This week on The Virtual Skeptics:
- Bob is on the offensive;
- Eve gets edumacated in Texas;
- Barb is back;
- And Tim is checking Facebook’s math – they get an F.
The panel this week was (left to right on screen) Tim Farley (guest hosting), Robert Blaskiewicz, Eve Siebert and Barbara Drescher.
Charles Berlitz, whose 101st birthday is Saturday, was well known for his family’s language school, courses and phrase books. But he also wrote books about skeptic topics – what were they?
Tim’s segment (at 4:10)
Facebook “like inflation” exaggerates the scope of Internet hoaxes http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/facebook-like-inflation-exaggerates-internet-hoaxes-fake-news/
Barb’s segment (at 21:03)
Jesus Here, Jesus There, Jesus, Jesus Everywhere http://icbseverywhere.com/blog/2014/11/jesus-here-jesus-there-jesus-everywhere/
Eve’s segment (at 32:13)
USAToday, Controversial Texas Textbooks Headed to Classrooms http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/17/texas-textbook-inaccuracies/19175311/
Ars Technica, Publishers Remove Confusion about Climate Change from Texas Textbooks http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/11/publishers-remove-confusion-about-climate-change-from-texas-textbooks/
Texas Tribune, Common Core Stymies Texas Vote on New Textbooks https://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/18/common-core-stymies-texas-vote-social-studies-book/
Dallas News, Texas Board of Education Delays Action on Textbooks amid Revisions http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20141118-texas-board-of-education-delays-action-on-textbooks-amid-revisions.ece
Bob’s segment (at 43:55)
The nightmare that the parents have opted for: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/doctor-treating-first-nations-girls-says-cancer-patients-can-heal-themselves-1.2832760
Announcements (at 1:00:10)
The dates for TAM 2015 and NECSS 2015 were confirmed last week. See a complete list of 2015 conferences of interest to skeptics at the Skepticamp Wiki. Update! The morning after this show, NECSS made its official announcement of date. Never say we don’t have scoops for you!
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