Faster than a blink of an eye (well, not really, but it sure seems that way sometimes) another fortnight has flown by, meaning that it’s time yet again for another meeting of that venerable blog carnival of critical thinking, the Skeptics’ Circle. This time around, we have our first ever veterinarian hosting. I could make jokes about the Skeptics’ Circle going to the dogs, but I’ll exercise some rare self-restraint and refrain from doing so. (Oh, wait…)

In any case, this time around, the 129th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is being held over at SkeptVet.

Head on over and check it out.

Then join us in two weeks for the next installment in this ever-growing exercise in blogging about skepticism, critical thinking, and science, when it will be held at The Lay Scientist. If you’re a blogger, here’s yet another opportunity to strut your critical thinking stuff by sending your entries to Martin. I’ll even forgive Martin for his seriously misguided rant against Mac users yesterday. For now. If I hadn’t been so seriously busy last night (not quite an all nighter, but getting close), it would be something I’d have normally seriously thought about applying some not-so-Respectful Insolence to in the course of my normal blogging–not because Martin doesn’t think the new iPad is anything special, but because of his rant against Apple fans themselves. Oh, well. Nobody’s perfect.

In any case, guidelines for submissions can be found here, and if you’re a blogger who’s interested in hosting guidelines for hosting are here.


  1. #1 Tayschrenn
    January 28, 2010

    Hi Orac,
    just to make your day,a headline from the BBC web site

    BREAKING NEWS:MMR research expert Dr Andrew Wakefield “failed in his duties”, the GMC says

    The radio report- a soundbite- was scathing.
    More details to come

  2. #2 Todd W.
    January 28, 2010


    AoA has a couple articles up already alleging false testimony that biased the hearings irrevocably against Wakefield.

  3. #3 MartinM
    January 28, 2010

    Here’s the Grauniad’s take:

    Dr Andrew Wakefield, the expert at the centre of the MMR controversy, “failed in his duties as a responsible consultant” and showed a “callous disregard” for the suffering of children involved in his research, the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled today.

    Wakefield also acted dishonestly and was misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research which was later published in the Lancet medical journal, the GMC said.

    About bloody time!

  4. #4 Denice Walter
    January 28, 2010

    From the BBC article:”paid children 5 pounds for blood samples at his son’s birthday party.”

  5. #5 MikeMa
    January 28, 2010

    The GMC finally handed Wakefield a ruling against his dishonest activity. As MartinM said, about time. Cheers to Brian Deer for all his hard work.

    The only reservation I have is that it wont stop him from spreading his insanity from the Thoughtful House Turd Factory. It will take years to recover from the damage Wakefield caused.

  6. #6 Tsutsugamushi
    January 28, 2010

    Warning: this is totally off-topic and a shameless plug.

    The GMC ruled against the honourable Mr Wakefield. I thought you might be interested and may want to write something about it. if not, sorry to bother you. Details and links to newsreportscan be found at (warned you:-)).

    Sorry but could not think of another way to inform you.


  7. #7 Tsutsugamushi
    January 28, 2010

    Should have read the comments. Clearly I am not the first to notice this 🙁

  8. #8 Aj
    January 28, 2010

    Good timeline in the Grauniad;

    Twelve years and we still haven’t got MMR vaccination rates back to where they were. I just hope this ruling helps.

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