-- Reality bites – especially in a war
Disinformation – what it is, who promotes it, and how to combat it.
Nord Stream terrorism, UN failure, and “Official Secrets”
Secret “war-crime” warrants by International Criminal Court is mischief-making
Getting the full story about Ukraine
The west vs the rest – the world is changing
Ukraine commemorates Nazi collaborators
Do New Zealanders no longer support Ukraine?
The subtlety of neo-Nazi influence in Ukraine – ignored by our media
Where are Ukrainian refugees going? – an update
Is New Zealand covertly supporting the glorification of neo-Nazism?
Following the war in Ukraine – an update
Russian anti-war protester goes to see for herself
You can’t understand Ukraine without acknowledging its deep divisions
Once again, those Russian neo-Nazis – the Wagner group
A heartwarming story about a Ukrainian prisoner of war
Over 50 POWs killed. A military accident or a cynical war crime?
Ukraine/Russia war, an intelligence operation or a sting, Ukrainian and UK spies, and Bellingcat
Mainstream media defends poor journalism by smearing good journalism
Ukraine war – a shocking failure of our mainstream media
How is the war going?
Why should Ukraine listen to lame duck Boris Johnson?
Ukraine war – a failure of honest diplomacy and reason
British volunteer soldier in Ukraine speaks up
What about those Russian neo-Nazis?
Neo-Nazis in Ukraine – stages of denial
Confusion about neo-Nazis in Ukraine-Russia war
Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Comedians are often more truthful than politicians.
Ukraine – a beginner’s guide
Why the silence on censorship?
Everything You Know About Ukraine Is WRONG
Some sense on the Russia-Ukraine war
British volunteer soldier in Ukraine tells his story
Virtue signaling over Ukraine
Fluoridation and child IQ – the problem of counting chickens before they hatch
August ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
July ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
June ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoridation group tells porkies about NZ fluoridation review
Opponents of fluoridation all at sea with new legislation
Update of NZ fluoridation review timely and useful
May ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation contribution to heavy metals in drinking water is too low to measure
April ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Hip fractures in the elderly and fluoride – contradictory evidence
March ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
An open letter to Paul Connet and the anti-fluoride movement
February ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Data dredging, p-hacking and motivated discussion in anti-fluoride paper
Censorship: Thinking you are right – even if you’re wrong
Embarrassing knock-back of second draft review of possible cognitive health effects of fluoride
The promotion of weak statistical relationships in science
Can we trust science?
January ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
I don’t “believe” in science – and neither should you
December ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Science is often wrong – be critical
November ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Hyping it up over fluoridation
September ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
August ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
July ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Even studies from endemic fluorosis areas show fluoride is not harmful at levels used in fluoridation
Canadian studies confirm findings of Broadbent et al (2015) – fluoridation has no effect on child IQ
Child IQ in countries with endemic fluorosis imply fluoridation is safe.
Anti-fluoride 65 brain-fluoride studies not evidence against fluoridation
June ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking delayed
Another study used by anti-fluoride activists actually shows community water fluoridation OK
May ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
When scientists get political: Lead fluoride-IQ researcher launches emotional attack on her scientific critics
New study touted by anti-fluoridation campaigners actually indicates fluoridation is safe
No relationship of bone cancer to fluoridation – another new study the anti-fluoride brigade will attempt to ignore
New review finds fluoride is not a developmental neurotoxicant at exposure levels relevant to fluoridation
April ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride campaigners still rely on irrelevant studies
Author confirms anti-fluoridation activist misrepresentation of her work
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 6: Incestuous relationship of these studies
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 5: Don’t censor yourself
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 4: Till et al (2020)
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 3: Riddell et al (2019)
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
No; a new study from Ethiopia does not indicate fluoridation is bad for your bones
Anti-fluoridationists put faith in new “strong” studies to provide evidence missing in draft NTP review
Industry-funded translation can introduce bias in selection of studies for scientific review
Another embarrassment for anti-fluoride campaigners as neurotoxic claim found not to be justified
February ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Beware of scientific paper abstracts – read the full text to avoid being fooled
January ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation and sex steroid hormones – or the mouse that roared
What are the recent fluoride-IQ studies really saying about community water fluoridation?
December ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation science and political advocacy – who is fooling who?
Scientific integrity & fluoridation – Dr Ghali responds
Sleep disorders and fluoride: dredging data to confirm a bias
Some fluoride-IQ researchers seem to be taking in each other’s laundry
Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
ADHD and fluoride – wishful thinking supported by statistical manipulation?
Experts complain to funding body about quality of fluoride-IQ research
What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
September ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Biostatistical problems with the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
Fluoridation – A new fight against scientific misinformation
An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Bye, bye to the collusion lie
If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help
Anti-fluoride activists misrepresent a new kidney/liver study
July ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
MH17 tragedy- 5 years on
June ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Chemical watchdog confirms suppressed report but justifies the suppression
May ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Does international chemical watchdog cherry-pick evidence to confirm a bias?
Psychology of Russiagate – an adult discussion for a change
April ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Russiagate – Some insights into its origins and results
Russiagate: Lessons for the media. But will they listen?
March ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Aftermath of the Mueller report – the media starts looking at itself
Mueller report to be released mid April – but it will be redacted
Collapse of the “Russiagate ” myth exposes how corporate media has failed
Getting out alive – why we should always demand evidence
Terrorism in Christchurch – some thoughts
“Disinformation” and the mainstream media
February ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
January ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Preempting the annual misrepresentation of NZ dental health data by anti-fluoride activists
December ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation: Another study shows stopping fluoridation bad for child tooth decay
November ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Media manipulation – the tail wags the dog
Protection of teeth by fluoride confirmed – yet again
And you thought Russiagate could not get sillier.
Trump and the media – codependents wallowing in the mud
Julian Assange’s mother appeals for her son’s freedom
October ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Nuclear dangers if INF treaty abandoned could be worse than in the 1980s
Fluoridation and ADHD: A new round of statistical straw clutching
September ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
September ’18 NZ blog ranking – delayed
Flight MH17 tragedy in Ukraine – new evidence
Novichock detection and the Salisbury tourists
A more convincing take on prenatal maternal dietary effects on child IQ
Fluoridation: “debating” the science?
Opportunities and problems for grassroots activism offered by the internet
August ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Who is weaponising the vaccination debate?
Another BUK accident in Ukraine
Policing social media – who is coming next and who is behind it?
Political interference prevents investigators from considering the “bleeding obvious”
July ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Mainstream media “mob violence” over Helsinki summit
Blatant misreporting of latest OPCW report on chemical weapons in Syria
Time for a serious auditing of Porton Down’s nerve agent stocks?
June ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride campaigners exhaust their legal channels with another loss
Magical World Cup Gala Concert
May ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoridation activists buy scientific credibility using a predatory publisher
Another shonky OPCW chemical incident report on Syria
Not just another rat study
Russian sports doping scandal looking like an illusion?
April ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Mainstream media-political alliance gets vindictive
Novichock – a marketing ploy?
The “heart of the Syrian chemical weapons programme” destroyed?
OPCW on Salisbury poisoning – one step forward, two back?
Anti-fluoridationist Paul Connett misrepresents NZ data
Anti-fluoridationists rejection of IQ studies in fluoridated area.
March ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
A conference paper on the maternal prenatal urinary fluoride/child IQ study has problems
The 52 IQ studies used by anti-fluoride campaigners
The real lessons from Vladimir Putin’s re-election
Why is it so difficult to get an open discussion on fluoridation?
Mary Byrne’s criticism is misplaced and avoids the real issues
Anti-fluoride group coordinator responds to my article
Where could you get a nerve agent in Salisbury?
The first casualty . .
Paul Connett’s misrepresentation of maternal F exposure study debunked
February ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Anti-fluoride activist commits “Death by PowerPoint”
Paul Connett “updates” NZ MPs about fluoride?
Anti-fluoride activists misrepresent another thyroid study
Fake news from the White Helmets returns
RT election subversion – yet again?
January ’18 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Yet another fluoride-IQ study
So you are saying . . . . . !
Jordan Peterson demonstrates the importance of free speech
Select your conspiracy theory and connect the dots
Whose who in the Russiagate affair – an infographic
A week of good news in New Zealand
Is “Russiagate” another deception like Iraqi WMDs?
“Fire and Fury” exposes the fundamental problems of the anti-Trump movement
Confirmation bias – we all suffer from it but how can we reduce its effect?
December ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Yet another way Russia is undermining our society
Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent New Zealand dental data – an annual event
Fluoridation means money in the pocket
Anti-fluoridation campaigners often use statistical significance to confirm bias
November ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The problem with scepticism
Chemical weapons use in Syria UN report flawed by political bias
Anti-fluoride “expert” finds the real reason oral health has improved – and it’s not fluoride
Meat substitutes – prospects and new ethical questions
October ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
New fluoride debate falters
Political maturity in New Zealand – at least compared to the US
Flaw and porkie in anti-fluoride report claiming a flaw in Canadian study
Do we need a new fluoride debate?
September ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Endemic fluorosis and its health effects
Maternal urinary fluoride/IQ study – an update
Fluoride, pregnancy and the IQ of offspring
Facts about fluorosis – not a worry in New Zealand
We need more post-publication peer review
Cassini plunges into Saturn tonight – a grand finale
What’s with the anti-fluoridationist promotion of dental health programmes?
Non-violence in the defence of free speech
August ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation not associated with ADHD – a myth put to rest
From Charlottesville to Boston – a lesson
Hypocrisy, irrationality and wise words from Monty Python
Are we all anti-fascist now?
Are fluoride researchers sacked for their findings?
Fluoridation and cancer
Local anti-fluoride activists tell porkies yet again
July ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The main stream media is out of touch
Don’t rely on sources – follow the evidence
Stovepiping to produce fake news
June ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Darwin, sexual selection and Putin
Fluoridation: Open letter to Democrats for Social Credit
Fluoridation: What’s happening with the New Zealand legislation?
May ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The “information war” and social media, or how to tell if you are a Kremlin troll
Anti-fluoridationists commonly misrepresent Ministry of Health data
ChildSmile – a complement, not an alternative, to fluoridation
Fluoridation helps protect adult teeth as well as children’s
Fluoridation: the truth about heavy metal contamination
Visualising the numbers – The Fallen of World War II
Bottle fed infants: fluoridated water not a problem
April ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Citing scientific studies and the arrogance of ignorance
No, fluoridation is not associated with leading causes of death
Anti-fluoridationists exploit infant deaths by fiddling statistics
Here we go again
The Putin Derangement Syndrome
Bottle fed infants: fluoridated water not a problem.
March ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Another anti-fluoridation whopper
2018 Global Atheist Convention
Fluoridation: Making sense of the Ministry of Health data
Fluoride, coffee and activist confusion
Trump didn’t invent the problems – and his opponents didn’t invent protest
Anti-fluoride authors indulge in data manipulation and statistical porkies
Be careful what you wish for
An Oscar for Al Qaeda?
February ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
EPA comprehensively debunks anti-fluoride claims of a fluoride-IQ effect
Anti-fluoridationists go to Supreme Court – who is paying for this?
Debunking a “classic” fluoride-IQ paper by leading anti-fluoride propagandists
Islamophobia or mental illness?
Tha Amnesty report – and a response from Syria
Non-fluoridated Christchurch does not have better teeth than fluoridated Auckland
January ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Debunking anti-fluoridationist’s remaining 12 reasons for opposing fluoridation
Madonna teaches us a lesson in critical thinking
New research confirms adults benefit from community water fluoridation as well as children
Premature births a factor in cognitive deficits observed in areas of endemic fluorosis?
Sources our mainstream media uses to promote their narrative about Syria
More nails in the coffin of the anti-fluoridation myths around IQ and hypothyroidism
Water fluoridation – what to expect in the near future
Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health
Critical thinking, not censorship, is the solution to fake news
Anti-fluoride IQ claims are false
December ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Large Swedish study finds no effect of fluoride on IQ
Fake news and the new fact-free reporting paradigm
Fluoridation: New research confirms it is cost effective – yet again
Fluoridation: members of parliament call from submissions from scientific and health experts
Fake news, human suffering and the fight against terrorism
November ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Sometimes I think the world has gone mad
Leader of flawed fluoridation study gets money for another go
White Helmets confirm authenticity of acted “rescue” video
Manufacturing news, and opinion, about Syria
Why should we subsidise religious leaders and their silly statements?
Warriors, scouts, Trump’s election and your news media
US elections – who should you be angry with?
Trump’s victory – why the surprise, why the anger?
Anti-fluoride claims often not relevant to New Zealand
October ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
White Helmets dupes New Zealand government?
Voluntary media censorship is ethically wrong
Fluoridation not associated with hip fracture, heart attacks of osteosarcoma – new study
Anti-fluoridation activist Paul Connett has a senior moment about our debate
“Humanitarian” intervention and war crimes
Crocodile tears over Syria at UN security council
Anti-Syrian propaganda and the White Helmets
Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates
Syria & the fog of war
September ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
But will it stand up in court?
Flogging a dead horse – anti-fluoridationists lose in court again
Syria UN Ambassador makes sense of the war in Syria
The shaky Syrian ceasefire agreement staggers on – or does it?
Fluoridation & democracy: Open letter to DHB candidate Andrew Buckley
When will they ever learn?
Ceasefire in Syria is exposing real nature of “moderate” rebels
What do Syrians think of the new cessation of hostilities agreement?
Dissecting pseudoscientific and political propaganda
August ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
An anti-fluoride trick: Impressing the naive with citations
Does community water fluoridation reduce diabetes prevalence?
“Filtering” out fluoride
Rio Olympics – what are those gold medals worth?
Fluoridation – freedom of choice
Is water fluoridation better than salt fluoridation?
Ethics and the doping scandal – a response to Guest Work
Being better informed – unexpected advice from The Guardian
July ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Quantifying the problem of international sports doping
Dental health – it’s not all about fluoride
The Putin diversion
The insult of low expectations
MH17 tragedy – 2 years on
Misrepresenting fluoride science – an open letter to Paul Connett
Are you really right?
June ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Why don’t feminists fight for Muslim women?
Permission to have that conversation
A cynical take on effective speakers
Richard Dawkins – speech to Reason Rally, 2016
Chemophobic scaremongering: Much ado about absolutely nothing
MH17 tragedy – new investigation launched
Fluoridation: News media should check press releases from anti-fluoridationists
Fluoridation debate: Responding to Tom O’Connor
May ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
New review shows clear economic benefits from community water fluoridation
Debating fluoridation and tyranny – Tom O’Connor responds
Attempting a tyranny of the minority on fluoridation
Writing to please the reader’s ear
Fluoridation: One small step sideways?
New research confirms water fluoridation does not cause bone cancers
Public discussion of science can be toxic
Fluoridation cessation studies reviewed – overall increase in tooth decay noted
Mistakes were made – but by who?
Don’t be fooled by simple media “science”
“Do the math” – a bit like “Do the research!”
Victory Day celebration of defeat of terrorism in Palmyra
Will we be using contact lens cameras in future?
Barrel bombs, hell cannons, Aleppo and media bias
April ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Korean community water fluoridation supported by new evidence
Science and management – a clash of cultures
Anti-fluoride campaigners cherry-pick irrelevant overseas research but can’t find relevant New Zealand research
Cochrane fluoridation review described as “empty”
Anti-fluoridationists misrepresent new dental data for New Zealand children
A challenge to anti-fluoridationers to justify their misrepresentation of New Zealand research
Fluoridation decisions to be made by District Health Boards
Nadine gives a necessary message to her fellow Muslims
Anti-fluoridationists now scaremonger about silica in your drinking water
Reversed responsibility and the burden of proof
Anti-fluoridation cherry-pickers at it again
March ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation: My podcast with with Howard Farran
Why is Donald Trump so successful – and will he win?
Why are our politicians so silent on Palmyra’s liberation from clutches of Daesh?
The US speaks in two tongues on terrorism
Chemistry is everywhere – even in those natural products
Life for women under Daesh (ISIS)
The toxicity of chemophobia
Anti-fluoridation campaigner, Stan Litras, misrepresents WHO
Hiding behind “experts”
The “interfaith” trap – particularly for atheists
A Chinese study the anti-fluoridation crowd won’t be citing
Misrepresentation, misogyny and misandry – these should concern sceptics
Searching articles on fluoride
February ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Big business funding of anti-science propaganda on health
Anti-fluoridationist’s flawed attacks on Calgary study
Media misleading on Syria
Stephen Fry on Twitter
Richard Dawkins and the Skeptics Conference controversy.
Is the media lying to you about Syria?
Fluoridation: Whakatane teaches us something we should already know
Chemistry – “to dupe, to cheat?”
What a pleasant surprise!
Censorship by demonisation
Once more on the IQ and fluoride myth – why ignore other factors?
January ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoridation: Whakatane District Council makes the Hamilton mistake
New study finds community water fluoridation still cost effective
“Crusade Against Multiple Regression Analysis” – don’t throw baby out with bathwater
Fluoridation: Some simple chemistry
The danger of insisting on your own facts
Flight MH17 in Ukraine – what do intelligence services know?
Iron and fluoride in human milk
Hubris of the google researcher
The Harvard study and the Lancet paper
Cultural and ideological bias in scientific literature reviews
Facts, beliefs and delusions
Science – a method of investigation, not a belief system
Yet another misrepresentation of a dental health study
December ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peer review – the “tyranny” of the third reviewer
Christmas – “White Wine In The Sun”
Community water fluoridation still cost-effective
Democracy and expert advice on scientific issues
Fluoride and IQ – another study coming up
The hardest thing in life . .
Climate deal signed – now for the hard bit: action
Traditions and social arrangements out of step with social diversity
“Natural News” on trial in The Hague for crimes against science
Rejection of scientific studies in online discussions
Another defeat for anti-fluoridation claims about arsenic
November ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The problem with reasoned discussion
John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda
Science is never done – some scientific terms explained
Studies show – or do they?
Should we trust science? – Wellington talk
Can world leaders learn from the Paris terror attacks?
