Friday, September 30, 2022

BIG Mouth

Combatting climate alarmism with important facts and context

It's not easy having a conversation with someone who has bought into climate alarmism hook, line, and sinker. With mainstream media and politicians doing such a good job of fear mongering and virtue signalling, I can't blame them for believing that we are on the brink of environmental catastrophe. But it is essential that the well-informed among us speak up against the misinformation that causes so much harm on so many levels. BIG Media contributors/scientists Laurie Weston...

Are you prepared for major downtime? And I am not talking about a vacation

There has never been a more important time for business operators to ensure that their mission-critical data is backed up in a very secure place. You might want to consider emergency planning measures while you are at it. In the simplest terms, the Russian government is not thrilled with the idea that the federal governments of the United States and Canada are throwing major support behind Ukraine as Russian troops gather in large numbers along...

BIG growth does not come without challenges

As we approach one full year (Feb. 8) of providing a uniquely fact-focused brand of journalism, BIG Media is seeing record growth in membership. Netflix is not looking over its shoulder for us yet, but the steady increase in business tells me that I was correct in my suspicion that a high-integrity media platform focused on empowering readers with knowledge – and devoid of sensationalism – could actually be successful. As I look back at hundreds...

News flash – rational people speak freely, no police called

I just had the most incredible experience. Sipping on a tea in front of my laptop at a crowded Vancouver coffee shop, two gentlemen started talking about the hypocrisy of a society that sits around getting increasingly unfit while waiting for the next needle ... which does not seem to be very effective. As a woman approached the two men, I thought, "Uh oh, here comes a lecture from a virtuous follower of mainstream media and...

Top 5 Reasons to Eliminate Vaccine Mandates

Any perceived statistical justification has been kicked to the curb by Omicron. The latest data out of Ontario indicates that people who are fully vaccinated are much more likely to become infected with COVID than those unvaccinated. You may want to read that twice, then verify – Omicron update: vaccine effectiveness against ICU admission holds at 80%  The vaccines' effectiveness against hospitalization has dropped significantly to 40%. Omicron update: vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization drops...

Exploring the third side of the coin

There are two sides to every coin, or so the proverb goes. It is a piece of wisdom well worth remembering. However, as all proverbs go, it is only a piece of wisdom, and is not an irrefutable truth. On rare occasions, there may be only one side, and in a multitude of others, there are more than two sides. The world is complicated, and the more complicated it gets, the greater the desire to see just...

Announcing BIG Media’s Person of the Year for 2021

When I saw this week that Elon Musk had been named Time Magazine's person of the year, I thought, "Hey, we are also a well-established media company (10.5 months and getting older every day!), so we should also have a person of the year." Now, I am guessing Time's selection process started before December 17, and, of course, we needed to streamline the process so I could make the announcement on the same day that the...

It’s time to shift the focus of this Titanic struggle

Am I stranded alone on an island here, or is it everyone else that is missing the boat? Since before COVID-19 became a thing in North America, it has been clear that this virus really picks on those who are not in shipshape. Yes, there are statistical outliers that mainstream media tend to showcase as much as possible, but the fact is, the majority of severe outcomes from COVID infection are among people who did not possess...

Striving to avoid bias in our own coverage

We have said from the beginning that BIG Media’s goal is to provide objective, unbiased, spin-free journalism. But this was never and will never be an easy mark to hit. One of my earliest articles, Nudge and the uneasy pursuit of context and objectivity, on nudges spoke about bias. It generated a great deal of commentary from readers. Even my closest friends told me that being unbiased would be close to impossible. They were right;...

A case study on expert testimony and accuracy in vaccine effectiveness reporting

As part of my research for this article Mounting COVID frustration is no reason to abandon fundamental principles, BIG Media, I read an article in a news post about a Texas doctor, her data on infectivity between the vaccinated and unvaccinated, and the doctor’s conclusions about vaccine effectiveness. I noted to myself that the doctor’s conclusions appeared suspicious and that the news report failed to either note the anomalous report or support its incongruity. This led...