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Entries from June 2010

“Vaccine War” county hit by pertussis outbreak

June 25th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet Ashland, Oregon, according to its chamber of commerce website, “is a pretty, small town, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, lazy creeks, and roaring rivers.” According to the Ashland Daily Tidings, it’s also surrounded by an outbreak of whooping cough. “So far this year 23 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been confirmed […]

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FDA says diet supplements must be edible

June 24th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Critical thinking, Kudos

Tweet Add “snake oil salesman” to Boyd Haley’s list of public descriptors. The chemistry professor and anti-vaccine activist has been warned by the FDA that his erstwhile diet supplement, OSR#1, is a toxic brew with potentially serious side effects. The Chicago Tribune’s Trine Tsoudeos reports that a June 17 letter from the FDA “details five […]

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Racial harassment alleged during
arrest of young autistic man

June 22nd, 2010 · 20 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet The disturbing case of Reginald Cornelius Latson, the autistic young man arrested in Virginia last month, has taken a more disturbing turn. His mother, Lisa Alexander, told an internet-based radio audience Sunday night that Stafford County deputies used racist slurs against her son when they stopped and arrested him May 24. Reginald, whom his […]

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Neli’s story

June 15th, 2010 · 12 Comments · Narrative

Tweet Reginald Latson loves to walk. “He’ll walk five or ten miles, it’s nothing to him. Sometimes he walks five miles just to grab a bite to eat at Chili’s,” says his mother, Lisa, of Stafford, Virginia. “Walking is his release.” Neli, as his family calls him, is 18 and has Asperger’s, a mild form […]

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“A complete and total whack job”

June 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet There’s a telling moment at the end of Don Imus’ interview with Andrew Wakefield, the gastroenterologist who has been barred by the UK General Medical Council from practicing medicine. Wakefield had just spent seven minutes explaining that he is the victim of a huge witch hunt and conspiracy by vested interests who can’t handle […]

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