Respectful Insolence

Archives for November, 2006

Change of Shift

Change of Shift, the blog carnival for nursing, has been post at Fat Doctor.

Psychotics prefer Bush?

I have to take this opportunity to express a bit of disappointment in one of my fellow SB’ers. When I encounter a study that seems to confirm my biases, as a skeptic, I try very hard to be even more skeptical than usual, because I would hate to be caught trumpeting a weak or bogus…

Dawkins and eugenics revisited

When I wrote a post about how Richard Dawkins was being unjustly smeared as supporting Hitler-style eugenics by the religious blogosphere, I figured I might provoke some criticism, particularly since I didn’t just stop there. No, in a bit of what some may consider blogging hubris, I couldn’t resist trying to discuss under what circumstances…

Fisking the pompously ignorant

Andrew Mathis over at Flavor Country does it well. Indeed, his demolition of Holocaust deniers on Usenet on the newsgroup alt,revisionism undoubtedly had an influence on what later became my special brand of Respectful Insolence™. So, sit back and enjoy as he thoroughly fisks an article by Mark Glenn, the webmaster of the Crescent and…

Yawn. More Choprawoo.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get a bit bored with Deepak Chopra. He’s like the Energizer Bunny of woo; he just keeps going and going and going and going. Unfortunately, one of his sycophants going under the ‘nym “ChopraFan” appears to have infested my blog, posting plugs for Chopra’s latest idiocy…

I know I’m a bit late in on this one, and almost everyone’s already commented on it. Obviously Richards’ gratuitous use of the N-word was about as funny as a crutch, but Trey Ellis tells us why as he addresses Richards: If you had just said the n word you might have one day been…

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds, vol. 3, no. 10 has been posted at the blog of fellow skeptic Dr. R.W. Enjoy!

Remind me to mark April 10 down on my calendar. I never realized it was such an important day, and, in any case, I wouldn’t want to miss it. Nor should the rest of the skeptical blogosphere. Why? It’s World Homeopathy Day, “celebrated” (or, if you’re a fan of evidence-based medicine, as I am, lamented)…

I’ve mentioned one particularly odious (well, more odious) subset of Holocaust deniers, a type that I call the “Holocaust never happened but the Jews deserve it” type of Holocaust denier. These Holocaust deniers claim that either the Holocaust never happened or that it was greatly exaggerated, while at the same time spewing anti-Semitism along the…

Is Richard Dawkins endorsing eugenics?

With the internecine sniping that’s been going on lately throughout ScienceBlogs ove Larry Moran’s intemperate “flunk the IDiots” and “Neville Chamberlain school of evolutionists” remarks, or, more specifically, whether opposing ID requires that one oppose religion in general as well, I hesitate to tread here. However, given my interest in the Holocaust, World War II…

I can’t believe I forgot to post this on Thanksgiving Day itself, but I’ll make up for it now. What better way to finish off the Thanksgiving Day weekend than with one of the funniest Thanksgiving Day promotions of all time, courtesy of one of what TV Guide has ranked as one of the greatest…

On this, the last day of the long holiday weekend that I’ve spent mostly holed up in my home office studying for my surgery boards recertification examination, I feel a bit too burned out to post anything much serious today, unless I happen to become aware of something that’s just too good not to post.…

The Angry Professor responds to a student

If I taught a class in these days of professor evaluations depending so much on student evaluations, I’m not sure I’d have the guts to respond to a student’s request to be excused so that he can go to a bowl game the way the Angry Professor responds. Of course, if the school were the…

The PathGuy makes the case, with a large number of case studies of rock and pop stars who died at young ages. Unfortunately, there’s no systematic epidemiological study that I’m aware of about whether rock ‘n’ roll stars have a shorter life expectancy or higher rate of traumatic death or death due to disease. We…

Something every surgeon should have: LifeStat

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to post for a while that somehow got buried in my list of cool, weird, or interesting links. One of the things they teach surgeons and emergency medicine doctors about is how to use common materials at hand to do, MacGyver-like, a cricothyroidotomy to save the life of someone who…

Has it really been a whole year?

One year ago today, I discovered a rather amusing bit of chicanery on the part of an old “friend,” namely J. B. Handley, the proprietor of and driving force behind Generation Rescue, the group that claims that all autism (not just some, not just some, but all) is a “misdiagnosis” for mercury poisoning. Given that…

Post-Thankgsgiving Friday Random Ten

I haven’t done this in a while, but it’s a long holiday weekend during which time I’m ensconced within my Sanctum Sanctorum studying for my once a decade recertification examination in Surgery. I need tunes! So iTunes, lay them on me: The Yardbirds, Happenings Ten Years Ago (from the album Ultimate!). Not their best work,…

For the holidays, I thought I’d include a brief little bit of woo that seems not quite extensive enough for a full treatment in Your Friday Dose of Woo but is nonetheless a tasty woo morsel for your edification that fits in with the usual Thanksgiving theme of overindulgence in various foods and the deleterious…

Cue the Theremin…

…because some serious weirdness has invaded Respectful Insolence. If you want to know where, just look at these comments that popped up overnight about an old post of mine about the moon landing in 1969.

It may be Thanksgiving weekend here in the States, and fellow ScienceBloggers PZ and Ed may be getting sniping at each other over Larry Moran‘s rather intemperate comments. (Can’t we all just get along, guys, at least for the holidays anyway?). Worse, this kerfluffle is threatening to suck in other fellow ScienceBloggers Mike Dunford, John…

Since some other members of the ScienceBlogs collective are doing it, link whore that I am, I couldn’t resist putting my blog into this site and seeing where it ranked. And here’s the result:

Thanksgiving carnivalia

Here’s some reading to keep you entertained while the Respectfully Insolent gang loads up on turkey: 1. Grand Rounds Vol. 3, No. 9 (albeit a couple of days late) 2. Tangled Bank #67: Giving Thanks for Science 3. The Carnival of Bad History No. 11

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates it a Happy Thanksgiving. As you might expect, our blog mascot is joining in the fun, preparing the turkey, and loading up on tryptophan! And one more below the fold.

Dr. DB needs to be hit hard

So hit him. Hit him hard. He’s 40,000 hits away from 1,000,000 visits. Help get him over the top. Given that I’m starting to get in that range (866,000 hits as of this morning), here’s hoping someone will help me out in around two or three months, which is when I estimate that I’ll be…

RNA therapy for autism?

Fellow ScienceBlogger Alex Palazzo has discovered autism quackery. I’m hurt. I’m hurt because apparently Alex doesn’t read my blog. (Just kidding; I don’t read every ScienceBlog, either, although I do read many of them and peruse the Last 24 Hours Feed regularly for topics of interest.) If he did, he’d know that simply giving useless…