1. Federal Trade Commission bringing the hammer down on Kevin Trudeau – I’ve talked about Trudeau before. I call refer to him as a professional murderer, which, while seeming hyperbolic, is close to being true. His bogus health advice gets people killed. And the government’s had a hell of a time trying to put the man out of business permanently by squeezing a lousy few million dollars out of him even though that’s only a drop in the bucket given how much he’s made off of getting people killed. As an example of his amazing health advice, he promotes a diet plan, which he claims is easy, that involves eating no more than 500 calories a day. He calls it a cure “they don’t want you to know.” I call it the Auschwitz Diet.
2. New creationist film premieres at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History – The film is called Darwin’s Dilemma, and it’s another creationist mockumentary. Its focus is to attack the Cambrian fossil record. Of course it will no doubt be a whole load of crap but the real story here is that a reputable science museum agreed to host a showing of the film. Hey, maybe PZ can get expelled from another creationist film screening.
3. Darwin film fails to get distribution in U.S. until a bidding war started – First, it was looking like the film Creation, about Darwin wasn’t going to get distribution in the U.S. because evolution is controversial in the U.S. as opposed to the rest of the civilized world. But the latest update on this story suggests that there’s a bidding war for the film’s distribution rights. There was also a brief myth going around that that Mel Gibson’s distribution company (the same company that distributed The Passion of the Christ) bankrolled the film. This turned out to be not true.