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The Skeptic Zone #680 - 17 October 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:40
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Part #1

Famed science communicator Dr Karl tells us about snipers, TikTok, Anti-Vaxers and the way in which social media companies pander to the advertising dollor.

Dr Karl is an Australian science communicator and popularizer, who is known as an author, and as a science commentator on Australian radio and television. Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the School of Physics, University of Sydney.

http://www.drkarl.com

http://www.tiktok.com@drkarl

0:31:52
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Sundry seekers after truth.

Vol 32 No 2 - September 2012

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:38:00
Interview with Tim Mendham

Join Tim in the portable Skeptic Zone studio to chat about life in lockdown, predictions and the upcoming Skepticon 2021.

0:44:50
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the 'UFOs and Aliens'.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

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Dr Karl
TikTok


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Saunders
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Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #679 - 10 October 2021

Dedicated to the memory of Michael Wolloghan

The Skeptic Zone is very sad to inform you that one of our founding reporters Michael Wolloghan died unexpectedly in October 2021. Episode #679 is dedicated to his memory, including a replay of one of his reports. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Thank you Michael for being there at the beginning.

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:55
The Round Up. With Michael Wolloghan

From December 2008, founding reporter Michael Wolloghan with skeptical news of the day.

0:10:52
Planets and Predictions

We look at and try to make sense of some of the predictions made by Milton Black using astology. Is Pluto playing games? Where is Mars when you need it?

0:19:20
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:30:10
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to evil curses!

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

Skepticon 2021 https://www.skepticon.org.au


Michael Wolloghan
Vale


A Hill
Newsletter


Saunders
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Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #678 - 3 October 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:44
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

The Herman Cain Freedom Award (HCFA) is reminiscent of the Darwin Awards. Taken directly from the sub-Reddit it says "Nominees have made public declaration of their anti-mask, anti-vax, or Covid-hoax views, followed by admission to hospital for Covid. The Award is granted upon the nominee's release from their Earthly shackles."

https://www.reddit.com/r/HermanCainAward

0:13:00
YouTube Boot Anti-Vaxers

YouTube is blocking anti-vax content when it somes to COVID-19, including content that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines as well.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-30/youtube-blocks-all-anti-vaccine-content/100502612

0:18:22
Maynard's Spooky Action

Meet Maynard's dad on his 93rd birthday! What was life like in Australia after the last pandemic? Maynard chats to his dad about the good old days and not so good old days.

http://maynard.com.au

0:27:10
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Palm Reading.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Adrienne Hill
The Herman Cain Award


Maynard
Dad's Memories


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #677 - 26 September 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:10
All Shook Up!

What happens when a team of skeptics meet to analyse earthquake predictions? An earthquake! Skeptic Zone reporter Michelle Bijkersma (a friend of the Skeptical Fairy Godmother Angel from the Internet) tells us about the 'moving' experience.

0:09:33
TikTok Tarot

A look at the hundreds of TikTokers taking to Tarot Cards. What do they have in common and why is it so popular?

0:26:25
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:39:32
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Tarot Cards".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Michelle Bijkersma
Not Rattled


Adrienne Hill
Australian Skeptics News


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #676 - 19 September 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:00
The Potential Harm of Psychics

A dissussion with Susan Gerbic and Rob Palmer about the potential harm of believing in, and taking the advice of those who claim to be able to see into the future.

Prediction Talk for Bay Area Skeptics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Emu-p0vIPU

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/belief-in-psychics-whats-the-harm-and-whos-to-blame

https://www.sorryantivaxxer.com

0:24:30
Take Stock... with Shelley Stocken

From 2017, Shelley gives us her unique take on actions of Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. regarding their anti-vaccination campains. Sounds just like the plot of a 'B Grade' Hollywood movie. This is another tribute to our dear late reporter.

0:31:30
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the 1919 Flu Epidemic.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Palmer and Gerbic
A Warning


Shelley Stocken
Anti-Vaxxers


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #675 - 12 September 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:50
Bigfoot Found!

An interview with podcaster Brian Dunning from Skeptoid.com, who comissioned a local artist in Bend, Oregon to create a giant figure of the mythical Bigfoot. Brian also updates us with the latest information on his documentary "Science Friction".

0:20:12
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:30
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "psychic" and "spoon".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

0:56:30
The Sound a Duck Makes

Musician Nathan Eggins presents his new hit song.

https://www.conspiracyofonesolo.com

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BigFoot
Bigfoot


Adrienne Hill
Skeptics News


Nathan Eggins
"Quack!"


