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The Food Babe Ban List

Originally posted on Bad Science Debunked:

This list is meant to serve as a companion guide to the articles I’ve written exposing the tactics of Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe).  It’s a list of over 610 products, vendors, and brand names that Hari’s targeted so far.  When you misrepresent the “dangers” of a product, then recommend an alternative for which you receive a sales commission–there’s a problem…

In addition to this list, you may also be interested in knowing that many of the products sold by Food Babe have the very same ingredients she says are dangerous.  For example, she sells a full line of products containing the same dyes over which she lambasts Weight Watchers, Kraft, and McDonald’s.  She’s sold BHT for nearly 3 years, all the while harassing Kellogg’s and General Mills over the same (safe) additive.  The Babe doesn’t like agave nectar, but she’s happy to sell you…

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Vani Hari “The Food Babe” living large – one million dollar house purchased under her husbands name?

Originally posted on The Truth About Vani Hari the "Food Babe":

Congrats on your new home Vani! Paid for by the #FoodBabeArmy and #FoodBabeWay

“I want to give this information to everyone!” Vani Hari says in her interview with KPLR St. Louis.

If you did then why do you have a for profit LLC?

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Why did your husband purchase a $950,000 house in August? More importantly, don’t a husband and wife purchase a house together?

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ESTIMATED MORTGAGE (from Zillow – because we actually use credible sources)

Why do I need to purchase an eating guide? That house costs far more than a box of “scary” cereal and exceed the monthly budgets of some American families that you claim to want to protect?

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You’ve inspired parodies of yourself from Science Babe, Chow Babe, Food Hunk, etc…

Vani – if you really cared…why is all of this PAID information? I work in marketing, there are plenty of ways to monetize your…

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Oversized church signs could cost Oklahoma millions in federal funding

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Lose 64 million in federal highway funding or allow larger church signs to help find that Jesus fellow?

I know which one conservatives will pick.

Originally posted on

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A state lawmaker is asking the federal government to allow churches in our state to have signs four times the current legal limit.

These are signs you typically find in rural towns that tell you where each church is located in that town.

If it’s along a state highway, under federal regulations, many of these signs across Oklahoma are illegal.

Land owners could have to cough up a pretty penny to remove the existing signs and put new, bigger ones up.

But it’s already happening in Representative Mike Brown’s district in northwestern Oklahoma.

“They’re notified by the state highway department that ‘you have  a non-conforming sign in the corner of your pasture, and you’ve got 30 days, or 45 days to get it down or we’ll charge you 4,000 dollars,’” Rep. Brown said.

Rep. Brown is asking for the federal highway administration to change its policy from the…

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An Atheist Reads The Bible: None Of This Makes Any Sense


Props to Robert Nielson

Originally posted on Whistling In The Wind:

The one thing about reading the Bible that has really taken me by surprise is how odd it is. Growing up Catholic, I was told that the Bible (like religion generally) was a perfect example of love, mercy and justice. Even after I lost my faith, I still presumed that the Bible a collection of stories that were created to teach lessons and that there was always a moral to the story (like children’s TV). But reading the Book of Genesis, I can’t make any sense of the stories. They seem to be a random collection of murder, rape, incest and senseless cruelty. Neither God nor humans seem to act with any logic or reasoning, the most bizarre things happen without explanation.

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Is Atheism a Religion? 

Originally posted on Secular Okie:

If you’re an out atheist chances are you’ve probably had someone try totell you that atheism is “a religion itself”. I know I’ve found myself on the receiving end of such claims, and my normal response is to point out that religions are almost always centered around the veneration and worship of a supernatural entity of some sort and therefore atheism is not a religion. I’ve generally been happy with that argument, but it turns out it’s not how the law sees it. Supernatural beliefs are not required to exist in a belief system for the courts to view said belief system as “religious”. My guess is the courts have probably avoided such a ruling because “supernatural” seems kinda judgy and nobody wants to tell their family and neighbors they worship something magical, so they’ve worked around it. Besides, how could you “prove” the supernatural in a court of law…

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Indoctrination as a wedge strategy: faith schools and foot-in-the-door techniques

Indoctrination as a wedge strategy: faith schools and foot-in-the-door techniques.

Why free-will compatibilists are like creationists

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

I’m rereading Alex Rosenberg’s The Atheist’s Guide to Reality for purposes that will become clear later. I do like the book, but oy, does it take naturalism to its most extreme! Alex wears the label of “scientism” proudly, and in many ways I agree with him, though he does take evolutionary psychology to unsubstantiated lengths. But he’s right on the mark in his views about determinism, free will, and consciousness. All of you should read the book, though many will disagree.

But while thinking about the book at the dentist’s yesterday (you have to think of something when they’re stuffing tubes of rubber into your bored-out nerve canals and then melting the rubber with red-hot probes as acrid smoke pours from your mouth), I had this thought about compatibilists—those philosophers and intellectuals who agree that while our thoughts and actions are controlled by the laws of physics (and so we can’t really choose differently from how we…

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What are the best examples of people gaming the system?


China has Trolls too. Fine work.

Originally posted on The Random Blog:

Answer by Mukta Anand:

Genius man used one first class airplane ticket to eat free for a year

It’s an absolutely brilliant ploy. You see, when a person has a first class ticket in China, they can stroll into the fanciest VIP airport lounge and grab whatever they want because once you’re inside that VIP lounge, anything you want—yes, including food—is free.

Kwong Wah Yit Poh is a genius of man in China, who took advantage of the free perks of those airport lounges. He booked a first class ticket on China Eastern Airlines and went to the VIP airport lounge at the Xi’an airport in Shaanxi, China and ate a delicious meal before his flight. Just like any first class traveler would. Except he never takes the flight. After he finished eating, the man changed his flight’s departure for another day and went back home. Until tomorrow. Armed with…

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NYPD Edits Wikipedia Entries On Eric Garner, Other Police Brutality Victims: When is Police Intelligence an oxymoron it seems always.

Originally posted on olddogthoughts:

NYPD Edits Wikipedia Entries On Eric Garner, Other Police Brutality Victims

Someone should let the NYPD know that rewriting a Wikipedia entry doesn’t mean they’re rewriting history.


The New York Police Department has anonymously edited and tried to delete Wikipedia pages about police brutality victims, Capital New York has discovered. Edits coming from 1 Police Plaza headquarters targeted pages for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo.

NYPD IP addresses were used to edit the Wikipedia page on the “Death of Eric Garner,” who was killed by police chokehold and inspired massive nationwide protests in the fall. Capital New York found that the department changed “Garner raised both his arms in the air” to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke,” and added the sentence “Garner, who was considerably larger than any of the officers, continued to struggle with them,” among other changes.

Someone at the NYPD also tried to delete the article on Sean Bell

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Why are high IQ people more liberal?


Great post.

Originally posted on Brain Size:

One of the psychometric mysteries is why high IQ people tend to be liberal, even though a lot of liberal ideas are clearly nonsense. Eminent scientist and intelligence blogger Bruce Charlton has proposed that many high IQ people are clever sillies, meaning they use abstract novel problem solving to solve problems that are better solved with common sense, and as a consequence, come up with ideas like liberalism that seem silly to many people.

I think there are four main reasons why intelligent people tend to be liberal (or tend not to be conservative):

1) High IQ people are less criminal. It’s long been accepted that criminals score about 10 points lower than non-criminals, even when reared in the same home. I think the negative correlation between IQ and conservatism (and thus positive correlation between IQ and liberalism) is largely just an extension of the negative correlation between IQ and…

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