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Skepticality is almost a decade old. In light of the upcoming landmark, Derek and the show's usual crew of contributors decided they needed to start bringing to listeners different content to supplement the standard format. Today, we present the first installment of Skepticality: On The Side in which you can listen in on Derek, Susan Gerbic, Tim Farley, and Bob Blaskiewicz as they discuss the history of Skepticality, and some of the hot topics they have been following in the realms of skeptical thought and pseudoscience.
Show Notes
 

– Date – March 10th, 2015
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Skepticism, Past and Future [0:55]
– Australian skeptic (and Skeptic Zone podcast regular) Dr. Rachael Dunlop won a Shorty Award for her work on Twitter on March 3, 2010.
– The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that there is no persuasive evidence linking mercury in vaccines to autism on March 12, 1010.
Fact Check Central and SciCheck are two new fact checking sites.
– More details about Fact Check Central and SciCheck (and some others) at Tim's Skeptools blog.
– Tim previously discussed other fact-checking sites on Skepticality #240 (September 2014).
– Izitru is the successor to FourMatch, another Skeptools post demonstrates the use of Izitru with ghost photos.
– Some good how-to articles on investigating photos can be found at Bellingcat and Veri.ly.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Wikipedia [7:10]
The GSOW update blog.
http://www.SusanGerbic.com.
– Get involved with the Skeptics on Wikipedia project today!

Skepticality: On The Side #1 [17:15]
– A new experiement for the show, 'Skepticality: On The Side'.
– Tim may be the first of the 'newer' segments, but he actually was not the first of the many past contributors to Skepticality.
– The Skepticality 10th Anniversary is coming up very soon, on May 7th, 2005 was the first episode, 'Odd Leader'.
– The show only has just shy of 250 episodes, mainly due to the long recovery period that Derek suffered between 2005 and about 2012.
– Derek and Steve Novella from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe figured out that Skepticality was the first Skeptics Podcast by only about a week or less.
– Over the course of history, many times inventions and ideas came about right around the same time.
– Bob points out that Germany and Russia invented World War II at the same time.
– Derek's 'Hot Topic' is the Malaysian Flight 'Truthers'.
– One of the past guests of Skepticality, Jeff Wise, wrote an article on the topic that went viral.
– Derek likes this topic because the company he owned in Vegas back in the 90's, the first client he had was a researcher which was hired to find lost planes. – It has similar memories of the 2009 Air France lost plane. [http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/06/01/air.france.brazil/index.html] – The BMO data that flights record is still meager, even today.
– It is hard for many to think we can lose a big airliner in the era when many of us have something like 'Find My Friends' on their mobile phone.
– Tim even tweeted an article that Jeff wrote on the topic because of how self aware he was about his own ideas.
– In his article he talked about his own obsession with the ideas he had as to where the plane might be.
– Bob's 'Hot Topic' is a confrontation he had with Michael Horn, who is part of the Billy Myer group, while at the 'Skeptical Classroom' conference about taking part of his next conspiracy theory documentary.
– The group use highly dubious photographs as their only evidence proving that there is a UFO cover-up.
– Tim's topic is about the news that Google might be adding to how they rank websites and the backlash over it by conspiracy believers.
– Susan's topic is not about Wikipedia, she is more passionate about getting people to get out there and 'do' something.
– She thinks it is unacceptable that people allow psychics to make their claims and disrupt the lives of sad, or depressed people.
– Would there be a risk if all the psychics flooded the police with their 'visions' which could solve crime?
– A case a few years back where the police followed a psychic lead that ended quite horribly.
– Not every police department is skeptical enough not to follow every lead.
– Susan and some of her team went to see Chip Coffee who then posted things about his bad readings on Facebook.
– It might take someone far funnier than most of us skeptics to do what Susan wants to do.
– Please write in to the show, and offer any ideas, suggestions or other tidbits!

Outro Music [1:05:00]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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