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Eight people have added 64 rebuttals since the last Best of rbutr email was sent out. Since then there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of Climate change, continuing debate around fake news and failures of the media, and of course, as always, more Donald Trump controversy.

This edition of the Best of rbutr brings you another 8, brand new, recently published rebuttal pairings over 5 different key topic areas. Enjoy!

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Source Articles Response Articles
The Media
CNN Parts Unknown Hardcore Porn Fake news
CNN did not air 30 minutes of hardcore porn
CNNHoaxMedia
CNN denies airing 30 minutes of hardcore porn – independent.co.uk The CNN porn scare is how fake news spreads – theverge.com
After a Twitter user tweeted an image which appeared to show hardcore porn playing on CNN, CNN has denied that it aired 30 minutes of hardcore porn. There is no evidence CNN ever aired hardcore porn, and it seems like the Independent ran with this story before doing any fact checking.
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Vladimir Putin on camera in an interview on RT in 2013
The problem with blacklisting fake news websites
Fake NewsMcCarthyismMedia
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say – washingtonpost.com Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group – theintercept.com
The flood of fake news this election was supported by a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign, says a teach of independent researchers. This anonymous group has not provided the methodology behind any of their claims or conclusions. They also treat everything which is critical of US foreign policy as if it is intentionally pro-Russia propaganda.
Climate Change
Daily Mail chart showing end of record highs as el nino ends
No, the end of El Niño is not the end of global warming
El NiñoGlobal WarmingClimate Change
Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions – dailymail.co.uk Factcheck: Newspaper claim about global temperature is ‘deeply misleading’ – carbonbrief.org
Global average temperatures have recently plummeted by more than 1°, reversing the record high temperatures we have been seeing. It was all just El Niño, not global warming. El Niño is ending, but we had our hottest years ever recorded because of global warming, not because of El Niño. The El Niño and La Niña cycle was predicted and is happening exactly as expected.
Global temperature averages without short term variations
Step 1. Establish the warming slowdown exists
SlowdownGlobal WarmingClimate Change
Prospects for a prolonged slowdown in global warming in the early 21st century – nature.com Prolonging a NON-slowdown in global warming – Tamino
Global temperature increased at a slower than predicted rate between 1998 and 2015. This paper investigates whether the reduced rate will continue through to 2020, 2025 or 2030. The paper discusses a slowdown without providing any evidence for it. They chose bad start and finish points for their analysis, ignoring a large jump in temperature before their data and immediately after it too.
Scott and Shackleton boat in Antarctica sea ice
Not all areas of Antarctic sea ice are like they were 100 years ago
AntarcticaSea Ice ExtentClimate Change
Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking 100 years after expeditions – telegraph.co.uk Guest post: Misleading media coverage of Antarctic sea ice paper – carbonbrief.org
Antarctic sea ice has barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, indicating that recent declines are part of a natural cycle, not the result of global warming. Many journalists have misunderstood the message of our research. It isn’t that global warming isn’t affecting the ice, it is that natural variations may be greater than expected, and may mask the affects of global warming.
Politics
Voters lined up to vote at Flint Michigan rust belt myth
The rust belt revolution and electing presidents
Rust Belt RevoltDemocracyPolitics
The Not-So-Silent White Majority – nytimes.com The Myth of the Rust Belt Revolt – slate.com
Trump won 14 percent more noncollege whites than Mitt Romney. Those working-class voters were heavily concentrated in the Rust Belt states which consisted of 70 electoral college votes. Trump didn’t flip white working-class voters in the rust belt. The democrats simply lost them. Most of them simply didn’t vote, or voted for a third party.
Education
schoolkids looking at books
Not enough evidence that Phonics testing helps improve literacy
LiteracyAustraliaEducation
Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check – cis.org.au A new phonics test is pointless – we shouldn’t waste precious money buying it from England – theconversation.com
A simple 5 minute phonics screen could turn around Australia’s problem of too many children not meeting minimum standards in literacy by year 4. The results of implementing this test in the UK were underwhelming. All we know is that students are getting better at sounding out words. We don’t know if they are getting better at reading.
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Pharmaceuticals
Australian schoolkid who made Daraprim
Making a drug is not the same as selling a drug
DaraprimChemistryPharmaceuticals
Sydney schoolboys take down Martin Shkreli, the ‘most hated man in the world’ – smh.com.au The dangers of thinking Australian high school kids just schooled Shkreli – arstechnica.com
A University of Sydney chemist working with students from Sydney Grammar School synthesised the active chemical in the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim. The price of this drug was drastically increased by Martin Shkreli in 2015. The price gouge by Martin Shkreli had absolutely nothing to do with how expensive the drug is to make. Schoolkids making it cheaply does not embarrass Shkreli at all.
OK, this actually happened. Australian man punches kangaroo
Australian man punches Kangaroo
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Bigger than most, this week’s Best of rbutr has eight curated, direct rebuttals published over the last week or so. rbutr had 50 rebuttals added by 7 people in the week following the 14th of November. Our best ever week was 64 people adding 536 rebuttals.