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #674 - 5 September 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:28
Threats made to GPs

We read out a letter being sent to GPs in Australia which threatens legal action and other dire consequences if they keep administering COVID-19 vaccinations. Yet another example of what we call "COVID Crazy" by conspiracy theorists.

0:19:07
Freeman on the Land. With Shelley Stocken

Shelley 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. This is another tribute to our dear late reporter. We miss you Shelley.

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

0:36:32
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to paranormal research.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Shelly
Freeman on the Land


Covid
COVID Crazy


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #673 - 29 August 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:02
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

This week Adrienne reports on her visit to the famous tourist area of Jasper in Canada. What she discovers there, apart from the beautiful views, is a classic example of a new-age store.

http://jasperrockandjade.com/Rocks/rocks.html

0:13:18
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Thought Reading".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

0:24:58
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:18
Maynard's Guide to the Lockdown

On the phone from Newcastle, Maynard gives us his free advice about beating the COVID-19 lockdown blues. Was it a mistake to call him? Find out!

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Adrienne Hill
Woo in Canada


Maynard
Lockdown in Newcastle


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #672 - 22 August 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:05
5G Disinformation

Special guest Pascual Romero from the 'Squaring the Strange' podcast gives us his opinions on a full page of 5G misinformation that appeared in the pages of the 'Byron Shire Echo' newspaper from the Northern Rivers of NSW, the heartland of conspiracy theorists in Australia.

https://issuu.com/echopublications/docs/byronecho3609/14

https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4677

0:14:00
"Freedom" Protests in Australia

As the Delta variation of COVID-19 leads to the extention of lockdowns in Australia, we report on some of the violent "freedom" and protests in Melbourne and Sydney. Also a live cross to Darwin where our reporter Michelle Franklin updates us on more peacful protests in the Northern Territory.

0:24:45
More COVID-19 Crazy

Customers shun masks in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay post offices and the union takes action. Also the bizzare silent protest in the city of Perth in Western Australia by a group of Anti-Vaxers. With comments by Susan Gerbic, Adrienne Hill, Leonard Tramiel, Louis Hillman and Kelly Burke.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/security-guards-sent-to-mullumbimby-byron-bay-post-offices-as-customers-shun-masks-check-ins-20210817-p58jf7.html

https://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/awkward-shopping-centre-antivax-protest-ruthlessly-mocked-online-over-confusing-signs/news-story/666cd6e7ec627cbd672f76ff000f8957

0:44:50
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers and YouTube on a search for references to 'Jack the Ripper' Part 2.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Pascual Romero
5G Conspiracies


Michelle Franklin
Protests


TROVE
Archives


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #671 - 15 August 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:16
COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation grows worse by the day in Australia, we look at some of the related news stories from the past week. People travelling while infectious and those who still think protesting in the streets is a smart move. Also the frightening story of a COVID-19 healthcare worker being attacked for doing her job.

0:18:55
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:00
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to 'Jack the Ripper'.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Mr Saunders
Your Host


ASI News
Newsletter


TROVE
Evil in London


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #670 - 8 August 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:00
Michael Marshall

Good Thinking welcomes new Standards.

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) has announced new Standards for voluntary registers of healthcare providers, causing the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) to withdraw from the accreditation scheme.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org

0:30:35
Melbourne Anti-Lockdown Protest

Hundreds of protesters descended on Melbourne's CBD on Thursday night as Victoria was plunged into its sixth Covid-19 lockdown.

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/in-pictures-chaos-descends-on-melbourne-cbd-as-antilockdown-protest-erupts/news-story/feb843665f99c39c2c557b09c45ba0c4

0:38:58
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to 'Witchcraft'.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

The 2021 Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Opening August 13th

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Freethought-Society-Meetup/events/277278972/
Marsh
Good Thinking


Trove
Cast a Spell?


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #669 - 1 August 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:16
Protester's Regrets

News of the Sydney lockdown protester who now regrets his actions. Also the sad story of people in the United States who waited too long for their COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9837377/Covid-NSW-Sydney-anti-lockdown-protester-reveals-friends-deserted-views.html

0:14:11
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week? Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:22:10
More COVID-19 Misinformation

We look at the outrageous flyers from former politician Clive Palmer who encourages people not to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Also the damaging advice to derail the vaccine roll out in Australia via making fake bookings for a jab.

https://au.yahoo.com/news/facebook-users-ploy-waste-thousands-vaccines-050313429.html

0:35:00
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Psychics and Murder".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

https://omny.fm/shows/mike-williams-overnight/richard-saunders-16

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Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Saunders
Your Host


xxxx
Aust. Skeptics News


Trove
Archives


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


YouTube


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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.

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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!

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It's old time radio from the future!

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