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One of the frequent topics on this blog is, unsurprisingly, cancer quackery. Be it the Gerson therapy and its propensity for encouraging patients to take hundreds of supplements and to shoot copious amounts of coffee where it really doesn’t belong (where the sun don’t shine), the Gonzalez protocol, homeopathy, naturopathy, or various other nonsensical and…

Regular readers probably know that I’m into more than just science, skepticism, and promoting science-based medicine (SBM). (If they’re regular readers of my other, not-so-super-secret other project, they might also realize that they’ve seen this post before elsewhere. I had to stay out late for a work-related event and decided to tart it up and…

You know, even though I haven’t lived in Cleveland since 1996, sometimes I kind of miss Ohio. Here’s the sort of reason why, via Balloon Juice: I thought it was a hoax at first, but it isn’t. Just check out the the official website of the Governor of the State of Ohio if you don’t…

Regular readers may have noticed something happening around ScienceBlogs. As PZ pointed out, a little malware somehow infiltrated the ScienceBlogs collective, and many of us appear to have turned into zombies. It’s a veritable Zombie Day, complete with illustrations by Joseph Hewitt, creator of Gearhead. Obviously, with anything having to do with zombies, there’s only…

Lose, Lions, lose

I rarely blog about sports, but I’ll make an exception for today, given that football history is likely to be made later this afternoon. I’m not much of a football fan, at least not of professional football. These days, the games take even longer than a baseball game and all too often lack the excitement…

Et tu, Lance?

Say it ain’t so! Skeptics’ Circle host from earlier this year Rod Clark informs me that another celebrity has been sucked into maw of antivaccine propagandizing disguised as an autism charity. The one luring these celebrities in, of course, is that tireless, ever-Indigo campaigner against vaccines and for quackery Jenny McCarthy, flexing her D-list celebrity…

Another reason to hate the Yankees!

Having grown up in an American league town east of the Mississippi, as a baseball fan it is my sacred duty to hate the Yankees. This is even more so given how badly my hometown team (the Detroit Tigers) and my second favorite team (the Cleveland Indians) are doing this year. Thanks to the Yankee…

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!

The ignorance and stupidity, they burn: Why, yes, actually, we did “allow” Nazi Germany to host the Olympics back in 1936. Hitler even presided over some of the ceremonies. The sign is so wrong that at first I wondered whether it was a Photoshop job, but apparently it’s legit. I realize this photo is from…

Vox Day’s misogyny

I happen to be in Chicago right now attending the annual meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology. It’s a meeting that I try to make it to almost every year, and usually it’s a necessary update to my knowledge base. Consequently, I only just this morning noticed my fellow ScienceBloggers Mark Hoofnagle, Mark Chu-Carroll,…

Who knew Hitler was a die-hard Cowboys fan?

It’s Superbowl Sunday. Even someone who’s not much of a football fan and who doesn’t really care much one way or the other about either team can’t help but get caught up in the hype a little bit. In any case, there seems little point to doing any serious blog posts today, given that (1)…

The Chuck Norris of the 1930s?

Apparently Jack Dempsey was his generation’s Chuck Norris, who, as we know, doesn’t read books but stares them down until he gets the information that he wants. Here he is in a 1934 Modern Mechanix article boasting how he can “whip any mechanical robot”: Of course, I still think it would hurt like hell to…

The game ended too late last night, and I was too tired to do a quick celebratory post, but better late than never. In case you were wondering, Orac is pleased.

Only one more game…

…for the Indians to advance to the ALCS. I know, I know, long time readers know that I’m a Detroit Tigers fan. Sadly, after dominating their division during the first half of the season, my hometown team took a late season plunge right out of playoff contention, much to my dismay. Fortunately, there is one…

No drug is without risks

Here’s a tragic story: NEW YORK – A medical examiner blamed a 17-year-old track star’s death on the use of too much muscle cream, the kind used to soothe aching legs after exercise. Arielle Newman, a cross-country runner at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died after her body absorbed high levels of methyl salicylate,…

Prince turned my son gay!

Believe it or not, the FCC is receiving a fair number of complaints over the Superbowl halftime show featuring His Purpleness, particularly the part where he did a bit of a phallic thing with his guitar (as if generations of rockers haven’t done the whole guitar as wank-off thing since at least the 1960’s–heck David…

Mourn, Michigan fans

Mourn, Michigan fans. On the eve of the most important Big Ten game of the season this year between two of the greatest rivals in college football history, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, the greatest coach in U. of M. history has passed away: Legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler…

I feel for you, ScienceBlogs compatriot Afarensis. I really do. Sure, your Cardinals beat my Tigers in the World Series last week. Sure, the Tigers made a lot of embarrassing errors and showed every sign of letting their youth and inexperience lead them to choking under the pressure. Sure at times the Tigers looked like…

Cardinals win

Mitch Albom sums the World Series and the Tiger’s 2006 season up far better than I ever could.

This is getting depressing. Last night, the Tigers lost a particularly heartbreaking game 5-4. It’s heartbreaking because it’s a game that they really should have won. Unfortunately errors and the two unearned runs that they allowed killed them. Now the 2006 World Series is at the same point that the 1968 World Series was, with…

This one’s for you, Afarensis (all in good fun, of course–well, for the most part, anyway): Here’s Jeff Suppan, pitcher for the Cardinals (who, it just so happens, will be starting game four of the World Series tonight) appearing prominently along with Patricia Heaton, Jim Caviezel, and other celebrities in a predictably lame “response” ad…

And so it continues…

…the World Series, with the Tigers versus the Cardinals. The series is now tied at one game apiece and set to start again in St. Louis tonight at 8:05 PM. This is a real pain because it means that it’ll be pretty late when the game ends, and if it goes into extra innings I’ll…

And so it begins…

…the 2006 World Series. The Tigers are rested and ready; the Cardinals just finished taking out the Mets in a prolonged series. Will the Tigers be rusty in Game One? Or will they pick up right where they left off? My prediction? The Tigers in six. GO TIGERS!

Sadly for some of my readers, it won’t be a Mets-Tigers World Series. The Cardinals pulled it out in game seven in a classic fashion, winning the game 3-1. FOX isn’t going to like an all-Midwest World Series. You could almost hear the disappointment that there wouldn’t be a big market team like the Mets…

Greatest baseball turnaround ever?

Tom Verducci makes the case that the greated reversal in baseball history has just occurred with the Tigers making the World Series. Although they didn’t have the worst record of any World Series team in the season before they reached the World Series (that “honor” belongs to the the 1991 Atlanta Braves), they had the…