Global Sea Ice, Polar Bears, and Racism – The Best of rbutr #14

Bigger than most, this week’s Best of rbutr has eight curated, direct rebuttals published over the last week or so. rbutr had 50 rebuttals added by 7 people in the week following the 14th of November. Our best ever week was 64 people adding 536 rebuttals.

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Source Articles Response Articles
Science
Global Sea Ice graph Nov 2016
The terrifying reality of the decline in global sea ice
Sea IceClimate ChangeScience
How Arctic ice has made fools of all those poor warmists – telegraph.co.uk Sea Ice, North and South – Tamino
This article from 2015, among many, made fun of Climate change when a research vessel was trapped in sea ice after a large sea ice recovery. It claims that climate change is a scare story, and this recovery reveals that. This recent blog post shows how deluded these previous articles were, and how terrible the current sea ice situation is, including reference to the total sea ice (north and south poles) and how surprisingly low it is this year.
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Polar bear pats local dog
Wild polar bear pats a chained up dog
Polar BearNatureScience
Gentle giant polar bear cuddles up with dog in Churchill – cbc.ca People are wildly misinterpreting a “heartwarming” video of a polar bear playing with a dog – qz.com
A video shows a polar bear softly patting a dog in the seaside town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. That isn’t a polar bear bonding with a dog, it is a wild predator playing with its food. Don’t anthropomorphise wild predators.
FoodBabe claism FDA and EPA covering up glyphosate test results
EPA and FDA are not trying to bury results of non-peer-reviewed lab tests
GlyphosateMonsantoScience
Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared! – foodbabe.com ConfoundUp – snopes.com
A federal lab has tested everyday food for presence of glyphosate and found alarmingly high levels of it. Monsanto, the EPA and the FDA are trying to silence the harmful effects of Glyphosate. The claims of FoodBabe’s article are false. There is no evidence the EPA or FDA are trying to silence anything, and the lab results here are funded by a lobby group, and not published in a peer-reviewed publication.
Homeopathy and glyphosate research with rates serlaini
Deconstructing a peer-reviewed paper on homeopathy and glyphosate
HomeopathyGlyphosateScience
Dig1 protects against locomotor and biochemical dysfunctions provoked by Roundup – nih.gov No, homeopathic remedies can’t “detox” you from exposure to Roundup: Examining Séralini’s latest rat study – thelogicofscience.com
A paper published in BioMed Central – Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal found that the medicinal plant extract Digeodren prevented negative side effects to short-term intoxication by glyphosate. A thorough point by point critique of all that is wrong with this paper, from major conflicts of interest to poor experimental design and more, in an effort to educate people on how to identify bad science. “This paper is a statistical fishing trip”.
Child receiving medicine for homeopathy cold and flu study
Critical appraisal of recent homeopathic cold and flu medication study
HomeopathyColdsScience
A randomized controlled trial of a homeopathic syrup in the treatment of cold symptoms in young children – complementarytherapiesinmedicine.com Homeopathic Syrup for the Treatment of Pediatric Colds: Randomized Controlled Nonsense is Still Nonsense – sciencebasedmedicine.org
Colds are common in children, and homeopathic treatments are an option available to parents. This study claims to demonstrate that homeopathic cold and flu treatments are effective in reducing the deverity of cold symptoms. “In regards to the primary outcome being studied, the effect of the homeopathic syrup on 4 core cold symptoms an hour after dosing, this study was a complete and utter failure. There were no differences compared to placebo.”
Politics
Donald Trump on his Muslim Registry
Donald Trump and that muslim registry idea
Muslim RegistryTrumpPolitics
Full statement from Jason Miller re Trump and Muslim registry – Jim Acosta Trump spokesman says Trump never called for a Muslim registry. That is a lie. – thinkprogress.org
An image of the statement by Jason Miller, comms director of Trump’s transition team, saying that Trump never advocated for any registry system which tracks people based on their religion. “Trump explicitly advocated for a Muslim registry on November 19, 2015… The statement issued by the Trump transition reflects a contempt for the truth.”
black man shoots himself in the head while taking a selfie
Satire strikes again. A man did not shoot himself in the head while taking a selfie
Black Lives MatterFake NewsPolitics
BLM Thug Protests President Trump With Selfie…Accidentally Shoots Himself In The Face – conservativepost.com Selfie Help – snopes.com
A black man accidentally shot himself in the face while attempting to take a selfie with his gun. This story is made up by a satirical news website.
LGBTs supporting Donald Trump
A rigorous deconstruction of the claim that Trump and all of his supporters are racists
RacismTrumpPolitics
Trump’s win is a reminder of the incredible, unbeatable power of racism – vox.com YOU ARE STILL CRYING WOLF – slatestarcodex.com
Donald Trump’s messages were clearly racist and divisive. He tapped into racial anxiety and outright hate to fuel his success. There is overwhleming evidence against the idea that all, or even most, Trump supporters are racists. In fact he has a lot of diversity in his supporters.
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Fake News, Traffic Growth and Crowdfunding

The Fake News phenomenon continued to roll along this week with more articles continuing to be written about it in most news outlets. I wrote an article calling on people to stop calling everything they disagree with fake news, and that drove a couple of thousands visitors to the blog.

Along with that traffic we have also seen a significant revival of plugin use over previous weeks, and expect that to continue now that I’m sending out these emails again and more actively engaged in social media. Of course, we are still a long way from our historic best performance, and even further from our goals.

Crowdfunding

As of now I am working on putting together a crowdfunding campaign to run over December. I will be looking for community feedback over the next few days as I pull this together. I will need help getting rewards to give to supporters, ideas for possible rewards, and would also love the help of anyone who has experience creating successful crowdfunding campaigns of this nature in the past.

I have just started a Reddit thread for people to suggest and offer rewards for the campaign. Please contribute ideas to that thread if you have any.

Also remember to use our Facebook workgroup page if you want to help out in any other way. Or simply reply to this email if you want to reach me.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

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