April 27th, 2009

Science!

Phil Plait on the antivaccine crowd

"I am embarrassed I ever wrote anything for HuffPo, which is now a cesspool of misleading misinformation. Funny though; I still get people asking me 'What's the harm in believing in things that aren't real?'

"What’s the harm?

"Polio. Smallpox. Pertussis. Mumps. Measles (with possibility of encephalitis and permanent brain damage). Hib. Death.

"Death. That’s the harm. The antivax movement, the people who promote homeopathic water, the people who want you to poke you with needles... they are peddling nonsense that doesn't work. And worse, when they convince someone that their fantasy is correct and the entire scientific and medical establishment is wrong, that person will be denied treatment that may actually do some good."

Politics

snerk

"Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.

"And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.

"Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?"

-Bill Maher