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Source Articles Response Articles
Science
Global Sea Ice graph Nov 2016
The terrifying reality of the decline in global sea ice
Sea IceClimate ChangeScience
How Arctic ice has made fools of all those poor warmists – telegraph.co.uk Sea Ice, North and South – Tamino
This article from 2015, among many, made fun of Climate change when a research vessel was trapped in sea ice after a large sea ice recovery. It claims that climate change is a scare story, and this recovery reveals that. This recent blog post shows how deluded these previous articles were, and how terrible the current sea ice situation is, including reference to the total sea ice (north and south poles) and how surprisingly low it is this year.
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Polar bear pats local dog
Wild polar bear pats a chained up dog
Polar BearNatureScience
Gentle giant polar bear cuddles up with dog in Churchill – cbc.ca People are wildly misinterpreting a “heartwarming” video of a polar bear playing with a dog – qz.com
A video shows a polar bear softly patting a dog in the seaside town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. That isn’t a polar bear bonding with a dog, it is a wild predator playing with its food. Don’t anthropomorphise wild predators.
FoodBabe claism FDA and EPA covering up glyphosate test results
EPA and FDA are not trying to bury results of non-peer-reviewed lab tests
GlyphosateMonsantoScience
Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared! – foodbabe.com ConfoundUp – snopes.com
A federal lab has tested everyday food for presence of glyphosate and found alarmingly high levels of it. Monsanto, the EPA and the FDA are trying to silence the harmful effects of Glyphosate. The claims of FoodBabe’s article are false. There is no evidence the EPA or FDA are trying to silence anything, and the lab results here are funded by a lobby group, and not published in a peer-reviewed publication.
Homeopathy and glyphosate research with rates serlaini
Deconstructing a peer-reviewed paper on homeopathy and glyphosate
HomeopathyGlyphosateScience
Dig1 protects against locomotor and biochemical dysfunctions provoked by Roundup – nih.gov No, homeopathic remedies can’t “detox” you from exposure to Roundup: Examining Séralini’s latest rat study – thelogicofscience.com
A paper published in BioMed Central – Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal found that the medicinal plant extract Digeodren prevented negative side effects to short-term intoxication by glyphosate. A thorough point by point critique of all that is wrong with this paper, from major conflicts of interest to poor experimental design and more, in an effort to educate people on how to identify bad science. “This paper is a statistical fishing trip”.
Child receiving medicine for homeopathy cold and flu study
Critical appraisal of recent homeopathic cold and flu medication study
HomeopathyColdsScience
A randomized controlled trial of a homeopathic syrup in the treatment of cold symptoms in young children – complementarytherapiesinmedicine.com Homeopathic Syrup for the Treatment of Pediatric Colds: Randomized Controlled Nonsense is Still Nonsense – sciencebasedmedicine.org
Colds are common in children, and homeopathic treatments are an option available to parents. This study claims to demonstrate that homeopathic cold and flu treatments are effective in reducing the deverity of cold symptoms. “In regards to the primary outcome being studied, the effect of the homeopathic syrup on 4 core cold symptoms an hour after dosing, this study was a complete and utter failure. There were no differences compared to placebo.”
Politics
Donald Trump on his Muslim Registry
Donald Trump and that muslim registry idea
Muslim RegistryTrumpPolitics
Full statement from Jason Miller re Trump and Muslim registry – Jim Acosta Trump spokesman says Trump never called for a Muslim registry. That is a lie. – thinkprogress.org
An image of the statement by Jason Miller, comms director of Trump’s transition team, saying that Trump never advocated for any registry system which tracks people based on their religion. “Trump explicitly advocated for a Muslim registry on November 19, 2015… The statement issued by the Trump transition reflects a contempt for the truth.”
black man shoots himself in the head while taking a selfie
Satire strikes again. A man did not shoot himself in the head while taking a selfie
Black Lives MatterFake NewsPolitics
BLM Thug Protests President Trump With Selfie…Accidentally Shoots Himself In The Face – conservativepost.com Selfie Help – snopes.com
A black man accidentally shot himself in the face while attempting to take a selfie with his gun. This story is made up by a satirical news website.
LGBTs supporting Donald Trump
A rigorous deconstruction of the claim that Trump and all of his supporters are racists
RacismTrumpPolitics
Trump’s win is a reminder of the incredible, unbeatable power of racism – vox.com YOU ARE STILL CRYING WOLF – slatestarcodex.com
Donald Trump’s messages were clearly racist and divisive. He tapped into racial anxiety and outright hate to fuel his success. There is overwhleming evidence against the idea that all, or even most, Trump supporters are racists. In fact he has a lot of diversity in his supporters.
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Fake News, Traffic Growth and Crowdfunding

