Just Google It

Schermafbeelding 2013-02-13 om 08.59.01This sadly happens more often than I care for during discussions. I engage someone, ask for their basis/source, and they respond with a “Just google it.”

I’m sorry, but that’s not how it works.

This simple sentence can sabotage any attempt for an honest and open exchange of ideas, this is why:

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NASA Bonks Wacky 2012 Claims

A nice video about some of the 2012 nonsense that’s doing the rounds on the internet.

After all that, you mean the world is NOT going to end on December 21, 2012? Listen up, 2012ers, it’s not really going to happen, hard as that is to bear.

The issue with Dec. 21, 2012 and the predicted disasters that some folks think will come, probably started with the so-called end of the Mayan calendar. Their calendar does not end on Dec. 21, 2012. It’s just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one. It’s just like on Dec. 31st, our calendar comes to an end but a new calendar for the next year begins on Jan. 1st .

Niburu is supposed to be a planet that’s four times the size of the Earth. It’s going to get very close to the Earth and cause all kinds of disasters. So this enormous planet is suppose to be coming toward Earth, but if it were, we would’ve seen it long ago and if it were invisible somehow, we would’ve seen the affects of this planet on neighboring planets.

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Climate Denial and Manufacturing Legitimacy

The following post was originally published on ClimateCrocks as a guest post.

The scientific discussion has long since moved on from whether we are causing the increase in our planets temperature to fine tuning what effects this will have. We know it is happening, we are responsible for it and we are now in the process of finding out that we have been underestimating it.

Yet, the so-called sceptics have managed to delay action, very effectively spreading misinformation. A considerable amount of misinformation comes from the blogosphere, where familiar and long-debunked claims about climate change are repeated time and time again.

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Deep Fried Flying

It has been a while since Anthony Watts posted the following remark on his blog:

I’ve never much thought there was much usefulness to waste vegetable oil used for automobile fuel, as there is a much more finite amount of waste frying oil available compared to petroleum. Ditto for chicken fat powered aviation. Would you want to fly on a plane that is chicken fat powered? Personally, it seems clucking ridiculous.

I just wish NASA would stick to space exploration.

Watts is complaining about an article posted by NASA where they explain an experiment they did with alternative fuels. And for this experiment they used chicken fat and beef tallow as the source for the fuel:

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TV Tricks Of The Trade

On a lot of blogs a quote has been circulating that the lead IPCC author of Chapter 8 made a shocking admittance. The latest installment of Jesse Ventura’s highly successful Conspiracy Theory show exposed millions of viewers on national TV last night to the climate change fraud, blowing a giant hole in the global warming scam by exposing how its adherents comprise wealthy industrialists…

Science Is Only Speculation

For me the internet can be a very scary place, case in point: science is only speculation. and no matter with however much they speculate, they will ALWAYS be incorrect in their assumptions. even the question of 2+2=4, it only adds to 4 depending on your consciousness level or frame of mind. I just cannot fathom why someone can have…

The Sceptic Before The Storm

Tim Minchin has produced a 9-minute poem called Storm. It tells the tale of a sceptic meeting someone who is a bit more uncritical with her opinions and evidences used for them. As I’m also a sceptic to my very core, it’s a very recognisable situation. Especially trying not to be to harsh when dealing with something that can be…