J.B. Handley drinking game

May 18, 2011

The latest blog by Generation Rescue’s J.B. Handley posted over at that wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Age of Autism has inspired me to create a drinking game. The piece is a long rant against David Gorski titled, Dr. David Gorski’s Unique Brand of Moronism.

Here are the rules of the drinking game, which while designed for this particular article, should probably fit any Handley article:

1. Drink every time Handley uses an ad hominem argument

2. Drink every time Handley acknowledges he’s using an ad hominem but then still treats it as if it’s a legitimate argument anyway.

3. Drink every time Handley suggests the mere use of a pen name invalidates a critic’s position.

4. Drink every time Handley pulls a Donald Trump by asserting his critic’s respectable medical credentials aren’t respectable at all even though he himself as no medical credentials at all.

5. Drink every time Handley uses scare quotes.

6. Drink twice every time Handley uses scare quotes more than once in a single sentence.

7. Drink every time Handley tries to paint his critic as just a big meanie while implying he would never sink so low (ignoring that he himself reluctantly was pressured to give up the domain pauloffit.com, where the site’s sole purpose was to flame one of his leading critics).

8. Drink every time Handley references either his own parental status or his critic’s not being a parent, or uses that status  as a rationale for his knowledge (scare quotes could not be used around the word knowledge because scare quotes are now an official trademark of J.B. Handley) and/or behavior.

9. Drink twice every time Handley explicitly mentions he’s a parent of a kid with autism or special needs.

10. Drink every time Handley applies circular reasoning by just asserting vaccines cause autism or neurological injury as if it were a fact.

11. Drink every time Handley embeds or links to a video where we’re supposed to see a demonstration of some irrelevant point he’s making and the clip doesn’t actually even demonstrate that point.

12. Drink if Handley just trash talks for at least eight paragraphs and then treats it as if it were some brief diversion from some larger and more legitimate point.

13. Drink twice if that larger and more legitimate point turns out to be just more trash talking.

14. Drink every time Handley (who once endorsed a photoshopped image of his critics sitting at a Thanksgiving table preparing to eat a baby) charges his critic with un-professional conduct and immaturity while never addressing the actual criticisms themselves.

15. Drink every time Handley compares or contrasts his critics with fictional doctors on TV or in films.

16. Drink every time Handley chooses to pretend a significant scientific distinction is nothing more than a game of semantics even though it’s already been thoroughly explained why it isn’t.

17. Drink every time Handley refers to, “feeding the hungry lie,” applying the same circular reasoning of asserting vaccines cause autism or neurological injury even when all the evidence is squarely against that hypothesis.

18. Drink every time Handley applies the long debunked “too much, too soon” gambit or poses an unfalsifiable hypothesis.

19. Drink every time Handley asserts that the ingredients in the vaccines are dangerous despite all the evidence to the contrary.

20. Drink twice if mentions an ingredient that is either naturally produced in the body or that the body is regularly exposed to in larger quantity than is found in any vaccine such as formaldehyde or aluminum.

21. Drink if Handley just copy and pastes the ingredient list, counting on scary names like 2-phenoxyethanol or polydimethylsilozone to create fear, even though you suspect he has no idea what the ingredients are.

22. Drink every time Handley references mercury or thimerosal as if that isn’t the single most debunked anti-vaccine claim of them all.

23. Drink every time Handley plugs one of his other shitty websites.

24. Drink every time Handley disingenuously suggests he’s not really anti-vaccine but is completely open to the possibility that vaccines don’t cause autism.

25. Drink twice if this comes at some point after he’d already asserted vaccines cause autism as if it were a fact.

26. Drink every time Handley claims to know what a real doctor would do or say despite not being one.

27. Drink every time Handley suggests anecdotes make an adequate substitute for epidemiological data.

28. If you’re still alive, donate your body to science.

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Happy birthday skeptical friends

August 8, 2010

This Saturday, two prominent skeptical heroes celebrated a birthday. James “The Amazing” Randi, the father of the modern skeptical movement, turned 82, which some of us feared last year he might never reach until he kicked cancer’s ass.

