Friday, June 21, 2013

Name That Fear!

Yes, it's time once again for that game show: Name That Fear!  As always, we'll highlight quotes from various fear mongers about technological innovations, and your job is to figure out what they're trying to scare you about.

Ready?  All right!  Name that fear:

A) "Any scientist who tells you they know xxx [is] safe and not to worry about it, is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying. Nobody knows what the long-term effect will be."


B) "The xxx cartel, at the highest level, is not out to help people, it is out to harm them, to weaken them.  To kill them."


C) "No matter what the industry tells you, … it is impossible to design any xxx so it will never [cause harm]."
 
Got your answers?  Okay, here's what they're trying to scare you about:
 
A) GMOs.
“Any scientist who tells you they know that GMOs are safe and not to worry about it, is either ignorant of the history of science or is deliberately lying. Nobody knows what the long-term effect will be.” – Geneticist, David Suzuki, giving the 2008 Commonwealth Lecture in London
B) Vaccines
 
"At the highest levels of the medical cartel, vaccines are a top priority because they cause a weakening of the immune system. I know that may be hard to accept, but it's true. The medical cartel, at the highest level, is not out to help people, it is out to harm them, to weaken them.  To kill them." – Dr. Mark Randall in 2001 (Randall is the pseudonym of a "vaccine researcher who worked for many years in the labs of major pharmaceutical houses and the US government's National Institutes of Health.")
 
C) Fracking

"No matter what the industry tells you, their own data ... proves conclusively to any reasonable scientist or engineer that it is impossible to design any well so it will never leak." –  Cornell Engineering Professor Anthony Ingraffea,

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