Conspiracy Monday: Doctors Want to You to be a Communist and Kill Your Grandmother!

The lies, distortions, and conspiracy theories being used to frighten Americans away from universal healthcare are really getting on my nerves. While there are some legitimate concerns about U.S. healthcare reform, the astroturfing efforts being carried out on behalf of corporate insurance interests are based almost entirely on scare tactics and misinformation. Just a few... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Monday: Masonic vaccines and other stuff

I hesitate to call the following a "conspiracy theory". It's more like "completely clueless and misinformed rambling." An elderly woman caller to a Canadian radio show, who gives free all-day seminars in Vancouver, had this to say about vaccines and the NWO: She began her rant by saying that most of us are completely ignorant... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Here are just a few of the bizarre bits of nonsense I've encountered this week: "You can treat just about anything through the ears," said a friend who had tiny adhesives stamped all over both of his ears. The adhesives, called "seeds", are placed on acccupressure points. Every so often, he has to squeeze each... Continue Reading →

Christine Maggiore (1957-2008): A Sad and Inevitable End

I have just learned that Christiane Maggiore died on December 27, at the age of 52. My condolences and sympathy go out to her only living child. She did not have to die so soon. Maggiore's friends and supporters say her six-month bout of fatal pneumonia was in no way related to her HIV/AIDS. They... Continue Reading →

I couldn’t resist sharing…

This has been popping up on a lot of blogs, but I couldn't resist sharing... A Stephen Colbert-puppet rant on Jenny McCarthy, from The Rant Puppets. This is not meant as a slam of Ms. McCarthy herself - just the pseudoscientific, fear-based campaign of which she is the most prominent member. For more info, see... Continue Reading →

Good Model, Poor Role Model

I'm relieved to see a long-overdue website aimed at the most visible anti-vaccination scaremonger in America: Stop Jenny McCarthy. That a bisexual nude model famous for her gross-out behaviour can reinvent herself as a role model for parents of autistic children and as a vaccine "expert" says much about our culture. It's not that I... Continue Reading →

The Hazards of Magical Thinking

I've talked about the perils of paranoia, and now it's time to examine the problem of magical thinking - irrational causal reasoning. Like paranoia, magical thinking appears to be on the rise these days. And magical thinking can be dangerous. The Xhosa and Thembu tribes of South Africa nearly starved themselves into oblivion because some... Continue Reading →

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