well, it didn’t take The Spoof long to comment on the Andrew Wakefield affair. Choice bits: While on holiday in the US in 1997 he was introduced to a creationist nutter called Professor Hugh Fudenberg who claimed to cure autistic children by giving them samples of his own bone marrow. And, my favorite: Wakefield was…

A few days ago, given that light of the “intelligent design” creationism movement, William Dembski, had bragged about how much he had helped Ann Coulter write the chapters in her latest screed (Godless: The Church of Liberalism) attacking evolution, I had wondered what he might think now of being associated with her, given some of…

When it rains it pours, eh? While I happen to be on the topic of vaccines and autism again today, here’s a surprising story: Andrew Wakefield, the doctor behind the scare over a potential link between the MMR jab and autism in children, is to face four charges relating to unprofessional conduct at the General…

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve written a substantive post on the fear mongering and bad science that are used by activists to support the claim that mercury in the thimerosal used as preservatives in vaccines is the cause of an “autism epidemic.” The closest I’ve…

A couple of days ago, I wrote about a megafestival of altie woo taking place in my favorite city. It just occurred to me right now: If I were in Chicago right at this very minute, I could be in Hulda Clark’s workshop (which is starting right now) learning how to cure all cancers and…