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The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Saga. Part 3: Tenpenny Returns

The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Saga. Part 3: Tenpenny Returns

Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines is back on Facebook.  If you don’t partake in Facebook I suppose you won’t be able to see what she’s up to, but she has websites as well.  Feel free to look her up on the innerwebs.  Tenpenny Integrated Medical Centers, the page for her business where she offers up all manner of unscientific therapies, has also returned.  They are both up and running, though feeling just a bit more sedate than...

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The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Mystery. The Saga Continues.

The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Mystery. The Saga Continues.

  I just saw the following in a Facebook post. I just got a call at work from the FBI. The agent asked me if I knew who Dr Tenpenny was and if I was “trolling” her page. I explained the best I could and offered full cooperation.  If that was me I would be describing a moment of shitting myself.  The FBI. Is calling me. Why is the FBI calling me? Shit. But it turns out that writer went by the name of Craig Egan.  Yesterday...

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The tale of Craig Egan, the mythological scourge of the anti-vaccine crowd.

The tale of Craig Egan, the mythological scourge of the anti-vaccine crowd.

Image from http://www.cover4face.com/ Not long ago, say about 6 weeks, there was a Facebook page called Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children (PPUC). Its purpose was to celebrate having children who were unvaccinated so as to trade suggestions and advice about how to keep kids unvaccinated. That advice ranged from merely misinformed to utterly bizarre. It was a hotbed of conspiracy theory, new age, libertarian, pseudo-science, outright...

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Do you believe in contagion?

Do you believe in contagion?

  I was at a workshop this last weekend.  One of the attendees had a cold and announced that anyone who believed in contagion might want to avoid hugging her.  And I thought, what????  Is that a joke?  Can she be serious?  Who could not “believe in contagion”?  It’s not like it’s a concept that originated in the last couple of centuries with the advent of science.  It’s been around a long time. Doubting...

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What do you do when you see misinformation on the internet?

What do you do when you see misinformation on the internet?

I spent a while last night and this morning making this up.  Please take the poll and please pass it on.  There’s a facebook share button at the bottom of this post.  If you click on it you’ll share this blog post on Facebook.  If you don’t use Facebook (and I know there are a few holdout reading this), please pass on the poll any way you like.  Getting this message out is an interest of mine, which you already know if...

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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...

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