Miscellaneous

Do Six Corporations Control 90% of the Media?

Courtesy of The Other 98%, with over 33,000 likes and 13,000 shares.  This is a popular meme repeated over the last several years.  Depending on the meme, it’s six corporations, or sometimes only five that…


Patents and the Polio Vaccine

Courtesy of Mental Floss, with over 18,000 likes and 5,300 shares.  This meme is generally shared as an indictment on capitalism, to show how the polio vaccine was created without concern to profit, contrasted with…


Fake Chief Seattle Speech

Courtesy of Inside the Divine Pattern.  If parts of this quote sound familiar, it’s because many outlets, even seemingly credible ones, have repeated it.  It’s been recited in Al Gore’s 1992 book Earth in the…


How Much Water Does it Take to Make a Burger?

Courtesy of a Los Angeles billboard, but posted to social media by Kathy Freston, a vegan author, with over 8,500 likes and 21,500 shares.  This is a mating of the old school version of a…


Is Bacon as Harmful as Cigarettes?

Courtesy of Vegan Street, where it has over 750 likes and 630 shares.  This comes from a study, which the World Health Organization (WHO) recently cited to label processed meats like bacon and sausage as…


Climate Change and the “97% of Scientists”

Courtesy of Barack Obama, where it has been echoed throughout the administration, including this John Kerry speech in Indonesia: 97 percent of climate scientists have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity…


Does Germany Produce Half of its Energy From Solar?

Courtesy of HeartMath Institute, although this meme, and related news headlines, have been circulated in many forms. There is a sliver of truth in this meme.  On Monday, June 9th 2014, Germany generated 23.1 GW of…


Is Fast Food, Food?

This is courtesy of LiveWell Wellness Centers.  It’s an old meme, but seems to be brought back from the dead frequently under different variations.  While the claim is probably true, that the food hasn’t molded…