Skeptic Fails and Wins this Week

Always, Never, Usually, Often, Most, and More
- Marion found this win from Grammar Girl podcast discussing how to write carefully about science. It includes some great advice, like being careful to distinguish “many” from “most”. You can check it out in podcast or written transcript.

Stretching the Truth
- Fred and Lorne both spotted this CBC Marketplace link which received some kudos from the redoubtable Harriet Hall at the Science Based Medicine blog. The show exposes some underhanded practitioners of spinal decompression treatments. It is definitely a skeptical win. You can watch the full episode online. Jennifer spotted this related story that includes a quote from the College of Chiropractors advising one practitioner to be careful about making misleading claims to patients. Oh, the irony!

Psychic Drawing FAIL
- If you haven’t seen this already, the title says it all.

Taking alternative treatment – Prostate cancer victim follows homeopathic course
- Scott spotted this fail in the Niagara Falls Review about a cancer victim who turns to alternative treatment. It contains quotes like “I’m not saying all (conventional) treatments don’t work. I’ve just chosen not to be chemically treated with chemotherapy … medication or surgically cut”. Well, what other conventional treatments are there? The author doesn’t really make any claims, but instead lays out a laundry list of alternative treatments this guy followed, and then implies that cured his cancer.

‘Battlefield Earth’ Scripter Pens Apology
- For those of you that wasted any amount of time watching this movie, the script writer has issued a sincere apology when accepting his Razzie award for worst movie of the decade. His hilarious speech includes a razzing of Scientology as well.

Thanks for your brilliant links this week, please keep them coming to skepticnorthlinks [at] gmail [dot] com! And let’s all take a moment to thank the Easter Bunny for this wonderful long weekend.

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