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Archive for February 8th, 2009

RNC = Rotten, no-good crooks

Posted by Charles II on February 8, 2009

Henry Cauvin, WaPo (via t/o):

Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors…

The recent allegations outlined four specific transactions. In addition to the payment to Steele’s sister, Fabian said that the candidate used money from his state campaign improperly; that Steele paid $75,000 from the state campaign to a law firm for work that was never performed; and that he or an aide transferred more than $500,000 in campaign cash from one bank to another without authorization. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted in Republicans acting badly, RNC | 6 Comments »

Cartoon of the day

Posted by Charles II on February 8, 2009

News headline

Bill Day of The Commercial Appeal scores a bullseye.

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UK Sunday Times: Founder Of Anti-Vaccination Movement Faked His Data

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 8, 2009

Not that it will make a difference to the rabid anti-vaxers out there, but guess what (h/t Bad Astronomer via PZ Myers):

THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.

The results of Wakefield’s 1998 study were devastating. Immunization dropped sharply in the UK, leading to a measles epidemic: Official figures released last week showed there were 1,348 confirmed cases of measles in England and Wales last year, as opposed to just 56 in 1998, and two children have died from contracting measles.

Posted in anti-truth, autism, eedjits, evil, science and medicine, WTF? | 1 Comment »

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