The Capture of Nature

3rd September, 2020 45

Nature is recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious and cited academic journals. It publishes weekly a set of original peer reviewed research articles with accompanying editorials, scientific news and comment. Some of those comment articles have recently included a strange disclaimer. In July 2020, a news item reported on “The gender gap in cystic fibrosis”. The article noted how women appear to have poorer outcomes than men, and [read more…]

On the existence of females

8th June, 2020 38

This post has been adapted from a twitter thread. Some time ago, I lived in a house that had a number of peafowl living in the garden. (Long story). They used to come in the house and steal my cats’ food. We can tell this is a female peafowl – a peahen – because she is busy feeding the children and not squawking and strutting around outside with show-off feathers. [read more…]

Iran Fooled by Fake Coronavirus Detector

15th April, 2020 4

Reports are emerging of a new device developed by the Iran Revolutionary Guard that can detect coronavirus “within a radius of about 100 meters”. Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-chief of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, has demonstrated the handheld gun-like device with a long arial, and how it contained a ‘polarised virus’ that could ‘create a magnetic field [that] will point towards coronavirus anywhere within a radius [read more…]

Tribal Scepticism

3rd January, 2020 21

So, Rebecca Watson of @skepchicks has produced a video calling JK Rowling a ‘bigoted fuckface’. She comes to this conclusion because the Harry Potter author defended Maya Forstater after Maya lost an employment tribunal over her beliefs that sex is binary and immutable. [read more…]

Steiner Free Schools Transferring to Hindu Academy Trust

20th June, 2019 13

You will recall that the government in the UK has ordered emergency inspections into all UK Steiner Schools, whether they are private schools, Academies or Free Schools. This was prompted by appalling safeguarding failures at a number of these schools which suggest a common pattern inherent within the Steiner system. Three of Michael Gove’s new Free Steiner Schools (Frome, Exeter and Bristol) have been deemed to be unable to correct [read more…]

Steiner Academy Exeter is an “Inadequate School”.

16th November, 2018 18

Ofsted have published their inspection report into Gove’s Steiner Academy Exeter and it is about as damning as you can get. “Leadership is dysfunctional at every level in the school.” “Leaders have failed to ensure the safety and well-being of pupils.” “Governors have failed in their duty of care towards both adults and pupils. ” “Teaching is inadequate. Staff do not consider progress in mathematics, reading and writing to be [read more…]

TOTALLY WITHOUT MERIT

29th March, 2018 0

It is now three years since I had to defend myself for five days in the High Court with Melanie Byng against a series of claims that we had defamed Angel Garden and Steve Paris. We were sued over a blog post I wrote, a handful of tweets and Melanie retweeting a tweet from Maria MacLachlan. The High Court found completely in our favour and dismissed all the claims. Defending your self in a [read more…]

Cancer Quack Colleen Huber Sues Britt Hermes for Libel

18th January, 2018 9

Cancer quackery is about as low as you can go. Telling people you can cure cancer with baking powder and vitamin C is irresponsible, unethical and lethal. But these are staple claims of the Naturopathic health care trade. In the UK, naturopathy is not a prominent mode of alternative medicine, but in the United States, students can spend tens of thousands of dollars being told they are getting meaningful medical [read more…]

Animal Acupuncture is Animal Cruelty

22nd September, 2017 29

This morning, the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, tweeted that it was ‘nurturing their precious penguins’ by giving them a range of quack treatments including ‘laser therapy, acupuncture and magnetic pulses’. The linked article explains, Teddy [a rescued rock hopper penguin with arthritis] has also undergone an operation on his right foot, had pulse magnetic therapy and receives medical attention on a regular basis. Quite what this ‘medical attention’ [read more…]

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