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The Internet needs an immune system to stop misinformation from spreading to new minds and taking root. rbutr is a critical part of that immune system.
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Net Neutrality
Net neutrality debate obama astroturfing rebuttal
Motivations behind net neutrality discussions called into question
Net NeutralityPoliticsBusiness
Opinion: The Case Against Net Neutrality – wsj.com The troubling truth behind these anti-net neutrality op-ed writers – dailydot.com
The Internet has had plenty of innovation and growth on its own over the last few decades, it doesn’t need bureaucratic intervention stifling it now. The expert on this panel has received money from ISPs in the past, and this panel looks like astroturfing from those ISPs to get support against Net Neutrality.
Entertainment
Tayor Swift and the Shouldn't Buy It - mic.com 	The rbutr to Taylor Swift and the Myth
Is Music Still About Selling Records?
Taylor SwiftMusicEntertainment
Taylor Swift’s New Album Is Amazing – But You Shouldn’t Buy It – mic.com Taylor Swift and the Myth of the Mean Greedy Artist – electricliterature.com
Taylor Swift has kept her new album off Youtube and out of Spotify because she believes that people should have to pay for music, not get it for free. An artist who protects their music should not be labelled greedy or insulting. Artists rights are workers’ rights and deserve protection.
Society
rebuttal to The “New” Klan
The “New” Klan?
Ku Klux KlanRacismSociety
The Ku Klux Klan opens its door to Jews, black people and homosexuals – dailymail.co.uk You May Have Heard That the KKK Is Now Accepting Black Members. Here’s What Is Actually Happening – reason.com
The Ku Klux Klan is now looking to diversify and increase its membership to include Jews, black people, homosexuals and those of Hispanic origin with a re-branding as ‘the new Klan’. Anyone can call themselves KKK, and some of those new groups are accepting non-white members. These groups are clearly not the original white supremacist group which was disbanded over a century ago.
rebuttal to  Sam-Harris-loathe-Islam-not-Muslims
The Islam Debate Continues
IslamMuslimReligion
Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims | Andrew Brown | Comment is free – theguardian.com UK’s Guardian takes stance against freedom of speech, tolerance and liberty – skeptical-science.com
Using the statement that being against Islam is not racist because Islam is not a race is no excuse for fear or hatred. Criticism of a specific belief, ideology is not racist. To speak out against human rights violations and other aspects is not to condemn an entire race.
Business
rebuttal to Pharmaceutical-industry-gets-high-on-fat-profits
Should We Be More Concerned About Health Or Profits?
PharmaceuticalBusinessHealth
BBC News – Pharmaceutical industry gets high on fat profits – bbc.com Marketing And R&D, Again. In the Pipeline: – corante.com
When it comes to pharmaceuticals, just because you can charge a high price for something, doesn’t mean you should. Is it ethical that the largest pharmaceutical company made a 42% margin last year? The author challenges the statistics, as well as the R&D and marketing table contained in the article.
Politics
rebuttal to Mid term elections - Iowa Senator Joni Ernst makes her victory speech, West Des Moines, America
The Personal Is Political
FeminismPoliticsGOP
2014 was an election of firsts for Republican women. But it wasn’t a ‘win’ for women at all – theguardian.com A Feminine Rebuttal to Feminist Jessica Valenti’s Article Rebuking Women for Supporting the GOP – midsouthsentinel.com
“Your gender doesn’t make you pro-woman, your actions do.” Women in politics
are not necessary good for women when the representative is against contraception, abortion or women in the military.
Freedom of speech and ideas are not gender specific. We all have the right to our political beliefs regardless of gender.
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Welcome to the 11th edition of the Best of rbutr email! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email.

