Sunday, September 24, 2023

The Top 7 Things You Should Know

… but may not know if you get your news from mainstream or social media

… plus an answer key in the form of fact-focused (and a couple of tongue-in-cheek) articles.

7.  There is a grand total of zero giant islands (or continents) of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean.  Taking a critical look at the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’

6.  Sea level is not rising at a catastrophic level in some areas. Hint: it is one ocean and sea level has been rising slowly and steadily since the last glacial maximum about 21,000 years ago … and humans, other animals, and plant life continue to adapt.  Sea level is rising; should we be worried?

5.  It is OK to talk to strangers.   BIG Media birth – stranger then (non-)fiction

4. COVID-19 is not like the flu.

3.  Deaths from influenza have increased dramatically since widespread flu vaccination was introduced.  COVID-19 is definitely not the flu

2. Your risk of dying from COVID-19 is extremely low if you are a healthy person.  COVID context – how concerned should we be about dying from this virus?  Assessing the relative lethality of COVID-19: a Canadian case study

1.  Earth is not flat. Flat Earthers’ sphere mongering: to be or(b) not to be

Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll is co-founder and president of BIG Media Ltd. He is a writer and entrepreneur who is deeply committed to elevating the level of coverage of our society's most pressing matters as well as the level of respect in public discourse.

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