Arguing with the anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, flat earthers, and climate change deniers is a heck of a job. If you've ever tried, you’ll know what I am talking about.

And even though you recognize the fallacy in their arguments, like saying that masks don’t help to stop the coronavirus, you sometimes need heavy artillery.

Luckily, some people who know what they’re talking about have done everyone a service and stepped in to school the science deniers big time. From biochemists to sport scientists, these are some of the most mic-drop moves in stopping the spread of misinformation.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

I never knew that a simple apple had such a complex chemical composition. I learn something new everyday.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

SNAP!

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Pamela24
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2 months ago

One of my favourite tweets of all time (the second one, obviously). I hope to be one day this articulate.

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These days, when there are so many science deniers, it may feel like arguing with them is absolutely pointless. But a 2019 study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior showed that it’s in fact worth arguing with them.

Philipp Schmid and Cornelia Betsch of the University of Erfurt in Germany conducted six experiments with 1,773 subjects. They assessed “how to mitigate the influence of a denier on the audience.”

The results showed that “not responding to science deniers has a negative effect on attitudes towards behaviors favored by science (for example, vaccination) and intentions to perform these behaviors.”

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

Alan Turing was praised for what he has done during war time and condemned for whom he loved. That's the great tragedy of his life.

Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Well said. Don't forget to throw in chemical castration to boot.

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Jayne Kyra
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2 months ago

The world did Alan Turing wrong.

Radek Suski
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2 months ago

Amen

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Tiari
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2 months ago (edited)

I wonder who he thinks developed his weapons? Vehicles? Food rations? Tactics?

alwaysMispelled
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2 months ago

EXACTLY.

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Turnip and a Frog
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2 months ago

Polish cryptographers, Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski cracked the Enigma code. The Bletchley Park scientists with Alan Turing worked on codes, Enigma devices and principles built by the Poles in the process of deciphering. They managed to crack the toughest code, used for the deployment of marine vessels. Many sources, but, for example here: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/blog/2016/who-first-cracked-the-enigma-cipher.html

Romenriel
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2 months ago

Another example: during WWII, sir Howard Florey and his team started to manufacture penicillin, which was then used to treat war injuries and saved another thousands hundreds or milions of lives.

lily
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2 months ago

A bunch of Polish scientists: Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki, and Henryk Zygalski.

CatWoman312
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2 months ago (edited)

And the gun you’re holding in the trenches was invented by an intellect not some stupid government dog.

M O'Connell
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2 months ago

Not to mention the mathematics that went into figuring out how to even manufacture it. Grit and determination might get you rocks and clubs, at best.

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K.Kobayashi
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2 months ago

And then the gay man was convicted for being gay, chemically castrated by court order, and committed suicide.

alwaysMispelled
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2 months ago

Not to mention who made all those technological advances in weaponry? In armored vehicles? Who built the ships and airplanes that carried those soldiers? What an absolute Twit.

Lillukka79
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2 months ago

Yes! Were they throwing stones.

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Dave P
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2 months ago

actually 95% of the work on this was done by the Poles, then a group of brits jumped in, finished the work with Polish help, took credit, and tried to write the Poles out of history.

Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Dzienkuje!

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Asia
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2 months ago

The Polish mathematicians were the first to decipher German military communications encrypted using Enigma machines before World War II and their work formed the foundation for later code-breaking at Bletchley Park, the famous British cryptology centre, during the war.

Pseudo Puppy
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2 months ago

I want to upvote this more than once!!!! <3

NoodleBear
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2 months ago

Why does it matter if the man was gay? I don’t think that was necessary to mention. (No hate on LGBT, I’m bi)

Downunderdude
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2 months ago

Very nicely said.

Agata Fronia
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2 months ago

Enigma wasn't cracked by Brits, that's a lie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine#Breaking_Enigma

Magdalena Wiśniewska
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2 months ago

Just to be more specific. Movie doesn't show the whole story. He didn't crack that code, in 1932 Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Różycki and Henryk Zygalski solved it and THEN further english team finished their work.

Christine Ladyman
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2 months ago

I love such easy slapdowns of ignorance... those the ignorant can clearly see!

Ingela Axelsson
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2 months ago

So true....

Daniele Ribolla
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2 months ago

Alan Turing was a genius that, with the help of a lot of smart woman and guys, saved life of millions people and only because it was gay (OMG... what a shame! >:-( he's never been celebrated, not even in the present period. the reason is that it is still embarrassing for British politics, for a so shameful and ungrateful act.

Karolina F.
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2 months ago

Well this isnt entirely true, the enigma wouldnt be cracked without the work of the polish cryptologists - Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki. Read up before you try to sound smart.

