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Category: Junk Science

Fuck You, Jenny McCarthy »

And fuck you too, Bill Maher. I have no patience for anti-vaxers. They are directly responsible for killing kids, period. And if you buy into the anit-vax and don’t protect your kids, you are an ignorant, rotten parent. Period.  Don’t waste your time trying to explain yourself – I’ve heard it all.  I’m sure you […]

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At Last, Homeopathy Clearly Explained »

When dealing with a True Believer in nonsense like homeopathy, you can take the time to carefully point out why what they believe in is impossible.  You can refer to chemistry and physics and just plain old common sense.  You can do this for hours, and then days, almost always to no avail. So you […]

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San Francisco Pays an $80 Million Stupidity Tax »

The Left Coast has always been a hotbed of woo, junk science and nanny alarmism.  I have power tools labeled “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”  Damn, and I’d been planning on French kissing my router.  There goes my Saturday […]

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Why a Duck? »

While sitting in the bathroom, reading one of those insipid Sunday paper magazines, I saw a text heavy ad about a cure for tinnitus, an incessant ringing or buzzing in the ear.  I’ve never had it, (although I’ve experienced the symptoms temporarily after too-loud concerts or shooting off an excessive amount of fireworks) but for […]

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Just Say No to Walnuts »

It’s easy to feel superior reading stories of our ancestors buying worthless potions from snake oil salesmen.  But a stroll though the aisles of any warehouse style store proves that nothing much has changed.  Every other end cap features a small TV making a pitch for some magic pill or potion that’s long on hype […]

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Homeopathic Smoking »

Last year the nicotine nannies (NNs) took their Second Hand Smoke nonsense a step further and announced that third hand smoke (THS?) was deadly.   The evidence consisted of someone doing a survey, asking people if they believed this nonsense, then presenting that as scientific proof.   “Journalists” ran with the story, declaring that smokers who had […]

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Ready for Black Market Butter? »

Back in 1978 F. Paul Wilson wrote Lippidleggin’, a short story about a farmer bootlegging butter and eggs, which had been banned to improve everyone’s health.  I’m guessing that back then most people thought it was entertaining, but silly. Back in 2007, with the author’s permission, I did a reading of the story for an […]

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