Huckster of the Month: AntiVaxxer ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny

tenpennyMeet ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny. The Encyclopedia of American Loons describes her as follows:

“Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath who doesn’t appear to practice medicine in any recognizable way anymore, is an abysmally crazy promoter of woo, antivaxx views and conspiracy theories.”[1]

Upon investigation, we were not let down. The reality lived up to the expectations set by that glowing review. Read more Huckster of the Month: AntiVaxxer ‘Dr’ Sherri Tenpenny

Reader’s Request: Gravity Discussion

GPB_circling_earthReader’s request from peterthemasterfoiler:

“Not conspiracy merely theory or misunderstanding. I was taught gravity was mass pulling against mass. My hypothesis is that it is the electrons pulling at the protons of the other object even though they are already bonded.”

Thanks peterthemasterfoiler, we’ll do our best to explain it!

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Robert DeNiro: Why He Wants Anti-Vax Film Shown

UPDATE: De Niro Reverses Position on ‘Vaxxed’

680px-Robert_De_Niro_TFF_2011_ShankboneUpdate: Robert De Niro has reversed his position on screening of the film ‘Vaxxed’, stating:

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”

We fully understand Mr. De Niro’s desire to ensure that discussions on autism continue in both the public and scientific arena. We are equally pleased that he has decided that a movie produced by a fraud is not the best way to do so.

Original Story:

Robert De Niro, a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, released a statement Friday on the film festival’s Facebook page in which he explains why he wants “Vaxxed” to be shown.

“Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening “Vaxxed.” I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”

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Successful Launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft

oa6-launch-1At 11:05 p.m. (EDT) on March 22 the Atlas V rocket successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

 

Included in the 7,500 pounds of cargo aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft are numerous science payloads to support experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science.  Read more Successful Launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft

ISS Expedition 47 Success!

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We hope the flat-earthers are paying attention. Humanity has once again passed your imaginary ‘firmament’.

Today, humanity once again left this tiny fragile world. Photo at right shows Soyuz spacecraft on final approach to the International Space Station carrying Jeff Williams, Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka. Let us wish them well as they begin their adventure on the ISS.

The following is a pictorial timeline of these exciting events. Read more ISS Expedition 47 Success!