Just found this. What more needs to be said? If you’ve ever inherited a duff project, be it as part of your studies or part of your job – sorry, students, but this shit continues to happen even after you’ve got that precious piece of paper rumoured to shield you from poverty – then this nicely executed Lady Gaga filk sums it up beautifully. Admire the costumes.
Over at DoubleXScience, the frankly amazing Emily Willingham has posted a list of questions you should always ask yourself when unsure whether what’s in front of you is likely to contain any scientific basis whatsoever. The full article, which I urge you to read, contains an explanation of the thinking behind each question.
Every time a medical or scientific claim fails one of these tests, you should be suspicious. It’s a red flag, indicating possible spurious and/or fraudulent claims.
Some idiot with the vocal talent of a drunken tomcat desecrated Roberta Flack’s soul standard Killing Me Softly (With His Song) on YouTube. Yes, I know Ms Flack didn’t write it, but she made the ditty an international hit. Anyway, this revolting venture was to promote antivax conspiracy theories so nutwhacked that probably even Matt Bellamy, bless him, wouldn’t touch them as inspiration for a song.
Unfortunately despite being short, slight, blue-eyed and British, I am not Matt Bellamy. I took a potshot at antivaxers yesterday though, so I dedicate this little effort to The Skeptical OB and her attempts to educate people in the USA about the dangers of “natural” childbirth and ideologically-driven “midwives”. I place that word in quotes because to me, an European, these people aren’t qualified as such. Here goes: