Respectful Insolence

Archives for February, 2007

Gotta have more woo in my medical school!

Another one has fallen. Yes, another prestigious medical school has given in. First I lamented the decline in basic science education in medical schools. Then, I lamented even more the infiltration of woo into the curricula of far too many medical schools, spurred on by patient demand, a desire for a nice, high profit cash-on-the-barrelhead…

Sweating to the NIH paylines

Like many biomedical investigators, I’ve been sweating it over the resubmission of an R01 grant my collaborator and I worked furiously on and submitted on November 1. He’s the principal investigator, but I’m a coinvestigator with 25% effort; I also wrote one of the three specific aims and most of another, the justification for animal…

Noticed again…this time in a good way

Kristjan Wager points out to me that Respectiful Insolence was listed as the Blog of the Day by the L.A. Times on Monday. Oddly enough, I hadn’t noticed any traffic coming my way from the link…

I should know better. I really should. I’m referring, of course, to my having forgotten my usual avoidance of purely political posts yesterday. I’m beginning to remember why I so seldom blog about political matters in general and why I’ve never in two years discussed abortion on this blog in particular. I don’t know what…

Bullet dodged (not by me)

It looks to me as though one of my favorite lefty bloggers, Majikthise (real name: Lindsay Beyerstein), dodged a bullet. In a Salon.com article, she describes how she originally was approached to blog for the John Edwards campaign. As you may recall, Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon ultimately was offered the job and ultimately ended up…

I’m getting really, really tired of this. You’ve all read my rants at the propensity of surgeons who clearly don’t have clue one about evolutionary theory spouting off ignorantly about the alleged shortcomings of evolution as a theory while either explicitly or implicitly promoting the pseudoscience of “intelligent design” creationism. I don’t think I have…

Oscar time!

Taking a cue from Abel, I like the look of this: This year marks a first. Usually, my wife and I have managed to see at least a couple of the nominees; in years past, when we were dating and after we first got married, sometimes we’d have seen most of the nominated films by…

Ben Goldacre takes on Mark and David Geier

Somehow, in all the blogging about dichloroacetate earlier this week, I somehow missed a mention of a truly annoying thing that the editors of Lancet Neurology did. In essence, they allowed ethically challenged mercury warrior Mark Geier a forum to review Richard Lathe’s book Autism, Brain, and Environment. Egads! How desperate wer the editors of…

Well, this is useful….

In case you didn’t know, here are instructions for opening your bowels (via Clusterfock, Kottke, and Kevin, MD): I wonder if I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever used a footrest…

It’s nice to be noticed

Remember how I alluded to the fact that perhaps I’ve been doing a little too much blogging about dichloroacetate and the unscrupulous “entrepreneurs” who are taking advantage of desperate cancer patients to sell the stuff to them? Well, I can’t resist mentioning something truly amusing that I just noticed. The “health freedom” warriors and “entrepreneurs”…

Listen up, everyone! It’s fast approaching. Yes, The Skeptics’ Circle will be appearing next Thursday over at The Second Sight. EoR did a bang-up job the last time the Circle was held at The Second Sight; so I expect as great or even better this time around. But your best skeptical blogging is needed. Instructions…

This week’s been a lot of doom and gloom here on the ol’ blog, hasn’t it? I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I let blogging about dichloroacetate, the inexpensive small molecule drug that has been widely touted as a “cure for cancer” that “big pharma” (or the FDA, or both, take your pick)…

Surgeons gone wild

At least this time the surgeons aren’t disgracing my profession by making ignorant statments about evolution. Well, actually, I almost wish they were, because puffed up idiots pontificating about evolution at least don’t put patients in immediate danger like this: A routine appendix operation in Belgrade went badly wrong when two surgeons started fighting and…

I realize that this blog has become “all dichloroacetate (DCA) all the time.” I think I’ve said what needs to be said in my usual long-winded fashion, and now it’s time to move on to less heavy topics for a while. Tomorrow, we will have another installment of Your Friday Dose of Woo. For a…

I’ve probably beat this one into the ground over the last couple of days; so this will be uncharacteristically brief, because it’s time to move on. Also, it was fun to see DaveScot go into paroxysms to try to justify the dangerous, unethical, and reckless actions of Heather Nordstrom and her stepfather in setting up…

Conservapedia?

Fellow ScienceBloggers Ed, PZ, Afarensis, Tim, and John have all been having loads of fun beating up on a rather amusing and pathetic project known as Conservapedia, which, according to its creators, is designed to “combat the liberal bias” in Wikipedia. There’s not much for me to add, except that I noticed one particularly amusing…

Yesterday, I wrote about how anti-science pro-“intelligent design” kook extraordinaire Dave Springer (a.k.a. DaveScot) has taken to promoting dichloroacetate as a treatment for cancer and one website in particular, The DCA Site that claims to exist to “help inform people of the exciting research done on DCA [dichloroacetate] by scientists at the University of Alberta.…

Grand Rounds, vol. 3, no. 22: Oscar time!

The latest Grand Rounds has been posted at the abode of fellow ScienceBlogger Pure Pedantry. This time, it’s with an Oscar theme! Go and sample the best medical blogging of the last week.

I hadn’t planned on writing about dichloroacetate, the inexpensive compound whose success in treating experimental cancer in rats that provoked a blogopheric storm about a “cancer cure” that would supposedly never see the light of day because it’s not patentable. After all, I’ve done about seven posts on the topic, give or take a couple,…

Science merit badges for Orac!

This one’s been floating around the science blogosphere for about a week or two now. I tried to resist its pull, but finally I have given in and decided that, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, baby! In any case, I’m talking about a bunch of merit badges for scientists (a.k.a. “The Order of Science…

Apparently some librarians and parents are upset that a children’s book (which happens to have won the Newberry Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature) has, within its pages, the use of the word “scrotum.” The book, The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patronhas, been banned in some school libraries, mostly in the…

You know, I’m really tired of this. I’m tired of my fellow physicians with a penchant for spouting scientifically ignorant “attacks” on or “doubts” about evolution. It embarrasses the hell out of me around ScienceBlogs, and I really wish they would stop it. Sadly, it seems to be an increasingly long list. Although I first…

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Goodbye and good riddance.

Depressing footage on evolution

It’s truly depressing to see children indoctrinated in anti-science like this: The part where a preacher has the kids singing along about how the Bible supposedly describes dinosaurs in the Book of Job has to be seen to be believed, and seeing little kids parroting antievolution anti-science is truly depressing. But worst of all is…

They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!

As a diehard Lord of the Rings fan since around age 13, I have only one thing to say about this: They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard! I bet you can’t get this out of your head now, can you? This guy couldn’t: