I'm using Ghostery in Firefox; it is reporting 16 blockable things (a mix of advertising, analytics, beacons, and widgets). I experimented a bit with blocking everything; the only one I'm not currently blocking is Gravatar (so I can see all the cute icons people have chosen :-). Even with all things Google blocked, I'm able to read reported comments.
The "7,000 people giving birth" quote appears in an article at Bloomberg BNA dated October 29, at www.bna.com/rader-regrets-cls-n17179879684/. That article, in turn, seems to point to something called "Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily(tm)", which appears to be a for-pay e-service of Bloomberg BNA.
It's harder for people to tell the truth the first time around because it may be immediately embarrassing. With a lie, they won't be embarrassed until later (assuming someone figures out that it was a lie). Short-term vs. long-term thinking.
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