Twitter mocks ‘The Food Babe’ Vani Hari for her anti-science, fear-monger lies!! @foodbabefacts #science

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If you didn’t already know about the anti-science activist Vani Hari, commonly known as ‘The Food Babe,’ you may have seen her name over the last week. ‘The Food Babe’ is popular for fear-mongering and sounding off about invented dangers from just about everything – including GMO’s, vaccines, additives, food, and anything else she can make up. Check out this terrific NPR piece exploring why Hari should be labeled a fear-monger – exploiting the fears of the ignorant, uneducated, or those prone to conspiracy theories. Also check out this great post by Keith Kloor that looks at Hari and how science should deal with her. Twitter and scientists have had enough of Hari, and are now openly mocking her all over twitter – and calling out her anti-science drivel.

Case in point… the hilarious twitter handle  @foodbabefacts – some of my favorites below!

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Also check out this great post about Hari from fellow WordPress blogger – Violent Metaphors

Sen. Elizabeth Warren supports science based policy for FDA blood donation!

Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to be an amazing advocate for SCIENCE and SCIENCE-based policy. The FDA recently renewed the ban on blood donation by many Americans (specifically by members of the LGBT community), Senator Warren tweeted her frustration. More info on the blood donation ban here, and responses from other Senators here (both via Towleroad Blog).

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Senator Warren has previously voiced her support for science and research here.

#Ebola news out of Maine is embarrassing and disgusting #IStandwithKaci #MoreSCIENCELessFEAR

gsmithWhat is going on in Maine? and other parts of the country?? Quarantines of ebola health care workers are not supported by science and are a DISGUSTING response towards people that have put themselves at risk to help other people. I am personally glad that Kaci Hickox is taking a stand against anti-science ridiculousness and FEAR-BOLA in Maine. The Governor of Maine should be ashamed of his political actions. Health care workers going to Africa should be commended! They are actually working to STOP THE OUTBREAK. If we don’t help stop ebola in Africa, it will continue to spread. Already, quarantines by state governors ignoring science are having a ‘chilling effect’ on aid work in Africa. If we discourage health care workers from going to Africa, or worse, treating ebola cases here in the US, the ebola outbreak will be significantly worsened and we will only have our selves to blame. MORE SCIENCE. LESS FEAR.

For great coverage of the terrible things people are doing around the country due to stupidity and FEAR-BOLA, watch this segment from Rachel Maddow. It features Gordon Smith, VP of Maine Medical Association. Gordon comments on the irrational fear and politicization of ebola in Maine, “Its embarassing and its not the way we would expect Maine to be.” Gordon also comments about moving forward, “and that a reasonable accommodation here could be made based upon science, not based upon emotion, not based upon politics.”

President Obama’s weekly message on #Ebola – MORE SCIENCE. LESS FEAR! #Itscatchingon

President Obama’s weekly address over the weekend focused on ebola and the facts! I think President Obama must have see the same subway ads that I did! The President clearly emphasizes that we need to follow the science and the facts, and not give in to fear!

First, you cannot get Ebola easily.  You can’t get it through casual contact with someone.  Remember, down in Dallas, even Mr. Duncan’s family—who lived with him and helped care for him—even they did not get Ebola.  The only way you can get this disease is by coming into direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone with symptoms.  That’s the science.  Those are the facts.

And we have to be guided by the science—we have to be guided by the facts, not fear.  Yesterday, New Yorkers showed us the way. They did what they do every day—jumping on buses, riding the subway, crowding into elevators, heading into work, gathering in parks.  That spirit—that determination to carry on—is part of what makes New York one of the great cities in the world.  And that’s the spirit all of us can draw upon, as Americans, as we meet this challenge together.

White House: Weekly Address: Focused on the Fight Against Ebola

In this week’s address, the President discusses the measures we are taking to respond to Ebola cases at home, while containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa. October 25, 2014.

#Ebola fear-mongering anti-Obama crazy propaganda outside Columbia Presbyterian Hospital!

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Seen on my walk back from lunch right outside the entrance to the hospital. Apparently it is some group affiliated with the LaRouche Movement (or at least the signs said larouchepac). Hilarious when an anti-Obama group uses the term ‘black’ death… you aren’t kidding anyone.