- This just in: the MMR vaccine still doesn't cause autism.
- A 2015 measles outbreak starts at Disneyland. The National Vaccine Information Center asks Why is a big deal being made out of 51 cases of measles reported in the U.S.? Hell, measles are good for you! (Or maybe it's all a scare story.)
- Mother of the year.
- The Billion Toddler March for Survival. Can toddlers actually march?
- Glenn Beck compares anti-vaccination activists with Galileo.
- The Syringe of Death.
- Decade-old health conspiracy uncovered by Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of The Hamptons Diet. (Don't miss Dr. Fred weighing in on Nicole Kidman's breasts.)
- An vaccine developer blows the vaccine conspiracy wide open. An unidentified vaccine developer, that is.
- An urgent warning about Gardasil turns out to be a hoax. I'm shocked!
- One unvaccinated college student exposes thousands to measles on California public transit.
- The Department of Obvious Research reports that the HPV vaccine does not correlate with increased sexual activity. Like we needed a study for that. (Oh, wait: I guess we do.)
- Measles outbreak at a Texas church with a history of promoting faith healing over vaccination. Their statement in response to the outbreak does not inspire confidence.
- Jenny McCarthy defeats vaccine fanatics to join ABC's The View as co-host, from the encylopedically crazy Infowars. Because there is a war on your mind. Don't miss Fluoride 101 and NASA, Global Warming and Transhumanism.
- Representatives Dan Burton and Dennis Kucinich continue to promote dangerous nonsense on vaccines and autism at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (Hurray for the Bad Astronomer!)
- A University of Pittsburgh study claims that vaccines give monkeys autism. I'm not sure how you tell if a monkey is autistic. (What the hell is wrong with Pitt anyway? First Devra Davis and cell phones, now this.) The study is actually a couple of years old, and lead author Laura Hewitson is no longer at Pitt, but is now Research Director at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development (a.k.a. Thoughtful House) in Austin Texas. Thoughtful House was until recently run by (who could have guessed?) Andrew Wakefield. Hewitson was also a plaintiff in an autism/vaccine lawsuit, but claims this does not represent a conflict of interest.
- Another whooping cough outbreak, this time in Washington State, which has the highest rate of vaccination opt-outs in the country.
- Children's Brains Eaten by Vaccines from Natural News. Don't miss Department of Homeland Security buying up enough ammo to wage seven-year war against the American people.
- Vaccination programs in India and Africa reduce measles deaths in children by an estimated 74%, saving 9.6 million lives from 2000 to 2010. The decline in Africa alone was 91% from 2000 to 2006, from 396,000 to 36,000 per year. Meanwhile, anti-vaccine advocates continue to deny the data, and measles cases in the U.S. reached a 15-year high in 2011, mostly imported from Europe, where vaccination rates are lower than in the U.S.
- Parents throw pox parties to deliberately expose their children to infectious diseases, and create an illegal black market in infected lollipops. (I sure hope this last one is an urban legend.) Once your kid is infected, make sure to go to fastchickenpoxcure.com for a proven 7 step formula for curing chicken pox in 72 hours! ($37.77)
- This just in: internet use causes autism. I would guess it's more likely the other way around.
- Andrew Wakefield's autism/vaccine research was more than incompetence: it has now been labeled "an elaborate fraud" by the British medical journal BMJ. (The original article is here.) Could this finally be enough to stop the anti-vaccine crowd? Not even close.
- A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds no link between autism and thimerosal. A good summary is at Science-Based Medicine This study is just in time for the release of Dan Olmsted's new book.
- Whooping cough is now epidemic in California. Think childhood diseases are natural and acceptable? Watch these videos of children with pertussis and get back to me. Update: New studies indicate that the majority of cases were in vaccinated children. Anti-vaccine activists predictably jump on the results, in the process proving only that they don't undersand herd immunity, or evolution.
- Wakefield has now been stripped of his medical license.
- One small victory for science: A Federal court sends vaccine/autism advocates packing.
- This just in: MMR vaccinations don't cause autism, (Here is the full article in PLoS.)
- Measles cases are on the rise due to hysteria about vaccinations. "Most parents I know will take measles over autism," is a really terrific attitude, especially if it's somebody else's kid who dies.
- Kathleen Seidel of the Neurodiversity weblog has been subpoenaed in connection with posts about a personal injury lawsuit alleging mercury poisoning from vaccines. (The effort was ultimately unsuccessful.)
- A New York Times Op-Ed by Paul Offit on the Poling court case, which is cited by anti-vaccine activists as admission that vaccines cause autism. Offit's article was not well received by the vaccines-and-autism crowd. (More authoritative research on autism by David Kirby can be found here.)
- CNN gives Offit six sentences to explain the science, but Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey get an entire page and an appearance on Larry King Live to share their scientific expertise: "what might surprise a lot of you is that we've never been contacted by a single member of the CDC". Um, not really.
- The Coalition for Safe Minds.
- Autism blog Age of Autism.
- This just in: thimerosal does not cause neurological damage. (That doesn't stop the bloggers).
- Generation Rescue flogs the idea that autism, ADD, and other disorders are environmental illnesses.
- Vaccines are a Homeland Security plot.
- The National Vaccine Information Center sounds pretty official, doesn't it? It's not.
- Satan's chemist.
- VaccineTruth.org: I especially like the statistic that doctors are 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. Next time you get sick, call the NRA!
- Doctors are actually hoarding a secret cancer vaccine.
- An outbreak of polio in Pakistan after rumors that the vaccine was an American plot to sterilize children.
- A California study shows that autism rates continued to increase after thimerosal was removed from vaccines.
- THE VACCINATION HOAX and HOLOCAUST from Whale. Don't miss the article on cell phone towers and mind control.
