Skepsos's skepsis

Coming back from a slumber

Posted in News, Skepsos by skepsos on January 26, 2017

In these times, of ‘alternative facts’, we must stand up and spread the truth as much as possible. So I decided to revive this blog. This site used to be just a way for me to gather my own personal thoughts and pull out some atheist jokes, but the stakes are higher now. With a United States president that is prohibiting scientists from their work, my first action will be to inform:

Government accounts that are on gag order went rogue. They are now posting their factual, scientific tweets under new, non government controlled names, promising to tweet real facts and climate change news. Follow them on Twitter:

Alternative NIH – @Alt_NIH https://twitter.com/Alt_NIH
Alt HHS – @AltHHS https://twitter.com/AltHHS
Alternative CDC – @Alt_CDC https://twitter.com/Alt_CDC
AltUSForestService – @AltForestServ https://twitter.com/AltForestServ
AltFDA – @alt_fda https://twitter.com/alt_fda
altEPA – @altUSEPA https://twitter.com/altUSEPA
AltUSDA – @altusda https://twitter.com/AltUSDA
AltUSNatParkService – @AltNatParkSer https://twitter.com/AltUSNatParkService
Rogue NASA – @RogueNASA https://twitter.com/RogueNASA

The movement on Twitter first began when the National Park Service was forced to shut down its Twitter activity temporarily after retweeting two tweets — one about the attendance of Trump’s inauguration and the other about the disappearance of some pages on WhiteHouse.gov. This week, the Trump administration instituted a temporary media blackout at the EPA. Also, the Badlands National Park in South Dakota tweeted out multiple facts about climate change. These tweets were later deleted.

It’s hard to keep up with the pace of accounts sprouting up on Twitter, but as of writing there are now unofficial accounts for the Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Agriculture.

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The birth of scepticism

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on March 25, 2010

My skepticism began at the start of the first Gulf War, when CNN continuously displayed the bombing as if it was a videogame. It even had a name: ‘precision bombing’ and it was supposed to be safe and nonharmful to Iraqi civilions.
At that time I would blindly trust the eight ‘o clock news.
The next day when I was attending my physics class and my fellow classmates were discussing the war, my teacher came in. Some pupils asked him ‘what do you think about the war sir?’ He paused for a while and said “you shouldn’t believe what they show you on tv. It is impossible to have civilianfriendly precision bombing if at the same time they tell you a thousand missiles are being fired.”
This shocked me, made me think and forever sparked a search for truth in me.

Tell me: do you remember your first skeptical moment?

The masses

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on March 6, 2010

The biggest danger in this world doesn’t come from the extremists but from the moderates.
They can make critical mass and they genuinely don’t care.

Acquired royalty

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on March 6, 2010

All royalty should be stripped from their benefits and possessions, except for drag queens and drag kings, they can stay – since they are the only kings and queens who actually attained their royalty themselves, and not by right of birth.

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Democrazy

Posted in Skepsos by skepsos on March 5, 2010

Democracy could have been a great substitute for religion, but now populism has taken its place.