Respectful Insolence

Archives for August, 2006

Note: One year ago today, an autistic boy, Abubakar Tariq Nadama, died of a cardiac arrest while undergoing chelation therapy to try to “cure” his autism. Today, as I am on vacation, I have scheduled several of my old posts on the topic to appear.The investigation into his death is ongoing regarding whether to file…

Note: One year ago today, an autistic boy, Abubakar Tariq Nadama, died of a cardiac arrest while undergoing chelation therapy to try to “cure” his autism. Today, because I am on vacation, I have scheduled several of my old posts on the topic to appear.The investigation into his death is ongoing regarding whether to file…

Note: One year ago today, an autistic boy, Abubakar Tariq Nadama, died of a cardiac arrest while undergoing chelation therapy to try to “cure” his autism. Today, as I am on vacation, I have scheduled several of my old posts on the topic to appear.The investigation into his death is ongoing regarding whether to file…

The deadly power of denial, part 2

While I am on vacation, I’m reprinting a number of “Classic Insolence” posts to keep the blog active while I’m gone. (It also has the salutory effect of allowing me to move some of my favorite posts from the old blog over to the new blog, and I’m guessing that quite a few of my…

The deadly power of denial, part 1

While I am on vacation, I’m reprinting a number of “Classic Insolence” posts to keep the blog active while I’m gone. (It also has the salutory effect of allowing me to move some of my favorite posts from the old blog over to the new blog, and I’m guessing that quite a few of my…

The Orange Man

While I am on vacation, I’m reprinting a number of “Classic Insolence” posts to keep the blog active while I’m gone. (It also has the salutory effect of allowing me to move some of my favorite posts from the old blog over to the new blog, and I’m guessing that quite a few of my…

The monster returns

While I am on vacation, I’m reprinting a number of “Classic Insolence” posts to keep the blog active while I’m gone. (It also has the salutory effect of allowing me to move some of my favorite posts from the old blog over to the new blog, and I’m guessing that quite a few of my…

On the road again…

By the time you read this, I’ll be somewhere on either the Pennsylvania Turnpike or Ohio Turnpike on the our yearly trip to visit my wife’s and my families. But never fear! I’ve decided to use this opportunity to do something that I’ve been meaning to do for a ever since I made the move…

Hitler Zombie massacre over evolution!

Things had been quiet. Too quiet. So quiet that Orac couldn’t even enjoy his usual recreational pastime of analyzing limericks and jokes linguistically in order to try to understand what made them so amusing to the humans among whom he was forced to exist. Even probing the perturbations in the electromagnetic fields caused by the…

Speaking of bad history…

…I love it when Nick Terry makes dim Holocaust deniers run away just by asking them to back up their claims.

Bad, bad, bad history!

The latest Carnival of Bad History, the blog carnival dedicated to the discussion of the misuse and misunderstanding of history, has landed over at Liberty and Power.

Wallace Sampson tells us the real history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Much of TCM, it turns out, isn’t as “traditional” as it is sold as being.

A clash of cultures in the East Village

Well, this might cause a fuss: Newly reordained brand whore Kate Moss has landed herself another job, this time for a new ad campaign for Calvin Klein. One of the ads, located directly across the street from the Madina Masjid Mosque on east 11th street, features a topless Moss flirtingly touching a man from behind.…

Windows 2410 Professional

See it in action here. Looks like nothing’s changed.

I don’t know if I’d ever try this one:

And, worse, this is from my home state as well: LANSING – A Rochester Hills chiropractor defended the techniques of a Fenton chiropractor accused of performing unorthodox breast treatments. The teen girls treated by Robert J. Moore have spinal curvatures that may have caused their bodies to tilt and force one breast to droop lower…

Given how much I’ve written about the Abraham Cherrix case, I would be remiss in not pointing out some posts by fellow ScienceBloggers: 1. First, Abel Pharmboy discusses how this might all come down to a failure of communication between Cherrix’s doctors and Cherrix and his parents. While this is probably true, I’m not sure…

Glutton for punishment that I am, all in the name of skepticism, critical thinking, and evidence-based medicine, I am sometimes wont to surf through the stranger parts of the Internet in search of truly amazing material for Your Friday Dose of Woo. Sometimes, I hit the jackpot, as I did a few weeks ago. Sometimes…

I wondered what took him so long (maybe diving into heated debates is not his style), but fellow ScienceBlogger The Cheerful Oncologist has weighed on on the Cherrix case, in which a 16-year-old has refused chemotherapy for his Hodgkin’s disease. And he would know better than I what the treatment options are for relapsed Hodgkin’s…

Yes, it’s that time again, time for the biweekly carnival dedicated to highlighting actual critical thinking and skepticism directed against the general credulity that we usually find in the blogosphere: The Skeptics’ Circle. This time around, our host is Interverbal, who is hosting Awards Night at the Circle: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I would…

Taking dedication a little too far

You know, as a native Detroiter and Tigers fan, I’m not sure whether to be pleased or appalled by this picture of one of my more–shall we say?–“illustrious” fellow Detroiters getting married. The least he could do would be to wear the jersey along with the hat, don’t you think?

Starchild Abraham Cherrix: It’s over

Sadly, Starchild Abraham Cherrix is almost certainly doomed: ACCOMAC, Virginia (AP) — A 16-year-old cancer patient’s legal fight ended in victory Wednesday when his family’s attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy. At the start of what was scheduled to be a two-day hearing, Circuit Judge Glen…

The wrong reason to get breast implants

I bet that this probably isn’t applicable to too many women: One Israeli woman has received an unexpected boost from her breast implants during the Lebanon war — the silicone embeds saved her life during a Hezbollah rocket attack, a doctor said. “This is an extraordinary case, but it’s a fact that the silicone implants…

The History Carnival

The latest edition of the History Carnival, a blog carnival of writing about–what else?–history has been posted at Mode for Caleb. Enjoy. While I’m hawking carnivals, I won’t forget hawk my own. Be sure to join Interverbal tomorrow for the Skeptics Circle.

Yesterday, on the way home, I was flipping through the AM dial. Yes, as embarrassed as I am to admit it, even now I still occasionally have a soft spot for conservative talk radio. At the risk of being shunned by my fellow ScienceBloggers (most of whom are–shall we say?–a bit to the left) and…