great balls of stone!

In this morning’s Herald there’s an item entitled ‘Call to save hilltop boulders’. According to the people doing the calling, the boulders were placed at the top of what is now an Auckland hillock prior to Maori settlement by a group of fair-skinned people, claimed to be Celtic voyagers. Hmmm. One of those campaigning for the boulders […]

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social networking & morality

Reading the UK newspaper, the Telegraph, I see that social networking sites can be bad for your moral values. Scientists say so, so it must be true… Only they didn’t, & it’s not. Ben Goldacre has picked up on this story (along with other examples of overblown reporting in the UK press). The paper on which […]

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incoming woo – ‘stabilised liquid oxygen’ & other nonsense

A letter in our local free newspaper caught my eye tonight. Along with the rather outrageous statement that medical pharmaceuticals are ‘just toxic pills and potions’ pushed as medicines by marketing types (sorry, what? Does this person really think that drug companies & doctors are out to poison people?), there were some other interesting claims […]

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