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The Skeptic Zone #487 - 18 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes a brief look at the case of the missing Beaumont Children from 1966

0:14:32

A Grain of Salt... with Eran Segev

This week Eran brings us new of the sucess of the ongoing Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:21:04

Maynard's Spooky Action!

We join Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where he interviews Dr Andrea Leong, a microbiologist with an interest in finding ways to reduce antibiotic use. Her PhD thesis looked at surface coatings that repel and kill bacteria by using antimicrobial peptides, a class of molecule that could prove to be an alternative to conventional antibiotics.

https://futureparty.nationbuilder.com/support_andrea_leong

0:30:25

Memoirs of a Former Mystic

A feature documentary film by Jessica Schab & Élisabeth Feytit - Produced by l'Esprit & la Matière - Expected release date: late 2018.

After 10 years of being a New Age guru and iconic Crystal Child, Jessica Schab, aka Jessica Mystic, chose to quit her ‘mission’ and started de-conditioning herself from the esoteric ideas that had ruled her life for so long.

http://www.memoirsofaformermystic.com/

http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-473-12nov2017

036:46

Scientific literacy low priority for CAM practitioners

A draft industry skills forecast for the complementary health industry puts scientific literacy near the bottom of a list of “key generic skills – ranked in order of importance”.

“Sciences, mathematics and scientific literacy” ranks 11 out of 12, meaning that finance and entrepreneurship (including the ability to sell ideas and products) are more important. Only “environmental and sustainability” skills rate lower than an appreciation and knowledge of science.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/02/02/scientific-literacy-low-priority-for-cam-practitioners/

Also...

Interview with Richard Saunders on 501 Conversations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQ0WEKB7Lw

Bill Nuvo


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The Skeptic Zone #486 - 11 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:13

A Piece of his Mind - With Professor Paul Willis

Religious Freedom Review - Professor Paul Willis gives us his thoughts on keeping religion out of secular life.

https://pmc.gov.au/domestic-policy/religious-freedom-review

https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au/

0:12:08

Dragons lack critical thinking - An interview with Bill Nuvo

Magician and Skeptic Bill Nuvo helps lift the lid on the old tricks of Applied kinesiology in Canada.

Scam or science? How not to get fooled (Marketplace)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Kl0XkZuCw

http://nuvoentertainment.com/

http://scambusting101.blogspot.com.au/

 

0:27:15

The Raw Skeptic Report

Diphtheria death shows Queensland is failing to properly vaccinate, AMA warns.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-08/diptheria-death-shows-vaccination-failure-ama-says/9407920

033:33

'Softens hardness'

TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/softens-hardness-tga-under-fire-for-health-claim-list-that-endorses-pseudoscience-20180207-h0vfst.html

Also...

Interview with Richard Saunders on 501 Conversations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQ0WEKB7Lw

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

Bill Nuvo


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The Skeptic Zone #485 - 4 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:50

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson brings us updates and news reports on yet more foolery, buffoonery and silliness from the Anti-Vax crowd.

0:16:40

Wake Up Australia!

A gem from 1980 with dire warnings for the future of the planet! Find out when it all went to hell! Does anyone remember it happening?

http://www.skepticzone.tv/pdf/wake_up_australia_1980.pdf

0:31:00

Maynard's Spooky Action!

We join Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where is askes, "How would you like to be remembered?"

Also...

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/

Logical-LA

http://logicalla.com/

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

Wake up Australia


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The Skeptic Zone #484 - 28 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes and update on the Britt Hermes story.

0:08:04

18 nurses face disciplinary action after anti-vax comments on Facebook

EIGHTEEN nurses are facing possible disciplinary action for allegedly posting anti-vaccination comments on Facebook, after a pro-vaccination campaigner reported them to the health watchdog. - Vanda Carson, The Courier-Mail

0:14:52

Dr Angie Mattke and Dragon*Con

We chat to Dr Angie who is now the Assistant Director for the Skeptrack at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

http://dragoncon.org/

http://skeptics.dragoncon.org/

0:33:33

In Profile - Barry Williams

From the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper 1987. - It's fun to shoot down UFOs and con men. By Ian Cockerill.

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

Dr Angie Mattke


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The Skeptic Zone #483 - 21 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:35

Vale – Barry Williams

It is with great sadness that we report the news of the passing of Barry Williams, who died on January 20, 2018, at the age of 79, following a series of heart operations.

Includes Barry on the TODAY TV show in 1986, Newspaper story from 1994 and an interview with Maynard in 2015.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/21/vale-barry-williams

0:30:16

Susan Gerbic with news from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

We chat to Susan who tells of us of the recent grant to Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Also news of some psychic stings now in operation.

https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

VALE Barry Williams


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The Skeptic Zone #482 - 14 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:57

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

Britt Hermes, a noted skeptical campaigner, has been taken to court in Germany by US-based naturopath ‘Dr’ Colleen Huber, claiming that Britt has defamed her. For this reason, Australian Skeptics Inc is managing a fundraising campaign to assist Britt in her current legal action.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:10:50

Trish Hann and Medical Superstitions

Diagnostic Radiographer Trish Hann tells us of some of the supersitions she has encountered in her years of work at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Also her concerns with chiropractic neck manipulation.

https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/services.html

0:40:20

NSW children die from ’preventable’ diseases

FIFTY-FOUR NSW children have likely died from diseases for which a vaccine was available, and almost half of the deaths over the past decade were considered “preventable”. Story by Danielle Le Messurier, The Daily Telegraph

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-children-die-from-preventable-diseases/news-story/84af0ebaaeeb6e6f47fc8f3dd190771c

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Trish Hann


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The Skeptic Zone #481 - 7 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:15

Big Trees are...... BIG!

Join Dr Eugenie Scott and Richard Saunders as they wander through Big Trees State Park in California.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

https://www.stateparks.com/calaveras_big_trees_state_park_in_california.html

http://w3w.co/myths.blitz.tighter

0:22:58

Maynard's Spooky Action!

During the recent Australian Skeptics convention, Maynard interviewed Catherine Hughes from the Light for Riley group. Also Mandy-Lee Noble with more insights into the pros and cons of weight loss.

https://www.facebook.com/lightforriley/



Big Trees


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Solar Flare

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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.

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It's old time radio from the future!

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