This is really appalling—“Doctor Yourself”:
World’s Largest HEALTH HOMESTEADING website
If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This
especially includes your health.
What is this, hmm? This is the work of one
“Andrew Saul, PhD”1
and what a piece of work it is. Every piece of woo medicine
you’ve ever read about is contained in this one website.
Homeopathy? Yep. What about vitamin C as a cure for AIDS (and HPV!
Double whammy on the sexually transmitted diseases there!)? Oh
yeah, we got that too. Maybe throw in magnesium for epilepsy too.
But this is all run of the mill stuff. What about his assertion
“the germ theory was complete bullshit”
to really throw the cat among the pigeons?
We do indeed have a proper nutcase here. And he appears to have a
love affair with vitamin C. Really, there seems to be nothing it
can’t be applied to that won’t be fixed within the
week. (I exaggerate, but only slightly.) He’s even got a full
strong-arming your doctors into giving intravenous vitamin C.
Unfortunately I don’t really have the medical knowledge to go
through this site page by page. This is a lifetime’s project
I’ll leave you with the knowledge that Dr (or should that be
“Dr”) Saul is
“Assistan Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine”,
which is probably about as well regarded as Homeopathy. Ho
Why does that title give me the involuntary shivers now? I suppose
I’m just glad it wasn’t Dr Andrew Saul, PhD…
Saw a sign on a van advertising halal chicken.
Four chickens for five pounds. That’s quite
terrifying. To the point that I wonder how it’s possible to
undercut all the supermarkets with such a small market in the first
place. Sounds rather suspicious to me.
Doesn’t matter anyway. Not touching cheap meat any more if I
can help it.
Also, in the newspapers:
“Inquest hears of papparazi photographing Diana crash”
or similar. I seem to recall that the day after the crash there was
nothing on television but the news. The papers were filled with it
for weeks if not months. (And it gets dredged up on a weekly basis
in some of the classier red-tops.)
Where did they think all those pictures came from?
long and winding thread going on at Respectful Insolence,
where the commenters are thrashing around the subject of
“Jewishness” and “Judaism”. Are they
different? Can one be an atheist/secular Jew?
Many people, certainly in the US, claim this is a very normal state
of affairs. Here, for example, are
Coturnix’s thoughts on the subject.
I am an atheist because I was born and raised in an atheist family,
atheist school, atheist culture in an atheist country. I am also
Because my mother is Jewish. She is also an atheist. How can she be
a Jew then, you may ask?
Because her parents were Jews. And they were both atheists as well.
I need to go to the fourths generation into the past to find anyone
who, apart from being Jewish also partook of Judaism.
… We dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah. We eat pork BBQ
on Yom Kippur. We give kids eight presents over eight days of
Hannukkah. We celebrate Passover as an excuse to have friends over
for good food and good wine (no Manishewitz there!) and use a
secular/feminist/environmentalist Haggadah for it. We eat, drink
and make fun of both religion and the new-agey haggadah
So yes. I am Jewish.
Funny, isn’t it?
My great-grandparents were probably church-goers, and maybe my
grandparents too. Though my parents weren’t, to the best of
my knowledge. But we decorate a tree every Christmas and give gifts
to each other. We used to roll boiled eggs down the hill outside
our house at Easter, when we were younger. I still eat Easter eggs.
I get a day off on Good Friday. I’m not totally opposed to
the consumption of bread or wine either.
I live in a firmly Christian nation. Wikipedia suggests
Christianity was introduced to Scotland in the second century AD,
and that 70% of the inhabitants identify as Christian. I live in a
constitutional monarchy, where the ruling monarch is also
“defender of the (Christian) faith”.
