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    Doing nothing is really, really hard. For awhile I thought this was unique to […]

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    • Looking at some of the utter garbage and denial of reality spouted on Twitter on the subject of COVID 19, I would say the US is in for a pandemic that will make Italy’s look tiny. This is a tragedy. A rapid nationwide lockdown could have saved a lot of lives and minimised the impact on the economy.

      On the subject of the disease in summer, Australia is now in the 3rd week of autumn with temperatures in the mid to high 20s (C) and very very dry. Our outbreak is still doubling every 3 days so maybe don’t pin too much hope on the weather coming to the rescue.

      Death rates here so far are low due to being one of the highest testing countries in the world and also due to rapid contact tracing and quarantine. Importantly our leaders take a bipartisan view regarding the outbreak. We all look in horror at the shambles in the US.

    • Here’s a good one for you.
      “Swine flu infected 1.4 billion people around the world and killed 575,000 people.
      There was no media panic and society did not shut down.
      Coronavirus has infected less than 478,000 people and killed 22,000 going into April.
      Just a little perspective”

      In over 200 replies only one person picked up that the quoted figures were bogus and inflated nearly1000 fold
      A quick Wikipedia check shows it was officially 6.7 million cases and 20,0000 deaths for swine flu.

      Lack of media panic can probably be attributed to the obsession with the aftermath of the GFC that was going on at the time, which utterly masked the economic impact of swine flu. The true impact of the latter is still unknown but I bet it didn’t help.

      Of course the narrative is that there was no media panic because Obama was president.

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    The Museum of the Bible has admitted to being the victim of a massive fraud: […]

    • Hi, Rebecca:
      First post. I wanted to mention the reason that MotB (aka Hobby Lobby) revealed that their scroll fragments were fake was because they had to. According to several news reports (including The Economist), they exibited their collection in 2017 and immediately raised suspicions; several fragments were found to be fake by Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research. They submitted the whole bunch to Art Fraud Insights, LLC for testing. The director, Colette Lott stipulated as part of the contract that AFI would have control over testing and would publish the testing results and make them known to the public.
      The report discusses how the fragments were doctored to appear genuine and how examination showed that some pieces may have been ancient shoe leather. The 214-page report is full of photos and geeky details and the biographies at the end should be an inspiration for anyone going into the fields of archeology or ancient manuscripts.

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    • I’ve had alt med and “natural” medicine types tell me that Karason only turned blue from colloidal silver because he made it himself and did it wrong. Pointing out that he’s not the only one gets me nowhere.

    • Next step is combining colloidal silver with homeopathy. Like cures like, so extremely diluted doses of silver will eliminate all wealth from your body. This is the first provable effective homeopathic treatment, ever. It works because you end up sending all your money to Jim Bakker to pay for the “medicine”.

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    Ah, YouTube. My blessing. My curse. The possible cause of the radicalization […]

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    Okay yes, this is yet another video about COVID-19, aka “coronavirus.” Yes […]

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    Look, I would love to not make another video about coronavirus. Last month, I […]

  • Nothing inspires bullshit marketers more than a terrifying international story, which is why PR firm 5WPR has teamed up with CNN to harvest those sweet viral clicks with this article and accompanying Tweet that […]

    • To be fair, those who continue to drink Corona may also be complete morons who believe it will cure the disease.

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    “MRIs reveal smartphone addiction physically changes brains,” cries a hea […]

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    Remember a few weeks back when I told you about Jordan Peterson, the […]

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    • It seems to me they really wanted to forget that horrible diet they were forced to consume, and, perhaps, some other things got lost in the purge.

      I have another hypothesis:
      Doing small, poorly controlled studies causes the researcher to forget that correlation does not equal causation.

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    Ha, I had to look up Cathy Newman and learned that she’s also had a hoard of alt-right men send her misogynistic threats so…sure, that I guess.

  • Rebecca Watson posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    So you think Dawkins would agree with me that tweeting out an edgy, unscientific opinion about eugenics is ignorant and dangerous? Fascinating.

    • Really? That’s what you think I said? Interesting. I guess I didn’t make my point very clearly. Or — Cathy Newmanism. and QED Whichever it was — Have a good day.

      • Ha, I had to look up Cathy Newman and learned that she’s also had a hoard of alt-right men send her misogynistic threats so…sure, that I guess.

