Antiscience

Doctor prescribes religion; the devil is in the details (UPDATED)

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There is an update to this story from 2013. The doctor, Thomas O’Brien has been struck off the register. Stoke-on-Trent GP struck off for ‘deplorable’ conduct. The chairman of the panel, Prof Tim Hendra, said Dr O’Brien demonstrated “harmful, deep-seated personality or attitudinal problems” and “repeatedly breached professional boundaries”. Prof Hendra said: “Dr O’Brien shows…

There’s DNA in food?! That’s disgusting!

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This story is going around: Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that. According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods…

Tenpenny’s anti-vaccination tour hits a snag in Australia (Update)

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This isn’t censorship, it is a public health stance. There is no excuse for allowing peddling of ridiculous anti-science nonsense that endangers the lives of children. Pro-vaccine advocates wish to disallow Tenpenny to have a soapbox to spout anti-vax propaganda. Sherri Tenpenny: Sydney venue cancels seminar of US anti-vaccination campaigner. Pressure is mounting against a planned…

Antiscience film, The Principle, to be in a few theaters soon

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Bait and switch? Check. Pseudoscience? Check. Slicky packaged propaganda? Check. Overhyped idiocy? CHECK! This film has it ALL! In an update to our story last April where several well known personalities were finagled into participation in a film about a long discarded theory of the universe, the film is set to be released later this…

Proposed legislation aims to put nasty chemical in raw milk for safety

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We have a followup to this story: “Natural” does not mean safe: Child dead in Australia after consuming raw milk. To defeat those who consume the milk (because of the lack of “chemicals” or because they think it is more healthful), the new regulations would require an additive to unpasteurized milk to make it undrinkable. Victoria…

The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers

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Here at Doubtful News we advocate science-based and evidence-based skepticism. We are not denialists. Journalist should get the hint (READ the MEDIA GUIDE TO SKEPTICISM). Bill Nye asks journalist to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’. Bill Nye and his colleagues in media and academia wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking journalist to…

Ham shoots back at critics with Ark park advertising (UPDATE: Shot down)

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There is a major update today. Kentucky has withdrawn tax incentives for the Ark Park. This ship is sunk. HUZZAH! Kentucky: No tax breaks for Noah’s Ark project. Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart says the planned project had evolved from a tourism attraction into an outreach for the Christian ministry that is building it. Stewart wrote…

Anti-vaccination sentiment continues to kill workers in Pakistan

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Religious extremist and deep distrust coupled by anti-science sentiment results in health care workers killed trying to save lives in Pakistan. Attackers kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan – CNN.com. Four members of a polio vaccination team were killed in an attack by militants in western Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Attackers on…

This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so

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Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns…

Vanuatu lawmaker supports capital punishment for ‘sorcery’

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A Melanesian official states there should be a death penalty for practicing sorcery because it it real and causes real harm. Vanuatu MP Willie Jimmy proposes death penalty for witchcraft – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Vanuatu MP and former finance minister Willie Jimmy is calling for witchcraft to be made a crime punishable by…

Food Babe clueless about food, science, and apparently, air

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Vani Hari is a blogger who calls herself the “Food Babe”. She has become infamous for her criticism of the food industry. However, with a degree in computer science and experience as a management consultant, she sounds like an idiot when talking about food facts and science, and she has little fear of being identified…

Kent Hovind, Creationist, must like jail a lot

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He just does not get the message – you are not above the PEOPLE’S law, dude. ‘Dr. Dino’ facing new legal woes. A Pensacola evangelist known as Doctor Dino has long maintained that all of his ministry’s finances and property belong not to him, but to God, and that the Almighty’s belongings are not subject…

Haters will hate if you kill a spider

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We all heard the story of the researcher who caught the giant “puppy sized” spider. Well, people who don’t know how science works have sent him death threats. People can be very very ignorant and awful. Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing ‘Puppy Spider’ : NPR. Piotr Naskrecki’s blog post about finding a “puppy-sized” spider in the…

Hawaiian natives protest Mauna Kea telescope

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Politics or spiritualism? There remains hostility over the United States’ annexation of Hawaii and an undercurrent feeling of astronomy as an “industry”. Very weird to us but not weird to natives who feel intruded upon. Seeking Stars, Finding Creationism – NYTimes.com. This month a group of Native Hawaiians, playing drums and chanting, blocked the road…

Half-baked ideas about diet, autism and fluoride in Australia

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If you don’t know who “celebrity chef” Pete Evans is, you’re probably not Australian – or you missed several years of TV shows involving food judging, food eating, more food judging and eventually judging of what the audience considers nutrition by one of the judges. To be honest, you didn’t miss much; these shows all…

Remembering Narendra Dabholkar a year later

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It was a sad time, one year ago, as a person of great courage and resolve was killed in cold blood. One year later, Indian activist’s slaying still unsolved – LA Times. Thousands of protesters poured into city streets across India on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the unsolved killing of a social activist…

Homeopathic knighthood still warranted even after quackery

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Homeopathic and AIDS do NOT belong in the same sentence until the person is GOING to jail. DutchNews.nl – Homeopathic Aids doctor can keep honour, says health minister. A homeopathic doctor who distributed a controversial treatment for Aids in Africa may keep his honour from the king, health minister Edith Schippers has told MPs. Jan…

U.K. woo-woo mag slams skeptics causing them trouble. Hilarity ensues.

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The notoriously bad rag What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You has gone bonkers on their Facebook page. Nothing unusual there. Guy Chapman gives us an update of the nonsense going on as they decry skeptical activists who are making a difference (and causing WDDTY heartburn). WDDTY goes “the full Errol” @ Guy Chapman’s Blahg. The fake health…

Burzynski to continue trials as FDA says ‘OK’

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Disappointing, short-sighted, rather stupid, and not consumer friendly. That’s how I would characterize this latest news that discredited, controversial, and quackerific Dr. Stan Burzynski is allowed to pursue trials. The only positive in this is HE WILL ACTUALLY DO TRIALS which is better than he’s done before. We’ll see. FDA gives controversial doc green light…