Anti-fluoride hypothyroidism paper slammed yet again
Cyberchondria and similar “illnesses”
Onehunga and the “fluoride-free” myth
Thames voters decisively support fluoridation
Why doesn’t Putin shirtfront someone?
October ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific papers, civil disobedience and personal networks
The quackery of anti-fluoride internet trolls
Our beautiful planet: Astronaut art works
Christian co-option of karakia
Combatting anti-fluoride Gish gallopers
MH17: Final technical report
Responding to Tracey Brown on fluoridation
“The ugly truth” – Tracey Brown ticks me off
MH17 – another Boeing sacrificed for investigation.
The ugly truth about critics of “the ugly truth” in science
Many Syrians see Russians as saviours
Door knockers should pay to interrupt us
September ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoride: More scaremongering using drug warnings
Putin’s UN address: “Do you realise what you’ve done?”
Obama’s United Nations address: “We Must Stamp Out ‘Apocalyptic Cult’ ISIS”
European and Māori major non-believers in NZ
Cochrane responds to misrepresentation of their fluoridation review
ChildSmile dental health – its pros and cons
Should all scientists really be militant atheists?
The Alternative Medicine Racket
The chemical party
A job with a view – but not for the clumsy
Fluoridation: Freedom of choice – and responsibility
My talk to the Reason & Science Society – an invite
Why the internet annoys chemists
Freedom of religion and belief – not a license to interfere with others
Humanitarian intervention – but when & how?
Discussing science on social media
August ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Australian census religion question – progress
In the end, it came down to the science in Denver
Subverting democratic consultation on the fluoride issue
Religious instruction scrapped from school curriculum in Victoria
Alternative reality of anti-fluoride “science”
What is life?
Anti-fluoride propagandists get creative with statistics
Fluoridation: Connett’s criticism of New Zealand research debunked
Fluoridation: Connett’s naive use of WHO data debunked
Time to give up on Sitemeter
70th anniversary of first use of atomic weapon against civilians
Connett misrepresents the fluoride and IQ data yet again
Fluoridation: Newsweek science journalism bottoms out
July ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The bureaucratic solution to a problem
Fluoridation: “Sciencey” sounding claims ruled unacceptable
Comparing the Cochrane and NZ Fluoridation Reviews
Rapid change in attitudes to marriage equality
Scaremongering and chemophobia
MH17 tragedy: 1 year on
Talk of “mini ice age” bunkum
Progress in removing religious instruction from public schools?
Fluoridation: Beliefs about safety and benefits
Climate change: Our time really is running out
Cochrane fluoridation review. III: Misleading section on dental fluorosis
June ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Cochrane fluoridation review. II: “Biased” and poor quality research?
Cochrane fluoridation review. I: Most research ignored
What is causing warming of the earth?
New science bloggers wanted for Sciblogs 2.0
Gagging of scientists – a common problem?
I wish more people were aware of this
Misrepresentation of the new Cochrane fluoridation review
News media – telling us how to think
Misrepresenting the York fluoride review
Fluoridation: Misrepresenting the “saliva theory”
Something to consider
Fluoridation and horses – another myth
Science and social media in new Zealand
Monday morning proverb
Fake weight-loss study example of wider problem
Calcium fluoride and the “soft” water anti-fluoridation myth
May ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Connett & Hirzy do a shonky risk assesment for fluoride
Making mountains out of scientific mole hills
Don’t expect to see chemical safety data sheets in restaurants
RSNZ Science Book Prize winner – Tangata Whenua
Don’t put all the blame on the Germans – a lesson from World War II
The problem of “Fact-Resistant Humans”
What a nice idea
Water fluoridation effective – new study
Follow the money?
The distrust of science – a task for science communication
We always seem to ignore the causes
April ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Wise words from Carl Sagan
Poor peer review – and its consequences
Connett fiddles the data on fluoride
ADHD link to fluoridation claim undermined again
Commercial and ideological support of anti-fluoride activity
Why is Vladimir Putin so popular in the USA?
Is comfirmation bias essential to anti-fluoride “research?”
The will to find out
IQ not influenced by water fluoridation
Making sense of scientific research
The frustrations of modern technology
March ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Poor peer-review – a case study
The arrogance of science?
New Zealand science book prize – 2015 Short list
ADHD linked to elevation not fluoridation
Anonymous comments on social media
More poor-quality research promoted by anti-fluoride activists
Free download – “Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits”
Are submissions on fluoridation worth it?
Social media and science – the problems and the challenge
A couple of “oldies” inject some sense into international politics
Open letter to Lisa Hansen on NZ Fluoridation Review
February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts
Dirty tactics by anti-fluoride activists in Taupo
NZ Fluoridation review – Response to Micklen
NZ Fluoridation review – HS Micklen responds to critique
Did business interests interfere with Hamilton’s fluoride tribunal process?
A perspective of distances in space
Download report analysing anti-fluoride attacks on NZ Fluoridation Review
Social health policies, freedom of choice and responsibility
Reality of war for civilians
Stephen Fry not pulling any punches
January ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
US meddling in Ukraine behind coup
Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail”
Is debating with anti-science activists worth the effort?
Six months on – concerns about MH17 investigation
Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits – now peer reviewed
Those evil chemicals
“Internet and social media misinform thousands daily”
“I just know”
The victims of terror
Fluoride Free NZ report disingenuous – conclusion
Spotting Bad Science
October ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
December ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The MH17 blame game
Science never claimed to know everything
Special pleading by Philippe Grandjean on fluoride
The inverted ethics of doxxing?
Fascinating and painless chemistry lessons
Did the Royal Society get it wrong about fluoridation?
“Do your own research!”
Dirty politics over MH17?
Cherry-picking and misinformation in Stan Litras’s anti-fluoride article
Today’s fantasy, tomorrow’s possibility
The farce of a “sciency” anti-fluoride report
November ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Creationist ‘audits’ science museum
“Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
Water fluoridation and dental fluorosis – debunking some myths
Proving anecdotes are reliable
Declan Waugh pushes another anti-fluoride myth
Severe dental fluorosis the real cause of IQ deficits?
Catch 22 in Ukraine
Let’s rely on anecdotes instead!
Standing up to junk science in New Zealand
Declan Waugh claims it’s “clear as day”
Unusual photo of Moon and Earth.
Criminal investigation of MH17 tragedy – where is it at?
There is something about those climate records that keep getting broken
Putting politicans in their place on climate change
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 – what really happened?
Fluoridation – a racist conspiracy?
Curiosity’s historic comet photo
When science deniers turn to science
Fluoride debate: Second response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan
Fluoride debate: Response to Daniel Ryan’s critique – Rita Bartlett-Rose
Fluoride debate: A response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan
Fluoride debate: The scientific evidence against fluoridation – Rita F. Barnett
Another legal defeat for NZ anti-fluoridation activists
Anti-fluoridation propagandists promoting shonky “review”
How to change your Mind – and why it is good for you
The science and politics of climate change
Science and belief
September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”
The information war – The NZ Listener takes up arms
MOM “a thousand times better than cricket”
Activist’s anti-science adverts found misleading – again
Don’t you get tired of this?
It’s time we did something about sugar
Crude dredging of the scientific literature
Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent”
MH17 – Preliminary report leaves most conspiracy theories intact
Do you prefer dental fluorosis or tooth decay?
Emotion Drives Decision
Ingested fluoride, dental health and old age
August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
Making money out of fanatics
Dirty politics on the Royal Society fluoride review
Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective
Anti-fluoride activists unhappy about scientific research
The Mind of the Science Denier
Open letter to Jane Nielson – a “fluoridation convert.”
Accidental Renaissance – or intuition?
Tactics for science denial
Natural News comes out with a load of heavy metal rubbish on fluoride
July ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh
I am still waiting for my cheque
An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
Some answers to the confusion about the #MH17 crash site
Informed parents know water fluoridation is good for their children
Making political capital out of the deaths of innocents
Elected officials must ignore activists and listen to own voters
The irony of some peer-review and citation complaints
Ken Ring pontificates on climate change
Anti-science US Congressman on House science Committee!
“Creative” reporting of fluoridation science
What happens when fluoridation is stopped?
June ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Controversial IQ study hammered in The Lancet
New group challenging the anti-science brigade
Fluoridation: what about reports it is ineffective?
Approaching scientific literature sensibly
Declan Waugh’s misinformation on fluorosilicic acid
A healthy attitude towards quantum mechanics
An open letter to Declan Waugh – new mechanism for fluoride toxicity?
Toxicity is in the dose or concentration of fluoride
Councils and scientists targeted by anti-fluoride activists
Lugansk – a modern Guernica?
Inna Kukuruza – “her eyes spoke to the whole world”
Connett’s hypocrisy on fluoride & IQ
May ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Confirmation blindness on the fluoride-IQ issue
Where do teeth come from? The stork theory
There is research and there is “research”
Fluoridating water does not lower IQ – New Zealand research
Fluoride and IQ – once more
Another anti-fluoride myth in the making
A balanced debate
It’s all the fashion in Ukraine
Fluoridation: What a difference a year makes?
Wishart misrepresents fluoride science to advance his extreme ideology
Fluoridation: emotionally misrepresenting contamination
April ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peer review, shonky journals and misrepresenting fluoride science
Ingested fluoride is beneficial to dental health.
Anti-fluoridation advertising deceptive
Fluoridation: putting chemical contamination in context
The first victim!
An outdated tax anomaly – charitable status of relgion
Declan Waugh scaremongers over fluoride – again
Arrogance of ignorance?
Pandering to anti-fluoridation campaigners
International cooperation in space serving humanity
Is anyone listening?
March ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific cooperation despite political posturing
Fluoridation returns to Hamilton City.
European border changes over 5000 years
Dental fluorosis: badly misrepresented by FANNZ
What makes something right or wrong?
How do we know what is true?
Cherry-picking and ring-fencing the scientific literature
Fluoride and heart disease – another myth
Graphic information in science
Corporate backers of anti-fluoride movement lose in NZ High Court.
Terry Pratchett making sense
Fluoride and the 5 easy steps of a conspiracy theory
February ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Pseudoscience in your supermarket
Another god debate
Repeating bad science on fluoride
Truth about those science fairs
Quality and selection counts in fluoride research
The precautionary principle
How can scientists use social media?
Curiosity sees a familiar “evening star.”
The fluoride debate – what do the experts say?
January ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Entertainment is brain exercise
Download The Fluoride Debate
Determining scientific knowledge by petition
Fluoride debate: Final article – Ken Perrott
Fluoride debate: Paul Connett’s Closing statement
The good(?) old days of scientific writing
Most of us missed this one
False balance and straw clutching on fluoridation
Who is funding anti-fluoridation High Court action?
Astro-turfing for scientific credibility
Losing trust in religious leaders
Conspiracy theorists misuse analytical evidence
All things bright and beautiful
December ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoride debate: Ken Perrott’s closing response to Paul Connett?
Putting vaccination risks into context
Fluoride debate: Arguments Against Fluoridation Thread. Part 8. Paul
Alan Turing receives royal pardon
The true meaning of Christmas
Where is the heat going?
Fluoride debate: Response to Paul’s 5th article
Back to the moon!
Fluoride debate: Arguments Against Fluoridation Thread. Part 5. Paul
Census 2013 – religious diversity
Fluoride debate: Response to Paul’s 6th article.
Testing the God theory
Fluoridation debate: Against Fluoridation Thread. Part 6.
November ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
‘The particle at the end of the universe’ wins Winton Prize
Fluoridation debate: Why I support fluoridation – 2nd reply to Connett
Psychics have it easy these days
Fluoride Debate: Why I support fluoridation – 2nd response from Connett
From dental neglect to child abuse?
Fluoride Debate: Why I support fluoridation – response to Connett
Fluoride debate: Why I support fluoridation – Response from Connett
Word of wisdom, and otherwise
Have local climate pseudosceptics come to the end of the road?
Fluoride debate: Why I support fluoridation
Sin is relative
Fluoride debate – I get email
Fluoride debate Part 1a – response to Connet’s response: Perrott
Fluoride debate – some housekeeping
Fluoride debate Part 1a – response: Connett
October ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fluoride debate Part 1: Perrott
Fluoride debate Part 1: Connett
The fluoride debate – introduction
The origins of ethics and violence
What’s really true?
Anti-fluoridation porkies – Mullinex’s rats
Science and faith
NZ climate change “sceptics” abandon appeal
Christianity has hijacked human values
Fluoridation: Hangout with the University of Waikato
The universe – it is bigger than you think
Our Far South – time we learned about it
Christian ethics and Peter Singer
Fluoride – friend or foe: a lecture
Cyber bullying of science
Fluoridation: the hip fracture deception
September ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Tim Minchin – an inspirational speech to graduates
Jon Stewart interviews Richard Dawkins
Anatomy of an anti-fluoridation myth
NZ experts deplore anti-fluoridation misrepresentation of science
Helping kids to wonder
Fluoridation – the IQ myth
When politicians and bureaucrats decide the science
Welcome counter to scientific and health misinformation
New “evidence” for global cooling?
Phobos eclipses the sun – as seen by Curiosity
Dentists you can trust?
Activists peddle chemical misinformation for fluoridation referenda
August ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Cherry picking fluoridation data
Anti-fluoridationist astro-turfing and media manipulation
Anti-fluoride activists attempt to silence science
Crazy ideas and “supernatural” phenomena
Experts speak out on fluoridation
Fluoride sensitivity – all in the mind?
Earthquakes and twitter
Cyber-bullying – what’s with sunscreen?
Anti-fluoridation study flawed – petition rejected
News media influences public trust in science
The “consensus message” in communicating science
Hamilton – the water is the problem, not the fluoride!
Topical confusion persists
Celebrate your curiosity – one year on
July ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Is this the way to reorganise science?
The limits of science and a world record
Water treatment chemicals – why pick on fluoride?
Are you qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell?
The Galileo fallacy and denigration of scientific consensus
A new Cosmos
Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit on track
Is fluoridated water a medicine?
Debunking anti-fluoridation myths
Source of moral authority has shifted
Fluoridation – an organised campaign to misinform.
Hamilton gets its fluoridation referendum
Not your usual rocket launch
Fluoridation – topical confusion
Communicating climate science – Michael Mann comments
Fluoridation and conspiracy theories
Richard Dawkins learns about the Bible
Fluoridation – the violation of rights argument.
June ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The victim mentality of conspiracy theorists
Poisoning the well with a caricature of science
Fluoridation petition – for Hamilton citizens
The importance of books for kids
Fluoridation – it does reduce tooth decay
Stop feeling guilty
Getting a grip on the science behind claims about fluoridation
Is fluoride an essential dietary mineral?
Will Hamiltonians finally get a voice on fluoridation?
Scientists, political activism and the scientific ethos
Fluoridation – are we dumping toxic metals into our water supplies?
When science is under attack
Tactics and common arguments of the anti-fluoridationists
Hamilton City Council reverses referendum fluoridation decision
Global warning in science fiction
May ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peter Singer on effective charity
The science of consciousness
Collapse of Arctic sea ice
An eReader breakthrough?
Singing about the periodic table
Black cat in a dark room – and the role of science
A New Zealand climate change pseudosceptic apologises!
Pseudosceptics are at it again – misrepresenting and attacking climate scientists
Chris Hadfield’s 5-month Space Mission in 90 Seconds
Confusion and distortion – has global warming stopped?
“Incontrovertible” is it, Rodney?
Video coverage of astronauts’ return to earth next Tuesday morning
A beggar’s market?
The limits of philosophy
April ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
‘The Unbelievers’ and science
A global warming hoax meme is born – in New Zealand too!
Friday follies – what happened to the “official AGW hypothesis?”
Fiddling with census figures for religion in New Zealand
The beginning (of the universe) for beginners
Terrorism and the West’s obsession with oil
Marriage equality, retribution and moral progress
A sombre night in Boston
Moving into the mainstream – on the coat tails of the “New Atheists”
Thatcher, Monckton and Pinochet
Potty Peer in Waikato
New Zealand Blog ranking Montage
What is global temperature?
I was wrong about Lord Monckton
New “Hockey Stick” but same tired old denial
March ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
April Fools and Agenda 21
Christchurch from space
A war between religion and science?
Climate contrarians/deniers are cherry picking again
Dishonesty of intelligent design “research”
Something for all those lapsed catholics
Dawkins’ new book
Our world from the International Space Station
Creationists prefer numerology to real scientific research
Talking sense about morality
Extreme confirmation bias in action
Greedy Lying Bastards
Those arguments against marriage equality
Census 2013: That religion question
Climate change is not simple
February ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
A sensible Christian perspective on Peter Singer
No immutable truths, no eternal dogmas
Global climate – and your grandchildren
Entertaining – and the science is good
The truth about the hockey stick
Origins of religious ethics and violence
Sean Faircloth, Director of Richard Dawkins Foundation, visiting NZ
The Russian meteor – what we know
Should we be prepared?
Does religion blur understanding of evolution?
The “dynamic duo” of science?
A day for cheap shots
Science as the best, possibly only, way to truth
The reality of cancer
Education should never validate ignorance
“Divine commands” and personal conscience
January ’13 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Is your region warming?
No cause for alarm – if you cherry pick
The political alarmism behind climate change denial
Can philosophers, or anyone, tell us what is “right” and “wrong”?
History of science – for Kiwis
What a shock!
Who is guilty of misusing science?
Deconstructing climate change, and its deniers
Amazing photos of Shuttle Endeavour flight deck
Australia’s “New Normal?”
Going beyond the evidence
A time for hypocrisy
Historians and sociologists just as human as scientists
December ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
A problem with logic
Historians and sociologists lecture scientists – about science
Wonders of Life coming – we hope
A dose of reality
Pulling the wool over the eyes of the faithful
Scientists and philosophers discuss morality and meaning
Christmas present from NASA
At last – Moving Naturalism Forward videos
Getting the Book Invented
Sense on evolutionary psychology.
Does science have a cognitive privilege?
Sceptical humility and peer review in science
Cancer – an emotional rollercoaster
Sceptical arrogance and evolutionary psychology
And now for a bit of drama
Agreement polar ice sheets are melting
November ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Regarding women as animals
Christmas present for nerds – what about science books?