It was also the birthday of Dr. David Gorski, who writes at Science-Based Medicine as well as at one of my favorite science blogs under an alias.

Happy birthday guys. Stay rational!

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Introducing the Institute for Science and Medicine

December 1, 2009

The gang that brought us the Science-Based Medicine blog among a list of 42 physicians from around the world, comes the Institute for Science and Medicine.

Here’s their mission statement:

The ISM is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting high standards of science in all areas of medicine and public health.  We are a watchdog group of medical professionals who believe the best science available should be used to determine health policy and establish a standard of care that protects and promotes the public health.  We oppose legislation that seeks to erode the science-based standard of care and expose the public to potentially fraudulent, worthless, or harmful medical practices or products.

Two of its founders, Steven Novella and David Gorski, have blogged about it.


J.B. Handley confuses mirror reflection for David Gorski

November 12, 2009

I’ve blogged about Age of Autism’s insipid attacks on their critics before. And I’ve blogged about their favorite tactic of projecting their own faults onto their critics before. And I’ve blogged about what a douchebag J.B. Handley is before in an article where I singled him out specifically as a “Master Projectionist” and which I know for a fact that he’s see since he left a comment (which I didn’t delete because I have far more intellectual integrity than Handley’s site administrators over at Age of Autism, who have never allowed a single critical comment I’ve ever made on their site no matter how polite I was). And I’ve blogged about the complete dishonesty of Age of Autism and Handley’s organization Generation Rescue with regard to the recent Desiree Jennings case.

Well, Handley’s back with a new tirade against David Gorski that makes me think he’s out to become the new Glenn Beck, titled, “Dr. David Gorski Jumps the Shark over Desiree Jennings Case.”

Now as a quick aside, being a media guy, even the title pisses me off because despite Handley’s acknowledgement of the origin of the term “jumping the shark,” he still uses it divorced from any television context. People don’t even use the term for filmmakers. Jumping the shark is a term that specifically describes an episode of a television show that definitively marks the beginning of that shows downfall. Often audiences jump the gun and declare an episode has jumped the shark (pardon the mixed metaphor) too early. For example, many people were claiming that Lost jumped the shark early in season two. But applying the term to real life just makes you look juvenile (or more so in Handley’s case). But his usage of the term also annoys me because obviously Handley has despised Gorski and his position for years, so declaring a blog that’s nothing unusual for Gorski his “jumping the shark” moment is laughable. Handley’s clearly thought every critic of his has jumped the shark years ago, so it seems as though he’s just being over-dramatic to draw in more readers because nothing has changed.

Okay, moving on. Handley then fails to get through a paragraph before harping on his personal favorite trivial fact that in addition to blogging under his own name, Gorski also blogs under a pen name, something that’s no secret to anyone who does even the slightest bit of research considering Gorski often reposts the same blog in different locations under his real name on one site and under his pen name on another. But despite this being no secret, Handley seems to never tire of trying to “out” him by revealing both identities as if he thinks this proves what a great detective he is or something or thinks that knowing this non-secret gives him some power over Gorski.

Then, for many paragraphs, Handley just flings his feces at Gorski, for instance, by calling him “the bitchy diva of Scienceblogs” (PZ Myers? PalMD? Jason Rosenhouse? Abbie Smith?). Could you be more specific, Handley? And bitchy diva? Are you sure you weren’t just looking in the mirror?

Handley next uses his second favorite tactic, scare quotes:

For those of you unfamiliar with this odious “doctor”, note that he is exceptionally proud of himself for his blogging status:

No Handley. Gorski actually is a doctor, you’re the one who just plays one on the internet.

This is followed by a long string of short, random, cut-up quotes mined from Gorski’s many blogs compiled together to create the illusion that Gorski is full of himself and his own biggest fan.

