Capita still peddling pseudoscience to local authorities

After last week’s Leveson splurge it’s time to get back to normal business and remind everyone what public interest journalism looks like via an old ‘friend’ of the Ministry that’s popped its head up above the parapet. Benefit cheats to face lie detector tests Council leaders have introduced […]

Is it because I’s a Quack?

There are many things in this world that I really, seriously dislike. I don’t like racists. I don’t like bullies – and naturally it follows that I really don’t like racist bullies. But more so even that racists and bullies I really, really dislike people who try to […]

Is Irish Law to blame for the death of Savita?

Yesterday’s short post on the tragic and wholly preventable death of Savita Halappanavar provoked a comment that neatly sums up the direction that the anti-abortion lobby’s is going in it’s efforts to find a suitable bullshit excuse to defend the indefensible. The Irish law makes provision for cases […]

The real meaning of ‘Pro-Life’

If you download this Powerpoint presentation, which was produced by Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship in conjunction with what was then (2007) the ‘Alive and Kicking’ anti-abortion campaign, you find a slide – number 47 – with the following title: What about abortion to save […]

But the fun never went out of science

The Guardian’s youthful science correspondent, Alok Jha, has a new article up on CiF that manages to be both uplifting and frustrating in equal measure. The uplift part is, of course, the bigging up of everyone from Robin Ince and his excellent Radio 4 show the Infinite Monkey […]

‘ATOS Kills’ revisited

I’ve had a couple of comments  on yesterday’s article about the slogan ‘ATOS kills‘ which rather serve to illustrate the problems you invariable run into when you try to inject  a bit of evidence and reason into a narrative based largely, if not entirely, on anecdotes and emotive […]

ATOS Kills… or does it?

I suspect I’m going to make myself rather unpopular in some quarters with this, but I’m afraid that may commitment to good science trumps any political opinions I might have every time, so in for a penny, in for a pound. Political Scrapbook is running yet another ‘man/woman […]

10 questions and an idiot

Over at the Journal of Medical Ethics blog, Iain Brassington has picked up on what he describes as ‘slightly peculiar’ post by Peter Saunders in which he poses ten questions that the media doesn’t – allegedly – ask about abortion. Iain’s posted his own answers here, and just […]

Dorries: The Abortion Debate Fisk

I’ll keep the preamble to a minimum – what follows is a foll-on fisk of Nadine Dorries’ speech in the Westminster Hall debate on induced abortion, so let’s get on with the show. David Crausby is in the Chair, I’ve skipped the ritual sucking up to the Chair […]

Psychic fails test, BBC focuses on bullshit excuses

If you’re a skeptic then I guess the following story isn’t really news, nevertheless the way its been written up by the BBC is well worth noting: A scientific experiment has found that two mediums were unable to demonstrate that they had special psychic powers. The test by […]