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Bob Tiernan
 Interview: Robert Tiernan, Managing Editor
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One of the most positive aspects of the skeptical movement is advocacy for consumer awareness about the claims made by producers and advertisers of all sorts of products, from the outlandish to the commonplace. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Robert Tiernan, Managing Editor of Consumer Reports magazine, the monthly publication produced by The Consumers Union. For nearly 75 years, the Consumers Union has utilized rigorous scientific testing to separate hype from fact and good products from bad ones - empowering consumers to think more critically about everything from cars to health care.
Show Notes

Date – November 30, 2010 read by Derek
Today's Guest is Robert Tiernan, Managing Editor of Consumer Reports.
We got a great report back from the Geocentrism Conference.
The book where geocentrists claimed Carl Sagan recants heliocentrism is:
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God.
The Bad Astronomer explains why geocentrism doesn't work.
Swoopy is sorry for calling Mister Spock by a specious title.

Skeptic History Notes
Victim of Scientology Lisa McPherson died December 5, 1995.
The U.S. government convicted five high-ranking Scientologists of
conspiracy in Operation Snow White on December 6, 1979.
Flight 19, often associated with the Bermuda Triangle, was lost December 5, 1945.
Linguist & author Charles Berlitz wrote The Bermuda Triangle,
He was born November 20, 1914. (d. 2003).
The ghost ship Mary Celeste is sometimes also associated with the triangle,
found abandoned December 4, 1872.
Jonathan Swift, the namesake of the JREF’s SWIFT newsletter and blog,
was born November 30, 1667.
Mark Twain was born November 30, 1835. A new edition of his
was just released.
Banachek was born November 30, 1960. He was part of
Project Alpha and now administrates the JREF Million Dollar Challenge.
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The non-profit Consumer's Union was founded 1937.
Their publication is the very popular magazine Consumer Reports.
The Consumer's Union accepts no outside advertising and no free samples.
You can also subscribe to
The Consumer Reports Network includes:
The Consumerist
Car Pricing Service
Canada Extra
en Español
School Safety Alert
Consumer Reports Bookstore
Consumer Reports came out in support of Health Care Reform in 2010.
Consumer Reports is notorious for support of Health Care Reform
The Consumer Reports holiday issue is on shelves now.

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