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Riding a "bike generator" for 30 minutes will power a house for a day? No, not even close. #Facebook #Bicycling #nonsense

Riding a "bike generator" for 30 minutes will power a house for a day? No, not even close. #Facebook #Bicycling #nonsense

This made me laugh – can you see why? A typical bicyclist may generate 100 to 200 watts per hour on a bike. A very fit bicyclist might generate up to 300 watts per hour (and their peak output – like a sprint – can produce 500 or more watts briefly). (Good explanation here. Another way to look at this is that 1 horsepower is 746 watts. Are you as powerful as a horse?) Consequently, for most people, 30 minutes…

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It may be virtue signalling, but at least its not actually true

It may be virtue signalling, but at least its not actually true

This propaganda poster came across my news feed. According to Snopes, He occasionally rides a subway but is more often driving one of his sports cars or classic motorcycles. He generously support several charities; however, his net worth is estimated at $350 million. He lives in a $4 million home (shack, not a mansion, in Hollywood Hills, which is in California, not New York City). Typical of propaganda, this poster extracts “bits” and extrapolates those to make broad or generalized…

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Yet another profound but fake quote from Einstein

Yet another profound but fake quote from Einstein

I do not see as many of these strange social media posters, partially because I have stopped following people who posted stuff like this: It’s a fake quote, of course. So what is the point of posting stuff like this on social media?

Protests seldom about "object of the protest" but about the protestors?

Protests seldom about "object of the protest" but about the protestors?

Protestors shut down a speaker at an event that is local to where I live. I am not familiar with the speaker or the protestors and their issues but I found this description of interest: Protests are seldom really about the object of the protest. They are about the protesters, who seek attention for their organizations, their causes, their ideologies, and themselves. And they are about achieving a certain kind of emotional release, bordering on frenzy. The scheduled talk by…

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Social media propaganda poster implies world hunger is getting worse (but it's not) #socialmedia #propaganda

Social media propaganda poster implies world hunger is getting worse (but it's not) #socialmedia #propaganda

This came across my Facebook time line today: “The world’s hunger is getting ridiculous” – the word “getting” implies global hunger is getting worse – which is the message intended by this social media propaganda meme. Some types of shampoo may contain extracts of flowers or herbs and a few may contain extract of a fruit, but they are not significant components, by mass, of shampoo. This tidbit seems thrown in to encourage the target to feel guilty. In reality,…

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Social media and the Paris Climate Agreement

Social media and the Paris Climate Agreement

In the past couple of hours, my social media feeds have *exploded* with loudly expressed perspectives on the Paris Climate Agreement. How many of those expressing a perspective have read the Agreement? I am guessing that is a number approaching zero. The agreement is short, as far as government documents go, and you can read it for yourself here. What does the Paris Climate Agreement actually do? Read the text for yourself. It is a voluntary set of guidelines, with…

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The perpetually outraged on social media are virtue signaling their personal goodness

The perpetually outraged on social media are virtue signaling their personal goodness

As noted on our blog, many users turn social media into a platform for perpetual outage, with their outrage volume set to 11. Why do they do it? A research paper explains: Getting outraged on others’ behalf often isn’t about altruism but soothing personal guilt and asserting one’s status as a good person. Source: Moral Outrage Is Self-Serving, Say Psychologists In other words, the perpetually outraged think they are virtue signaling that they are better than others. And “When people…

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Mrs Thompson and the boy named Teddy

Mrs Thompson and the boy named Teddy

TL;DR Summary An emotional story about a troubled young child in elementary school whose entire life is changed by a caring teacher is widely shared on social media, every year. The young child goes onto become a physician and seeks out the teacher that had a profound influence on his life. Shared on Facebook for the umpteenth time. It is a great story but it is actually a fictional story published in 1974. Glurge: A touching tale about a troubled…

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