Faking It: Sex, Lies, and Women's Magazines

Women’s magazines regularly fabricate stories about you-know-what: “Many writers, editors and fact-checkers involved with these sex articles (most of whom asked that their identities be protected with the top-secrecy accorded CIA sources) agreed that the editorial standards for them are abysmal.” –Faking It: Sex, Lies, and Women’s Magazines (Columbia Journalism Review) Update, 13 Oct 2005: Updated the URL.Update, 15 May 2009: Updated the URL again.

The Skeptical Environmentalist

: Is environmentalism a science or a political movement?  “The world’s ecosystem is breaking down. We are fast approaching the absolute limit of viability, and the limits of growth are becoming apparent. We know the Litany and have heard it so often that yet another repetition is, well, almost reassuring. There is just one problem: it does not seem to be backed up by the available evidence.” Bjørn Lomborg. [Scientific…

Stop! Look Before You Click!

Online waiver forms are not very useable. “Real users, not lawyers, need to write the forms. Then they need to redesign the sites so that the consent forms are visual, not legalese text blocks.” Interview with readability expert Mark Hochhauser.  –Stop! Look Before You Click! (C|Net)

A Second Helping of Spam

“We have recently become aware of the fact that our previous list management service erroneously failed to oversee certain remove requests. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and would like to offer all of our valuable customers another chance to unsubscribe from our services.” A Second Helping of Spam That message was appended to the beginning of a piece of junk e-mail in my box this…

Harry Potter Fans Warn Against Dangers of the Bible

“A number of concerned British Harry Potter fans have spoken out against the Bible, claiming that the holy text of the Christian Church can cause serious damage to children…. The tales of Jesus turning water into wine are fairly harmless, but there is a serious risk of children drowning if they try to walk on water….”  –Harry Potter Fans Warn Against Dangers of the Bible (Satire from The Chaser)