The Dorries Delusion

The Telegraph’s sting operation on a small number of abortion clinics has, of course, provoked the usual frenzy of overblown commentary from Nadine Dorries and her anti-abortion buddies, including an article at ConHome by the Delusional Member for Mid-Narnia which nicely illustrates the rather casual nature of her […]

So who wrote the ‘deniergate’ memo?

So, at least one of the mysteries surrounding the documents leaked from the Heartland Institute has been solved after Peter Gleick, a climate scientist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute of Oakland, California issued a statement via the Huffington Post explaining the circumstances in which he obtained the […]

On sex-selective abortion

Yesterday’s Telegraph was, as most people will already have seen, awash with stories relating to a sting operation by the newspaper in which a couple of doctors were apparently caught turning a blind-eye to requests for sex-selective abortions. Before we go any further, we should get the facts […]

Heartland Institute to promote ‘Burzynskicare’ Project

Coverage and analysis of leaked Heartland Institute documents published by DeSmogBlog has, for perfectly understandable reasons, focussed squarely on what their contents appear to tell about the organisation’s active involvement in the promotion of climate change denialism, netting the story the inevitable #deniergate hashtag on Twitter. I say […]

DSM-V: An Old Controversy Revived

It not that often that I come across an article in the Guardian that leave me grinding my teeth in sheer frustration, save for those rare occasions on which the newspaper has given Nadine Dorries an undeserved platform. However, this truly dreadful piece of naked churnalism by the […]

Nemesysco’s LVA Technology – Ghosts in the Noise

Oooh – via the ever vigilant Google Alerts system and the Daily Mail it would appear that old ‘friend’ has resurfaced wearing a new, and rather cheap-looking, suit… Could voice analysis software give away lying CEOS? Ah yes, we’re in questions to which the answer is ‘No’ country […]

O.Q. – Original Quacksters*

I think its time for Andrew Brown to move on from The Guardian to a publisher like Elsevier where his regular opinion column can be given a more appropriate title. Something along the lines of ‘The Journal of Not Even Wrong’ would do very nicely, if only because […]

How not to do pro-choice

What is it with Student Unions? Even when they do something right, they manage to get something badly wrong at the same time. Following a referendum in which 3300 students cast their votes – out of total student body of a little over 23,000, the University College London […]

Did Paul Dirac turn down a Knighthood?

With the media showing a considerable degree of interest in the Cabinet Office’s list of people who declined to accept honours between 1951 and 1999, it is a matter of some considerably irony that something as simple as typographical error may have led the press to miss one […]

Holocaust Memorial Day – Bronowski at Auschwitz

Every year I give some thought to the question of how best to mark Holocaust Memorial Day… …and every year I come back to same thing, this video of Jacob Bronowski at Auschwitz, from the landmark BBC series ‘The Ascent of Man’. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0PDGZKGAWs[/youtube] No more need be said. […]