Skepchick Quickies 1.27

  • Vaccines and autism: another dead link – Phil Plait reports on yet another study showing that there is no link between vaccines that contain thimerosal and autism.
  • First view of the dark side of the sun – “Well, no, there’s no actual dark side of a luminous ball of burning gas, but there is an effective dark side, as in, the side of the sun we can’t see at any given time.”
  • Example of bad science news deployment – If u drinkz teh caffeen u wil giv ur baybee teh cancerzorz!  (Okay, so really I just wanted to type in LOLspeek.)
  • Sex drive linked to prostate cancer – Speaking of science reporting, what they mean is that there’s a likely link between hormone levels and risk of prostate cancer.  Thanks Russell.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Ummmm…”There’s no dark side of the sun, really. As a matter of fact, it’s all dark…”

  2. Re: Sex drive linked to prostate cancers…

    So what they’re saying is that us guys are effed if we get effed or not! :-D

    Funny how life seems to work out that way…

  3. That’s just the gynocracy trying to shame men into fitting stereotypical gender roles bye implying that heterosexual men will continue this potentially dangerous behavior because they all eventually want to have their anuses fingered in some homoerotic doctor/patient fantasy later in life. So instead of putting more money into prostate cancer research, which incidentally inflicts men much more than women, these loser women simply tell us to be good celibate boys or else we’ll get cancer. It’s just another tool for Teh Gynocracy to try to sexually control men.

    That’s the best “Marcotte” I can do on a science piece. Anyone else?

  4. @mxracer652: That was the douchiest thing I’ve read today, which is really saying something. What on earth is your point, and what does it have to do with anything in the Quickies? Why did you randomly insult Amanda Marcotte, who happens to be a good friend of Skepchick?

  5. @mxracer652: Yeah, it’s almost like someone had a nasty, kneejerk reaction to certain buzzwords and forms accusatory conclusions based on preconceived prejudices and doesn’t actually read or consider the ideas presented for fear they might encounter something that troubles their worldview. I can’t imagine who would do something like that.

  6. I thought mxracer652 was doing a satirical take on Marcotte’s rather over-the-top response to that other BBC news piece from a few days or so ago.

    Yes? No?

  7. How brilliant is that? According to the Beeb my right hand causes cancer – makes me sound like a super-villain. “Stand back Spiderman, I’ve got an opposable thumb and I’m not afraid to use it!”

  8. @whitebird: Funny as it seems, I was listening to that album when I read the Skepckick post. It was a no brainer, but I just had to say it! :-D

  9. I’m not sure it’s related to hormones. I heard (and never checked) that if men don’t have enough sex they have more prostate troubles. Is that just another bullshit story that men use to make women feel guilty for having headaches?

  10. On one of my local news stations this morning, the teaser for the vaccine/autism story was: “A new study has been released on the possible connection between vaccines and autism. Stay with us to learn what may be bad for your children.”

    WTF? May be bad for your children? And then the results are it’s not bad for your children.

    I wasn’t able to stick around to see how they covered it.

  11. @Jen: Whoa, hey, that was exactly my point. Marcotte, while partially in touch with reality, goes off on a full blown christian style persecution complex, denial & faux rage the likes of DaveScot & Dembski jerk off to while fantasizing. Never let reality or science get in the way of one’s own preconceived worldview or political preference.

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