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Tag Archive: cancer

Dec 27 2012

Humanism in a shitstorm

How do you deal with all of life’s vicissitudes if you don’t have an invisible means of pretend support in a deity? Greta Christina shares her story over at The Humanist. Here’s the short version of what happened to me: This past October I got hit with a serious one-two punch. My father died and …

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Sep 16 2012

The scope of the problem, and the availability heuristic

Venn diagram of overlapping circles showing the community's problems with misogyny and denial that there's even a problemi

One of the big complaints we’ve seen recently regarding the anti-harassment-policy campaign, the question of feminism intersecting with our communities, and the question of whether the assholes in our movement represent the movement, is whether the feminists and anti-bigots are blowing things out of proportion. How often have you seen someone say “the whole community …

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Apr 28 2012

Fifteen years of cell phones, still no uptick in cancer

Sure, this Guardian article doesn’t frame it quite so vehemently, but I think after fifteen years, and the myriad studies done on the matter, the lack of appreciable increase in brain cancer rates should pretty much speak for itself. In the review, “Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields” the advisory group considered hundreds of peer …

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Feb 25 2012

Cell phones annoying, says science

Cellular phone technology has come under scrutiny in recent years — meaning, since it has come into popular use — by technophobes and technostress victims alike. Despite being evidently harmless, innumerable claims of it causing cancer, tinnitus, headaches, and any number of non-specific symptoms have emerged such that many scientific studies have been undertaken to …

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Dec 14 2011

Meta-analysis: Still no link between cell phones and cancer

Via Skeptic North, good news for the side of science in the ongoing manufactroversy driven by people who are deathly afraid of wireless technology. A new meta-analysis of prior studies shows no link, causal or otherwise, between cellular phone usage and any of the forms of cancer commonly claimed by anti-wifi advocates. I’m sure this …

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Sep 17 2011

Which is a better political bludgeon: HPV vaccines, or cancer?

Via Greg Laden elsewhere on FtB: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Michelle Bachmann has fired the footgun in a big way while attempting to take aim at Rick Perry in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, by claiming that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. Knowing full …

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Aug 22 2011

Jack Layton, 61, falls to cancer

Jack Layton abdicated leadership of the NDP less than a month ago to tend to the cancer that he once fought back. Today, that cancer has finally claimed him. “We deeply regret to inform you that the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday …

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Jul 15 2011

XKCD study shows cancer causes cell phones

As always, click through to the site for the mouseover hilarity. Wonder if this will bring back some of my older “EMF CAUSES CANCER ZOMG” trolls.