The morningn coffee, cats, moons and frauds

If you know your organic chemistry (or would like to know your organic chemistry), you should click on this link to see organic chemistry explained through the base unit of Internet expression: the cat.

(Painting created on an iPad, by Don Shank.)

Fox News is, at times, painfully funny in its ignorance. For instance, Bill O’Reilly is apparently unaware that tides are caused by the moon, and insists that it cannot be explained.

The BMJ, last week, accused Andrew Wakefield of fraud. Here at the Big Bad Blog, we have seen a number of comments of the “about time” sort — almost dismissing the fraud as old news. However, given libel law in the UK, here at the Big Bad Blog, we feel that this is huge. Fraud is a deliberate act, purposely misleading others for material gain.

It seemed (to somebody without detailed knowledge of the particulars) perfectly plausible that Wakefield was just a poor researcher who designed his experiment to confirm his pre-established conclusions, and the sort of person who cannot admit that they are wrong. That the BMJ feels confident that his work was malicious and not well-intentioned (though misleading and of poor quality) is certainly newsworthy.

The morning coffee on vaccination and moon bombings

Wired has published a very long article on vaccines and the anti-vaccine movement which is a great read. It is also a rather frightening read — the ignorant are out there.

(photo by Spencer Murphy)

T to the J to the O explains why a YouTube video of AC/DC playing It’s A Long Way To The Top on American Bandstand (?) is arguably the best rock and roll video available on the intertubes.

Also, on the off-chance that you get all your news here at the Big Bad Blog, and missed this. Earlier this month, NASA bombed the moon.

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The morning coffee on Buddha and porn

It seems to be a slow news day, but this interview with Amanda Peet about autism and vaccines is interesting.


Apparently some consider World War II not to have ended until 1990, as the (undivided) German state could not officially cease hostilities until reunited.

It’s officially Star Trek season, with the new movie opening this week to good reviews. In celebration, io9 has compiled (an obviously not-safe-for-work) a summary of Star Trek pornography for the inquisitive.

(from husker-doo)