Time for philosophical honesty about Darwin
Religion in schools – a sensible approach
Climate change deniers don’t understand expertise
The arrogance of supernatural privilege
Morality and non-human animals
More damage from megastorm Sandy
Capturing kid’s minds with emotions
That particle again
Who were Stalin’s victims?
Reports from the Moving Naturalism Forward workshop
The elephant in the US elections
October ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life. Episode 3: Meaning
Who are these “credible experts”?
The mini-iPad and original sin
Death – part 2 of a series
Beer, anxiety and depression – their origins
Why (some) Christians support discrimination
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life – Sin
Moving Naturalism Forward
A concise summary of climate change – science and politics
From evolution to belief
Are you offended yet?
This has to stop
Sneaking in the magic man
Naturalism and science are incompatible
None so blind
A Kiwi makes it to Mars!
September ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The most important place you didn’t know about
A useful map of the human body
The paradoxes of theological gullibility
The internet – Yeah, right!
US air traffic on a typical day and on September 11, 2001
Finish the sentence . . .
People saying stupid things on the Internet
Another anti-science attack on Mann fails – but the lies continue
Secularism – its internal problems
Politics and economics of Arctic ice loss
Internet silos become ideological ghettos
Climate change denier’s false “deep distress” fools no-one
Changing that light bulb while in denial
High Court ruled on integrity – not science
New Zealand climate change denial defeated
I don’t know!
Making giant flowers out of fireworks
Moral evolution in today’s society
August ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Drifting moral values
Subjective morality – not what it seems?
Objective or subjective laws and lawgivers
Neil Armstrong by Buz Aldrin
The science philosophy “conflict”
Making sense of religion, science, and morality
Kiwi science fiction with a message
Science – the greatest story ever told
A sundial on Curiosity?
Scientific shift work
Cynical evangelisation of children
Curiosity requires patience
Going for gold – on Mars
A load of science
July ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
NZ Blog Rankings FAQ
So scientism = non-theism?
Saying it with flowers
What really happens in religious instruction classes?
What Is Life? From Schrödinger to Watson to Venter
Their mission – values or advancement of religion?
The story behind the High Court action
Ethical enquiry or moral instruction?
Scepticism, denial and the high court
William Lane Craig’s philosophy – the condensed version
So you think science has a problem?
Peter Singer on the misrepresentation of Peter Singer
Human values are secular
End of life decisions
Why the Higgsteria?
Cost of scientific research – and political naivity
The creationism controversy – a summary
Is there room for religion in science?
June ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific knowledge should trump “belief”
Seven Minutes of Terror
Australian census confirms healthy trend
Science is messy – for girls too!
Print-on-demand books – what’s the hold-up?
How to write a best-seller!
Sharp increase in “nones”
A disciplined discussion
What did Galileo ever do to you?
Gnu bashing once again
The prejudiced journalist
Do atheists need religion?
Mixing values and Jesus in secular education
The Scamtific Method
May ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Scientific knowledge – reliable but not certain
Weather extremes and climate change
“Web monkeys” and science presentation
Dementia – There’s an app for that!
Give them enough rope . . .
Why won’t Inland Revenue subsidise my life expenses?
Human morality is evolving
So you’re considering switching to eBooks?
Welcome to the Anthropocene
Naturalism in science
“Lose” your faith, gain your life?
What’s in store for eBook readers
Heartland ignorant of public relations – let alone science
Belief and morality
What has science ever done for us?
April ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The problem with philosophy
Puddles and “fine-tuning”
Great science talks in Auckland
Science denial is a diversion from the real problems
When the “best explanation” is the worst explanation
Toss out the moderator for a better discussion
Jesus heals – but not cancer!
Emotional time for Shuttle fans
Catholic popes victims of sexual abuse!
Who is committing fraud here?
Morality and the “worship” of reason
The silliness of a self-proclaimed “investigative journalist”
Moral behavior in animals
Conservatives, liberals and purity
The trouble with physics?
Is God incredible – or what?
Science and the folly of faith
March ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Another lousy photo of the sun?
The Sand Creatures
A fuzzy photo of the sun
The “public square” myth
Yes, please try this at home!
Whanganui District Council comes to senses
“Good faith” science – and its enemies
Climate change controversy in context
Shy climate denier in “science team” reveals himself.
The chickens are hatching
February ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The size of things
Theological pretzel twisting
A universe in an eBook (or app)
Souvenirs for scientists
Heartland Insitute gets mail
Heartland’s climategate – and Mann’s book
Bioluminescence in space!
Defeat for imposed prayer
ID research and publications
Theological mental gymnastics over evolution
“What, me worry?” – distorting climate change data
Free will – problems of definition
January ’12 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The scientific method – what about the philosophical method?
In the front lines of the “climate wars”
Who is funding the climate change denial groups?
Our fingerprints are all over it!
The [in]compatibility of science and religion
Comprehending reality – Should we give up so easily?
Nothing is something
Who drives the science/religion conflict?
Choosing your religion
Open letter across the barricade
New book formats
The argument from authority (or lack thereof)
December ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Peter Jackson – Satan’s Little Helper”
“Other ways of knowing” and their result.
Slaughtering some sacred seasonal cows
Reacting to a death with respect and hatred
Christmas present ideas: This Hell would be useful!
Higgs and homeopathy
Christmas gift ideas: Aussie wisdom
Christmas gift ideas: The human mind – a history
Christmas gift ideas: Evolution of gods, morals and violence
Christmas gift ideas: Working on Mars
Christmas gift ideas: One for the kids
Christmas gift ideas: Why we deny climate change
Christmas gift ideas: Thinking of our grandchildren
Christmas gift ideas: How We Know What’s Really True
Christmas gift ideas: Kids – it’s OK to be different!
A debunking handbook provides lessons in science communication
November ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Finding out about the astronomers who found the universe
Climategate 2.0 and “toecurling” journalism
It’s crowded up there
Creative science writing
Royal Society’s science book of year Winton Prize winner.
Reclaiming ‘intelligent design’
A lesson in human logic
Is Keith Ward really that naive about science?
Demolishing Craig on morality
Cultural effect of The Big Bang Theory
Answer simple question – win an iPad
New Zealand in good company. Pity about the USA
October ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
What’s your number?
Concern over William Lane Craig’s justification of biblical genocide
Outsourcing moral decisions to justify genocide
New Zealand happy – some preachers upset!
The never ending battle
Having it both ways
Ranking human conflicts and tyrannies
Dawkins responds to a stalker – Craig gets his debate
Avoiding possible catastrophe – even if you are confused
You CAN be good with God!
Big money behind local climate change deniers?
Historians of science sometimes miss the wood for the trees
Approaching morality scientifically
Ethicists have problems with ethics!
The climate change denial machine
How do you know that?
How We Know What’s Really True
Problems with pdf eBooks – metadata issues
September’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Compulsory payments for advancement of religion – let’s get rid of that.
Some recent recommended science books
Art in science
Where have we been?
Rings around Uranus
William Lane Craig’s “logic”
Science and the “supernatural”
Empathy for colleagues
Approaching a Middle East peace
Atheists aren’t shrill – just disgusting?
What’s this about cosmic rays and global warming?
Making life from the primordial soup
A fight-back – or simply spite?
Evolution and education – advice for teachers
That’s what I like to see in a young woman!
A reminder of reality’s magic
August ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Religious theology of secularism
Martydom of the priveliged
Another book for the kids
Secular democracy and its critics
2012 Global Atheist Convention – Melbourne
Hitler objects to atheist charge
440 FOI requests in one day! From one person!
There is something about Wellington
Some things for the kids
The blinkered view of politics?
I get email
NZ blog rankings update
Is Monckton good value?
The reality of scientific research
Monckton messes own nest
July ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Videos on morality
Pat Churchland on the science of morality
Breivik’s terrorism and science
Terror in Norway
Atlantis returns home – viewed from ISS
Background Briefing for Mockton’s NZ visit
Science has the real debate
Bias in the history of science
Seven years of discovery
Your chance for a free book
That hacking scandal
Are scientists hostile to religion?
Galileo’s modern critics
Debates in the philosophy of science
Does science lead to secularism?
June ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Personal attacks on climate scientists
A silver lining to Expelled?
Galileo’s revolutionary contribution
Science, religion and respect for meaning
Protecting yourself against bullshit
Clarifying some myths in the history of science
Early history of science
Converting beliefs to “truths”
Ideology and violence
Painless science writing
May ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Waking from a coma!
American Imams supporting evolutionary science
A secular bible
Daniel Dennett on conflict between religion and science
Visible signs of the rapture
The Magic of Reality for young people
Don’t drink the punch!
Working on Mars
A non-theist feast down under!
The chances of Royal Weddings arising randomly…
Designer spin II
What’s special about religious “knowledge?”
Climate change lectures in Auckland
April ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Exposing the pretense of Christian unity
Is there a role for science in morality?
Philosophical justifications for morality
Answering questions on morality
Problems with philosophers and theologians
More on the science of morality
Selling the family silver!
Craig brings some clarity to morality?
Foundations of human morality.
Church rejects power of prayer!
Limits of logic
Something to celebrate
Advocating or explaining secular moral values?
March ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
What is Life? Another Great Debate
The Galileo myths
Beauty, mystery and science
Christianity gave birth to science – a myth?
The implausibility of reality
Is atheism bad for science?
Myths within a myth
Thank goodness for eBook Readers
Theistic science? No such thing
The ethics of exploitation
Blogging for New Zealand
Science Under Attack?
Acceptance of science – dangerous for some
Making sense of Ring gate?
February ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
From “Grand Design” to “On Being”
A human response to Christchurch quake
Alan Turing documentary
Taking the census seriously
The future of books – and Santa?
On being philosophical about science
The secular Egyptian protest a good start for a successful revolution
Shonky climate-change denial “science”
Reinterpretation “research” on climate change
A hymn for Darwin Day
Celebrating Alan Turing’s life and achievements
The scientific study of religion
January ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Converging evidence on climate change
eBook “singles” – and the problems
Marie Curie Lecture Series – 2011
Comparing blog visit statistics
Shoddy reporting on “god genes”
The god gene – or is it a meme?
Certainty is useless – a scientific concept
The nature of the science-religion conflict?
“Other ways of knowing” – some sense at last
Culture and the scientific renaissance
Sharing a chemical moment
The moon and the ISS
Secular News Daily – useful source
New views of eclipses
Deriving “ought from is” scientifically?
December ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Science and morality – a panel discussion
A physicist comments on science and morality
A philosopher comments on science and morality
Telling right from wrong – unreligiously
Another local climate change denial meme
Wine and the Watchtower
It’s that time of the year
A handy app for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
A philosopher’s Christmas present
Painted into a corner?
Real science – warts and all
WikiLeaks and climategate
2011 – International Year of Chemistry
The “You Can’t Trust Science!” agenda
NASA and old lace
November ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Cutting off your nose for Christmas?
“Other ways of knowing” purpose?
What is the problem?
A victory for secular ethics
The Hitchens – Dembski debate
The joys of eBook readers – the Sony PRS-650 Touch
Secularism is important
Dawkins answers questions
Telling right from wrong?
Can science shape human values?
Some book ideas
The ISS – a decade of growth
October ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
The human mind – a history
Check out those climate change claims on the internet
Waking up to morality
Four signs of a stroke
Can the “supernatural” be of any use?
Are ebooks taking off?
Some pesky delusions
Strident, militant atheists?
Why we deny climate change
Attitudes will change. Life will get better
Your computer is the enemy!
Death by stoning for adultery!
Scientific misconduct and skepticgate
Breaking away – an interesting case study
Sam Harris on The Daily Show
Move over – old fellow!
Hawking’s grand design – lessons for apologists?
Arrested moral development.
September ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Treating statistics sensibly
Not about Einstein
Bus adverts a human rights issue
Check out your ancestors
Trust the experts – if they say what we want
The Bible – a book review
A scientific consensus on human morality
Pope Benny’s speech – graphically
Putting the Pope in his place
Popes cunning straw mannery?
Human Evolution and the Organ of Mind
Mind change – a moral choice?
Putting the IPCC in its place?
Mapping modern science
An unnecessary being?
What is matter? What is materialism?
New science blogs in New Zealand
The Grand Design – neither God nor 42
Earth and Moon from Mercury
The Challenge of the Human Brain
August ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Fallout from Hauser affair spreads
A lesson for NZ critics of climate science?
Nicholas Stern to present Robb Lectures
So you want a conversation?
The myth of the noble scientist
The heart of PZ Myers
After NIWA, God?
Marc Hauser replies – acknowledges mistakes
Hauser misconduct investigation – Full text of Dean’s statement
Fallacy of Fine Tuning
A desperate plea to be noticed?
A stormy future?
A sympathetic take on Marc Hauser and the “scientific misconduct” issue
A paper by Marc Hauser retracted – Harvard Magazine
Climate change is complex
A nice little tool for printing blog posts
“God of the surprises”
Recognising good science bloggers and Big Blog Theory winners
It’s politics, not science
July ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Suzan does a mini- Monckton
Evolution of gods, morals and violence
Is and ought
The new science of morality
Science, faith and limits of knowledge
Liability of scientific denialism to political conservativism
Evolution and the Holocaust
Life on the building site
Theological critiques of billboards required
Support John Abraham against Monckton’s bullying
Ways of not knowing
The changing face of science communication
A regular climate science podcast
Climategate – Journalist withdraws and apologises
Making room for faith in science?
Getting straight on marriage
“Climategate” smears found false – Mann cleared
NZ Atheists Swap Buses For Billboards
June ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Religion in public life – two approaches
Ridiculing ridiculous science commentary
Truth getting it’s boots on!
A question of expertise and credibility
Climate scientist’s’ register?
Kids – it’s OK to be different!
Twinning with Venus
Avoiding grown-up discussion
A competition for Aussie science blogs
Apologies would be nice
Historic shuttle launch photos
Australians concerned about tax exemption for cults
Pseudoscience and anti-science nonsense
Science on New Zealand TV
Hot science blogs
May ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Journalists create world’s first artificial news story!
Don’t trust Monckton!
This is scary!
Theological intrusions into science
God, stop ‘playing science’
Why Don’t We Go To Church?
The heart of opposition to climate science
Last chance – almost!
What’s that about global cooling?
Are you threatened by clarity?
Supporting good science communication
We don’t know!
Monckton and Shimkus get silly together
The Dawkins Delusions
Climate change and the integrity of science
Secularism in Australia and New Zealand
Natural selection or domestication?
April ‘10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Thinking of our grandchildren
Science, values and ethics
Avoiding tax – supernaturally
Climate scientist sues newspaper for false reporting
Climategate, Lord Monckton and Monty Python
Climate change deniers wallets threatened
Climategate summed up
Superstition – inevitable?
Libel Reform campaign continues
RIP Antony Flew
Officially a fake scandal from science perspective
Dangerous science denial
You have to laugh!
A more transparent approach
Orbital debris, the ISS, moon and sun
A space nerd’s Easter
Getting to the truth – gradually
March ‘10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Climate scientist Phil Jones exonerated
The origins of science?
The rickety bandwagon of climate change denial
Are religious scientists worried about their brethren?
The climate change denial industry
Can science answer moral questions?
Periodic Table of of science blogs
Creationism, climate change and scientific denialism
Open Letter from U.S. Scientists on the IPCC
From Melbourne to Copenhagen
Are science and religion compatible?
Chris Mooney interviews Michael Mann on “climategate”
Science bloggers talk teaching
Great photo of the Solar Corona
Clear science communication
Institute of Physics in hot seat
Climate science for you and me
February ’10 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Richard Dawkins – wrong again!
Freedom of information and responsibility
This game looks familiar
Anti-science lies being exposed – slowly
Deniers distort Phil Jones
New Zealand has bigots too
Belief and social identity
Etiquette for the office global warming denier
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – February ‘10
Climate change confusion – a conspiracy of sorts
WARNING! People might find us out!
One for the kids
Get your climate change science on the run
Can science solve all problems?
Spinning exoneration of Dr. Michael Mann Into “Whitewash”
Self-exposure – a journalist out of depth
A photographer’s dream
Get in line – who is the odd one out?
I want one of these!
The ISSS used for teaching
Overdosing on water
Car pool, string theory and human genetic history
CO2 emissions, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time
I thought the award for mistakes was mine!
Atheists provoke a reaction
Climate change deniers’ tawdry manipulation of “hockey sticks”
Journeys to the Ice – New SciBlogsNZ blogger
Martin Luther King’s dream
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – January ‘10
Monckton requires religious certification for scientists?
No gods required
Lynch mob mentality
Understanding the “multiverse”
A good climate change book
Beware the retired scientist?
Philosophers aren’t so bad!
NZ blog ranking – RSS subscriptions 2009
The dogma of paradigm shifts
Overcoming dogmatism in science
The “supernatural” and dogmatism in science
Scientific method and the “supernatural”
Belief, knowledge and science
The Unconsidered Life
“A plot to rule the world”
George Monbiot on ClimateGate & the climate denial industry
Testimony of non-believers
Becoming an atheist
The global warming debate summarised
Justifying child abuse
Sack all those scientists? yeah, right!
NZ Atheist Bus Campaign reaches fund raising target in under a week
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – December ‘09
Bus adverts and the 2011 NZ census
Are they sceptics or deniers?
New Zealand’s denier-gate
Environmental movement needs pragmatism
The global warming conspiracy?
New Zealand’s climate change deniers’ distortions exposed.
Remove support for child abuse
Deniers in denial over climate information
Richard Dawkins in Auckland – update
Being good – no gods required
Peer review – an emotional roller coaster
Climate change deniers live in glass buildings
Richard Dawkins in Auckland next March
“Climategate” – the smoking gun?
Awesome pictures from the Enceladus flyby
Those “climategate” emails
An Introduction to Evolution
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – November ‘09
Galileo and Hollywood
The rules of science
Twittering in space
Morality – from the heavens or nature?
This Hell would be useful!
