Scientists know Covid-19 wasn’t created in a lab so ignore the man-made-up stories

Instead of following false claims like hamsters on a wheel, we should focus our efforts on the areas where the next waves of pandemic are likely to emerge by Peter Daszak edited by O Society June 15, 2020 In a recent interview with the Telegraph, the former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove cited an “important” … Continue reading Scientists know Covid-19 wasn’t created in a lab so ignore the man-made-up stories

Grifting is Standard Operating Procedure in Public Relations

You might be under the impression P.R. is a slimy profession. The truth is worse than you think. by Nick Slater edited by O Society June 10, 2020 The birth of the public relations industry is one of the most quietly calamitous events in American history. While much derided and downplayed —try finding a movie or … Continue reading Grifting is Standard Operating Procedure in Public Relations

A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?

No matter the details of the plot, conspiracy theories follow common patterns of thought by John Cook edited by O Society May 21, 2020 A sign of the times: a disinformation video called Plandemic recently went viral. Despite being taken down by YouTube and Facebook, it continues to get uploaded and viewed millions of times. The video … Continue reading A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?

Space Force Artemis Accords: Is Trump’s Plan to Sell the Moon to Private Mining Corporations Star Trek or Star Wars?

by Reuters edited by O Society May 20, 2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA on Friday set the stage for a global debate over the basic principles governing how humans will live and work on the moon, as it released the main tenets of an international pact for moon exploration called the Artemis Accords. The accords seek … Continue reading Space Force Artemis Accords: Is Trump’s Plan to Sell the Moon to Private Mining Corporations Star Trek or Star Wars?

There is No Absolute Truth: On Covid-19, Misinformation, and Bullshit

by Julia Wong interviews Carl Bergstrom edited by O Society May 2, 2020 Carl Bergstrom is uniquely suited to understanding the current moment. A professor of biology at the University of Washington, he spends his career studying two seemingly disparate topics: emerging infectious diseases and networked misinformation. The two merged into one the moment reports of … Continue reading There is No Absolute Truth: On Covid-19, Misinformation, and Bullshit

Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources

by Josh Margolin and James Meek edited by O Society April 26, 2020 As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on the secret … Continue reading Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources

How a Trump media dump mainstreamed the fictional Chinese lab made coronavirus story (Part IV)

A fictional story about Covid-19 escaping from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the Trump administration’s Iraqi WMD. And the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin is playing the role of Judith Miller. Part of a series on the Origin of Coronavirus: Francis Collins: On the Origins of Coronavirus How Do You Know COVID-19 Was Not* Made … Continue reading How a Trump media dump mainstreamed the fictional Chinese lab made coronavirus story (Part IV)

“Pure Baloney”: Zoologist Debunks Trump’s COVID-19 Origin Story, Explains Animal-Human Transmission (Part II)

header image: A Spam container found on the deep-sea floor of the Marianas Trench during the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) see also: How Do You Know COVID-19 Was Not* Made by Humans in a Chinese Lab? (Part I) v this v is Part II Amy Goodman interviews Peter Daszak … Continue reading “Pure Baloney”: Zoologist Debunks Trump’s COVID-19 Origin Story, Explains Animal-Human Transmission (Part II)

Thinking Errors and the Coronavirus

"The end of everything we call life is at hand and cannot be evaded.” ~ H. G. Wells (1946) by Martin Cohen edited by O Society April 19, 2020 The coronavirus doesn’t just make individual people ill – it threatens the whole of society too. Measures used to control the virus destroy people’s livelihoods, trample basic … Continue reading Thinking Errors and the Coronavirus

Francis Collins: On the Origins of Coronavirus

by Francis Collins edited by O Society April 16, 2020 No matter where you go online these days, there’s bound to be discussion of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Some folks are even making outrageous claims the new coronavirus causing the pandemic was engineered in a lab and deliberately released to make people sick. A new study … Continue reading Francis Collins: On the Origins of Coronavirus