Skepchick Quickies 11.13

  • Uganda to officially pass “Kill the Gays” bill – “Several European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if it passes, with the UK government warning Uganda it would face severe reductions in financial help.”
  • Everyone agrees with us on climate change, especially when we’re wrong – “a new study has looked at how societal tendencies can play a role in maintaining mistaken beliefs. The authors of the study have found evidence that two well-known behaviors—the “false consensus” and “pluralistic ignorance”—are helping to shape public opinion in Australia.” From CriticalDragon1177.
  • The vaccination hoax debunked – This is a new-to-me site of lies, but they’re still the same old lies and complete inability to understand herd immunity. Still, I was mesmerized by the titles of other articles scrolling by at the top, since I think they hit every woo and conspiracy trope ever. From Julie.
  • Self-healing synthetic skin points way to new prosthetics
  • Featured image by Jill Powell



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  1. November 13, 2012 at 10:05 am —

    I clicked on that vaccination hoax link, hovered over the environment section and saw the word “chemtrails” I immediately closed that browser tab. There’s no way I’m reading that hogwash.

    • November 13, 2012 at 11:08 am —

      That’s what THEY want you to believe!

      *makes scary staring eyes

      On a more serious note, perhaps someone could post a link in the comments section to a good, easy to read, rebuttal website which supports vaccines?

      • November 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm —

        There are a ton of magazine-style articles debunking the myths. The problem is, denialists simply refuse to believe any facts coming from the WHO, CDCP, or AAP.
        Here’s a quick provider guide, though I’m not sure if it’s what you’re asking for:

        For more in-depth debunking, you can go to sciencebasedmedicine.org and click ‘vaccines’ under categories on the sidebar.

      • November 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm —
        • November 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm —

          I tried to enlist as a minion (2nd class) in Elyse’s Reject Army of the Dorkosphere, but I never got the t-shirt :-(

  2. November 13, 2012 at 11:48 am —


    Oh God no! I thought that thing with Uganda trying to pass a law executing people for being gay was over with. I should have realized that those bigoted, homophobic fanatics wouldn’t give up so easily!

  3. November 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm —

    You know, for a person whining about how there’s no evidence of vaccinations working, they really don’t seem to be particularly assed about backing up their own claims.

  4. November 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm —

    Wow, that anti-vaccine page is a hot load of horse dunk. I typically look askance at anything that uses fear as it motivation to keep reading, and then break out in laughter when it devolves “And YOU could be next!”

    They say: “But what if the very vaccination is able to cause the illness in the first place?” and I quickly realized that A) they don’t understand how immunization works, B) they are anti-science and pro-feel (as in, I feel that I will be okay if I swallow powdered glass.), and C) a bunch of angry people.

    The CDC is a great place for straight-forward SCIENCE-BASED info on vaccines. (I noticed someone mentioned wanting a link.)

    I can’t even deal with the Uganda laws. Just horrific.

  5. November 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm —

    I hope the Uganda story is covered more. The “Christmas” reference is pretty messed-up.


  6. November 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm —

    Although I’m not an expert on this, I believe that Africa was not particularly homophobic until Christians and Muslims introjected their homophobia into Africa. If we are worried about this radical homophobia ending in mass murders, then we should crack the symbolic language code in which the mythology of religion is written. And then we should prove to others that that is the real foundation of fundamentalism in those religions. The code was tweaked to fight propaganda wars, and later generations did not realize how they had been mentally programmed. The only thing they retained from the propaganda was an extreme idolatry of patriarchal heterosexual marriage, and an extreme hatred of non-heterosexual non-sexist non-patriarchal marriages.
    Marriage itself is a deity-cosmology ritual based on the role of procreation in creation stories. It is an evolved ritual ultimately based on rituals and symbolic language that existed before people knew their fathers.

  7. November 14, 2012 at 1:34 am —

    I wonder if Wake-up world is run by the Natural News folks…

    Love the climate change article. I know people like that.

  8. November 14, 2012 at 9:14 am —

    The WUW site is scary. I immediately looked for the 9/11 conspiracy page and was actually disappointed that they didn’t have one.

    If it wasn’t so serious a thing I’d say fine, have at it, die from preventable diseases. Sadly they wouldn’t and aren’t the only ones to suffer.

    I had someone on facebook freaking out on me just last week over getting the flu shot. She also sent me a link today to “Top healing foods that stop ovarian cancer in its tracks!” (Yes it was the Natural News site) She believes this stuff.

    I laughed at her because she takes vitamins which I have always given the stinkeye for being *usually* unnecessary.

  9. November 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm —

    I saw a page recently about the vaccines purportedly not being introduced until the diseases were already on their way down. It cited an organization called National Health Foundation and their (NHF) site listed US Vital Statistics as their source. I went to the CDC to find the vital statistics. However, although the graphs show data going back to about 1880, I wasn’t able to find vital statistics before about 1920. Does anyone know if there is actually any data about the rates of these diseases before 1920? I’m just trying to figure out where they got their data from. It looked to me like they made it up.

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