Einstein on Galileo’s contribution
Why Evolution Is True
Richard Dawkins in Wellington next March
The clash of science and politics
RIP – Theo van Gogh
Judging the internet – and books
A Universe From Nothing
Defending science and reason
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – October ‘09
The Galileo Lectures
Lamenting loss of funerals
Galileo, Darwin and the new enlightenment
New bird designed!
BCA libels Simon Singh?
A victory for Simon Singh
The Earth and Moon – from Mars
Why We Are Atheists
Books in prisons
It’s all in the brain
Battle of the bus ads
Stars, earth and water
Humanity’s most important image
NZ’s largest science blog network goes live
Sustainability and ethics
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – September ’09
The naked emperor
From the keyboards of scientists…
Depressed? Anxious? Aren’t we all?
Saving the planet with condoms
Get in the sack!
Charles Darwin – Art & science
Evolution of human morality
Science communication in New Zealand
“We’re sorry: you deserved so much better”
New Hubble images
Chemistry for kids
The philosophy wars
Bright future for books
Brian Greene’s big idea
Global warming is real – climatologists
Behe’s “objectionable” interview reinstated
NZ blog ranks – August ’09
Carl Sagan’s challenge ignored
Behe’s “objectionable” interview
Religion in the public square
NZ scientists twittering
Biocentrism or eccentrism?
Dawkins bashing season upon us?
That ‘no’ vote
NZ blogs sitemeter ranking – August ’09
The Big Bang Theory and sexism?
NZ science bloggers – new opportunity
Evidence, not lawyers
Social networking for scientists
From stones to atoms
Theistic mental gymnastics
“Smacking not an offence”
NZ blog ranks – July ’09
“Knowledge” from ignorance
Beware the Spinal Trap
The Atheist Camel Chronicles
Atrocious Science Clichés
Killing off Darwin?
Bible a favourite for atheists!
Science-religion conflicts. Who’s responsible?
NZ blog sitemeter ranking – June ‘09
Different ways of knowing?
This much I know
The facts of evolution – and jealousy
NZ blog ranks – June ’09
The entropy fib
Don’t encourage them!
Wave goodbye to email?
Do you believe in a god?
NZ Evolution Survey
The purpose of purpose
Kiwi Science Blogging
A NZ blog ranking tool
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The Bain illusion
Morality and politics
NZ blog sitemeter ranking – May ’09
That’s telling them
Beyond the shouting
NZ entries in science blog awards
NZ Blog ranks – May ‘09
Subscription & email updates
Hand of God
Science blogging prize
Scientific laptop fashion?
Public hearing for Salinger case
Poles Apart – wrong process, right conclusion?
The greatest show
Religious moral relativism – another example
Richard Dawkins in Auckland
Human Morality V: The secular conscience
Ranking NZ blogs with sitemeter data
Human Morality IV: Role of religion
Good luck Jim
Human Morality III: Moral intuition
Human Morality II: Objective morality
Defining natural and supernatural
Human Morality I: Religious confusion
Whether we like it or not
Answering the big questions
Do whatever it takes…
Another chance to ignore our true religious diversity
The necessity of science
Why is science important?
Clamping down on science communication
NZ Blog ranks – April ’09
NZ Bloggers Badge
Middle east conflict in the NZ blogosphere?
PZ needs an iPod
Where is Galileo?
Belief not the same as truth
With God, anything can be permitted?
Where did we come from?
Hitchens in the lions’ den
How bacteria communicate
Scientific laws and theories
Blaming the victim
For Christian readers
Moral leadership on stem cells?
Dawkins on the Big Screen
Different ways of understanding?
Blog traffic to aim for?
Police ignore non-religious
NZ blog ranks – March ’09
Ranking methods for NZ blogs
Saturn opposes Uranus
New Zealand popular science books
Babies and bathwater
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Viability of Hope
Out of touch with reality
Stalinist behaviour at creationist blogs
“Scientific” debate on the internet
Intelligent design science publication policy?
Scientific investigation of morality
Creationism’s tactical blunders
Hidden religious agendas
Rating NZ blogs
Meditating on one’s own beliefs
How we all subsidise creationists
Theme testing – feedback welcome
Beware of science!
Only 25% of Americans oppose evolution
Pinker on morality
Cosmological cranes – not skyhooks
Darwin Is The 1000th Steve!
Human genetic history
Darwin, art and entanglement
The Lotto “miracle”
Psychological abuse of children
Mass atrocities require idealism
78% of Britons support Darwin?
Dawkins to appear at Auckland Writers & Readers Festival lineup
Bad science, bad theology
The Antony Flew controversy
Science and democracy
Darwin Week discussion topic?
We are “fine-tuned”
International Year of Astronomy
Science & Islam – doubt
My favourite podcasts
Neurons and free will
Science & Islam
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The ghetto of apologetics “science”
Missing fossils? From water to land
Carl Sagan’s search for God
A rational universe?
“Scientism” in the eyes of the beholder
The dogma of “paradigms”
Dogmatism of the “supernatural”
The wedge undermines Christianity
Fine tuning of the universe?
Dissent from science
No God? No Worries -Yeah right
Ex-Muslims speak out
Comment policy in flux
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
What is your purpose in life?
The immorality of conspiracy theories
Thoughts after watching “Expelled”
Denial not acceptable
Atheists not allowed to criticise Hitler!
Thanking those who deserve thanks
Society’s fear of science
Lysenko and the creationists
Being good for goodness’ sake
Global warming misrepresentations
The alternative to science?
A tale of two elections
Climate change: the science – public disconnect
Climbing into Dawkins’ boots
A naturalistic approach to human morality
Candles in the dark
“Probably” no God – probably acceptable
Belief – a curse?
Introducing humanism into politics
The materialist label
Weaving a web of lies
Defining oneself negatively
What a view!
The Archbishop’s straw man
Demolishing the icons of intelligent design
Science in popular culture
The Bible’s place in politics?
Lying to children
Is New Zealand ripe for science blogging?
Dawkins’ prayer for his daughter
The atheist label
Let’s count teeth
Our secular heritage presentations
New Zealand Skeptics conference
Attacks on freedom of expression go international
Secularism is good for religion
Where do our morals come from?
Redefining science by inference
A critique of the ‘Theory of Childhood’
Does religion threaten human rights?
A new science-bashing campaign?
Reading in retirement
“It’s a miracle!”
What is the Large Hadron Collider?
What is theistic evolution?
Embarrased by Darwin
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Design – it’s everywhere
Reminder – Secular NZ and Australia
Darwin lectures in New Zealand
Is New Zealand a Christian nation?
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Fueling a new cold war
Why the “new atheism”?
Evidence should trump “legal muscle”
Being politically correct about Mars
Top 100 Cutting-Edge Science Blogs
Science blogging in New Zealand
Darwin’s theory – or “Finding Nemo”
Our secular heritage & its future
Climate change optimism
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Help from your enemies?
Allan Wilson: Evolutionary
“Biblically correct” child abuse?
Interfaith dialogue and human rights
Does intelligent design make testable predictions?
Climate change and New Zealand
Is ID getting anywhere?
Intelligent design as a scientific idea.
Are ceremonies important to religions?
Send this DVD to our schools
Prayer refusal leads to discipline
I didn’t come from a monkey!
Most Americans do accept evolution
Culture wars come to New Zealand
Dogmatic falsification of science
Paradigms and dogma in science
Isn’t God convenient?
Dogmatism around science – the “supernatural.”
Scientific knowledge – not “just a belief!”
Evolution of New Zealand
Remarriage not an option
“Coming out” for evolution
Climate change controversy
Appealing to spirits
Dembski, peer review and supernova
Teaching science in faith schools
Let’s ban cluster bombs
Improving performance of your brain
Phoenix has landed!
Do you believe in God?
Exploiting the vulnerable
Good luck Phoenix!
Driving the wedge into Christianity
Dissent from Darwinism list – further analysis
Evolution – a theory or a fact?
Lets say the sun is pulled around the earth by horse-drawn chariots
Helpful applications for blogging
Darwinism and that dreaded E-word
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Is “Expelled” successful?
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Non religious in Australia and New Zealand
Lawrence Krauss – Richard Dawkins discussion
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Humanist and anti-human trends in modern religion
The Pope visits New York
Expelled for supporting evolutionary science
The Darwinian behaviour of creationists
Richard Dawkins in Inverness
Expelled – no integrity exhibited
Freedom of expression and human rights
Losing one’s faith
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The real climate change swindle?
Religious education should include secular humanism
So what does Dawkins think of “Expelled”?
Should Dawkins have been Expelled?
Arthur C. Clarke dies
Intelligent design/creationism and climate change
Exercising your brain
Expelled – the movies
Freedom of expression and offence – religious or otherwise
Einstein’s “Cosmic Religion”
Fine tuning argument
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali to get EU protection
The future of religion
Putting the Bible in its place
Intelligent design and depression
Beyond Tolerance – Toward Understanding and Respect
Replacing public prayers
Obama on religion
Scientific dissent from . . . science?
A respectable man with a dangerous theory
Life: a gene-centric view
From faith to hatred
Arguments against atheist morality
New atheists or new anti-dogmatists?
Secular alternatives to religious communities
New Secular Philosophy blog
Religion and the “New Atheists”
Gaza: Stop Blockade and War
Who are the “dissenters from Darwinism”?
Changing your mind
Dissenters from Darwinism in context
Heresy, or common sense?
Religious opposition to “intelligent design”
Intelligent design and the threat to Christianity
Intelligent design and scientific method
Religious diversity and human rights
Dealing with Dawkins
Can religion answer the questions science can’t?
My own miracle?
Religious attitudes to knowledge
Christian problems with morality
How to lower taxes
Atheism and religious diversity IV: Values, morality and spirituality
Atheism and religious diversity III: Conflict between science and religion
Atheism and religious diversity II: A personal perspective
Atheism and religious diversity I: Diversity in New Zealand
Bringing the supernatural into science
Hoping for justice
Does science involve faith?
Losing faith, gaining humility
For the glory of God
Faith – against all evidence
Intelligent design – a war on science
Dawkins responds to his critics
Moons of Saturn
Now I’m to blame for Stalin!
Human rights for the non-religious
A value in religious mysticism
From superstition to religion
Darwin descendent at AAI Convention
From faith to reason
Delusions about Dawkins
God’s not as popular as we thought
Using your brain
Neuron bombs in Pakistan
New Zealand supports evolution
Why do we believe?
Lies and misinformation
Thank God or Thank Goodness?
Sources of evil?
Problems with atheism?
Intelligent design at the shopping mall
Society’s ” Christian values”
The Atheist Blogroll
Stand with Burma petition
Most ideas in science are wrong!
Morals, values and the limits of science
Coming under the influence
Intelligent design attacks on Christianity
Discrimination at school
The “New Christians”
My senior moment!
Isaac Newton and intelligent design
Agnostics – what do they stand for?
Religion and violence
Is religion the source of morality?
Theology of the Emperor’s New Clothes
Family planning and the inhumanity of religion
Art and the limits of science
Atheism and religious diversity
Evolution’s threat to religion?
The atheist wars?
The Enemies of Reason
Science and the supernatural
Religion and Schools
Limits of science, limits of religion
Humility of science and the arrogance of religion
Richard Dawkins and the enemies of reason
What do we teach our children?
The Trouble with Islam
Crimes of Communism and Christianity
Intelligent design/creationism: Postscript
Intelligent design/creationism IV: The religion – science conflict
Intelligent design/creationism III: The religious agenda
Intelligent design/creationism II: Is it scientific?
Intelligent design/creationism I: What is scientific knowledge?
Religion and children
Religion and morality
Questions science cannot answer?
Do religious leaders believe their religion?
Debating science and religion
Do you believe your religion?
“Let There Be Brights”
What is religion?
Solution to climate change?
Faith and terrorism
“Let us pray . . . “
♦ Would we recognise the second coming?
♦ “I’m an atheist, but ……”
♦ Returning to the “dark ages”?
♦ Putting Dawkins in his place
♦ Overcoming religious problems
♦ A national anthem recognising diversity?
♦ International Atheist Convention
♦ Dalai Lama visit
♦ Limits of science or religious “fog”?
♦ Limits to respect and toleration
♦ Special rights for religion?
♦ Common values, common action?
♦ Atheist book sales overtake Christian books
♦ Can science enrich faith?
♦ Miracles and the supernatural?
♦ Christian prayer problems
♦ Atheist Blogroll
♦ Teaching religion
¶ Helen Clark’s diplomacy
¶ Blogs discussing religious diversity
¶ Destiny of Christian privilege?
¶ Trends in religious belief in New Zealand
¶ Religious diversity includes “non-believers”
¶ Science, art & pumpkins
¶ Religious Diversity Statement
¶ Should we teach creationism?
Thanks for the recommended reading.
Let’s just get rid of this name-calling for a start. I have been accused of being “pro-Moscow” or having a “pro-Moscow bias.” I see this as the same as the name calling I get from anti-fluoride people – being a “shill” for some business or other. And those people will cite my scientific publications and knowledge as “evidence.”
So we can see the parallel. I have tried to rely on the evidence for my understanding of the MH17 tragedy, the situation in Crimea and Ukraine and in Syria. The fact that some of that evidence comes from a Russian source, or is contained in an official statement by a Russian official does not make me pro-Moscow, any more than the fact that some of my information comes from a British or US source (or wherever) makes me “pro-London” or “pro-Washington.”
The fact that I use a range of sources makes me open-minded, not pro anything. I make no excuse for using different sources and I certainly make no excuse for using a Russian source or citing Putin if that is relevant to the discussion. And I make no excuses for drawing conclusions which are not in line with the official thinking we get from our main stream media.
Might I suggest that when people use such ways of argument they are avoiding discussing the evidence. It is a way of closing down a discussion. Worse, it is a form of mind control because it encourages people to avoid looking for information from “unapproved” sources. (If we are honest we must admit that happens a lot). And let’s not forget the history of the use if such terms against people opposed to the Vietnam war, supporting the anti-nuclear movement, (in earlier times those of us attempting to present the science on fluoride were labelled communists) etc. it is, after all, a McCarthyist term.
So, please, take issue with my arguments, let us discuss the facts, but please avoid such labeling.
When propagandists are losing the battle with the brighter people they try to polarise and hang on to some of the less discerning populace. One of the techniques is to reinforce two-valued thinking. A political figure is all good or all bad.
Or mankind walked on the moon or they didn’t, trying very hard to lead discussion away from in between versions such as they may have walked on the moon and not come back, and the TV film footage was a dramatised happy propaganda version.
And they are devastated by Putin being the most popular figure in the USA, so they try to inculcate the two-valued picture in a big way. Putin admitted in relation to the Yanukovych affair that he had acted without full attention to agreements just signed, but said that no country was abiding by them.
He also said Russia had been asked for help by him. It was obvious that it was a situation where the news action against Yanukovych was of dubious national source.
Maybe Putin did have a bit of teritoriality in his action, which could be technically wrong but probably humanly understandable, moreso than USA expansionism.
More from the 2014 Valdai Club question and answer session:
“EASTERN EUROPE EDITOR OF THE FINANCIAL TIMES NEIL BUCKLEY (retranslated from Russian): Thank you. I am Neil Buckley from the Financial Times.
Mr President, as I heard, one of your international colleagues said that you do not consider Ukraine a real country. You see Ukraine as a country formed out of what were pieces of other countries. Could you confirm this view? Is this your view? Do you think that Ukraine has the right to exist as a sovereign and independent state, and is it indeed a real country? Is Novorossiya – this region that has been spoken about of late – part of this country? If this is the case, why do the media, including reporters from my own newspaper, say that soldiers wearing Russian uniforms are in Novorossiya at this moment? I would like to take this opportunity to say that I trust the authenticity of the facts our reporter has provided, even though I know they came under inaccurate criticism from the Russian authorities today.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: First of all, regarding my view of Ukraine’s sovereignty: I have never disputed that Ukraine is a modern, full-fledged, sovereign, European country.
But it is another matter that the historical process that saw Ukraine take shape in its present borders was quite a complex one. Perhaps you are not aware that in 1922, part of the land that you just named, land that historically always bore the name of Novorossiya… Why this name? This was because there was essentially a single region with its centre at Novorossiisk, and that was how it came to be called Novorossiya. This land included Kharkov, Lugansk, Donetsk, Nikolayev, Kherson and Odessa Region. In 1921–22, when the Soviet Union was formed, this territory was transferred from Russia to Ukraine. The communists had a simple logic: their goal was to increase the share of proletariat in Ukraine so as to ensure they had more support in various political processes, because in the communists’ view, the peasantry was a petty bourgeois group that was hostile to their aims, and so they needed to create a bigger proletariat. That is my first point.
Second, what also happened I think is that during the Civil War, nationalist groups in Ukraine tried to seize these regions but didn’t succeed, and the Bolsheviks told their supporters in Ukraine: Look what you can show the Ukrainian people. The nationalists didn’t manage to get hold of this territory, but you have succeeded. But it was all one country at the time and so this was not considered any great loss for Russia when it was all part of the same country anyway.
In 1954, Khrushchev, who liked to bang his shoe at the UN, decided for some reason to transfer Crimea to Ukraine. This violated even the Soviet Union’s own laws. Let me explain what I mean. Under Soviet law at that moment, territory could be transferred from one constituent republic to another only with the approval of the Supreme Soviets in each of the republics concerned. This was not done. Instead, the Presidiums of the Russian and Ukrainian Supreme Soviets rubber-stamped the decision to go ahead, but only the presidiums, not the parliaments themselves. This was a flagrant violation of the laws in force at the time.
In the 1990s, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Crimea pressed for and proclaimed autonomy with wide-ranging powers. Unfortunately, the authorities in Kiev then started abolishing these autonomous powers and essentially reduced them to zero, centralising all the political, economic and financial processes. The same goes for southeast Ukraine as well.
As for western Ukraine, perhaps you are not aware that Ukraine gained territory following World War II? Some territory was transferred from Poland and some from Hungary, I think. What was Lvov if not a Polish city? Are you not aware of these facts? Why do you ask me this question? Poland was compensated through the territory it gained from Germany when the Germans were driven out of a number of eastern regions. If you ask around, you will see that there are whole associations of these expelled Germans.
I cannot judge here and now whether this was right or wrong, but this is what happened. In this respect it is difficult not to recognise that Ukraine is a complex, multi-component state formation. This is simply the way historical developments went. The people of Crimea feared for their and their children’s future following a coup d’etat carried out with the support of our Western partners and decided to make use of the right to self-determination enshrined in international law. However, this does not in any way mean that we do not respect Ukraine’s sovereignty. We do respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and will continue to do so in the future. I hope very much for normalisation and development of Russian-Ukrainian relations and I think this is an inevitable process.”
I often get two-valued stuff on this group, for example the older thread recently touched on: Stuartg | May 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm |
You mean like the belief: “fluoride bad, no fluoride good”?
soundhill, Ken follows the science wherever it may lead. Your own beliefs demonstrate the “binary approach” you appear so concerned about – faith/belief in an idea and then cherry picking with rejection of anything that contradicts that belief.”
In that thread Stuartg tries to capture simple minds Stuartg and make out I must be totally against fluoride. I suppose some non-discerning minds will be swung by him, but I have only talked of moderating the amount in water and trying to avoid genetically sensitive types such a some COMT variants getting protection when they are not aware what is happening. It is a gradual process of finding out for me and when I started here I was not aware of the COMT variant.
Since we are talking propaganda on this thread I will place here this new Connett vid in which he discusses propaganda in the NZ fluoraidation scenario. I don’t claim all his points to be winners, but many deserve the thought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2VFLW6IZxg
Brian, you extended quote from Putin in the Q/A session is useful for demonstrating both the prejudices on the part of the reviewer and the clear explanation Putin gives.
But, of course, you weaken your arguments (your’s not Putin’s) by falling back on the promotion of Paul Connett. Perhaps as one of his fans you should contact him and ask him to respond to my open letter. I am sure he knows about it but his supporters appear to be urging him not to get involved in another discussion of the science. I think they must have judged he lost the last one. 🙂
I don’t think any of Paul’s points made here were winners – which ones do you think were?
Linda and others here – regarding the recommended reading have a look at this link.
Ken: “I don’t think any of Paul’s points made here were winners – which ones do you think were?”
Then what is your comment on using baby bottle tooth decay, which shows in the upper teeth while the lower ones are protected by the tongue, to sell fluoridation to the Queensland legislators. Note that is a different question as to whether fluoridation works in general. It is about the ethics of using pictures which show a scenario not caused by lack of fluoride, but by lack of bottle feeding education, to sell fluoridation.
So Brian, you haven’t produced a “winner” from Paul’s talk – just an allegation that somebody in Queensland may have implied that baby bottle decay was evidence supporting fluoridation.
I actually discussed the propaganda used by both sided in Queensland during my debate with Paul. He was unhappy about me pointing him yo claims that CWF caused skeletal fluorosis (patently untrue) by his anti-fluoride mates.
All that can really be said is that both sides from time to time exaggerate. The important point, though, is Paul Connett is blatantly misrepresenting the science and his fans in the anti-fluoride movement continually tell porkies about the science.
But what were Paul’s “winners’ in his talk regarding the science?
I think I covered almost all the claims in his presentation in my Open Letter but am keen to find out if I have missed something- “winner” or not.
“All that can really be said is that both sides from time to time exaggerate.”
Therefore how can we trust them?
Connett, asking for caution could be expected to be erring on the cautionary side which is what his exaggeration would be about.
That government with its officials and legislative power and final say needs to be exact.
So you, Ken, admit there was unethical promotion of fluoridation to the Queensland Govt by portraying bottle-feeding upper tooth decay as a lack of fluoride.
Connett also introduced the fraud in the “Napier/Hastings” study which was one instrumental in allowing fluoridation in NZ.
And I see your earlier comment on your Connett debate:
“Paul quotes John Colquhoun:
“The school dentists in the area of the experiment were instructed to change their method of
diagnosing tooth decay, so that they recorded much less decay after fluoridation began.”
This just shows how simple facts can be distorted to fit a conspiracy theory. My own family
remembers this change in dental technique by the school dental service because it was
country wide – not restricted to Hastings as Colquhoun, and Paul, imply. There goes the
conspiracy theory and Paul’s claim of a scientific fraud.”
Connett said the fraud was not acknowledging the change in the study area. Whether it was done elsewhere in NZ has nothing to do with that.
Ken: “Akers (2008) agrees these changes confounded the experiment:
“The changing of NZSDS [NZ School Dental Service] diagnostic criteria for caries and the
cessation of the NZSDS nurses’ practice of prophylactic restoration of fissures further
confused interpretations. While later antifluoridationists justifiably claimed that the changed
diagnostic criteria contributed to the fall in caries (Colquhoun, 1999), their “science or
swindle” questioning of methodology and findings (Colquhoun and Mann, 1986; Colquhoun,
1998; Colquhoun and Wilson, 1999) simplified confounding variables and dismissed
international evidence supporting community water fluoridation as one factor in declining
community caries incidence (de Liefde, 1998).””
But the Hastings study should not have its variables changed because somewhere else said there was a result. Very likely that would produce a feedback loop where the other place said the same about Hastings.
“So science, probably bad science, but not the “swindle” Paul wants to believe – and wants us
A swindle: when you get something by less than honest means, that’s a swindle. And Ken I think you tend to categorise people as, “dishonest,” if saying something not true even if not intended to mislead. I think you are overdoing it a bit.
” As an aside, I think changes in dental practice like this will have also contributed to
the graphs Paul and other anti-fluoride activists love to use to prove improvement of oral
health in the absence of fluoridation – yet they never discuss that sort of detail. It is a
potential problem with any longitudinal study and Colquhon was criticised for ignoring it in
his own presentation of New Zealand data.”
Your chance to expand, Ken.
“Akers also refers to the problem with using Napier as a control city:
“The abandonment of the control city (Napier) because it had a lower initial caries rate than
that of Hastings (Ludwig, 1958) implicated soil science as a confounding factor in New
Zealand cariology (Ludwig and Healey, 1962; Ludwig, 1963).”
I referred to my memories of this discussion about the role of other trace elements in dental
health in a previous article (see Why I support fluoridation).
Yet, how does Paul express this: “after about two years the control city of Napier was
dropped for bogus reasons.” So Paul considers the fact it was not suitable as a control to be
As the letter said they were not getting the results wanted. All they had to do to would be to allow ofor better dental health in Napier at the start and compensate following on.
“The Hastings experiment (or “project” or “demonstration”) was also confounded by political
changes, birth of the anti-fluoridation activity in New Zealand, loss of support from the
Hastings City Council, and so on.
That is the problem with conspiracy theories – they paint the world black and white which is
very unrealistic. I expected far more professionalism from Paul than this.”
Brian, you ask âhow can we trust them?â
Come off it. An intelligent person judges the evidence â they donât âtrustâ without evidence. This is science, not religion.
No, Brian, donât put words in my mouth. I said nothing about ethics regarding a story that Connett is telling. I myself could not find the promotion Connett claimed. But only a fool is going to ditch all the science because someone may have exaggerated something in a promotion. Christ almighty â the anti-fluoride people are doing that all the time. You want to discuss ethics â consider all the lies they continually promote, their refusal to allow discussion of their claims and their banning people like me from their web sites and Facebook pages.
Is this really your concept of a âwinnerâ by Connett?
Connett labelled the Hastings trial a âfraudâ â a serious charge which he cannot support. Ethically very bad as he is making serious accusations against people who are no longer here to defend themselves. Do you really think Connettâs defamatory claims, absence of any science, about the Hastings trial are a âwinner?â Where are your brains?
Connett didnât even bother to discuss the data or publications from the trial â I suspect he has never even read the papers.
I suggest you read that section of my Open Letter to Connett as I have discussed the points you raise. You say âConnett said the fraud was not acknowledging the change in the study area.â But, in fact the publications describe the diagnostic procedures used right at the beginning and refer back to them later. There is absolutely no evidence that diagnostic procedures, or filling procedures, changed during the trial. Quite the opposite. It is perfectly normal in such long-term trials to define procedures and stick with them, quite separately from what the rest of the world may be doing. And the abandonment of Napier was also honestly discussed at the beginning. Only a fool would see anything malicious in that change.
I made the point that technician differences, or dental nurse differences in this case, can be an honest issue in long term trials. I know that from experience. But even the Mann and Wilson paper quotes from internal reports obtained under the OIA which indicate that all efforts were made to ensure uniformity, recognising the problem of operator resistance. The data also shows that the observed trend of improvement in oral health was there throughout the trial period â not just at the beginning which would be the case if the lies Connett tells were true.
Where the hell do you get the idea that the âHastings study [had] its variables changed because somewhere else said there was a result.â That is an incredible statement, completely unsupported.
No âletter said they were not getting the results wanted. â That is a defamatory lie.
Really, you have no judgement if you think Connetts fraudulent defamatory statements are a âwinner.â If the people he defames were still with it he may well be facing a very expensive legal situation. He is simply taking advantage of the fact they are no longer here to defend themselves.
Connettâs behaviour on the Hastings trial is cowardly. This is not a winner by any definition.
David, you accuse me of having a “pro-Moscow bias” because of points I presented in our discussion of the Crimean situation some time ago (see https://openparachute.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/mh17-tragedy-2-years-on/#comment-76268). I don’t want to get into playing the cherry-picked quotation game so will simply present my position again.
1: My concept of “invasion” involves something like what happened to Iraq in 2003, Czechoslovakia in 1968, etc. In fact, some western media had presented pictures from previous conflicts show columns of Russian tanks as justification for the “invasion” claim. But nothing like that happened. The only movement of troops from the Russian Federation at the time involved a few helicopters (presumably special forces). During this whole period, the total number of members of the armed forces from the Russian Federation in the Crimean Peninsula remained below the numbers allowed for under the treaty.
Compare that with the columns of tanks, personal carriers, artillery, etc., moving eastward within Ukraine aimed at Ukrainian citizens in the East – remember the pictures of unarmed citizens, old ladies holding icon, resisting those tanks?
2: The legal situation – although, of course lawyers from each side will be able to argue their own case. The “invasion” of east Ukraine by forces of the illegal junta in Kiev violated the Ukrainian constitution which stated that Ukrainian armed forces should not be used against the Ukrainian people (remember that Yanukovych, for this reason, did not deploy the armed forces against demonstrators in 2013/2014). Simple trick – redefine those who disagreed with the Junta as “terrorists” and it makes it legal!
Arguing out the details of the Russian-Ukrainian treaty regarding armed forces in Crimea, as you do, inevitably raises the question of who were the legitimate authorities in Ukraine and Crimea. Special forces of the Russian Federation had helped prevent the death of the legitimate president of Ukraine – hardly a violation of the treaty. The Kiev regime which took power at the end of February did so by illegal, armed and terroristic methods. It was not legitimate. The authorities in Crimea were legitimate, set out to defend themselves against the Maidan forces attempting to take over parliament and government and got help from forces of the Russian Federation based in the peninsula.
So you can see it is easy to make a credible legal case for the assistance the Russian Federation provided to the legitimate authorities in Crimea.
3: The intervention of the Rusian Federation was very passive. Not one resident was harmed by those forces (dubbed the polite green men). But their presence prevented the situation getting out of hand as happened throughout the rest of Ukraine – and in particular in eastern Ukraine. The vast majority of Crimeans must be thankful they have not had to suffer the bombing and deaths that eastern Ukrainians have. Repression in eastern Ukrainian produced a huge refugee crisis which we hardly ever hear about because the refugees were mostly ethnic Russians and the burden was carried bit the Russian Federation. For at least a period there the Russian Federation was registering far more refugees than any other country in the world.
4: I guess the Crimeans are thankful they are now part of the Russian Federation (and despite issues people may have with the specifics of the referendum no one surely doubts the return to Russia was well supported) – not only because they have avoided the terrible conflict in the east of Ukraine but also because they now have far more freedoms, better standards of living, etc., (considering the ongoing blockade).
Just compare that with the situation in Ukraine – a government which is extremely unpopular (less support than there was the previous legitimate president even at the time of the biggest protests). A huge economic problem, Huge debts – which the government is reneging on. Armed brigades with clear fascist ideology not only terrorising people in the east but also intervening in Kiev. Assassination of journalists, etc., etc. And all the tiem the threat of another coup and a 3rd Maidan.
I often think the Ukrainians now are suffering from the same type of criminal oligarchy that brought Russia to its knees in the 1990s (and incidentally which Putin has done much to remove in his terms of power).
What I have described are facts – not fantasy resulting from bias. My sympathies do lie with the victims of the bombing and repression that occurred in the east of Ukraine and with the Crimeans who showed overwhelmingly (not for the first time) they did not want to be part of Ukraine – and particular the present-day Ukraine. I do not have sympathy for the pro-fascist and nationalist forces 0- their political parties or their armed brigades.
Mind you – in line with my previous comment I do accept I am “pro-Kiev” – having visited the city and found it very beautiful. I stayed in the hotel used for treating victims of the sniper attacks during the Maidan demonstrations and my familiarity with the area really sparked my interest when the Maidan demonstrations took off in 2013/2014.
Labeling me as “pro-Moscow” because I present the facts (that are often ignored by our media and politicians who are participating in a geopolitical information war) is simply a way of trying to avoid or discredit these facts. In exactly the same way as those anti-fluoridationists who accuse me of being a “shill” when I present the factual scientific information they don’t wish to be known.
Surely the way to handle disagreements over things like Crimea is to discuss the facts and avoid labels.
Ken: “No âletter said they were not getting the results wanted. â That is a defamatory lie. ”
12 Oct 1962: “I will certainly not rest easily until a simple method has been devised to prove the equation fluoridation = less fillings
Director, Division of Dental Health”
Read my Open Letter,Brian. A officer wanting to provide data understandable to the man in the street and expressing frustration about that happens all the time. It is not evidence of fraud and to rely on that rather than the data and publications is really desperate. If these scientists were alive today Connett would be facing expensive defamation charges and would lose. His charge of fraud in this situation is simply cowardly Why does he avoid referring to the data and publications – he has had plenty of opportunity? And why has he refused to respond to my criticisms of this cowardly behaviour?
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So you translate: “No one is more conscious than I am of the need for proof of the value of fluoridation in terms of reduced treatment. It is something which has been concerning me for a long time. It is only a matter of time before I will be asked questions and I must have an answer with meaning to a layman or I am going to be embarrassed and so is everyone else connected with fluoridation.” to:
“No one is more conscious than I am of the need for proof FOR THE LAYMAN of the value of fluoridation in terms of reduced treatment. It is something which has been concerning me for a long time, THOUGH OF COURSE WE HAVE THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF (REFS GIVEN). THE MOST CONCERNING PART OF BEING A PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL IS NOT PRODUCING RESULTS IT IS PERSUADING THE PUBLIC THAT THEY EXIST. It is only a matter of time before I will be asked questions and I must have an answer with meaning to a layman or I am going to be embarrassed and so is everyone else connected with fluoridation.
Whereas I translate: “No one is more conscious than I am of the need for proof of the value of fluoridation in terms of reduced treatment. It is something which has been concerning me for a long time. It is only a matter of time before I will be asked questions and THE ANSWER I GET must ALSO BE an answer with meaning to a layman. UNLESS I CAN FULFILL BOTH THOSE CONDITIONS I am going to be embarrassed and so is everyone else connected with fluoridation.
So what other “winners” did you find in Paul’s presentation, Brian?
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Coloqhoon: “The experimental control town, at first described as ‘ideal’, was abandoned following the discovery that after fluoridation commenced younger children had less tooth decay in the unfluoridated control town.”
It seems to me VERY suspicious that that was not followed up by the Health Dept in the interests of improving dental health.
Brian it is VERY suspicious for you to claim nothing was followed up regarding Napier. Your assumption is completely wrong.
I was working at Soil Bureau in the mid 1960s and remember Bernard Healy discussing the work he did on this. There are several publications on the issue of dental health in Napier by Bernard Healy and others. refer to my debater with Paul Connett where I listed them.
Healy, W.B.; Ludwig, T.G.; Losee, F. L. (1961). Soils and dental caries in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Soil Science, 92(6), 359–366.
Ludwig, T. G. (1958). The Hastings Fluoridation project I. Dental effects between 1954 and 1957. New Zealand Dental Journal, 54, 165–172.
Ludwig, T. G. (1959). The Hastings fluoridation project: II. Dental effects between 1954 and 1959. New Zealand Dental Journal, 55, 176–179.
Ludwig, T. G. (1962). The Hastings fluoridation project III-Dental effects between 1954 and 1961. New Zealand Dental Journal, 58, 22–24.
Ludwig, T. . (1963). Recent marine soils and resistance to dental caries . Australian Dental Journal, 109–113.
Ludwig, T. G. (1965). The Hastings fluoridation project V- Dental effects between 1954 and 1964. New Zealand Dental Journal, 61, 175–179.
Ludwig, T. G. (1971). Hastings fluoridation project VI-Dental effects between 1954 and 1970. New Zealand Dental Journal, 67, 155–160.
Ludwig, T. G.; Healy, W. B.; Losee, F. L. (1960). An association between dental caries and certain soil conditions in New Zealand. Nature, 4726, 695–696.
Ludwig, T.G.; Healy, W. B. (1962). The production and composition of vegetables in home gardens at Napier and Hastings. New Zealand Dental Journal, 58, 229–233.
Ludwig, T.G.; Pearce, E. I. F. (1963). The Hastings fluoridation project IV – Dental effects between 1954 and 1963. New Zealand Dental Journal, 59, 298–301.
Move on, Brian. Give us a list of the “winners” you found in Connett’s NZ presentation you mentioned in this discussion.
I am suspecting you didn’t find any at all. 🙂
So did Ludwig find it was not worth Health Dept of the time following up with better supplementation? It is very obvious why G.H.Leslie was fretting. As as a public health official he was trying to get proof of fluoride when something else was outdoing it that the public where aware of.
