Norwich City Twitter racism update

You may remember that a few weeks ago a Norwich City ‘fan’ caused ire with some racist tweets. In my opinion, the club did the right thing and took a zero approach to racism, banning him from the club for life. I thought that would be the end of it, but it turns out that the matter was taken to the police. The twitterer in question was charged with “sending an offensive message by public communication network under the Communications Act 2003”. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work.

I’m really not sure what to make of this. While I agree that he needed to be taught a lesson (racism is unacceptable, and broadcasting it on Twitter is just plain stupid), but is this punishment a bit much? After all, he’s already been banned from Carrow Road for life, as a Norwich fan I can safely say that I would personally find that punishment alone to be rather serious. What do others think about this?

Rubbish Homeopathy Cartoons

Big hat-tip to Alan Henness (via @RachelOfTheNorf) for this one. He tweeted a page on homeopathy site that contains some truly atrocious cartoons, possibly even worse than those by Mike Adams of The ‘cartoonist’ in question is Alan V. Schmukler, a homeopath with a drawing style which I can only compare to a 5 year old let loose on MS Paint. Here’s a taster:

The above cartoon appeals to the fallacy that you have to try homeopathy to judge it’s efficacy, which is total bullshit. You don’t have to experience something to make a judgement on it. As an extreme example, would you need to murder someone to prove to yourself that murder is wrong?

I’ve ploughed my way through all of these cartoons, and what struck me was that the cartoons don’t just deal with homeopathy and all the logical fallacies associated with it, they also branch of into “big pharma” conspiracies and anti-vaccinationist propaganda. Here’s a classic post hoc fallacy:

That certainly doesn’t do anything to support the idea that homeopathy is a credible science, as opposed to a fantasy that belongs in the realm of conspiracy nuts. I could go on, but I think I’ve given the general picture of these woeful comics. I’ll show one more, because it has a little dig at the 10:23 campaign. The people in the cartoon might even be the hosts of the Skeptics With a K podcast. Check out the comic sans!