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The Skeptic Zone #405 - 24.July.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:55

The Raw Skeptic Report with Heidi Robertson

Paleo and TV chef Pete Evans says sunscreen contains 'poisonous chemicals'

This week Heidi looks at some of the claims made by a TV chef about sunscreen and more. Includes radio appearance by Dr Brad McKay.

0:27:55

Horror and Amazement as it's reviled Homeopathy is nothing more than sugar pills! World in SHOCK!

A BRISBANE woman selling homeopathic vaccinations or boosters for diseases including whooping cough, polio, meningococcal and malaria has been found to be selling nothing but refined sugar.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/brisbane-homeopath-cyena-caruana-selling-vaccinations-and-boosters-made-from-refined-sugar/news-story/30b8f3ca2944fbf7a4c634ac41a35341

0:42:15

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard finds himself on tour across Australia with the Totally 80's show. He asks some of the group if they indulge in superstitions or rituals before performing.

http://www.metropolistouring.com/totally80s

Ivan Doroschuk (Men Without Hats) - Safety Dance (Totally 80's)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVN-vXl2MPk

Also...

Makers of ‘Vaxxed’ Threaten Lawsuit Over Valid Criticism

http://ascienceenthusiast.com/vaxxed-makers-threaten-lawsuit-for-valid-criticism/

Skeptics Sydney Dinner

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/06/13/sydney-dinner-6-august-how-to-make-skeptics-even-more-attractive/

Mayanrd

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The Skeptic Zone #404 - 17.July.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:10

A call to ban veterinary surgeons from prescribing homeopathy as a treatment for animals

We talk to Dr Danny Chambers about his petition in the UK to stop vets from selling usless sugar pills in place of real medicine for animals.

https://www.change.org/p/the-royal-college-of-veterinary-surgeons-a-call-to-ban-veterinary-surgeons-from-prescribing-homeopathy-as-a-treatment-for-animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040ty7g

0:27:52

ABC's Catalyst under review, reporter suspended after damning review on Wi-Fi program

The ABC will apologise to its viewers and review its science program Catalyst after an independent investigation found a controversial episode on the potential health risks of Wi-Fi that went to air earlier this year breached its editorial standards.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abcs-catalyst-under-review-reporter-suspended-after-damning-review-on-wifi-program-20160705-gpz8ty.html

0:34:38

The Cass Files with Dr Cassandra Perryman

What did Australia's top psychics predict for the year 2015? Cassandrea marks their homework. Will they get an A or an F?

http://www.psychicdirectory.com.au/

043:40

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Won't someone save those poor spoons from being bent?

http://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/

Also...

Skeptics Sydney Dinner

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/06/13/sydney-dinner-6-august-how-to-make-skeptics-even-more-attractive/

Totally 80's Australian Tour

http://www.metropolistouring.com/totally80s

Danny Chambers

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The Skeptic Zone #403 - 10.July.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:07:05

Yes... But will it float?

We talk to Dr Eugenie C. Scott about the new and very large ark just opened in Kentucky.

https://ncse.com/

https://arkencounter.com/

0:25:38

Freeman on the land - Shelley Stocken

Shelly looks at a small but noisy movement that started in the US and Canada at the turn of the century, and has been simmering in Australia for about a decade.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/the-seriously-weird-beliefs-of-freemen-on-the-land/news-story/cd91441f8f406a48457d5450b0a264f9

0:35:43

Maynard's Spooky Action..

What podcasts are on Maynard's list?

We ask and Mayanrd tells! Find out what he listens to on those long drives and train trips.

http://www.zenthinking.net/podcast/

http://thehighersidechats.com/

Maynard's 80s Tour

http://www.metropolistouring.com/totally80s

 

Eugenie Carol Scott

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #402 - 3.July.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:42

The Cass Files with Dr Cassandra Perryman

Be mindful of mindfulness! Mind woo, colouring books and breathing! What?? Find out with Cassandra.

The Cass Files with Dr Cassandra Perryman

Be mindful of mindfulness! Mind woo, colouring books and breathing! What?? Find out with Cassandra.

0:12:27

Sherlock Holmes..... the skeptic.

From the classic 1940s Sherlock Holmes movies comes a clip that rings true to skeptical thinkers to this day.

Sherlock Holmes The Scarlet Claw

0:19:30

The case of the "fake gynaecologist"

Simon Floreani, anti-vaccine chiropractor and former president of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia, has been named in court for referring one of his patients to a “fake gynaecologist”.

Australian Skeptics' Report

0:27:32

Homeopathy can kill pets and should be banned, say vets, as read by Lauren Cochrane followed by,

Homeopathic Remedies No More Effective Than Placebo Sugar Pills, as read by Richard Saunders

Homeopathy can kill pets

Homeopathic No More Effective Than Placebo

 

Basil Rathbone

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The Skeptic Zone #401 - 26.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:09:15

Michelle Franklin and ghosts?