The Fake News phenomenon continued to roll along this week with more articles continuing to be written about it in most news outlets. I wrote an article calling on people to stop calling everything they disagree with fake news, and that drove a couple of thousands visitors to the blog.

Along with that traffic we have also seen a significant revival of plugin use over previous weeks, and expect that to continue now that I’m sending out these emails again and more actively engaged in social media. Of course, we are still a long way from our historic best performance, and even further from our goals.

Crowdfunding

As of now I am working on putting together a crowdfunding campaign to run over December. I will be looking for community feedback over the next few days as I pull this together. I will need help getting rewards to give to supporters, ideas for possible rewards, and would also love the help of anyone who has experience creating successful crowdfunding campaigns of this nature in the past.

I have just started a Reddit thread for people to suggest and offer rewards for the campaign. Please contribute ideas to that thread if you have any.

Also remember to use our Facebook workgroup page if you want to help out in any other way. Or simply reply to this email if you want to reach me.

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How to stop Fake News in its tracks: Plugins and social media integration

November 21, 2016

In case you missed it, Fake News is the topic of the month. On the tail of the biggest political upset of the century, Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for allowing fake news websites to spread without resistance across social media, often gaining much more attention than real news stories. Always gaining a […]

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Can we stop calling everything we disagree with “Fake news” already?

November 20, 2016
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OK, we get it, Fake News has taken off as a buzzword and everyone is talking about the Fake News problem. But seriously, can we stop with the childish pretending that all news outlets are “fake news”? It isn’t funny. And it definitely isn’t helpful. The term “Fake News” has a very real meaning and […]

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INACCURATE: SHOCK VIDEO: BLACK MOB VICIOUSLY BEATS WHITE TRUMP VOTER

November 17, 2016

I’ve seen this video posted many times on Facebook now, so it seems to have become popular as a retort to the innumerable reports of racial violence at the hands of Trump supporters. The version which has come through the rbutr platform is from InfoWars and uses the taunting from the bystanders filming the assault as evidence that […]

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Trump, Trump, Trump, and some other stuff – The best of rbutr #13

November 16, 2016

And we’re back! The 13th edition of the Best of rbutr email is here. Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. Is rburt installed in your browser? Install rbutr now. Now is the time make sure rbutr is still installed in your browser and that you like our Facebook page. […]

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Not Even a Rebuttal – The problem with fake news

November 15, 2016

This last year has revealed a deep problem with modern media. With rbutr, I had hoped to fight back against misinformation, and help stop the spread of lies, and bring nuanced debate back to complex issues. What I never expected when creating rbutr, was to find myself in a world where completely fabricated headlines would become a […]

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rbutr’s Growth Plan – How to get rbutr to the masses.

November 12, 2016

Craig and I began working on rbutr early in 2012. We’ve never made an income from it, nor sought investment, instead attempting to work within our means. From our passion for this project, with the help of some amazing supporters, we got a lot done in a short amount of time. About two years after […]

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Millions of people fleeing America for Canada

November 11, 2016

No, there aren’t. This isn’t happening, and the article by the Global Sun is just another deadpan satirical article by a fake news site which way too many people are taking way too seriously. rbutr user Byron Clark added this rebuttal early today, using a Snopes article as the rebuttal. The Snopes response very simply pointed […]

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Angry? I sure am. Join me and fight for a better future with rbutr

November 10, 2016

In the light of the post-truth world we now seem to live in, I feel I have no option but to put every resource I have into ensuring the world gets an internet which automatically fights back against misinformation and filter bubbles, and helps promote critical thinking to future generations. I don’t think rbutr will […]

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