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24 Sep 2021

Back in the 18th century, a theatrical line that was delivered to shamelessly elicit or “trap” applause from the audience was referred to as “claptrap.”  The line usually didn’t have much meaning...

There is More to Microbes than Viruses

23 Jun 2020

We have been inundated with discussions of viruses but there are other types of microbes out there as well. Fungi, algae, protozoa and of course, bacteria. The latter are not only out there, but...

Masks Fall When Antivaxxers Congregate

11 Jun 2020

“I try to look and see where the evidence takes me.” Does this statement sound reasonable? If I told you it came from me, you might not bat an eyelash, but these words were spoken by Robert F....

The Anti-Vaccine Movement in 2020

22 May 2020

What does an antivaxxer and a far-right activist have in common? If the thought of someone who opposes vaccines brings to mind tie-dye shirts and tree hugging, your answer may be “nothing.” But...

Who Is Doing the Pointing When Communication Is Facilitated?

8 Nov 2019

Addressing the topic of facilitated communication in a public arena feels like walking into a military academy with a target on your back. It requires disentangling the emotions from the science,...

Jenny McCarthy’s Charisma Masks Her Kookiness

20 Mar 2017

About one thing there is no doubt. Jenny McCarthy is a very pretty lady. After all she rose to fame as a Playboy Playmate. She has also had a fling with modelling, TV and movies. And she is...

The Toxic Lunacy of Robert de Niro and Robert Kennedy Jr.

16 Feb 2017

Science can prove danger but it can never prove safety. It is impossible to prove that something cannot happen! Even if not a single person in a study has an adverse reaction, there is always the...

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