Hello skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins in the media last week.
Examining 5 oilsands claims by Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah has been making headlines with her protests of a new pipeline for transporting oil from Alberta. This article examines some of her claims about the project. It seems to be a sane analysis of the facts, disputing the extreme nature of the claims but not denying the real effects the oil sands and pipeline may have. Nice to see!
Mulvane winery, feds settle elderberry juice case
Lisa sent in this Win. A Kansas winery was making health claims about their elderberry concoction. The FDA went after them and seized the juice. It’s nice to see that once and a while these woo-peddlers get more than a slap on the wrist, which seems to be what they were expecting based on this quote:
“When they were in here looking over everything we said, ‘Guys, we are not trying to do anything wrong. If you see we are doing anything wrong, just let us know and we will correct it.’ Well, instead of doing that, they choose to seize the material and make a big show of it”
Ignorance of the law is no defense!
For truthers, 9/11 was an inside job
I could spend the whole day posting 9-11 conspiracy links, but I’ve just picked this link from Lorne as an example of what is wrong with the reporting on this topic. The article is an interview with a 9-11 “truther”, and instead of forcing him to back up his answers, his opinions go unchallenged. Giving page space to bunk like this perpetuates this conspiracy theory even though the evidence doesn’t support it. It’s sad that after 10 years we are still having this conversation. It looks to be like this will be as big as the moon landing “hoax”.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks. See you again next week. Send me your links at firstname.lastname@example.org.