- Fundamentalist groups continue to oppose mandating use of the HPV vaccine, despite the fact that 1 in 4 teenage girls have at least one sexually transmitted disease.
- The truth behind the vaccine coverup, by Russell Blaylock, MD. Don't miss Fluoride is Toxic or how antibiotics kill "your body's patriots" (Blaylock is also a member of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which takes a variety of interesting positions on health care issues.)
- Vaccination: Vatican's Medical Inquisition Revealed at Last! from Reformation Online. Also make sure to visit their exposé of Jesuit astronomy.
- A New York Times article on parents refusing to vaccinate their children. Never mind that it puts other people's children at risk from potentially devastating and completely preventable diseases like polio and measles.
- A New York Times Article (registration required) on the politics of mercury and autism.
- Don't wait: chelate away those heavy metals with cilantro! "...the filling is an amalgam that contains some silver as well as what is for some people a lethal amount of mercury... insistence on the safety of amalgams is not just nonsense, but criminally irresponsible." From kitchendoctor.com.
- A web article on chelation, with lots of links.
- The case of Abubakar Nadama.
- An article from quackwatch.org on the mercury filling scam, and set of links on chelation.
- A treasure trove of vaccine paranoia from mercola.com.
- Autism in a Needle?
- An FDA web site on thimerosal: "The [Institute of Medicine's Immunization Safety Review Committee] concluded that this body of evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, and that hypotheses generated to date concerning a biological mechanism for such causality are theoretical only. Further, the committee stated that the benefits of vaccination are proven and the hypothesis of susceptible populations is presently speculative, and that widespread rejection of vaccines would lead to increases in incidences of serious infectious diseases like measles, whooping cough and Hib bacterial meningitis."
- An overview of the IOM report on vaccines and autism.
- I have no relation to this book, which has gotten some very good reviews.
- Rolling Stone and Salon retract an article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claiming a link between vaccines and autism.
- A Massachusetts study of health effects from wind turbines concludes that "There is no evidence for a set of health effects, from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as a 'Wind Turbine Syndrome.'" Of course, the independent panel is just taking liberty with the scientific illiteracy of the public and doing junk science.
- Cape Wind gets a green light from the Department of the Interior. Awesome!
- The Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanoag tribes, or "People of the First Light" opppose the Cape Wind project on the basis that it will interfere with their view of the sunrise. (This notwithstanding the fact that the Wampanoag reservation is on the west side of Martha's Vineyard.)
- National Wind Watch notes that wind power doesn't reduce use of other fuels. Of course, nothing can without control of demand. But that is somebody else's problem.
- Buffalo installs its first wind farm. Way to go!
- Tom Golisano flip-flops on wind power. Sort of. Also read an earlier Wired News article on Golisano and Save Upstate New York.
- Cohocton Wind Watch claims that wind farms cause headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, migraines, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, stress, and depression, and can trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. Wow. (Foremerly hosted at the amazing batr.net.)
- Dr. Nina Pierpont is conducting an obviously unbiased and properly controlled study of "wind turbine syndrome".
- We Oppose Windfarms (WOW), another New York State organization tilting at windmills.
- Robert Kennedy Jr. leads the noble fight against messing up the view from Cape Cod. (Kudos to Greenpeace on this one.) My take is that if Cape Wind gets shut down, somebody should build a thousand-megawatt light water nuke smack in the middle of Martha's Vineyard.
- But wind turbines kill birds! (Of course, so do lots of other things.) How many of these folks have cats, I wonder?
- Infrasound is actually good for you!
- A New York Times article about the anti-wind lobby.
- Where I buy my electricity. (Of course, Green Mountain is run by evil energy companies.)
- Buffalo's own EMF Busters: "Is your family and loved ones [sic] being exposed to un-necessary radiation from todays new technology?" "Our team of professionals include electricians, computer technicians, holistic health practitioners and construction workers." Don't miss the video on the dangers of WiFi in schools. The interviews with concerned parents are classic.
- EMF Radiation Can Kill from Think AboutIt. Alas, most of this site is down except for the excellent link on our reptilian overlords.
- Triangle Healing Products sells a $350 onyx pendant to protect against EMF exposure, as well as $300 grounded bedsheets.
- Residents of Craigavon, South Africa complain about a litany of ailments caused by an inactive wireless tower.
- Parents sue an elementary school for providing in-school wireless internet access. I wonder which of them are busy calling the school board on their 2.4 GHz cordless phone while keeping tabs on little Jimmy with their 2.4 GHz wireless baby monitor?
- Be sure to pick up a $60 USB EMF protection device from Blueshield Global: "When the Blushield is within range of the body, the whole body system responds positively by resonating at a cellular level."
- A new Stony Brook University study finds no link between power lines and breast cancer on Long Island.
- A new study indicates that breast cancer is instead linked to hormone therapy. (So go ahead and buy that pink cell phone.)
- A Federal probe determines that Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories EMF researcher Robert Liburdy fabricated data.
- A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site on EMF research.
- Microwave News. A large EMF advocacy site. Has an extensive collection of links.
- Blow driers cause leukemia.
- EMF shielding devices. Sure beats tinfoil in your hat.
- The diomid transmitter, from Ener-G-Polarit: "The natural Diode Frequencies broadcast through walls and floors creating its own vortex energy 60 yards in all directions. " The "Amazing Diode" works by emitting a "powerful shield" which extends 18" into your aura.
- There is nothing that can't be healed by love (or placebos).
- The New York Times thinks wearable tech will give you cancer. At least they eventually put a disclaimer at the end of the article which reads, basically, "the above article is totally incorrect."
