Links for July 26th

AI: Thanks, Assholes. This afternoon I would like to send a special thank you out to Jenny McCarthy, Andrew Wakefield, Meryl Dorey, Age of Autism and anyone else who encourages parents not to vaccinate their children. It’s just so great what you guys are doing. You’re so warm and fuzzy with your adorable plea to…… Continue reading Links for July 26th

Links for May 19th

Unpleasant Medicine I think it’s significant that there’s no consensus on the larger-scale significance of environmental threats; indeed, our responses are severely polarized, as if these are debatable matters of opinion rather than ones with quantifiable facts attached. Eyjafjallajoekull can potentially continue to erupt for years, massively disrupting long haul travel across the North Atlantic…… Continue reading Links for May 19th

Links for March 31st

Measles Outbreak Triggered by Unvaccinated Child What began as a family trip to Switzerland in 2008 ended up as a public health nightmare in California. The family's 7-year-old boy, who was intentionally unvaccinated against measles, was exposed to the virus while traveling in Europe. When he returned home to San Diego, he unknowingly exposed a…… Continue reading Links for March 31st

MPs: not all crap

There are all sorts of compaigns out there on the internet. People get upset about all sorts of stuff, create websites and bombard politicians with requests for support for multitudinous half-baked ideas. Some are more worthy than others and one that I support is the Libel Reform campaign. I started getting interested in this while…… Continue reading MPs: not all crap

Links for December 4th

Don’t strike up the band Visit a pub and there’s every chance you’ll hear background Muzak, or high-volume Sky Sports coverage of Premiership football. But what are the chances of hearing live music? At least as good as they have ever been, says the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which controls the licensing of…… Continue reading Links for December 4th

Links for November 27th

Boots’ cynical stance on homeopathy There's something of a backlash taking place online against Boots today, after their professional standards director Paul Bennett admitted before a parliamentary committee yesterday that the chain sell homeopathic remedies because they sell, even though they know there is no scientific evidence that they actually work. National papers involved in…… Continue reading Links for November 27th

Links for November 17th

Labels may be losing money, but artists are making more than ever The Times Labs blog takes a hard look at the data on music sales and live performances and concludes that while the labels’ profits might be falling, artists are taking in more money, thanks to the booming growth of live shows. The Times…… Continue reading Links for November 17th

Links for November 4th

Childhood vaccines, autism and the dangers of group think Wallace has run smack into an abiding, perhaps growing, phenomenon of the Internet Age: Citizens armed with information are sure they know better. Readers who brush up against expertise believe they have become experts. The common man rebels against the notion that anyone — not professionals,…… Continue reading Links for November 4th

Links for September 1st

British plan to tackle asteroids A team of British scientists are developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from destroying the Earth. The 10 tonne “gravity tractor” would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen. The device, which would rely on the force of gravity, is being developed…… Continue reading Links for September 1st

Links for April 16th

UK ‘has the worst copyright laws’ UK copyright laws “needlessly criminalise” music fans and need to be updated, a consumer watchdog says. UK laws that make it a copyright violation to copy a CD that you own onto a computer or iPod should be changed, says Consumer Focus. The call came after global umbrella group…… Continue reading Links for April 16th

Links for March 30th

Women told: ‘You have dishonoured your family, please kill yourself’ When Elif’s father told her she had to kill herself in order to spare him from a prison sentence for her murder, she considered it long and hard. “I loved my father so much, I was ready to commit suicide for him even though I…… Continue reading Links for March 30th

Links for March 17th

Minister won’t confirm belief in evolution Canada’s science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won’t say if he believes in evolution. “I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary…… Continue reading Links for March 17th