This Week on The Virtual Skeptics:
- Bob is off to see the Wizard;
- Eve wonders what the homeopathic treatment for drowning is;
- And Tim is chasing bad guys on Twitter again…
The panel this week will be Brian Gregory, Tim Farley, Robert Blaskiewicz and Eve Siebert.
Tim’s segment (at 4:00)
Twitter’s new quality filter tested by a Washington Post blogger: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/03/31/this-is-how-twitters-new-anti-harassment-filter-works-surprise-it-works-really-well/
More Twitter changes being made this week: http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/21/twitter-makes-tweaks-to-limit-abuse-and-abusers/
Twitter’s lawyer commented in an op-ed: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/16/twitter-executive-heres-how-were-trying-to-stop-abuse-while-preserving-free-speech/
Meanwhile The Block Bot announced impending changes such as handing over their code to an entirely new group.
Tim recommends this tool instead of The Block Bot, because the open source team working on it is doing a better job: https://blocktogether.org/
Eve’s segment (at 24:34)
FDA, Michael De Dora’s testimony http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM443495.pdf
Rory Carroll, Guardian, “US weighs crackdown on homeopathic remedies over ‘significant safety issues’” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/21/fda-homeopathic-remedies-regulation-hearings?CMP=share_btn_fb
Benjamin Radford, Discovery News, “Homeopathic Products under FDA Scrutiny” http://news.discovery.com/human/health/homeopathic-products-under-fda-scrutiny-150421.htm
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Homeopathic A&E https://youtu.be/WKh7CuKM14s
What’s the Harm: Homeopathy http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html
Respectful Insolence, “Regulating the magic that is homeopathy: I have a very bad feeling about the upcoming FDA hearing” http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2015/04/16/regulating-the-magic-that-is-homeopathy-i-have-a-very-bad-feeling-about-this/
Bob’s segment (at 41:08)
Oz’s faculty page: http://columbiasurgery.org/mehmet-c-oz-md-facs
Brian’s segment (at 57:06)
AI won’t kill you any time soon, but these really smart guys are afraid anyway. http://qz.com/335768/bill-gates-joins-elon-musk-and-stephen-hawking-in-saying-artificial-intelligence-is-scary/
Announcements (at 1:06:26)
Bob will be speaking at RavenCon in just over one week in Richmond, Virginia.
Tim will be speaking at Orange County Freethought Alliance conference in just over two weeks in Fullerton, California.
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