- A new paper in JAMA reports increased glucose activity in the brain near active cell phones, prompting the New York Times to print a helpful article suggesting that phone users "tilt the phone away from your ear when you are talking and only bring it in close to your ear when you are listening". Good advice, especially considering that the study finds an effect at 95% confidence, and states that "This finding is of unknown clinical significance." An article on the result at WebMD states, as usual, that "more research is needed", but also quotes study author Volkow as saying the effect is "within the range of increase seen when someone does a cognitive task, such as moving their finger."
- The town of Hempstead New York enacts tough restrictions on cell phone tower construction in response to pressure from groups like Moms of Merrick. I like the heavily photoshopped picture of cute children holding guinea pigs in front of menacing cell phone towers, as well as the utterly unsubstantiated claim that cell towers are causing leukemia at an elementary school in Bayville, NY. Do it for the children!
- News flash: cell phones prevent Alzheimer's disease.
- This just in: Cell phones don't cause cancer. Can we stop arguing now? (Apparently not.)
- Even people who ought to know better are spreading FUD about cell phones. Now Davis' colleague Ronald Herberman has gotten in on the act with a scary memo (PDF) circulated at the University of Pittsburgh, citing unspecified results from unpublished reports. (He has to, since actual published science shows no link between cell phones and cancer.) Herberman's advice includes "Avoid using your cell phone in places, like a bus, where you can passively expose others to your phone's electromagnetic fields." I can't wait for the first lawsuit alleging cancer from passive cell phone use!
- Read activist Devra Davis explain how she came to conclude that cell phones cause cancer: "Still, the majority of scientists, including Nobel Laureate Robert Weinberg, who, like other scientific luminaries with no training in RF science, has been a consultant to the cell phone industry, hold to the dogma that without warming nothing can happen biologically." (Emphasis mine.) Perhaps she means Steven Weinberg? I can find no evidence that S.W. ever acted as a consultant for the cell phone industry. (In any case, Davis' degree definitely isn't in English. What a sentence!)
- News flash: cell phones kill bees! (Or they confuse them or something.)
- The Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry. It's a voluntary survey, just like on Slashdot!
- Australian columnist Stewart Fist, one of the original cell phone cancer crusaders.
- More tinfoil for your hat: the AegisGuard phone radiation shield.
- Q-Link Pendant. Brought to you by fastfengshui.com.
- A 2008 report from a congressional commission on the threat of an EMP attack on the U.S. which has become the touchstone for the terror attack hysteria.
- An article in The Space Review thoroughly debunking the commission report (Part 1) (Part 2).
- Secrets of Survival tells how to prepare for an EMP attack: "6. Wrap your rooms in aluminum foil." I guess they figure you've already done the hat thing.
- The Heritage Foundation joins the scaremongering. Read this story on Alternet for an expose of the political backstory on EMP, and watch Newt Gingrich predict the end of civilization on Youtube.
- Shield America focuses on the threat from Iran, which last I checked is nowhere near producing a megaton-class thermonuclear bomb.
- Knight's Christian Commentaries and Worldwide News ponders EMP among various apocalpyse scenarios, among them "A Russian anti-Christ comes to power, conquers Europe with force and persecutes Christians all over the world. "
- The 2003 northeast blackout was actually a secret military test, and not a downed tree branch.
- The Prophetic Years warns that "America is only one EMP attack away from complete national catastrophe." (Don't miss Imminent Danger for the United States of America Superpower.)
- A nice article from STRATFOR realistically analyzes EMP threats. Bottom line: it would be a hell of a lot easier and more certain to just nuke St. Louis. (Besides, if you want to take out power lines, mylar balloons are a lot cheaper and easier to get than nuclear bombs.)
- Hawaii residents sue the DOE, Fermilab, CERN, and the NSF to prevent the Large Hadron Collider from destroying the world. (They are accepting donations.)
- Wagner also unsuccessfully sued over strangelet production at RHIC. If only we had listened, JFK Jr. might still be with us.
- We're still here.
- The flaws in the collider doomsday scenario can be patiently explained, or not so patiently explained.
- I wouldn't worry until the Lifeboat Foundation raises the Global Existential Threat Advisory level to at least orange.
- Physicist Holger Neilsen says that the Higgs Boson may be traveling back in time to sabotage the Large Hadron Collider, and was also responsible for the death of the Superconducting Supercollider. (If only it would travel back and tell me who is going to win the Kentucky Derby next year.) A link to the paper is here.
- A physics blogger who evidently has a bit of a crush on Lisa Randall. The comment section is hilarious.
- The really funny thing is that CERN felt obligated to convene a panel to study the (non)-issue. Surely John Ellis has better things to do...
- Andrea Rossi's e-cat energy catalyzer. Also read about it at Free Energy Truth.
- A Cold Fusion FAQ from Infinite Energy Magazine.
- Blacklight Power: to boldly patent where no one has patented before. All based on Dr. Randell Mills' "Grand Unified Theory of Classical Quantum Mechanics".
- NASA, of course, is interested.
- A Village Voice article on the good Dr. Mills.
- The EMDrive: "The inevitable objection raised, is that the apparently closed system produced by this arrangement cannot result in an output force, but will merely produce strain within the waveguide walls." Yep. Their full theory paper is a howl.
- The NASA web page on the EMDRive: "Dr. White proposed that the EM Drive's thrust was due to the Quantum Vacuum (the quantum state with the lowest possible energy) behaving like propellant ions behave in a MagnetoHydroDynamics drive .. for spacecraft propulsion". I'm really confused, since the EMDrive people say it's a Special Relativistic effect. The NASA page gets extra points for posting blueprints of a warp-powered spacecraft based on the largely untested drive.
