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  1. Bill Maher: Still an antivaccine crank after all these years
    Bill Maher (right) pays rapt attention to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (left) as he gives pointers about how to be a crankier antivaccine crank. It is with reluctance that I decided to write about this topic again, given how many times I’ve written about it over the last decade, both here and at m…
  2. How not to report about vaccine safety issues, Toronto Star edition
    This is the original headline of the Toronto Star‘s scientifically incompetent and fear mongering Gardasil story. It was later changed to “Families seek more transparency on HPV vaccine.” I remember it well, because several of my readers forwarded it to me not long after it appea…
  3. How “they” view “us”
    Over the weekend, I was perusing my Google Alerts, along with various blogs and news websites, looking for my weekly topic, when I noticed a disturbance in the pseudoscience Force. It’s a phenomenon I’ve noticed many times before, but, as far as I can tell, I haven’t actually blogg…
  4. Autism prevalence: Now estimated to be one in 68, and the antivaccine movement goes wild
    There used to be a time when I dreaded Autism Awareness Month, which begins tomorrow. The reason was simple. Several years ago to perhaps as recently as three years ago, I could always count on a flurry of stories about autism towards the end of March and the beginning of April about autism. That in…
  5. Antivaccine happenings ten years time ago
    This is about antivaccine happenings ten years’ time ago. Unfortunately, it’s also about antivaccine happenings now. The reason, and what links the two, is that antivaccine happenings, particularly myths, never seem to die. They just keep coming back over and over again. One myth thatR…
  6. What are words for?
    Do you hear me Do you care Do you hear me Do you care My lips are moving and the sound’s coming out The words are audible but I have my doubts That you realize what has been said You look at me as if you’re in a daze It’s like the feeling at the end of the page When you r…
  7. A favorite tactic of the antivaccine movement: When science doesn’t support you, use the law
    As I’ve joked about before, I’m a bit like Dug the Dog from the movie Up whenever a squirrel goes by. In other words, I’m easily distracted by things that interest my primal urge to chase pseudoscience. I originally had a cancer-related topic in mind for this week’s foray int…
  8. Autism prevalence: Now estimated to be one in 88, and the antivaccine movement goes wild
    Editor’s Note: Some of you might have seen this before, but it’s an important (and timely) enough topic that I figure it’s worth exposing to a different audience. It’s been updated and edited to style for SBM. Enjoy. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned that I c…
  9. Ringing in 2012 with…antivaccine propaganda?
    Here we go again. In fact, I think I’m starting to see a pattern here among antivaccine organizations. You might remember that in November 2010, the antivaccine group SafeMinds bought ad space in AMC Theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one of the heaviest moviegoing time periods of…
  10. On the Orwellian language and bad science of the anti-vaccine movement: “SmartVax” versus “MaxVax”?
    If there’s one thing that’s true of the human race, it’s that when it comes to persuasion language is has power. Words have power. Just ask the advertising industry or politicians, who rely on their skills manipulating language to persuade for their very livelihood and authority. I…
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