Friday, April 27, 2012

Episode 055 has Teacher Mike es'plain about the US' current administration's education initiative


This Week:
Intro:
00:01:35 Birthday 
00:08:00 Former Texas SBOE Chairman Don McLeroy on Colbert
00:15:00ish SBOE has changed the standards and diminished important concepts in History
00:18:00 Common Core State Standards
00:20:45 Teacher Mike talks on education and the Obama plans
00:48:00 Shoddy Forensics versus reality
01:05:55 Lightning Round
Gary: Light touching increases chance of getting a date
Donna: McVitties makes Lickable wallpaper
Greg: Brain freeze figured out
Gary: Doctor claims to have found evidence of the G-Spot in the cadaver of an 83 year old woman
Donna: Science makes a sonic screwdriver
Greg: Vermont discusses allowing non-vaccinated kids to go to school

Gary: Anatomic existence of the elusive G-spot confirmed

And the dogs have some sort Fiesta event going on but we weren't invited. I wonder if they had to purchase tickets to eat? Certainly not from me.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Episode 054 asthmatically runs for office after it surreptitiously gets tested for HIV


This Week

Intro:
00:01:00 "Pat Tillmans" workout and playing drums
00:05:41 Birthday: Clarence Darrow
00:13:25 http://www.facebook.com/helpreunitearialandjordan
00:15:51 Gail Spurlock Texas SBOE candidate and...worrisome thinker
http://tfninsider.org
Gails vetting video:
http://youtu.be/6uywIjkKd6w
00:25:48 The interesting quotes by Gail Spurlock
00:41:15 Indiana passes a law allowing nonconsentual HIV testing
http://legiscan.com/gaits/view/348071
00:52:31 Kids, asthma, and CAM
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/04/13/alternative-therapies-arent-used-as-substitutes-for-asthma-meds-study
01:06:00 Lightning Round
http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2012-04-17/Naples-acupuncturist-arrested-for-insurance-fraud
http://www.scientificamerican.com/ search for melting-glaciers-liberate-ancient-microbes
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/14/health/military-sexual-assaults-personality-disorder/index.html?hpt=hp_bn12
http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/santorum-bella-is-now-an-nra-life-member-120479.html
http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org
http://shotofprevention.com
http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/medias-media/communiques/aviation/2012/a11f0012-20120416.asp

And the dogs once again snore their way through a perfectly good couple of hours, chasing cats and possum and butterflies in their doggy dreams.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Episode 053 takes herbal solutions to combat it's fat-headed wankery

This Week
Intro: 1 year down recap stuff
00:05:55 Birthdays
00:14:50 Help friend-of-the-show Jordan keep his daughter. Check out his Facebook page for information:
www.facebook.com/help-reunite-arial-and-jordan
00:17:00 Homeopathic Awareness Week, Herbal Remedies, and skepticism
http://nccam.nih.gov
http://naturalstandard.com
http://
00:34:30 Obesity: discrimination
00:40:30 Obesity: sleep effects
00:49:55 Obesity: Children
00:57:45 Obesity: Autism
01:10:10 Lightning Round
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/homophobic-people-repressing-same-sex-attraction-study-article-1.1058728
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/people-happy-friends-sex-short-work-commutes-article-1.1057336
http://mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=493934
http://jcm.asm.org/content/50/4/1376
http://techcitement.com/culture/the-best-birth-control-in-the-world-is-for-men/#.T4XiFtkZQwS
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/manson_skips_th_parole_hearing_may_JceZQ3nxM478Ga0G56BM6I
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9191848/Universal-cancer-vaccine-developed.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/11/us-usa-taxes-crashes-idUSBRE83A12R20120411

And the dogs crash hard and snore at us except when they run in and out.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Episode 053 will be a little late this week

Due to a weird schedule and other stuffs. So look for it around noonish on Saturday.
Thanks!
Gary

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Episode 052 strips down to the bare essence about what makes men hate women and why fire good


This Week
00:03:00 Birthdays, Foundation Beyond Belief, Donna on Reason Rally
http://skepticwire.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-thoughts-reason-rally.html
00:13:40 FIRE and evolution and stuff

00:30:40 Cracked.com thinks that men hate women and other feminist rants
http://www.cracked.com/article_19785_5-ways-modern-men-are-trained-to-hate-women_p2.html
http://www.cultofmac.com/157641/this-creepy-app-isnt-just-stalking-women-without-their-knowledge-its-a-wake-up-call-about-facebook-privacy/
http://mashable.com/2011/02/07/facebook-privacy-guide/

