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Youtube Doomsday Channels May Earn Over $1 Million A Year - Young Teens Suicidal - Petition: Stop Supporting With Ad Revenue

Apr 23 2018 - 19:04

Steve Olsen just revealed to Metro magazine that he earns $50K a year from his doomsday YouTube channel WSO. Based on this then we can begin to estimate the total earnings from all the high earners and it may well be over $1 million a year.

Here is the reasoning.

Social Blade has the upper estimate as $20.7K for his channel. I hadn't had any way until today to judge if their estimates are right or not. It now seems that at least in this one case, it's an under estimate.

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The T-Index: More Meaningful Metrics For Scientists

Apr 23 2018 - 17:04
Academics direly need objective, meaningful metrics to judge the impact their publications have on their field of expertise. Nowadays any regular Joe will be able to show many authored papers in their CV, and it will be impossible to objectively assess the relative merits of each and every one of them, if you are trying to rank Joe in a list of candidates for tenure, or just a research job at a University. 

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Neonics: Environmental Groups Get 219,000 On A Petition Against EPA Science

Apr 21 2018 - 09:04
A week after the Science March, environmental groups have turned up the heat on politicians, hoping to use the famous DDT strategy (ignore scientists, get a politician to do the work) to get a ban on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (neonics), which are sprayed on seeds so that there is less environmental strain and food waste.

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People Who Smile Are Regarded As Cooler

Apr 20 2018 - 11:04
Imagine one person walks into a room and they are smiling and saying hello to everyone. Then imagine another person who walks in quietly, looks grim, and heads to a corner.

Rapper Kanye West once told the press he doesn't smile for photos because "it just wouldn't look as cool," and humanities scholars who have to write about something have written that the reason Dean became cool was because he didn't smile. But is it true? 

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Food Waste Is Why Vegetarians Are Harder On The Planet Than Meat Eaters

Apr 19 2018 - 17:04
A new study finds that Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person per day. And at the top of it is fruits and vegetables. Way below those is dairy, and meat waste is almost a third of what fruits and vegetables are.

People who believe they "eat more healthy" than others - the organic elite and vegetarians - have a food fetish for fresh vegetables. And Americans are told by government committees and pyramids they should want to eat vegetables, so they buy them and then throw them out when they start to spoil. When is the last time you threw out moldy pizza?

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Asperger Killed Disabled Kids For The Nazis

Apr 19 2018 - 17:04
All of the intellectual elites who joke they have Asperger's or are "on the spectrum" as an excuse for behavior they know is simply annoying or weird are now going to bring that to a full stop. It's going to be a lot cooler to just admit they are annoying or weird.

The reason is because a new analysis in Moleular Autism finds that Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician for whom a mild segment of the autism spectrum is named, collaborated with Nazis and helped kill disabled children.

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If Your Doctor Talks About Homeopathy, You Have A Terrible Doctor

Apr 19 2018 - 16:04
Homeopathy, a belief from 200 years ago that if you took something that mimicked the symptoms of a disease you could prevent a disease, or that extremely diluted water with a molecule of something will be curative, has never been shown to work in any clinical trial.

Nonetheless, some people swear by it, much as people believe other placebos. What to do if your doctor recommends it? In the United States, a doctor is ethically forbidden from prescribing a placebo outside a clinical trial, but it is known some do. And lots of folk medicine/alternative medicine/integrative medicine people will claim it works if you believe it works. 

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The Wisdom Of Crowds - Now With Even More Wisdom

Apr 19 2018 - 16:04

In 1907,Francis Galton recorded the entries from a competition where people guessed the weight of an ox. After analyzing hundreds of estimates the statistician found that while individual guesses varied wildly, the median of the entries was surprisingly accurate, within one percent of the ox's real weight.

Galton published the results and his theory of collective intelligence, the "wisdom of crowds," became part of the lexicon.

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Medical Marijuana Won't Help Fight The Opioid Epidemic - It May Enable It

Apr 19 2018 - 16:04

Advocates are claiming medical marijuana can help to fight the opioid epidemic but data show the opposite. Rather than being at lower risk, people who use medical marijuana may be at higher risk for non-medical prescription drug use.
Much of medical marijuana usage was always recreational and a new study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine finds that people who use medical marijuana have higher rates of prescription drug use - including pain relievers.

Does Use of Medical Marijuana Increase or Decrease Prescription Drug Use?

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So Now You Are Celebrating Surviving The End Of The World - But Expect After Effects For A Few Weeks

Apr 19 2018 - 02:04

For the last three weeks we've had constant PM's and comments on Doomsday Debunked as a result of a viral hoax that pranked probably hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Perhaps you are one of them, and got scared of an alien invasion?

It’s on the basis of some tweets by anonymous people that sketched a bizarre story that for some reason got many hooked, partly because it made no sense and they kept puzzling over this bizarre stupid story, even knowing it was silly, still they couldn’t help but nag away at it and getting more and more scared because it didin’t make sense.

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Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Species Never Knew It Was Extinct

Apr 18 2018 - 15:04
Though we read a lot of claims about impending extinction, the biological reality is that we don't know anything about 99.9999999 percent of species that have ever lived. And then there are species only newly discovered that are immediately declared endangered because an academic only recently named them in a print journal.

