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hails from New Zealand. An atheist, scientist, and artist, he has written at http://openparachute.wordpress.com/ since 2007. You can follow Ken on Twitter at @openparachute!

Anti-fluoridation advertising deceptive

 Looks like the scientific fight-back against the misinformation coming from anti-fluoridation groups is having some success. This press release from the on-line Making Sense of Fluoride group. The complaints and decisions can be found at: FANNZ Newspaper Advertisement FANNZ Quiz #3 Newspaper Advertisement  FANNZ Quiz 4 Newspaper Advertisement Anti Fluoridation Advertisements Rejected by The Advertising Complaints … … Continue reading

Anti-fluoridation activists often claim fluoridating chemicals used for water treatment are contaminated with heavy metals and radionuclides. I have written about this before in Fluoridation – are we dumping toxic metals into our water supplies?, Water treatment chemicals – why pick on fluoride? and Hamilton – the water is the problem, not the fluoride!  The issue was also discussed in my exchange with … … Continue reading

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The first victim!

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It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me straight after the February 21st agreement signed by the then President, the opposition leaders and … … Continue reading

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Here is a New Zealand Kickstarter project well worth supporting – a film which sets out to answer the questions: Why do religions pay few taxes? Why do companies owned by religions also avoid tax? With more non-believers than ever – is this fair? Pennies from Heaven – A Documentary about religion and tax. by … … Continue reading

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Mary Byrne, the convener of the anti-fluoridation activist group Fluoride Action Network of NZ, is promoting “alarming information” about incidence of neural tube developmental defects like spina bifida with the implication they are caused by community water fluoridation. Her authority … Continue reading

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Mary Byrne, the convener of the anti-fluoridation activist group Fluoride Action Network of NZ, is promoting “alarming information” about incidence of neural tube developmental defects like spina bifida with the implication they are caused by community water fluoridation. Her authority for this is Declan Waugh! Any critical examination of Waugh’s claims on fluoridation (and there … … Continue reading

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Mary Byrne, the convener of the anti-fluoridation activist group Fluoride Action Network of NZ, is promoting “alarming information” about incidence of neural tube developmental defects like spina bifida with the implication they are caused by community water fluoridation. Her authority … Continue reading

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It always seems to be the way – those who know least about a situation usually have the strongest opinions on it. That certainly seems the case for US attitudes towards the Ukraine crisis – according to a study performed by a couple of social scientists (see The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want … … Continue reading

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It always seems to be the way – those who know least about a situation usually have the strongest opinions on it. That certainly seems the case for US attitudes towards the Ukraine crisis – according to a study performed by … Continue reading

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It always seems to be the way – those who know least about a situation usually have the strongest opinions on it. That certainly seems the case for US attitudes towards the Ukraine crisis – according to a study performed by … Continue reading

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