Respectful Insolence

Archives for September, 2006

Sergey takes down the Birdman

Heh. I love it when the guys over at Holocaust Controversies get involved in a tussle with someone who clearly doesn’t know what he is talking about, and I figure that perhaps my readers will too. So, enjoy this amusing little rebuttal to a guy who calls himself the “Birdman” and seems to think it’s…

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds, vol. 2., no 52 has been posted at Tundra Medicine Dreams. Enjoy!

Unfortunately for them, folks in Colorado have a hard core anti-vaxer named Dawn Winkler running for governor on the Libertarian ticket. I’m hoping for their sakes that, as a third party candidate, that she has virtually no chance of winning. Check out some of her rhetoric posted on Whale.to seven years ago in response to…

I was robbed!

Janet has posted the final results of the Nerd-off, and, contrary to what he deserves, Orac did not come in first place. I was robbed! Come on, how could the Dalek cookie jar sitting on the shelf in my office not have guaranteed my ultimate triumph over all in the realm of nerdiness?

Listen to this episode of Point of Inquiry. It includes an interview with Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow, who cowrote Cosmos and Contact. That’s good enough (although the sound quality of her connection is not so good), but what will really get you fired up is the last half of the podcast contains last public…

Starchild Abraham Cherrix doing well?

Ensconced at a conference center in North Carolina near Abel‘s and Bora‘s home turf since Saturday, I appear to have missed an update on the story of Starchild Abraham Cherrix. As you may recall, he is a 16 year old who fought for the right to pursue “alternative” therapy over evidence-based medicine to treat his…

Here’s something that tells me, that should I ever visit Russia, I will need to be very, very careful crossing the street or going anywhere near traffic:

I’m still kind of scratching my head over this one. It’s preaching to the converted and is not particularly illuminating. Surely they could have come up with something better. (Via the bioethics web log.)

Saturday YouTube: Support Organ Donation

This reminds me of what the result might be were Monty Python to do a public service announcement encouraging organ donation, except Monty Python would have done it in drag rather than using a real female:

It’s a start

It may not seem like much when it comes to dealing with animal rights “activists” who cross the line into vandalism, harassment, and intimidation, but it’s a start: Three animal rights activists who organized a campaign to harass employees and clients of a New Jersey research lab were sen tenced to prison yesterday by a…

The History Carnival XXXIX

The History Carnival XXXIX has been posted at Cliopatra.

Your Friday Dose of Woo: Acid, base, or woo?

It’s about time it was Friday. No, it’s not because it will mean any less work for me; in fact, this weekend will probably mean more, as I have to go to a workshop that’s more like boot camp. It’s more because the subject matter of this blog had become such a major bummer, with…

I never knew that puppies liked logic and critical thinking. I always thought that they liked running, playing, eating, sleeping, and being petted. But, according to Janet Stemwedel, there is at least one puppy who is a budding skeptic, and bad reasoning and gullibility make him sad. She explains in the introduction to the 43rd…

More on the declining funding of R01 grants

I hadn’t planned on writing about this again after yesterday. The subject is profoundly depressing to those of us needing to compete for declining NIH grant resources with only a 9% chance of success the first time. However, given that Your Friday Dose of Woo will make an appearance tomorrow to make everything all right;…

With the latest edition of the Skeptics’ Circle due to appear later today, I’d just like to point out that I’ve become aware of two new skeptical blogs: Action Skeptics (I like its catchphrase, “Annoying stupid people, one woo at a time.”) The Antidote: Counterspin for Health Care and Health News They’re worth checking out,…

One last September 11 post

For an unforgettable perspective on the tragic events of five years ago, watch this video. No further comment by me is necessary. The video speaks for itself.

Tangled Bank

Tangled Bank #62 has been posted at The Hairy Museum of Natural History. Get your science blogging fix.

NIH grant funding in crisis

I was going to blog about this a couple of days ago, but the Scientific Activist beat me to it, leading to a heads-up from PZ Myers. Never let it be said that a little thing like that stopped me from putting my two cents in. Besides, I think I bring a certain perspective that…

I feel so honored

Sometimes there are things that happen when blogging. You get accolades from unexpected sources, little ego boosts that make it all worthwhile. Such a thing happened yesterday, on the basis of my little blurb mentioning Skeptico’s takedown of Hank Barnes’s misuse of logical fallacies. The reaction, as reflected in the comments in Hank’s blog, was…

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds no. 2, vol. 51 has been posted at Diabetes Mine. Time for more of the best medical blogging of the last week.

Surgeon age and complications

As much as I try to deny it, I can’t anymore. Now that I’m on the wrong side of 40, I have to face what we all eventually have to face, the fact that we will age and that our physical and some of our mental abilities will decline. For some of us, the decline…

A plethora of HIV straw men

It never ceases to amuse me when a blogger known for his embrace of bad science anxious to claim the mantle of “skeptic” falls flat on his face doing so. For an example of just such an occurrence, check out Skeptico’s latest post, A Straw Man Gets AIDS. In it, Skeptico systematically demolishes an AIDS/HIV…

September 11: Five years later

Today is the fifth anniversary of September 11. There will be a whole lot of verbiage put forth into the blogosphere, spanning the gauntlet from blaming all Muslims for the attack, to blaming America for bringing it upon itself, to the idiotic 9/11 conspiracy mongers who will claim that George Bush and/or the Mossad were…

Skeptics’ Circle reminder

It’s almost here already, hard as it is to believe. The next Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is due to appear on Thursday, September 14 at Adventures in Ethics and Science. Given her spearheading of the lastest blog silliness that’s been going around here lately, namely the nerd-off that most of us have been engaging…

Is it so wrong…

…to feel a bit of schadenfreude over this? I know, I know, I usually don’t stoop to celebrity stuff unless it relates to my interests (science and science fiction, Holocaust denial and Mel Gibson, etc.), but the expression in the picture in the link above was just too priceless for me to resist. I feel…