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

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Source Articles Response Articles
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.

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