Respectful Insolence

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The organizers of the “Green Our Vaccines” rally yesterday went to great trouble to keep repeating a mantra that they “aren’t anti-vaccine” but rather “pro-safe vaccine” (or, as Jenny McCarthy likes to put it, “anti-toxin”). I’ve argued that it’s all a cynical ploy to hide their true agenda. What do some of the signs carried…

(Note: In the photo above, the guy in the sunglasses behind Jim Carrey is our old friend Dr. Jay Gordon, Santa Monica antivaccinationist-sympathetic pediatrician to the beautiful people. He’s the one with his tongue sticking out.) It’s worse than I thought. In seeing the first bits of video last night from the “Green Our Vaccines”…

The long national nightmare is over…

…the Stanley Cup series is finally over. I’m not much of a hockey fan, but with Detroit as my hometown it’s hard for me not to acknowledge the victory of my hometown team the Detroit Red Wings. Way to go!

Maybe I need to inaugurate some sort of monthly award for the best comment, as some other ScienceBloggers do. If I had such an award, surely this comment earlier today by Prometheus would be in serious contention for it: Re: “Green Vaccines” One of the things that the “Greens” are in favor of is biological…

I know I’ve been whining a lot about how blogging about antivaccinationists has taken over here of late. The reason, of course, is the “Green Our Vaccines” rally taking place in Washington, D.C. as this post first appears in your newsfeed. Yesterday, I wrote about how “Green Our Vaccines” is a sham and nothing more…

Something happened yesterday that rarely happens. I got back from ASCO rather late and was so tired that I didn’t have time to post one of my characteristic, Respectfully Insolent magnum opuses (magnum opi?). Fortunately, I had just the thing prepared. I’m not the only one who’s expressed skepticism and pointed out that the whole…

Tired of hearing me rant about antivaccinationists? Actually, I’m a bit tired of ranting about antivaccinationists myself, but a blogger’s got to do what a blogger’s got to do when an event like Jenny McCarthy’s “Green Our Vaccines” rally pops up. Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t take a break and indulge myself for a…

In the leadup to Jenny McCarthy’s little antivaccination-fest tomorrow, it appears the the medical community has at least roused itself enough to write an open letter to Congress about immunizations. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. I hope all the signatories are ready for a P.R. blitz to counter Jenny McCarthy. That’s enough…

Sadly, it’s almost here. I’m referring, of course, to the “Green Our Vaccines” rally led by that useful idiot for the antivaccinationist movement Jenny McCarthy and sponsored by Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Generation Rescue, and a variety of other , which will take place a mere day from now. I’ll give the organizers credit…

Alien or puppet? You be the judge!

Even here at the ASCO meeting, I couldn’t help but be made aware (thanks to Steve Novella and others) about a brand-spanking new video of a supposed encounter with an alien that–unlike all the other dubious videos of alleged alien encounters–according to its maker will really and truly convince you that, really and truly, Aliens…

Praise the colorectal surgeon!

Thanks to the ASCO meeting and meeting up with some relatives here in Chicago, I didn’t quite finish what I was going to post this morning. There have been at least a couple of abstracts presented that I wouldn’t mind blogging about; I just haven’t gotten to them yet. I also haven’t forgotten about Jenny…

Someone needs to teach the teacher here that kindergarten is not reality TV: (CBS) A Port St. Lucie, Fla., mother is outraged and considering legal action after her son’s kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class. Melissa Barton says Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo had her son’s classmates say what they…

In the nearly two years of its existence, I have strived to feature only the finest and most outrageous woo that I can find. It’s mostly been medical quackery but sometimes it’s other topics as well. Oddly enough, the vast majority of the woo featured nearly every week never attracts the attention of any regulatory…