Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt1.

In everything I’ve written on the subject of abortion over the las four to five years perhaps the only issue I’ve not addressed in detail is the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) hypothesis for the simple reason that I had thought it to have been so comprehensively discredited that it […]

Will the New Statesman teach you anything useful?

Apropos of my last post on the subject of GCSE examinations, Caroline Crampton offers a few ‘thoughts’ (a very loose description) on the same subject at the New Statesman: Will Gove’s new O-Levels teach you anything useful? What exactly might Gove’s plans to replace GCSEs (which he feels […]

GCSEs didn’t end segregation, they only concealed it.

News that Michael Gove reportedly intends to replace the current GCSE system with ‘tougher’ O-level style exams in a system in which ‘less academic’ students would sit a “different ‘more straightforward’ exam, like the old CSE” has rapidly spawned a debate on ‘segregation’ which looks, to me, like […]

Dear Rationalist Association… fix your petition, please! UPDATED

Update #2 – 15:20pm, 8 June 2012 The Rationalist Association have now updated their petition to reflect the information in this post and the discussion we had this morning, so the comments below are now moot other than serving as a record of the RA’s willingness to respond […]

Skeptic faces threat of 3 year sentence for exposing weeping statue scam

India prides itself on being the world’s largest secular democracy but when you scratch the surface of that claim just a little that claim starts to look rather shaky as Indian skeptic and rationalist Sanal Edamarku recently discovered after he investigated a ‘weeping statue’ at the Catholic Basillica […]

Lansley’s NHS funding plan will make it even grimmer up North

According to Andrew Lansley, speaking at an NHS Clinical Commissioners conference in April, “age is the principal determinant of health need” from which it follows, logically, that the NHS should devote a greater proportion of its resources towards providing health care services is those areas of the country […]

Celebrity Toast Images for Fun and Profit

I’m feeling creative today, so I thought we’d do a bit of a Blue Peter style ‘make’ and show you how to create your own celebrity toast images. Materials/Equipment. To begin with you’ll need to get the follwing list of materials and equipment together… A loaf of thick-sliced […]

NHS Does Not spend £1M a week on ‘repeat abortions’

From the file marked ‘Why journalists shouldn’t do statistics’ we have a new front page entry from the Daily Mail. As per standard Ministry policy, I’m not going to link to the Mail’s article but I will quote from it as I tear it into little tiny kibbles […]

Cranmer vs ASA – How very dare you!

As a general rule of thumb anything that winds up Cranmer is usually a good thing so it’s with some amusement that I have report that 24 people including a ‘Jewish Gay and Lesbian group’ have reported his blog to the Advertising Standards Authority over an advert he […]

Do women need pre-abortion counselling?

While we’re waiting for the Department of Health to launch its consultation on the future of pre-abortion counselling, a new study has been published by the Guttmacher Institute which sheds some interesting light on women’s needs and choices at the point at which they make contact with abortion […]