[Hpr] Regarding episode 3414 and COVID-19 disinformation

Kevin O'Brien zwilnik at zwilnik.com
Sat Sep 18 05:01:28 PDT 2021

I thought the episode in question combined large measures of
misinformation and sloppy thinking, though there was a useful nugget
about Vitamin D, for which there is good evidence.

That said, I have always maintained that if you disagree with a show,
you should record your own show. Or not. I let it go by because I
don't want HPR to turn into an ongoing shouting match. This is a
division in society (though predominantly in the US), and it won't go

Kevin B. O'Brien
zwilnik at zwilnik.com

“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be
afraid of their people.” - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 3:09 PM nihilazo via Hpr
<hpr at hackerpublicradio.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been wanting to contribute another episode to HPR for years but
> have not got around to it yet. However I am more skeptical to lend my
> voice to HPR after the publication of episode 3414, which spreads
> anti-vaccine and conspiratorial ideas and promotes vitamin B3 as a
> vaccine alternative (which has some benefits, as a preventative
> alongside the vaccine, but is no replacement, and studies are still
> fairly preliminary).
> I understand that usual HPR policy dictates that episodes are not to be
> edited or removed after they are uploaded but in the case of this
> episode I think it's irresponsible for Hacker Public Radio to leave it
> up, especially in the midst of a global health crisis.
> Are there any plans to deal with this episode's potentially harmful content?
> Thanks,
> Nico
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