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Amanda Peet vs. Jenny McCarthy Poll

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

Go vote for our friend, Amanda now. That is a commandment!

Where the blame lies

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

We’re worried about the current financial crisis — in fact, the whole world is concerned. Most of us have simple explanations for the mess we’re in right now, such as excessive deregulation, lenders raking in short term profit at the expense of long term stability, a weakening economy, and the misrule of George W. Bush and his gang of Rethuglican cronies, but we’re missing the real root cause: it was the gays. Some big flaming homo flaunting his ungodly desires one time too many finally tipped God over into a big snit, and as we all know, God’s aim sucks, so when he tossed that lightning bolt of righteous indignation down upon Broadway, he missed and hit Wall Street instead.

No, seriously.

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YouTube chickens out

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

It’s happened: craven YouTube has pulled all of the eucharist desecration videos. Click on one and you’ll just get the message, “This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.” FSMdude’s account has also been suspended. There is no description of what rule was violated; I guess we must presume that YouTube is now in the business of defending religious dogma.

Catholics are natural censors and cowards, aren’t they?

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author’s initial entry, AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS

Posted in ScienceBlogs BookClub by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

My name is Paul Offit. I’m the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and my published expertise is in the area of vaccine safety and rotavirus-specific immune responses. (I’m the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq). I’ve written a book about the vaccine-autism controversy titled AUTISM’S FALSE PROPHETS: BAD SCIENCE, RISKY MEDICINE, AND THE SEARCH FOR A CURE. First: a little background on autism and the birth of the controversy.

There is no known cause or cure for autism. But in the late 1990s two hypotheses garnered a great deal of media attention. The first, advanced by a gastroenterologist in London, posited that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) caused autism. The second, advanced by parent advocacy groups in the United States, argued that thimerosal, an ethylmercury-containing preservative that had been used in vaccines since the 1930s, was responsible. The notion that vaccines caused autism wasn’t surprising; vaccines have often been blamed for chronic disorders such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and mental retardation.

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Palintology

Posted in Bad Astronomy by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

Sarah Palin, who is John McCain’s Vice president pick, is an interesting case. To say the least.

I need not go into details since there is a torrent of them on the web. My concern here is with her knowledge of science… or lack thereof.

She has stated on record that she is for teaching “both sides” of the evolution “controversy”. Some people think this is only fair, but that’s baloney. First of all, for the hundredth time, there is no controversy, and there aren’t two sides. Unless you count one side as being right — science — and the other side being wrong — creationism. Also, the “both sides” nonsense has long been used as creationist code for getting it taught in school. Teaching religion in a science classroom is not only unconstitutional, it’s ridiculous. Which creation myth do you teach, and where do you stop? Odin, the Enuma Elish, Marvel Comics? There are thousands. But when she says “Teach both”, she means teach evolution, and teach fundamentalist Christian creationism.

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CONFESS!

Posted in Humorous, Stuff God Hates by Skepdude on October 1, 2008

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Prepare thyself, he who reads this, to tremble and quake before the Incredible Word of God, as written by THE LORD HIMSELF!

I was sitting on My Eternal Throne just now, pondering things you cannot possibly fathom when I realized: I am very disappointed in every single human being on Earth.

None of you are perfect in My Eyes. You have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of Me. Need I remind you that the wages of sin are death?

Those of you who confess that you are deeply flawed, sinful humans and pledge to follow Me forever shall be forgiven and live forever in inexplicable glory. Those of you who do not shall die and bake in hell forever and ever in searing agonizing agony.

To instead enjoy an afterlife filled with delicious cakes and hot-air balloon rides and naked virgin supermodels and an endless multitude of other wondrous joys, there is only a few things you must do:

  1. Confess to Me now that you know that you are sinning piece of shit
  2. Beg Me for My Forgiveness
  3. Place your faith in Me and My Son Jesus, who died for you (you selfish bastard)
  4. Believe that We have forgiven you and accept Us into your heart

If you pray for forgiveness right now and really, really mean it, I will forgive you and we can be friends from now on. Otherwise fuck you.

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