Saturday, 30 July 2011

If In Doubt... Check The Quackometer

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If In Doubt... Check The Quackometer

In the ranks of rationalist bullshit shredding sites, The Quackometer is one of the real gems.

The focus is clearly medically based, in that its main targets are those who try to pass off ridiculous pseudo cures and mumbo-jumbo as the real thing.

Homoeopaths are a constant source of fun and fear, as we learn just how seriously they are taken by far too many gullible souls, and just how ridiculous their claims and cures actually are.

Honestly, between a recent interview with the head of the biggest homoeopathy body and the lunatic Islamist fanatic in the last post, I'm really not sure who's the maddest.

Ahh, here it is:
(it's a bit long, so go straight to 7:00 minutes in to watch the nonsense coming out of this squirmy woman's mouth, and sigh)

I found this through an article on The Quackometer entitled 'In Five Years, the Society of Homeopaths Have Learnt Nothing', and by clicking that link you can see the video in its original Quackometer context.

What's good about the site is that the blogger has a good solid scientific grounding and seems to relish looking up old papers and raking through the evidence (and counter-evidence) to not only ridicule some of the most obvious nonsense but also to quite authoritatively shoot it down, which is intellectually pleasing as well as often very entertaining.

Other enjoyable recent pieces, which I've included here as enlargeable screen shots include:

==> a debunking of the 'Foresight Preconception' organisation who claim to be able to increase fertility but base it on a huge amount of nonsense and rehacked obviousness;

==> a trashing of 'Applied Kinesiology' which some companies are referring to as they try to convince us that their hilarious devices will protect us from things we have yet to be convinced actually do us any harm;

==> an exposé of the 'Abha Light Foundation' which it is claimed is a chain of Kenyan  homeopathy clinics which are funded by a violent cult.

As you know I'm more of an eclecticist than anything else, wanting to bring you a rich selection of anything and everything which tickles my sceptic's soul, and without sites like The Quackometer I'd have very little to write about apart from my own fetid thoughts, so thanks a lot for a cool site, and keep it up!

Now I'm feeling the need for a far lighter post, as this blog is supposed to celebrate the wonderful as well as the woesome, so let me see what I can dredge up for the next post.

I have a project. It's to make a list of the Top Ten (10, count 'em) must watch videos I've ever seen in my life.

This could be difficult. Of course I could divide them into categories, such as awesome ads, wild music vids and awful TV appearances, but hey, I reckon it would be more fun to mix and match with the only linking factor being a judicious combination of 'Oh My G..' and  'What the F...?'

Stay tuned for the Top Ten list to end all lists. Then again, it could turn into a series, methinks...

See you in the gene pool

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