Respectful Insolence

Archives for July 18, 2007

Mark takes on the smoking cranks

The other day, in the course of posting about some deceptive quote-mining by someone who doesn’t accept the science indicating that secondhand smoke is a health danger, I referenced the uber-crank of crank websites, Forces.org, a website so cranky that it denies not just health dangers from secondhand smoke, but rather that even smoking causes…

I really shouldn’t do it. I really shouldn’t go perusing the blog of the house organ of the Discovery Institute’s propaganda arm, Evolution News & Views, as I did yesterday. I’m not as young as I used to be, have a family history of cardiovascular disease, and am not in the greatest of shape. Reading…

Here’s a video in which Andrew Wakefield, who, now that he’s facing charges for research improprieties and failure to disclose conflicts of interest, now claims that he’s fighting “for the children,” shows his concern for the children whose blood he drew: Yes, while recounting how at a party he drew blood from children for £5…