- The Cannae Drive. Alas, their web page consists of little except fanciful drawings of satellites and a note that they have patents on everything.
- Wired falls for the woo.
- As usual, Phil Plait makes more sense.
- The FDA finally does the sensible thing. Naturally, the science falls on deaf ears. So much for informed women making their own health care choices.
- An Institute of Medicine Report concluding that silicone breast implants don't cause systemic illness.
- All But Forgotten from the National Research Center for Women and Families.
- Silicone Holocaust.
- Dow Corning Chapter 11 Information.
- Warning! Phthalates will make your boy into a sissy.
- Greenpeace web page on vinyl toys.
- Industry web site on phthalates.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission web page on phthalates in toys. Conclusion: "few, if any children are at risk from liver or other organ toxicity." The CPSC recommends, as usual, "more research" into possible cancer risk.
- The Depleted Uranium Education Project from the International Action Project: "Has U.S. use of depleted-uranium weapons turned Iraq into a radioactive danger area for both Iraqis and occupation troops?" Never mind that DU is not especially radioactive.
- Depleted Uranium Watch from Stop NATO.
- The Silent Genocide from America: "Every day, people see the silent death striking their families and friends, hopeless and terrified at the sight of the next funeral in their minds' eyes." Of course, depleted uranium is not especially radioactive.
- A sensible evaluation of the hazards of DU can be found here (PDF format).
- The American Legislative Exchange Council are not global warming denialists, really they're not. And they'll sue you if you suggest otherwise. Never mind their statement of Energy Principles which states "Climate change is a historical phenomenon and the debate will continue on the significance of natural and anthropogenic contributions." and "Access to [fossil fuel] resources should be expanded to provide America with low-cost and reliable energy." Nope. No denial here.
- Senator Ted Cruz thinks NASA is spending too much time on Earth Science. Dear Ted: Earth is a planet.
- Climatist Jihad? from Climate Depot: "Extremist factions had dreamed of a global climatist caliphate and want vengeance."
- A scientist at University of Florida is told to remove the words "climate change" from a study on climate change.
- Turns out climate change denier Wei-Hock Soon is on the payroll of fossil fuel companies. Say it ain't so, Willie! (Breitbart, naturally, calls it a crucifixion.)
- The Wall Street Journal compares greenhouse gas mitigation to giving people scurvy.
- Bill O'Reilly. Need one say more?
- Climate change denialist Roy Spencer goes Godwin. Perhaps it is unsurprising that Spencer is also a creationist, and is a signatory to the Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming.
- Climate change denier David Schweikert sponsors the Secret Science Reform Act, requiring the EPA to "disclose" data related to climate change regulation. Industry disclosure on environmental contamination from hydraulic fracturing? Not so much.
- Climate Name Change
- A draft report leaked to Reuters from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cites 95\% certainty that global warming is caused by human activity. Now read Watts Up With That, or Climate Depot, or The Hockey Schtick, or Real Science. Sigh.
- Liberalism Caused Global Warming, from amerika.org.
- Global Warming: Just Another Liberal Orthodoxy, from Renew America. Other gems include Mormons morphing Boy Scouts into 'Girl Scouts'?, The pro-vaccine rhetoric makes me sick, The one-world cult, Darwin, and Einstein, and Big Bang created us? Surprise ending! Love you guys.
- The Wall Street Journal is at it again, with Harrison Schmidt and William Happer saying that CO2 is good for you. As always, the comment section is classic.
- Climate Conservative Consumer. Beware of Green-Sharia!
- Don't worry: global warming is beneficial!
- 2012 studies show that Greenland and Antarctica have lost more than 4 trillion tons of ice since 1992, and sea level rise is happening faster than even worst-case estimates from the IPCCC a few years ago. I guess the death of global warming was declared a little prematurely.
- Google "Forbes global warming". 'Nuf said.
- Hurricane floods New York City? Time to blame "leftists" for stating the obvious. And you can count on Fox News to go into full spin mode. That is, when they're not cutting Cuomo's feed.
- Nothing to see here, please move along.
- The U.S. Geological Survey reports that sea level rise is accelerating on the East Coast.
- The ocean is liberal: Virginia lawmakers change "sea level rise" to "recurrent flooding" in a proposal to study rising sea levels. This thanks to State Delegate Chris Stolle who called "sea level rise" a "left-wing term". Among other "left-wing" terms I might suggest to Del. Stolle are "measurement", "evidence", and "my basement's full of water".
- A new paper in Nature Climate Change concludes "We have identified a human-induced fingerprint in observed estimates of upper-ocean warming on multidecadal timescales." The Register has a nice summary of the results. (Greenie Watch has another point of view.)
- North Carolina legislators consider a bill to make it illegal to consider rising sea levels in development planning. Just like King Canute.
- Presidential candidate Rick Santorum labels global warming "phony" and "anti-science". Santorum hits a trifecta in just a few days, publicly opposing contraception, prenatal testing, and public education. But he is not anti-science.
- Alleged leaked documents from the "free-market environmentalism" group the Heartland Institute. Update: The Heartland Institute has responded, claiming that the documents are both stolen and faked, and has threatened lawsuits against anyone quoting from or linking to the documents. (The allegedly faked document states: "effort will focus on providing curriculum that shows that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain -- two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science." They had better hope it's fake.) Of course, Heartland is not above selectively quoting stolen documents from those they disagree with, or from linking to the full text of the leaked documents. Heartland has received an open letter of condolence from the climate researchers whose emails were hacked in the climategate incident. (Here is a direct link to the letter in PDF format.) Up-update: The document leaker is revealed as climate scientist Peter H. Gleick, who outs himself in a Huffington Post article, calling the incident "a serious lapse of my own professional judgment and ethics." Turns out the allegedly fake document, unlike the others obtained, is of unknown provenance. Ruh-roh. Such is the circus that is climate science today. For me, the most distasteful part of the whole affair is having to link to Huffpo. I feel like I need a shower. Up-up-update: Peter Gleick is reinstated as president of the Pacific Institute after an indipendent inquiry into the document release. Heartland, not surprisingly, calls the investigation a whitewash.