For those of you unfamiliar with this odious “doctor”, note that he is exceptionally proud of himself for his blogging status:

“As far as I’ve yet been able to ascertain, I’m the only academic surgeon with R01 funding in the world with an active — and, even more shockingly, even a somewhat popular — blog.”

He’s also very proud that he got into medical school:

“I got into the University of Michigan Medical School, which got around 3,000 applications every year for around 180 positions.”

And, that he studied like a real demon:

“So insane was I that one year I took 17 credits in the fall semester, all but 3 of which were hard-core science classes, including graduate level biochemistry, and then did the same thing again the next semester.”

And, his hobbies are quite expansive:

“My recreation of choice most evenings these days is to blog. It truly is my hobby.”

But enough on his fascinating background.

Of course, anyone who bothers to read Gorski’s blogs who doesn’t have an axe to grind will find that Handley’s quote-mining doesn’t bare any resemblance at all Gorski’s writings. And while I’m used to Handley’s other tactics, this one in particular somehow strikes me as the most despicable and dishonest. This isn’t even good by quote-mining standards. Anyone could do what Handley does to create whatever image they please of those they’re attacking. It requires no skill at all. I could collect a huge library of sentences from Handley’s many writings and cut them up to make Handley appear however I please. But I won’t because I’m not a dishonest douchebag like Handley.

This is followed by, surprise-surprise, it’s more feces-flinging:

I remain amazed by Dr. Gorski’s angry, disrespectful, biting, caustic, and immature approach that he uses in criticizing other physicians who he doesn’t agree with. You want to take a guy like me to task, no problem. But, physician to physician? It strikes me as being wildly unprofessional, particularly in an area like medicine, where so much remains that we truly do not understand.

Angry? Disrespectiful? Biting? Caustic? Immature? Pot. Kettle. Black. J.B., if you really can’t see that all of these adjectives describe the very blog in which you use them to describe Gorski, then you truly have an amazing capacity for self-deception. And which physicians are you claiming Gorski is attacking? Cause every expert in a field relevant to the Desiree Jennings case agrees with him. And really, J.B., it’s sad that Gorski should have to address the claims of someone like you. Really,  actual physicians shouldn’t have to refute the proposterous claims of scientifically illiterate clowns like yourself. In a fair fight, you’d be debating an intellectual equal like Carrie Prejean or Sarah Palin.

Dr. Gorski, I know why other scientists and doctors don’t blog: they are interested in maintaining a decorum and professionalism in their chosen profession that you have long since abandoned. How does his blogging style translate to Dr. Gorski’s bedside manner with patients? Let’s just hope he has multiple personalities.

Handley, allow me to introduce you to the internet, a place where hundreds of physicians can be found blogging about all matters of topics that interest them. But if blogging is so beneath you then maybe you should give it up yourself. Maybe you should be asking how does J.B.’s blogging style translate to his personality in the real world? Let’s just hope he has multiple personalities.

Then FINALLY, Handley begins to address the actual Jennings case a good several hundred words into his short blog.

The Desiree Jennings case appears to be bringing out the absolute worst in many of the bloggers who oppose our community.

You’re tellin’ me. I even heard of this one organization called Generation Rescue who used their unofficial blog, Age of Autism, to exploit Ms. Jennings’ tragedy as part of a massive propaganda campaign to sell a whole bunch of pseudo-scientific crap to the public.

As one example, I read a post by Dr. Steven Novella where he “reported” on a string of events involving Generation Rescue and the Desiree Jennings case that had no basis in reality and was simply false. We have neurologists breaking tabloid-level stories? Dr. Novella as investigative journalist? Too funny.

