The Mainstream Media and the PCC

July 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm (Media) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

[Updated, 30th July] As the phone hacking storm raged, and the PCC Chair claimed that she was lied to by the News of the World over phone hacking, two newspapers might have thought they could breathe a sigh of relief. At least the scandalous goings on at the News of the World may have deflected some attention from the Sun and the Daily Mirror – who have been in the High Court facing charges of contempt of court. Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeopathy and Claims to Treat or Cure

July 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm (Homeopathy) (, )

One of the adverts under a post I’d written on homeopathy led me to this page. A member of the Society of Homeopaths was claiming on their website to be able to cure a number of conditions – including herpes, depression, allergies, and chronic headaches. As the Nightingale Collaboration pointed out earlier this year, the ASA were: Read the rest of this entry »

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Nadine Dorries and Abortion

July 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm (Politics) (, )

Nadine Dorries and Frank Field have proposed an amendment to the health and social care bill that would bar charities which provide abortions from also counselling women. The Nothing Special blog has written to the Department of Health (DH), concerned at the lack of a public or parliamentary debate on the amendment and asking for evidence that the proposal would be beneficial to women. This prompted me to read the Guardian’s report on the proposed amendment, and then to contact the DH myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Astrology

July 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm (Astrology, Woo) (, , , )

horoscopeFor me, the idea that the position of the stars can shape our personalities or our destinies doesn’t feel that bizarre. Probably because it’s so familiar. (See for example its influence on language and literature. Or the horoscopes that appear in pretty much every newspaper.) Some have been sufficiently interested in the claims of astrologers that they’ve tested how accurate they are when it comes to making predictions about people’s personalities or the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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