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Moving The Goal Posts On Bees: Now Their Microbiome Is At Risk

Apr 18 2018 - 08:04
The mix of bacteria (microbiome) of bee bread, the long-term food supply stored within a hive for young bees, is now at risk, according to a new estimate.

The scholars are blaming modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests. Human changes to the landscape, such as large areas of monoculture grassland for livestock grazing, and coniferous forests for timber production, is affecting the diversity of the ‘microbiome’ associated with honeybees’ long-term food supply, the authors claim. 

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Chasing Evidence Of A Black Hole's Shadow

Apr 17 2018 - 12:04
One of the most fundamental predictions of Einstein's theory of relativity is the existence of black holes.

Although gravitational waves from binary black holes have been detected, direct evidence using electromagnetic waves hasn't happened and astronomers are searching for it with radio telescopes.  But then how can you tell them apart? Radio images have a limited resolution and image fidelity and at realistic image resolutions, even highly non-Einsteinian black holes seem like normal black holes.

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TROLL ALERT: Thousands Panic Over Fake Voice Mail - Warning Alien Invasion On April 18 - Alleged From MH370 Black Box‽

Apr 16 2018 - 21:04

This is going viral on Facebook and scaring thousands of people, many panic attacks, some suicidal. This is another of my Doomsday Debunked posts to help these vulnerable people, many of them young children, still at school, who read about this on their mobile devices. Ever since March 14th I've spent hours every day reassuring very scared and panicking people that the MH 370 flight recorder did not send a voice mail message to a random twitter user warning us of an alien invasion on 18th April. Honestly‽

This is a piling heap of stinking horse dung that attracts trolls like flies and beetles from thousands of kilometers away. Like the Titan Arum or Corpse Flower.

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Aggressive Moths More Resilient To Climate Change

Apr 16 2018 - 14:04
More competitive animal species, with males that compete intensively for mates, might be more resilient to the effects of climate change, according to a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Sexual selection can provide a buffer against climate change and increase adaptation rates within a changing environment, the authors believe.

Moths exposed to increasing temperatures were produced more eggs and had better offspring survival when the population had more males competing for mating opportunities, three males for every female. 

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Phil/Evo Fundaments Of Our Deceiving In Denial, Justifying With Obvious Lies II: The Very Bottom

Apr 14 2018 - 04:04
Any justification is fundamentally deception because there is no link from fundamental meaninglessness to why I should go on living. My a priori finding myself embodied in a world and the necessary physical causal creation myth involving emergence by algorithmic evolution necessitates my finding myself evolved to keep on living as one main irrational basis underlying all my rationalizations (for any evolved observer in any possible world).

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Phil/Evo Fundaments For Our Slave Behavior, Deceiving In Denial, Killing, Rape, Justifying War With Obvious Lies

Apr 14 2018 - 04:04
I start with Bio-Evo (~580 words) although the Phil/Evo aspects (~890 words) are more fundamental. The latter are likely too difficult for most – but I encourage you to try - the issue of “holocaust denial” makes it at least entertaining.

 

Among the great apes, slavery is natural in all the races of the human (H). We should not be surprised about our personal slave behavior, as it comes natural. This co-evolution, or denied “back-reaction” of environment on the sub-systems is a general mechanism, consistently producing the denial of it, for example similar with rape:

 

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IARC Is Disconnected From Reality - That's Why Its Next Director Shouldn't Be An Epidemiologist

Apr 13 2018 - 09:04
If you read corporate media journalism articles about epidemiology in the United States, you are not wrong for distrusting science more than ever. Using nothing more than statistics, every week some new trace chemical is an "endocrine disruptor", strawberries are bad for you (unless they're organic) and cell phones are causing cancer.

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Copy / Paste / Publish Fake April 23 Doomsday - Astronomically Absurd Story Shared Virally By Journalists Including Fox News

Apr 12 2018 - 22:04
Nobody who ran this story even bothered to glance at a sky chart. The false claim is that the sun, moon and Jupiter will all be in Virgo on April 23. So what you might say? But actually none of them will be in that constellation, not only that, no other planet will be on that date either.

It’s a good way of locating some of the news sources that have no systems in place to filter out fake doomsdays. 

They just went copy / paste / publish from the red top tabloids trash newspapers in the UK such as the Daily Express. If anyone runs this story cross them off your list of reliable news sources on astronomy, science or religion.

That includes Fox news, Ladbible, Daily Mail, Daily Express (originated it), Sun, etc etc. 

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March For Science Faces An Existential Threat - From Within

Apr 11 2018 - 13:04
March For Science, an offshoot of Women's March, gave itself a positive name in 2017 but its motivations were not about science at all. It was about social authoritarianism and promoting a political agenda. And at the top of that agenda was being anti-Trump in much the same way the same groups eight and 12 and 16 years earlier were ant-Bush.

But things may be different in 2018. A lot of the more culturally militant people have quit or been (ironically) marginalized because the science community sees the real opportunity for gain - if they can apply pressure while also being part of a solution.

A lot less of this stuff from 2017


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