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Me at Minnesota Progressive Project [Greg Laden's Blog]


Starting now, I will be writing blog post now and then at Minnesota Progressive Project. I'll be focusing on the intersection of science and politics, the politics of science, and now and then I'l rant wildly about something random. My...More


Shawn Otto on Science Friday talking about Science Debate [Greg Laden's Blog]


Shawn Otto , author of Fool me Twice , will be on Science Friday this week talking about Science Debate with Ira Flatow and Vern Ehlers. Fri 1-2 CT, 2-3 ETMore


Jan Brewer Flips Off Arizona Uteruses – Bans Public Funding for Planned Parenthood


“No more free rides for uteruses in MY state!” cried Governor Brewer, as she signed off on a bill that would end most public funding to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. Citing her supporters, who do not wish to have...More


Antivaccine activists try to flog Rep. Dan Burton's fear mongering about an "autism epidemic" [Respectful Insolence]


Oh, goody. Remember last week, when I took note of how organized quackery's best friend in Congress, not to mention a shining example of crank magnetism, Representative Dan Burton of Indiana, was taking the opportunity of his having announced that...More


No, Virginia, cancer care in Europe doesn't suck, contrary to what a recent paper implies [Respectful Insolence]


The U.S. is widely known to have the highest health care expenditures per capita in the world, and not just by a little , but by a lot. I'm not going to go into the reasons for this so much,...More


Update on California bill AB 2109: It moves on despite the antivaccine movement [Respectful Insolence]

It just occurred to me that, even though there was news about it, I never mentioned what's happened recently with respect to California bill AB2109. As you might recall, I wrote about this bill about four weeks ago . In...More


ObamaCare...the Others Don't


Conservatives go to the High Court with the low goal of making it harder for Americans to get healthcare, yet while they threaten to undo Obama's achievement, the President's own national poll numbers rise. Republicans realize that Romney's the one...More


Acupuncture: Not an "essential health benefit" in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Respectful Insolence]


This week, the Supreme Court is hearing a case that can only be described as historic. Any of you out there (in the U.S. anyway; I realize that my readership is international) who have paid even a passing attention to...More


Bad news for the Affordable Care Act [denialism blog]


The NYTimes reporting suggests a 5-4 split against ACA is likely: Justice Kennedy, along with Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. all asked questions suggesting that they had a problem with...More


California Bill AB 2109: Real informed consent versus antivaccine misinformed consent [Respectful Insolence]

I've discussed the concept of "misinformed consent" multiple times before. Quacks in general, particularly the "health freedom" movement proclaim their dedication to "informed consent." "All we're asking for," they will say, "is informed consent." The antivaccine movement in particular demands...More