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Delusional housing officer given the boot

The website Christian Concern for our Nation takes up their cudgels to stand up for a sacked housing officer Justice for Duke Campaign. In common with many religious sites, there doesn’t appear to be a comment feature for curmudgeonly atheists… Continue reading →

Libel Reform – website and report

This looks to be good.  As legal blogger Jack of Kent writes today (Libel Reform: Free Speech is not for Sale), two pressure groups, English Pen and Index on Censorship, have conducted a joint inquiry into English libel law –… Continue reading →

More anti-science buffoonery at the Daily Fail

Dear old A. N. Wilson has an article over that the Daily Mail, prompted by the recent sacking of the chair of the Government’s drugs advisory committee (Yes, scientists do much good. But a country run by these arrogant gods… Continue reading →

The stupid! It burns!

Here’s a physics lesson from a homeopath. I can’t wait to pass this by my colleagues in the Physics Department. Apparently this is subject to a takedown notice. Make a copy for posterity… Hat tip – PZ Myers  

BCA vs Simon Singh – it just keeps getting better…

This just in from the “foot in mouth” department. The British Chiropractic Association has written a press release, or rather two in quick succession following yesterday’s ruling that Simon Singh has leave to appeal against the BCA’s libel case. In… Continue reading →

Simon Singh granted leave to appeal

News is spreading across the blogosphere that Simon Singh has been granted leave to appeal in the libel case brought by the British Chiropractic Association. Rather that repeat what’s being said, I’ll merely refer to one of those blogs: Dr… Continue reading →

Ben Goldacre releases Bad Science's "missing chapter"

Ben Goldacre has published the "missing chapter" from his excellent book Bad Science on his BadScience blog (Matthias Rath – steal this chapter).  He was unable to include it in the book because Rath mounted a legal action against Goldacre… Continue reading →

Is social networking bad for kids?

Here’s a clip from Newsnight, in which Jeremy Paxman chairs a debate about the dangers of social networking.  Baroness Greenfield doesn’t come out of it too well. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg8LlUME-IM 480×295]  Follow up: "Facebook causes cancer"

Autism, MMR, teddy bears and causation

While wandering round the internet during the recent flare-up of bloggers writing about recent developments in the MMR-autism conspiracy theory, I came across this neat graphic which seems to me to encapsulate some of the issues relation to causation vs… Continue reading →

Latest on Ben Goldacre vs Jeni Barnett over MMR

Ben Goldacre’s posted an update on the fracas with LBC and Jeni Barnett over their ill-advised broadcast on the topic of the MMR vaccine and autism.  In essence, while LBC’s decision to threaten their legal muscle did cause Goldacre to… Continue reading →

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