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Monday, 20 February 2017

Six hilariously funny ‘facts’ about homeopathy

The objective of the ‘Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine’ in Bristol, UK is to “offer an Integrative Medicine (IM) approach to healthcare that seeks to deliver the best complementary care and lifestyle approaches”. Specifically, they “Aim to maximise individual choice and care to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life Support a whole person care approach through […]

Sunday, 29 January 2017

ACLU: "Trump discriminated. We sued."

ACLU Action

This morning the ACLU and several other legal organizations filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqi men who were en route to the United States when President Trump issued an executive order banning many Muslims from entering the country.

The lead plaintiffs were detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation – even though they have valid visas to enter the United States.

One plaintiff, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, worked for the U.S. military. His life was in danger in his home country due to that relationship. A former Obama administration official and platoon commander during the invasion of Iraq said on Twitter yesterday that Mr. Darweesh "spent years keeping U.S. soldiers alive in combat in Iraq."

The family of the other plaintiff, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was also threatened because of perceived ties to the United States. His wife and 7-year-old son are lawful permanent residents living in Houston, Texas and were eagerly awaiting his arrival. Mr. Alshawi’s son has not seen his father for three years.

Tellingly, Trump’s executive order authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to admit refugees on a "case-by-case" basis, for people of a minority religion in their home countries. In effect, Trump has barred Muslims from entering the United States, while favoring the entry of Christians.

Mr. Darweesh was just released from detention at John F. Kennedy International Airport this afternoon, but Mr. Alshawi and others remain in detention. The ACLU and its supporters will not stand for the Trump administration’s unconstitutional discrimination. Today, and every day, we will fight back.

For more information on our lawsuit, please see https://www.aclu.org/cases/darweesh-v-trump.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Rest in peace, Dan Olmsted

Dan Olmsted, one of the editors of Age of Autism (the blog full of lies and misrepresentations, and a near-psychotic obsession with trying to link vaccines and conspiracies to anything that happens in the world) has passed away. There must always be honor in the battlefield of ideas, especially from those of us who fight […]

Read more at: Rest in peace, Dan Olmsted by Reuben

Friday, 20 January 2017

If your baby is crying. what do you do? Stick pins in it

This piece is almost identical with today’s Spectator Health article. 

This week there has been enormously wide coverage in the press for one of the worst papers on acupuncture that I’ve come across. As so often, the paper showed the opposite of what its title and press release, claimed. For another stunning example of this sleight [...]

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DC's Improbable Science: Truth, falsehood and evidence: investigations of dubious and dishonest science

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Did you miss me?

It would be a world-class understatement to tell you that I’ve been busy lately. I’ve traveled from one side of the planet to the other and back. I’ve been chasing viruses and bacteria wherever that three-lettered health organization has needed me, and I’m exhausted. So I’m back home to recoup before heading out into the […]

Read more at: Did you miss me? by Reuben

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Govt response to petition “United Kingdom to not leave the EU”

Deluged by petitions not to be so arse-clenchingly stupid as to leave the EU, you just know that the current Government is going to respond in various shades of “Fuck off”. And so it is with the latest petition: United Kingdom to not leave the EU. Here is the response from the cringefully-named Department for Exiting the European Union. They picked a really bad time to send this. Of course, they’re headed by David Davis, who is renowned for his intelligence, charm, wit, political savvy and sheer humanity. He doesn’t have any. To be fair, nor do any of the appalling May’s shiftless and nasty Cabinet.

Whatever. Let’s go:
On 23rd June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum provided for by an Act of Parliament. We are committed to implementing the democratic outcome of the referendum.
Committed? You should be. First of all, the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

More on bullying at Imperial College London. What’s being done?

The last email of Stephan Grimm has had more views than any other on this blog. “Publish and perish at Imperial College London: the death of Stefan Grimm“. Since then it’s been viewed more than 210,000 times. The day after it was posted, the server failed under the load.

Since than, I posted two follow-up pieces. On December [...]

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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Trump’s USA Thank You Tour 2016 – Last Chance!


Just when you thought the USA’s incoming neo-Nazi administration couldn’t get any tackier, with Trump going on a “USA Thank You Tour” for his regular fix of adulation and irresponsibility, you discover that they are still trying to monetise the election. Witness this email, just in. Links have been ruthlessly excised, as I’m not giving any more publicity to these anti-science, misogynist, racist, homophobic, profiteering dangleberries than I can possibly help.
Dear Ivor,
Today is the final stop of the USA Thank You Tour 2016 in Mobile, AL.
Get your Thank You Tour merchandise for the holidays now! It’s your last chance.
Sincerely, Team Trump-Pence
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