This site will be shutting down

I know this might sound like a shock, but I will soon be leaving the blogging world and no longer keep this site online.   I feel that this is necessary for personal reasons.  It’s not because of spelling errors or because of the cost of hosting, but because I have other things to focus on […]

No, Rep Johnson, Guam Will not Capsize

Well, Representative Hank Johnson, remember, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people.   To address your concerns: islands don’t stick out of the water because they’re buoyant.  They actually are mounds that go all the way from the ocean floor to the surface.  Like all areas of crust, they do, at least to some degree, “float” […]

Medical Conditions That Don’t Really Exist

Perhaps saying that the following medical conditions “don’t exist” is a bit overly simplistic, but I needed something short for the title.   There are a number of conditions which large numbers of people claim to have but which the scientific  consensus and the weight of evidence indicates do not exist as an actual discrete condition […]

Why Hotlinking is a Bad Idea

It’s never a good idea to hotlink someone’s  image by putting an embedded image in your own blog or website.  That’s especially true these days with so many free hosting sites and hosting so cheap to begin with.   Still someone got lazy and apparently found an image I had up.   It was only a tiny […]

Mobile Phone Study Released and Reported Very Very Badly

Tomorrow a major international study on cell phone use and cancer will be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The study, known as the “Interphone Study” was sponsored by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Despite the study not being published in its entirely, some of the data has already been […]

AIDS: Most Ineffective Biological Weapon Ever?

Yes, the US had a major biological weapons program for many years. So did the Soviet Union and so did the United Kingdom. Numerous other countries dabbled in biological weapons research at one time or another. Some programs did experiment with various exotic viruses and bacterial conditions. In general, pathogenic bacteria have been preferred for […]

Blog Decontaminated (I hope)

Some may have noticed some annoying popups or fake computer security messages over the past couple of days.   It turns out that a worm had exploited some weaknesses in WordPress and attacked self-hosted blogs on my hosting service.    I thought I had it fixed yesterday but apparently did not.   Since then I’ve replaced all the […]

Presidential Cancer Panel Drops Anti-Science Bomb!

Via Reuters: Americans “bombarded” with cancer sources: report Americans are being “bombarded” with cancer-causing chemicals and radiation and the federal government must do far more to protect them, presidential cancer advisers said on Thursday. Although most experts agree that as many as two-thirds of cancer cases are caused by lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet […]