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The cost of software piracy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2005
The enormous dollar amounts the software industry throws around in its PR campaigns about software 'piracy' are purely imaginary.
The Crusade in Favor of GMO: Falsehoods and Vilification Will Not Fool the Public
Todhunter, Colin
Article
2016
Pro-GMO campaigners often attack critics of the technology by claiming their negative views of it emanate from well-funded environmentalist groups or commercial interests in the organic food sector. T...
Doubt is their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health
Michaels, David (ed.)
Book
2008
Reveals how the tobacco industry's duplicitious tactics spawned a multimillion-dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards. Offers concrete, workable suggestions for how it can be res...
Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism: Total Information Control
Latham, Jonathan
Article
2014
Good journalism examines its sources critically, it takes nothing at face value, places its topics in a historical context, and it values above all the public interest. Such journalism is, most people...
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
Sokal, Alan; Bricmont, Jean
Book
1997
The authors criticize postmodernism in academia for its misuses of scientific and mathematical concepts in postmodern writing. Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics: (1) The incompetent and...
Flatly Outrageous
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2005
The flat earth society is not the equivalent of the Fraser Institute.
Fossil Fuel Industry's Global Climate Science Communications Plan in Action: Polluting the Classroom
Jervey, Ben
Article
2015
The Fossil Fuel Industry promotes a plan in U.S. schools to address global climate change. Their plan includes denial, doubt and promoting the merits of fossil fuel.
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science
Gross, Paul; Levitt, Norman
Book
1994
Describes attacks on science, and on concepts of truth and rationality, in areas of the humanities.
Kyrgyzstan's dubious success
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1995
In Kyrgyzstan, everyone is better off - except for the vast majority of the population.
Let Them Eat Climate Change
Montague, Brendan
Article
2015
The winds are changing for the energy giants. And so the black plumes of smoke emitted by the climate deniers in an attempt to provide cover for the coal, oil and gas industry have already been refine...
Neocon con game: First deprive public institutions of their ability to act, then blame them for not acting: Margaret Wente's Chutzpah
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2005
The neocon con game: first deprive public institutions of their ability to act, then blame them for not acting
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016: Science and its enemies
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of t...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016: Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 1, 2017: April 1 issue
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Other Voices always strives to present you with alternative views on important topics. This issue offers some really alternative perspectives and even some "alternative facts." As always, read critica...
Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
Sokal, Alan
Article
1996
Alan Sokal submitted this parody of postmodernism, poststructuralist theory, deconstruction, and political moralism to the journal Social Text. The editors failed to spot the hoax and published it as ...

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The biggest threat to a free society is freedom of speech, says Canada’s Public Safety Minister
Diemer, Ulli
2015
Canada's "Public Safety" Minister Steven Blaney says that the Holocaust could have been prevented if only Germany hadn't suffered from an excess of freedom of speech.
"Fake News"
Introduction to the December 20, 2016 issue of Other Voices
Diemer, Ulli
2016
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentaries about obscure websites which are supposed...
Grand narratives
Diemer, Ulli
2011
Those who reject 'grand narratives' have simply bought into the hoariest grand narrative of all, the one which says that capitalism is all-powerful and eternal.
Have you heard the one about the negligent official and the obtuse columnist?
Diemer, Ulli
2008
When people die as a consequence of your failures, joking about it just isn’t on.
TIFFs corporate mentality
Diemer, Ulli
2015
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) tries to prevent anyone from handing out flyers to people standing on the sidewalk waiting for a film.