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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 user has access to all relevant information.
Source Articles Response Articles
Space
Does image taken from NASA’s Opportunity Rover Mean There was Life on Mars?
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NASA Rover Finds ‘Celtic Cross’ On Mars – neonnettle.com Debunked: Celtic Cross on Mars [Impression from Screw Head on X-Ray Spectrometer] – metabunk.org
Does the image described as a “Celtic Cross”, captured by NASA’s Opportunity Rover, indicate there was life on the red planet? The image described by many websites and alien enthusiasts as a “Celtic Cross” and proof of alien life, is actually an impression from the head of a screw.
Society
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What is the Role of Trans-Gendered Men in Women’s Colleges?
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When Women Become Men at Wellesley – nytimes.com TransFusion: Who Belongs in Women’s Spaces, Again? Women’s College Edition – blogspot.co.uk
When Wellesley transgendered student “Timothy” ran for a seat in student government, some classmates began a campaign to abstain from the vote, to ensure she (who now identifies as he), was not elected. The dilemma faced by female colleges is, “As a marginalized group fighting for respect and clout, how could women justify marginalizing others?” The author questions the wording and content of the NY Times story and the opinions expressed by “Timothy” as biased and contradictory. Who really does belong in women’s only spaces, who makes the decisions, and what is really fair to all parties involved?
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Protecting Victim’s Rights or Denying the Right to Free Speech?
Free SpeechLawPolitics
Pennsylvania: Governor Signs Law to Help Protect Crime Victims – NYTimes.com A New Way to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal – fair.org
A law is passed in Pennsylvania allowing prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction against an offender on grounds of “mental anguish”. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill after convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of murdering a police officer, recorded a commencement address for a graduating class. Is new law protecting victims or silencing Mumia Abu-Jamal? What are the implications of the Revictimization Relief Act on the first amendment?
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Can Architecture be Racist?
SocietyRacismArchitecture
Did diversity miss the train in Union Station’s architecture? – denverpost.com Is Architecture “Racist”? – powerlineblog
The author completes an informal visual survey and finds that 98.2% of people in Denver’s reopened Union Station are Caucasian. He questions the lack of representation by visible minorities and blames the old world architecture, elitist choices and high prices for creating a culture of alienation and exclusivity. The validity of the argument is challenged as promoting stereotypes and bias and states that perhaps the minorities described as alienated might be “too smart to patronize mediocre, overpriced restaurants”.
Environment
What is the Impact of Education on Perception of Climate Change Risk?
Climate changeEducationSociety
Overcoming skepticism with education: interacting influences of worldview and climate change knowledge on perceived climate change risk among adolescents – springer.com Unconfounding knowledge from cultural identity–as big a challenge for measuring the climate-science literacy of middle schoolers as grown ups – culturalcognition.net
Worldview rather than scientific understanding largely drives climate change risk perceptions. How do adolescents fit into this? “The problem, in my view, is that the measure of climate-science literacy that SPBMC constructed fails to address what existing research teaches us is the biggest challenge in measuring public understanding of climate science.”
Health
Homeopaths vs Science-based medicine, will either of them win against Ebola?
EbolaHomeopathyQuackery
The Ebola Crisis & the Homeopathic Community – homeopathycenter.org Here they come to save the day! Homeopaths vs. Ebola, again – scienceblogs.com
Homeopathy has a history in successfully treating a wide variety of epidemic diseases, and the Homeopathic community has ample reason to believe a remedy for Ebola can be found. While the author recognizes how serious the Ebola outbreak is, he clearly does not take the Homeopathic community, or their
“magic water” very seriously. There is no evidence that treating a symptom with something that caused the symptom, or diluting a remedy, is an effective treatment for Ebola.
Religion
Does the Pope support evolution? And did God use a magic wand?
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No, the Pope doesn’t support evolution – freethoughtblogs.com Yes, the Pope does support evolution, PZ Myers – wordpress.com
While the Pope does claim that evolution is consistent with biblical teachings, the author challenges his theory on how human life began and evolved, saying he does not actually support the evolution theory, but a Catholic Church’s version of evolution. While the Pope does not accept the evolution theory as an explanation for the existence of humans, he does believe the Church’s version of evolution. It appears that PZ Myers, science, and the Pope, may all have different definitions of ‘evolution’.
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A book about fighting untrue beliefs

That’s it for this week’s Best of rbutr. If you haven’t already seen it, make sure you go and read the post I made about changing tact in reaching new audiences with this idea of transforming the Internet into a system which teaches people critical thinking while providing access to the full story from any given starting point – ie: the aims of rbutr. I’ve decided that I need to write a book about it.

Go read it, share it, and let me know your thoughts about it on our Facebook page, over Twitter, or by simply emailing me.

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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
rebuttal to banksy arrested hoax article national report
The arrest and unveiling of the worlds most famous graffiti artist
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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
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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?
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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.
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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!

That’s all for now. See you next week!

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Interview by Shane about rbutr at Compassion Plans

October 5, 2014

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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

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July 9, 2014

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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

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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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