- A Wall Street Journal Op-Ed signed by 16, um, scientists, including Burt Rutan, Harrison Schmidt, Antonio Zichichi, and the ubiquitous Richard Lindzen, who also famously denies the link between smoking and lung cancer. Harrison Schmidt thinks environmentalism is a front for communism.
- Global Warming Hoax News: "where only the truth heats up."
- Why liberals fear global warming from Real Clear Politics: "One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad."
- The Global Warming Truth.
- Global Climate Scam: exposing the truth about global warming hysteria.
- A treasure trove of global warming denial from the ever-awesome rense.com.
- Global warming's communist underpinnings from Newsbusters ("Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias")
- A page on global warming from Conservapedia.
- The Global Warming Conspiracy from Forbes Magazine.
- A Proposed Bible-Science Perspective on Global Warming from Answers in Genesis.
- Global Warming Propaganda and the Biblical Worldview from To Renew America.
- How I Know Global Warming is a Lie by Samuel Gipp. "I look forward to seeing vast corn fields in northern Canada and Siberia."
- Communist Climategate from commieblaster.com. (Also, don't miss Commie Education.)
- Global warming skeptic Richard Muller changes his mind.
- The Climate Skeptic Blog.
- A statement on motorcycle helmets from Biker's Rights.
- End the Helmet Hoax: "what if you are under 21, forced to wear a helmet, and end up with a broken neck due to the helmet rotating and crushing your fourth cervicle vertibrae, and severing your spinal cord?"
- The Helmet Law Page from NCRider: "Our government tells us that it is perfectly legal to kill a fetus ... however, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet."
- Facts on motorcycle injuries from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- The Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation, one-stop shopping for helmet denial. Don't miss how bicycle helmets cause injury. (The BHRF is not to be confused with the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, which actually dispenses reliable information.)
- A blog entry comparing bicycle helmets to thalidomide.
- Helmet Freedom.
- Freedom Cyclist.
- An oft-quoted study about the effect of a mandatory helmet law in Australia is retracted by the journal in which it was published.
- An impressively lengthy anti-helmet rant from Bicycle Australia. "Forcing someone to wear a helmet who then suffers unduly from the effects of heat would ordinarily considered a dangerous deprivation of liberty."
- Actual useful information on bicycle helmets and injury rates from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the New York City Department of Health.
- A Texas high school with an abstinence-only sex education policy has an outbreak of chlamidia, with at least 20 cases reported in a student body of 300. Oddly, Crane High School also shows up on a blog's list of Schools, Districts, and Organizations Indoctrinating in Your State. I guess even three days of sex education is too much.
- The Kansas State Senate approves a bill allowing prosecution of K-12 teachers distributing material "harmful to minors". For example, sex education. What could possibly go wrong?
- Idaho Congresswoman Christy "Protects Life" Perry defends preventable deaths in children subjected to faith healing: "If I want to let my child be with God, why is that wrong?"
- Citizens for Objective Public Education files a legal complaint in Kansas alleging that teaching science "holds that explanations of the cause and nature of natural phenomena may only use natural, material or mechanistic causes". Well, duh.
- Creation 4 Kids includes science fair projects and a section just for teens. Teens can also go to Teen Topics at creationtips.com, including advice for students on how to write biology papers. Pity the teachers.
- Darwin was personally tutored by Satan.
- The Fair Education Foundation, which is against evolution, climate change, the Big Bang, and Copernicus' heliocentric model, all at once.
- Bill Nye debates the Creation Museum's Ken Hamm, with predictable results.
- Darwin's Doubt, by Discovery Institute philosopher Stephen C. Meyer. (I think Richard Dawkins has gotten it pretty much right on this one.)
- Texas packs an influential textbook panel with creationists. (Evolution News, a wing of the Discovery Institute, responds to the NYT with an irate screed.)
- Bill Nye is awesome.
- Louisiana private schools refute evolution using the Loch Ness Monster.
- Tennessee passes a bill allowing creationism to be taught in schools. Bad legislators! Bad!
- Physics Engineer Daniel Freidmann develops a Bible time converter to convert days in Genesis to years on the cosmological timeline. Any relation to Alexander Friedmann, I wonder? Friedmann has also written a book and created a handy IPhone app for converting between Biblical time and the "scientific timeline". I'm bummed out there isn't one for Android.
- Texas representative Bill Zedler is sponsoring HB2454, which proposes "An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member's or student's conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms." Extra points to Texas for legally banning atheists from holding public office.
- Biblical. Accurate. Certain. The Institute for Creation Research is now offering Master's degrees. Don't miss The Bible is a Textbook of Science and A New Creationist Cosmology: In No Time at All. (Also see the technical article in the Journal of Creation.)
- Bill O'Reilly, natural philosopher.
- A Conservapedia web page on relativity, which is "heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world." Among the counterexamples to relativity listed is "The action-at-a-distance by Jesus, described in John 4:46-54". The talk page is not to be missed.
- Biblical Math. Highlights include an essay on Pi that starts by confusing the difference between irrational and transcendental numbers, and then gets more depressing from there. Also see how Johannes Kepler championed a biblical cosmology to replace the humanist Greek geocentric system. Really. (I wonder what Pope Urban VIII would have to say about that.)
