And we did it in less than ten years from inception to completion, using technology that is eclipsed a thousandfold by disposable cell phones.
Whenever some halfwit in Congress drones on and on about how we can’t do something, or we don’t have the will or the money or the imagination, I want to grab that idiot by the collar and scream this quote into its stupid corrupt face.
How about both oppressed?
I don’t think I agree, one is voluntary one isn’t. Perhaps one misguided one oppressed.
Again, Zach takes complex concepts and distills them to the essentials. Awesome.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Let’s get the facts straight about the nutritive sweeteners (sugars). I will not defend HFCS; it is just as bad as sucrose or honey or fruit juice. It may even be ever so slightly worse for the following reasons:
1. Industry like to use it.
2. It’s a bit cheaper, thanks to US corn policies.
3. We love to eat it.
but the root of the problem is the collision of our biology (we love sweetness) and our economic system (companies will sell what we will buy). What’s needed is some self-awareness, some discipline, and some education about health risks.
That’s my goal with this video. I’m not here to point the finger of blame. I’m not here to offer scare tactics or corporate apologetics. These are the facts, as well as my take on the issue.
I’m sure I made at least one factual error (not counting my backwards swastikas). First one to spot it will get a $5 donation to MSF made in their name.
Citations are here:
Vaccination - 60 Minutes
See the collapse of some anti-vaccination liars when confronted with facts. See them say that childhood diseases are harmless, and even beneficial. See the parents of children who died because of the actions of these vermin.
Thanks to 60 Minutes for the excellent coverage http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/default.aspx
A few of the folks from the science-based medicine blog did a special episode of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe during the H1N1 scare in 2009, and they did a good job of discussing the validity and efficacy of vaccines.
Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit
With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit,” ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.
The 10 Questions:
1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
2.Does the source make similar claims?
3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?
If you want to do any further reading I would get Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World, science as a candle in the dark,” a great book on science and skepticism with a great chapter on “the fine art of baloney detection.”
the previous post is the humorous spoof, “should math be taught in schools?”
This Is Funny, You Should Watch It of the Day: MacKenzie Fegan (of Dodge Charger Super Bowl ad retort fame) is back with yet another necessary rebuttal, this time to Miss USA’s controversial delegate Q&A re: teaching evolution in schools.
James Randi’s fiery takedown of psychic fraud
Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world’s psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I’ll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)