This week on The Virtual Skeptics:
- Bob has a mustache;
- Eve calibrates her paramagnetism;
- Barb slimes us;
- And Tim presses backspace a ton – so therefore he must be a hacker!
The panel this week was (left to right) Brian Gregory, Tim Farley, Robert Blaskiewicz, Eve Siebert and Barbara Drescher.
What was the name of psychic Sylvia Browne’s spirit guide?
Eve’s segment (at 5:28)
Doubtful News: UK paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/11/u-k-paper-posts-the-years-worst-story-on-dowsing/
Kent and Sussex Courier: Mass grave discovered in Tunbridge Wells http://www.courier.co.uk/Plague-pit-discovered-Tunbridge-Wells/story-24096967-detail/story.html
Brian’s robot update (at 16:15)
China’s anti-drone laser (Low Altitude Sentinel System) http://news.sky.com/story/1366473/china-shoots-down-drones-using-laser-weapon
Robotic Micro-Scallops Can Swim Through Your Eyeballs – Yes, you read that right. http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/medical-robots/robotic-microscallops-can-swim-through-your-eyeballs
Tim’s segment (at 28:33)
Sharyl Attkisson was very anti-vaccine when she reported at CBS, as Orac has reported for years: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/tag/sharyl-attkisson/
For her new book on Benghazi & CBS, Sharyl Attkisson consulted security experts, but declines to name any of them in the book: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/10/29/sharyl-attkissons-compelling-gripe-against-cbs-news-over-benghazi-coverage/
Media Matters consulted experts who said “stuck backspace key”: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/10/31/computer-security-experts-attkisson-video-of-pu/201403
Now Sharyl Attkisson is backing away from the story: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/11/04/sharyl-attkissons-reversal-technology-problems/201448
Bob’s segment (at 37:32)
Barb’s segment (at 46:27)
Parts is Parts: Can Grant Imahara Save the McDonald’s Image? http://icbseverywhere.com/blog/2014/11/parts-is-parts…s-myths-busted/
Announcements (at 1:08:58)
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