Another brief post. Today, I’ll be mostly looking at homeopathic paranoia. Read the rest of this entry »
Just a very brief post pointing out what I think is the funniest part of the Society of Homeopaths’ press statement / response to Polly Toynbee’s rather wonderful CiF piece. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve seen a few websites set up to tackle individuals before – like, say, Sylvia Browne. I don’t think I can recall, however, seeing two websites set up for the same individual. Read the rest of this entry »
Several people seem to have picked up on the use of purple and similar colours on ‘woo’ sites. I wondered if woo sites used more purple than other sites. EDIT: Purple is definitely not the woo colour of choice. It’s green. Bright green. Shield your eyes… http://www.jabs.org.uk/forum/ Read the rest of this entry »
Nor any drop to drink. With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I’m using just a tiny amount of his poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ in the hope that this tiny amount, heavily diluted with my own words (and succussed when I bang my head on the keyboard in frustration, most likely) will prove to be more powerful than the original. Sounds like a load of old cock? It is – but so is homeopathy and still we have ‘water, water everywhere’. The latest example I’ve spotted is… Read the rest of this entry »
Just a quick rant. I’m getting sick of organisations and individuals who express their viewpoint and then do the equivalent of running away with their fingers in their ears shouting ‘lalala’. I find this incredibly frustrating and I’m not sure what (if anything) it achieves. This failure to engage can be seen on many websites from anti-vaccine forums through online newspaper columns and even MP’s blogs.
The SoH Controversy
The SoH (The Society of Homeopaths) has done something rather silly. They’ve made legal threats over a blog post that points out (quite truthfully) that they do not effectively regulate their members. This has been highlighted on many sites now, but blogger Gimpy has taken the ball and run with it. This page on the use of a House of Lords report in a SoH press release http://gimpyblog.wordpress.com/2007/10/12/society-of-homeopaths-make-themselves-look-silly/ follows Gimpy’s recent post dealing with the Le Canard Noir / Society of Homoeopaths issue (see the third link in th ehuge list at the bottom of this page) and relates to a press release that was put out by the SoH last month. The House of Lords report has some revealing Q&A – look out for Q538 from Lord Broers. Now, Gimpy has a new post dealing with the SoH website and potential breaches of their own code of ethics. Link: http://gimpyblog.wordpress.com/2007/10/14/society-of-homeopaths-breach-own-code-of-ethics-on-website/. How embarrassing is that? To advertise your code of ethics and break it on the very same website!
The Quackometer blog about the Society of Homeopaths follows, with links to 40+ other bloggers covering this issue (links obtained from DC Science and Gimpy’s blog). UPDATE 18th October: JQH is the latest blog to be added. pvandck and homeopathiccomplaints are also new.
The quackometer blog has had this post taken down due to ludicrous legal threats from the Society of Homoeopaths (SoH):
Here they are:
http://www.sciencepunk.com/v5/ Check out the Awesome Science Videos
http://www.badscience.net Blog, miniblog, forum – it’s got everything.
http://transform-drugs.blogspot.com/ Evidence-based drugs policy campaigners
http://hawk-handsaw.blogspot.com/ Homeopathy a hot topic here at the mo.
http://www.quackometer.net/ An old favourite. Not just a blog, but a quackometer service.
shpalman.livejournal.com There is some absolutely cracking stuff on here. Particularly on homeopathy.
http://jaycueaitch.wordpress.com/ A letter that should be sent – worth reading.
http://gimpyblog.wordpress.com/ DC on C4 – check the subtitled video.
Some Atheist Sites: http://www.thebricktestament.com/
Another new site: http://boyscientist.blog.co.uk/ (well, it’s new to me anyway).
Skeptical Surfer (Host of the 78th Skeptics’ Circle)