Thursday, November 17, 2022

Practice of Naturopathy is UNLAWFUL

2010 Tennessee Code: Title 63 - Professions Of The Healing Arts
Chapter 6 - Medicine and Surgery: Part 2 - General Provisions
63-6-205 - Practice of naturopathy

(a)  It is unlawful for any person to practice naturopathy in this state.

(b)  “Naturopathy” means nature cure or health by natural methods and is defined as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injuries, ailments and disease by the use of such physical forces, as air, light, water, vibration, heat, electricity, hydrotherapy, psychotherapy, dietetics or massage, and the administration of botanical and biological drugs.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Feds Seize Z-Library

Feds Seize One of the Largest Sites for Pirated Books and Articles, Z-Library
by Claire Woodcock, November 11, 2022

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7k8qby/feds-seize-one-of-the-largest-sites-for-pirated-books-and-articles-z-library?mc_cid=8b5b6c52d4&mc_eid=62d36e4ccb

Last week, one of the largest repositories of pirated books and articles available on the Internet went dark. Torrentfreak reported a series of Z-Library domain names were seized by the FBI. Countless students and researchers who rely on shadow libraries will be hit hardest by the seizure.

Climate Trace

CLIMATE TRACE makes meaningful climate action faster and easier by mobilizing the global tech community to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with unprecedented detail and speed and provide this data freely to the public.

Natural gas in Tennessee is sourced from various interstate pipelines. The Marcellus Formation, which technically stretches into Tennessee, accounts for about 21% of all U.S. gross natural gas production.

Across Tennessee, landfills are emitting methane. Cement factories, which support the concrete industry, produce massive amounts of carbon dioxide. Airports, steel plants and the oil refinery in Memphis are big emitters.

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Cumberland Fossil Plant, a coal plant near Clarksville, took the top spot in the state. Among power plants in North America, the Cumberland plant is the 10th biggest contributor to climate change, according to the data from Climate Trace

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Getting Facts with TEDx

Dr. Dan Bellack, a doctorate in psychology from the University of Kentucky, outlines a three step strategy to deal with Fake News. He suggests how readers can improve their thinking separating fact from fiction in order to make informed decisions.  This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Death of Democracy

The Reuters special highlighted the obvious.

New breed of video sites thrives on misinformation and hate

BitChute and Odysee serve up conspiracies, racism and graphic violence to millions of viewers.

Taking advantage of Big Tech disinformation crackdowns and the rise of Trump, the sites reflect a new media universe – one where COVID-19 is fake, Russia fights Nazis in Ukraine, and mass shootings are ‘false flag’ operations.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-media-misinformation/

Surely, it can’t be bad. It is!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Kings of Misinformation and Hate

 InfoWars, AON, Fox and Friends, etc. kings of disinformation? No even close.

“Platforms such as BitChute and Odysee have had a seismic impact on the disinformation landscape,” said Joe Ondrak of Logically, a British firm that works with governments and other organizations to reduce the harm of misinformation. The sites, he said, had become the “first port of call” for conspiracists to publish videos.

BitChute and Odysee both host hundreds of videos inspired by the QAnon conspiracy theory, whose supporters have been arrested for threatening politicians, abducting children and blocking a bridge near Arizona’s Hoover Dam with an armored truck full of guns and ammunition.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-media-misinformation/

Monday, August 8, 2022

Media Bias Chart

Ad Fontes Media is a public benefit corporation with a mission to make news consumers smarter and news media better. 

Currently, we face a crisis of too much junk news. Junk news is like junk food, and just like junk food has caused massive health epidemics in our country, junk news is causing a massive polarization epidemic.


Thursday, July 21, 2022

Do Current Heatwaves Imply Climate Change is Happening Faster?

Are these extreme events more extreme than studies had predicted based on current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases? Is climate change unfolding faster than scientists had expected blistering heat waves, scorching crops, fueling wildfires, buckling roads, mega-droughts, and thousands of deaths? There are two distinct questions.

By James Temple, July 21, 2022
 

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Mearsheimer and Putin Lies?

For me, the fundamental complaint that Putin had with the West was – West’s failure to abide by its agreement not to expand NATO east of East Germany.

Mearsheimer stated in his presentation that all his claims were documented and not just opinion. It was the basis of Putin’s 2007 Munich speech.

