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Using the CRAP test

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/28/2021 - 06:30
I spend a great deal of time these days keeping up with the tsunami of information about SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) and COVID-19 (the illness), with a goal of sharing valid and useful information with others. I've taken to suggesting that people identify crap with the CRAP test:
Currency - the timeliness of the information:
● When was the information published or last updated?
● Have newer articles been published on your topic?

Responding to the 'but 99% survive' argument

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/03/2021 - 06:06
Among the many candidates for arguments against taking action to protect our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, communities and country from COVID, none make me angrier than the "but 99% survive" gambit. This argument is numerically illiterate (Mark Twain said “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so”), racist, ableist, and inhumane. Let me explain.

The snowflake man

Submitted by PeterElias on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 06:00

Winter is coming, and with it – snow. Some of us love it and some of us hate it. And some study it. Read this story about the life and work of Wilson Bentley, a self-educated farmer from a small American town who, by combining a bellows camera with a microscope, managed to photograph the dizzyingly intricate and diverse structures of the snow crystal.