ISP #27 – George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and other dystopian stories

From July 12, 2014. We talk about 1984 and a bunch of other dystopian novels. War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

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A Public Service Announcement from the Irreverent Skeptics

As you probably know by now, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional. We applaud the bravery the Supremes made in actually reading the constitution and defending the rights of all people to marry as they so choose.

But there are those who oppose the ruling – for example, Texas Southern Baptist pastor Rick Scarborough. Dr. Scarborough made a very serious promise while talking about just how much he opposes marriage equality despite public condemnation of his position:

“We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary we will burn.”

As skeptics, we care about honesty and integrity, and we know Dr. Scarborough does, too. So we wish to encourage our listeners to help him keep his promise. You can do this by sending matches and lighters to him via the PO Box of his organization, Vision America:

Rick Scarborough
C/O Vision America
P.O. Box 10
Lufkin, TX 75902

If you want to help but don’t want to spend a lot of money, we suggest a 3-pack of refillable lighters for just $4.98 with free shipping. Or, if you really want to be thrifty and make sure that he catches fire and stays caught, there’s always the 300-count package of strike-on-box matches for just $4.32, also with free shipping.

Thank you for your attention on this important matter. We now return you to your regular programming.

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ISP #26 – Social Justice Warriors Unite!

From June 28, 2014. We talk about the difference between social justice activists and “social justice warriors” – the people who make being outraged a hobby. We find points of agreement and disagreement. We make dick jokes. This was a mostly free-form discussion, so… enjoy!

 

Shit Internet Apologists Say: Father Dwight Longenecker (originally broadcast 10/25/2014)

I read this rant on our Environmental Activism episode, one of our many backlogged recordings. Dwight Longenecker has apparently been at it again recently, so I thought I’d share this text for posterity rather than make you wait for the audio. Enjoy!

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ISP #24 – Mind Your Own Bees-ness

BLERG I M DED

BLERG I M DED

Originally broadcast June 14, 2014, here’s our conversation about colony collapse disorder – what’s up with that?
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Seriously, can we just not waste time and money on stuff that isn’t possible?

This is fascinating. Steven Novella and David Gorski wrote an opinion article questioning whether it’s worthwhile to do clinical trials on medical modalities that don’t have any prior scientific plausibility, such as homeopathy and reiki. Basically, it’s an extension of their promotion of science-based medicine (which uses a Bayesian analysis of what we actually know throughout the sciences) versus evidence-based medicine (which just relies on the examination of the evidence in a specific experiment). And they’re getting flack about it – from people who thoroughly misunderstand their position.

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ISP #23 – The Satanic Panic

Here are the notes from this show, originally broadcast May 17, 2014. They’re lengthy, so I’m just going to dump them all, raw and uncut. Enjoy!

(Also, note that the Dark Dungeons movie is out now! You can get it for $5, and the bonus features for another $2.50.)


Poor ol' Satan...

Poor ol’ Satan…

Hello and welcome to the Irreverent Skeptics podcast! I’m your host, Jon Ownbey, and joining me today in the unending fight against the forces of darkness are Erno Marttila, Michael McElroy, Mike Bohler, and Dumbass!

And special guest – The Astronomer Royal of Karl Mamer’s “The Conspiracy Skeptic” Podcast and the brains and brawn of the “Exposing PseudoAstronomy” podcast, Stuart Robbins!

Today, we’re going to talk about the Satanic Panic – that period during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s when the devil was always lurking just around the corner. If the Religious Right is to be believed (and if not them, who can you trust?), diabolical influences were everywhere in pop culture – from music and movies to games and toys. Where did it all start? What were some of their wildest claims? Is it still going on today? Let’s dip our toes into the lake of fire, pinch our noses to keep out the smell of burning brimstone, and take a journey through hell to find out the truth.

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