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This episode Derek talks with Michael Kruse, the current Chair of 'Bad Science Watch', consumer advocacy group based out of Canada which focuses mainly on educating the public about important issues surrounding bad claims dealing with health and medical issues. Michael and his group have been in recent struggles with anti Wi-Fi panic caused by a misinformed public, frustrating governmental restrictions on scientists communicating their findings, and 'nosodes' a form of homeopathy claiming to be an effective vaccine for preventable disease, which has been contributing to a low vaccination rate in several areas across Canada.
Show Notes
 

– Date – June 4th, 2013
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Skepticism, Past and Future  [1:40]
Guglielmo Marconi and Nevil Maskelyne battled over radio technology claims over 100 years ago.
– The fascinating story of the 1903 Royal Institution demonstration is told in a 2011 article in New Scientist and in Sungook Hong’s 2010 book “Wireless, From Marconi’s Black-Box to the Audion”.
– The Amanda Filipacchi incident is documented in a Salon article by Andrew Leonard, who also followed up with a whole series on the editor “Qworty” who caused most of the problem. That editor is now blocked on Wikipedia.
– Tim documented how much more traffic Wikipedia gets than skeptic websites on his blog, underscoring the importance of recruiting skeptical editors.
– Tim also wrote a how-to that explains how you can set up a watch list on Wikipedia to help you catch when other editors go rogue.
– Susan Gerbic and Tim Farley will be talking about editing Wikipedia and other related topics in two different workshops at The Amazing Meeting in July.
– Be sure to book your hotel room before June 8 to take advantage of the JREF discount (code AMA0707).
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Skeptical Humanities  [9:05]
Burzynski and his 'clinic'.
– Find more informat at the website: Skeptical Humanities.

Wikipedia  [16:25]
– The single most powerful skeptical tool on the Internet today is Wikipedia.
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Blog.
– You can find Susan Gerbic at her website.

The Odds Must Be Crazy  [18:50]
The Odds Must Be Crazy.
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Interview: Michael Kruse  [28:27]
– Michael used to be part of CFI Canada, but split away due to Canadian Charity Laws.
Now with Bad Science Watch.
– Keeps tabs on the 'Anti WiFi' movement.
– Has been cited on the Science Based Medicine website/blog.
WiFi allergy hoax on the radio D.J. 'Afterlife' (Derek was wrong not Canada).
– Why no one is allergic to Wi-Fi, at all.
– Since D.J. Afterlife, that hoax morphed into panic in North America as well.
People moving out into the wilderness to find 'clean areas' to get away from Wi-Fi and wireless technology.
– Seems a lot like the Ben Radford findings about the spawning of the Chubacabra.
Until you can show that Wi-Fi breaks the laws of psychics as outlined by Einstein and how radio works.
Brookhaven in the USA did a study on mobile phones and the effects to the human head. Found the effect was about the same as eating chocolate.
– The Canadian government has been over controlling their scientists and how they can communicate to the public.
– Bad Science Watch is looking for help with their French translation.
– Find out more about 'nosodes' which are homeopathic vaccines which are approved by the Canadian Government.
Stop nosodes website.

Outro Music  [1:18:50]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.



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