It just occurred to me this morning (as I was checking that the next two episodes of Token Skeptic were downloadable) that perhaps a campaign needs to be in the works to prevent having the anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy feature on Australian television, via the US program “The View”.
From the Channel 9 Facebook page:
“…The View will no longer be showing on Nine as the contract has expired and not been renewed.”
I guess we can be grateful for some small mercies.
In the meantime, the new podcast episodes are out and the Dr Offit interview should be appearing on the Curiouser and Curiouser column very soon!
- Pam Ragland, Terry Smith: No, psychics can’t help murder victims. Slate
- In Iraq, the Bomb-Detecting Device That Didn’t Work, Except to Make Money – BusinessWeek.
- Madonna leads you to the Devil. The Telegraph.
- Joe Rogan meets Todd Disotell about Bigfoot. Vulture.
- Australians seem to be getting dumber – but does it matter? The Conversation.
- Watch him pull a USDA-mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat. Washington Post.
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This is the week that it was announced that Jenny McCarthy was joining popular daytime television show “The View” in the USA. We can take some comfort that backlash about her appointment has not just come from science blogs and independent media sites, but also mainstream publications like Time and The New Yorker.
It’s also timely that Dr Paul A. Offit, the chief of the infectious diseases division of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has a newly released book “Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine”. In it, he criticizes the negative impact that celebrities like Jenny McCarthy can have on the public understanding and support of good health and science. In addition, he offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response – many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.
NOTE! If you’re in Perth, Western Australia? Tuesday 23 July – Profs and Pints – Censorship: What do we need protecting from?
Guest speakers: Craig Comrie (YACWA), Dr Nik Zeps (every committee ever), Melissa Nile (online, social engagement, media). Check out details at http://www.scitech.org.au/featured/featured/profs-a-pints.html