Oh, there go those scare quotes again. Classic Handley. Of course Dr. Novella actually IS a neurologist and thus is exactly the kind of person whose professional opinions we should be listening to in this case. As are the neurologists and dystonia advocacy groups he consulted. But no, you think it’s hilarious that anyone should listen to actual experts when they can listen to some non-expert on the internet with a clear professional bias. This isn’t a “tabloid” story; it’s a story that is directly rooting in medical science and specifically in the field of neurology. Point me to a single expert in that field who will back up your position and provide sufficient evidence for it. Where are they, J.B.? The experts agree that not only is Ms. Jennings not suffering from dystonia at all (as your organization directly claimed), but that there’s no precedent for her symptoms ever occuring as a result of a vaccine (as your organization directly claimed).

Challenging Ms. Jennings’ original diagnosis of dystonia. Since when do doctors make long-distance video-only diagnoses?

When the symptoms don’t even come close to resembling the alleged original “diagnosis.” That’s like calling out doctors for disagreeing with a diagnosis of AIDS when the patient clearly shows only symptoms of cancer. It’s kind of a no-brainer there. But as I pointed out the last time you vultures made this complaint,

Well, not only is Generation Rescue’s unofficial blog, Age of Autism, continuing to promote the lie that Generation Rescue is still actively helping Ms. Jennings despite the fact that they have no medical resources to do so, but they have the audacity to express outrage at the medical and dystonia experts for speculating without having examined Jennings personally while they see no inconsistency in continuing themselves to wildly speculate on her condition despite their lack of medical expertise and obvious conflict of interest. Apparently, the anti-vaxxers see conflicts of interests everywhere except in their own backyards.

Oh, I forgot the most amusing part of Handley’s complaint:

Don’t these doctors realize, by offering up potentially false commentary on the nature of Ms. Jennings diagnosis in a story that has captivated the world, that they will one day be called to task for such a glaring breach of medical ethics?

No, that’s you projecting again, J.B. And captivated the world? Are you serious? Her story was covered on one Fox News show and Inside Edition. I’d bet real money that if you polled people on the street, 99 out of a 100 of them would have never even heard of Desiree Jennings. Get over yourself, Handley. The internet doesn’t have the bandwith to contain your enormous ego.

Claiming Ms. Jennings condition is all in her head.

Oh, the irony! Condemning Doctors Novella and Gorski for misrepresenting your position when you so despicably misrepresent their position.

Claiming the flu shot couldn’t possibly cause her condition. Once again, how on earth does a long-distance doctor determine this?

No doctor DID determine this as this is merely your straw man to avoid addressing their actual position:

Normally I try to refrain from making medical diagnoses in public cases – but Jennings has now inserted herself in to the anti-vaccine movement, and is using her own case to “warn about the dangers of vaccines.” To mitigate the damage to public health brought about by misinformation in this case, I think it is necessary to provide some expert opinion.

. . .

This also seems to be the consensus opinion of experts who have viewed this case. The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation had this to say about the case:

Because of the concern of individuals with dystonia as to whether or not to get a flu shot because of this reported case, we have sought the opinion of dystonia experts on this case. Based on the footage that has been shared with the public, it is their unanimous consensus that this case does not appear to be dystonia.

. . .

It is therefore highly unlikely that whatever Jennings is suffering from now had anything to do with the flu vaccine she received in August. Unfortunately, this is not stopping irresponsible news coverage or exploitation by anti-vaccinationists.

Okay, now what’s YOUR EXCUSE for passionately defending an alleged diagnosis both without personally examining Jennings and in light of your not even being a doctor?

To hell with what doctors who did examine her actually determined, we are the only arbiters of truth. It’s nuts.

That’s already your attitude about all doctors that disagree with you about vaccines (99% of all doctors in the world). But again, when the symptoms don’t even remotely resemble the alleged diagnosis, red flags are raised:

Jennings does not display the type of movements that are consistent with dystonia. Her speech and movement are, however, very suggestive of a psychogenic disorder.