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Space
space tourism worth dying for rebuttal
Space Tourism, the New Frontier?
SpaceSpace tourismTechnology
Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For – Wired.com A Rebuttal to The Wired Article: Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For – wordpress.com
In the wake of the Orbital Sciences’ Antares disaster this week, questions arise about space tourism. Is it a valuable contribution to space exploration or just another elitist activity for the very rich? With the lack of government financial support, private companies are providing the vision, direction and funding needed to push the boundaries of space exploration.
Rebuttal for NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of
Will earth really experience 6 days of complete darkness?
SpaceSatireNasa
NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December 2014! – huzlers.com What was fake on the Internet this week: Paul Rudd heroics, the Halloween quarantine, and six days of darkness – washingtonpost.com
Huzlers reports that Nasa has confirmed an upcoming solar storm will cause the world to experience 6 days of almost complete darkness. Despite it all, Earth will not experience any other major problems. The 6 days of darkness story was just a rumour propagated by Huzlers, a site that specializes in fake news. The public ate it up and spread it around, to the tune of almost 1 million shares.
Vaccination
Rebuttal to Dr. Paul Offit
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?
VaccinationAnti-vaccinationHealth
Doctors learn to push back, gently, against anti-vaccination movement – latimes.com Rebuttal to Dr. Paul Offit(LA Times) – dinnerforthought.com
As parents, exposed to media and internet stories, become reluctant to have their child immunized, Dr. Paul Offit coaches physicians in how calm and convince resistant parents. An anti-vaccine parent speaks out against immunization and Dr. Offit’s methods of “marketing” and “brainwashing”.
Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report Rebuttal
Who truly benefits when you get your flu shot?
InfluenzaVaccineAnti-vaccine lobby
Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines – realfarmacy.com/ The zombie anti-vaccine lie–Peter Doshi and the appeal to authority – skepticalraptor.com
Doshi states that the influenza vaccine is a very profitable business for the pharmaceutical companies and that the vaccination may be less effective than the general public is aware of. The author discredits Doshi’s knowledge, training, and expertise in the field of vaccines. Challenging his authority and saying he has no scientific research to back up his claims.
Law Enforcement
Rebuttal for The Police Are Still Out of Control - Frank Serpico
The Blue Wall of Silence Exposed
CorruptionSocietyPolicePolitics
The Police Are Still Out of Control – Frank Serpico – POLITICO Magazine – politico.com Cop to Serpico: Stop Slandering Us – James Coll – POLITICO Magazine – politico.com
Frank Serpico, depicted by Al Pacino in the 1973 movie, “Serpico”, speaks out about his experience fighting police corruption and attempted murder. When police are put on the defensive, it becomes harder to protect communities, and ignores commitment and contributions made by the majority of honest police officers.
Journalism
Rebuttal for The Gary Webb saga still has lessons today
The Gary Webb Story Goes Hollywood
Garry WebbUSA Today
Voices: The Gary Webb saga still has lessons today – usatoday.com USA Today: Still Not Too Late to Attack Gary Webb – fair.org
What can we learn about Gary Webb and his story of vilification as he sought to expose the truth. Can one reporter succeed against the CIA? The new movie, “Kill the Messenger” brings the Gary Webb story back to the forefront. The facts and content of the article are challenged and the author provides clarification regarding the Gary Webb story.
rbutr
Book Progress and rebuttals from Twitter

Since last week we’ve explored the possibility of generating educational resources for teachers, suggested a way for you to find rebuttals via Twitter, had 90 rebuttals added by 21 people, come up with a working title for my book on fighting false beliefs, and I’ve completed the overall chapter structure of my book (first draft version of course!).

Not too bad for just one quiet week. I hope you enjoyed the articles this week!

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Teach critical literacy with these real web argument pairs – Society

November 3, 2014

We’re looking for feedback from teachers who require good examples of arguments and counter arguments on various topics to use in classrooms, usually to teach critical literacy to their students. Below you will find a list of curated content where the left hand side is an article making an argument on some issue, and to […]

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Life on Mars, racist architecture, and the Pope vs evolution. The best of rbutr #10

November 1, 2014

Welcome to the 10th edition of the Best of rbutr email! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. The idea behind rbutr is to fix the Internet so that it no longer just passively presents information, but instead actively teaches critical reflection on the information presented, while also ensuring the […]

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Banksy arrested, ebola scares, irrational atheism. The best of rbutr #9

October 24, 2014

Welcome to the long awaited 9th instalment of the Best of rbutr email! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. rbutr provides context and quality assurance to the content discovered on social media and in search. Search first. rbutr second. Source Articles Response Articles Hoaxes The arrest and unveiling of […]

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Interview by Shane about rbutr at Compassion Plans

October 5, 2014

A couple of months ago I did an interview with Compassion Plans about how we’re trying to make a positive impact on the world by fighting misinformation and the harmful impacts it has on the world. The interview was published a while ago, but I have only just caught up with my emails and had […]

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rbutr takes second runner up at SydStart’s pitching competition

September 5, 2014

A little over two weeks ago rbutr was revealed to have made it into the top 10 pitches for SydStart’s pitching tournament. We were very excited to be given the opportunity to pitch on the main stage of SydStart, Sydney’s largest and most important startup conference and expo. That pitch took place on Tuesday the 2nd of […]

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Physics, Israel and eternal youth. The best of rbutr #8

August 6, 2014

Welcome to the eighth ‘The best of rbutr’ email. Big apology for the huge delay between #7 and #8, the reason is provided at the bottom of this email with a picture. That said, the wait was worth it, because this week’s email is a great one… Click here to subscribe and receive ‘The best […]

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George Clooney, organic food and computer games. The best of rbutr #7

July 9, 2014

Welcome to our seventh Best of rbutr email. This week we have George Clooney, feminism, computer games, Antarctica, Amazon, e-readers, organic food, terrorism, potato salad and orange is the new black! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. The internet and the world wide web made instant access to all […]

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SydStart Pitch Slides

July 1, 2014

I didn’t get to film my actual pitch on the SydStart second qualifying day, so decided to do a quick version of it on my computer. I think my live version was a bit smoother and came across better, since I had an actual audience to talk to (talking to a computer feels weird). But […]

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