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Archives for July, 2006

37 years ago today: The Moon

Thirty seven years ago today, on July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man ever to walk on the Moon. (You can quibble and say it was July 21 by Universal Time (a.k.a. Greenwich Mean Time), but I’m an American, and to me as a child it happened on July 20. In any…

Zoinks! Why didn’t anyone think of this before? This week’s Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle starts out in the Mystery Machine, courtesy of Big Heathen Mike at Mike’s Weekly Skeptic Rant: We join the gang as everyone got ready for a weekend adventure… Everyone piled into the stretch Mystery Machine and headed off on our…

Tangled Bank

The latest Tangled Bank has been posted at a fellow skeptic’s blog, Salto Sobrius, who, it just so happens, is also scheduled to host the Skeptics’ Circle in September. Go catch up on the best science blogging of the last two weeks. Speaking of the Skeptics’ Circle, you still have a few hours left to…

iPods cause autism?

I thought this was a joke when a reader e-mailed me about it. I mean, it’s just so over-the-top that I had a hard time believing that it was real. It was (found via MacDailyNews):

President Bush’s first veto

Here we are, five and a half years into George W. Bush’s Presidency, and he’s not yet vetoed a bill. Not even a single bill. All sorts of bad legislation have been passed, from the bankruptcy reform legislation that makes it harder for people to start again after declaring bankruptcy, to budgets containing huge increases…

Jumping on the bandwagon for more woo

If Your Friday Dose of Woo from me isn’t enough woo for you, now Medgadget has inaugurated a new feature it calls Pseudoscience Friday (its first target: bioresonance testing). Between the two blogs, plus the Amazing Randi, that ought to be all the woo any skeptic could want to see debunked every Friday! In the…

Grand Rounds

This week’s Grand Rounds has been posted at ChronicBabe.

RINO Sightings

Egads, I almost forgot to mention it, but the latest RINO Sightings was posted. Oh, well, better late than never.

Fellow traveler in the fight against Holocaust denial Andrew Mathis asks whether Israel has adequate justification for its recent attacks in Lebanon and Gaza based on “just war theory.” Basically, he finds that Israel meets many of the criteria, but fails in proportionality of response and using force as a last resort. However, he finds…

Over the weekend, between bouts of rounding on patients and seeing consults (I was on call), I perused the Last 24 Hours channel on the ScienceBlogs homepage, when I came across a fellow SB’er discussing a recent paper in Science about evolution. It was a study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands by Princeton…

Only two days left…

The time is rapidly approaching again. This Thursday, the latest edition of the Skeptics’ Circle, the only blog carnival that I’m aware of that is dedicated to skepticism and critical thinking, is scheduled to appear at Mike’s Weekly Skeptic Rant, which means you have only two days to get your best skeptical blogging to Mike,…

Via Kevin, MD, here’s a Washington Post article describing how the religious beliefs of health care practitioners result in the denial of care. Here are some examples:

Overcoming difficulties reporting science

Many of the bloggers here at ScienceBlogs lament about the woeful state of science knowledge among the U.S. public. This ignorance about the basics of science and the scientific method has been blamed on many things, whether it be the poor quality of science education in the public schools, an all-too-prevalent view of science as…

The History Carnival

The 35th History Carnival has been posted at air pollution. Enjoy!

It was a sad day when of the earliest and most prolific medbloggers, Medpundit retired from blogging a couple of months ago. However, like many of us, she’s found that she just can’t keep out of the blogospher, and, via Kevin, M.D. and GruntDoc, I’ve learned that she’s back: Well, it’s official. I’m a blogging…

Although Capitalist Pig vs. Socialist Swine found it to be possibly the funniest video on the Internet, I found it very disturbing that people (in this case, the infamously homophobic and hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church) can actually think this way and seriously believe the statements in this video. Check out the smirk on the narrator’s…

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds, vol. 1, no. 7 has been posted at Pediatricsinfo.com. Check it out.

Four words: David Hasselhoff music video. Oh, the pain, the pain. Of course, even Hassel the Hoff may not be able to “top” this YouTube video from hell:

After last week’s reemergence of the Hitler Zombie from his underground crypt to snack on the brains of a couple of political consultants in my home city of Detroit, my sister kindly sent me this link, which explains a bit more of the background. It turns out that the HItler Zombie may be cleverer than…

Last weekend, I posted a YouTube video of William Shatner singing Elton John’s Rocket Man in his–shall we say?–unique fashion. A fellow ScienceBlogger commented and asked if there was a video of Shatner singing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. I’m not sure that this quite qualifies as what he had in mind, but it’s…

From The Daily Mail: British holidaymakers are putting their lives at risk by relying on homeopathy to protect them against malaria, doctors have warned. The medical experts condemned the practice of prescribing pills and potions made from tree bark, swamp water and rotting plants as ‘outrageous quackery’ and ‘dangerous nonsense’. Their warning follows an undercover…

As hard as it is to believe, we’re up to the third week of Your Friday Dose of Woo. And, at week 3, I’m still having the same problem: too many targets of woo, so many so that they overwhelmed my tired brain not unlike Lionel Milgrom’s quantum homeopathy becoming quantumly entangled with my neurons.…

Sid Schwab has started blogging at Surgeonsblog. One of his early posts is about a particularly difficult breast cancer patient that he had to deal with. He even shares my pet peeve about mammographers: The radiologist who read my patient’s current xray reported that there was a cluster of indeterminant calcifications in the previously treated…

Over the couple of days or so, a minor flurry of comments have hit the ol’ blog. I hate to let commenters dictate the content of my blog, but it’s strictly a coincidence that this happens to be a post I had been planning sometime this week anyway and it comes around the same time…

Change of Shift time

The latest edition of Change of Shift, a blog carnival for nursing, has been posted at Emergiblog. Check it out.