This week on the Virtual Skeptics:
- Bob files a copyright claim against the new Burzynski movie;
- Eve wonders why all the good writers are going to hell;
- Sharon finds the color “black” both slimming and emBIGgining.
- and Tim considers amateurish journalism and amateur detective work.
This is the Virtual Skeptics; A hour of discussion of the latest interesting skeptical news bits. “It’s like Meet the Press, but with chupacabras.”
Weekly, Wednesday, 8pm ET – Google+ Hangout ON AIR
(Show notes and links below)
This Week’s Panel
- Bob Blaskiewicz – CSI’s Conspiracy Guy web columnist, blogger for Skeptical Humanities and Swift Blog contributor
- Eve Siebert – Editor and blogger at Skeptical Humanities and contributor to Skepticality
- Sharon Hill – Editor of Doubtful News and author of the CSI’s Sounds Sciencey web column
- Tim Farley – JREF fellow and creator of What’s the Harm is acting as host in Brian’s absence
- Brian Gregory – Host
- The story of Eric Merola’s PR fail is here: http://skepticalhumanities.com/2013/04/18/false-claims-filed-against-burzynski-critic/
- Skeptical Humanities: And That’s Why They’re Going to Hell: Teaching Literature in Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana: http://skepticalhumanities.com/2013/04/21/and-thats-why-theyre-going-to-hell-teaching-literature-in-bobby-jindals-louisana/
- Skepticality: http://www.skepticality.com/superlaw/#axzz2RLDQB1o5
- The Beast of Burscough reportedly spotted again: http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/04/the-beast-of-burscough-reportedly-spotted-again/
- Big black cat sighting reported in Dorset ‘hot spot’: http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/04/big-black-cat-sighting-reported-in-dorset-hot-spot/
- Panther sighting in Norwich – Police turn to social media: http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/03/panther-sighting-in-norwich-police-turn-to-social-media/
- Kent Big Cat Research (Neil Arnold) http://kentbigcats.blogspot.com/
- British big cats: how good, or bad, is the evidence? http://darrennaish.blogspot.com/2006/02/british-big-cats-how-good-or-bad-is.html
- Exotic Cat Prowled British Countryside a Century Ago: http://www.livescience.com/29008-exotic-cat-prowled-british-countryside.html
- Sasquatch film footage for sale (Update: So unprofessional, on eBay): http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/04/sasquatch-film-footage-for-sale/
- Mystery foot sent for examination: http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/04/mystery-foot-sent-for-examination/
- McCormick found guilty of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors: http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/04/mccormick-found-guilty-of-fraud-for-selling-fake-bomb-detectors/
- New skeptical tool from Sunlight Foundation (makers of Scout, Open:States, Politiwoops) – a churnalism checker based on the one in the UK: http://churnalism.sunlightfoundation.com/
- Here’s an explanation of it along with a video: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/heres-a-tool-to-help-you-find-when-journalists-are-repackaging-press-releases-as-news/275206/
- And in the insult to injury department, it found plagiarism in that premature George Soros obit that was published last Thursday: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/211284/sunlight-foundations-new-plagiarism-detection-software-launches-claims-a-bust/
- Amateur investigators of Boston Bombing end up on cover of NY Post – with WRONG guys. http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/18/4238768/online-witch-hunt-for-boston-bomber-leads-to-ny-post-cover-photo-mess
- Reddit apologizes: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/22/4253320/reddit-apologizes-online-witch-hunt-boston-marathon-bombing
- Elvis impersonator who supposedly mailed Ricin turns out to be framed: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/us/ricin-suspect-released/index.html
Brian’s Robot links:
- Tim and Eve have segments on this week’s Skepticality.
- Tim has a report from Skep Tech at the JREF blog.
- Sharon is on the latest edition of The Token Skeptic podcast.
- Bob wants everyone to check out the April Fool’s Day edition of the Backstory podcast about deception in American history.
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