Dorries’ Abortion Risk ‘Plethora’

The latest piece of anti-abortion trash that’s being bandied around by Nadine Dorries purports to be a list of thirty studies, published in the last five years, which allegedly show that abortion ‘hurts women’s mental health’. It’s a veritable plethora of evidence, and anyone who’s familar with the […]

Dr Sheila Matthews and the Jim Crow Revivalists

Taken at face value, Dr Sheila Matthews’ claim of religious discrimination, which is current before an Employment Tribunal,seems to be not much more than a bog standard piece of ‘religitigation‘, right down to the involvement of the Christian Legal Centre in the case. Matthews was, according to reports, […]

Bleachgate – the British connection

Let me introduce you to Christian Pankhurst… According to his Twitter profile, Christian is ‘about living from the heart, expanding awareness beyond the mind and helping people connect intimately’ but he also has an interesting sideline selling a so-called ‘miracle cure’ made of an industrial bleaching agent, sodium […]

Depression, Homeopathy and Prozac

It hasn’t taken Tory MP David Tredinnick long to start spitting out dubious EDM’s in defence of homeopathy. The new parliament is only a little over a month old and he’s already tabled four such motions, including a generic attack on the British Medical Association and three EDMs […]

Strictly Come Quacking

To most people Fiona Phillips is just a former GMTV presenter who, on Strictly Come Dancing, demonstrated to the world that she has two left feet. On the evidence of her latest column in the Mirror, she’s also a raging crank who makes piss poor excuses for quackery… […]

Into the Valley of Death rode the seven-hundred

If the furore surrounding the hacking of a webmail server at UEA’s Climate Research Unit has achieved anything at all it’s been to push the issue of scientific probity and integrity firmly into the spotlight. By far the most damning, but still unproven, allegation levelled at the CRU’s […]

ADE651 Fraudsters Astroturfing Here…

There is only one thing I enjoy more than exposing junk-science scams and that exposing junk-science scams where the perpetrator is dumb enough to try it on. This morning, three comments were posted on my recent exposé of the ‘dowsing for explosives’ scam in the space of 20 […]

EmoTrance: The New Name for Bullshit

I learned a new word this week – EmoTrance. EmoTrance is the new name for bullshit. In the last week, its received no less than two articles worth of coverage in The Times’ educational supplements; one, a vomit inducing piece of brainless advertorial by Adi Bloom, an arts […]

Johnson’s Flavour of the Month leaves Bad Taste

The row over the sacking of Professor David Nutt is, it seems, rumbling on nicely with this exchange between Evan Harris and Alan Johnson in regards to the accuracy, or otherwise, of comments made by Johnson in his statement to the House of Commons: The exchange contains this […]

British Company sells $60,000 Dowsing Rods to Iraq as ‘Explosives Detectors’

Arthur C Clarke once famously noted that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’. Were he still alive today he might also have observed that magic, when dressed up in sufficiently advanced technobabble, can be readily mistaken for science. Tuesday’s New York Times carried this quite staggering […]