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What Do The Terms Clicktivist, Cross-Platforming, and GOTV Mean?


By Laurel Davila A “clicktivist” is someone who uses social media to facilitate political activism, and who educates voters. (


Battling antivaccinationists at FreedomFest, part 2 (Dr. Whitaker responds) [Respectful Insolence]

During this year’s TAM , I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying Steve Novella and Michael Shermer to debate an antivaccinationist at FreedomFest , a conservative/libertarian confab that was going on in Las Vegas at the same time as TAM...More


The Texas Republican Party platform: Creationism, denialism, “health freedom,” and “vaccine choice”


And now for something completely different. Except that it isn’t really. I say that it isn’t really different because, although this post will seem to be about politics, in reality it will be about a common topic on this blog:...More


The health freedom fighters attack [Respectful Insolence]


If there’s one thing shared in common among nearly all advocates of pseudoscience, it is the belief that they know The Truth. More importantly, they know The Truth, and The Powers That Be don’t want you to know The Truth...More


In which Orac basks in the adoration of an antivaccine fan... [Respectful Insolence]


I'm sometimes asked why I do this. Why, people ask me, do I spend so much time generating post after post after post day after day after day? Obviously, one reason is that it interests me. Another reason is the...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


Instruments of Fear: America and the War Machine


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version Ever since World War 2, America has been a nation on the defense...More


An Alternative To Stopping Government Corruption


cartoon by Mike Luckovich Lord Acton said power tends to corrupt. I couldn’t agree more. In a previous post , I wrote about how the government reflects the people it governs. Despite low public trust and congressional approval, throughout the...More


Health Care Mandate is Conservative Idea


When the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act passed Congress and signed into law by President Obama, you would think the mandate for all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, was something that came from the deep...More


Alert: Website Moving

Hey followers of Fidlerten Place, Our site is moving. It will no longer be a blog but will be a self-hosted site. The changes should be taking place within the next 24 hours. There will be several changes as...More