The first two of five planned blogs that involve some issues and people I expect many people here will be aware of. I often find with Healy's stuff that I agree with bits and disagree with bits, but thought that they may be of interest to people here. Sense about Science: Follow the Rhetoric http://davidhealy.org/sense-about-science-follow-the-rhetoric/ I actually thought that this blog was pretty good about the way in which MMR has been used politically, and made these points well. Sense about Science: First Admit no Harm http://davidhealy.org/sense-about-science-first-admit-no-harm/ I don't normally agree with, or really even understand, a lot of Healy's criticism of RCTs, but I thought that this was a fair point: A lot of the other stuff in that blog I didn't agree with, but I'm going to hold off really commenting on this until all the blogs are up. Also of interest is a Tracey Brown post defending herself here: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/blog.php/36/where-sense-about-science-comes-from Seems pretty disingenuous to me, eg on Fiona Fox and the SMC: A connection is made not just because Fiona Fox is the sister of Claire Fox (who was mentioned earlier as a LM member), but also because Fiona Fox was a key member herself, and even wrote the article on which led to LM getting shut down. Perhaps of interest to people here is the letter Tracey Brown sent selling herself to British American Tobacco, which says: http://davidhealy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/TB-BAT-memo.pdf Healy said that he was sympathetic to much of what he read from LM... I've got to say that most of what I've read from them has seemed pretty repellent.