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August ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Problems with Sitemeter The problems with SiteMeter are still bad  this month. I gave some of the background to these problems in my post Time to give up on Sitemeter. If you wish to query the information in the table I suggest … Continue reading

Looks like Australians have won another small victory in the way that their religiosity is officially assessed. In particular how census forms pose the religion question on census forms is posed. I discussed the problems in my article Non religious in … Continue reading

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In my update to the post Subverting democratic consultation on the fluoride issue I reported that Denver Water has voted unanimously to continue community water fluoridation.  They have now produced a web article explaining their decision – see  The “why” behind our fluoride policy. I think this comment sums it up: “In the end, it came down to the science. … … Continue reading

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Credit: Making Sense of Fluoirde Denver Water, which as Colorado’s largest water provider, has been reviewing its water fluoridation policy. It will announce its decision in the next few days but I found its description of the consultation process interesting. [Update: Denver Water has now voted unanimously to continue community water fluoridation (see Good News – Denver … … Continue reading

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Religious instruction scrapped from curriculum – what a great headline to see in the newspaper. Unfortunately, it is just for the Australian state of Victoria. But it could well happen here, considering the opposition to religious instruction in state schools we are seeing in New Zealand. Victorian schools are scrapping special religious instruction from class time … … Continue reading

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Paul Connett made many unsupported claims in his presentation against community water fluoridation (CWF) to Denver Water. Here I debunk a claim where he rejects most scientific studies on the cost-effectiveness of CWF. Connett asserted two things in his presentation: Previous research showing the cost effectiveness of community water fluoridation (CWF) has been made obsolete … … Continue reading

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I am being purposely provocative here – and who else provokes better that Richard Feynman. Similar articles

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According to a recently published survey, only 15% of New Zealanders are opposed to community water fluoridation (CWF). Only 15% – yet anti-fluoride propagandists are using the same survey (or their limited reading of it) to claim that 58% of New Zealanders are opposed to (or do not support) CWF! (See Fluoridation problem for New … … Continue reading

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Paul Connett, Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network recently made a presentation to Dever Water opposing community Water Fluoridation (CWF). Many of his claims were just wrong – he seriously distorted the science and used this to misinform the board members. I am posting a series of articles debunking his claims. But Daniel Ryan from … … Continue reading

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Paul Connett is the Executive Director of the anti-fluoride propagandists group, the Fluoridation Action Network (FAN). His recent presentation to the Denver Water Board’s fluoridation forum was full of scientific misrepresentations and distortions. I debunked his claims on fluoridation and IQ in the article Connett misrepresents the fluoride and IQ data yet again. Here I debunk his … … Continue reading

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