This also seems to be the consensus opinion of experts who have viewed this case. The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation had this to say about the case:

Because of the concern of individuals with dystonia as to whether or not to get a flu shot because of this reported case, we have sought the opinion of dystonia experts on this case. Based on the footage that has been shared with the public, it is their unanimous consensus that this case does not appear to be dystonia.

If a doctor says their patient broke their left foot while you can clearly see them walking perfectly but with motionless right arm dangling, you don’t throw up your hands and proclaim that well, the doctor who examined them can’t be wrong…but every other doctor is the world is completely 100% wrong about the efficacy and safety of vaccines. That’s just asshole dumb.

But Handley continues:

Claiming she couldn’t possibly recover from a condition she didn’t even have.

Nope. Wrong again:

We were also careful to point out that this does not mean she is “faking”, that her symptoms are not real, and that she is not suffering from a genuine and debilitating disorder. Simply that the nature of the disorder is likely psychogenic and not due to any specific brain pathology, caused by a vaccine or anything else.

Jennings claimed, however, that her doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed her with dystonia and concluded it was from the vaccine. We have only her word to take for this as her doctors, understandably (given the rules of confidentiality) have not made any public statements. Jennings could give them leave to do so, but apparently hasn’t.

Then it came to light the vaccine adverse event reporting systems (VAERS) report that is likely the one Jennings made indicates from the hospital records that:

The admitting neurologist felt that there was a strong psychogenic component to the symptomology, and made a final diagnosis of weakness.

. . .

Last Friday I predicted:

Further, Jennings is now in the hands of the Generation Rescue anti-vaccine quacks. I predict that they will be able to “cure” her, because psychogenic disorders can and do spontaneously resolve. They will then claim victory for their quackery in curing a (non-existent) vaccine injury.

This is now exactly what has happened.

More unintentional irony on the part of Handley:

It’s great to watch these “doctors” dig themselves into a bigger and bigger hole. I’m not sure doctors like David Gorski realizes how silly their comments look to the average American and how much they have exposed themselves as the true story of what Desiree went through emerges.

Yes, clearly it’s the “average American” whose scientific opinions are called for here, not the opinions of experts. Forget all that complicated science. Just say things that Joe Sixpack will understand regardless of how brick stupid it is. That’s the J.B. Handley way!


News From Around The Blogosphere 12.24.08

December 25, 2008

But Faux News told me atheists hate Christmas? – Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris explain what they’re doing for Christmas.

Michael Egnor of the creationist Discovery Institute returns to attack Steve Novella and Orac - Novella and Egnor have been battling it out for some time on their blogs. Every time this has resulted in Egnor making tired logically fallacious arguments to knock down materialism in order to leave room for his own brand of nonsense. And every time Novella has demolished every one of Egnor’s arguments. Now Egnor is moving onto defending “Alternative Medicine” against both Novella and Orac, both of which in addition to having their own blogs, write for the Science-Based Medicine blog. And once again, Steve Novella knocks down his logical fallacies. Orac also responds here.

Did an angel save this woman’s daughter? – Nope.

Festive medical myths – Some of these overlap with those covered in a video embedded in a previous blog.

Inventive things for atheists to autograph – Some people have had Richard Dawkins sign a banana, of course referencing Ray Comforts infamous “atheist nightmare.” Someone has gotten Matt Stone of South Park to autograph a Bible. And resurrecting Crackergate, someone has gotten PZ Myers to autograph an unconsecrated communion wafer:

Has your Nintendo Wii been beating you up? - Or did you just fall down some stairs?

According to Dr. Dev Mukerjee of Broomfield Hospital: “There has been a 100 percent increase in patients complaining of Wii-itis.” Turns out, Wii-itis is their word for playing so much Wii that you injure yourself. Astonishingly, up to ten people per week are being “hospitalized with injuries caused by playing Nintendo Wii games,” which has forced medical personnel to “issue warnings of the dangers associated with the video game system.”

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyChocolate, Wine, Tea Improve Brain Performance -“According to Oxford researchers working with colleagues in Norway, chocolate, wine and tea enhance cognitive performance.