- Adam Savage is awesome.
- Kirk Cameron is planning to distribute copies of Origin of Species with a creationist introduction. Here, poor Kirk gets completely pwn3d by a hot Romanian chick. (You'd think Kirk would have learned his lesson about messing with hot atheist chicks already.) Check out other videos by the Romanian Goddess of Snark here and here and here.
- A statement on evolution fromt he Society of Saint Pius X, recently welcomed back into the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict. (Don't miss In Defense of the Inquisition.)
- The Wall Street Journal blames the financial meltdown on atheists.
- The Truth about Evolution from Truth for Youth.
- Creation Truth.
- Evolution Exposed empowers high-school students to be as annoying as possible in class.
- Michael Behe's blog Uncommon Descent attempts to slam science/sex writer Olivia Judson, who is doing some the best science writing out there. Go Tatiana!
- The Evolution Fairytale Discussion Forum. Don't miss What is the WMAP measuring? and Big Bang..., The evolution of the compression god
- The latest tactic: justify magical thinking as academic freedom, and call people who insist on scientific integrity fundamentalists. Beautiful.
- Louisiana passes a stealth law to allow creationism in schools, hailed by the the crackpot-American community as a blow against the science thought police.
- Blogger and biologist PZ Myers is kicked out of Ben Stein's new creationist movie. But Richard Dawkins gets in.
- Here is a new trailer for Expelled. Read a thorough debunking here.
- Proof that evolution is a hoax, from the endlessly amusing jesus-is-savior.com.
- Islamic creationist Harun Yahya, as covered in this New York Times article. Also see a summary of Yahya's work by Taner Edis of Truman State University.
- The Physics of Christianity, by Tulane physics professor Frank Tipler. Buy this one together with Paul Davies' latest book. (Davies' interview with Salon made me want to gouge out my frontal lobes with a spoon.)
- Faculty at University of Colorado in Boulder receive threatening letters attacking their support for evolution. Panda's Thumb has exerpts from the letters.
- A new creationist museum opens in Kentucky.
- The Journal of Creation, brought to you by Creation Ministries International. Don't miss this paper, which explains Dark Energy as "power of the Lord giving a boost to the expansion of the fabric of space". (These people are not helping.)
- Now there is a creationist Wiki. I like the little fish logo, but not as much as the one for Flipper.
- Science Ministries.
- Dr. Don, MD (formerly Faithmeds.com): perfect health is "God's plan." (Except amputees.)
- Ten papers "censored" by the Cornell arXiv.
- An open letter to the Kansas School Board.
- The Museum of Earth History, a creationist natural history museum in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. See how dinosaurs and humans coexisted! (Exhibits include "Eden", "Curse", "The Great Flood", "Ice Age", and "Fish Aquarium").
- More on the Biblical truth about dinosaurs. Don't miss this thrilling video!
- Florida State Representative Dennis Baxley thinks students should be able to sue professors for being indoctrinated with the humanist religion of evolution. (Reminds me of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.) Here is a transcript of a debate between Baxley and University of South Florida Philosophy professor Roy Weatherford.
- The homepage of Students for Academic Freedom, including a recent Buffalo News article on UB. I do like the bake sale for the Pentagon.
- Christian Right Lobbies to Overturn Second Law of Thermodynamics from The Onion.
- Students in a Pennsylvania high school receive a statment on intelligent design from school administrators. Update: The entire Dover School Board was tossed out of office in 2005, just before a court ruling barring the teaching of "intelligent design".
- Bill Maher weighs in.
- The National Park Service is under fire for selling a book that claims the Grand Canyon was formed in the Biblical flood. Sign up for your Bible-based canyon tour today!
- A professor at Texas Tech is investigated by the Justice Department for refusing to write letters of recommendation for students who do not believe in evolution. Courtesy of the Liberty Legal Institute.
- The Discovery Institute. Tired of materialism's destructive social consequences? This is the site for you.
- Intelligent Design Network.
- Unfortunately, Ohio gets bullied into a tepid compromise over teaching evolution. The anti-science lobby is tickled pink.
- Cobb County, Georgia opens the door to pseudoscience in the name of "critical thinking" and "tolerance".
- The Creation Science homepage. Cosmologists might be especially interested in Evidences of a Young Universe.
- The Handy Dandy Evolution Refuter from The Creation Science Research Center.
- Darwinian Poetry.
- The Big Bang is a Kabbalist-Zionist plot: "What needs to be made perfectly clear now are two factors which blow NASA's masquerade as 'science' and reveal its true identity as an agent of a religion dedicated to the destruction of New Testament Christianity." From this rather disturbing web site.
- The Big Bang Theory vs. God's Word from The Christian Courier.
- A site claiming the Big Bang is a religious hoax. Now I'm really confused.
- The Evolution of Truth. A creationist discovers the Golden Mean. I can't wait 'til he hears about Napier's constant!
- The Official God FAQ.
- Quantum Mechanics, a Modern Goliath, by Hugh Ross, Ph.D (with links to other gems.) I agree with Ross on one thing: any cosmologist who makes use of the Anthropic Principle should be soundly beaten with a five iron.
- Copernicus was wrong: The Biblical Astronomer. Don't miss Massive Superstrings and the Firmament.
- The talk.origins archive.
- This just in: homeopathy doesn't work. For anything. (This did not need a study.)
- Major retail chains are caught selling counterfeit supplements. That's right: companies are now selling fake placebos.
- Seven questions to ask about becoming a homeopath. Conspicuously missing are: Do you have no respect whatsoever for the scientific method? Do you feel comfortable selling placebos to patients as if they were actual medicines? Did you know that gullible is not in the dictionary?