You are away with the birds,Brian. They gave up on Napier because they did not think it was a suitable control. Oral health is influenced by a range of factors so it is sensible to avoid the problem of confound wes if one is looking at a specific effect. Move on. Tell.me.about those “winners”
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“I am suspecting you didn’t find any at all.”
You haven’t disagreed with my explanation of Leslie’s words as a better interpretation than yours.
Connett’s lecture was about bringing out those ideas of Coloqhoun &c. If I am away with the birds then I have a better view of many strange coincidences. Such as the fluoride producing aluminium industry getting in “health” direction, and the payments to dentists to prove the benefits of fluoridation, which Leslie was intent on, but to the exclusion of other better things which you are still trying to put down, Ken.
I appreciated Connett’s description how the Gluckman/Skegg people admitted their fault when challenged on IQ points vs standard deviations, but did not correspondingly apply any change to their conclusion.
All Blacks and even more their captains are at the tail of the distribution of rugby players and I appreciated what Connett’s graph showed about the effect on the tails of the IQ distribution when the mean is shifted by a fraction of an SD.
You are presumably referring to the mistake in the summary (not conclusions) of the Royal Societ Review. There was no mistake on the body of the report. I was one of the people who pointed out the mistake and they corrected it after thanking me. Harvard University made the same mistake in their press release and had to correct it. Any sensible person aware of Connett’s dishonesty should know by now not take his claims as gospel and check things for themselves. Come on. All your “winners” have failed so far. Surely you can find something? Or is Connett a complete write off? ☺
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“Erratum: the previous version of the executive summary of this paper stated that the claimed shift of IQ from fluoride exposure was less than one IQ point; it should have stated less than one standard deviation. Updated 15 January 2015.”
The new version says: “Further, the claimed shift of less than one standard deviation suggests that this is likely to be a measurement or statistical artefact of no functional significance.”
And the old version would have been: “Further, the claimed shift of less than one IQ point suggests that this is likely to be a measurement or statistical artefact of no functional significance.”
But one standard deviation is 15 IQ points.
Brian, you are shifting the goal posts (in order to avoid admitting that Paul did not produce and real âwinners.â)
And you are inflating mean 0.45 of an average standard deviation to one standard deviation.
The Royal society made the same mistake in their review summary (there was no mistake in the text of the body of the review as you had claimed) as Harvard University made in their press release. Both of them corrected the mistake when it was pointed out to them.
Move on, Brian. Tell me about those âwinners.â
Connettâs whole discussion of fluoride and IQ is completely silly if he doesnât confront the fact that even when no confounders are considered the âsignificantâ correlation can explain only 3% of the variance. He refuses to enter into any discussion of that fact. The last thing he is interested in is the truth.
I didn’t inflate anything. I used the report’s words.
It looks as if the erratum only went by a clerk. “Less than one iq point” would not be significant. Someone has told the typesetter they should have used SD rather than IQ point. And they have done that in the same fashion as if someone were to have said you shouldn’t say the NZ urban speed limit is 30 miles per hour and a complaint changes it to 50 kilometres per hour..That would a scarcely noticeable difference. But this change is worse than say putting in metres per second when it should have been kilometres per hour. I imagine someone disputing a speeding ticket and vouch they were only doing 50 because they measured it on a wind speed gauge. And they hope the judge doesn’t realise that the gauge has been set in metres per second. But they have got caught.
If this went by the scientists could they be leaving themselves open to this criticism?
For you, Ken, are acknowledging one SD, the amount they said, is a lot.
Indeed it is 15 IQ points.
When they stated, “less than one IQ point,” they had read 0.45 and called it less than one, and in terms of IQ point that would not be signficant. Now it has been pointed that the 0.45 is in terms of SDs, then if it is scientists have done the correction the difference between 0.45 and one makes a very big difference (as you note with your “inflation” accusation).and it appears they are trying to minimise the APPEARANCE of the effect, BY STILL CALLING IT LESS THAN ONE AND NOT COMMENTING ON WHETHER THEIR INSIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT HAS BEEN ABROGATED they are in disrepute.
Move on, Brian, and tell us about these âwinners.â
In fact the amount is so glaring that if it were a scientist did it I would have to think they are trying to make the study look silly because they are worried. I think the next study they cite must be the Dunedin one. Connett’s people wrote to the AJPH about it and the authors replied, amongst other things saying that people with fluorosis did not have worse IQ. They were trying to say that means that fluoride is not worsening IQ.
And though Broadbent knows that dental “fluorosis,” i.e. opaque tooth enamel is only partly caused by fluoride damaging the ameloblasts, he and his co-authors have not replied to me when I questioned them on that. I asked them to state whether they had distinguished between diffuse symmetrical whitening, the sort resulting from fluoride damage, and the more demarcated and asymmetrical damage in the permanent teeth resulting from other factors such as trauma to the overlying first tooth.
Have they not got the data or do they want to keep quiet about it?
Come on, Brian – what about those “winners?”
Ken I know it can never be a real winner to healing a serious assault by putting the assailant in jail. Just maybe it helps for the future and we shall again see the gaussian curve in Auckland shift back to have its mean where it used to and they and NZ will have more quality All Black captains again. As Connett showed, shifting the curve half an SD (0.45) makes a big difference to the numbers of individuals in the very bright and very dull region. That is a winner for the future not for the infants hurt in Auckland since fluoridation in 1966.
So no “winners” then?
What a farce.
This blog post was about originally about Putin. Your comments almost immediately changed it to your support of Paul Connett in his blinkered inability to see the science of fluoride.
Ken has asked you to show where Paul Connett has made an accurate interpretation of the science of fluoride. You have completely ignored Ken’s polite request and kept changing the goalposts, even though Ken has repeatedly tried to redirect your aim.
You’re keen on rugby from your previous comments. I’m not. But even I know the goalposts are the white things ahead of you at the end of the field. You’re kicking to the right, to the left, and even turning around to kick between the posts you’re trying to defend. Why not try going for the goalposts and answer Ken’s question instead?
Your comments show that, in your world, anything that Paul Connett says has no possibility of being wrong. You cannot even consider the thought. Inadvertently, you have provided an excellent example of the “binary thinking” that you so frequently accuse others of possessing.
Now, since you have repeatedly ignored Ken’s polite request to show where any of Paul Connett’s comments have not been repeatedly shown to be inaccurate by the science, we must make the assumption that you cannot. OK, we can just ignore your blustering, goalpost shifting and binary thinking. Let’s move on.
Stuartg you can see current posts on old threads listed on the right hand side of the page if you scroll back enough. Someone had continued the Repeating Bad Science thread a few days ago. So I replied there and as you see Ken asked me to bring it on to this thread. It seems easier to call it shifting the goalposts than to answer it any further than to say both sides exaggerate and that he hasn’t seen the post card himself.
soundhill1 | July 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm |
Ken: “Brian, I am happy to discuss each point on Paul’s list of 50 reasons to oppose fluoridation with you. In fact, I have covered most of them in my debate with him.”
I don’t see you reply to Tony about Baby Bottle tooth decay.
In his Christchurch address Connett said how in Queensland, parliamentarians were each sent a post card of baby bottle tooth decay just before they voted about fluoridation. The upper teeth get eroded whereas the tongue protects the lower teeth, not fluoride. Education is needed not fluoridation says Connett.
Ken | July 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm |
Brian – let’s have the discussion at https://openparachute.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/the-putin-diversion/#comment-76293
Connett actually gave two examples of that “exaggeration,” of similar nature. I would not call it exaggeration. The picture was nothing to do with fluoridation and only intended to mislead.
Brian, if you want to pursue the âexaggerations you refer to could you actuality provide them? Authentic links to the perpetrators publication â not to an article by anti-fluoride activists.
Not a reference to Connett (as I say, when I searched for an authentic origin of the example he gave in our debate I could not find it.
More importantly though â could you confirm that you have exhausted your list of âwinnersâ from Connettâs video you posted?
Ken the same sort of picture is being used here:
I have yet to get on to Connett’s reference to Barbier and whether neural damage may appear before dental fluorosis, so questioning the claim that if there is no dental fluorosis then everything is OK.
Also I need to analyse your Scotland stuff.
And to see what else arises.
I was unaware that Ken had requested that, I apologise for suggesting that you attempted to change the discussion from Putin.
My browser shows the most recent 15 comments on the right side of the page. It does not scroll further back. All 15 comments listed are on “The Putin Diversion”.
You still keep changing topic rather than answering Ken’s request to provide what you believe are Connett’s “winners”. That was the frequent changing of goalposts that I referred to, as in “kept changing the goalposts” (plural), not the single change from Putin.
So, are you going to answer the polite request, or continue to avoid answering?
What are Connett’s “winners”, where he proves your binary thinking belief that he is correct, and incidentally disproves the scientific consensus on fluoride? As you know, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Brian, please indicate the specific instance if exaggeration or misrepresentation Connett claims in this pdf. I cannot see any.
Stuartg if you keep a watch on that list or else get email notifications.
Perhaps Ken wants the discussion under the Putin heading so fewer people will see it.
Don’t you think it to be a winner exposing government officers using bottle feeding upper tooth decay pictures to try to promote fluoridation when fluoridation will not fix it?
In section 2.2 of the PDF I linked last article, the picture was sourced from
Pictures provided by Prof M Morgan, The University of Melbourne.
Putting in the university source is obviously just part of the propaganda. I wonder if they even asked him if he thought fluoride would prevent that.
Ken I don’t know how to get the ref to what was sent to the Queensland Parliament. But I have given the example of the sort of the Connett is exposing from Melbourne, and there is Connett’s second example from 2014 about 17 mins into the vid: Dr Hazel Lynn, Owen Sound, Sun Times, Canada, Jan 31, 2014. It seems to be a common propaganda practice.
Brian, that section and photo does not refer to fluoridation at all. The text around the images reads:
âThe following pictures show healthy teeth on the left and teeth with dental decay on
the right; Deciduous (âprimaryâ, âfirstâ, âmilkâ, or âbabyâ) teeth are shown in the upper
two pictures, while permanent (âsecondaryâ or âadultâ) teeth are shown in the lower
Hardly a âwinner.â More an outright lie.
Is this the sort of rubbish Connett peddles and his accolades regard as âevidence?â
I suggested you put the specific question here because you had already raised the issue here. I have absolutely no idea why you raised it also in an old post.
Yes, I am a bit disappointed that having provided a place for people to bitch about Putin and for us to discuss their bitches in a way that does not disrespect the victims of the MH17 tragedy the discssion then diverts to fluoride. 🙂
However, I am not concerned about disrespecting Putin – just disappointed we are not discussing the charges originally made.
Another article silently linking in propaganda fashion, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) community dental service clinical director Dr Martin Lee’s words on fluoridation as a means to prevent tooth decay to a picture with severe child upper tooth decay which looks like it started with baby bottle to people in the know, which should have been made explicit. Connett has increased the number in the know.
“Brian, that section and photo does not refer to fluoridation at all. ”
haha in an article about fluoridation readers are supposed to somehow see through that the pictures have nothing to do with the article. Typical propaganda.
You brought the Putin thing here for David, but he declined on the original thread by wishing you well.
I’d be interested to find what Russia does with the fluoride waste from superphosphate manufacture. China sells a lot on Alibaba. But many countries have developed local disposal in community water supplies.
Brian, another article and picture where fluoride is not claimed as being implicated. The only mention of fluoride in the whole article was reference to fluoridated tooth paste.
“A diet heavy in high-sugar food and drink, often combined with a lack of regular brushing using fluoride toothpaste, causes decay.”
Not referencing the image at all.
The article concentrates on the role of sugar and socioeconomic problems.
I am surpised you can sleepo straight in yiour bed at night with you readiness to tell such lies. Same for Connett.
Again, no “winner” here. None anywhere in Connett’s talk.
You are desperately lying, Brian – the section does not even mention fluoride. It describes dental decay, it’s causes, and illustrates it.
David did wish me will, but I do not interpret that for one minute as declining a discussion – simple politeness.
How can a byproduct of a process be considered waste” if it is actually used, sold as a commodity and not dumped?
Answer, if you are dishonest and want to promote the story of a conspiracy by “the man” to poison the population for mind control or birth control purposes. 🙂
Brian, neither could I get a copy of the image that Connett used from a reliable source. it is heavily promoted by Queensland anti-fluoride groups – who also promote pictures of skeletal fluorosis from India, etc., claiming they are the result of CWF.
But nothing from the original sources which they claim were promoting it.
All I can conclude is that such a figure may have been used by someone but was not considered respectable and therefore not included in official documents.
Yes, it is a common propaganda practice by Connett and his anti-fluoride accolades – but obviously not at all common for official sources as shown by your inability to show even a single relevant example.
Ken: “Brian, another article and picture where fluoride is not claimed as being implicated. The only mention of fluoride in the whole article was reference to fluoridated tooth paste. ”
“Lee says he would fluoridate Canterbury’s drinking water as a first step towards lowering the rates of decay.
“It costs next to nothing and it would work.””
But not for the decay shown big in the associated picture. Propaganda fashion.
There is absolutely no claim that F deficiency is the cause of the decay shown in the photo. But, of course, only a fool would disagree with CWF as one step which would reduce decay.
“There is absolutely no claim that F deficiency is the cause of the decay shown in the photo.”
The way propaganda works is that simple people are led to believe things by clever articles. “Sugar is causing tooth decay. Oh by the way you ought to support fluoridation. Do you remember the picture of the child’s decayed upper teeth? I don’t care if you don’t realise there is no connection”
“But, of course, only a fool would disagree with CWF as one step which would reduce decay.”
And if you believe that then you think you are justified to use propaganda to persuade people to allow it?
And the question is in whom, and at what side-effect cost on large genetic minorities who don’t know they are being affected. e.g. COMT variants. And what better alternatives there are such as following up the Napier soil which was doing better than fluoridation.
Brian you are just being silly. Move in.
I realise you cannot find any real âwinnersâ in Pauls presentation. You should never have made hat claim.
Perhaps you should get back to discussing Putin? 🙂
So now Putin is being blamed for the emails revealing a Democratic campaign against Bernie Sanders. Putin is claimed to be promoting Trump.
How silly can we get?
Sanders supports Clinton who is to the right of Trump.
Here is Trump’s daughter supporting support for working mothers to have more time with their babies which the National Party just voted against here. It’s not in this speech but do you think the 5-year-old message of sustainability in the sourcing of her diamonds for her jewellery sales can grow to sustainable CO2 budget matters?
Plus one on Clinton to the right of Trump, and Trump’s foreign policy if I didn’t post it before.
Ken, I have read your post, however, for lack of time, I haven’t completely read the comment thread below it. I do see that you have directed a comment specifically to me, even though I hadn’t yet commented. This suggests that you are looking for an argument with me. That’s fine.
Sometimes, when I want to argue, when my wife is asleep, I will try to start one up with that fanatic who calls himself Dan Germouse. Unfortunately, he won’t engage me any more. More’s the pity.
The point of my comment here is simply to say, “Let’s be honest.”
This post appears to criticize those who simply want to discus Vladimar Putin, in order to digress away from the topic at hand.
Under your recent post about the downing of MH17, this was my original comment in its entirety:
“According to U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, “We picked up the imagery of this launch. We know the trajectory. We know where it came from. We know the timing, and it was exactly at the time that this aircraft disappeared from the radar”
“I honestly believe that John Kerry is a good man. His opposition to the Viet Nam war earned him nothing but hostility from the Nixon Administration . . . . And if anybody saw his first debate against George W. Bush, which focused mainly on the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq . . . Well I have to say, that’s when I became a real fan of John Kerry.
Perhaps the way to go is to start a campaign and press the U.S. Secretary of State to release the intelligence to the global community that it says it has.” End Quote.
My reference to John Kerry was two-fold. He said he had intel about the downing of MH17, and I also said that I believed he is a good man. I said that because I wanted it known that I wanted to believe him.
You will not see the specter of the name “Putin” raised anywhere in it. So, where exactly does the mention of that Petty Tyrant first appear?
Your quote: “I could say that Vladimir Putin is a “good man” and at least on this position he has maintained an honourable position (as I have said to some readers consternation – he has occupied the moral high ground). His position is not to disrespect the families and dead passengers by using the tragedy for political purposes and to let the investigation and criminal process take its course.”
Forgive me for “cherry picking,” but that is the exact point where what you call a “diversion” actually appears. This is also what got the ball rolling.
Of course I’m going to respond to that. My response was: I could also say Hitler was a “good man” based on the way he treated his dog. And so the “diversion,” which was a direct response to your comment, begins. . .
Was my response a “knee-jerk” reaction? Probably. But I think you knew, based on your comments in this post, which were a recitation of your experiences with the mention of the name Putin, that a knee-jerk reaction would likely occur.
So, who is guilty of diversion?
In reality, all you were saying is that Putin took the moral high ground by not politicizing the issue . . by refraining from accusing any side from shooting the plane down.
Ok, I’ll respond to that: He refrained from accusations because he believed his side shot the thing down. If you think you are guilty of something, you are going to try to keep the accusations to a minimum. And if it looks like you are taking the higher road, even better.
So what is the point of this comment? I think if we were to be completely honest with ourselves, we would see blame on both sides, yours and mine, for what you have called “The Putin Diversion.”
Ok, Ken, I’ve looked at your first comment. Personally, I have never condemned you for using Russian sources, nor would I ever do that. If I have, please point that out to me. You are free to use whatever legitimate sources you feel are relevant. . . . As am I.
Using a particular source does not belie your bias, nor would I ever say that it does.
I have called you pro-Moscow. As evidence for that statement (which you have requested) I pointed to a discussion we had about the illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russia; an invasion which you bent over backward to defend.
Your quote: “You ask me if I think “the Russian invasion of Crimea was a moral act?” I have to ask – what Russian invasion of Crimea? I am not aware of any invasion.”
As evidence of its illegality, I pointed out specific terms of the Russian-Ukrainian Treaty on the Status and Conditions of the Black Sea Fleet.
