Family Guy Blasts Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy
Ian spotted this Family Guy “win” discussed on ContentMagnet. Is it a cheap-shot, or something that might actually make people think twice about Jenny McCarthy’s claims..or maybe both?
Canada AM Autism Week
Linsday gave me the heads-up that Canada AM has devoted a week to stories on Autism. Click the link to see the line-up of topics. You can watch all the clips on the right. Overall, the episodes were pretty woo-free. They balanced personal stories with medical research. The episode on “alternative treatments” certainly had us worried, but when you watch the episode it is discussing alternative treatments like music and art therapy in the context of managing behavior NOT as a miracle cure-all or as a replacement for other forms of medical therapy. Overall the series seemed to be very focussed on the evidence while also showing the human element. You can watch all of the videos at the link above. I didn’t have time to watch them all, so if you find a fail please post it in the comments. From what I saw, this was a win.
Marion sent in this epic fail. It’s a “Public Service Announcement” from the fear mongering anti-powerline group the RETA (Responsible Electricity Transmission for Albertans). These folks have been protesting and spreading bad information for a while now. The video below has a laundry list of unproven and proven-to-be-false claims about high voltage power lines. You can find more woo on their website. They link to a lot of studies, and I can see how many people could look through their information and feel like they have science to back up their claims. But what they actually are doing is taking snippets from the original sources, without providing conflicting studies or any information on methodology.
Indian “holy man” perplexes doctors
By now I’m sure you’ve all seen this story, about a man who claims to have lived for decades without consuming food or water. I’ll pick on AlJazeera because they posted this embeddable video on Youtube, but there was credulous reporting on this story from just about every news source. If you heard this story, wouldn’t you immediately question if it was a trick? You’d think that’s what every journalist would do too. There is also a deeper ethical issue here. Right now this man is being observed without being given food or water. If it’s not a trick, then this man is now dying. What doctor would be complicit in this experiment? What if this man is simply delusional?
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