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Fake Chemtrail Protest
I saw the photo on the left on Facebook this morning. The caption read, "100's of commercial airline pilots protesting in New York against chemtrails...they don't look like conspiracy theorists to me."
July 30, 2012
Chemtrail Pseudoscience DVDs for Sale
People often tell me that I can't trust government or establishment information sources because they're all out for profit. I am often told to, "follow the money." I find this heuristic insufficient for determining honesty. Still, my observation is that such people never consider that being an anti-establishment maverick is a profitable situation when the gullible masses eat it up.
As an after-thought, I predict someone will see this graphic and attempt to call me a hypocrite because they presume that I accept the concept of the Resource Based Economy because of the Zeitgeist documentary series. Fortunately, this is not only a documentary series that is not being sold for profit, unlike above, but it is also not the basis for justifying what I believe about the RBE. On the other hand, upon asking for evidence of chemtrails, proponents consistently point me to Michael Murphy's documentaries...as evidence. Epic fail!
August 08, 2012
Photoshopped Mars Panorama
I found another piece of media on Facebook that warrants some direction for the conspiracy wackjobs. The author of this photo doesn't appear to be promoting any conspiratorial claims with merely a casual glance on my part. However, others have been pointing to this graphic and commenting with suspicion.
The title of the picture says that it is a panorama. There are a few ways to make panoramas. You can use a really stylish camera that rotates, capturing the whole 360 degree circle. If you're on a budget as NASA is, you can just use a simpler camera, a series of smaller photos, and stitch them together in photoshop to make what can be termed a "poor man's panorama." When you stitch photos together in this way, it is common to see some cloning artifacts around where the individual photos meet because it is hard to slice the various photos perfectly without some pixels showing up on both sides of a seam.
So what I am guessing happened is that Curiosity took a dozen or so photos. Some guy wearing a tie on the ground handed a USB drive with the photos on it to a graphic artist and said, "We have lots of photos, but we don't want to bog down the website with a dozen almost identical shots of Martian desert, so stitch them together into one really nice panorama for the website."
August 28, 2012
Stop Pretending You Understand Science
If you think peer review is something that can be shilled and, thus, science isn't reliable, you do not know how the system works. Peer review is structured to weed out bias by design and profit bias is no more effective at puncturing it. Peer review forces you to tip your hand. If you publish bad data that is not repeatable by your peers, it doesn't get selected for publishing. If the journal makes an error and publishes it anyway (which happens), other experts can and do continue vindicating it. Only factual information has practical application, so if your bad data is useless to me, it will get replaced by something that works. It doesn't matter how much you were paid to fabricate that data. Even so, calling someone a "shill" only means, "You have a conflict of interest." That doesn't mean they are necessarily wrong.
April 01, 2016