Fact Checking March Against Monsanto Protesters
Over the past few years, I have been attending March Against Monsanto protests in the UK in an attempt to gain an insight into why so many people are against this one company in particular. It became apparent very early on, whilst attending these protests, that the majority of people in attendance were not there to protest against the agriculture company Monsanto, but instead to protest against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in general. As someone who believes that GMOs have huge potential in helping to alleviate world hunger and improve standards of living on our planet, I was curious to hear what criticisms people had of this broad area of science. I was surprised to find that nearly all of the criticisms consisted of lies, half truths, misconceptions, and flat out ignorance. I decided to make a series of videos fact-checking some of the more convincing arguments made at these events in order to undo some of the damages I believe these people to be doing.
Debunking House of Numbers
In 2009 Canadian-born director and producer, Brent Leung, released the film ‘House of Numbers’. The documentary consists of interviews with scientists and AIDS denialists discussing the link between HIV and AIDS, the severity of AIDS in South Africa and, unbelievably, whether or not HIV exists at all. Brent claims that the documentary gives an “objective examination of the idea the HIV causes AIDS” but nothing could be further from the truth in this sneakily edited piece of propaganda. After viewing it myself, and realising how the movie tried to mislead viewers, I made a series of videos debunking several of the claims it made.
Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists
A sceptical look at claims made by truthers protesting at ground zero in September 2012 from the viewpoint of a chemist. For those of you who don’t know, a ‘truther’ is a person affiliated with the 9/11 Truth movement, who rejects the official explanation provided for the 9/11 attacks and instead claims complicity on the part of the US government. The videos in this series cover everything from the alleged thermite found in the dust to the collapse of World Trade Centre 7. The videos debunks every claim made by the truthers by looking at the scientific literature and studying video evidence of the attacks.
People online can unknowing find themselves in an eco chamber having their more fringe believes amplified and reinforced by a lack of exposure to conflicting views and evidence. That couppled with the fact that anyone can publish anything on line has lead to renaissance in conspiracy theories, psudomedical procedures, and general bad science. One of the more interesting conspiracy theories that seems to have grown in popularity over the last decade is the belief that the long-lasting white clouds left in the sky being aircraft are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed on the population for nefarious reasons. The people who believe in this conspiracy theory call these lines in the sky chemtrails and feel so strongly against them that they recently organised protests around the world. I decided to make a series of videos investigating the weird and wonderfull world of chemtrials and shed some light on a conspiracy which most find hard to grasp.