Amber Anklets

Some people are born tosspots, some become tosspots, but nobody ever has tosspothood thrust upon them. There’s no excuse for it. Today’s exercise in extreme arsewartery comes to us discourtesy of a woomeister calling herself Tamara (yes, really) and trading as Amber Anklets in the Affluent White Idiot Belt of England. That’s Surrey to you. I came across this Friend of Sandra‘s as she pelted with the verbal equivalent of muck and faeces people who were politely asking for evidence for the claims made for her products on her webshite. Responding to simple questions with frothing hate is a hallmark of the terminally cult-ridden, fuckwitted and/or brazenly dishonest. Of course I was intrigued. It didn’t take much effort to find out that she was seriously butthurt at being added to the ASA’s naughty list, for refusing to stop making unsubstantiated claims about her wares. Another paid-up member of the “Trust … Continue reading

Lynne McTaggart – HELP US DO IT AGAIN

I grow weary of her delusional rants. I even tried to unsubscribe from a mailing list I never subscribed to in the first place, but Alex at WDDTY-dot-com cares little for such niceties. If you want updates on the latest deadly antics of WDDTY (prop. L. McTaggart and A. Hubby) and its editorial team, you will be forcibly subscribed to updates from the ill-written egowank that McTaggart calls a blog. So the Blessed McFuckwit continues, regardless of others’ wishes,  with her self-pitying spam.  She, who apparently thinks she intuitively knows about Science – see the slogan used to flog her pathetically deluded Happy Thoughts Via The Fundamental Interconnectedness Of All Things shite – objects violently to being contradicted by science. As, once again, we will see… A couple of years ago, some Dutch company set up their Website of the Year awards. It’s basically a ploy to get people to sign up … Continue reading

The true face of the anti-gay movement

Same-sex marriage was legalised a year and a half ago in France, amidst a rising tide of ignorance, fear and hate from the extreme right and ultra-religious lobbies. The first gay marriage had to have police protection, as extreme-right bully boys wanted to get into the ceremony and create a disturbance. Since then, there have been a fair number of marriages, the very fabric of society has failed to collapse and, worst of all, LGBT folk are being increasingly perceived as normal people. This will not do at all. After all, if you’re thundering forth that homosexuality is sin and that anyone who “chooses a homosexual lifestyle” is evil and immoral and corrupt, it causes problems when people are out and proud, with everybody looking at them and saying “But they’re just like us and don’t live any differently.” The bigots’ lobby has a response to this: invent bugbears to … Continue reading

“Dr” Alan Hunter and the bogus food allergy cure

There is a blustering, narcissistic fuckwit currently trying to impress or intimidate (nobody is quite sure which) the team over at WWDDTYDTY. His legal name is apparently Alan Hunter, although he has been observed clumsily sockpuppeting under the sobriquet of “Dave Warren”. Alan Hunter describes himself as an award-winning author. He is not to be confused with the much-loved author of the George Gently books, who died in 2005. This Alan Hunter committed the following piece of WTFometer-worthy pseudoscientific egowank, from the Allergy International webshite: THE BOOK THE HEALTH WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING ON ! The SOLUTION to the world-wide phenomenon of food/chemical allergy (or intolerance) has been found! In Curing Food Allergies and Common Illnesses, award-winning food intolerance writer and researcher Alan Hunter has reached the end of a 30 year search for the actual solution to the disorder. Food “allergy” or intolerance experts, writes Dr. Hunter, are simply … Continue reading

STOP PRESS! Homeopaths discover new element

I am much indebted to raving homeoloons Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine for tweeting, this 7th day of September 2014, a link to the following mind-bogglingly stupid and dangerous WTFuckery. It’s an extract from Keynotes and characteristics with comparisons of some of the leading remedies of the materia medica, brainshat out by one Henry Clay Allen in 1899 and still reverently treated as Gospel by the homeopaths of today. It’s a terrifying insight into the way their minds have been twisted to function. REMEDY OF THE DAY: BROMIUM (The Element) Yes, bromium. Chalk up a couple of points on the WTFometer. The chemists among you will be raising a quizzical eyebrow, or possibly both eyebrows and a blunt instrument. Look, homeoloons aren’t big on science. In any case, they go out of their way to mislabel stuff, so they can then go on to whine about how everyone else uses … Continue reading

