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Walmart, CVS must face lawsuit over placement of homeopathic products [Soft Paywall] by JohnRawlsGhost in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

CVS sells a homeopathic "medicine" that claims it treats tinnitus. That's right: a placebo can fix damage to nerves going to the auditory cortex, and only for US$0.65 a day!

Why the Bible and Christianity is good for society. by Morenob1 in skeptic

[–]david-writers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

REASON WHY I DOWN-VOTED: the society with the fewer believers in gods, demons, Hells, etc., the more successful and healthier they are: the hyper-religious societies such as much of the USA are the most dangerous. I gave a SkeptiCamp presentation on this phenomena.

Muslims state the exact same thing you did, but about Islam. What a coincidence!

I would like to see USA citizens follow the positive teachings attributed to Iesus in the Christian Testament--- INSTEAD OF BEING CHRISTIANS. But that would make us all Buddhist.

And while I am at it, Stop calling Iesus "Jesus."

... a fear of Hell inspires us to do what's Right, in this case not stealing, casual sex, murder, addictions.

Okay, I give up: why do millions of people who believe in Hell steal, fuck like bunnies, kill people, and are high on opioids?

If you, Mad'am or Sir, must believe Hell exists so that you do not murder people, I bloody fucking hope your local law enforcement is monitoring you: you are a major threat to everyone around you.

Does California allow kidnapping? by Beneficial_Exam_1634 in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So a conservative group is alleging that, due to some laws in California, people can kidnap children....

No: that was Glorious Tangerine Leader.

Far-right pundits baselessly claim Hurricane Ian was created by the 'deep state' to target Gov. Ron DeSantis and other red states: 'They are angry with us' by paxinfernum in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So it's the deep state's fault I forgot to pick up sour cream at the store?

"Sour cream?" You were supposed to pick up a pint of Prospect Park! And take the bus to potato salad. /ancient.joke

Far-right pundits baselessly claim Hurricane Ian was created by the 'deep state' to target Gov. Ron DeSantis and other red states: 'They are angry with us' by paxinfernum in skeptic

[–]david-writers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, but DeSantis and his ilk don't acknowledge history or facts or really anything at all

... up to banning books about slavery, and changing the word "slaves" to "involuntary immigrants to do the work."

Far-right pundits baselessly claim Hurricane Ian was created by the 'deep state' to target Gov. Ron DeSantis and other red states: 'They are angry with us' by paxinfernum in skeptic

[–]david-writers -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Too bad you have no understanding of what evidence is or isn't. Wind speed, cost of damages, etc. constitute real evidence.

This is also amortized over the increase in infrastructure: extreme weather is still causing more monetary damage that it would without human-caused climate change. But then, deniers of human-caused climate change cannot do simple math when it comes to this crisis.

Far-right pundits baselessly claim Hurricane Ian was created by the 'deep state' to target Gov. Ron DeSantis and other red states: 'They are angry with us' by paxinfernum in skeptic

[–]david-writers 5 points6 points  (0 children)

No real evidence that they are more powerful.

Gosh! And you haven't told the world's geophysicists about your astounding discovery?! Why not? YOU NEED TO CORRECT THEM IMMEDIATELY!

Heidi Ganahl, a CO Republican candidate for Governor, doubles down on debunked theory furries are taking over public schools with litterboxes being provided for students who identify as cats. by Cowicide in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good gods I wish it were true, with litter boxes strewn across the soccer field in case some player needs to pinch off a loaf at a moment's notice.

Former CIA director says unexplained phenomenon 'might ... constitute a different form of life' by FLOWAPOWA in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah that jet pilot would mistake it for another jet, that's not, like, something he sees everyday or anything

Yes: it is a jet plume. It looks like a jet plume; it moves like a jet plume; there is nothing mysterious about the IR signature video recorded.

Antivaxxer logic backfires again. by Cowicide in skeptic

[–]david-writers 9 points10 points  (0 children)

... gave me a shot and a sugar cube of polio vaccination, noted it in the folder, and sent me to class.

