Skeptical activism

Toronto Star in backpedaling mode after major screw up about Gardasil shot (UPDATE: Retraction)

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UPDATE (24-Feb-2015) This story has been retracted by the Toronto Star. Good. A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. As Retraction Watch notes, a newspaper retraction is rare. But something…

The Food Babe spends more time trying to piss off critics than doing research?

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Vani Hari, “The Food Babe” (*gag*), has been repeated raked over the critical coals for her often terrible information that she passes to the public. She’s attacked beer, airplane air and Subway bread. Though she often makes egregious mistakes and is great at fear mongering and getting media attention, she’s is TRULY annoyed with any…

Bullseye: Lars Andersen’s extreme archery is Skeptically Pwnd

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When this video by Danish archer Lars Andersen first came out, a DN reader asked about it. Was it real? He seems legitimate with his skills, but what about the history? We didn’t have the info to address it then, but now our friends Anna (an archery instructor) and John (video producer) made a kick-ass skeptical response…

Markuze (Mabus) to be sentenced tomorrow (UPDATE – now June)

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Doubtful News and yours truly have been harassed by Dennis Markuze for several years. Most recently, under the name Arnold Ruge [corrected]. There is news of his recent situation. Man who made online threats to be sentenced Thursday | Montreal Gazette. A Quebec Court judge is expected to be presented with a joint sentencing recommendation…

James Randi retires from foundation at age 86

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James “The Amazing” Randi, world-renowned magician and advocate for science-based skepticism, is stepping down from the Board of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). In statements released today on the JREF website, Randi announced his retirement from the JREF, and the Board regretfully accepted it. But, Mr. Randi noted, he’s got a few tricks left…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

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Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

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…

The Saga of Psychic Sally and the Persistent Skeptics

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Sally Morgan calls herself “the original 21st Century medium.” Her Facebook page has over 93K “likes”. Her bio reads: Sally’s sell out theatre shows have been seen by a staggering half a million people, her hit television shows are watched by millions and her books are best-sellers! With her unique personality, refreshing approach and uncanny…

It’s not magically harmonized water – just snake oil

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From the company who brought you nonsensical “drinkable sunscreen” comes more pseudoscience: “harmonized water”. They claim it is done with newfangled technology and mystery waves that people didn’t learn about in school and that their products are able to produce beneficial effects. Firm denies quackery claims. A New Zealand company selling bottles of water it claims…

Universal Medicine group gets more bad press and parliamentary hearing

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Woman files a complaint after overspending for questionable treatments in Australia. Doctor sent woman for two years of new age healing in a galaxy far, far away for a cough — costing her $35,000 | dailytelegraph.com.au. When a doctor referred Ira McClure for further treatment she had no idea the health facility was supportive of…

Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor

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It is not rare for purveyors of woo to resort to legal threats against skeptical advocates. They don’t have the facts in their favor so they use baseless threats. Well, not so baseless. Several cases have resulted in financial worries for those who are attempting to inform the public about dubious products, people or nonsense.…

Anti-vaxxers in Australia get their info into hospitals and hire new prez

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Australia’s anti-vax network continues their underhanded deeds by sneaking their propaganda into info packs given to mothers of newborns. Low? No, not really, par for the course for this propaganda group. Queensland Health pulls Australian Vaccination-Skeptics leaflet from pregnancy pack | Gold Coast Bulletin. A LEAFLET promoting the Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network (AVN) has been pulled…

Skeptics in Vegas: The Amazing Meeting 2014 brought cheers, smiles and a call for education

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The premier gathering for advocates of evidence-based skepticism and critical thinking, THE AMAZING MEETING (TAM), the annual conference run by the James Randi Education Foundation, took place from July 10-13 in Las Vegas. James (The Amazing) Randi, aged 85, one of the world’s greatest living magicians and conjurers, was very accessible throughout the several days, taking photos…

Coffey brushes off those annoying skeptics and concentrates on his fan$

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You know what? I’ve always thought Chip Coffey was yucky. No change now. He’s also a coward to continually dodge calls for him to show actual evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Why should he? He’ll just continue to enjoy the 300K people on his Facebook fan page and the many guest appearances he makes. Skeptics don’t…

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…

Skeptics give FDA a smack upside the head about Burzynski

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The Center for Inquiry has requested in a letter to the head of the Food and Drug Administration requesting a reversal on its decision to green-light clinical trials of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. Stop Burzynski’s Dangerous Cancer Treatments, Science Advocates tell FDA | Center for Inquiry. The letter can be read here [PDF]. It states: It is our understanding…

The Saatchi bill, or “Quack’s charter”, puts “innovation” over patient safety

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In an update to this piece: A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision), the debate about the Saatchi bill heated up last Friday in the U.K. The legislation to allow a “get out of jail free” pass to cancer quacks gained support from some reputable doctors. Others vehemently oppose this as misconceived…

New skeptical society in New Zealand succeeds in advertising complaint

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A New Zealand skeptical activism group succeeds at getting a faith healing claim chastised and the advertisement removed. It may not be the most dramatic way to do activism but the law is the law, these claims were seen to be misleading. Your belief that God heals has no evidence to back it up, so…

2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

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What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID. Conspiracy videos of 9/11 on Facebook: People should be responsible for what they share on social media. It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim:…