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Entries from February 2011

But everywhere I turn my eyes
Some B-list actor’s spreading lies

February 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Kudos, Narrative

Tweet Last week Doonesbury. Now YouTube. I really wanna immunize so frickin’ bad Protect you from those germs you’ve never had Don’t want you to catch the mumps–meningitis too Pertussis, hepatitis or the flu. But everywhere I turn my eyes, The internet is spreading lies. So many parents scared by fairy tales and hate I […]

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Doonesbury piles on

February 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Narrative

Tweet From the perspective of popular culture, the evolution of America’s anti-vaccine movement reminds us of Schopenhauer’s three stages of truth, only in reverse. First, the idea that vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems was hailed as plausible. Second, it was questioned, albeit delicately. The third stage, outright ridicule, can be seen in today’s […]

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Oz on autism: phony numbers, real emotion

February 17th, 2011 · 16 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet Dr. Mehmet Oz practices in a parallel universe where emotion trumps logic, correlation is another word for causation, and the plural of anecdote is data. But Oprah Winfrey’s kept man is indistinguishable from his peers in the make-believe world of day-time talk shows. So it makes sense that when Oz tackles autism, he stacked […]

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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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More evidence against autism epidemic

February 4th, 2011 · 15 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet A basic tenet of America’s ill-conceived and foundering anti-vaccine movement holds that autism diagnoses have risen to epidemic proportions. Among the faithful, this imagined increase is “the initial fork in the road in the autism debate,” one that colors their entire understanding of autism. But is the increase real, or an artifact of how […]

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Offit on The Colbert Report

February 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments · Kudos

Tweet The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Paul Offit www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive If there was any doubt that America’s anti-vaccine movement is immune to satire, it was laid to rest on Comedy Central last night. For just as life imitates The Onion, vaccine […]

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