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Hardcore porn, getting hotter, and making drugs – The best of rbutr #15

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Eight people have added 64 rebuttals since the last Best of rbutr email was sent out. Since then there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of Climate change, continuing debate around fake news and failures of the media, and of course, as always, more Donald Trump controversy.

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The Media
Vladimir Putin on camera in an interview on RT in 2013
The problem with blacklisting fake news websites
Fake NewsMcCarthyismMedia
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say – washingtonpost.com Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group – theintercept.com
The flood of fake news this election was supported by a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign, says a teach of independent researchers. This anonymous group has not provided the methodology behind any of their claims or conclusions. They also treat everything which is critical of US foreign policy as if it is intentionally pro-Russia propaganda.
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CNN Parts Unknown Hardcore Porn Fake news
CNN did not air 30 minutes of hardcore porn
CNNHoaxMedia
CNN denies airing 30 minutes of hardcore porn – independent.co.uk The CNN porn scare is how fake news spreads – theverge.com
After a Twitter user tweeted an image which appeared to show hardcore porn playing on CNN, CNN has denied that it aired 30 minutes of hardcore porn. There is no evidence CNN ever aired hardcore porn, and it seems like the Independent ran with this story before doing any fact checking.
Climate Change
Daily Mail chart showing end of record highs as el nino ends
No, the end of El Niño is not the end of global warming
El NiñoGlobal WarmingClimate Change
Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions – dailymail.co.uk Factcheck: Newspaper claim about global temperature is ‘deeply misleading’ – carbonbrief.org
Global average temperatures have recently plummeted by more than 1°, reversing the record high temperatures we have been seeing. It was all just El Niño, not global warming. El Niño is ending, but we had our hottest years ever recorded because of global warming, not because of El Niño. The El Niño and La Niña cycle was predicted and is happening exactly as expected.
Global temperature averages without short term variations
Step 1. Establish the warming slowdown exists
SlowdownGlobal WarmingClimate Change
Prospects for a prolonged slowdown in global warming in the early 21st century – nature.com Prolonging a NON-slowdown in global warming – Tamino
Global temperature increased at a slower than predicted rate between 1998 and 2015. This paper investigates whether the reduced rate will continue through to 2020, 2025 or 2030. The paper discusses a slowdown without providing any evidence for it. They chose bad start and finish points for their analysis, ignoring a large jump in temperature before their data and immediately after it too.
Scott and Shackleton boat in Antarctica sea ice
Not all areas of Antarctic sea ice are like they were 100 years ago
AntarcticaSea Ice ExtentClimate Change
Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking 100 years after expeditions – telegraph.co.uk Guest post: Misleading media coverage of Antarctic sea ice paper – carbonbrief.org
Antarctic sea ice has barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, indicating that recent declines are part of a natural cycle, not the result of global warming. Many journalists have misunderstood the message of our research. It isn’t that global warming isn’t affecting the ice, it is that natural variations may be greater than expected, and may mask the affects of global warming.
Politics
Voters lined up to vote at Flint Michigan rust belt myth
The rust belt revolution and electing presidents
Rust Belt RevoltDemocracyPolitics
The Not-So-Silent White Majority – nytimes.com The Myth of the Rust Belt Revolt – slate.com
Trump won 14 percent more noncollege whites than Mitt Romney. Those working-class voters were heavily concentrated in the Rust Belt states which consisted of 70 electoral college votes. Trump didn’t flip white working-class voters in the rust belt. The democrats simply lost them. Most of them simply didn’t vote, or voted for a third party.
Education
schoolkids looking at books
Not enough evidence that Phonics testing helps improve literacy
LiteracyAustraliaEducation
Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check – cis.org.au A new phonics test is pointless – we shouldn’t waste precious money buying it from England – theconversation.com
A simple 5 minute phonics screen could turn around Australia’s problem of too many children not meeting minimum standards in literacy by year 4. The results of implementing this test in the UK were underwhelming. All we know is that students are getting better at sounding out words. We don’t know if they are getting better at reading.
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Pharmaceuticals
Australian schoolkid who made Daraprim
Making a drug is not the same as selling a drug
DaraprimChemistryPharmaceuticals
Sydney schoolboys take down Martin Shkreli, the ‘most hated man in the world’ – smh.com.au The dangers of thinking Australian high school kids just schooled Shkreli – arstechnica.com
A University of Sydney chemist working with students from Sydney Grammar School synthesised the active chemical in the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim. The price of this drug was drastically increased by Martin Shkreli in 2015. The price gouge by Martin Shkreli had absolutely nothing to do with how expensive the drug is to make. Schoolkids making it cheaply does not embarrass Shkreli at all.
OK, this actually happened. Australian man punches kangaroo
Australian man punches Kangaroo
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