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The Skeptic Zone #401 - 26.June.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

https://www.patreon.com/skepticzone

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/darwinskeptics/

0:22:00
The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson interviews Tracey from the Facebook group, 'Stop The Austrailian Vaccination Skeptics Network' (or SAVN). Find out what impact they have had via their untiring efforts.

https://www.facebook.com/stopavn/

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.

http://www.skeptical-science.com/bullshit/detecting-bullshit-quick-refresher-carl-sagan/

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.

http://www.canberraskeptics.org.au/

http://cpas.anu.edu.au/about-us/people/will-grant

 

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The Skeptic Zone #400 - 19.June.2016

 

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Stefan Sojka

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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.

http://goodthinkingsociety.org/the-good-thinking-society-welcomes-nhs-liverpool-ccgs-report-on-homeopathy-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.

http://maynard.com.au

0:40:00
Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies
Update...
Taxpayers won't be subsidising them if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister.

https://ajp.com.au/news/labor-slammed-planned-natural-therapies-rebate-cut/

0:45:44
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe
The SGU rouges drop by to wish the Skeptic Zone a happy 400th episode.

http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/571

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21pm AEST

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.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/06/10/labor-scraps-rebates-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.

http://goodthinkingsociety.org/the-good-thinking-society-welcomes-nhs-liverpool-ccgs-report-on-homeopathy-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?

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/does-naturopathy-work-the-truth-about-natural-medicine/news-story/ebba033e2bad6801f736db1a9235cc9e

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?

https://www.9now.com.au/today/2016/clip-cip8uo3fo000o0jo4cdezivrw/b86e4809-12aa-46c6-b558-62964b24b04a

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.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/06/01/boss-of-failed-stockbroking-firm-sought-business-advice-from-pyschic/

0:37:43
Threats of assault against Reasonable Hank
Explicit and direct threats of physical assault towards the blogger uploaded to facebook.

https://reasonablehank.com/2016/06/10/shawn-dhu-posts-video-threats-of-assault-against-reasonable-hank/

 

 

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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?

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The Skeptic Zone #397 - 29.May.2016

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard

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Maynard's Spooky Action..
Maynard at Paracon 2016 Part #1
High up in the Blue Mountains, Maynard goes looking for ghosts, aliens and the unknown... but instead finds...
Richard Saunders
Alex Cayas
Beth Luscombe
Part #2 next week

0:27:02
Media Guide to Skepticism
With Sharon Hill
To provide a clear, easy-to-read guide about the “Skeptical” viewpoint as subscribed to by many who might call themselves Skeptics or critical thinkers; to distinguish practical Skepticism from the popular use of the phrase “I’m skeptical,” and from those who claim to be “skeptics” regarding some well-established conclusions (such as climate change).

0:40:30
Legal action against fake cancer sufferer
Consumer Affairs Victoria is preparing to take legal action against fake cancer sufferer Belle Gibson following an in-depth investigation into alleged contraventions of Australian consumer law.

0:45:44
Skeptic Zone / Bunga Bunga Cross Over
Maynard and Tim Ferguson confront Richard Saunders about... the Mars landings?

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #396 - 22.May.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:28
The Australian Sex Party
We chat to Dr Meredith Doig to discover more about this political party and their strong stand on sceince and reason.

0:20:45
Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop
The vitamin and supplement industry is big business in Australia. An estimated 75% of the population use some form of complementary medicines, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, aromatherapy and homeopathic products.
But some vitamin supplements and protein powders at best don’t work and, at worst, can cause harm.

0:31:00
The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson with more news of Chiropractors allegedly caught sneaking into maternity wards to treat newborns.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:22pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #395 - 15.May.2016

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Introduction
Richard Saunders

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Employing Naturopaths in Chemists
Comments on a report by Jane Hansen about the push to sell even more quackery in your local chemist shop.

0:15:20
Maynard's Spooky Action..
Maynard and the Doctor
Lindsay "The Doctor" McDougall is an Australian rock guitarist and radio presenter. Since 1996, he has been the lead guitarist in punk rock band, Frenzal Rhomb. What are his views on being skeptical?

0:25:18
Anti-vaccination PhD
Details have come to light about the examiners’ assessments of Judy Wilyman’s anti-vaccination PhD thesis at the University of Wollongong, with “serious concerns” and “very critical” comments made about the anti-vaccination document that claims pro-vaccination conspiracies on a global scale.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm AEST

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders & Maynard

0:03:24
Choice Magazine
Join Maynard, Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders as they head to the HQ of Choice Magazine and chat with Tom Godfrey.

0:22:13
Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine
Yet more on the story that doctors condemn. A shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor has gone viral online.

0:33:00
Maynard's Spooky Action..
Conspiracy theories at Skeptics in the Pub
Maynard looks behind the stinking curtain of conspiracy and chats to Dr Chris Fleming, Jessica Singer, Dr Brad McKay and Ian Bryce.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #393 - 1.May.2016

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Introduction Richard Saunders

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Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine More on the story that doctors condemn. A shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor has gone viral online.

0:11:48

The Rotten Thread of Conspiracy Theories This week Australia stopped to remember the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. Sadly but predictably, conspiracy theories continue to dog the friends and family of those lost.

0:25:20

Vaxxed Amid World Immunisation Week, a film by a frontman for the anti-vaccination movement is being rolled out in US cinemas. From the Brisbane Times.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17pm AEST

The Skeptic Zone #392 - 24.April.2016

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:05:05
Maynard's Spooky Action..
At the Lawrence Leung Show
We attend the new live show, "Very Strange Things" and chat to Eran Segev and Lawrence about magic, mentalism and being skeptical.

0:24:43
The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson is live on the spot to bring us reports from the first Skeptic in the Pub in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

0:39:23
Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine
Doctors condemn shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor - because she is suffering from colic.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm AEST