Putin quoted a 1990 speech by Manfred Wörner to support his position that NATO made a binding promise not to expand NATO into new countries in Eastern Europe:

He said at the time that: "the fact that we are ready not to place a NATO army outside of German territory gives the Soviet Union a firm security guarantee." Where are these guarantees?

A claim of this magnitude should certainly be documented. So I searched for a copy of the claim. All results professed “No such written agreement exists.”

I have attached two fact checks: Politifact and Brookings

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2022/feb/28/candace-owens/fact-checking-claims-nato-us-broke-agreement-again/

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2014/11/06/did-nato-promise-not-to-enlarge-gorbachev-says-no/

Putin may have valid paranoia arguments, but this NATO claim is false.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Russia - Ukraine

Many years ago, I learned to recognize when I am being conned -- especially when story does not make sense or is illogical.

I am wanted to believe one guy wears the “white” hat and the other has the “black” hat.” This Russia-Ukraine is a classic. The whole thing does not make sense.

The guys with the “white” hats want me to believe the other guy has to be obviously insane. That is the only explanation for something so bizarre and absurd. The “white hats” don’t want me to make sense about the weirdness. Something doesn’t seem right.To make me not want to put my brain in order, they obfuscate with overwhelm amounts of propaganda.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Global Temperature - 02/22

Global Temperature Page

WattsUpWithThat (WUWT) cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data within this page, as all of the data is linked from third party sources and WUWT is simply an aggregator.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

A Life Preserver for Staying Afloat in a Sea of Misinformation

Melanie Trecek-King goals as a science educator are to teach students the essential skills of science literacy and critical thinking. Helping them understand the process of science and how to draw reasonable conclusions from the available evidence can empower them to make better decisions and protect them from being fooled or harmed.

Yet while educators agree that these skills are important, the stubborn persistence of pseudoscientific and irrational beliefs demonstrates that we have plenty of room for improvement. To help address this problem, she developed a general-education science course (Trecek-King 2022) that, instead of teaching science as a collection of facts to memorize, teaches students how to evaluate the evidence for claims to determine how we know something and recognize the characteristics of good science by evaluating bad science, pseudoscience, and science denial.

https://skepticalinquirer.org/2022/02/a-life-preserver-for-staying-afloat-in-a-sea-of-misinformation/

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Only in Tennessee?

On January 10, 2022, in an unanimous vote, the board of trustees of east Tennessee McMinn County Schools removed the Pulitzer Prize winning Maus from its eight-grade schools curriculum. The board said the book had "rough language" and "unnecessary" profanity (e.g. eight words, including "damn"), a small drawing of a nude woman drawn as a mouse, mentions of murder, violence, and suicide. 

The board declared it did not concur with its community values. "It shows people hanging, it shows them killing kids." 

Board member Tony Allman said, according to meeting minutes. "Why does the educational system promote this kind of stuff? It is not wise or healthy."   

On February 2, 2022 head pastor Greg Locke at Global Vision Bible Church of Tennessee led a book burning of  copies of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" to rid "demonic" influences. The event was live-streamed on Facebook to denounce "witchcraft," and rid of "demonic" influences.

He said in an Instagram post."It's witchcraft 100 percent."

The "Harry Potter" books have been banned several times before. In 2019, Tennessee pastor Father Dan Reehil of the Catholic academy of St. Edward School removed the popular book series from the school's library, saying in part in an email

"These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text. I have consulted several exorcists, both in the United States and in Rome, and they have recommended removing the books from circulation."

Thursday, January 6, 2022

January 6th

January 6th demonstrates the damage of misinformation. Even more disconcerting is the preference of the major portion of a political party to prefer the lie, to prefer the misinformation. I always hoped we could rely on truth whether or not we like it. When some people force their incompetence and poor mental capacity, whether political or religious, then the populace suffers.

Here's is Biden's the full 1/6/22 speech transcript.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Middle Tennessee Tornadoes

The December 11, 2021 will tie as Middle Tennessee’s fifth-largest tornado outbreak ever.
There were 15 tornadoes in Middle Tennessee on Saturday.That is on top of five other tornadoes earlier in the month.

According to the National Weather Service, the timing is also unusual.
From 1811 to 2020, there had only been 16 tornadoes in December in Middle Tennessee.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN

900 PM CST WED DEC 15 2021