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The Skeptic Zone #534 - 13 January 2019

 
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:15 Ear Candles: the outcome of TGA complaint

Ear candling is a widely promoted alternative medical practice that involves inserting and lighting a hollow candle in the ear canal. It is claimed that candling creates a vacuum that removes wax and that it can also relieve ear ache, glue ear, tinnitus, sinus problems, chronic headache, migraine, sore throat, allergies and many more conditions.

In fact, ear candles and candling are ineffective and dangerous.

http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=3202
0:14:22 Life is Wild... With Michelle Franklin

Cane Toads are a huge problem in the north of Australia. Michelle casts a skeptical eye over a plan to control their numbers.
0:23:00 Trish & Chips!

Our new reporter Trish Hann heads for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub to ask, "Why are the public cynical of Climate Change?"

With Tim Mendham, Jessica Singer, Lynden Shields, Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz and Ben Mcavoy.
0:32:12 What is Quackery?

From the pages of `The Skeptic` magazine, Dr Richard Gordon GP gives us his overview on quackery.

The Skepic Magazine

Trish Hann

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The Skeptic Zone #533 - 6 January 2019

 
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:00 GSoW at the Exploratorium

We join Susan Gerbic, Mark Edward and Jay Diamond for a day at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

https://www.exploratorium.edu

http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/webpage/the-skeptic-zone-453-25june2017
0:21:30 Life is Wild... With Michelle Franklin

The Great Emu Invasion.

A cautionary tale of what happens when people try to control nature.
0:31:45 Wikimedia from the inside

We catch up with Moriel Schottlender, champion of the round earth, who gives us a tour of the Wikimedia headquarters in San Francisco.

Skeptic Zone interview with Moriel about the Flat Earthers

http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-480-31dec2017
0:45:42 The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

Naturopath under investigation for aledged claims of cancer treatment and bad breast-feeding advice. Story by Jane Hansen.

Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that employs an array of pseudoscientific practices branded as "natural", "non-invasive", and as promoting "self-healing".
Also

Surf Coast Skepticamp
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/surf-coast-summer-skepticamp-vii-tickets-51130149654

Moriel Schottlender

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The Skeptic Zone #532 - 30 December 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:40

The Raw Skeptic Report... With Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi has a follow up by Jane Hansen to last week's story from the recent ABC TV 7:30 Report on "No Jab - No Play".

This is followed by another report by Jane Hansen on the improvment to vaccination rates in Australia, despite the efforts of the Anti-Vax crowd.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/vaccines-are-safe-and-antivax-parents-are-punishing-their-own-kids-say-doctors-and-grieving-parents/news-story/f6dfd32857611bf6d52d8f4a6c46e9e9

0:15:53

Astrology... Still Bunk

From the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australia, Vol. 4 No. 3 - An astronomer's view of astrology. By Philip A. Ianna.

One of the impressive things about astrology today is the extent to which it pervades our culture. More people know their sun sign than know their own blood type, and after hundreds of years of very astrology beginning 5000 years you can find zodiac motifs on almost anything.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%204%20(1984)%20No%203.pdf

Richard Saunders v. Milton Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-fjymxOrGE

0:32:20 The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

For this week's (almost) New Year's Eve Diet Skeptic Report dietitian Mandy-Lee Noble has been inspired by social media encouraging us to kick off 2019 with a diet! And the one diet that seems to be the most popular this year is the keto or ketogenic diet.
0:43:42

Things Anti-Vaxxers Say

The internet is full of wisdom... it's just that it can get lost with all the stupidity. With Maynard as the voice of reason and Richard as the voice of.... crazy!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/please-get-the-vaccines

Also

SkeptiCamp Monterey 2019
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skepticamp-monterey-2019-tickets-5379955692

Surf Coast Skepticamp
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/surf-coast-summer-skepticamp-vii-tickets-51130149654

The Zodiac

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The Skeptic Zone #531 - 23 December 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:32

The Raw Skeptic Report... With Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi gives some background to the recent ABC TV 7:30 Report story on "No Jab - No Play".

