Tag Archives: South Africa

On Climate Change and Science Denialism

Last week, three major climate-related events occurred. South Africa’s interior suffered under a heatwave. Australia was struck by a heatwave so intense that flying foxes fell out of trees dead as the heat had literally cooked their brains. In addition, … Continue reading

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A few last words, and goodbye

Earlier this year, I put up a page for antivaccine P.R.A.T.T.s (Points Refuted A Thousand Times). A few minutes ago, I added two more (the “Amish Anomaly” and the “Susceptible Subgroup”). This is almost certain to be the last time … Continue reading

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Autistics’ Speaking Day: Autism in South Africa – an opportunity lost

[This is an edited version of an article I wrote two years ago.] South Africa is a nation with a Constitution hailed as one of the most progressive in the world. It states that discrimination on the grounds of Race, … Continue reading

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Autism Rights in South Africa: an opportunity lost

This essay was written in 2013, but not accepted for publication. Autism Rights in South Africa: an opportunity lost South Africa is a nation with a Constitution hailed as one of the most progressive in the world. It states that … Continue reading

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On Court Cases and a successful vaccine programme

This week was a good week. In 2009, South Africa introduced vaccination against pneumococcal diseases. Here are the money quotes: “The vaccine has been so successful it has reduced cases of pneumococcal disease in adults who were not immunised, due … Continue reading

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Some vaccine news

The first measles outbreak of the year has occurred already. On the good news front, India is officially polio-free. The last recorded case occurred three years ago. Congratulations to India. Also on the good news front, the South African Health … Continue reading

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In a bad place

I’m in a bad place at the moment. Some of the reasons why are minor and will shortly pass, others are not so minor. Firstly, the minor reasons. For one, I’m sick. I’m running a fever and at times my … Continue reading

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