The Immunization Initiative and the rest of it.

The Immunization Initiative and the rest of it.

I've been working on two causes at causes.com.  The first one was The Anti-Anti-Vaccine Campaign.  The intention was and is to encourage people to challenge anti-vaccine propaganda that shows up on their Facebook newsfeed.  It's still alive but I haven't worked out how to promote it very effectively.  The people at causes.com said it was too negative and appealed to too small a segment of the population for them to add it to their featured...

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Once a beach ball. Now a mere football.

Once a beach ball. Now a mere football.

  Depending on your persuasion it could be a soccer ball, a gridiron ball but I'm actually thinking of an Aussie Rules ball.  I don't follow Aussie Rules.  They probably have a name for their ball that isn't just "football", but I don't know it.  And I'm not about to ask Dr. Google.  At least not today.  The point being that it is no longer a beach ball and no longer a basketball. This morning I passed the 78kg mark.  I'm very pleased with...

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And then there was Mercola…

And then there was Mercola…

Natural News isn't the only website that attacks science and reason on a regular basis. They are legion.  I could provide long lists, but I won't. The site that appears most often as "evidence" for questionable health claims is mercola.com.  Dr. Joseph Mercola is not as vile as Mike Adams of Natural News, but he's very much an anti-science, anti-health and pro making-things-up-for-money kind of guy.  When I see anyone using his website to back...

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Natural News is despicable

Natural News is despicable

Natural News is a website put together by someone by the name of Mike Adams who calls himself the Health Ranger. It is very popular.  I see references to Natural News stories, usually implausible and often ridiculous, on Facebook on a regular basis.  It is often used by anti-vaccine crazies to back up their claims.   According to rationalwiki.org "Adams is a flat-out opponent of modern medicine and opposes any medication or doctor visits. Adams...

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Another weighty matter

Another weighty matter

Pretty much everyone who is reading this has likely seen some of the vaccination stuff I've been doing.  I don't want to write about that again, at least for now, because this is not a vaccination blog.  That wouldn't be sufficiently chaotic.   However, I will ask that you go to http://redd.it/wd18j and vote up my article.  It's getting a fair bit of attention, but a bit more won't go astray. This post is just a quick diet note.  In the first,...

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This vaccination thing (or how I’m planning to change the world.)

This vaccination thing (or how I’m planning to change the world.)

If you've been reading this you know that I started a "Cause" on Facebook last week called the Anti-Anti-Vaccine Campaign.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I'd seen Causes on Facebook, had a thought and acted on it. It's been an interesting experience. I've dipped my toe into a highly charged pond and have gotten my first glimpse into how it works. It's very early days but I'm starting to develop some ideas about the concept behind what...

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Alt-med and the meaning of true.

Alt-med and the meaning of true.

One of the advantages of having a blog is that I don't have to submit to a debate.  There might be one in the comments when I'm done, but the post is mine and mine alone, so I can just tell it like I see it. So, what is true? The person who made the comment states that for her Acupuncture and Bowen therapy are true.  What I assume she means is that she's had positive experiences with both, they both appeared to help with the problems she took...

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Still a diet seven days later.

Still a diet seven days later.

  Been away for a couple of day.  I suppose it's time to catch up. First off I thought it would be good to mention that the morning after writing my post about starting a diet I weighed myself. I weighed 81.6kg, which was down around a kilo from the day before. My weight varies that much on a daily basis, depending on what I ate the night before or my exercise decisions or something.  I know it means nothing. However. I'm 181cm tall.  When...

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Comments I’ve gotten.

Comments I’ve gotten.

I get comments.  The other day I had a rush of blood to my head and started a cause on Facebook.  It was about discouraging anti-vaccination propaganda on Facebook.  No big deal, right? I got some pretty quick response.  There are now 88 people who've taken the pledge.  Since I've done almost nothing to promote it I think this is fairly encouraging.  The other thing I've been getting is a flood of anti-vaccination comments.  I'm trying to find...

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My first diet. Really.

My first diet. Really.

My BMI (Body Mass Index) is 25.2. Overweight starts at 25. So I'm now on a diet. I like to claim that I have always been thin. Mostly that's because I was thin for a very long time. But little by little I've progressed from not thin through normal through the higher end of normal and finally to being officially overweight at 64 years of age. It's clear to me that my idea of overweight is a non-event to most people. They can see that I'm heavier...

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Anti-anti-vaccine campaign.

Anti-anti-vaccine campaign.

I got a rush of blood to my head this morning and created a "cause". (Unfortunately, it's faded away.  It's no longer on the net). If you don't want to click on the link, here's what it says: Most people who post or share anti-vaccine propaganda on Facebook are not fanatics. This campaign is about politely but firmly encouraging them to stop doing that. Remarkably, this works and will help clean up the conversation on Facebook. Opposition to...

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What precisely is meant by spirituality?

What precisely is meant by spirituality?

It's a word that I tend to not use.  It seems to me like a word that can mean a great many different things depending on who's saying it and the context.  It seems like a word that can be spoken by one person, who has a meaning in mind, and received by another who interprets it as meaning something entirely different.  It can mean living in a cave for 10 years or appreciating the beauty of a rainbow.  Or almost anything in between. Wikipedia is...

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Back when I could sing.  Moon River a cappella.

Back when I could sing. Moon River a cappella.

    It's not really true that I could sing then (three years ago) any better then than I can sing now.  Some days I convince myself that I can sing and other days I have evidence of the opposite.  Anyway, I enjoy it and will probably always find a way to do some singing. This is a recording I made by putting my iPhone on the floor when Alchemy A Cappella were rehearsing this number.  We worked on it for months, performed it once and...

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Is Buddhism a religion?

Is Buddhism a religion?

Talking to friend last week, she insisted that Buddhism is not a religion.  She's a Tibetan Buddhist and certainly knows more than I do, but I wasn't convinced. I listened to a recording of Letting Go of God by Julia Sweeney a couple of years ago.  Julia Sweeney was brought up Catholic and the monologue (and stage show and book) chronicle her journey from being a believer to being an atheist.  It's very funny and moving and very worth a listen...

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