- Homeopathy Home Lots of links.
- ABC Homeopathy has a handy remedy finder: click on your symptoms and find out what to order. Plagued by buzzing in your ear, an itchy nose and hypochondria? Phosphorus. Have a persistent nosebleed made worse by high altitude? Sulphur should do the trick. Have a clenched jaw, dislike company and feel bloated in the morning? Nux Vomica.
- Structured Water: Wired goes goofy.
- New England Journal of Homeopathy. Not to be confused with that other journal.
- Homeopathy article from quackwatch.com.
- Article from The Skeptic's Dictionary.
- Veterinary homeopathy. For the new-age dog.
- Tim Minchin is awesome.
- The International Center for Reiki Training. Includes a request form for a remote Reiki healing, right over the web!
- Article on Reiki from The Skeptic's Dictionary.
- The Science of Reiki. "Reiki is `nonpolarized' subatomic energy that is released as a harmonic into energy blueprints (e.g. - the body) that are in a state of disharmony. Once it leaves the subatomic world, it must polarize because it is entering the physical, manifest world where it is acted upon by time. Because it is, by nature, a harmonic, it will polarize and form a `mirror image' of any disharmonious frequency in that energy blueprint, thereby restoring normal harmony and well being."
- David Herron's Reiki Page. Reiki works on your car too!
- Energetic Arts: "Reiki, EMF balancing, Tachyon Energy, and more!" Be sure to check out the diagram of how tachyons help your liver.
- The Reiki Council. Why do I get this image of little Anakin being taken to see Yoda and Samuel L. Jackson?
- Big surprise: placebo controlled studies show no effect.
- Of course, more research is needed, no matter how idiotic the premise.
- Buy-a-Mag Company. I especially like the $60 magnetic water cups and the portable "sauna".
- Magnetic jewelry from painreliever.com.
- These folks market a unipolar magnet, much better than dangerous bipolar magnets!
- Therapy Magnet FAQ from Discover Magnetics. "Some overzealous opportunists have glutted the market with seductive cheep [sic] prices for very low quality products leaving many consumers bewildered." I'm sure.
- The Pleidian (sic) Home Page.
- Alien artifacts in Chaco Canyon? Sure.
- The Melchizedek and Pleiadian Light Network. "In order to understand your multidimensional nature as your Higher Light you need to accept that you are all Master Beings of Love and Light." Besides, if it's challenging to spell, it must be profound.
- The writings of Aluna Joy.
- The Institute of Noetic Sciences funds studies like Effects of Intentionally Enhanced Chocolate on Mood ("Results: On the third day of eating chocolate, mood had improved significantly more in the intention conditions than in the control condition") and Quantum Optics: Is Psi a type of Knowledge? ("This study supports the idea that psi is a direct means of gaining knowledge, because knowledge of which-path information in a quantum optics system will cause the wave function to collapse."). Mmmm...enhanced chocolate.
- Roger Nelson at the Global Consciousness Project stares too long at random numbers.
- Lynne Mctaggart apparently needs to learn some actual quantum mechanics. Don't miss her blog, with articles like The Results of the 9/11 Peace Intention Experiment and Victory for the Jedi Knights. Lynne gets extra points for being an anti-vaccine wingnut to boot.
- The Institute of Heartmath. Start with the FAQ ("Heart intelligence is the flow of awareness, understanding and intuition we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart."), and then check out research such as The Psychophysiology of Entrepreneurial Intuition: A Quantum-Holographic Theory and Psychophysiological Correlates of Spiritual Experience. Naturally, they sell stuff like the EMWave Desktop. Heartmath's Dr. Rollin McCraty is of course on staff at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Global Coherence Initiative.
- Just in time, archaeologists discover a Mayan calendar that extends thousands of years past 2012.
- These folks asked to be included on this web page.
- Apocalypse 2012, by Lawrence E. Joseph, who also brought you Gaia: The Growth of an Idea.
- 2012: Dire Gnosis "has been set up as a data-base for information about the year 2012 ( not including Olympic games and political candidates for elections and similar trivia)." This voluminous site should probably get an award for bad web design.
- A video which explains that the 2012 apocalypse was predicted by Nostradamus.
- Armageddon Online has a list of possible catasrophes for us to look forward to, including a super volcano, a mega tsunami, World War III, and World War IV (which will presumably happen after World War III).
- Debunk this kind of nonsense with Bible prophecy.
- The Mathematics of Timewave Zero, the late Terence McKenna's theory of time. More on McKenna's, um, ideas can be found here. Don't miss this video, in which McKenna explains the nature of the 2012 singularity. Put down the bong, dude.
- All about 2012.
- A large connection of links to 2012 prophecies.
- My contribution to the scientific literature on the end of the world.
- Musings from Gary Gutting of Notre Dame: Did Zeus Exist?, Can Physics and Philosophy Get Along?, and, at the top of Mount Stupid, Mary and the Zombies. Please excuse me while I pound my head on my desk for four minutes straight.
- A New York Times article on rampant sexism in university philosophy departments. Really yucky stuff. Also see Being a Woman in Philosophy.
- Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!
- Physicalism: A False View of the World. "prime numbers do not exist in the physical world, therefore physicalism is false" (The author, Peter Mayer, is also hooked up with the Timewave Zero folks.) Reality Sandwich is a treasure trove of fun, including Letting Go of the Word "Energy", The Cellular Shaman, and How Clairvoyance and Energetic Boundaries Negotiate Change.
- What is it like to be a bat? by Thomas Nagel is widely cited as a classic of philosophy. (I think this says more about philosophy as a field than it does about the nature of reality.) Nagel is also the author of Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False. For those with shorter attention spans, Nagel has written a completely incoherent summary of his argument in the New York Times.
