July 21, 2017
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Sorry I'm late with this. But check this out! The National Health Service of England announced a ban on homeopathic and herbal medicines, saying, "At best homeopathy is a placebo and a misue of scarce NHS funds which could be better devoted to treatments that work." NICE.
In a poll by the Royal Society, Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene tops a list of the most influential science books of all time.
Flat Earthers are having a conference in November in Raleigh, NC. They had sold out of their 525 tickets, but they are trying to squeeze in more, along with an additional 200-300 showing up just to be at parties and crap. Are you getting that? More than 800 people want to be at this thing. Oh, and this will make you lose all hope, presuming you had any left:
The conference will wrap up with the “Flatty Awards,” given to outstanding members of the flat-earth community.
Charlie Sheen, a 9/11 truther, stars in a new movie in Japan about being trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center during the attack. Whoopi Goldberg's in it too, apparently.
Know Your Neighbor, a multi-belief coalition of organizations that includes CFI, is doing a social media thing where folks are encouraged to share what they'd like neighbors to know about their beliefs, and learn from each other.
Susan Gerbic reports back from SkeptiCal 2017 for us, writing, "The format just works; the emcees introduce each lecture with a nice bio; and there is no song and dance (or limericks).
Alex Berezow opines at USA Today that "we should extend the war on fake news to banish unscientific buzzwords and health fads." He provides a list of 10 examples which will be familiar to y'all.
Australian public health expert Ken Harvey writes at The Conversation about the challenges of getting homeopathic marketing to reflect, you know, reality:
While we welcome moves to better regulate complementary medicines in Australia, this current list of permitted indications, without disclaimers, represents a government endorsement of pseudoscience.
The ACLU is filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get more information about how the Trump administration plans to implement its "religious freedom" executive order.
Atheists in Grand Junction City, CO get a slot for a City Council prayer/invocation, and they give their slot to Satanists. To "shake things up."
A circle is seen in the sky above Glasgow, which means it's aliens.
Quote of the Day:
It's a couple days old now, but this transcript of Trump talking to the New York Times about the healthcare battle has me mesmerized:
What it does, Maggie, it means it gets tougher and tougher. As they get something, it gets tougher. Because politically, you can’t give it away. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.
And my favorite:
Yes, yes. [garbled]
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#1 Steve Bratteng (Guest) on Friday July 21, 2017 at 8:39am
The “Flatty Awards” must be given to those individuals expelling the most hot air via their posteriors.