A signed Treaty is a tangible, non-subjective document which carries the weight and holds the intent of being honored by all signatories. That is a non-deniable fact.
You called those specific terms, which Russia violated, “minuta.”
Your quote: “I don’t think the minutia of such treaties are important in this discussion as it is straw itching to use them to define such a obvious thing as an “invasion,”
You don’t think the minutia of this Treaty, which was signed, authorized, and violated by Russia, is important in a discussion which defines its actions in Crimea as an invasion.
To bend over backward to defend the illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea in the face of a violation of Treaty which was signed by authorized representatives of Russia belies your pro-Moscow bias.
I hope this answers your request for evidence of your pro-Moscow bias. We’re all human. Don’t take it too hard.
No, David, it is not my aim to criticize those who wish to criticize Putin. Simply to provide a place for them to do so without offending the memory if the victims of MH17. I am as interested as anyone in discussing Putin as I would like people to justify their comments. My response to your comment from the previous post was aimed at moving the discussion here. Interesting you interpret Putin’s unwilling guess to make political capital out of the tragedy as some sort of evidence he knew “his side” was responsible. If that were the case maybe he would have done the opposite. Blamed the other side and refused to cooperate. Strangely this is exactly what the Kiev regime did. They obstructed movement of investigators into the war zone, whereas the local authorizes helped access and quickly handed over the black boxes and helped move bodies and wreckage to Holland.
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David, I have already commented on the exaggeration implicit in use of the word “invasion” regarding Crimea. Further I have pointed out that any legalistic discussion must take into account the illegal overthrow of the elected government in Kiev,and that the local Crimean government had resisted overthrow. Who were the competent authorities? The question of ‘annexation’ or ‘return’ of Crimea must also take into account the wishes of the residents. I do not think here is any credible evidence which contrasts with the referendum result.
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David, I am pleased you do not see use of anything but the prescribed news sources as being âpro-Moscow.â Unfortunately many people do. IU have been jumped on for providing links to RT news reports as if use of such sources is a heinous crime.
But you do interpret my different understanding of the events in Crimea as evidence for me being âpro-Moscow.â But surely all I have done is:
1: question the use of an exaggerated term âinvasionâ of what was a very mild peacekeeping situation in which I do not think anyone was even scratched (compared with what was happening due to an internal invasion occurring in the eastern part of Ukraine.
2: Attempted to put into context of the illegal actions in Kiev (which incidentally Obama admits to having facilitated) and the fact that the authorities in Crimea were still legitimate.
I do not think I disagree with you about the details of any treaty â but such details have to be put into context. Continuing to ignore what was happening in Ukraine is very one-sided the situation in Crimea did not come out of the blue.
I think it is very unfair to label someone because they wish to consider things in context. Surely we should encourage people to do so.
David do you think the violent coup robbed Ukrainian leader Yanukovych of the right to ask for international help? Maybe you think he was allowed to ask but that no country should provide it? Say an ISIS coup were in Ireland. Would you disapprove of UK helping?
Soundhill, Did someone have the right to ask for help? Sure, anybody can ask whatever they want. It was still a violation of Treaty. If by “help” you mean using military might to annex a large portion of prime real estate . . . Ok, whatever you say.
In your unlikely hypothetical, the UK would have a right to interfere if its national security was threatened, as any nation has the right to defend itself. Was Russia’s national security threatened by internal political events that took place in another independent, sovereign country?
David, I think you may have misunderstood Brian’s question about the right of Yanukovych to ask for help. This has nothing to do with Crimea (and I think Yanukovych was actually opposed to the return of Crimea to Russia – at least initially).
Special forces of the Russian Federation helped rescue Yanukovych from almost certain death at the hands of those who illegally took power in Kiev at the end of February 2014.
(Personally I can see a similar scenario possibly happening with the current Ukrainian president Poroshenko as his life is continually being threatened by the pro-Maidan nationalists at the moment).
Your second question related to the national security of the Russian Federation I would answer yes. The loss of the Russian bases in Crimea would have been disastrous for Russia – especially as they would have (eventually) ended up in the hands of NATO. Putin denies this was the prime reason for intervention in Crimea claiming the defense of, and declared wishes of, the Russian population of Crimea was more important(but then again he is a politician and is appeal to the patriotic feelings of the Russian people).
Yes, Ukraine is, and was, an independent country – but one with an economy, history, culture and security intimately entwined with that of the Russian Federation. So it is no wonder the events in Kiev would have major effects in Moscow. This is why the question of joining the EU free trade area was so problematic and the EU refused to agree to tripartite negotiations including Russia. These later happened (and the EU admitted they had been mistaken). It is also the reason for Moscow’s opposition to Ukraine and Georgia joining NATO as such a radical movement of a hostile military alliance to its borders cannot be ignored by Moscow which is already concerned with the encroachment of NATO since the collapse of the Soviet Union. An encroachment contrary to agreements made between Moscow and Washington during the withdrawal of Soviet forces from eastern Europe.
It is not unusual for countries to be concerned about events in neighboring independent countries – as you must surely realise from the history of the USA and nits neighbors.
1.) Your quote: “Strangely this is exactly what the Kiev regime did. They obstructed movement of investigators into the war zone, . . ”
Your revisionist history once again belies your pro-Moscow bias. It was the Russian backed rebels who obstructed the investigation.
“As militants kept international monitors away from wreckage and scores of bodies festered for a third day, Russian president Vladimir Putin urged the rebels to cooperate . .
“Reuters reported rebels as telling the OSCE delegation they could not approach the wreckage and would simply be informed in due course of an investigation conducted by the separatists.”
2.) Your quote: “Interesting you interpret Putin’s unwilling guess to make political capital out of the tragedy as some sort of evidence he knew “his side” was responsible. If that were the case maybe he would have done the opposite. . . . ”
Again, let’s be honest. All the finger pointing was in Russia’s direction. Putin didn’t know who shot the thing down. What else is he going to say when everyone is pointing the finger of guilt in his direction? Do you seriously think he would say, “It’s not me, it’s them,” when the entire world was blaming him? Of course not. The only rational thing he could do was try to hold off any judgment and hope for the best.
That’s all for now, more later.
Unfortunately, David, your quote from a source on one side of the geopolitical information war does nothing more than illustrate the problem of obtaining good information. The fact is that the OSCE observers were ion the ground almost immediately. Of course local soldiers tasked with protecting the area would have redistricted access to protect evidence. That restriction would have been aimed at locals, reporters, etc., as well as OSCE personnel. I think the OSCE chief at the time commented on the good cooperation he received from the locals.
The local authorities were actually pleading with investigators to do something about the bodies. The problem being that because Kiev refuses to talk with the local authorities (and still does in violation of the Minsk agreements) and the Dutch were following the same line the movement of the bodies was being hindered,. The OSCE was there because they were in contact with both sides.
I wrote about this at the time in Some answers to the confusion about the #MH17 crash site.
Its worth viewing Borodia’s press conference from 19th July to see what the attitude of the locals was.
It is disrespectful to refer to my contribution as revisionist simply because I listened to the other side and did not naively accept news reports like those in the Irish Times. You should instead be asking why our news media did not show any of this press conference.
David, when you day “All the finger pointing was in Russia’s direction” what you really mean is that all the sources you accessed were doing this. Might I respectfully suggest this is because your view was blinkered because of the restrictions you knowingly or unknowingly place on the news sources you use.
I did not see things the same way and I have tried to objectively discuss this in a series of article here since the first few days after the tragedy.
My same comments apply to your statement “the entire world was blaming him.” That is an incredible blinkered claim. I would be ashamed to admit my reading was so limited.
“JIT is not only under a “gag order” whereby the results of its investigation will be classified unless all members agree to its findings, but in that scheme Malaysia is not even entitled to the classified report if the other nations do not agree to it. Essentially, the Ukrainians are the co-investigators of an event that they are suspects in, and the Malaysians are junior partners who aren’t even worthy of full disclosure.”
In whose interest is it to be keeping things secrect?
<iTI listened to the other side and did not naively accept news reports like those in the Irish Times.
I noted that the IT used the term ‘rebels’.
I’m instantly on high alert regarding bias whenever this term is used by a news organisation.
Ken, (And Richard Christie)
Sorry, I still haven’t responded to your first set of comments, but I would like to make a quick observation about this comment:
Your quote: “Unfortunately, David, your quote from a source on one side of the geopolitical information war does nothing more than illustrate the problem of obtaining good information. The fact is that the OSCE observers were ion the ground almost immediately. . . .
“It is disrespectful to refer to my contribution as revisionist simply because I listened to the other side and did not naively accept news reports like those in the Irish Times. ”
What I cited was a story by Reuters, one of the most respected news agencies in the world, as reported in the Irish Times.
I find it ironic that you are now criticizing the use of certain sources by those with whom you disagree.
This is my bias. I trust a globally respected member of the Free Press over a News Service that operates out of a country in which political rivals and news reporters routinely end up dead or missing because they said or did the wrong thing.
Because mercenaries – killing for money – is illegal is it likely that Thomson Reuters will accuse “rebel volunteers” of being mercenaries? Note that Cechens have been volunteering on both sides. In Ukraine it has been difficult to get soldiers to kill their brothers. I suspect that “advisors” from other countries will be goading them to.
Ok, let’s talk about this from you:
” I have already commented on the exaggeration implicit in use of the word “invasion” regarding Crimea. Further I have pointed out that any legalistic discussion must take into account the illegal overthrow of the elected government in Kiev,and that the local Crimean government had resisted overthrow. Who were the competent authorities? The question of ‘annexation’ or ‘return’ of Crimea must also take into account the wishes of the residents. I do not think here is any credible evidence which contrasts with the referendum result.”
1.) You have commented on the word “invasion” in previous discussion. Unfortunately either you are in denial about Russia’s violation of Treaty, or you simply will not admit it.
2.) ” . . I have pointed out that any legalistic discussion must take into account the illegal overthrow of the elected government in Kiev . . ”
Irrelevant. Russia was still in violation of Treaty in Crimea. The internal affairs of Ukraine, a sovereign, independent nation were outside the legal jurisdiction of Russia. Moreover, meddling in the internal affairs of Ukraine was another provision that Russia violated.
3.) “The question of ‘annexation’ or ‘return’ of Crimea must also take into account the wishes of the residents.”
Why exactly is that? Even if that was a valid point – and it is not – Russia was still in violation of Treaty when it invaded and annexed Crimea.
4.) “I do not think here is any credible evidence which contrasts with the referendum result.”
Here you are talking about a referendum held on March 16, 2014. There were to available choices. The referendum asked the people of Crimea whether they wanted to join Russia as a federal subject, or if they wanted to restore the 1992 Crimean constitution and Crimea’s status as a part of Ukraine. Since the 1992 constitution accords greater powers to the Crimean parliament including full sovereign powers to establish relations with other states, both available referendum choices would ultimately result in de facto separation from Ukraine.
Moreover, not only were there serious allegations of fraud, but most countries that have taken a position on the Crimean referendum have condemned it as a breach of Ukrainian sovereignty. Only a few countries, including Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and several breakaway states supported by Russia have endorsed the vote.
“Moreover, not only were there serious allegations of fraud, but most countries that have taken a position on the Crimean referendum have condemned it as a breach of Ukrainian sovereignty.”
When you say “countries” you mean entities with territorial interests who employ foreign advisors to goad local youngsters to go to their death.
Nor do they want any democratic secession.
David, this does not let you off the hook – “What I cited was a story by Reuters, one of the most respected news agencies in the world, as reported in the Irish Times.” Reuters would have reported the US claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – as a news service they were obliged to (and I am sure the Russian news services also reported the claims). This does not make them true.
You need to intelligently and critically assess claims instead of cherry-picking them and “going with them” because the reinforce you own biases.
I suggest you watch the video of the news conference I supplied where the authorities in Donetsk explain what was happening in the area in the days after the crash instead of relying on 3rd or 4th reports (often unattributed) in a news service – no matter how much you respect them.
Incidentally, perhaps in making judgement on the reliability of Reuters on this you should check out if they actually reported, or even covered, the news conference in Donetsk.
You’re not off the hook either. From my link to the Irish Times story if you had looked at it. Obviously you have not. This means you could not have critically assessed the story:
“In the regional capital Donetsk, the prime minister of the separatist authorities Alexander Borodai told a news conference that Kiev was holding up the arrival of international experts whose mission to probe the cause – and potentially blame – for the disaster was authorised on Friday by the United Nations Security Council.”
Also from the story:
“Observers from Europe‘s OSCE security agency visited part of the crash site near the village of Hrabove for a second day on Saturday and again found their access hampered by armed men from the forces of the self-declared People‘s Republic of Donetsk. An OSCE official said, however, they saw more than on Friday.
Reuters reported rebels as telling the OSCE delegation they could not approach the wreckage and would simply be informed in due course of an investigation conducted by the separatists.”
So, unlike the WMD story that was manipulated by Cheney, Reuters had people on the ground and provided a first person account.
David, I am pleased you have moderated “all the finger pointing” to “most countries.” Progress.
Your refusal to even acknowledge, let alone consider, the context in which the return of Crimea to Russia took place is incredibly biased, How can a treaty outlining the responsibilities of the parties be discussed without considering the fact that one of these parties had been illegally overthrown? And why do you insist that the local authorities in Crimea were somehow not allowed to be involved in this relationship – especially considering they were still legal?
It is also farcical for you to be concerned that the Crimea government did not include the recently current constitution of Ukraine in the referendum choice (seriously who would have supported it) when the junta in Kiev had already reneged on that Constitution and proceeded to replace it in the Rada. The February agreement cobbled together by the EU to resolve the Ukrainian problems also called for the then current constitution to be replaced – but democratically, not in the way the junta did.
Of course there were allegations of fraud (we are in the middle of an information war) and there are currently serious allegations of fraud in the US election process – and yes the referendum took place in a very short time in a dangerous situation so there will have been some problems – but I asked if you seriously believe that many Crimean citizens oppose the final result. I don’t think any intelligent reporter has. And that is hardly surprising as Crimea has naturally been Russian for a very long time and was only joined to Ukraine (illegally as Khrushchev’s decision was not approved by the state authorities) at a time when the decision was meaningless. The Crimean issue is just one of the problems that arose with the sudden (and in details related to referenda in Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine illegal) collapse of the USSR.
You seem unhappy with the nature of the 1992 constitutions. Yet this bears marked similarities to the broad outline of the Minsk agreement (supported by France, Germany and Russia) regarding the Donbass region. The problem of allowing language and ethnic rights in Ukraine (there are other minorities besides Russian) is one of the key issues in the country. If these rights had been allowed they may not have been in the mess they are in now.
Your opposition to the 1992 constitution puts you in agreement with the most extreme nationalist and pro-fascist elements that are causing so much trouble in that country.
Great, David, Reuters did mention the Donetsk press conference. But clearly you eliminated that part of the Reuters report because it did not agree with your bias. 🙂
I am just suggesting that you take a more balanced approach.
I think I have referred to the OSCE comments before. I consider them fairly natural in a situation where the local armed forces were attempting to control the crash site.
Have a look at the OSCE Ukraine monitor reports today – they come out daily. And almost daily they report they have been hindered, even shot at, to some extent by the armed forces on both sides of the conflict. Hardly surprising.
The fact is the local authorities did cooperate in getting investigators to the site, the recovery of the body and the recovery of the wreckage. It is not them who hindered the investigators travelling from Kiev to the region or hid behind diplomatic niceties at that time. These investigators would have had more rapid access if they traveled via Moscow through the Donetsk border crossing – but imagine the diplomatic uproar. Look at what has happened with the humanitarian aid convoys.
David, I can only repeat what I wrote and add that I always scan reports from any conflict situation for indicators of a priori bias on the part of the narrative.
In this case the manner in which the word rebel is used is a classic example of use of loaded language.
Ken recently provided a narrative on the Syrian civil war that was similarly biased, in fact, much more so.
Ok, your quote: “How can a treaty outlining the responsibilities of the parties be discussed without considering the fact that one of these parties had been illegally overthrown?”
Well, that’s easy to answer. The Treaty to which you refer forbade Russia from interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine, a sovereign, independent nation.
If Ukraine had been overthrown, legally or illegally, that would be by definition the internal affairs of Ukraine, a sovereign nation. Is this not correct? That means, if Russia involved itself in (or took advantage of) that situation, that would be a violation of Treaty. Is there something in the clear logic of this that you do not understand?
In 1980, either a legal or illegal coup occurred in the nation of Iran. By your logic, Iraq was within its rights to invade and try to annex that country. By your logic, no treaties between the two countries were valid, since, as you have said, “How can a treaty outlining the responsibilities of the parties be discussed without considering the fact that one of these parties had been illegally overthrown?”
Are you for real?
Your quote: “Great, David, Reuters did mention the Donetsk press conference. But clearly you eliminated that part of the Reuters report because it did not agree with your bias.”
Of course Reuters mentioned the Donetsk press conference. Reuters, as I have mentioned, is one of the most respected News Agencies representing the Free Press. Reuters presented both sides of this issue, critically and intelligently assessed it, and reached a conclusion. Take a look at the headline. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/rebels-obstructing-efforts-at-mh17-crash-site-in-ukraine-1.1872224
You, on the other hand, did not.
Moreover, Reuters isn’t threatened by a political leader which has caused reporters working some news services, like the Moscow Propagandist, to either disappear or wind up dead.
By the way, onto another topic, have you heard Trump’s latest request to Russia? “I hope you find those 30,000 emails.”
You may have found that easy to answer, David, because you completely ignore the interests of the Crimean people and their legitimate government. You are denying their right to request assistance, even though it was passive assistance, to resist the attempted overthrow of their Parliament and government and enable the people to determine their own fate.
You also ignore the simple humanitarian aspects considering the danger from extreme anti-Russian nationalists and pro-fascist forces.
And you ignore the security interests of the Russian Federation. Loss of the major Crimean naval bases would have lead to a crisis in the region. Have a look at the number of Russian bases outside their country – and the number of US/NATO bases outside the borders of the USA (and close to the borders of the Russian Federation). I think the Russian leadership was right to be concerned.
