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Credit: 10 Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics You Need to Know There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know … Continue reading

Ukraine Deputy has proof of USA staging civil war in Ukraine Just came across this video. It is useful as we tend to forget the early history of the current crisis in Ukraine. This is a speech in the Ukrainian … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy

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Credit: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe This cartoon reminded me of some of the local campaigners against fluoridation. They almost all are either strongly connected to the “natural” health movement and its businesses, or, because of their beliefs, are customers … Continue reading

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This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening … Continue reading

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I often wonder if the effort put into challenging and debunking misinformation and distortion of science on the internet is worth the effort. After all, it often means debating with dyed-in-the-wool people who have an ideological conviction who are immune to … Continue reading

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People around the world are frustrated over the sluggishness of the official investigation into the MH17 tragedy. The documentary “Reflections on MH17″ describes some of this frustration felt by families of the victims and those who are carrying out their own … Continue reading

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Last May I raised the possibility that the much touted relationship of small IQ declines for children living in areas with naturally high fluoride in drinking water could be associated with severe dental fluorosis and not a chemical neurotoxicant (see Confirmation blindness … Continue reading

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Those evil chemicals

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Looks like community water fluoridation has become an issue in the upcoming by-election for the New Plymouth City Council. All the usual arguments are being promoted but the one I find most grating is the rejection of fluoride because “it is a chemical.” … Continue reading

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A recent analysis of the internet and social media illustrates the up-hill battle science and health professionals, and pro-science lay people, often face with misinformation and outright distortion of science. The authors show the problem for the case of community water fluoridation and … Continue reading

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“I just know”

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This is from a satirical site – but the trouble is many people seems to think this way. They are continually commenting on blogs and other social media and think their arguments trump science! From The Spudd. “I just know” … Continue reading

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