It is with a gladness of heart and much rejoicing that I note that Dr Andrew Wakefield, the gastric surgeon and one of the principal authors of perhaps the stupidest and most unnecessary health scare of recent Western history, has been struck off the General Medical Council for being “dishonest”, “misleading” and “irresponsible” in his research into the MMR vaccine and its purported links to autism.
I find it depressing, but instructive, that my top five best-read (of more than 700 posts) stories here are on pop culture. Sigh. I don’t even care much about pop culture, so it’s a fairly rare event when I care enough and know enough to think I might have something worthwhile to add to that particular chorus.
Professional writers write for money. A very rare, and very fortunate, few freelancers are making serious coin writing only serious material.
Dedicated and amateur bloggers can become financially wildly successful if they persist and draw enormous audiences.