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Things I Think About, by Peter Bowditch

April, 2012

Anatomy of a quack

My latest Naked Skeptic column in Australasian Science magazine deals with cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski and how well he fits Bob Park’s “Seven signs of pseudoscience”. In his book Voodoo Science, physicist Bob Park lists seven signs of pseudoscience. They are: Discoveries are announced to the media, not in peer-reviewed journals A powerful establishment suppresses the […]

Memo to Meryl Dorey at the Australian Vaccination Network

Do not even suggest that anyone contacts my family. I realise that you have in the past harassed the family of at least one child who died of a vaccine preventable disease. But don’t start on me. You might think you can get away with continual defamation of Australian Skeptics. You might think you can get […]

How many people do those doctors kill?

Lies are being told again about how many deaths in Australia are caused by doctors and real medicine. The specific claim this time by Meryl Dorey of the Australian Vaccination Network is that adverse drug reactions kill between 18,000 and 94,000 people each year. The wide range is apparently because most of these events are […]

A Room With A View

Article on the Gebesse Blog about management foolishness when it comes to where people sit at work. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2012/04/a-room-with-a-view/

Intimidation by morons. But it doesn’t work.

If you have a presence on the Internet that has even the remotest possibility of offending or upsetting people you can expect anonymous attacks. Here is what I have to say on the “About this site” page of The Millenium Project: The use of anonymising services to send email tells me three things about the […]

False balance.

The ABC will be airing a show tonight called “I Can Change Your Mind … About Climate Change“. Here is the trailer for the show: The problem with shows like this is that they give the impression there is actually something to debate. Some things simply do not have two sides, and pretending that they […]

Beware the SMEG

Here’s something I wrote for the Sydney Business Review newspaper in August 1996. Where there’s smoke, there’s smoke! There’s a new gold rush on. We are now seeing carpetbagger, snake oil salesman and holy roller all rolled into one in pursuit of riches. I give you – The Internet Expert. People without email addresses in […]

Bring on the NBN

Article on the Gebesse Blog about broadband speeds. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2012/04/bring-on-the-nbn/

American Airlines gets it right

A few days ago, Meryl Dorey of the Australian Vaccination Network issued a media release in which she said: The Australian Vaccination Network’s President, Meryl Dorey, has recently participated in an interview which will air for two months on all American Airlines domestic and international flights for the months of July and August, 2012. A […]

Dealing with YouTube

I received the following email from YouTube. It was not sent to the email address I had registered with YouTube (one that I actually check daily) but to a Gmail address that apparently is the only way that anybody connected to Google talks to users. Dear ratbaggery, We have disabled the following material as a […]

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