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Support Science, Fight Ignorance, Promote Education

If you’re new to this blog, you’ll know that I’m a big supporter of education and science. In December, I wrote a series of Mission Statements for my blog, and I touched on some of these topics. I would like to make a stronger statement about what I believe and know.

Support Science

Physics, chemistry, biology, and geology are all very important for our daily lives. Physics is used in engineering and electricity. Chemistry is used to create all the household goods we need to use. Biology is used in medicine. Geology helps us with raw materials for manufacturing. They’re all very important, and unfortunately, scientific illiteracy has made many people think they’re unimportant. Without science, we don’t have technology, health care, TV shows, or smartphones.

Fight Ignorance

Evolution is a fact. Climate change is happening. Vaccines work. I am against anti-evolution. I am against climate change deniers. I am against the anti-vaccination movement. I am against ignorance.

Promote Education

We must fight against ignorance through better science education. We must help people understand the basics of science and know that what we study is actually not some “belief.” Education is extremely important, and science is the backbone of modern society. Without technology, it wouldn’t work. Without education, we can’t maintain the technology or improve it. We need innovation.

So, please support science and education. Don’t support ignorance. Who’s with me?

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This Makes Me Angry

I apologise in advance for any profanity I may use in this post. I feel it is justified to show the degree of anger in relation to these acts and events.

Beaten Pomeranian found with note. This makes me angry. Kill a dog, then boast about it? Whoever did this is not only an asshole, but also more likely to  murder a person. Anyone who tortures and kills animals for fun needs to be sent to a remote island without any hope of escape.

Cecil killer just saw a ‘nice lion’, says Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s president laughing off trophy hunting, huh? Well, trophy hunters are the scum of hunters. They do this for nothing but their own insignificant egos that no one cares about. They can join the animal torturers on that island.

No link for this one, just a comment about many of the Republican candidates for President of the United States. You’re idiots. Really. Let’s see, climate change denial is the biggest beef I have with you. Why would I, a non-American, be concerned about this? Well, the US is the world’s biggest industrial powerhouse, and if they have a government that doesn’t care about the environment, it affects the rest of the world. Not only are they screwing up their lives, but they’re fucking up the lives of their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on. They don’t care about their own descendants! They’re just telling their grandchildren, “Money now is more important, so I don’t give a shit about your life. You can die of starvation, during wars over water, or whatever. I don’t care.”

There are so many other things. I want to say this to the people mentioned above and others, including animal torturers, trophy hunters, climate change-deniers, anti-vaxxers, anti-science nutjobs, racists, sexists, homophobes, and all others who abuse people, animals, and the environment for their own personal gain or entertainment: Fuck you.

Are you one of those above? You’re not worth my time.

This Is Why We Must Vaccinate

I saw this story on Facebook, and thought I’d let you see it yourself. You can go directly to the Facebook post here.

Riley was a 32 day old baby in Australia who contracted pertussis, which then developed into pneumonia. The story details how his last 24 hours were. It’s a heartbreaking story, and one that could have been prevented. You can view the entire Facebook page here.

Children that young cannot be vaccinated, though it appears that pregnant mothers can be vaccinated for pertussis, and the immunity is passed on to the baby. But if that’s not done, it’s important that everyone that can come in contact with a baby must be vaccinated. You see, anyone who is not vaccinated can be a carrier for a disease that could kill a baby, and they may not even know they have the disease until later. If they’re vaccinated, their body would fight the virus, and greatly reduce the chance of spreading the disease. This is part of what’s called herd immunity. This protects those who cannot be vaccinated, whether it’s because they’re too young or they have a compromised immune system. Personal or religious reasons for not getting vaccinated can endanger people.

So please, make sure your vaccinations are up to date. You may help save a child’s life and eradicate a disease.

That’s Not a Scientific Argument

I had an interesting discussion with someone this weekend about nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. He has his doubts about fusion being a safe and clean energy source because it has the word “nuclear” in it. I explained that the fuel sources and waste products are totally different and the processes are totally different. One has radioactive materials, the other does not. One can have an uncontrollable chain reaction that leads to a meltdown, the other just stops if energy input ceases.

Here are some other arguments that are not scientific and are therefore not valid in a scientific discussion:

The Bible says so

Uh, no. The Bible is so incredibly not scientific. Religion is based on belief, not research using experimentation, data gathering, analysis, and so on.

This conspiracy theory website says so

You don’t know how many people I know who keep quoting conspiracy theory websites as if they’re the truth. No, they’re not. Sorry, they are so flawed in their thinking, they keep ignoring half of the information and focusing on one aspect. Give me an actual scientific paper to support your argument.

The vaccine has mercury in it, so it’s dangerous!

It may have mercury in it, but it’s in a molecular compound, not elemental mercury. It’s elemental mercury that’s dangerous, not the compound. Our body doesn’t break that down. It’s not the only chemical people say is dangerous. Another is formaldehyde. Vaccines contain less formaldehyde than a pear. In fact, our own bodies naturally have things such as formaldehyde, arsenic, and we’d die if we didn’t have other “dangerous” chemicals such as sodium or potassium.

So, what’s your favourite unscientific argument?

2015 already trying to compete with 2014 for most measles outbreaks!

Education is a very important thing to me. Using our knowledge for good is extremely important. Spreading misinformation can be potentially extremely dangerous. Take the anti-vaccination movement for example. It’s helping diseases make comebacks, such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough). The latter is incredibly dangerous for young children who are too young to be vaccinated. Herd immunity is a necessity for them. Vaccinations do not cause autism. Never been proven or even remotely linked to autism, other than by a fraudulent doctor whose research proved to be completely fabricated. If you believe Jenny McCarthy and are actively promoting what she says, you are a bloody idiot. That is all. Please read this post.

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Looks like 2015 is starting early with outbreaks of measles… perhaps continuing last years’ trend (see above).

Today there were reports of a potential outbreak of measles in Colorado Springs that may include exposure of ~300 people. The Colorado case is related to the measles outbreak and exposures at DisneyLand in California.

More than two dozen cases of measles have now been linked to Disney theme parks in Southern California.

The California Department of Public Health reported seven more cases on Monday, bringing the total number to 26 people in four states.

Health officials say at least 8 of those infected had not been vaccinated.

Measles outbreaks like these, and those last year, serve as a stark reminder that measles is a serious disease that needs to be continually vaccinated against. The dangerous and anti-science trend of not vaccinating children against measles and other diseases will continue to raise its…

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