01:00:00 Lightning Round with a long end about strip searches and SCOTUS
http://www.examiner.com/atheism-in-national/dinosaurs-and-evolution-banned-from-tests-by-school-system
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Andrea-Yates-seeks-weekly-release-from-mental-3439312.php
http://www.downloadtheuniverse.com/
http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/movie-theater-rejects-atheist-ads-032712
http://techland.time.com/2012/04/03/arizona-looks-to-outlaw-internet-trolling/
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/jailhouse-strip-searches-backed-by-u-s-supreme-court.html


And Calliope whines a bit about Maese blocking the doggy door to go out, not because she needs to go out but because there might be a possibility

she wants to go out.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

My thoughts: Reason Rally

I'm finally getting around to writing up my take on the Reason Rally. See, I attempted to have a life while I was in the DC area so I was unavailable for the recording of last week's Skeptic Wire podcast. For the record, I did have a life. It was nice to get away from the day job and spend some much needed time with my sister.

Reason Rally was pretty amazing. This is not my first rally/convention/gathering but it was by far the most energetic. And I'll echo what most everyone else said: it was a young crowd. Despite the rain, everyone was happy and ready for each speaker/act. Jamie Killstein killed the crowd with his irreverent humor and Bad Religion rocked it like they were still in their 20s. Additionally Shelly Segal (I hope I spelled that right) was just beautiful and kind. Jessica Ahlquist was awarded her scholarship (+$60,000) for standing up for our constitution. Despite being a teenager, she held her stand with poise and conviction. She also didn't hesitate or stutter during her remarks. And Jamilla Bey!

The day was not without its low points. The rain was definitely a low point. I think it took me a good two days to finally feel dry again. And there were some asshats in the crowd who felt that the semi crowded quarters meant that it was okay to grab my ass. I know this happens in any large crowd and while I don't hold it against the atheist community, I did hate that it happened.

But I got to see old friends (Looking at you Karen, and Richard and Jeorgia and Gary and of course, David!). Got to meet Thinking Atheist and Nate Phelps. Speaking of Nate Phelps, he gave one of the more uplifting and powerful speeches I heard. This is a man who left his entire family behind because he couldn't stand their radical religious adherence. In case you are not familiar, Nate Phelps is the son of Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church-God hates f@gs.Thank God for IEDs fame.



And hey, I got my boobs signed by Dr. Darrel Ray... I'm currently reading his book Sex and God! It is a book that the anthropologist in me, absolutely adores and finds incredibly sexy.

Just Turn It Off

This rant inspired by my plane trip back from D.C. for the 
Reason Rally and 2012 American Atheists Convention:

We all know that traveling via airlines now-a-days is not fun.  Standing in long lines, sitting in uncomfortable lounges, and increasingly cramped into smaller and smaller spaces everywhere we go.  Fortunately modern technology has brought us wonderful distractions to relieve the boredom: smart phones, tablets, computers, music players, portable game systems, etc.  Yes they're great and make the airline experience bearable, but why do people get so unreasonable for the short time they're not allowed to use them?


When considering the hours we spend at airports and in planes is it really so unendurable that we sacrifice using these devices for 15 minutes at take-off and landing?  We all know that those times are the most dangerous in airline travel.  It doesn't matter if Mythbusters showed that cell phones don't really interfere with some airplane instruments.  Does it really kill you to put off playing Scrabble with your nephew or buying a new fleshlight on adameve.com for 10 minutes?  How about we just pay attention in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

On my connection back to San Antonio the flight attendants announced that all devices should be turned off.  Then they had to tell a dozen people in their pre-flight check to turn off their electrical devices.  Five minutes later one of the attendants came on the P.A. to tell us that some airports are implementing a series of fines for people who don't turn off their devices at take-off and landing.  I still saw people surreptitiously hiding their active cell phones under jackets or purses.  Does it really have to come to this?  We shouldn't need draconian fines of $5,000 to get people to just follow some simple harmless requests. 

Just leaf through Sky Mall, talk to your neighbor, look through your window.  Just turn yourself off for a few minutes.  What's the worst that could happen?

"One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behavior. If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up.

"After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favor of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical and decided he quite liked human beings after all, but he always remained desperately worried about the terrible number of things they didn't know about."  -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy