Respectful Insolence

Archives for June, 2006

Janet started it. John and Mike picked it up. Afarensis used it to avoid working on a post. John and Bora quickly chimed in as well. Well, given that it’s a Sunday and that I usually don’t do any heavy duty science or medicine posts on Saturdays and Sundays, it looked like a perfectly good…

The science of sound in action

I’m probably going to catch some crap for this one, but it’s kind of amusing. So what the heck? From Australia: Officials think the “Mandy” singer’s music will keep teens from hanging out and revving their engines in parking lots. Officials in Rockdale, Australia will pump the music of Barry Manilow through speakers in their…

One quarter of my heritage at its finest

I’ve probably never mentioned it before, buy I’m 1/4 Lithuanian. Here’s something one of my cousins sent me to make me “proud” of that heritage: VILNIUS, Lithuania – Lithuanian police were so astonished by a breath test that registered 18 times the legal alcohol limit, they thought their device must be broken. It wasn’t. Police…

Today is the day. Today is the day that Seed has decided to launch a revamped version of ScienceBlogs, complete with a spiffy new front page. It’s long overdue, as the front page as it was had caused a number of frustrations, not the least of which is that bloggers whose posts are not as…

From AppleInsider: But when it comes to battling for headlines, Leopard may have its work cut out for it — sources maintain that around precisely the same time, Mr. Jobs will also take the wraps off Apple’s most powerfully stunning Macintosh to date: the Mac Pro. Aside from speculation that the Intel-based Power Mac successor…

Woo invades my favorite city

It’s times like this that I really wish I were back in Chicago. Actually, it’s times like any time that I wish I were back in Chicago, but this in particular brings out that feeling: The Health Freedom Expo is invading Chicago beginning today. Of course, whenever you hear someone advocating “health freedom,” it’s a…

Tangled Bank

A slightly late plug, but big, brand new Tangled Bank is here. Enjoy the best science blogging of the last two weeks.

From The Examining Room, Dr. Charles, blog carnival afficianado and all around talented medblogger, comes the transcript of the 36th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. It begins with a question: To readers who distrust science, knowledge found through experimentation, and the secular truths of reason in favor of simply believing – I ask you –…

A couple of days ago, on the Day of the Beast (6/6/06), Ann Coulter took the opportunity to unleash yet another spray of spittle-drenched attacks on liberals (Godless: The Church of Liberalism) into bookstores across the nation. As is her schtick, she’s made quite the stir over the airwaves by making very inflammatory and offensive…

First, the good news: Holocaust-denying, white nationalist, atheist nutjob Larry Darby lost the Democratic primary for Attorney General in Alabama. Now the bad news: He somehow managed to garner 43.53% of the vote. His opponent got 56.47%. It wasn’t close, but it was a hell of a lot closer than I thought it would be.…

Bush, Bono, what’s the difference?

Via Stranger Fruit, here’s a video that’ll disturb U2 fans everywhere.

I really have to turn off my Google Alerts for this topic. I’m going to pull out my hair if I don’t. As you may recall, I’ve been posting about two young victims of the siren call of quackery who will most likely pay with their lives for their trust in quacks. The first, Katie…

June 6, 1944

Today is another anniversary besides my wedding anniversary and a silly day that happens, if you twist numbers enough, to coincide with the Number of the Beast (6/6/06). It’s also the 62nd anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, the beginning of the end for the tyrrany of the Third Reich. It was a day…

I’m probably going to regret posting this article, as I normally don’t venture much into these areas. Chalk it up to its being 6/6/06 and say that the Devil made me do it, but I plan on diving in. Besides, I feel the need for a brief change of pace. Regular readers of this blog…

Hell’s the place to be today

Hell, Michigan, that is. The “Hellions” are planning one hell of a party today, 6/6/06, a.k.a. the Day of the Beast: HELL, Mich. – They’re planning a hot time in Hell on Tuesday. The day bears the date of 6-6-06, or abbreviated as 666 – a number that carries hellish significance. And there’s not a…

Via The Onion (where else): TALLAHASSEE, FL–Only months after abandoning a tenured position at Lehigh University, maverick chemist Theodore Hapner managed to disprove two of the three laws of thermodynamics and show that gold is a noxious gas, turning the world of science–defined for centuries by exhaustive research, painstaking observation, and hard-won theories–completely on its…

The doctor is waiting

Doctor Charles is waiting. Yes, he’s the host of the next edition of the Skeptics’ Circle, scheduled to land on his blog, The Examining Room of Doctor Charles this Thursday, June 8. You only have two days until the deadline. Doctor Charles’ contact information for submissions is here; general guidelines for submission are here. Doctor…

Perhaps you’ve seen it. Certainly if you’ve seen the “arguments” of Holocaust deniers, you’ve seen it. The desperate attempt to find one piece of testimony, data, or evidence that does not support conventional science or history. For example, a Holocaust denier will zero in on an eyewitness account of either a death camp or a…

Update on Katie Wernecke

Last week, I wrote about two teens (Katie Wernecke and Abraham Cherrix) who, sadly, had been duped by the siren call of quackery and were, with the acquiescence of their parents, on the road to extinction. It figures that more information would become available over the weekend (after I had written my article) about both…

EneMan defends himself

Doing the random Technorati search, I happened to come across a disturbing statement. Indeed, our intrepid colon cleanser was not pleased when I forwarded this to him: Eneman, real last name, Fleet, is an illegal immigrant worker. We know that there are dirty jobs to be done in the world, and the proper ones to…

Update on Starchild Abraham Cherrix

Compared to the usual topics discussed during the week, I normally like to try to keep the weekend fare on the ol’ blog relatively light and fluffy (mainly because traffic usually falls around 50% and I like to post my serious material on skepticism and science on days when I tend to have the most…

A very unique date in history is fast approaching. Indeed, if you’re Christian and religious, you probably already know what it is. 6/6/06. The Date of the Beast. (OK, you have to ignore the “0” to get “666,” the Number of the Beast, but everyone seems to be paying little attention to that little detail).…

Back in October, Jamie McCarthy and I castigated Bill O’Reilly for implying that at Malmedy in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge U.S. Airborne troops had massacred Nazis soldiers who had surrendered when in fact the Malmedy massacre was perpetrated by SS troops to whom U.S. soldiers had surrendered. Naturally, after ragging on…

The time: last week, Friday evening. The place: Borders Books. As my wife and I wandered around our local Borders Books browsing, I came across something you don’t see every day. In the Christian Books section of the store, there was a prominent display. In the display, not unexpectedly, were a number of books about…

All you need is this. Yes, it’s the Jesus Pan. Who needs to wait for miracles to produce things like the Jesus grilled cheese sandwich? Now you can make them yourself! Prediction: Coming soon….The Virgin Mary Pan! Maybe you can think of other great products along these lines? Lenin, anyone?