Skepticism

  • “Get Rich Quick” Guru Tries to Silence Critic with DMCA

    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 in my late teens, I dated a moron. It’s a rite of passage, isn’t it? Anyway, this dumbass was ten years older than me and so I thought he had his shit together. Spoiler alert: he…

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  • Man Uses Wormholes to Make It Rain

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: What would you do with a wormhole? Like, if you have the ability to make a wormhole at any time just by snapping your fingers, what would you do with it? A wormhole, in case you’ve been living in…

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    Quickies: Racism in Medical Algorithms, Russia Calls Trump a Lying Liar, and Kamala Harris Takes a Stand

    Bot Bias: Study Finds a Medical Algorithm Favors White Patients Over Sicker Black Ones, the Root: “An algorithm used by major hospitals and healthcare providers misjudged how sick black patients were compared with their white counterparts, allowing healthier white patients to get additional medical supports more often.” h/t Muscadine Russia: Trump’s Baghdadi Victory Lap Is Nothing But ‘Propaganda’, the Daily…

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  • Bad Science: High Heel Study Retracted

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Bad news, friends — everything science has told us about women is wrong. Well, mostly everything. Well, okay, just everything about women that has been “discovered” by French social psychologist Nicolas Guéguen, who publishes 10 to 20 studies a…

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    Quickies: Killer Whales, Gwendoline Christie’s Awesomeness, and the Charter School Leadership Cartel

    After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leaders, Smithsonian: This article is a few years old, but it describes observations of female killer whales becoming pod leaders after they hit menopause, using the knowledge and experience gained over the years to ensure pod survival. Gwendoline Christie’s Panel at ACE Comic Con Was the Most Feminist, Fabulous Panel Ever, the Mary…

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    What the Hell Happened to Bad Chart Thursday?

    Bad Chart Thursday, for me, has always been about examining through satire how people and organizations mislead, through charts or through ideas I can illuminate as nonsense simply by charting the logic. But satire has become really difficult to write lately, with reality repeatedly seeming like an Onion headline. And every day, there are serious issues going on that are…

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  • Oprah Endorses Vaccines Because They May Save Her Life

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: So we’re all on the same page here concerning the flu vaccine, right? Fucking get it? And get it now? Good. Great! Here’s the thing with convincing people to get vaccinated: the most compelling argument is the fact that…

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  • Update: Cell Phones STILL Do Not Make Kids Grow Horns

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: You know what I love? An update. “90 Day Fiance: where are they now???” Or r/legaladvice posts where original posters return to tell us whether or not their tree lawyer bankrupted the guy who cut down the trees on…

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