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    I follow Blair Braverman on Twitter and I believe all her dogs are what are known as Alaskan huskies, which are in fact mixed breeds who are both adorable and healthy! http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/alaskan-husky

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    Last week, Britain discovered that they had a eugenicist advising the prime […]

    • Sorry to rely on memory, but I recall once reading that NONE of the dogs in the Iditarod teams were actually Huskies, Samoyeds, or any other ‘purpose bred’ sled dogs. Mutts simply provided better pulling with fewer health and performance problems. Obviously not RANDOM mutts, but still.

    • I’d say Dawkins should stay in his lane, but he’s spent so much of his life careering all over the road, colliding with everything in his path, that I’m not sure what his lane even is any more. Maybe he should just park and let someone else drive.

    • My reading of Dawkins’ tweet is that he is equating eugenics with selective breeding, which you acknowledge would “work” (n the narrow sense that the selected trait would be more common, or more extreme, in the bred population than in the general population). I would be shocked if he disagreed with you regarding the potential for unintended consequences (sometimes quite harmful to the individuals) that can occur when we breed for a particular trait. In other words — my sense is that you and Dawkins are talking past each other, operating with different definitions of eugenics.

      • So you think Dawkins would agree with me that tweeting out an edgy, unscientific opinion about eugenics is ignorant and dangerous? Fascinating.

        • Really? That’s what you think I said? Interesting. I guess I didn’t make my point very clearly. Or — Cathy Newmanism. and QED Whichever it was — Have a good day.

          • Ha, I had to look up Cathy Newman and learned that she’s also had a hoard of alt-right men send her misogynistic threats so…sure, that I guess.

      • I don’t think it’s talking past someone to acknowledge that their opinion is uneducated and meant to grab headlines. Eugenics is terribly dangerous when even talked about regarding humans. I think the dog example is great actually, because guess what, Dawkins, pontificating and publicly allowing himself to be cited saying short-cited things, and unfortunately is still being cited as an expert. He is old, out of the loop and out of touch; shredding any semblance of reputation he may have had left. As Rebecca notes, there are unforeseen consequences.
        What is particularly dangerous is the average reader isn’t going to be skeptically minded and because he is being presented as an authority may accept his incredibly shortsighted opinion as fact.

    • Selecting for any trait will also select for any dysfunctional alleles which are associated with it in the gene grouping. That’s why harmful traits persist in a population. You would think that an evolutionary biologist would know that. So, then I ask, what was Dawkins’ purpose in posting such a tweet? He has to be aware of its bullshitness.

    • “The cocker spaniel was selectively bred to be a hunting dog: good senses to identify woodcocks and other birds, a soft mouth for retrieving the body, high energy to run around for an hour or two, and loyal. Considering all those traits are, in fact, hallmarks of the cocker spaniel breed today, can we say that “eugenics” in this case was a success?
      Dawkins says yes, but the cocker spaniel may beg to differ. ”

      This is inaccurate. While pedigree dogs like cocker spaniels have been selectively breed for hunting in the past. In modern times Cocker Spaniels and many other pedigree dog breeds have been breed mainly for looks at the expense of all else this is a major cause of many of the health problems in modern dog breeds.

    • This talk of dog-breeding reminds me of the “We’re ten and one” speech in Stripes, and the virtues of diversity in the form of the all-American mutt.

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    • Single payer healthcare come coupled with baggage such as (but not limited to) concern for the environment, assistance and/or supports for people less well off than yourself, demarginalization of disadvantaged groups, fair wages and so on.

      No matter how much I read, or what I read, I cannot seem to empathize with people who would deny any or all of the above to their fellow humans.

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    • Addiction is the best refutation of all the Free Will posturing of Libertarian assholes. Ayn Rand’s denial, while chainsmoking herself to death, after watching her husband drink himself to death, and living on speed for decades, ought to put this bullshit to bed for good.
      Mikhaila’s declaration that there was no ‘psychological’ element in Peterson’s drug history is all of a piece. Tolerance, adaptation, and the unpleasantness of withdrawal, do not explain real addiction. Why would anyone relapse, once they were effectively ‘cleaned up,’ unless there were non-chemical factors involved?

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    Nobody does science reporting quite like British tabloids, and let me be very […]

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    The sudden discovery and spread of the Coronavirus at the start of the new […]

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