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

Republican Senator James Inhofe confuses weather and climate #snow=noclimatechange?

Senator James Inhofe seems completely crazy in this clip confusing weather and climate change. He seems to claim that climate change doesnt exist… ’cause snowball. It turns out that a lot of ignorant people make this same mistake, or just choose to ignore science and definitions. Examples here and here.

Fox News host confuses weather and climate… probably not the first time #Science #AlGore

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Anti-science quotable? Dunno, but this was too ridiculous to not post. Weather, such as a blizzard is not the same as climate change, or global warming… read a book. Seems like most of Todd Starnes twitter feed is ridiculous comments designed as inflammatory self promotion. Sad.

Why ‘I’m not a scientist’ is not an excuse for politicians – David Shiffman #climatechange @WhySharksMatter

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Check out David Shiffman‘s evisceration of politicians who use ‘I’m not a scientist’ as an excuse in this article on slate.com. Also on why that excuse for denying climate change is so harmful. If you don’t follow Shiffman, a marine biologist, on twitter – you should! – @WhySharksMatter

When politicians say “I’m not a scientist,” it is an exasperating evasion. It’s a cowardly way to avoid answering basic and important policy questions. This response raises lots of other important questions about their decision-making processes. Do they have opinions on how to best maintain our nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels—or do they not because they’re not civil engineers? Do they refuse to talk about agriculture policy on the grounds that they’re not farmers? How do they think we should be addressing the threat of ISIS? They wouldn’t know, of course; they’re not military generals.

Not vaccinating = victimizing children and reliving bad history #science #vaccinate

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Paul Offit has written a great opinion piece (full of awesome science facts) for the Wall Street Journal about vaccinations, or lack thereof. The article highlights the recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in wealthy, educated areas of the USA. Offit gives a history lesson on anti-vaccine movements (that’s right California, this fad happened in Japan in the 1970’s: not vaccinating is lame and tired):

Parents might consider what has happened in other countries when large numbers of parents chose not to vaccinate their children. Japan, for example, which had virtually eliminated whooping cough by 1974, suffered an anti-vaccine activist movement that caused vaccine rates to fall to 10% in 1976 from 80% in 1974. In 1979, more than 13,000 cases of whooping cough and 41 deaths occurred as a result.

41 preventable deaths and who knows how many other complications from the 13,000 cases of a preventable disease! So sad. Offit gives one possible explanation for why people, especially educated, wealthy parents have stopped vaccinating.

We simply don’t fear these diseases anymore. My parents’ generation—children of the 1920s and 1930s—needed no convincing to vaccinate their children. They saw that whooping cough could kill as many as 8,000 babies a year. You didn’t have to convince my generation—children of the 1950s and 1960s—to vaccinate our children. We had many of these diseases, like measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. But young parents today don’t see the effects of vaccine-preventable diseases and they didn’t grow up with them. For them, vaccination has become an act of faith.

Correct! Many of the diseases that we vaccinate against are gone from the public eye, but are in fact horrible diseases that can be fatal, especially in children. This is why scientists created vaccines for them. Vaccines against diseases were once celebrated! and the scientists behind them were Nobel Prize winners! But now that people have forgotten the huge impact of these diseases, vaccines are seen as unnecessary, and scientists are seen as drug-pushers. Unfortunately, Offit explains that recent outbreaks of these vaccine preventable diseases has not rallied parents to vaccinate their children. Rates of vaccination remain unchanged following the outbreaks.

Because we’re unwilling to learn from history, we are starting to relive it. And children are the victims of our ignorance. An ignorance that, ironically, is cloaked in education, wealth and privilege.

Representative Allen West thinks that #Ebola is just a ‘really bad flu bug’ – #ignorant of #science

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According to Rep Allen West, Ebola is a ‘really bad flu bug.’ If that’s true, maybe he would be willing to demonstrate his claims by volunteering to be infected. Oh wait, simple scientific facts prove him completely wrong. First of all, the Ebola virus is very very different in terms of the type of virus it is, and also in the symptoms it causes. The fatality rate of Ebola is somewhere between 50-90% (WHO). That means more than half of people who show symptoms will die from the virus. Even for a pandemic flu, like the infamous Spanish flu of 1918, the fatality rate was only 2%. Most flu pandemics and epidemics have fatality rates considerable below 0.5%. Last I checked, 50-90% fatality is a hell of a lot more than 2% fatality. So I would say Mr. West should do some fact-checking next time before he completely mischaracterizes a virus and its impact.

Seen by CauseScience on Maddow blog, along with a number of other political statements on Ebola!