This Week in Epic Fails 2.10.10

1. Utah passes bill allowing women to view heartbeat of their 3-week-old fetus before abortion – Hope the anti-choicers are happy with the result because 3-week-old fetuses don’t have heartbeats:

Before HB200 cleared the chamber in a 53-15 vote, Minority Leader David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, unsuccessfully attempted to amend the bill to delete language he believed to be flat-out false, referring to viewing the heartbeat of a fetus at three weeks.”It is not medically accurate,” Litvack said. “It’s not possible. It does not exist.”

Litvack read from a physician’s e-mail that said you could expect to see embryonic cardiac activity at about six weeks from the woman’s last period.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, the bill’s sponsor, disputed Litvack’s claim.

“There are arguments on both sides of the issue,” Wimmer, R-Herriman, said.

I’m sure there are, Carl. The problem is that reality is only on ONE side, the side that says that there isn’t a human fetus on Earth that has a heart at 3 weeks, let alone a heartbeat.

2. Left Brain/Right Brain demolishes J.B. Handley’s latest moronery – Yup, Handley trots out the old “too much too soon” gambit and gets a detailed response explaining precisely why it’s complete garbage.

Oh, and speaking of anti-vaccine lunatics. . .

3. The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN–that’s really their acronym, hehe) is being audited – It couldn’t happen to more deserving folks:

THE BANGALOW-BASED Australian Vaccination Network will undergo a full audit by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing following complaints it has been unlawfully fundraising.

Charity inspectors are expected to soon visit the organisation’s office to examine records and interview staff to check if it has been operating in breach of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991.

Awwwwwwww! That’s a shame, a damned, damned shame.

4. Evolution Fucked Your Shit Up: The World’s 50 Freakiest Animals – Step right up, folks. And welcome to the greatest show on Earth. See the Sea Pig, the snake with legs, the Aye-Aye (which I called the MonkeySquirrelRodent a year and a half ago), the Hairy Frog, the Human-Faced Carp, the Axolotl, the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Thorny Devil Lizard, the Hagfish, the Seadevil, the Goblin Shark, the Purple Frog, the Pygmy Marmoset, the Sea Dragon, the Tarsier, the Angora Rabbit, the Blobfish, the Wrinkle-Faced Bat, the Dumbo Octopus, the Liger, and many more–they’re all here!!!!

Mother nature is a mad scientist!

Made of pure cute

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3 Responses to This Week in Epic Fails 2.10.10

  1. ts121790 says:

    You forgot Michael Shermer politicizing the Skepticblog, inciting an entirely unneeded flame war between the liberal skeptics and libertarian skeptics. Not sure how debating economics is going to further skepticism.

  2. […] epic fail that’s closer to home Yesterday, when I posted about several stories that I grouped under the collective category of epic fails, one commenter pointed out one that I’d forgotten to include, one within the skeptical […]

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