Creationism legislation–Tennessee Monkey Bill (Update 4)

[pullquote]If you’re looking for a cure for your cancer, don’t look to evolution-deniers for hope. As for me, I give thanks to Darwin and the researchers who have stood on his shoulders.–Leslie Brunetta[/pullquote] A quick update on Tennessee's "Monkey Bill", which is a Republican-led anti-evolution and global warming denying bill.…

The history of the anti-vaccination movement, includes a theme song

[caption id="attachment_1490" align="alignright" width="217"] The rousing anti-vaccination hymn.[/caption] Sometimes I run across articles and posts just because someone I follow on Twitter or Facebook will post a link that I happen to catch.  Of course, I miss about 95% of what's posted because I just don't have the time to…

Antievolution and anti-science education–New York City?

[caption id="attachment_1477" align="alignright" width="180"] New York City Department of Education bans both. Irony ensues.[/caption] The reach of the crazy creationists always seemed like a southern thing.  Mississippi and Alabama are backwards states with bad education where they invest more in football than science education.  Tennessee is trying to relive the…

Measles outbreak in United Kingdom–worst since introduction of MMR vaccine

The United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that a measles outbreak in the Merseyside area is the largest since the MMR vaccine (vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella) was introduced in 1988. There have been 113 confirmed cases, and another 43 probable cases–28 of these individuals needed hospital treatment.…

The anti-vaccination movement and resistance to allergen-immunotherapy

[caption id="attachment_1437" align="alignright" width="300"] Doesn't cause autism.[/caption] Sometimes, there are consequences to a pseudoscience movement that goes far beyond the immediate goals of that movement.  I have written many times about the anti-vaccination lunacy, but almost always it's about the immediate consequences of not vaccinating children (and sometimes adults):  infection…
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