Skepticism

  • Photo of Artificial Intelligence, Racism, Cats, and COVID-19

    Artificial Intelligence, Racism, Cats, and COVID-19

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: When I was a kid just learning about computers, I remember reading up on algorithms and being absolutely fascinated by the possibilities. Essentially, an algorithm is just a set of precise instructions that would allow a computer (either a…

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  • Photo of My fears about restarting in the fall…

    My fears about restarting in the fall…

    We are having some landscaping done in our neighborhood this week and, in the process of re-grading a hill, the landscapers cut our internet line. So, for the first time in more than 3 months, I had to come into my office to get some things done. It’s about 80 degrees in the building and I’m only intending to stay…

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  • Photo of Are Cops Responsible for Fireworks Blasting Off in US Cities?

    Are Cops Responsible for Fireworks Blasting Off in US Cities?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: One night a few weeks ago, my dog Indy was being super weird. Like, weirder than usual. He kept crying and trying to climb in my lap as I was working. I thought maybe he needed a poo or…

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  • Photo of “Nannogenic” – because “we put sand in our pads” doesn’t sell product

    “Nannogenic” – because “we put sand in our pads” doesn’t sell product

    I don’t pay a lot of attention in the sanitary products aisle when I go shopping, but this box caught my eye. (Images below.) I initially thought the illustration on the box showed molded plastic, with some sort of speaker and that this was a truly weird product that would hum period pains away. I freely admit it is possible…

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  • Photo of What It’s Really Like to Quarantine in San Francisco

    What It’s Really Like to Quarantine in San Francisco

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: In my previous video, I talked about the completely baseless conspiracy theory that Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, secretly and illegally traveled 1,000 miles to spend a day in Montana before rushing back to deliver a press conference…

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  • Photo of Why So Many Americans Believe Obvious Lies About Liberal States

    Why So Many Americans Believe Obvious Lies About Liberal States

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: As you all know, we are in the darkest, stupidest timeline, so it’s hard to say “here’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” However, I can say, “Here’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard someone I know say they believe:”…

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  • Photo of Coronavirus Denialists Finally Get a Real Scientist to Tell Them They’re Right

    Coronavirus Denialists Finally Get a Real Scientist to Tell Them They’re Right

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Last month I mentioned that conservatives were using talking points from John Ioannidis to bolster their claims that COVID-19 is being over-diagnosed and just isn’t really that big of a deal. I didn’t go into it then but that…

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  • Photo of Is Sheltering in Place a Sign of a Nascent Dictatorship?

    Is Sheltering in Place a Sign of a Nascent Dictatorship?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: In previous videos I’ve debunked conservative Americans’ claim that the government is not stamping on our rights and freedoms by closing businesses and asking people to shelter in place during a pandemic that has, as of this recording, killed…

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