7:30 Report Video

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V1ySAvY8Ao0

https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2018/12/19/critics-no-jab-no-play-anti-vaxxers/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2018/12/no-jab-no-play-anti-vax

0:24:22

Message from Britt Hermes

Britt Hermes is an American former naturopath and noted skeptical campaigner, who has spent much time and effort lately in campaigning against naturopathic practices. She is the author of the blog Naturopathic Diaries.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/12/18/britt-hermes-campaign-an-update-on-the-defamation-case

0:21:00

Maynard’s Spooky Action

This week Maynard chats to Science Communicator Officer at Sydney Uni., Tom Gordon.

https://physics-people.sydney.edu.au/physics/staff_details.jsp?ID=1145

0:35:10 Australian Medical Position Statement on Complementary Medicine

Complementary medicine includes a wide range of products and treatments with therapeutic claims that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.

https://ama.com.au/position-statement/ama-position-statement-complementary-medicine-2018
Also

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/surf-coast-summer-skepticamp-vii-tickets-51130149654

Richard Maynard Heidi

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The Skeptic Zone #530 - 16 December 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:35

Grain of Salt... With Eran Segev

Interview with Edva Lotan from Midaat

Fighting Anti-Vax nonsense and promoting good health. Midaat was established with the goal of aiding the public in Israel to gain necessary information, identify health risks, and protect itself from those risks.

http://midaat.org.il/midaat/midaat_english/

0:24:22

Maynard’s Spooky Action

The last of the Skepticon interviews with Dr Ian Musgrave, Dr Brad McKay and Kate Browne

0:32:44

Misleading and Unsafe Practices by Anti-Vaccination Campaigners

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission has received multiple complaints regarding misleading and unsafe practices by anti-vaccination (anti-vax) campaigners and the potential risks that such persons and associations pose to the public health and safety.

http://www.hccc.nsw.gov.au

0:41:05 Silly Season with Maynard and Richard at the Skeptic Zone Christmas Party

Local news photographers are hugely skilled and poorly paid, and get sent to photograph miserable people gurning at uncooked meat products. Maynard and Richard take look at this silly but fun site.

http://apiln.blogspot.com

New Year’s Eve with Maynard LIVE

https://www.thejuniors.com.au/shop/item/new-years-eve-2018
Also

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/surf-coast-summer-skepticamp-vii-tickets-51130149654

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The Skeptic Zone #529 - 9 December 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:35

Maynard’s Spooky Action

Skepticon interview with Carrie Poppy

http://www.facebook.com/onrac

0:26:00

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub for December

We ask pubbers what podcasts they would like to hear. With Trish, Jessica, Rowland, Gavin and Jessica Singer.

0:42:00 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Release of NCIRS 2017 Immunisation Coverage Report and Australian Immunisation Register Data Transfer Study Report. Two new reports released by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) shine a bright new light on immunisation coverage in Australia.

http://www.ncirs.org.au
0:49:37

Megaquake for Christmas?

‘Quake mystic’ Frank Hoogerbeets warns cosmic event could ‘trigger megaquake’ over Christmas

https://www.news.com.au/

https://www.ditrianum.org

 

Carrie Poppy

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The Skeptic Zone #528 - 2 December 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:20

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018 Part #6

Lee Murray
Dr Pamela Gay
Luke Freeman
Dr Vyom Sharmer
0:33:35

Anti-vax activist charges parents $4000 for ‘expert report’

An anti-vaccination activist with no medical training is charging $4000 for an “expert report” to present in court cases to help parents who do not want to have their children vaccinated. - By Jane Hansen

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au

0:38:00

Radio Skeptics

Sydney radio from a few years back with Richard Saunders talking about Chemtrails and Yowies.

