magazine, that our own Steven Novella has been awarded the 2010 Robert
P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking. It will be formally
presented at the CSIcon conference in New Orleans on October 28, 2011.
The Prize is a $1500 award given to the author of the published work or
body of work that best exemplifies healthy skepticism, logical analysis,
or empirical science. The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) selects
the publication that, in its judgment, has the greatest potential to
create positive reader awareness of currently important scientific
concerns. Previous awards starting in 2005 were for individual
publications. In Dr. Novella’s case, the award was for his entire body
And recall— Dr. Novella does most of what he does pro-bono.
Dude’s got a point about the animation.
In a moment of what might be called poetic justice, the actions of the well known anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) have resulted in $50,000 being donated to a charity for Aids care in its name.
The vocal, family-based church is well known for its protests against homosexual rights and its utilization of confrontational tactics in publicising its doctrine. The Church has earned notoriety and widespread condemnation for picketing the funerals of US military personnel while waving signs reading ‘God Hates Fags’, as well as demonstrating outside other institutions or events it deems to be pro-gay.
However, the church may have just met its match in the form of Lisa Lampanelli, the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Mean’. The Connecticut-born comedian was nearly the latest victim of the WBC, which attempted to picket her show following her support for gay rights. In a shock move, Lampanelli pledged to donate $1,000 to charity for every protester.”