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Quote for the Day

February 28, 2008

Something quick but timely, considering my current interest in woo.

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.

Carl Sagan

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Fun things

February 22, 2008

I’ve used this pic quite a few times now in forums. I thought I would put it here so I know where to find it, but others may find it amusing too. Enjoy.

David Tredinnick: Wow. I mean, woo.

February 22, 2008

You have to love British politics. At a quarter to two on the morning of the 20th of Feb, one David Tredinnick, MP, started a debate on complementary and alternative medicine, specifically homeopathy. Perhaps there was some convoluted procedural reason for starting a debate at that time of the morning, I don’t know, but to me it smacks of either embarassment or sneaky underhand goings-on. Anyway, his opening speech is available here, or more amusingly, in a post by Ben Goldacre on Badscience blog.

Tredinnick seems to be rather a champion for CAM; many of this parliamentary comments have been about alternative medicine in its various forms. One of his recent House of Commons debates is actually rather amusing, especially the response by Rob Marris.

However, Gimpy has to win an internet for this post on the subject! See also JQH here.

My next project is to find out whether Australian parliament has some equally deluded members. I often find parliamentary debates more like a bunch of kindergarteners yelling childish taunts at each other, no matter what the country. Britain has this lovely pompousness and formality with the ‘honourable Gentlemen and Ladies’. In Australian politics, it’s more likely to be ‘you mongrel’, ‘arselicker‘ or ‘mangy maggot‘. Still, as long as the political process works, right? So let’s hope David Tredinnick gets stomped on quick.

ETA: Well, well. David Tredinnick has struck again. Have a look at his idiotic support for a Dr. suspended by the GMC. The woman was clearly not acting in ‘her patients best interests’. Sounds like she’s a friend of his.

Mr Joseph Chikelue Obi vs. the Quackometer

January 23, 2008

Once again, the quacks are at it with the legal threats. This person in particular seems highly sensitive to criticism, despite the fact he draws a lot of it.

Magnificently blogged by No Nonsense! because the Quackometer‘s hosting company, Netcetera, is being rather spineless, and Le Canard Noir has been forced to take down the ‘offending’ pages, despite the fact no-one has explained what exactly is defamatory.

For other reading material on this character:

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2004/09/15/shamed-doctor-quizzed-72703-14644539/

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2004/08/21/shamed-doctor-probe-72703-14557214/

http://www.badscience.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4176

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/banned-doctor-claims-to-head-college-that-does-not-exist-266728.html

http://icteesside.icnetwork.co.uk/ic/sundaysun/tm_objectid=12504218%26method=full%26siteid=50081-name_page.html

I would encourage all bloggers with one iota of commonsense, a dislike of extortion and a liking for free speech to blog this issue.

Edit: other blogs with posts on this issue:

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/01/its_the_society_of_homoepathic_thugs_all.php

http://flammableflower.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/someone-else-tries-to-suppress-the-quackometer/

http://holfordwatch.info/2008/01/23/quackometer-blog-threatened-with-spurious-legal-action-again/

http://www.hyperactive-stage.co.uk/blog/blog_home.asp

http://thinking-is-dangerous.blogspot.com/2008/01/complimentary-and-alternative-medicine.html

http://soberish.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/ethical-quackery-the-monarchy-and-kate-moss/

http://shpalman.livejournal.com/8711.html

http://mugsandmoney.wordpress.com/2008/01/23/joseph-chikelue-obi/

On the lighter side:

LOLinator

Heh.

September 25, 2007

The purpose of this blog is to contribute to the worldwide conspiracy to destroy quacks, CAMmongers and fundamentalists of every stripe. MWAHAHAHAHAHA. Kidding, sort of.

Actually, as I was trying to come up with a name for this blog, I was playing around with alliterative words to describe my attitude towards all types of woo. One which describes my feelings is “aggravation”. No surprise there, but what made me giggle was the Related Ads that Thesaurus.com came up with:

Related Ads:
Homeopathic
Boiron Homeopathic Remedies
Natural Medicine
A Homeopathic Remedy
Homeopathic Cure Brighton

Anyway, take yourselves off to Badscience Forum and Badscience for lots of interesting sciency things by people who are much cleverer than I, and who also came up with the name for this blog after I gave up!