– 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.
The Odds Must Be Crazy [18:50]
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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.