Well, all the domain changes have nearly finished propagating. Next time I’ll be more patient when swapping hosting services, especially as I hope that when I do need to do this, it’ll be because this blog is so wildly popular my current setup can’t cope. Let a Teapot dream, will you?
Whatever. Anyway, I found this little ray of sunshine to brighten up my dreary and embittered existence. It has everything one could hope for in an educational video. Watch, and learn from a Master.
Following on my previous post about chiropractors, which ended up being mostly on how they sell a large number of sessions of dubious medical benefit, I found the video below on teh Yootoob.
The chiroquacktor in question is called Corbett. At one point he waves around something he calls the results of an EMD scan. I suspect the device is question is rather like this, a piece of hardware whose sole purpose is to Look Impressive and Bamboozle The Marks. Funny how she’s so much sicker than she thought, isn’t it? All those terrible muscle spasms she didn’t even know she had (look at the neck, she’s consulting for lower back pain). Trust me, when you have really bad muscle spasms in your back, you are fully aware of the fuckers. It’s all you can do not to scream out loud during polite conversation. See those painkillers? You go House M.D. on their ass. Anyway, watch this:
If you want to annoy me, refer to your favourite brand of unscientific happy-hippy woo as ‘medicine’. Actually, that’s also a pretty good way of getting into trouble with the law as well, as this lot – Pure Medicinal Aromatherapy – Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils – either fail to recognise or couldn’t give a toss about. Bit of a pity, then, that such reprehensible conduct marrs what would otherwise be pure comedy gold. This webshite is a real humdinger.
The word ‘medicine’ and variants thereof occur regularly throughout the site. The jiggeryfuckery (© @BurbDoc) is blatant: they’re hawking scented oils as medicines. Just reading the drivel on the front page is giving me a pounding headache from the high-pressure bollocks blasting off it.
This video is proof positive that the entertainment sector is more important for human health, happiness and the spread of knowledge than the entire fringe therapy industry. It was spotted and posted to YouTube by a video director who works for a rock band (who I am not going to name because one can only take so many perverts and whackjobs infesting the search terms).
It’s not recent: it was made in the 1970s. However, the maths covered hasn’t changed an iota. Do you have trouble visualising exactly what Avogadro’s number (usually rendered as 1023) really means?
This video should be required viewing for everyone. Everyone. Those who make statements they can’t back up, or on too little evidence. Those who battle the superstitious, the apologists and all the other forms of logic-challenged life. And by battle, I really do mean battle: just saying “I don’t believe it” or “that is inaccurate, here’s why” can be perceived by some as a call for a full-out assault on your hold on reality. They can swiftly become very insistent, aggressive and even abusive; you need only read the comments in the science sections of online news sources to see how fast things can go downhill.