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Halloween video madness, part 4

Back to Alice Cooper:

No Alice Cooper this time. Instead, given that this is the blog that conceived of the Hitler Zombie, how could I not post a clip involving an actual cinematic brain-eating zombie on Halloween? (Warning: In the interest of full disclosure, this clip contains a brief and poorly lit topless shot and a couple of uses…

Halloween video madness, part 2

More Halloween-appropriate mania from Alice Cooper, this time with Vincent Price! And more:

Justice for Abubakar Tariq Nadama at last?

A little more than a year ago, an autistic boy named Abubakar Tariq Nadama died of a cardiac arrest due to hypocalcemia at the hands of an “alternative medicine” practitioner named Dr. Roy Kerry while chelation therapy was being administered to him intravenously. Dr. Kerry, who trained as an ENT doctor, now bills himself as…

Halloween video madness, part 1

it’s Halloween, and I thought I’d celebrate by posting a few appropriate YouTube! videos. And what says Halloween quite like Alice Cooper?

Jon Swift on Rush Limbaugh

Last week, I wrote a couple of posts about Rush Limbaugh’s despicable attacks on Michael J. Fox for appearing in an ad for a Democrat who supports loosening the federal ban on funding for embryonic stem cell research. Somehow, I missed the fact that Jon Swift also wrote on the topic. And, as is typical,…

Institutional review boards overreaching?

Institutional review boards (IRBs) are the cornerstone of the protection of human subjects in modern biomedical research. Mandated by the federal government in the 1970’s in the wake of research abuses of the 20th century, in particular the the horrors of the infamous Nazi biomedical experiments during World War II that were documented in during…

Another truly scary Halloween costume

Remembering two rather frivolous posts that I made last weekend, you might have an idea of what this costume might be. Yes, you too can Be The Hoff. Of course, if The Hoff is not your style, you can also Be The Magnum. (Via Attu World.)

Wingnuts against Harry Potter–again

It seems to be the time of the year for this sort of thing. Yes, I realize that the Harry Potter novels have come under attack from various fundamentalist Christians, who view them as somehow indoctrinating children into witchcraft, Wicca, demon worship, or whatever. I also realize that I may be a bit behind the…

A truly scary Halloween costume

Leave it to Jason Foxtrot…

Cardinals win

Mitch Albom sums the World Series and the Tiger’s 2006 season up far better than I ever could.

Learn Yiddish with George and Laura

With the Tigers losing the World Series last night, I think I need something light and funny to pick me up. Here’s just the thing: Believe it or not, you don’t have to be Jewish to learn Yiddish with George and Laura. (The part mentioning evolution at the end is particularly timely, given a couple…

This is getting depressing. Last night, the Tigers lost a particularly heartbreaking game 5-4. It’s heartbreaking because it’s a game that they really should have won. Unfortunately errors and the two unearned runs that they allowed killed them. Now the 2006 World Series is at the same point that the 1968 World Series was, with…

Friday Random Ten

It’s Friday, and I haven’t done this for a long time; so here we go. I fired up iTunes, set it to Shuffle Play, and awaited with baited breath for what came out. See how this stuff compares to Mark’s list today: 1. My Chemical Romance, Welcome to the Black Parade (from The Black Parade).…

QuackSafe™ Google searching

Tired of doing Google searches for evidence-based discussions of dubious-sounding medical treatments and finding that the first 100 sites (or, if you’re unlucky, the first 1,000 sites) that pop up are nothing more than altie woo, shills selling alternative medicine and supplements, and CureZone or Whale.to wannabes? Here’s a useful tool. Le Canard Noir has…

No, I’m not talking about “Iron Justice,” a guy who regularly posts to misc.health.alternative and seems obsessed with iron metabolism as the be-all and end-all of health and disease, with a particular affinity for iron overload as the cause of seemingly all disease, although he might make an amusing target at some point in the…

The Skeptics’ Circle has been hosted in many places and in many forms, but leave it to Kev at Left Brain/Right Brain to bring it to the one place that it’s been hosted before. We’re talking Heaven, people. Naturally, the assembled skeptics were a bit disconcerted by this particular venue, as amusingly recounted by Kev:…

Alternative medicine continues to fail

You didn’t think this one would go by without my commenting on it, did you? Even though Abel and Tara have already ably commented on it, I can’t help but jump in because the article echoes one of the common threads of this blog since the very beginning. Besides, as I’ve said before, just because…

This one’s for you, Afarensis (all in good fun, of course–well, for the most part, anyway): Here’s Jeff Suppan, pitcher for the Cardinals (who, it just so happens, will be starting game four of the World Series tonight) appearing prominently along with Patricia Heaton, Jim Caviezel, and other celebrities in a predictably lame “response” ad…

Say it ain’t so, Terry…

One problem with getting old is that you start to see bands that you admired in your youth start to betray what you perceived as their ideals. The Baby Boomers were the first to start experiencing the disillusionment that comes with that, and songs from the rock gods of the 1960’s have become ubiquitous in…

More on Michael J. Fox

Yesterday, I wrote about a rather disgusting and ignorant tirade by Rush Limbaugh about Michael J. Fox, in which Limbaugh accused Fox of either faking Parkinsons’s symptoms or purposely not taking his medications before taping an ad in which he supported a Democratic candidate because she supports stem cell research. Advice Goddess gives us more…

And so it continues…

…the World Series, with the Tigers versus the Cardinals. The series is now tied at one game apiece and set to start again in St. Louis tonight at 8:05 PM. This is a real pain because it means that it’ll be pretty late when the game ends, and if it goes into extra innings I’ll…

Yesterday afternoon, while working on grants, I was flipping through radio channels, and I came across something that stopped my dial twiddling in its tracks. It was Rush Limbaugh, and he was trashing Michael J. Fox for making a commercial in support of stem cell research. As you may recall, Michael J. Fox is the…

I’m with Kevin, M.D. on this one. Not giving required vaccinations is akin to child neglect: CHICAGO – State laws that make it easy for children to skip school-required vaccinations may be contributing to whooping cough outbreaks around the country, a study suggests. All states allow children to be exempted from school immunization requirements for…

Bad, bad, baaaaad history

The Carnival of Bad History has been posted at Archy. Go there and learn how history can be distorted and abused for ideological purposes or just plain ignorance. Oddly enough, though, there doesn’t appear to be an article on that ultimate form of bad history, Holocaust denial. There is, however, a rather odd article on…