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The Risk-Monger participated in the EU Transparency Register Consultation. He would like to see clear definitions of how academics and scientists lobby, create a Registry for journalists, have a section where organisations upload their internal ethical codes of conduct and make it clear that NGOs also have conflicts of interest which I call a conflict of influence.

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NGOs, activist scientists, organic lobbyists and IARC have been campaigning to ban glyphosate in the EU with no scientific evidence but a lot of public fear. In the Age of Stupid, they will succeed, but until then, we need to take a moment to acknowledge how good glyphosate has been.

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Part 6 deals with Stupid’s strategy to remove industry from being a legitimate actor or stakeholder in policy debates. They have been very successful in denormalising tobacco, now fossil fuels and biotech, and soon pharmaceuticals. By denying industry to share its research, views and concerns, they have become pariahs who pay taxes.

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Why do people willingly believe nonsense? How is it possible for people to convince others to act without facts, evidence or rationality? Commonality is a communications process developed to deceive – patented in 1930s Germany but only now reaching its full potential with the rise of social media. It is time to forego academic taboos and discuss the dangers of commonality.

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Part 2 in the ten-part series on how to deal with stupid looks at how stupid gets its wings. With the growth of social media, bad ideas, virally spread and well repeated in a form of mass-messaging, do not leave most people with enough time to reflect on whether the arguments are valid, or, well, just plain stupid.

Posted by David Zaruk

As NGOs are funding more activist science, we need to consider whether this research is worthy to be included in policy debates, or if bias is built into the methodology. Dave Goulson is an activist scientist receiving funds from NGOs in exchange for evidence to be integrated into anti-pesticide campaigns. I find this outrageous.

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The pesticide industry has to choose between moral integrity or defending its products from attacks by the NGO activists and organic food industry lobby and allowing conventional farmers to bring sufficient food to market. They have chosen integrity so products will be taken off of the market.

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A Car-Free Day every Sunday is a no-brainer – it would improve urban life, reduce respiratory health, increase health and fitness levels and significantly cut CO2 emissions. So why don’t we do it. Let’s allow the hypocrites to explain why they don’t want it!

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