Friday, November 30, 2007

Homeopathic truth in press releases

I have been very lax recently. More than one person has been so good as to submit LOLquack material in the past couple of weeks and I haven't managed to post it; an unforgiveable lapse on my part. In an effort to begin remedying this deficiency, I present the first of a number of images sent to me by jdc, this one apparently via Gimpy's blog, although I haven't been able to find the pic there!

Do go and have a look at the story surrounding their latest press release. The Society of Homeopaths are a mendacious bunch of bastards as a matter of course, but they've really excelled themselves this time. For an interesting insight into the crazy world of backstabbing quack politics and the position occupied by the Society of Homeopaths therein, try this.

Submitted by jdc

Thursday, November 15, 2007

OMG! Orful Poo Laydee be bothrin mah kitteh!

Yeah, we've been far too serious recently. Thankfully, troubledjoe has dropped by to lighten the mood with this poor li'l kitteh...

I actually hesitated to post this one. Not on the grounds of taste; after all, anyone who prods around in other people's faeces for a living in order to make spurious diagnoses and who sells very expensive kits to let people do the same for themselves would hardly balk at doing the same to family pets... and of course, that's what worries me.

Should any of the major players in nutribollocks woo-mongering set eyes on this, they might realise that there's a relatively untapped market out there for animal nutrimysticism, and then no litter tray would be safe and I'd have that on my conscience forever.

Do I really want to be responsible for "You Are What You Eat... And So Is Your Pet!" - where some basket-case with a mail-order PhD tries to persuade a Rottweiler to forego the unhealthy meat-based diet that makes its poo smell so bad in favour of organic lentil and celeriac casserole?

Hmmm... maybe that's not such a bad idea after all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Magik watuh onli wurk with magik wurdz

You don't want that to happen, now do you? After all, if the labels were swapped over, there'd be no way anyone could tell which remedy was in which bottle. And that's straight from the mouth of Kate Chapman of the Society of Homeopaths. I mean, instead of dosing yourself with drops of water from Bottle A, you could end up dosing yourself with... OTHER water from Bottle B. The consequences are unimaginable.

So, if you believe that maybe, just maybe, telling people that you can protect them from fatal diseases with magic water might not be a clever thing to do; if you consider that ministering to sufferers from diseases such as AIDS and malaria with witchcraft whilst promoting the idea that "conventional" remedies for these conditions is poisoning the patients is perhaps just a tad unwise; if you are a UK resident who is concerned that state funding for superstitious mediaeval nonsense by one of the richest nations in the world is helping to promulgate a dangerous ignorance and ultimately resulting in preventable deaths in 3rd-world countries... SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY!

Monday, November 12, 2007

New hope for EMS sufferers!

Up 'til now, you would have had to spend an absolute fortune on all sorts of strange devices (that don't freakin' do anything) in order to find some relief from the symptoms of Electromagnetic Sensitivity... but not any more! LOLQuacks takes pleasure in demonstrating a wholly natural and effective remedy for this most pernicious of ailments:

Problem solved! We can encourage our children to eat healthily and at the same time mitigate against the dreadful effects of Evil Wireless Death Rays in our schools... what a result!

Submitted by Persiflage

Thursday, November 8, 2007

In His infinite compassion, Jesus said...

Jehovah's Witnesses - you've gotta love 'em.

Here's an excellent blog post on this tragic story.

And yes, I've probably gone too far... but lest ye think me completely lacking in any fellow-feeling, there is a resource for ex Jehovah's Witnesses and those JW's who are having trouble dealing with the issues raised by their faith that you can find by clicking HERE

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Introducing this week's Special Guest Star

The pleasure and the pain of starting up a site like this is that when people send you stuff, you find yourself introduced to a whole new world of of painful agenda-led bad science and fakery. I hadn't even heard of today's LOLquack subject until the pic was submitted, but it's time to introduce you to...

Steven Milloy! Tobacco and oil-industry stooge, global warming denialist and campaigner for the rights of big business, he is the founder of JunkScience, a website dedicated to the proposition that anyone who considers anthropogenic global warming to be a reality is in fact an environmental terrorist hell-bent on destroying Truth, Justice and the American Way.


Further to this, Mr. Milloy has created a competition for anyone who can scientifically prove that global warming is a reality. He's even putting up $125,000 of his own money as a prize.

Sounds like the heartfelt advocacy of a true believer prepared to put his money where his mouth is, wouldn't you say? Well, don't bet on it!

Thanks to Ryan Somma for this submission, for furthering my education, and for adding yet another person to the list of bad-science advocates that I lose sleep over...