Originally posted by attack_laurel at Living beautifully with science-based medicine (SBM)
Recently a young woman in Australia who called herself the "Wellness Warrior" has died.  I find her death sad, but I find myself much more enraged, because she pushed a number of "cancer-curing" things that have nothing to do with curing cancer, such as coffee enemas, an expensive organic juiced vegetables diet, positive imaging, and meditation.  She claimed that these things had healed/cured her, though by the end of her life she was not only obviously concealing her cancer, but she was claiming she never said the word "cured", as documented by  A View From the Hills. (h/t to wosny.)  Another woman, Belle Gibson, is being exposed as making a claim that she had an incurable brain tumor, and cured it herself, through diet.  She parlayed this story and her app "The Whole Pantry", into a jet-setting lifestyle of $2000 handbags and charity fund-raising fraud.  (Also h/t to wosny. You're on fire!)

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Frozen Bubbles

Get some bubble liquid. Dress warmly. Go outside in under 10F weather and blow bubbles. They will freeze; sometimes they'll burst and half-shells will float down. Sometimes you can see the freeze patterns in the surface.

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The Xmas Revels

Finally, after about 30 years of wanting to see the Christmas Revels "sometime," I went - dragged the family along yesterday. L liked the singing. A. found it "boring" but he did pay attention. We'd arranged with them beforehand that if they behaved themselves, they'd get dinner out afterwards, and that was fun, too.

Now we need to figure out other fun things to do this week. A. has suggested Minecraft 24/7, but that's not going to happen.

Here's a review of this year's Revels:
http://www.revels.org/about-revels/news/christmas-revels-welcome-return-victorian-england/

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Kids have rights

Not the first time I had to remind kids to not talk with police unless a parent or lawyer present. So far only theoretical, but the story of the kids questioned and suspended for something innocent this morning reminded me.

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Autumn

Had a great date-day with husband yesterday while the kids were in school. Made a picture collage:



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On the Colbert Report two days ago:



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Just Right

Originally posted by ursulav at Just Right
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No one on earth will ever make me feel shame about reading children's books.
Originally posted by girlgeniuscomic at Girl Genius Comic for Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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We're home, and I'm so tired I can hardly think. I wanted that Hugo, of course, because I'm not dead...but I am still happy that no one can now say the category is just an excuse to give us an award. We were on that ballot, and we lost fair and square. We didn't even come in second, I saw the spreads. So...waaaah and all, but also HA! Hooray! It was a fun con, and a fun Hugo ceremony, and I had a lovely time. And now I want to sleep...--Kaja

the new electronic game from James Ernest and CatDuo

Freaking out the FaceBorg

It's no secret that mostly I'm over on FaceBook these days, but one of the things I'm doing this week is not using the LIKE button. I already have AdBlock and SocialFixer, which make FB much more useable, but actually Replying to people with Words is being interesting, and supposedly will make my own feed (and others') much more quality-driven.

Here are two articles about this:

https://medium.com/@schmutzie/i-quit-liking-things-on-facebook-for-two-weeks-heres-how-it-changed-my-view-of-humanity-29b5102abace

http://socialfixer.com/blog/2014/08/12/what-happens-if-you-like-everything-on-facebook-this/

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