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Talk About Child Abuse

September 19th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Facepalm, Junk science

Tweet Listen to the parents! That’s what discredited and cult-like autism advocacy groups tell us. What they really mean is “pay no attention to the science – just listen to our unconfirmed anecdotes!” Groups such as Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue are notorious for excluding or ejecting skeptics and neutral […]

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Keep your expectations low for autism hearing

November 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Junk science

Tweet C-SPAN 3 will broadcast today’s autism hearing live at 2 pm ET.  You can watch the House Committee on Government Operations and Reform online HERE. Here is the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee list of witnesses. Each will have five minutes to present. Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., Director of the National Center on Birth […]

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Castration doctor’s license now
suspended in four states

July 27th, 2011 · 68 Comments · Junk science

Tweet And then there were seven. Dr. Mark Geier, the Maryland physician who chemically castrates disabled children, is still licensed to practice medicine in seven states, down from eleven. Four states have suspended or revoked his privileges since April 27, when his home state took action against him. Washington followed on May 26, then Virginia […]

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You’ve got junk science!

February 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing, Junk science

Tweet It’s official: AOL is buying the Huffington Post for $315 million. Arianna Huffington will become the editor-in-chief of a newly-created Huffington Post Media Network, which puts her in charge of Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, StyleList, and more. Huffington Post is rightly criticized as a repository […]

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Vaccine rejectionism’s fresh start

November 3rd, 2010 · 6 Comments · Critical thinking, Junk science

Tweet Anti-vaccine groups are calling for a “fresh start” in their campaign to turn parents against childhood immunizations. Editors and reporters can expect to be plied with the same old whine, disguised in new bottles. “For too long, the media has misrepresented or oversimplified the science surrounding the autism and vaccines controversy,” says the fringe […]

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Charlie Crists’s quack problem

October 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Easy marks, Junk science

Tweet Two Village Voice reporters, writing in the Miami New Times, report that Florida Governor Charlie Crist has fallen under the Rasputin-like spell of a rogue chiropractor, Gary Kompothecras, the founder of 1-800-ASKGARY, a lawyer referral service that hooks up car crash victims with personal injury lawyers. Kompothecras, of Sarasota, is also a major Crist […]

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Opinion collides with science at Fox News

October 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing, Easy marks, Junk science, Miseducation, Useful idiots

Tweet On September 25, America’s favorite daytime think tank, Fox and Friends, alleged that vaccines cause autism, and that the US government is covering it up. And because this is Fox News, the story comes packaged in outrage: the US Federal Court of Claims is asking parents for a medical expert’s opinion of how the […]

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Anti-vax rally fizzles

May 27th, 2010 · 20 Comments · Junk science

Tweet Andrew Wakefield is not going away, but if yesterday’s anti-vaccine rally in Chicago is any indication, his audience is growing smaller and smaller. About 100 anti-vaccine activists turned out to hear Wakers and nine other speakers on a sunny day in Grant Park. If you add event volunteers, vendors, press, speakers, skeptics, and curious […]

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Nature and nurture at AutismOne

April 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Housecleaning, Junk science

Tweet Universal assent is like oxygen to the anti-vaccine movement. While scientists debate, question, and squabble amongst themselves, vaccine rejectionists nurture one another with sympathy and shared delusions. OK, fine. To each his own. I just wish they could be more honest about the nature of their movement. I bring this up because I was […]

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Dear Mr. King: Please show some skepticism

December 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Easy marks, Junk science, Useful idiots

Tweet Larry King Live’s program featuring anti-vaccine activists Jenny McCarthy, Stan Kurtz and J.B. Handley, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed. In the meanwhile, you can let the show’s producers know what questions you would like to hear McCarthy, Handley and Kurtz answer. You can email your questions and comments to:   larrykingguests@cnn.com . Here […]

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