If you're the kind of baseball fan I am, now that the baseball season is over you're counting the days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, and hungry for a little baseball news or information. So in this installment of the Honest Liar, I turn my attention away from traditional skeptic subjects and take a look at the critically important but concealed role that deception plays in the American pastime.
After you've watched the video, you might be interested in this incident that occurred in the post season, in September, in a game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, and a confrontation that arose over the issue of stealing signs:
Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo-woo in medicine.
Medical cranks: Why we fight (David Gorski)http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/medical-cranks-why-we-fight/ Videos of presentations from TAM 2013: David Gorski’s and Bob Blaskiewicz’s talks about cancer quack Burzynski and a panel discussion on “Medical Cranks and Quacks” with both of them plus Steven Novella, Harriet Hall, and Mark Crislip.
Update: Chiropractic Neck Manipulation and Stroke (Harriet Hall) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/update-chiropractic-neck-manipulation-and-stroke/ The risk of stroke with neck manipulation is generally recognized, but many chiropractors would still like to shift the blame elsewhere. A new study tries to show that the association doesn’t qualify as causation by Hill’s criteria. The author’s arguments are unconvincing and don’t take the “smoking gun” cases into account or address the risk/benefit ratio.
The information and its implications, should they hold up, are absolutely damning for the Burzynski Clinic and especially for the lead researcher, Stanislaw Burzynski. Those of us who have been researching this topic have known about these findings for a long time, from almost the moment it could be requested through a Freedom of Information Act request (6 months before it appeared on the FDA website), but we have been careful to not release it through blogs. We wanted to see that it got as high profile a release as possible. Of course, the cat is out of the bag in a big way, and so I want to let you know what these documents say.