News From Around The Blogosphere 7.3.10

1. Age of Autism shills for no one…but themselves – And of course Lee Silsby, who sell drugs they claim can treat autism. Oh, never mind. Anyway, the website “Bling Is The New Black” is selling Age of Autism merchandise now, specifically $35.50 t-shirts, 15% of which goes to Age of Autism. Shit, did I say $35,50 t-shirts. For that price, they better have been provided by Jason and the Argonots.

2. In related news, Mr. Andy Wakefield is coming to NYC – He of course is the former Doctor Evil and now just Mr. Evil since he’s been stripped of his medical license 12 years after it should have been taken away. But for some reason an organization calling itself the National Autism Association is hosting him. They even have the stones to call him “Dr. Wakefield” while making a brief acknowledgment that he’s not a doctor. Yeah, and they pretty much gloss over the whole part about him being completely discredited in their description of the event. Fortunately, he’s chosen the wrong city to pollute and I vow to help lead the charge to make his stay in NYC as unpleasant an experience as possible.

3. Vampire slaying kits too rich for my blood – Mark Edward has an interesting piece on the growing number of vampire slaying kits being sold online. I’d love to keep one in my home as a conversation piece because they really are beautifully made. Just not at the prices they’re being sold, which would frighten both Van Helsing and Buffy.

4. Jimmy Carter calls religion one of the basic causes of female oppression – Holy shit this guy becomes more awesome with age!

5. Judge orders medical care for child instead of faith healing – In another perfect example of what’s the harm in religion, Circuit Judge Douglas V. Van Dyk gave the state temporary custody of the child and ordered medical treatment as directed by doctors at Oregon Health & Science University for a child of parents who believe in faith healing.

Timothy J. Wyland, 44,and Rebecca J. Wyland, 23,of Beavercreek appeared in court without an attorney. The couple, members of the Followers of Christ church, seemed stunned by events and close to tears.

The 1,200-member Followers of Christ church has received extensive media attention in recent years. The church rejects secular medicine and relies on faith-healing rituals — laying on of hands, anointing with oil, prayer and fasting — to treat illnesses.

At least a dozen Followers of Christ members attended Thursday’s hearing, including Carl Worthington, who was convicted last summer of criminal mistreatment for failing to provide adequate medical care to his fatally ill 15-month-old daughter.

Great job, judge. You may have single-handedly saved this kid’s life.

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