Would you advance the same argument of the USA was threatened by loss of one of their bases in the region with a hostile and illegal government in Canada? One of the reasons Putin is so popular at home (and so unpopular with the US neocons) is his determination to stop sacrificing his countries interests. The Russian people experienced that with the previous leadership (and the early period of his leadership) and I think they have made up their mind that enough is enough.
I am not saying a legal case cannot be made against the return of the peninsula or the role of the Russian forces – simply that an equivalent legal case can be made supporting the Russian actions.
I have referred to the minutia of the treaty you refer to – and stick by the description. Considering the current and ongoing interventionist policies of the USA and NATO which are violating the national integrity of Syria, as it did with Libya and Iraq (and Yugoslavia), and ongoing violation of international law in the process it seems hypocritical to concentrate on such minutia when the people on the peninsula clearly got what they wanted. And were under threat from Ukrainian nationalists and pro-fascists.
I wish more US citizens would start talking about not the minutia but the basic principles of International law their country violates every day at the moment.
Perhaps to put the feelings of the Crimeans into context – have a look at this article I wrote about the village of Khatyn in Beloruss https://openparachute.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/dont-put-all-the-blame-on-the-germans-a-lesson-from-world-war-ii/.
People in the area (I include Poles, Hungarians, Jews, as well as Belorussians and Russians) have a history and genuine reason to fear these forces.
There comes a time when concentration on minutia (which can be argued both ways) becomes inhumane if it ignores what could be happening to the people concerned. Surely they are the ones who have national rights which must be considered as more important.
“on the other hand” I did not – what, David?
OK I did not read your link – but you have now quoted bits of it that you did not before – and should have. It would have been more balanced of you.
Yes, I have heard of Trump’s latest pronouncements. We outside the USA sit back and laugh at the current fiasco you guys call an election. The Democratic leadership has been exposed as violating basic principles (who was it mentioned fraud in Crimea) and they divert it by blaming Putin.
Seriously, why can you guys not face up to your own problems, including a very antidemocratic election process, without putting the blame on Putin.
Surely this example just shows the real reason for the “blame Putin” hysteria – attempts to divert people’as attention away from the ongoing fraud and undemocratic processes your leadership is carrying out – internationally as well as nationally.
Putin is a diversion.
What a joke.
Your quote: “You may have found that easy to answer, David, because you completely ignore the interests of the Crimean people and their legitimate government.”
I was under the impression that the Crimea was within the borders of the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Outside the jurisdiction of Russia. Is this not correct?
Your quote: “You are denying their right to request assistance, even though it was passive assistance, to resist the attempted overthrow of their Parliament and government and enable the people to determine their own fate.”
By “assistance” you must mean illegal invasion and annexation by an outside power.
Your quote: “You also ignore the simple humanitarian aspects considering the danger from extreme anti-Russian nationalists and pro-fascist forces.”
Of course I ignore it. It is not relevant to Russia’s violation of Treaty. The United States has more gun violence than any other country in the world. This is a legitimate humanitarian consideration, but it wouldn’t give Canada the right to invade and annex Minnesota.
Your quote: “And you ignore the security interests of the Russian Federation. Loss of the major Crimean naval bases would have lead to a crisis in the region.”
I’m not the only one who ignores it, the overwhelming consensus of the international community, with the exception of Russia and a few of it’s minions, also considers the actions of Russia in Crimea illegal and inappropriate behavior. If Russia’s national security was an issue to be taken seriously, this would not have been the case.
Your quote: “Would you advance the same argument of the USA was threatened by loss of one of their bases in the region with a hostile and illegal government in Canada?”
If, according to your hypothetical, an “illegal” government existed in Canada, and a US base was threatened, the United States would have the right to defend that base. But there would be absolutely NO justification for the United States to annex a portion of Canada and make it part of the US, even if Canadian citizens wanted to join the US.
This is NOT appropriate behavior for any member of the international community in the 21st Century! Do you not understand this?
Now it’s time for my hypothetical. If a majority of Poles were Nazis in 1938, would that have given Germany a legitimate right to invade and annex Poland? Of course not. Do you not understand this?
Your quote: “I am not saying a legal case cannot be made against the return of the peninsula or the role of the Russian forces – simply that an equivalent legal case can be made supporting the Russian actions.”
Your quote: “I have referred to the minutia of the treaty you refer to – and stick by the description. Considering the current and ongoing interventionist policies of the USA and NATO which are violating the national integrity of Syria, as it did with Libya and Iraq (and Yugoslavia), . . ”
Irrelevant. These are separate discussions. Ironically, under a post which you have called “The Putin Diversion,” you are employing the “Syrian, Libyan, and Iraq Diversions.”
Your quote: ” . . and ongoing violation of international law in the process it seems hypocritical to concentrate on such minutia when the people on the peninsula clearly got what they wanted. And were under threat from Ukrainian nationalists and pro-fascists.”
Whatever argument you are making here, it does not negate the fact that Russia was in violation of Treaty when it invaded and annexed Crimea.
Your quote: “I wish more US citizens would start talking about not the minutia but the basic principles of International law their country violates every day at the moment.”
We are talking about the illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea here. We are not talking about whatever ax you have to grind with the United States. That is another diversion, Ken. Moreover, this is a philosophical argument. International treaties are not philosophical persuasions.
Your quote: “There comes a time when concentration on minutia (which can be argued both ways) becomes inhumane if it ignores what could be happening to the people concerned. Surely they are the ones who have national rights which must be considered as more important.”
This is an argument to be made in an international court, but since the overwhelming international consensus is that Russia’s actions in Crimea were illegal, I don’t much like Russia’s chances.
There are so many things you claim are “irrelevant,” David. Fortunately for the people of Crimea you didn’t have a say. They decided what was relevant. And I suggest they are living better and more happily because they made that decision – they are certainly in a much better position than the residents of the Donbass – and probably Ukraine as a whole. They were not even scratched – which is more than can be said for assassinated journalists and historians, or the man in the street in Kiev at the moment, let alone in eastern Ukraine. Wouldn’t it be nice if the group massacred and burnt in the May 2 atrocity in Odessa (the burning of the Trade Union building by pro-fascists and football hooligans) had been living in Crimea at the time. Or the citizens of Mariupol shot outside a polling booth while trying to vote in their own referendum.
But you keep coming back to use of this word “invasion.” You have never backed up your use of that emotive word.
Wikipedia defines “invasion” as “a military offensive in which large parts of combatants of one geopolitical entity aggressively enter territory controlled by another such entity.”
If such an “invasion” took place could you please provide the photographic evidence? Where is that “military offensive,” the tanks and combatants entering the territory, crossing borders.
There is clear evidence this was happening internally in Ukraine, under command of an illegal junta and in violation of the constitution. But I have never see any such photographic evidence for the “invasion” of Crimea you talk about.
Perhaps instead of going around in circles you should provide that evidence And, no those polite green men were not invaders, whether or not the Kiev junta approved of them standing outside their bases.
I don’t think the discussion is helped by inappropriate emotive language like this.
Yes, I’ve used a lot of words and phrases and the only one you seem to have an issue with is the word “invasion.”
I’ve used the phrase “violation of Treaty.” Your response: None.
I’ve used the phrase “illegal annexation.” While you dispute the word “illegal,” the international community does not. Since the act was a violation of Treaty, the international community is correct. You do not dispute the word “annexation.”
I’ve used the word “irrelevant” in response to your diversions. I use the word irrelevant because nothing you have said negates the fact that Russia was in violation of Treaty in Crimea.
I’ve also used the word “invasion.” Miriam Webster, the Dictionary, defines “invasion” as: “: an act of invading; especially : incursion of an army for conquest or plunder.”
Conquest: ” something that is gotten or gained especially by force*”
I submit, the illegal annexation of Crimea was conquest. Why?
1.) The annexation of Crimea was “something that was gotten or gained.”
2.) Military is only used as a show of “force*.” (If force was not meant to be displayed, flower children would have been used.) That military, in violation of Treaty, entered Crimea, and Russia annexed Crimea.
( “Military units shall conduct their operations in the areas of disposition in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, respect Ukraine’s sovereignty, obey its legislation and refrain from interference with Ukraine’s domestic affairs”. Ukraine’s sovereignty was not respected, and Russia did not refrain from interference with Ukraine’s domestic affairs.)
3.) Therefore, something was gotten or gained by the use of force; i.e., “conquest” took place.
4.) Definition of “invasion.” “: an act of invading; especially : incursion of an army for conquest or plunder.”
While plunder may not have occurred, conquest did.
There is your invasion.
Your quote: “And I suggest they are living better and more happily because they made that decision – they are certainly in a much better position than the residents of the Donbass – and probably Ukraine as a whole.”
Wow! It almost sounds like Utopia, doesn’t it. More of that pro-Moscow bias making conditions in Crimea look ideal? Of course you can “suggest” anything you want. Since you like to use Wikipedia as a source, here we go. From Wiki:
“In March 2014, Human Rights Watch reported that pro-Ukrainian activists and journalists had been attacked, abducted, and tortured. Some Crimeans were simply “disappeared” with no explanation.”
“Following the annexation of Crimea, according to report released on the Russian government run President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights website, Tatars who were opposed to Russian rule have been persecuted, Russian law restricting freedom of speech has been imposed, and the new pro-Russian authorities “liquidated” the Kiev Patriarchate Orthodox church on the peninsula.”
“After the annexation, on 16 May the new Russian authorities of Crimea issued a ban on the annual commemorations of the anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Stalin in 1944, citing “possibility of provocation by extremists” as a reason. Previously, when Crimea was controlled by Ukraine, these commemorations had taken place every year. The pro-Russian Crimean authorities also banned Mustafa Dzhemilev, a human rights activist, Soviet dissident, member of the Ukrainian parliament, and former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars from entering Crimea. Additionally, Mejlis reported, that officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) raided Tatar homes in the same week, on the pretense of “suspicion of terrorist activity”. The Tatar community eventually did hold commemorative rallies in defiance of the ban. In response Russian authorities flew helicopters over the rallies in an attempt to disrupt them.”
“In May 2015, a local activist, Alexander Kostenko, was sentenced to four years in a penal colony. His lawyer, Dmitry Sotnikov, said that the case was fabricated and that his client had been beaten and starved. Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya announced that they were judging “not just [Kostenko], but the very idea of fascism and nazism, which are trying to raise their head once again.” Sotnikov responded that “There are fabricated cases in Russia, but rarely such humiliation and physical harm. A living person is being tortured for a political idea, to be able to boast winning over fascism.” In June 2015, Razom released a report compiling human rights abuses in Crimea. In its 2016 annual report, the Council of Europe made no mention of human rights abuses in Crimea because Russia had not allowed its monitors to enter.”
Yes, David, you have used a lot of words and they could each be discussed in their own right. But I chose the word “invasion” because in this situation it is being used emotively and inaccurately (and for partisan political purposes).
To illustrate this I asked for the photographic evidence of an “invasion.” In this day and age such evidence would be available if the term was correct.
Might I suggest you have failed at the first step as you did not, and cannot, provide photographic evidence of an “invasion.”
Agree or disagree with the “annexation” or “return” of Crimea and how this was done but I suggest use of the word “invasion” is completely wrong -but understandable in a situation of geopolitical information war where such words are used to confuse rather than inform.
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David, please don’t misrepresent me -and please don’t do so in such an emotive way.
I never mentioned utopias – I simply compared the realities of the current situation in Crimea with what is and was happening in Kiev, Ukraine and especially eastern Ukraine (Odessa and Mariupol). Apparently you are afraid to go outside the borders of Crimea because the context is extremely dangerous and worrying. But, nevertheless it exists.
As an aside, I was interested to see how the situation of the Tarters changed after Crimea’s return. Their situation had been completely neglected by the Ukrainian and Crimean authorities ever since the breakup of the USSR. One of the first acts of the Federation after Crimea’s return was a presidential decree that steps be taken to alleviate their position – and the position of other national groups like the Germans, who had suffered because of Stalin’s deportations.
The local authorities (perhaps unwillingly because of ethnic feelings) have taken specific steps related to land ownership (important because when they returned from exile their land had been taken by locals) – and yes, I agree much more could be done.
Politically one must be careful about accepting reports and specific claims (yes I realise how tempting confirmation bias is). The Crimean Tarters are not completely united. Most accept reunification but a minority were opposed and their organisations (while being rejected by the majority) do tend to get the headlines. They have members in the Rada in Kiev and are organising, together with the pro-fascist political groups and armed battalions, illegal blockades at the border .
There is a complex history here because Stalin’s complaint about the Tarters had some justification. During the war they cooperated with the Nazis and were responsible for large scale massacres of Russians. So it is natural for some of the more extremist tarter groups to find common cause with the ultra nationalist and profascist Ukrainian groups who have caused so much trouble in Ukraine.
David, you unfairly accuse me of being pro-Moscow. But in this misinformation war one must be careful about which side one takes. Are you really happy to be “fighting” alongside such unsavoury people?
I actually think it is better to put the minutia of out of context treaty details aside and look at the bigger picture. Otherwise you may wake up one morning and suddenly realise you are in bed with some real tyrants.
Your quote: “To illustrate this I asked for the photographic evidence of an “invasion.” In this day and age such evidence would be available if the term was correct.”
Invasion? What exactly are you looking for, photos of a blitzkrieg? Do you also have a problem with Sky News?
To quote you, “Are you really happy to be “fighting” alongside such unsavoury people?” Give it up. The entire international community disagrees with you. Doesn’t that tell you something?
Your quote: ” I was interested to see how the situation of the Tarters changed after Crimea’s return. . . One of the first acts of the Federation after Crimea’s return was a presidential decree that steps be taken to alleviate their position . . ”
Again: “Following the annexation of Crimea, according to report released on the Russian government run President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights website, Tatars who were opposed to Russian rule have been persecuted, Russian law restricting freedom of speech has been imposed, and the new pro-Russian authorities “liquidated” the Kiev Patriarchate Orthodox church on the peninsula. etc. . . etc.
“In its 2016 annual report, the Council of Europe made no mention of human rights abuses in Crimea because Russia had not allowed its monitors to enter.”
I simply cannot, nor will I, continue to debate someone who continues to try to justify the unjustifiable. Debate is too kind a word. This has been little more than an exercise in denial. Almost the entire international community disagrees with you. Doesn’t that tell you something?
David, Novoazovsk is in Ukraine, not Crimea. I am, asking for the evidence to back up your claim of “invasion” of Crimea.
Do you want to discuss the conflict in Ukraine now? 🙂
I imagine anti-fascist people in some countries being told to “give it up” when they objected to cooperation with Hitler’s Germany.
You have reverted to extreme exaggeration again when you say the ” entire international community” disagrees with me. And so what if it did. One should discussions the facts not political endorsements.
You are avoiding dangerous basic issues.
Keep your hat on, David. I have no ill feeling about this discussion and neither should you. I actually enjoy discussing the subject. All I ask is for proper consideration of the evidence. I suspect I am actually justifying the justifiable and this is maybe upsetting you. 🙂
Of course the Tarters are divided (but the polls I have seen indicate the majority support the “return.”) So it is hardly surprising that some have been carrying out illegal acts and have been “persecuted.”
I would be interested, though, in you claim of “liquidation” of the Orthodox Church – can you expand on this? I am aware of the conflict going on in Ukraine over the Orthodox Church (the major Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the Moscow Patriarch and they have been attacked by pro-fascist and nationalist elements (The Kiev patriarch church is very small and I imagine almost non-existent in Crimea – but I await more information). At the moment there is a huge “March of the Cross” (for peace) converging on Kiev. They have been attacked, hindered and had projectiles thrown at them although the authorities are providing protection.
If you haven’t more information non the orthodox church in Crimea I will hunt it out for myself.
“David, Novoazovsk is in Ukraine, not Crimea. I am, asking for the evidence to back up your claim of “invasion” of Crimea.”
Thank you. You are admitting Russia invaded Ukraine. I was under the impression that Crimea was within the sovereign borders of Ukraine. Although I’ve already discussed the invasion of Crimea itself. More later, if you like, when time permits.
“You have reverted to extreme exaggeration again when you say the ” entire international community” disagrees with me.”
Hardly an “extreme exaggeration.” The statement was amended in the next comment when I said, “Almost the entire international community disagrees with you.”
So what if they did? This isn’t science we are discussing. It is international politics. International laws and treaties are determined by members of the international community. That’s how it works. If the international community decides that it is inappropriate to simply annex a portion of another sovereign country — then it is inappropriate.
As mentioned earlier, the comments about the Orthodox Church in Crimea were taken from the wiki article about the annexation of Crimea.
Come on David. Please donât put words in my mouth.
I merely pointed out that the âevidenceâ you gave for an âinvasionâ of Crimea related to the a different area. As I said, I am happy to discuss the general situation in Ukraine (and have been attempting to interest you in look at that as the context, but you presented the video as an âinvasionâ of Crimea.
So, please, more â at least something to back up your use of the word.
I am vaguely interested in the different Orthodox factions because when I visited Kiev in the 80s I was struck by its beauty â and in particular the lovely orthodox churches along the Dnieper. Particularly the Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of Caves) and the St Sophiaâs church which are UNESCO heritage sites. At that time the Kiev patriarch did not even exist (I think it was formed in 1992 and is not recognised by the main churches).
The nationalist forces have targeted the main Orthodox church in Ukraine and especially their property. It pained me to such groups descending on the Pechersk Lavra – I would had to see destruction of those sites.
From what I can gather there have been issues with the Kiev patriarch church in Russia (and in Crimea) over property. In Crimea there is the added problem of the Kiev patriarch churches refusing to register (because they do not accept the new situation). But this does not amount to liquidation of the Church.
I have no more time for the Orthodox churches than I have for any religion – but would hate to see such beautiful buildings destroyed.
Ken your Olympics article is not working for comments.
Maybe there is some overlap to this thread.
Which Olympic article is that, Brian?
Ken an email notification about a WADA matter. Maybe you cancelled it?
Maybe you are referring to the post I put up this morning – Ethics and the doping scandal – a response to Guest Work