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Dr. Jay is back. You remember Dr. Jay (namely Dr. Jay “I’m not anti-vaccine but I give vaccines only ‘reluctantly‘ and am convinced that they cause autism” Gordon), pediatrician to Evan, Jenny McCarthy’s son and frequent apologist for the antivaccine movement in the media. Specifically, he was most unhappy over my posts about Dr. Bob…

Jenny McCarthy shows off her intellect

I know, I know it seems like the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel, but some creature that I can’t identify is having a fight somewhere in the neighborhood, freaking out my dog, and now I can’t go back to sleep; so why not blog? In any case, I found out last week that Jenny…

Grant writing open thread

While I’m trying to hammer my grant application into good enough shape to show my collaborator and given that it’s been nearly a year since I did this last, now seems as good a time as any to have an open thread. Say your piece. Oh, and by the way, I see that HIV/AIDS denialists…

I feel an eruption coming on…

…well, not really. It’s just that I wanted to welcome the newest addition to the ScienceBlogs Collective, Dr. Erik Klemetti, a geologist who spends most of his professional time thinking about magma, and likes to blog about it at Eruptions. Check it out, and enjoy!

Poor Jeni Barnett. You remember Jeni Barnett, don’t you? She’s the U.K. radio host whose ill-informed rants against vaccines Ben Goldacre exposed so gloriously last week. Unfortunately, the price Ben paid consisted of threats of legal action for “copyright infringement” in the form of his having posted audio of the relevant segment of Barnett’s show.…

Am I that oblivious? Did I actually win?

When I mentioned a while back that, although I like awards as much as the next guy, I don’t go actively seeking them, I wasn’t kidding. As evidence that I wasn’t kidding, I point out that, until some of you started letting me know about it, I had no clue that I had actually won…

Welcome back, PalMD!

Good news! After an extended and distinguished stint as a coblogger on Denialism.com, blog bud PalMD has decided to resurrect his own blog, the place where he got started, White Coat Underground. The only difference is that this time he’s doing it as a member of the ScienceBlogs collective. Head on over and say hi.…

First fellow ScienceBlogger Abel Pharmboy live-blogged (sort of) his vasectomy. That record could not stand, however. You just knew it wouldn’t be long before someone tried to outdo him. Now Kev is live-Tweeting (live-Twittering?) his own vasectomy. He’s at the surgeon’s office right now, but tells us the surgeon is running a little late! Follow…

This is really starting to go to my head…

Unbelievably, it looks as though I’ve been nominated yet again for another blogging award. Really, folks, this is too much. How on earth am I going to live up to this level of accolades in 2009? Not that that would stop me from pointing out that I’m in the running for the Best Health Policies/Ethics…

Vote early, vote often…

…for me as Best Medical/Health Issues Blog. At the very least, put me past Junkfood Science! While you’re at it, vote for the Best Science Blog. There are two fellow ScienceBloggers (PZ and Greg Laden) in contention, as well as one of my blog buds, Steve Novella of Neurologica and another of my favorite blogs,…

Nominated again!

I realize that I said I would take New Years Day off, but I saw this and felt a brief post was in order. I also realize that some will never believe that it’s not false modesty when I express amazement that so many people show up here day in and day out to read…

As long as a Presidential term in office…

For once, I actually managed not to miss it. For once, this day hasn’t passed me by, leaving me not to remember its significance for a couple of days. For once, I haven’t forgotten my blogiversary. Yes, as hard as it is to believe, I’ve been at this more or less nonstop just as long…

Well, it looks as though I’ve stepped into it yet one more time. Believe it or not, I hadn’t intended to stir up trouble among the ScienceBlogs collective, both English- and German-speaking. Really. Oh, I’ll admit that there are occasionally times when I actually do mean to stir up trouble. One recent example is when…

Dr. Val has moved…

Blog friend Dr. Val Jones has moved. She’s no longer blogging at Revolution Health but has instead gone solo, blogging at Getting Better with Dr. Val. She’s also doing a weekly gig at Science-Based Medicine now, and indeed has started out with a bang. Let’s put it this way: There are few bloggers I know…

Conscientious apathetic objection

Apparently, among some circles today is some sort of holiday. Its virus has apparently infected some of my fellow ScienceBloggers. I do not understand this holiday. I never really have. I tend to doubt that I ever will. Consequently, there’ll be no “arrrrr” here today, nor, most probably, on any future September 19. Consider me…

Welcome, Science After Sunclipse!

In its quest to rule the science blogosphere, the Borg–I mean ScienceBlogs–Collective has assimilated yet another blog, it would appear. It’s a good one too, and adding its uniqueness to us will only strengthen us. So please welcome blogger (not to mention frequent commenter on this very blog) Blake Stacy and Science After Sunclipse to…

If there is one thing I hate with a burning, red-hot passion in a website/blog/whatever, it’s content that autoplays when I access a site. To have a John Philips Souza march start blaring unexpectedly or some video start suddenly and noisily is a jarring experience, and I consider such content to be an abomination, a…

A new venue for the ScienceBlogs Meetup!

Remember how I mentioned that the venue for the ScienceBlogs Readers Meetup was going to be changed? Well, the new venue has been announced: The new spot will be at a bar on the west side called Social. Seed has reserved a room in the back, and it’s three floors in case we need even…

Oops, looks like I spoke too soon…

Remember how I mentioned last Friday that the ScienceBlogs Reader Meetup is scheduled for 2 to 4 PM on Saturday, August 9 at the Arthur Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History? There’s apparently been a change in plans. Don’t worry; it’s not canceled, but apparently the venue is going to change. There…

The ScienceBlogs Meetup is set

I mentioned last week that I was going to be in New York the weekend of August 9, the better to commune with my fellow Borg at the Cube (no, not that cube, although I may have to make a stop there too) in Manhattan known as Seed Media Group. As part of the festivities,…

It’s that time again, the time that comes around once a fortnight for skeptical bloggers and blog readers to gather together to celebrate that best that skeptics have had to offer since the last time they gathered. It’s time for the 92nd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. This time, it’s hosted by Martin over at…

It’s summertime, and the living is easy…well, not quite. It’s been a hectic and depressing summer so far. However, I am going to be able to allow myself one weekend away from the drudgery of grant writing. You see, our Seed overlords are repeating the infamous blogger meetup that happened last year in August. Because…

Say it ain’t so, Sid!

I have some bad news for the medical blogosphere. Well, actually Sid Schwab does. Apparently, he’s decided to drop out of the blogosphere, at least for now. Sid’s grown enormously as a blogger since he first started hawking his book a couple of years ago in the comments here. He got on my nerves at…

Fellow skeptical doc PalMD informs me that apparently a new blogger, who happens to be a law student at NYU, discovered that his school had invited antivaccinationist-apologist supreme, David Kirby, to speak at NYU on June 26. In response, antivaccinationists, including David Kirby himself and antivaccinationist crank extraordinaire Clifford G. Miller himself, the man who…

Best two months ever!

Forgive me if you find bloggers trumpeting their traffic numbers to be painfully boring. Truth be told, sometimes I find them boring too. However, I hope you’ll indulge me just this once, given that regular readers know how rarely I do posts dedicated to discussing my traffic. (Just remember that blogging is an exercise in…