Shuttle explosion, vaccination, and police corruption – The best of rbutr #11

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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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