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While I’m otherwise indisposed…

…take a gander at this post by Steve Novella about Gary Kompothecras and Charlie Crist and how they are endangering children’s health in Florida by promoting the father-son team of antivaccine pseudoscientists Mark and David Geier, the very same issue I wrote about yesterday.

Fear not. The end is in sight. The logorrheic insolence you know and love (or hate) will soon return. In the meantime, I really need some coffee.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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4 replies on “While I’m otherwise indisposed…”

A major league woo-slinger has just launched a new vaccine “information” site intriguingly url’ed, “vaccineinitiative.com”….. I *wonder* why he called it that? (actually, I *know* why**). It gathers together examples of anti-vax ephemera like a misguided scavanger hunt. **( diversionary tactics: it sounds like several legitimate sites)

Instead of studying chemical castration, I recommend that they conduct studies to see if sex is better than Prozac. At least there’s a possible basis for the hypothesis. See “An ode to the many evolved virtues of human semen”, Scientific American, by Jesse Bering (Sep 22, 2010), http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=an-ode-to-the-many-evolved-virtues-2010-09-22. Further, it wouldn’t endanger kids’ health. And, it would a whole lot easier to recruit willing volunteers as test subjects for it.

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