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Slow catastrophe

Slow catastrophe

I’ve been playing with a thought experiment.  I don’t think it’s very original, but I think it’s an interesting exercise so I’m going to share it with you and ask for your input.  This is an outgrowth of a Global Warming conversation I had the other day with my book club.  (Yes, I live in the country and am [semi-]retired.  We do that sort of thing.) Most of the table accepted the science and was in agreement...

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What do you do when you see misinformation on the internet?

What do you do when you see misinformation on the internet?

I spent a while last night and this morning making this up.  Please take the poll and please pass it on.  There’s a facebook share button at the bottom of this post.  If you click on it you’ll share this blog post on Facebook.  If you don’t use Facebook (and I know there are a few holdout reading this), please pass on the poll any way you like.  Getting this message out is an interest of mine, which you already know if...

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The Immunization Initiative and the rest of it.

The Immunization Initiative and the rest of it.

I’ve been working on two causes at causes.com.  The first one was The Anti-Anti-Vaccine Campaign.  The intention was and is to encourage people to challenge anti-vaccine propaganda that shows up on their Facebook newsfeed.  It’s still alive but I haven’t worked out how to promote it very effectively.  The people at causes.com said it was too negative and appealed to too small a segment of the population for them to add it...

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Influenza. I’ve created a quiz.

Influenza.  I’ve created a quiz.

      Please click on the image below and take the quiz.   And while you’re at it why not take the pledge and get a flu shot this year (and every year).

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And then there was Mercola…

And then there was Mercola…

Natural News isn’t the only website that attacks science and reason on a regular basis. They are legion.  I could provide long lists, but I won’t. The site that appears most often as “evidence” for questionable health claims is mercola.com.  Dr. Joseph Mercola is not as vile as Mike Adams of Natural News, but he’s very much an anti-science, anti-health and pro making-things-up-for-money kind of guy.  When I...

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Natural News is despicable

Natural News is despicable

Natural News is a website put together by someone by the name of Mike Adams who calls himself the Health Ranger. It is very popular.  I see references to Natural News stories, usually implausible and often ridiculous, on Facebook on a regular basis.  It is often used by anti-vaccine crazies to back up their claims.   According to rationalwiki.org “Adams is a flat-out opponent of modern medicine and opposes any medication or doctor...

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