Why You Can't Trust Me

  • Published on: 01 July 2019
  • I went to a place called Coober Pedy to tell a story about water. • Sponsored by Audible: Go to http://audible.com/trustme or text ‘trustme’ to 500 500 to get started today.

    CORRECTIONS: https://www.tomscott.com/corrections/

    Thanks to everyone in Coober Pedy; I had a wonderful time there. I'm sorry this isn't the video you all hoped for!

    Sources for this video:
    Smerdon, B.; Ransley, T.; Radke, B.; Kellett, J. (2012) Water resource assessment for the Great Artesian Basin. A report to the Australian Government from the CSIRO Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Assessment. Australia: CSIRO. https://doi.org/10.4225/08/584c45a39e1b5

    Martin, P. (2019). Opal capital Coober Pedy 'on knife-edge' as desert town faces water problem. Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/coober-pedy-water-supply-concerns-opal-capital/10867894

    Coober Pedy weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/201901/html/IDCJDW5012.201901.shtml

    Great Artesian Basin boundaries: Great Artesian Basin boundary: https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/241d11ac-649d-46a5-8cae-3dddb53a8010
    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Bioregional Assessment Programme http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au), (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) 2013

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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott   3 months ago

    Thanks to everyone in Coober Pedy; I had a wonderful time there. I'm sorry this isn't the video you hoped for!

  • Marcus Marcus
    Marcus Marcus   1 days ago

    8:02 "If anyone on the internet says you can trust them, they are selling something. By the way, you should buy an Audible membership... ". I shot gravy out my nose! 🤣

  • Zin
    Zin   1 days ago

    You're human. You're forgiven.

  • Kimun
    Kimun   4 days ago

    8:08 "it isn't just a cheap joke" it's a cheap joke that i can make money on and make it not feel as annoying to the viewer

  • Percy Blakeney
    Percy Blakeney   4 days ago

    That link to the list of your past mistakes keeps giving me a 404. What gives?:)

  • yippiekiyia
    yippiekiyia   5 days ago

    Welcome to Australia - we don't believe anything here either

  • KitkatKate
    KitkatKate   6 days ago

    wait. can i trust this video? what if i cant trust you saying i cant trust you?? if i trust this video then that means ill trust you, and this video is saying i cant trust you, so what if i dont trust this video and i can trust you, but that means ill trust this video OH GOD

  • Sergeant Shultz
    Sergeant Shultz   1 weeks ago

    it's not your fault that people will only tell you convenient half truths .

  • Bander Yousif
    Bander Yousif   1 weeks ago

    I think that water is actually abundant over there. The government in the town are saying its scarce to charge more for it.Perhaps thats why no one gave you a direct answer and they all disagree with every outer source of information.

  • Nicolás Granelli
    Nicolás Granelli   1 weeks ago

    Great Great video! Showing vulnerability is brave, and it builds trust. Let me tell you, I trust you and your videos a lot more now

  • Mr Kennedy
    Mr Kennedy   1 weeks ago

    Tom tom tom, hope that the script from audible paid well haha.

  • Tediore Jackson
    Tediore Jackson   1 weeks ago

    I find this entire documentation ironic lmao. Hes like "Dun't trust me" then reveals info that causes you to trust him.

  • Daniel Berkefeld
    Daniel Berkefeld   1 weeks ago

    Mate you do an awesome job but people won't always give you consistent information. You can only do your best and the correction list is a great idea for those times when you discover a source is not as good as you thought. But keep your head high you present well and attempt to tackle interesting topics in an unbiased truthful way

  • Prjndigo
    Prjndigo   1 weeks ago

    One of the problems they face out at Coober Pedy is ground suction, as the water level drops it will drop much faster around unsealed pipes, bores, holes and crevasses. Its a known soil dynamic because the surface tension of the water pulls the table down, it doesn't drop evenly.Basically they've been abandoned out there by Aus's currently intellectually challenged government.

  • Prjndigo
    Prjndigo   1 weeks ago

    "they're probably selling something, which reminds me, this video is sponsored by Audible"... a one time charge leasing company. right. There you go!

  • Prjndigo
    Prjndigo   1 weeks ago

    It's temperature reading is also not valid because of the station placement. Imagine that!

  • kittenclaws
    kittenclaws   1 weeks ago

    I love that you've said this and been so honest

  • Max Le Bars
    Max Le Bars   1 weeks ago

    This sound likethe beginning of a Lovecraft Story

  • Jon Smith
    Jon Smith   1 weeks ago

    A constant problem: non experts always assume there is more evidence in a given special field to support “the facts” than there actually is.

  • John Evison
    John Evison   2 weeks ago

    I applaud your conscience driven honesty.

  • Varelity
    Varelity   2 weeks ago

    The abc is a reputable news sourceHeheheh u should be a comedian with jokes like that

  • BOT Chad
    BOT Chad   2 weeks ago

    You're not trained as a journalist and that's why you're still honest.

  • Marcus Clarke
    Marcus Clarke   2 weeks ago

    We also can't trust him because of that toaster that popped up

  • Philip Spencer
    Philip Spencer   2 weeks ago

    Tom, serious Kudos to you. I watch your videos as part of gathering information, not as a single source. 😎👍🏻

  • Miku meow
    Miku meow   2 weeks ago

    Absolutely academic in its purest demonstrative manner. My goodness. What a video.

  • David Whittaker
    David Whittaker   2 weeks ago

    can you do a vidio on homeless defence's in towns and citys i think it needs to be highlighted eg spikes on window sills arm rests on benches so people carnt sleep there