Category Archives: The Bulletin

Paging Dr. McCarthy

So there was that Hollywood Life column that explicitly states that Jenny McCarthy has reversed her stance on vaccinations causing autism, and implies that she admitted her son never had autism, even though the Time magazine story referenced in the column has her saying no such thing.

The Time article does raise the idea that McCarthy’s son may have had Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, a condition that would have explained his symptoms, but there is no reference in the article to McCarthy’s possibility of acceptance of said alternative diagnosis. However, given the ambiguous way Hollywood Life conflates McCarthy’s position with Time‘s suggestion:

“And though her son may never have had autism, Jenny insists, ‘I’ll continue to be the voice’ of the disorder.”

…you can be excused if you find yourself thinking otherwise.

There is a reference in the Time article that McCarthy may have softened a bit on believing all vaccines are dangerous — generous of her, considering that the actual science by scientists who’ve gone to scientist school says vaccines are fine, and the study that kicked off the whole autism/vaccine connection in the first place has been withdrawn for a multitude of reasons. But even if McCarthy is easing up a bit on her claims, the damage has been done, and is continuing to be done.

Hooray for science by celebrity!

News Briefs for Friday, February 26

Mario Spelled Backwards is Oiram

In an article for Philadelphia “Family Newspaper” The Bulletin (no relation), Susan Brinkman makes several video games of varying degrees of popularity sound about a thousand times more awesome than they actually are by insisting that the games contain dangerously irreligious themes.

• Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation To Darkness (Playstation) – Players “make an unholy pact and sell their soul to Satan in exchange for power” with the object of the game being to ensure the resurrection of Satan and obtain his power. (This game is rated “T” for teens.)

• Nocturne (Playstation 2): A game in which the hero (a demon) destroys the three Archangels St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, then goes on to destroy God.

• Shadow Hearts (Playstation 2): The hero uses his power to intercept and destroy God and “save the world.” (Some games in this series are rated “T”.)

• Dragon’s Age Origins (Playstation 3/Xbox 360): The game revolves around the story of God going mad and cursing the world. A witch attacks believers and players can “have sex” with her in a pagan act called “blood magic” so she can “give birth to a god.” Another scenario allows players to have sex with a demon in exchange for a boy’s soul.

Curiously absent from the list of problems with the games are interminable cut scenes and hundreds of hours of pointless level grinding.

Frankly, we’re just pleasantly relieved to find a conservative objection to Dragon Age that doesn’t involve complaints about gay elves.