We catch up with Michelle from the Darwin Skeptics who tells us about her recent appearance on radio to give the skeptical point of view on a good old fashion ghost story.

0:22:00

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson interviews Tracy from the Facebook group, 'Stop The Austrailian Vaccination Skeptics Network' (or SAVN). Find out what impact they have had via their untiring efforts.

0:37:44

Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

Carl Sagan had a wonderful mind that was capable of cutting through all the noise and clearly communicating and inspiring millions. He may indeed be sadly missed, but his words and thoughts still echo loudly even today.

0:43:55

Dr Will Grant from CPAS

Kevin Davies interviews Dr Will Grant, a lecturer, researcher and graduate studies convener at CPAS.

Dr Grant's research and writing has focused on the intersection of society, politics and science, and how the relationships between these are changing with new technologies.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Darwin Skeptics

Stop The AVN

Carl Sagon's Baloney Kit

CPAS

Wholesome Show

Canberra Skeptics

Michelle Franklin

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #400 - 19.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Stefan Sojka

0:09:15

Good Thinking with Michael Marshall

NHS Liverpool CCG ends funding for homeopathy - The Good Thinking Society welcomed today’s decision by NHS Liverpool CCG to decommission homeopathy services. The decision comes after months of public consultation which showed overwhelming support from Liverpool residents for an end to funding.

0:30:52

The Cass Files with Dr Cassandra Perryman

Meet our new reporter, Dr Cassandra who is a PhD in Psychology, specialising in research methods, analysis, and ethics. She's a bicoastal girl who talks to her cats, and reads way too much Pratchett, Gaiman, and Butcher.

0:36:33

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Supanova 2016

Look out! It's Maynard and Tim Ferguson for a quick hello and a chance for Richard to thank Maynard for all his hard work.

0:40:00

Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies

Update...

Taxpayers won't be subsidising them if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister.

0:45:44 The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The SGU rouges drop by to wish the Skeptic Zone a happy 400th episode.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Good Thinking Society

NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group

Labor slammed planned natural therapies rebate cut

Thee Skeptics Guide to the Universe

 

Show 400

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #399 - 12.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:09:18

Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies

Taxpayers won't be subsidising them if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen announced on Friday that from July 1, 2017, taxpayer-funded private health insurance rebates would no longer be available for natural therapies.

0:12:10

The Good Thinking Society welcomes NHS Liverpool CCG’s report on homeopathy funding

Continued funding or end of funding to be decided on June 14. The Good Thinking Society welcomed a report from NHS Liverpool CCG on the subject of homeopathy, which showed overwhelming support from Liverpool residents for an end to funding.

0:16:24

Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine - Shelley Stocken

Recent reports of a Sydney naturopath allegedly endangering the life of a baby; the son of a naturopath shunning radiotherapy for “alternative therapies”; and a disgraced Gold Coast doctor turning to naturopathy rather than maintaining her registration raise the question, what’s the deal with naturopathy?

0:22:53

Dr Brad McKay on TV

Dr Brad appears on TODAY Extra and calls out homeopathy for what it is! What do the viewers think?

0:31:46 Failed stockbroking firm consulting a psychic

Glenn Rosewall, executive chairman of the failed stockbroking firm BBY, was consulting a psychic and ‘vibrational healer’ for at least 12 months prior to the firm’s demise, according to sources.
0:37:43

Threats of assault against Reasonable Hank

Explicit and direct threats of physical assault towards the blogger uploaded to facebook.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Good Thinking Society

Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies

Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine - Shelley Stocken

Dr Brad McKay on TV

Failed stockbroking firm consulting a psychic

Threats of assault against Reasonable Hank

Shelly Stocken

Direct download:
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The Skeptic Zone #398 - 5.June.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:09:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard at Paracon 2016 Part #2

High up in the Blue Mountains, Maynard goes looking for ghosts, aliens and the unknown... but instead finds...

  • Sheryl Gottschall
  • Delegates
  • Calvin Von Crush
0:32:42

The Raw Skeptic Report

Anti-vaccination activists crash immunisation seminar

A public seminar on immunisation in Perth was forced to close early after anti-vaccination activists hijacked the event and called doctors liars.

0:48:15 Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

This week we ask the big question, what would you think if we make contact with aliens?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Calvin Von Crush Official

Anti-Vax activists Disprut Meeting - Video

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Calvin Von Crush

Direct download:
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The Vaccination Chonicles
 
Solar Flare

Featuring

Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.

YouTube
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

Buy the DVD

 

Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!

Also featuring the hit song
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

Solar Flare episode 1


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