The team from Oxford’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Norway examined the relation between cognitive performance and the intake of three common foodstuffs that contain flavonoids (chocolate, wine, and tea) in 2,031 older people (aged between 70 and 74).”


New Type Of Laser Discovered -”A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered an entirely new mechanism for making common electronic materials emit laser beams. The finding could lead to lasers that operate more efficiently and at higher temperatures than existing devices, and find applications in environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.”

Unwanted Memories Might Be Erasable – “In a discovery that may one day lead to the ability to erase debilitating painful memories and addictions from the brain, researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have found that a molecule known to preserve memories – PKMzeta – specifically stores complex, high-quality memories that provide detailed information about an animal’s location, fears, and actions, but does not control the ability to process or express this information. This finding suggests that PKMzeta erasure that is designed to target specific debilitating memories could be effective against the offending memory while sparing the computational function of brain.”

THE FUNNIES:

To all of our friends. . .
and a couple of our enemies:

Happy Saturnalia!
Happy Yule!
Happy Dies Natalis Solis Invicti !
Happy Kwanzaa!
Merry Christmastide! (aka Christmas!)
Happy Festivus!
Happy Chrismakkah!
Happy Monkey!

And to Bill O’Reilly: Happy Chanukkah!

War is Over (if you want it)



News From Around The Blogosphere 9.29.08

September 30, 2008

The Economist explains why the research regarding possible dangers of cell phones remains inconclusive

David Gorski explains how he became a major critic of the antivaccine crowd & reviews Paul Offit’s book

American purity balls and brainwashing young children – I’ve heard about these before and I find the whole thing extraordinarily creepy and disturbing.

POLITICAL NEWS:

Democrat Kay Hagan pulls ahead of Republican Elizabeth Dole – As you may recall, Dole criticized Hagan almost exactly 1 month ago for having the audacity to meet with secular organizations. . .you know, atheists. So I hope Hagan kicks Dole’s ass.

Hell No, We Won’t Coal – Al Gore is calling on the nation’s youthful, unemployed, and unwashed to commit civil disobedience to stop construction of new coal plants that don’t install carbon capturing technologies. Coal is one of the most plentiful, non-renewable energy resources on the planet and 40% of our electricity comes from coal-burning power plants, but it’s terrible on the environment.

CREATIONIST NEWS:

Another absurd creationist rip-off of the Randi Million Dollar Challenge w/ an impossible to reach goalpost – Now it’s the creationist who got Richard Dawkins’ website banned in Turkey has offered:

“10 trillion Turkish lira to anyone who produces a single intermediate-form fossil demonstrating evolution” – a sum roughly equal to £4.4trn.

PZ Myers calculates that to be $8,010,890,000,000. Eight trillion, ten billion, eight hundred and ninety million dollars. Of course creationists have tried this gambit before. The trick is that they’re asking for a single fossil that will prove evolution because they believe (or profess to believe) despite being corrected many, many times that evolution means that individual fossils should resemble some sort of hybrid or chimera like Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort’s classic straw man, The Crocoduck. Evolution can’t be proven with a single fossil because the very nature of evolution requires the comparative analysis of many fossils:

Did Kirk Cameron’s obscure and undoubtedly crappy Christian movie only in limited release do better than the mainstream blockbuster “Eagle Eye?” – Depends on who you ask. If you ask Kirk’s partner in crime, Ray “The Banana Guy” Comfort, then the answer is yes. If you ask any other rational person, the answer is not even close. ON his blog, Ray cites advanced ticket sales:

“In terms of advance sales, Cameron’s Fireproof, an ultra-low-budget marriage-minded family drama opening on about 800 screens, has smoked LaBeouf’s $105 million, opening-everywhere thriller Eagle Eye.

