Death by cigarettes or by the rifle?A long time ago, before I could remember any names, I've read an argument from a forum member on a website that I fail to recall. It compared the deaths from cigarettes to the deaths in Soviet Russia and other communist countries and it vaguely reminds me of the arguments made by the pro-nuclear-arms-but-anti-genetic-research-because-god-hates-the-latter-but-for-some-twisted-FUBAR-reason-doesn't-give-a-damn-about-the-former nujobs. The argument went something like this:
"The capitalists would want you to think that the communists are a ruthless band of tyranical murders with little sympathy for human life, as they line up political dissidents in front of a firing squad or have them thrown into gulags. What these capitalists don't want you to know is that their tobacco industrialists kill tens of thousands of people per year!"
I forgot the rest but still remembered the gist of the argument. Aside from whether or not the numbers are true, there are several things wrong
Ouija BoardsNote: This is a two year-old essay with very little changes made to it. The most notable change are the last two paragraphs and the paragraph immediately after the first four questions. If there's any other problems, let me know.
What is it with the appeal of these devices? Why are people afraid of these things? Are these boards a way to communicate with the other side? Is it the tool of the devil or demons?
Before I begin, the Ouija Board isn't the first of its kind in spirit communication. The Ouija Board is considered one of many tools of divination or spirit communication. Tarot Cards, Astrology, Palm Reading, certain hallucinogens etc. are also included in this category. So, the claim that Ouija Boards are now infecting the spiritual health of the world (not that popular of a belief) is basically falsified because such forms
Louis Pasteur in Denial?
Louis Pasteur in Denial? A lie told by germ theory denialists
CLAIM: Louis Pasteur recanted his germ theory on his deathbed and said that Antoine Beauchamp was right. (1)
First, even if Pasteur recanted his germ theory on his deathbed, that does not invalidate all of the other evidence collected and verified by other scientists and researchers that validates his theory. To put it in perspective, if it was discovered that Galileo recanted his heliocentric theory on his deathbed, does that invalidate the legion of evidence from satellite imaging, professional and amateur astronomers, NASA, astronauts etc.? No. As frustrating as that sounds to the less than 1,000 people in America who still believe in the geocentric model of the universe, that's not how reality works.
Secondly, according to The Life of Pasteur by Rene Vallery-Radot, the following paragraph reveals Pasteur's final words on his deathbed(2) :
The last week in September he was no longer strong enough t
A Zionist Conspiracy Theory Claim, Debunked draftA Zionist Conspiracy Theory Claim, Debunked
Conspiracy theorist's claim: The Jews are in control of the world, as evidenced by the fact that most U.S. foreign aid goes to Israel.
One of the most common claims touted by the Zion Conspiracy theorists is that Israel gets the most foreign aid from the United States. It is true that Israel is the top receiver of U.S. Foreign aid which is about 2.4 billion dollars as of 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau(1), but they're not receiving 51% or greater of the pie chunk. In fact, there's a total of 45 billion dollars worth of foreign aid that is being distributed by the U.S across the world as of 2009. Israel receives 2.4 billion dollars worth, and that means it gets only about 5% of the pie. If Jews are really in control of the whole world, then why does Israel get so little of this aid? To put it in perspective, the national debt for 2009 was about 11.9 trillion (2). Therefore, it appears that foreign aid (military and economic aid) is b