Two Things

Two Things

 I found out last night that the man who died because of injuries sustained in the fire, my next door neighbour Gregory Alan Fenton, was discovered in my apartment – unit 303. I am in shock. I now understand why the police were so eager to speak with us first.

I am told that Greg lived in the building for almost 20 years. No one I have spoken to remembers interacting with him, and I had never met the man. I had never even seen the man. The police believe that he must have seen me, though, and known that I have small children and was often alone overnight. They suspect that he was making sure that I had got the children out, and was overcome by the smoke. He died in the hospital on Friday December the 4th and was laid to rest this Saturday. He was 54.

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I believe in you.

Just remember, dear followers, I believe in you. 😉

Posted by Science Pony on Thursday, 10 December 2015

Anti-Vaxxers – Please try not to be so evil (simplified)

Anti-Vaxxers – Please try not to be so evil (simplified)

A video of a baby with pertussis struggling to breathe through a coughing fit has been viewed almost 3 million times since it was posted by Australian mother Rebecca Harreman on November 13th, 2015. While many are rallying around the young family, offering support and compassion at this trying time, there are some who are attacking the video and the pertussis vaccine itself as you can see: Read more

Anti-Vaxxers – Please try not to be so evil.

Anti-Vaxxers – Please try not to be so evil.

  • A video of a baby with pertussis struggling to breathe through a coughing fit has been viewed almost 3 million times since it was posted by Australian mother Rebecca Harreman on November 13th, 2015. While many are rallying around the young family, offering support and compassion at this trying time, there are some who are attacking the video and the pertussis vaccine itself as you can see: Read more
That Time I made Taleb’s Monsanto Shill List 3 times.

That Time I made Taleb’s Monsanto Shill List 3 times.

Science Pony loves nothing more than a good opportunity to outreach. Unfortunately this was not one of those times. What it was, however, was a straight-up call to science troll.  While the motivations there might be less pure than the driven snow, the results are usually pretty sweet regardless. Bitching out a bunch of misguided Taleb followers proved no exception. Read more

Vaccine Fairytales

Vaccine Fairytales

Hello Proponents of the Biomedical Theory of Autism.

You seem to be under the impression that vaccines cause autism, that autism is curable, and that if your child has autism that is just the very worst thing in the entire world.

You are ableist, and you are misinformed. Whether this is by accident of an inferior education system, or the result of sustained, intentional self-delusion I cannot say. The fact that many of you have children, and possibly ones who are on the spectrum, makes me very fearful and very sad.

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Why vaccines matter to me.

 

dollnMy father was severely crippled by polio and I grew up with a visible, ever present reminder of the damage that vaccine preventable diseases can cause. Immunizations save lives and reduce suffering.

In other parts of the world this is widely accepted to be evidence-based. Over 60 vaccine workers have given their lives in Pakistan trying to bring these gifts of life to the citizens of this country. The concept that people in the west would endanger their children and others around them too young or sick to vaccinate, to the families of those who have died for this cause, is simply mind-boggling.

This is my daughter Cailin. She is 3, fully vaccinated, and perfect. She will never have to bear the burden that her grandfather did.

Because science gave us vaccines.

 

 
Dr. Axe, it is not nice to erase comments.

Dr. Axe, it is not nice to erase comments.

Well Science Pony is perplexed. It all started when I tagged in on a post promoting a “Free” webinar on “leaky gut” and the thyroid and adrenal system by my friend and fellow skeptic/science defender Ryan Phillips.  Having taken time and effort to carefully craft polite, evidence-based queries for Dr. Axe, MD, I was confused and a bit hurt to see that not 20 minutes later they had all disappeared from his page, without even so much as a sugar cube thrown my way. How uncivil. Read more