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Archives for March, 2007

People unclear on the concept

Why is it that the concepts of freedom of religion and freedom of speech seem so hard for some people to understand? Witness a truly idiotic attempt to prevent someone from appearing on TV simply because he is a Scientologist: March 31, 2007 – – A German official is demanding that John Travolta be uninvited…

Doctor Who returns!

I have to wonder what we Anglophiles did before the invention of BitTorrent. I guess we probably waited months or years for the best British TV to make its way across the pond, usually to be shown on PBS, if at all. Now, I can look forward to the return of one of my favorite…

A boon to nudist smokers!

And I bet you wonder what nudist smokers did with their smokes before this. Who knew this would be an issue in 1938? I guess even nudists need to keep their smokes with them. I wonder where they kept their cigs before this was invented?

Best or worst birthday card ever?

While looking for a birthday card for a relative a while back, I found this card and was intrigued enough to buy it, even though it wasn’t appropriate for the person for whom I was seeking a card: So far, it’s just pretty standard Bush-chimp stuff, a staple of comedy ever since W. took office.…

It is with some trepidation that I approach the latest target of Your Friday Dose of Woo. No, it’s not because the woo is so potent that it has actually struck the fear of You-Know-Who in me (I leave it up to readers to determine whether I was referring to God or Valdemort), although it…

Although I’m rather puzzled by the reference to zebras spilling their plastinia, I can’t argue that, once again, Martin has come through with another great collection of skeptical blogging as he hosts the 57th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. Your duty, should you decide to accept it, is to head on over there and check…

Apparently the guys over at Denialism.com have irritated Bill Dembski and his band of merry sycophants over at Uncommon Descent. All I can say is: Uncommon Descent, meet the Galileo Gambit. Oh, you’ve already met the Galileo Gambit, I see. That must be the explanation for why you do the Galileo Gambit whine so well…

I was going to try to be a good boy. Really, I was. I had been planning on answering a question about the early detection of tumors. It was an opportune time to do so, given the recent news of cancer recurrence in Elizabeth Edwards and Tony Snow, coupled with a couple of papers I…

Checking in with The DCA Site

It’s been a week since I last wrote about dichloroacetate (DCA), the chemotherapeutic agent that targets tumor cells by an interesting new mechanism based on the Warburg effect, as I’ve described in the past. After a very interesting article in Cancer Cell in January by investigators at the University of Alberta, the blogosphere erupted with…

It’s been a bad few days. A mere four days after Elizabeth Edwards announced that her breast cancer had recurred in her rib, with an update the other day saying that the apparently was also another lesion in in her hip, I learn from a commenter and multiple other sources that White House Press Secretary…

Grand Rounds

The latest Grand Rounds has been posted at Medviews. Enjoy!

I’ve lamented time and time again how woo has been infiltrating American medical schools, even going so far as to find its way into being totally integrated into mandatory curriculum from the very first term of the first year of medical school at Georgetown. I realize I’m a bit late on this one, but sadly…

Peanut butter disproves evolution!

Really, this guy is making that very argument with a straight face! My brain hurts after seeing such unbelievable stupidity presented as a viable argument by Chuck Missler, the minister who founded the Koinonia House. This makes Dr. Egnor‘s blather seem intelligent by comparison. It’s even more idiotic than the now-infamous video that claimed that…

I realize that being in academic medicine at a tertiary care center often produces the “ivory tower” syndrome, but occasionally it is brought home to me that the way we practice surgery here often differs considerably from how surgery is practiced “in the trenches.” This time around, it was a study about how often surgeons…

Pediatric Grand Rounds

The latest Pediatric Grand Rounds has been posted at Musings of a Distractible Mind, delivered in Tom and Jerry style. Gee, obviously, Dr. Rob isn’t aware that Tom and Jerry are a nefarious Jewish plot to corrupt Muslim youth. After all, an Iranian “expert” tells us this is so.

Well, that certainly didn’t take long

Ever since arch Holocaust denier David Irving was released from prison in Austria after being convicted of denying the Holocaust, I’ve been wondering how long it would take for him to reveal his true stripes and be up to his old tricks again. The answer, not surprisingly, was: Not long. Witness this story: ROME —…

There hasn’t been much news in the last two or three months about Abraham Cherrix, the 16-year-old with Hodgkin’s lymphoma who rejected conventional chemotherapy, first in favor of the quackery known as Hoxsey therapy and then for the ministrations of a radiation oncologist in Mississippi named Dr. Arnold Smith, who combines non-woo (low dose radiation…

Nighttime, March 15, 2007, Washington, DC

In case you wondered, yes, ScienceBlogs is just a big cabal, and, as evidence, I present the following photo from a week and a half ago, when I managed to meet, drink, and conspire to take over the science blogosphere at the Toledo Lounge in Washington, D.C. with Tara Smith of Aetiology, Evil Monkey of…

Things that make you say “T”

Worst visual pun ever below the fold? You be the judge:

How bad can it get in my hometown?

Having been born in Detroit and raised both in the city and one of its suburbs, news like this distresses me: DETROIT (Reuters) – With bidding stalled on some of the least desirable residences in Detroit’s collapsing housing market, even the fast-talking auctioneer was feeling the stress. “Folks, the ground underneath the house goes with…

Guts or stupidity?

You be the judge… Personally, I don’t know if I could trust anyone that much. (Hat tip: Attuworld.)

Approaching fast: The Skeptics’ Circle

Time flies, and it flies really fast. Once again, that blog carnival of lucid critical thinking, the Skeptics’ Circle, is almost upon us. It’s scheduled to appear on Thursday, March 29 at the blog of fellow ScienceBlogger Martin at Aardvarchaelogy. Martin hosted the Circle a while back, before he joined the ScienceBlogs collective, and did…

Belated blogiversary!

Here’s wishing a belated blogiversary to Holocaust Controversies! On its first blogiversary, Nick has posted a cautiously optimistic analysis on the reason why Holocaust denial is losing its potency and increasingly being abandoned, even by the far right, as the completely ludicrous lie that it is. I have no illusions that Holocaust denial is going…

Regular readers will know my opinion of Reiki or “energy healing.” No need to rehash it here, at least not at the moment. But if you’re a believer and looking for a Reiki practitioner, Reiki Blogger has some suggestions for you of things that “are NOT OK” in a first Reiki session: I recently read…

It’s been another eventful week on the ol’ blog, staring out with a post on despereate cancer patients self-experimenting with dichloroacetate, continuing on to do another fisking of the anti-evolution neurosurgeon and discussing real individualization of treatments, provided a little basic cancer biology, and ended up with some of the first straight medblogging that I’ve…