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Happy Holidays

I think that David Bowie and Bing Crosby say it best: Yeah, I know I’ve become a heathen, but I still love this song and this particular performance.

If there’s one thing that’s irritated the crap out of me ever since I entered the medical field, it’s celebrities with more fame than brains or sense touting various health remedies. Of late, three such celebrities have spread more misinformation and quackery than the rest of the second tier combined. Truly, together, they are the…

Five years

Has it really been that long? It was a dismally overcast Saturday five years ago when, on a whim after having read a TIME Magazine article about how 2004 was supposedly the Year of the Blogger, I sat down in front of my computer, found Blogspot, and the first incarnation of Respectful Insolence was born.…

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States; so I plan on taking the day off from blogging that I might partake of the American custom of stuffing myself to the point of unconsciousness while hanging out with my family. In the meantime, bow before the genius of the Muppets, as they perform one of my favorite…

Oh, hell. I actually used to like Smashing Pumpkins back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, its leader, Billy Corgan, has just revealed himself to be as medically ignorant as Jenny McCarthy in a recent blog post: If you follow some of the links I have been supplying as of late, you’ll notice many are focused on…

A glorious dawn?

I realize that every blogger and his or her grandmother has been posting this lately, but I only just got around to watching it last night. It’s surprisingly pleasant and tuneful: Really cool.

There once was a time not so long ago–oh, say, four our five years–when the anti-vaccine fringe was looked upon as what it was: a fringe group, a bunch of quacks and quack advocates, all in essence one big conspiracy theory movement, in which vaccines are the One True Cause of Autism. At the time,…

We all know that Mike Adams, a.k.a. the “Health Ranger,” is anti-vaccine to the core. He’s known for NaturalNews.com, a repository of quackery, anti-vaccine craziness, and conspiracy theories that rivals Whale.to but in a much slicker fashion. Now, unfortunately, I learn that he’s going multimedia. Worse, Mike Rangers, who is about as white bread and…

“I’ll be back”…for your love!

I’ve noticed that a hilariously literal-minded parody of that 1980s chestnut “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler has been making the rounds in the blogsophere. I was suitably amused, but I also found this new tidbit amusing. I haven’t seen the latest Terminator movie yet, but I’ve been a big fan of the…

Homeobox, HOX, regulatin’ genes

This is about as geeky as it gets, but since a couple of the genes I study are homeobox genes, one of which is a HOX gene, one of which is not, I found this hilarious: There you go: All you need to know about homeobox genes if you’re not an expert in them. Hat…

Sadly, the meeting’s over, and I’m winging my way back home as this very post shows up on the blog for your edification. Because it’s Sunday and, more importantly, because I’m too tired to produce anything substantive, I leave you with this bit of Asian weirdness sent to me by my sister. It left me…

A David Bowie Saturday

Why? Because I feel like it. For example, there are times I’ve felt like this: Except that maybe I should sing a version called “I’m Afraid of Antivaccinationists.” Nahhh. Instead let’s go back. Way back:

I love Tim Minchin. I also totally understand where he’s coming from when it comes to confronting woo, though, as I’ve described here. In any case, see Tim in action (parts may be NSFW due to profanity): Enjoy, as I’m running a bit late in producing my usual content for Monday. Fear not, it’s coming…

Merry Christmas! And sock it to the holidays!

To wish you happy holidays, here’s a perfect carol to sum up the pile of crap that was the latter half of 2008: I had never heard of the Loomis Agency before, but it must not be doing too bad if it has the excess money to produce this. Either that, or its workers don’t…

When Nazi zombies attack…

The Hitler Zombie definitely approves of this movie: Too bad I don’t speak German or Norwegian, because here’s the movie website, and here’s another trailer sans subtitles: I wonder if I can take some stills from this trailer to use the next time I feel “inspired” (at least I like to call it that) to…

This about sums it up for me:

Unfortunately, I’m going to be ensconced in my Sanctum Sanctorum most of the day, pounding out text far less fun than the text I like to pound out for Respectful Insolence. However, I have to admit that this video sums up the attitude behind a whole lot of woo that I like to apply a…

Breathe, breathe in the air

No, it’s not Pink Floyd, but I needed surgery, I’d want these guys trying to wake me up after it was over: They don’t have to sing about it while they’re doing it, though. After I’m safely awake and in the recovery room would be fine.

Doctor Who versus Eminem versus Benny Hill

Why? Because I love Doctor Who and Benny Hill (although I was never much of an Eminem fan) and because it’s funny, that’s why. Besides, it’s a beautiful Saturday, and I’m feeling too lazy to post anything substantive this morning. That’s all the reason I need.

Sunday afternoon YouTube: David Bowie

What better thing to do than to do a little Sunday afternoon YouTube action with my all time favorite artist, David Bowie? This time, it’s one of the best songs in Bowie’s entire catalog.

One of XTC’s best songs: I actually heard this on the radio the other night, hence my looking for it on YouTube. I hadn’t heard the song in several years, and I don’t recall ever hearing it on the radio. In any case, it caught my mood this morning.

Regular readers of this blog may remember that I’m a bit of a music critic wannabe. This pretension began very early in the history of this blog and persisted every year. Usually, sometime around the end of the year or the first day of the new year, I’ll compile my list of my favorite CDs…

Bowie and Bing. Christmas. What more needs to be said? Consider this making up for the last Christmas video. Simply awesome.

I think my eyes are bleeding: Maybe this one will be better: Only a little. At least it rocks a bit and is a tad warped in its outlook. That counts for something. In any case, what are you doing here messing around on the Internet and watching silly Christmas videos? Shouldn’t you be with…

Here’s one of my all time favorite David Bowie tunes, truly an underrated gem from his career. (Too bad the movie it came from was only so-so.) This performance is from June 2000: Why? Because Christmas is coming and I felt like it. Enjoy!