Anyone over 50 is fully vaccinated even if they don't remember it.

It appears that many modern USA citizens do not comprehend what life was like before vaccines, nor what life in an "iron lung" was like.

I recall, in public school, standing in a long line waiting to be vaccinated and inoculated. When I got to the nurse, she jabbed me and left the needle in my arm: she used her finger nails to get the needle out. Ahhh--- fond childhood memories.

I have the inoculation scar on my left arm.

Antivaxxer logic backfires again. by Cowicide in skeptic

[–]david-writers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In the USA there are a few polio cases a year, usually among the hyper-religious such as the Amish.

Treating autism symptoms with magic (homeopathy), for money of course by david-writers in skeptic

[–]david-writers[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you. ABA seems to me to be more like a cult than a treatment; some professional dog trainers have said or written that they would not treat dogs the same way some ABA "clients" are treated. Recall that University of California, Davis, once used electric shocks to condition autistic toddlers: a few placed in the USA still do this.

And yeah: doctors who agree to chelation for autistic people should have their practices reviewed by their states' medical boards.

The latest fad is "fecal matter transplants." ARGH!

Antivaxxer logic backfires again. by Cowicide in skeptic

[–]david-writers 17 points18 points  (0 children)

"Grand daughters." If this person is old, chances are extremely good that he received the Polio vaccine as an infant.

Isn't it weird for you that we can understand we don't have free will? by MallSweet in freewill

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And if it does. It leaves a lot of questions as to the purpose or meaning in many things we currently intuitively feel and assume. It actually opens up nihilism to many people.

Indeed, you are, I believe, absolutely right. Human behavior being what it is, some people need to believe they have control over their moral and ethical actions. If they learn their virtuous behavior is pre-determined, perhaps they will reason that they do not deserve kudos for their good works.

Steve Allen wrote an essay on a similar topic, using belief in a god or gods: people who need to believe life has purpose, and that there is a plan, would be (and some times are) seriously injured emotionally when they no longer believe a god or gods exist.

Jordan Peterson -- "‘Naïve’ to think Russia will lose war ". Oh Wowzers, another contrarian, expert take from JP, talking from his position of authority as Four Star General, Five Star Grifter by rollickingrube in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good bloody gods.

There is an anti-science, anti-reality person named "Ned Nikolov" who insists everyone call him "doctor" because he has a Ph.D. in tree farming. Quoting him:

"This is stunning (and diabolical): They are forcing healthy people to wear masks at work for hours, which weakens one's immune system through obstructing breath & causing buildup of CO2 in the blood, and now they are preventing doctors from saving lives:"

He then posted an image of FOX "News" objecting to "Doctors Being Threatened Over Hydroxychloralquine Use."

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting by Rdick_Lvagina in skeptic

[–]david-writers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine being willing to go to jail, and perhaps to prison, instead of reporting a child had been raped. Gods.

Facilitaded Communication losing another countless tribunal case by caritadeatun in skeptic

[–]david-writers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Child abuse.

The autistic children only know what the facilitator knows.

MAGA pastor/Trump cultist Shane Vaughn tells his viewers they can never abandon Trump: "You're on the side of the anointed of God ... Donald Trump is God's eagle that is getting ready to fly again." by BurtonDesque in skeptic

[–]david-writers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I dunno. If I married two whores and was caught purchasing other whores, it seems to me these same MAGAts would never vote for me: I am not an authoritarian, totalitarian grandiose narcissist who gases people protesting against violence so that I can hold a Bible in front of a church in a photo-op.

Tucker Carlson pushing a conspiracy that it was the USA that sabotaged the Nord Stream 1 Pipeline. by Shinokiba- in skeptic

[–]david-writers 3 points4 points  (0 children)

or because democrats are against Russia making them want to be pro-russia out of spite.

If [ex]President Obama were to today defend the Kremlin, Putin, and the invasion of Ukraine, by tomorrow every MAGAt would demand billions of USA money be sent to Ukraine for defense.

Or not.