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And just for "balance":



(tip to Zach and as he says don't miss the mouse-over text)

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Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives By Michael Specter

Druids are Dumb

The Austrians have actually spent money on this, and amazingly they are going to spend more. I'm flabbergasted.

Austrian authorities say druids have been so successful in dealing with motorway accident blackspots in one area that they plan to extend the project nationwide.

...‘These energy lines and their flow cannot be grasped or measured therefore their existence is rejected by scientists.’

But Mr Tessmann claims the proof is in the results. ‘If you ask me to give you a scientific explanation, I can’t, I just know it works, and even critics can’t argue with our success rate,’ he said.

I know he said we can't argue with his success rate, but I'll give it a try anyway, Regression toward the mean

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday


Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

(tip to Joel)

Psychic Gary Spivey

Real Science vs. Psuedoscience

(tip to Joel)

The Jenny McCarthy Song

Let's make this one viral. Post it on your own blog. Send it to all your friends and especially those you know who are sympathetic to the anti-vaccinationist crowd.

The FDA and HuffPo Alternative Quackery

FDA Alert
The FDA is alerting the public to be wary of Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. The agency also is advising offending websites to take prompt action to correct and/or remove promotions of these fraudulent products or face enforcement action.

And quack central, aka Huffinton Post, is responding with this:

Author's note: This swine flu story on alternative and complementary medicine is not meant to replace anything you hear from you doctor, the WHO or the CDC, but is meant to show you some natural ways to enhance your overall wellness in addition to any medication you may need either to prevent or treat the flu.

PalMD reports: Shit wrapped in gold foil smells just the same as shit in a brown bag tied with twine.

Respectful Insolence has also weighed in on the subject.

If you see a disclaimer like the one above at your doctor's office turn and run. Can you imagine? Doctors note: The advice I dispense is not meant to replace that of your Homeopath, or other "alternative medicine" practitioner. I want your money but no responsibility for any bad advice I give you.

Open Mindedness

Storm by Tim Minchin

Oh my, this is delightful. Alternative medicine and pseudoscience take a well deserved 'beating.'

Dave Letterman with Bill Maher

Christmas in Las Vegas, the Iowa Caucuses, pharmaceuticals, and George Bush are the topics of discussion. In related news how can Bill Maher be so Ignorant

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Late Show w/David Letterman