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My Own Personal Jaw-Drop Scale

April 2, 2019

The FDA shakes its fist once again at the manufacturers of homeopathic products:

…the homeopathic industry has continued to grow, and we need to continue to address, consistent with our current enforcement policies, situations where products labeled as homeopathic are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions where the products haven’t been shown to offer clinical benefits.

Gosh it’s almost like these people should just be taken out of business.

Now, before he was killed in a shooting, I had never heard of rapper Nipsey Hussle (I swear when people talked about it on Twitter, I thought they were giving a nickname to Nipsey Russel, which confused me because he died in 2005). But now get this: the dude was working on a documentary on homeopathic fraudster Dr. Sebi, who Nipsey Hussle (not Russel) actually believed was curing AIDS and other diseases, and believes he was killed as part of some anti-alt-med conspiracy:

Why do they kill all holistic doctors? You’re messing up the medical industry. You’re shortstopping his grind. They checking billions. You’re playing with some pharmaceutical money.

I…I don’t think any of that is true.

Point of Inquiry host Kavin Senapathy, in her “Woo Watch” column for Skeptical Inquirer, picks five examples of alt-med pseudoscience in pet medicine, adding, “criteria for inclusion were somewhat subjective and drew strongly on my own personal jaw-drop scale.”

Michelangelo Signorile at The Daily Beast says the Equality Act is urgently needed:

There’s little time to lose. Several cases in the federal courts challenging state laws protecting LGBT people could reach the Supreme Court in days, weeks or months. The rulings could have a profound effect on rights in employment and public accommodations.

A human rights tribunal in British Columbia says that campaign pamphlets attacking a candidate for their transgender status amounts to illegal discrimination.

New Zealand’s Stuff editorializes against psychic detectives:

There’s a reason police don’t work with psychics. Psychics don’t work. … With the best will in the otherworld​, not one example of face-scrunched, chest-tightening, I-feel-such-a-chill emoting has yet solved a single New Zealand murder or resolved a search.

Apparently there is a debate over whether Lou Gehrig actually had Lou Gehrig’s disease, which Harriet Hall says is oxymoronic:

To my mind, this is silly quibbling over terminology for a disease or group of diseases that we don’t yet understand. In one sense, you can’t deny that Lou Gehrig had Lou Gehrig’s disease; it was his body, so whatever disease he died of was his disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hall also recommends a Great Courses series by Dr. Roy Benaroch: “The Skeptic’s Guide to Health, Medicine, and the Media.”

Chick-fil-A, which I have to tell you I am really tired of hearing about, is also being snubbed by the Buffalo airport over the chain’s anti-LGBTQ activism.

Lockheed Martin does a semi-April Fools’ stunt by announcing a new fragrance, which smells like space. I say “semi” because they did make a small batch.

Ed Yong at The Atlantic reviews the Netflix nature documentary Our Planet, which sounds like it’s like Planet Earth, but with an emphasis on how we’re screwing everything up.

Priests in Poland, clearly with nothing better to do and I guess a lot of Amazon credits, burn a bunch of Harry Potter books because the Bible condemns “magic.”

NASA is pissed at India for blowing up that satellite, because the debris now threatens to damage the International Space Station. Way to go, India.

Quote of the Day

Carl Reiner, still going at 96, tells Forward:

Well, I was born Jewish I will die Jewish. But I’m a confirmed atheist. There’s no power above us. If you think about it, during the Holocaust, six million people were all praying to God to do something. He must have been very busy. Jews do have a moral code that’s fairly good, though.

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