Origami Chik3n
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2 months ago

Academics and scientists worked tirelessly to create better steel for heroes' tanks, more powerful engines for heroes' planes, better ways to preserve food for heroes to eat in trenches. And the list goes on. If EVERYONE was "hero on the beaches and in the trenches", they would have been throwing rocks at enemy because there would be no one left to invent and produce weapons, ammunition, uniforms and other supplies. One thing is correct though - all the scientists and all the academics are powerless against this level of ignorance.

Joyce Brazel
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2 months ago

HE KILLED HIMSELF BECAUSE OF IT TOO. NO ONE ACCEPTED GAYS THEN.

Eliyahu Rooff
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2 months ago

I would also note that school teacher and poet Wilfred Owen served in the trenches in WW1, was decorated for heroism and died in combat two weeks before the Armistice. It wasn't just laborers who were cannon fodder.

Heather Menard
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2 months ago

I thought the atom bomb shortened the war

Randy Klefbeck
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2 months ago

Scientists came up with vaccinations to counter the effects of nerve gas that enemy scientists formulated.

Ojberretta Berretta
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2 months ago

eu still sucks tho

Debi Blackshaw
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2 months ago

Awesome response

Karolina Kopańska
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2 months ago

Early codes was cracked by Poles - Jerzy Różycki, Henryk Zygalski, Marian Rajewski.

Larry Schupp
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2 months ago

All of the machines and weapons used in any modern war were developed by engineers and scientists. Just sayin'

Soggy Crumpet
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2 months ago

But but but Poland mathematicians cracked it first...

Destiny Duraj
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2 months ago

Wow so there are some Brits who are as dumb as many Americans..thats eye opening..and really sad.

Agnieszka Najbosksza
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2 months ago

Enigma was cracked by poles not brits!!

Logan Slaughter
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2 months ago

That "British Spirit" got millions of young men butchered at the Somme.

Tabitha L
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2 months ago

So remoaners is the British version of libtard?

b l a n c
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2 months ago

i really have no idea the point the first guy was tryna make

Eagle Girl
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2 months ago

Now THAT'S A Mic Drop!

Jay Tesst
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2 months ago

And as a thank you for the great work Alan Turing did, they chemically castrated him for being gay. He then commited suicide. Yes, that's how you say thanks.

Anton Kider
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2 months ago

A gay man from Manchester ???? It was Alan Turing FGS...!!!

Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

Oh yes, the ol' British Spirit, the creator of the Lee–Enfield rifle, the engineer of the tank, the splitter of the atom, also the designer of the radar and the well-known inventor of the Penicillin, yay for them! :D

Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

And there were a metric SHIT TONNE of men who went on after the war to used the G.I. Bill go become scientists and scholars.

Deb Johnston
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2 months ago

Yes! And don't forget the Navajo Code Talkers!

...
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2 months ago

Why was it pointed out that the man from Manchester was gay?

Spikey Bunny
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2 months ago

He saved the world from War on hate and then was killed for who he loved. Beyond tragic.

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

I know this is controversial but if you speak about war..... well Albert Einstein and all who came after - Atomic Bomb

TheExtremeSmell
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2 months ago

He was against the use of the bomb and never thought of his theory’s being used as a weapon.

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Bill
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2 months ago

Does anyone know where to find a copy of"Hut 6"?

Michael J.
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2 months ago

so what does it matter he was gay? why do abnormalities always get thrown into our faces? Color shouldn't matter either, why bring it up?

Dee Slater
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2 months ago

So bored of the Stanley's of this world.

Kines Tezja
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2 months ago

Why people always forget that it was Poles who cracked it :I

M O'Connell
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2 months ago

It's sad how few people know of the Polish contributions to the war effort. Take a look at the British reports regarding the Polish Navy in exile during the war (officially administered by the British Navy). The Germans paid dearly for fighting against men who had nothing left to lose.

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Mark Johanen
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If the fact that Alan Turing made a great contribution to the war effort proves that it's perfectly okay to be gay, then by the same reasoning the fact that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence proves that it's perfectly okay to own slaves.

Pusfarm
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2 months ago

Whoa, whoa, Mr. Logic! I would get rid of whatever you smoked before making that huge leap.

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Paul K. Johnson
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2 months ago

Dear God-botherers. If god drowned everyone except one family on the planet because they were evil then he believed that unborn children could be evil (not to mention all the born children). You anti-abortion types must really hate god for that.

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Joran Quinten
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2 months ago

That last remark hits it home!

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Facing deniers can be treated as a concerned and important effort to fight misinformation. The authors of the study suggest that “not turning up to the discussion at all seems to result in the worst effect.”

