What’s New?

October 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As I don’t have a ‘miniblog’, I thought I’d write a brief post detailing some of the things that have caught my eye over the last few days.

UPDATE: Check this out – http://nadine-dorries.blogspot.com/2007/11/welcome-to-nadine-dorries-feedback.html. MP Nadine Dorries has a Propaganda Page on teh interweb, masquerading as a blog. This feedback site is for rejected comments from her ‘blog’.

Firstly, Nick Cohen has written an article on homeopathy that can be seen on CiF – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2200815,00.html (and is also available in the October 28th print version of The Observer). Note the comment by LionelRM and the link provided by CommanderKeen to http://shpalman.livejournal.com/tag/lionel+milgrom.

Secondly, the Quackometer blog has a new post. It’s on homeopathy and (even better) it’s about the Society of Homeopaths – http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2007/10/society-of-homeopaths-truth-matters.html. This post has been advertised by Gimpy here (with a wonderful logo) – http://gimpyblog.wordpress.com/2007/10/30/society-of-homeopaths-in-burning-underwear-scandal-homeopathic-remedy-may-be-of-some-use/.

Briefly, a note of praise for Jon Ronson – his article in the Guardian Weekend on sick pretend-psychic Sylvia Brown is also here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2198928,00.html. My view is that people who go to psychics are very often vulnerable, desparate folk who should not be taken advantage of. Sylvia’s view (according to her ex-husband)? ‘Screw ’em. Anybody who believes this stuff oughtta be taken.’

Next up: Ben Goldacre has recently written about the Quackometer and the SoH – http://www.badscience.net/?p=553 and on Saturday in the Guardian, he moved on to the numbers being bandied around in the abortion debate – http://www.badscience.net/?p=557. This was followed by a blog posting on the use of the 40% figure in the media – http://www.badscience.net/?p=558. I decided to take a quick look at a Google News search for ‘23 weeks +abortion’ and the rest of my post consists of a snapshot of the UK press…

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