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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How Bill O'Reilly Is Just Like Chiropractic or Iridology

I know, weird title. Think about it though, it's a pretty interesting parallel. Bill O'Reilly declares that there's a non-existant War on Christmas a couple of years ago (from at least 2005), then he brings it up the next few years, and now he has declared victory in said "War". He's the savior, of course and, Oh, Let the Angels Regurgitate...sorry "Rejoice".

It's a perfect closed loop. Some chiropractors do the same thing in that they "diagnose" you with a "subluxation" that's causing some health disorder, then they fix the "problem" with an "adjustment" which makes you all better - which you were in the first place. Thirty-five dollars plus the assessment fee, please.

Iridologists are even worse; at least from chiros you might get a half-decent massage, but they eye weirdos just have no idea what the fuck they're doing. Uneducated wannabes looking for flecks in people's irises and then dispensing medical advice about what to do about the "blockage in their bowels."

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that all these folks are full of shit.

5 Barbaric Yawps:

At 20/12/07 10:29 am, Blogger Maakuz said...

The bad thing about Chiropractic is that it sounds like a real medical term. If people dont know what its all about, they might actually think its just another special area of modern medicine.
Maybe its the same thing with homeopathy and other medical quackery?

A few weeks ago finnish skeptics awarded criropractic the annual woowoo- prize, Pigasus. Yay!

 
At 20/12/07 2:28 pm, Blogger ordinary girl said...

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that all these folks are full of shit.

Maybe they should try to diagnose and cure their own bowel blockage.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

 
At 20/12/07 3:20 pm, Anonymous bPer said...

Maakuz,

I thought the Pigasus Awards were handed out by James Randi's JREF on April 1st of each year. Who are these Finnish skeptics?

bPer

 
At 21/12/07 10:05 am, Anonymous maakuz said...

bPer,

sorry, my bad about the Pigasus. I was under the impression that the prize finnish sceptics hand out would be a small statue of a flying pig, but apparently it isnt so.

The finnish sceptics have a registered group called Skepsis, and it has around 1200 members (including me). The price is called "huuhaa-palkinto", thats "woo-woo-prize", and not Pigasus.

 
At 21/12/07 11:06 am, Anonymous bPer said...

Thanks for the clarification, maakuz. Best of luck to Skepsis! From its English 'What Skepsis is' page, it sounds like an organization that shares James Randi's goals and thinking.

BTW, there are a number of Finnish skeptics who hang out at the JREF Forum (in case you didn't know). An interesting bunch who have made me want to learn more about Finland.

bPer

 

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