- Physicalism is Dead. (I thought Nietsche was dead. Or something.)
- Is Free Will Possible for the Physicalist? from Tough Questions Answered.
- At what point does something indistinguishable from gibberish become actual gibberish?
- What's this with Zeno's paradox? Evidently nobody in literary criticism takes calculus. (From Perforations.)
- Here's another gem from Vadim Linetski. (This is a peer reviewed article!)
- Postmodern Culture online journal.
- I have a feeling that if I understood this guy I would probably agree with him. As it is, I have no idea what the hell he's talking about.
- Beyond postmodernism? hypermodernism! "Virilio, a devotee of Mandelbrot's (1977) geometry of fractals, argues that cultural theory must take account of interruptions in the rhythm of human consciousness and 'morphological irruptions' in the physical dimension. Using his concept of 'picnolepsy' (frequent interruption) and Einstein's General Relativity Theory, he suggests that modern vision and the contemporary city are both the products of military power and time-based cinematic technologies of disappearance." (From CTHEORY.)
- Alan Sokal's infamous article, Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity, published in Social Text Spring/Summer 1996. A classic. Sokal's explanation of the hoax is required reading. (... but .. ahem.)
- A magnificent rant by Camille Paglia.
- Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish. Stanley Fish.
- Moms Against Mercury.
- Mothers for Natural Law, an anti-genetic engineering group.
- Mothers for Peace, another appropriately named anti-nuclear group.
- Where is my foreskin? Mothers Against Circumcision leads the struggle for genital integrity, despite the fact that male circumcision prevents transmission of HIV.
- Mothers Against Airport Pollution "plans to develop a website in the near future". I can't wait. (In the meantime, Jack Saporito has been kind enough to send me a link to this advocacy site detailing environmental effects on neighborhoods near O'Hare Airport. I am still not sure what this has to do with being a mother.)
- All of this concern can be good for sales.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Originally started as a laudable effort to counter lax attitudes toward drunk driving, MADD has evolved into a temperance society, and was long ago repudiated by its founder. Kudos to these college adminstrators for finally standing up to MADD's shrill bullying tactics: somebody needs to point out that virtually every other country in the world has a drinking age under 21, and most of them have so far failed to collapse into anarchy and bloodshed. Go here for a reasoned perspective on supposedly under-age drinking.
- Hwang Woo-Suk became famous for cloning human embryonic stem cells. Hwang has since resigned over fabricated data and ethical violations. Coercing your graduate students into giving you eggs is really, really creepy.
- Hendrik Shon was a high-profile, innovative researcher for Bell Labs. The only problem? He made it all up. Schon was apparently averaging a paper every eight days for more than a year, and nobody suspected anything? Here is an excellent article from Salon on the Schon case.
- Element 118 renamed Unobtanium. (Element 118 has since been legitimately discovered.)
- Be careful for whom you do a favor.
- John Baez exposes the Bogdanov brothers.
- An article in the New York Times (registration required). "It showed some originality and some familiarity with the jargon. That's all I ask."
- Follow the debate in sci.physics.research, including my comments and subsequent apology to the Bogdanovs.
- Paper from Nuovo Cimento. (PDF format.)
- Paper from Chinese Journal of Physics.
"It is not even wrong." - Wolfgang Pauli
A page dedicated to the ample evidence that we need better science education. Not everything here rises to Pauli's immortal description, but some of it does. Things like this are way too easy to find.
Junk Science: More Research is Needed
Science by publicity. There ought to be a Nobel Prize out there for the first researcher to discover that failing to find an effect is the best reason to do further research.
Vaccines, Mercury and Autism
I'm getting messages from my fillings.
Wind ResistanceThere is no way environmental activists could be against wind energy, right? Guess again.
Electromagnetic fields (EMF)Do low-frequency electromagnetic fields cause cancer? One in twenty studies says yes to 95% certainty.
Cell phones and cancer: I'd be more worried about wrecking my Explorer if I were you.
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
Hope you kept all that crap in your basement that you hoarded for the Y2K meltdown.
Earth destroyed. Film at 11.
This happens every time a new particle accelerator is commissioned.
Venerable junk science, and still going strong.
What lies below the ground state? Free energy!
Pushing on the steering wheel
NASA funds research into a "reactionless" rocket, which is like trying to move your car by pushing on the steering wheel.
Silicone Breast Implants
Guess what? They're perfectly safe.
Plastic Softeners (Phthalates)
Classic scare tactics from Greenpeace. This one hasn't been decisively proven to be bunk. Yet.
Depleted uranium is somewhat less toxic than lead. But it's radioactive!
No Longer a River in Egypt.
Global Warming is the king of all denial. It's going to take me a while to compile a good set of links on this one. There are just so many.
A blow to a bare head is a blow for freedom.
Religiously motivated science: God is my referee.
Excuse me, but your karma ran over my dogma.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices.
Would a placebo by any other name smell as sweet?
Reiki is Japanese for "Universal Life Force Energy". Or something.
But I thought EMF's were bad!
Are these the same extra dimensions as in string theory?
The End is Near (Again)
The Mayan long count calendar ended on December 21, 2012. The world didn't.
Oh, the Humanities!
I have recently come to realize that I have been missing out on the train wreck that is modern academic philosophy. No more. Because your argument is invalid.
I will admit that I don't really know what "postmodernism" actually
Listen to your Mother
Who could be against a concerned mother?
Making It Up
Nothing like a little old-fashioned fraud.
But is it Physics? The Bogdanov Affair.
Two brothers churn out apparent nonsense and call it field theory. Papers get published in peer-reviewed journals. Brothers get PhDs. Things only get murkier from there...