Meanwhile, showing up on an acquaintance's Facebook post, even if you think it's pointless, will surely do some good.

Interestingly, the authors claim that science deniers use the same rhetoric across domains. It means that “uncovering their rhetorical techniques is an effective and economic addition to the advocates’ toolbox.”

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

I love my Space Pen! Works great.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Never ending story of idiots spreading a disease because they do not believe in science.

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Daria B
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2 months ago

I think we should celebrate holidays of all existing religions, that should be given equally to all followers and non followers. Yay! Every day is a holiday! ♡

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Hilarious!

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Elli Rahim
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2 months ago

Excellent campaign.

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Fish Boden
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2 months ago

I can't believe that the idiot had 1.8k up-votes. Yowsers, so many dafties.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Lol. How dare you debunk the nonsense I'm spewing on the internet with science? Don't you ever do that again!!!!

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Joran Quinten
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2 months ago

Ouch, that NASA burn

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Sue Hazlewood
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2 months ago

That student has many shocks ahead of him in life methinks

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Mama Panda
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2 months ago

oh good grief, we are all in trouble

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Even if you'd put the entire flat-earth movement in a spaceship and circle the earth in any way they want, they'd be telling you that it's a trick with mirrors and projectors. But at least they are harmless and don't hurt other people with their nonsense.

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

President of the kick ass roasting division of the IGF

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NavyDave
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2 months ago

I mean, astrophysics aren't directly related to climate change, but you can expect someone who has a PhD in it to know à lot more than someone so unintelligent that they spell virus vIRUS and say that people who believe the truth(that climate change exists) are criminals.

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Mama Panda
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2 months ago

hahahaha I love it when people who have no flippin' idea who they are talking to make an ass out of themselves. I always look up whoever I am in a discussion/argument/debate with before I make a comment that I might regret later. You never know if someone's background qualifies them to be right or not.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

History is there to teach the future lessons. But of course, you do need some kind of education to be able to understand those lessons.

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Mama Panda
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2 months ago

But but I saw it on Facebook so it must be true! hahaha

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ImaDerp
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2 months ago

Oooo roasted!

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NavyDave
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2 months ago

Calculating the amount of valence electrons in a nucleus is easy, since there are none.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago (edited)

People seem to forget that astronauts are bonafide scientists with degrees in engineering, and other biological and mathematical sciences. DId they think that they were just a bunch of space cowboys?

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StormsTempest
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2 months ago

Do people forget that literally everything is made up of chemicals...?

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Krazy Kanuck
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2 months ago

ANYONE who has been on a mountain above 5000 ft has seen the curvature of the earth, as a Skydiver who has jumped from above 10,000 ft the curve of the earth is extremely pronounced at that height.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The theory that vaccines cause autism has been completely debunked years ago. Did the anti-vaxxers not get the memo? It doesn't matter. They'll still believe rumour and hearsay over science.

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Tovah Roche
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2 months ago

Someone should probably tell them that Darwin believed in God and evolution simultaneously throughout most of his research years.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 months ago

"Organically" ... jeez people are stupid!

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Kady Maree Mcgrath
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2 months ago

Roasted and toasted

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Long live the onion!

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

More and more European countries make vaccinating mandatory. Unvaccinated children are banned from schools in those countries and parents can be forced to have their children vaccinated. And rightly so. Screw your "strong convictions" and "religious beliefs", our national health is endangered because of your bullshit and we are getting tired of your stupidity.

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Csaba Hegedűs
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2 months ago

It's so sad to see one thinks that if their kids are momentarily healthy without vaccination, that's proof that this state will keep up indefinitely. It most likely won't. It would be funny to see their faces when they realize their mistakes, but it won't, because it would be to the expense of the child who'd deserve better.

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Cori
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2 months ago

I instantly tune out anyone who refers to grown women as 'girls' anyway, especially when they're talking about an educated woman in a high level position. I'm fairly certain this same man wouldn't refer to a male meteorologist as a 'weather boy.'

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EA
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2 months ago (edited)

Tell that to the families of women who died from cervical cancer. Including a 15 year old girl in the UK a few years ago. Plus it’s been proven that men can be affected by HPV as well so some are campaigning for teenage boys to have the vaccine too. Oh and it might not cause cancer, but more often genital warts and other infections. Who would want to be protected from getting genital warts right?! Morons...

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Mama Panda
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2 months ago

Umm Anthropology is not easy.

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Sue Hazlewood
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2 months ago

Ye gods, even I know apricot seeds are poisonous

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

The issue, my friend, is why do flat-earthers believe hokum without question?

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago (edited)

I'd laugh if this weren't so sad.

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