Respectful Insolence

Archives for September, 2006

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds vol. 1, no. 11 has been posted at Breath Spa for Kids. Enjoy!

Followup on the Iranian cartoon contest

Yesterday, I posted about a story indicating that a Danish newspaper had published some of the cartoons from the Iranian Holocaust Cartoon contest, pointing out how, when the original Danish cartoons poking fun at Islam were published, we saw riots, death threats, and demands for punishment. When Iran, supposedly to make fun of the Holocaust…

The difference between freedom and theocracy

Here’s something very telling: A Danish newspaper has printed cartoons about the Holocaust commissioned by Iran after cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad triggered violent protests. The newspaper – Information – published six of the cartoons, which are on display in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Several of the cartoons contrast the plight of the Palestinians with…

Just what every child needs!

Just what every kid wants! For children of extreme fundamentalists looking to be raptured, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Spider-Man, or Superman just won’t do! What would Jesus think when He returns? Harry Potter represents witchcraft, an abomination! Star Wars replaces God with The Force. Superheroes are too frivolous, and Superman is too obviously a Christ-figure.…

40 years of Star Trek

Continuing on the nerd/geek theme, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the 40th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek series. Forty years, hundreds of TV episodes and books, and several movies later, the franchise is completely ingrained in American culture, so much so that catch phrases like…

This is just hilarious. I particularly like the part about “hooligans,” “Godless Sodomites,” and “fag-enabling fools.” And don’t forget: “the Satanic spirit of mockery.” (I wonder if Respectful Insolence™ would qualify.) Funny, but Phelps looks and sounds much as I pictured him. Actually, I couldn’t watch more than the first half of it, as it…

As regular readers may have noticed, I was on vacation the last two Fridays in a row. To keep Your Friday Dose of Woo (YFDoW) going, I decided to resurrect a couple of posts from the old blog that would have made good installments of YFDoW installments, had YFDoW existed at the time when they…

With all the nerdy preening and bragging going on due to Janet’s nerd-off, I couldn’t resist adding my contribution to the festivities. However, a question has nagged at me since I posted about this early this morning. On January 10, 2005, my score on the Nerd Quiz was 92, making me a Supreme Nerd. Today,…

The Republican War on Science

I just got a review copy of the new and updated paperback edition of fellow ScienceBlogger Chris Mooney‘s book The Republican War on Science (website). I didn’t get around to reading it last time, but I’ve already started the first chapter, even though I only received the book the other day. Thus, it would be…

Change of Shift

The blog carnival of nursing, Change of Shift (vol. 1, no. 6), has been posted at Emergiblog. Enjoy!

I am the über-nerd. Bow before me.

Janet, Janet, Janet. What have you wrought? I know you’re hosting the Skeptics’ Circle next week, which gives you much cred in my book, but why this now? Annoyed at being shut out of the hottest scienceblogger list, you decreed a nerd-off, and then everybody had to get into the act, including Nick, Chad, Janet…

An old 1960′s warhorse is on top again

Amazing. Maybe there is hope for the music world after all: NEW YORK Sep 6, 2006 (AP)– Bob Dylan is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 30 years. His new album, “Modern Times,” reached No. 1 on the album sales chart, selling 192,000 units in its first week of…

I got the poison?

While I’m back on the subject of autism, I thought I’d post this video that Kevin Leitch created while I was on vacation and posted to YouTube. Let’s just say that it takes a rather dim view of autism “advocates,” particularly the autism=mercury poisoning crowd. I particularly love the picture of J. B. Handley that…

It’s been a while since I wrote about autism. Part of the reason is that I’ve been on vacation. Another part of the reason is that not much has been happening lately on the mercury/autism front. I like to think it’s because the evidence has been accumulating so rapidly that neither the MMR vaccine nor…

Sigh. You know, the President of Iran, Ahmoud Ahmadinejad, is, sadly, not unlike the Energizer Bunny. He keeps going and going and going and going. This time around, he just can’t resist putting his foot in it again. Hot on the heels of hosting a Holocaust Cartoon Exhibit as his response to the Danish cartoon…

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds vol. 2, no. 50 has been posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Enjoy!

I was perusing some articles that had accumulated while I was away, looking for ones that I wouldn’t want to have missed and also looking for blog fodder (sometimes my day job and my blogging job actually mesh quite well, at least when it comes to discussing biomedical studies), and then I found an article…

More on Steve Irwin and stingray barbs

Dr. Chris Rangel has posted a good discussion of trauma due to stingray barbs, stingray venom, and Steve Irwin’s tragic death yesterday. It’s well worth a read.

Mark over at Good Math, Bad Math just posted a lovely fisking of a claim by Peter Duesberg that “all positive teenagers would have had to achieve an absurd 1000 contacts with a positive partner, or an even more absurd 250,000 sexual contacts with random Americans to acquire HIV by sexual transmission.” He even gets…

A Labor Day RINO Sightings

The latest RINO Sightings have been posted at Right Thoughts for your reading edification.

The Crocodile Hunter is no more

Holy crap. I get up on this holiday morning, and what is the first thing that I see when I check out the ScienceBlogs most recent posts, but a bunch of posts on Pharyngula, Pure Pedantry, Dr. Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge, and Evolving Thoughts, The Scientific Indian, and Afarensis? Steve Irwin (a.k.a. the Crocodile Hunter)…

A Spinal Tap moment…

I don’t know why, but yesterday I was thinking about Spinal Tap. It’s a hilarious movie that I haven’t seen in a while, and I’ve wanted to own the DVD for a while now. Somehow, this thought reminded me of something. Something about the blog. Something that, in my absence and now my return from…

John Wilkins on eugenics and Darwin

John Wilkins over at Evolving Thoughts has posted an excellent brief summary of the history of the eugenics movement. In the process, he makes a strong argument that it was genetics far more than evolution that influenced eugenecists and that the entire eugenics movement was based on the concept that evolution was being thwarted by…

More Virgin Mary pareidolia

This time, the Virgin Mary is on a tree: LOCKPORT — A Harvey Street woman claimed on Wednesday that she heard the voice of the Virgin Mary and has seen visions of the Mother of God in the trimmed branches of a maple tree in front of her house. Antonia “Toni” Filipertis, 84, a devout…

Animal “rights” terrorism

While I was catching up on some of the stuff that’s happened while I was away, I noticed PZ Myer’s article about animal rights terrorists who intimidated a neurobiologist at UCLA named Dario Ringach to the point where he decided to stop doing research on primates. Then I saw that Jake and Bora also weighed…