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In Symbol Stacks And Science Communication In The Scienceblogs Pepsigate Scandal I mentioned something that was unpopular with the bloggerati in science but obvious to those of us outside the relatively small confines of the science blogging clique; Pepsi was not the problem, it was simply the tipping point.   Institutional blogs were not really any better for science believability and that had been a minor focus starting in 2008 but became a real trend there in 2010.  I wrote:
It was bound to happen.  Something which should be used for good can also be used for malice.   Allison Aubrey, writing on NPR, discusses the results of an undercover investigation by the GAO which says patients are getting blatantly ridiculous advice.

One guys says he can repair DNA damage.  One says their supplements can cure all kinds of diseases.  Sheesh.
The Iceland Post Office has given the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano its own stamp.  Acccording to the World Stamp News 

BeautifulPeople.com, the dating site where ugly people need not apply, has launched a virtual sperm (and egg) bank for people who want to have beautiful babies.   Really.

 They call it the Beautiful Baby service and they have also made it available to non-members  because, let's face it, the only way for more beautiful babies to be created is to have pretty men impregnate ugly women too, so take one for the team, fellow awesome men who are both smart and hot. 

In the continuing wake of the Pepsigate scandal at Scienceblogs (it made a splash, and then seemed to die away, but suddenly there have been 18 departures) a writer at the Guardian takes that community to task for being insular.
With an opening sentence like that, you know you are in for a good post.    Back in the day, Scienceblogs was first populated by fairly militant people (politically, culturally) and the group had traffic but little credibility - yet success breeds success so if you have not followed them over the past year, they got serious legitimacy too, acquiring writers like Deborah Blum and Maryn McKenna, among others, and that boosted their profile among serious readers.    But now you may know that, during the same period, Scienceblogs also seemed intent on self-destruction, and now they have squandered that goodwill away, along with writers old and new.