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Archives for May, 2009

You don’t have to be a parent to care about the welfare of children—but it does bring things into a sharp, personal light. I recently wrote about Daniel Hauser, a child likely to die of Hodgkin’s disease due to his parents’ cult medicine beliefs. Cases like his are aberrations—they stand out for their rarity, but…

The absent parent

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on fatherhood. There’s a couple of reasons for that. My wife brought up a disturbing point—she was uncomfortable with our daughter’s picture being online. The reasons she listed made me shudder and turn white. I’m not sure whether or not I agree, but for now at least, I’m…

OK, that’s an exaggeration, but I’ll explain. First, some colleagues and I have been talking about two related issues: how to continue to build readership, and what attracts or repels certain groups of readers. I love my readers and commenters, but are there things I could be doing to attract more readers? And what would…

Cancer, cults, and kids

I’ve been reluctant to write about the Daniel Hauser case. I don’t even want to imagine what his parents are going through. If you’re not a parent, I can’t explain it to you, so you’ll have to trust me—having a kid with a life-threatening illness can drive you to do the unimaginable. And what Daniel’s…

Things that bug me

Blogging requires a thick skin. So does life, so I don’t get personally worked up about shit that happens on line. But some things do piss me off.

In relation to my recent bits about Jenny McCarthy and her antivaccination nonsense, reader Isabel asks the following: I’ve been following this discussion for awhile, PalMD, and while I agree that JM sounds like a nut, and while I feel sorry for her kid for being stuck with her as a mother, it’s hard for…

Obama terrorizes Notre Dame

So, President Obama is getting an honorary degree and giving a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, and some folks aren’t too happy about that. Why? The stated reasons is his support of limited abortion rights. Let’s examine why this stance is hypocritical and nonsensical, then examine the real reasons for the protests.…

Morgellons—what fibers?

People who identify themselves as having “morgellons” syndrome claim to have fibers and parasites emerging from their skin. As my commenters have pointed out, it’s a rather simple task to evaluate such samples in a laboratory. If “morgellons” “researchers” wish to illuminated this “novel” “disease” (I just wanted to see how many scare quotes I…

I’ve decided I love Jenny McCarthy’s Oprah-blog. It’s like watching a mad scientist—you know he’s gonna blow something up, but still, those Tesla coils have a beautiful inutility. Her latest piece is truly a monument to stupidity, and if she really keeps this up, I’ll never run out of blog-fodder. It’s called “Poop Stories“, and…

Every time I think I’m out…

I really didn’t mean to get dragged back in to the Morgellons controversy. Really. But I made a flippant comment on a recent post, and here I am. Let me put down some brief thoughts here: 1) There exists a loosely affiliated group of people who are suffering from diverse and (to them) unexplained symptoms,…