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Hoaxes
rebuttal to banksy arrested hoax article national report
The arrest and unveiling of the worlds most famous graffiti artist
BanksyGraffitiHoax
Graffiti Artist Banksy Arrested In London; Identity Revealed – nationalreport.net Hoax ‘Banksy Arrested in London’ Story Dupes the Internet Again – ibtimes.co.uk
After years of always being one step behind Banksy, London police and their Anti-Graffiti Task Force finally catch the artist red-handed and arrest him and then out his identity. The article claims cannot be backed up, the arrest is non-existent, and Banksy’s alleged identity has been previously used in several other hoax articles on this website.
rebuttal to penis graffiti on bugatti veyron hoax
How much more attention does one need, when you drive a Bugatti?
VandalismHoaxPrank
Penis graffiti drawn on £1.5million Bugatti Veyron – standard.co.uk Penis Spray-Painted on a $2.5 Million Car Was Just for a Prank Video – mashable.com
An image of a penis-shaped graffiti is spray painted on the hood of a hefty price tagged Bugatti. And while the picture is spreading across the internet, several questions remain unanswered. Who owns the car? Was anyone arrested? The owner of the expensive Bugatti later gleefully boasted on Instagram that he had pranked the world. He had also previously used the same car in a pranking video.
Health
rebuttal to texas ebola outbreak satire in national review
Which threat is larger? Ebola or the media?
EbolaHealthMedia
Texas Town Quarantined After Family Of Five Test Positive For The Ebola Virus – nationalreport.net Texas, Hold ‘Em – snopes.com
After doctors confirm family of five from Purdon, Texas have all contracted Ebola fever, the town is quarantined by the Centers for Disease Control, putting up road blocks and not allowing any residents to enter or leave. The article’s claim of an entire town being quarantined is stated to be false and the National Report website is described as having a reputation for publishing sensationalistic and made-up stories.
rebuttal to clipboard man story ebola
Is the public overly concerned or simply misinformed about Ebola and disease control protocol? Does the media have the answers?
EbolaHealthMedia
Who is unprotected ‘clipboard man’ with Ebola patient? – today.com ‘Clipboard Man’ Shows Media Figures Didn’t Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission – fair.org
Who was this man in plain clothes standing near Amber Vinson, a nurse diagnosed with Ebola, while all other personnel were wearing hazmat suits? Ebola isn’t airborne and can’t be caught by merely standing near someone with it. One must have direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone sick with it to catch it. Why is the media failing so badly to convey this important message?
rebuttal to Can GM food cause immunity to antibiotics on daily mail
Organic agriculture vs Antibiotic resistance
FoodHealthGMO
Can GM food cause immunity to antibiotics? – dailymail.co.uk Is organic agriculture leading to an increase in antibiotic resistance? – geneticliteracyproject.org
The article cites research regarding the possible harmful effects of exposure to GM foods that have been genetically modified to be resistant to antibiotics. It proposes that ingestion of GM foods creates bacteria with modified DNA that may be resistant to therapeutic antibiotics. Campbell questions the article’s validity citing that the concerns regarding immunity to antibiotics is a scare viewpoint promoted by anti-GMO activists and is not founded on valid research.
Religion
one rebuttal to irrational atheism on the atlantic
How does one justify being an atheist? Is it an irrational belief?
AtheismReligionSociety
Irrational Atheism – TheAtlantic.com Is atheism irrational? A philosopher says “yes” – wordpress.com
Atheism provides us with a worldview and a social context, just like religion, and is just as actively and irrationally believed in. Atheism is not the same as naturalism, and in any case religious “faith” is very different to the justified beliefs formed upon naturalistic evidence.
Environment
rebuttal to watts up with that acidification article
Ocean Acidification – does this study on a freshwater lake bear any relevance to the oceans?
EnvironmentGlobal WarmingClimate Change
New paper debunks ‘ocean acidification’ scare, finds warming increases pH – wattsupwiththat.com Anthony Watts (and others) fail ocean chemistry – woefully! – hotwhopper.com
Anthony Watts discusses research on lakes which indicates that pH levels increase with warmer temperatures and decrease in cooler temperatures. He uses this study to contradict the science which states that global warming is causing an acidification of the earth’s oceans. Watt’s article is challenged due to the fact that the research cited is based on freshwater lakes and not ocean water. Watt’s understanding of solubility, acidification, physics and chemistry are also challenged.
rbutr
Third place pitching at SydStart

So it has been a long time since our last email, we apologise for that, but that is now being fixed and we are working on ensuring we get emails out every week. Since our last email, if you look at our blog, you will see that at the recent SydStart event, the highlight of the tech entrepreneur scene in Sydney, rbutr took out third place in the pitching competition. This is a phenomenal result for us, as we were competing with a field of over 200 applicants and rbutr has always had a difficult business case. We stand by the value of our project, but can’t be sure it will ever make money. Some things you just have to do because they are worth doing. So to make it to the top three of a pitching competition (ie: Investors liked us), was a great outcome.

We’ve also almost reached 2,000 Facebook likes, so if you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, get on it with the link below!

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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 the chance to sit down and make this post about it, so my apologies for the delay! Anyway, here is a podcast!

7: Battling Misinformation with Shane Greenup of rbutr – Compassion Plans

 

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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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Student debt, editing Wikipedia, and healthcare rankings. The best of rbutr #6

June 30, 2014

Welcome to the slightly-delayed best of rbutr email #6! Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. rbutr makes the internet correct itself. Source Articles Response Articles Technology If Wikipedia editors use private forums to discuss their editing, is that a bad thing? WikipediaSkepticismTechnology Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project – A […]

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Sex, revolution and warp drive technology. It’s been a crazy week at rbutr. The best of rbutr #5

June 19, 2014

Welcome to our fifth instalment of The Best of rbutr. Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. It is always better to be unsure, than to be sure but wrong.Why rbutr must share misinformation Source Articles Response Articles Politics What did the Las Vegas shooters believe in? Whose revolution were […]

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Why rbutr must share misinformation…

June 18, 2014

Yes, you read that heading right. We admit to sharing misinformation over rbutr. We admit that things which we know are not true, are being shared with people who may have never encountered the erroneous claims and arguments. We admit it, and we stand by the claim that it is absolutely necessary. Necessary for what? Necessary […]

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Nanoparticles in your food, the Turing test, a Sydney shark attack and more – The best of rbutr #4

June 13, 2014

Welcome to our 4th issue of the best of rbutr. Click here to subscribe to receive The best of rbutr via email. rbutr maps inter-website discussions and makes it super easy for you to follow them. Remember: Anyone can submit claim-rebuttal connections, and rbutr doesn’t discriminate or take any position on the issues being discussed. […]

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