Despite all this, anyone claiming I was a
“secular Christian” would be recognised for the fool
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. The history of lawyers' letters used to remove material from the internet never
go in favour of the lawyers' clients. This is called the Streisand effect
The Society of Homepaths are one group who have utterly failed to learn this lesson. David Colquhuon (himself no stranger to receiving legal letters
) reports on the Society of Homeopaths attempt at bullying
Many people now have written about the disgraceful and dangerous claims by homeopaths to be able to prevent and cure malaria. My contribution was “Homeopathic 'cures' for malaria: a wicked scam”
One of the best contributions was on the Quackometer blog, The Gentle Art of Homeopathic Killing.
But the post has vanished! Quackometer’s ISP has received threatening letters sent by lawyers on behalf of the Society of Homeopaths, who claim that the truth i.e. [sic] defamatory, while being unwilling to say which statements are wrong. These threats have forced the removal of the post (for the moment), though you can still read it from the Google cache. And a lot of other places too.
You can read the original article here: The Gentle Art of Homeopathic Killing
Muslim medical students get picky
Some Muslim medical students are refusing to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs.
Some trainee doctors say learning to treat the diseases conflicts with their faith, which states that Muslims should not drink alcohol and rejects sexual promiscuity.
A small number of Muslim medical students have even refused to treat patients of the opposite sex. One male student was prepared to fail his final exams rather than carry out a basic examination of a female patient.
At what point in your adult life do you decide, "Yeah, I'd like to be a doctor but I'll only treat half the population"?
This is slightly related to my post of the other day about email authentication and integrity. A warrant canary
rsync.net Warrant Canary
Existing and proposed laws, especially as relate to the US Patriot Act, etc., provide for secret warrants, searches and seizures of data, such as library records. Some such laws provide for criminal penalties for revealing the warrant, search or seizure, disallowing the disclosure of events that would materially affect the users of a service such as rsync.net. rsync.net and its principals and employees will in fact comply with such warrants and their provisions for secrecy. rsync.net will also make available, weekly, a "warrant canary" in the form of a cryptographically signed message containing the following:
Special note should be taken if these messages ever cease being updated, or are removed from this page.
- a declaration that, up to that point, no warrants have been served, nor have any searches or seizures taken place
- a cut and paste headline from a major news source, establishing date
The canary (named after the sacrificial birds which were taken down the mines) is appended with the 'weekly message' (like an email) and an encrypted hash string (a digital signature). The website's public key is also published, so you can decode the signature and check its validity.
It's been over a week since the warrant canary was last updated...
There is a joke in the computing industry, with regard to bugs, of
programming being like
sex1—“one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life”.
The talk given by Simon Peyton Jones on Haskell’s 15th
A smallish, rather pointy-headed user-base makes Haskell nimble.
Haskell has evolved rapidly and continues to do so. Motto: avoid
success at all costs
Organisations are reputed to become slower to adapt as they
increase in size. Small is nimble.
In sex, in business or in programming: if you want to remain
unencumbered, avoid success at all costs. Some people, though, go
looking for success…
I know what you’re thinking—how are programmers ever
likely to know?
The next instalment in this exciting saga of family feuds and
cyberwarfare. Tybalt has sent an invitation email to Romeo,
impersonating Juliet in order to tempt Romeo to reveal himself.
Romeo opens his mail and finds this message waiting for him:
From: “Juliet” email@example.com
Subject: secret meeting
Come to the town square at midnight, behind the clock.
alone and make sure you’re not followed.
If he takes the bait and travels to meet his love, who knows what
terrible fate will befall him?
Luckily, we don’t have to worry, because Romeo and Juliet
have been smart. They’ve taken precautions.
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A simple rule is that the insertion occurs at a syllable boundary, usually just before the primary stressed syllable. Thus, one hears abso-fuckin-lutely rather than *ab-fuckin-solutely. This rule is insufficient to describe examples such as un-fuckin-believable (not *unbe-fuckin-lievable), however, so modifications to this rule are proposed such as morpheme boundaries taking precedence over stress.
Does anyone else think that it should
be unbe-fucking-lievable and not un-fucking-believable? The second one just seems like three separate words and is not something I could actually say.