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The Skeptic Zone #687 - 5 December 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:30
A Day in Court

Bradley John Hill - the licensee of a Hunter Valley pub that breached public health orders in regards to COVID-19 - was fined in a Singleton courthouse on Thursday. But just who exactly was in court? Strange story indeed.

https://www.singletonargus.com.au/story/7534943/singleton-caledonian-licensee-fined-for-repeatedly-flouting-covid-19-public-health-orders/

0:11:35
Take Stock - With Shelley Stocken

Twins! Are you a twin? Are you psychic? Shelley Stocken asks her twin sister or is it the other way around? Another classic from our late and much missed reporter Shelley.

0:20:25
"Freedom" Protest in Melbourne

Reporter Michelle Bijkersma ventures out into the streets of Melbourne to observe firsthand an anti-vaccination, so-called "freedom" rally and reports on some of the placards and signs she saw.

0:33:12
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:42:42
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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SitP Sweden

https://youtu.be/s8vYh8tm9m4


Shelley Stocken
The Twin Dilemma


Michelle Bijkersma
Protesters in the Streets


Adrienne Hill
Skeptics' News


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #686 - 28 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:00
Squaring the Strange with Celestia Ward

Our favourite and very talented caricature artist from Las Vegas Celestia Ward drops by to chat about her career as a skeptical podcaster on 'Squaring the Strange'.

https://linktr.ee/Squaringthestrange

https://www.2headsstudios.com

Extra video content. You can watch the complete interview with Celestia Ward, with Richard Saunders, on YouTube via the link below.

https://youtu.be/RWFbBW4iPM8

0:34:20
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics.
Bookkeepers - Magicians - Witches and Scientists.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:42:36
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

https://quackwatch.org/related/reiki

Also
Skeptics in the pub, Sweden - with Richard Saunders

https://www.vof.se/blogg/skeptics-in-the-pub-online-the-adventures-of-richard-saunders

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Celestia Ward
Podcaster


The Book of Tim
Tim of the Book


Your Host
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Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #685 - 21 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction

Richard Saunders

With Susan Gerbic, Rob Palmer, Michelle Bijkersma, Lara Benham and Lynden Shields.

0:05:00
The ESP

We catch up with the team from the European Skeptics Podcast to congratulate them on reaching 300 episodes.

The European Skeptics Podcast (The ESP) is a weekly podcast recorded in English and hosted by three skeptics from several different European countries: Andras Gabor Pinter from Hungary, Pontus Bockman from Sweden and Annika Harrison from Germany.

https://theesp.eu

0:14:50
Australian Skeptics Awards for 2021

Tim Mendham presents
The Fred Thornett Award - Prof Kristine Macartney
The Barry Williams Media Award - Melissa Davey

Jessica Singer presents
The Bent Spoon Award - Craig Kelly

Richard Saunders with in memoriam
Michael Wolloghan
Shelley Stocken
Martin Hadley

0:19:00
The Book of Tim

Loch Ness #2 - Tim takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous pictures of the Loch Ness monster, known as the surgeon's photograph. What is the truth behind this mysterious image?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:29:52
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:37:04
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
The ESP
Europe Skeptics


Adrienne Hill
Skeptics Newsletter


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #684 - 14 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:00
COVID vaccine nurse at Perth clinic charged with fraud

Western Australian Police have charged a nurse with fraudulently recording that a patient had been given a COVID-19 vaccine when the jab was allegedly never administered.

https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Media-Centre/Media-Releases/4296-Registered-Nurse-Charged--Vaccine-Fraud

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/nurse-who-allegedly-faked-covid-vaccines-charged/100602566

0:14:42
The Book of Tim

Loch Ness #1 - Tim takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous pictures of the Loch Ness monster, known as the surgeon's photograph. What is the truth behind this mysterious image?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:23:16
The Think Tank

Joining us this week in our virtual restaurant for a drink and discussion are Susan Gerbic, Adrienne Hill, Lou Hillman, Rob Palmer, Leonard Tramiel and Kelly Burke.

Also
Richard Saunders
Your Host


Tim Mendham
Lochness Monster #1


COVID
Nurse Charged


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #683 - 7 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:47
Uri Geller, James Randi and the CIA

We find a document written by James Randi that was circulated in the CIA concerning so-called psychic Uri Geller. What did Geller's former manager have to say about the tricks and shenanigans in the 1970s? Find out with this review.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/uri-geller-no-faker-really-25333616

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00791R000100450002-7.pdf

0:24:40
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Resistentialism.

Vol 40 No 1 - June 2020

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:25
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:40:28
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to yet more UFOs.

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

Also
Donation for Ovarian Cancer research

https://www.facebook.com/donate/4426098814149126

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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https://www.skepticon.org.au


Saunders
Your Host


A Hill
Skeptical News


Mendham
Book of Tim


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #682 - 31 October 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:10
Maynard's Spooky Action

Maynard and Richard Saunders join Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan on a field trip to visit Sydney's most "haunted" street. We also find out more about Dr Siobhan's journey with Ovarian Cancer.

Special extended content of this story on YouTube.
Spooky STEREO mix. Best with headphones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykB67Sj5cYs

0:24:55
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Sturgeon's Law.

Vol 32 No 2 - June 2012

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:15
The Arm of the Octopus

Our reporter Michelle Bijkersma was surprised to find a strange letter in her letterbox. On the envelope was a hand-drawn picture of an octopus and the letter itself posed questions about the creature's arm. What does it all mean? Find out with Michelle.

0:35:40
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
Dr Siobhan
Looking for Ghosts


Michelle Bijkersma
Snail Mail


Maynard
Spooky Action


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #681 - 24 October 2021

Dedicated to the memory of Martin Hadley

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:10
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Part #2

Famed science communicator Dr Karl tells us about COVID in chickens, making vaccines on a 3D printer, fighting climate change and Mr. Spock.

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

0:25:44
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:10
I Think We Need To Think

Susan Gerbic tells us about putting together Wikipedia pages for noted skeptics and celebrating the fact that her organisation has now chalked up over 100 million page views.

http://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

Also
Dr Karl
Science


Michelle Bijkersma
Newsletter


Susan Gerbic
GSoW


Logical Fallacies


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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 3 - 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

Also
Dr Karl
TikTok


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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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
Your Host


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


Typewriter Time


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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

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Michelle Bijkersma
Not Rattled


Adrienne Hill
Australian Skeptics News


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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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


Typewriter Time


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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

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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BigFoot
Bigfoot


Adrienne Hill
Skeptics News


Nathan Eggins
"Quack!"


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


YouTube


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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

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Shelly
Freeman on the Land


Covid
COVID Crazy


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


YouTube


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