 

Lee Murray - Dr Pamela Gay

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The Skeptic Zone #527 - 25 November 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:40

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018 Part #5

Kate Browne
Dr Vyom Sharmer
Eran Segev
and more

https://www.finder.com.au/
0:25:00

Science Friction with Brian Dunning

Finally, a documentary about scientists who get misrepresented by the media.
Those TV documentaries you see, and the science experts they feature? Did you know that producers often edit them out of context, and twist their words, to make it seem like they promoted some pop sensationalism instead of the real facts?

Science Friction is going to expose these faux documentaries by name, and will give the scientists a chance to clear the record.

https://sciencefriction.tv/

0:40:00

Maynard with Fiona Patten

The Reason Party stands for forward-thinking, evidence-based and inclusive change for Victoria. We represent reasonable people who want real change for the better.

https://reasonvic.org.au/

 

Kate Browne

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The Skeptic Zone #526 - 18 November 2018

 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:00

Susan Gerbic from GSoW

Update on Facilitated Communication

https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

0:16:04

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018 Part #4

Magicians Nick Kay and Peter Rodgers

https://nickkaymagic.com

0:37:27

Life is Wild! With Michelle Franklin

Bio Control and Cane Toads

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkeptiCamp

 

Susan Gerbic

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The Skeptic Zone #525 - 11 November 2018


 
0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:25

Maynard and Richard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from the Oz Paranormal & Spiritual Expo 2018

Good Games Miranda
https://www.goodgames.com.au/au/stores/nsw/miranda.html

Cast from Dungeon fx
https://castfromdungeonfx.com

UFO PRSA
http://www.ufosociety.net.au

Secret Witch Business
https://www.facebook.com/secretwitchbiz/

Oz Paratech
https://ozparatech.com/

APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours
https://www.appighosthunts.com/

Beth Darlington
https://www.accessparanormal.com/

Peet Banks
https://www.ozparaexpo.com.au/

0:32:25

Massimo Polidoro and Stranger Stories

Randi Tricks the Trickster. How was the Amazing Randi able to break a spoon and read inside a sealed envelope during an unexpected challenge on a TV show in Canada? Here Randi reveals his secret...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHiMHkvIz0M

https://www.cicap.org/n/index.php

0:44:14

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018 Part #3

Mal Vickers
Yvette d'Entremont, also known as The SciBabe Part #3
Kirsten Banks
Dr Pamela Gay

 

Kirsten Banks

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The Skeptic Zone #524 - 4 November 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018

Yvette d'Entremont, also known as The SciBabe Part #2
Adam Reakes
Ruth Ellison
Tim Mendham
Jessica Singer

http://www.herdmentalitypodcast.com/

https://crankybot.com/

0:27:15

Trish Hann and the risks of avoiding Ante Natal Care

This week Trish talks about the red flags and dangers of home birthing and the reluctance of some to take advantage of basic medical procedures.

0:35:15

Skeptics in the Pub

Pine Gap talk with David Rosenberg

Interviews from the bar stools.

https://www.amazon.com/Pine-Gap-David-Rosenberg-ebook/dp/B07H3488C7

 

Skepticon 2018

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The Skeptic Zone #523 - 28 October 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20

Crowd Interviews from Skepticon 2018

We chat to

Mandy-Lee Noble
Heidi Robertson
The GSoW Team

Dr Sue Blackmore

0:13:33

Aust Skeptics Campaigns and Investigations – have your say

Australian Skeptics Inc is regularly involved in a range of campaigns and investigations, some of which have been well-publicised (like the investigation of the PowerBalance wrist band), and others that are on-going and still under wraps.

This is your chance to get involved. Feel free to contact us with tips and suggestions. You might also like to add your own active contribution and play a part in the campaign and/or investigation itself.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/10/01/aust-skeptics-campaigns-and-investigations-have-your-say/

0:17:42

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018

Yvette d'Entremont, also known as The SciBabe Part #1
Dr Vyom Sharma
Trish Hann

 

Skepticon 2018
Photos: Mal Vickers

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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

 

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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