Nonsense Not Science – H:MC21

The sheer arrogance of our species in naming itself Homo sapiens (and sometimes the even more ludicrous Homo sapiens sapiens) never fails to annoy me. For a start, we’re not that wise as a species. If we were, we wouldn’t be killing each other in the name of invisible sky fairies that usually turn out to have the same historical folk origins as the other side’s. Reality-based bloggers, broadcasters, scientists, medics, pharmacists etc wouldn’t spend so much time having to explain to hairless, faeces-throwing chimps in the media and on Internet that yes, global warming is real and already under way, or that you cannot have continual economic expansion within a limited market. Nor would we have to continually expose and debunk the deep-rooted fuckwittery that is homeopathy. Some people have likened fanatical religious belief – which is more widespread than you’d think, since many supposedly developed countries allow parents … Continue reading

Natural News warns against homeopathy

I’ve mentioned wootastic webshite Natural News before, if only in passing. It’s run by brain-addled bullshit-huckster Mike “Health Danger” Adams, and promotes just about any half-arsed fringe therapy Adams can find, providing there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support it. If it’s actively dangerous, so much the better, it would seem. The only reason I haven’t blogged it before is, well… Where to start? The site is packed to the gunwales with WTFuckery and blatant profiteering, and these are frequently the same thing. Anyway, I am much indebted to ever-reliable frothing homeoloon Laurie J Willerg, who recently tweeted this: #homeopathy GMOs, allergens and toxic dyes typical components of pharma drugs http://t.co/y44ALOl7Ht — Laurie J. Willberg (@LaurieJWillberg) July 16, 2014 The drug in question is Xanax. OK, what’s in Xanax, then? Let’s turn to a drug info site such as Rxlist.com: Each XANAX Tablet, for oral administration, contains 0.25, 0.5, … Continue reading

Homeopathy and Ebola

There are a number of homeopaths currently holding forth on the subject of homeopathy and Ebola, claiming their nostrums can treat the disease. The usual suspects, of course. For example: Joette Calabrese, currently in the middle of a huge self-publicity drive, including buying followers and cross-posting everywhere she can: Bioterrorism and Epidemics: Knowing Homeopathy Can Help Make the World a Less Scary Place. There is, of course, a difference between “less scary” and “safer”, but Joette hopes you won’t spot that one. It gets worse. As a preventative if an outbreak happens nearby, Crotalus horridus 30C, one dose daily, until the threat is out of the area is the method many homeopaths familiar with this disease suggest. If a person is infected, the remedies most commonly used would be the following.  One dose every hour, but as the severity of the symptoms decrease,  frequency is reduced. If no improvement is … Continue reading

Video of the day: John Oliver on climate change and false balance

Fine. If you must dispute debate something that is an established fact, such as: is anthropic global warming, aka climate change, real and a threat? (or: is homeopathy quackery? Is evolution more than “just a theory”?), then you should do it honestly, especially if you’re doing it in the media. John Oliver, who is fast becoming one of my intellectual heroes, shows us what a genuinely balanced debate on a topic where no room remains for reasonable doubt really looks like. Enjoy So the next time you hear phrases like “X uses homeopathy”, or “Y doesn’t believe in global warming”, or “Z used acupuncture to speed recovery”, or even “A Doughball ate her baby’s placenta”, remember the only correct response is: “Who gives a shit?” Have your opinion by all means. Just don’t imagine that it trumps science. Science exists to describe reality, whereas your opinion describes only your own … Continue reading

Nancy Malik Strikes Back! Homeowatch and Quackwatch abusing HONcode?

It’s the silly season all right. So much fuckwittery queuing up to be eviscerated that I’m going to have to aim for shorter posts. Following Nancy Malik’s self-pitying rant about losing her HONcode certification through not complying with the requirements, an update has just been published to that post in her blog. Oddly enough, that update does not mention that the HONcode certification has been withdrawn and that the agreement requires she remove all reference to it from her site. Which, of course, she hasn’t done. No, the update is a tu quoque-style attack on two pro-science websites run by the same person: one Stephen Barrett, M.D, with the help of a number of volunteers. According to Malik, Barrett is abusing the HONcode certification in the same way she did. Which, it would seem, exonerates her – in her own dreams, at least. Well, being a skeptic doesn’t excuse you … Continue reading