Fireproof accounted for a whopping 40 percent of all advance sales this week on Fandango, the ticket service said today. Eagle Eye was a distant second, representing 17 percent of sales. Through Wednesday, Fireproof was leading the week with 23 percent of all advance sales. No other movie, “Eagle Eye” included, was even in double digits.”

Of course many of the commenters on Ray’s blog pointed out the problems with this so-called victory. Kirk’s little movie got terrible reviews. One commenter reported that “Eagle Eye still made $29.2 million in its opening weekend, compared to Fireproof’s $6.5 million, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations.” Another commenter wrote: “Just what are “advance sales” for films? I’m picturing an organization (an evangelical church perhaps) buying up reams of tickets and telling members to go.” Another wrote, “Why exactly should advance ticket sales through Fandango mean anything? . . . That puts Eagle Eye at $8,305 per theater, and Fireproof at $7,764 per theater. Without even taking into consideration whether Fireproof opened only in areas where it was more likely to do well (and not in those in which the opposite was true), Eagle Eye still did better on a per-theater basis. All you’ve really said is that more people chose to buy advance tickets through Fandango for Fireproof than for Eagle Eye. I assure you, this holds significance for no one except Fandango”

Charlie’s Playhouse – A website that sells Evolution-friendly toys to children.

Mercury Retrograde – a term hijacked by the astrologers

WHAT’S THE HARM?

Can tithing hurt you during a financial crisis? – Some Christians are continuing to tithe (give 10% of their income to church) despite not being able to pay their mortgage, once again proving that belief in religion and superstition does great harm.

And another example of what’s the harm:

Here’s Age of Autism’s latest blog:

“If you don’t like the way your tax dollars are being spent, or not spent, on autism research, this is your chance to speak up and take action. The strategic plan (SP) for autism research will guide federal spending on autism research for the next five years, subject to annual updates.”

Everyone who is even the slightest bit concerned about autism, the hosts of virtually extinct diseases that could return if enough people stop vaccinating, and the idea of medical science being directed by scientifically illiterate quacks should find this proposal absolutely frightening.

THE MORE YOU KNOW: POPULAR MYTHS

The healthy human body is exactly 98.6 degrees F – This medical myth is FALSE

EPIC FAIL!

Crackergate launches a revolution on TouTube – Once again Catholic outrage over something has drawn far more attention to it than existed prior to their outrage. Now YouTubers are making their own videos “desecrating” the Eucharist. Good job. Way to fail, Catholics:

“His videos began two months ago with the user saying into a webcam that he denied the Holy Spirit, then splitting a host in half and eating it with disrespect.”

Please somebody tell me how one eats a cracker with disrespect, because I’ve got a Nabisco cracker that has pissed me off the last time. Then I got to get me a communion wafer of my own to defile. If anyone can get me a communion wafer, please let me know. I will defile it worse than any god made of crackers has ever been defiled before. Here is one YouTuber cited in the article who’s really going to town on these wafers. I particularly like this one where the body of Christ gets nailed:

AND NOW A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record – “Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have set a world record in solar cell efficiency with a photovoltaic device that converts 40.8 percent of the light that hits it into electricity. This is the highest confirmed efficiency of any photovoltaic device to date.”

Brain Disorder Leaves Patient Always ‘Lost’ -”Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute recently documented the first case of a patient who, without apparent brain damage or cognitive impairment, is unable to orient within any environment. Researchers also believe that there are many others in the general population who may be affected by this developmental topographical disorder.”

Dark Energy: Is It Merely An Illusion? – “Dark energy is at the heart of one of the greatest mysteries of modern physics, but it may be nothing more than an illusion, according physicists at Oxford University.”

NASA’s Dirty Secret: Moon Dust – “The Apollo Moon missions of 1969-1972 all share a dirty secret. “The major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was dust, dust, dust,” says Professor Larry Taylor, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee. Fine as flour and rough as sandpaper, Moon dust caused ‘lunar hay fever,’ problems with space suits, and dust storms in the crew cabin upon returning to space.”


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