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Skeptic Summary #213

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/23/2008

Mocking the hunters, killing the corporations, blaming the book, simplifying the stupid, sending the unknown and more!

Week ending November 22, 2008 (Vol 5, #41)

Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.

Forum Highlights:
The Ghost Hunters are busted - The only thing more damning would be to find a script.

Killing the car companies - Well, somebody has to.

Suicide blamed on ‘God Delusion’ - Guns don’t kill people, books kill people.

Editor’s Choice: There you go: an easy summary… - I’m sure there are still some dots that need connecting.

Kil’s Evil Pick:
Unknown Sender, by Steven E. de Souza, a writer and director who wrote Die Hard, 48 hours and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, among many other movies and TV shows, and who has been a client of mine since the 80s, has given SFN a plug in an interview he just did for the Story2.OH digital drama site:
Q. When you’re goofing off on the internet, what do you do? What sites do you spend your time on?

A. The Whole Gawker family, Chexydecimal, Aintitcoolnews, Huffington Post, the Daily beast and DailyKos, SkepticFriends and Snopes for reality checks (on the other hand, Drudge.) Of course Story2.OH to see if anyone’s gaining on me, MTV’s movies page, and for comics MTV’s “Splash Page,” CBR and The Pulse.
Please read the whole interview.

Unknown Sender is his. For more, click on ‘Episodes’ next to the first installment. Click around and enjoy.

An added plus for me is that several of the scenes in these films were done at Steven’s home, which means that many of the backgrounds just happen to include stuff that I built for him as his carpenter.

How did Unknown Sender and several other Internet series come to be?
Strike.TV was born out of the writers strike. In December 2007, we challenged the members of the Writers Guild — create original programs for the Internet and we will provide you with a website and ad revenue. The ad revenue profits will go to the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund, now since absorbed by the Actors Fund’s Entertainment Assistance Program. The EAP has been offering financial relief and other services to entertainment industry professionals negatively impacted by the strike.
For more info on Strike.TV see “Entertainment On the Net: The pros strike back with Strike.TV

Come on, if your religion is so vulnerable that a little bit of disrespect is going to bring it down, it’s not worth believing in, frankly.
— Terry Gilliam

Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Wedding rings in gold or wolfram(tungsten)-carbide: Which is most likely to get mauled in the garbage disposal? The American election, and the running candidates’ strategies. Jethro Tull vs Metallica: who wins the loudness war (if that is even desirable?). A story about Sarah Palin’s dissing basic research, and listening to Skepticality.

Wednesday: Investigating JREF’s chat software and gay marriage started chat off. On the lighter side, Dave was trying to get everyone looking at Hello Kitty Hell, with marginal success. Also, Jethro Tull concerts and boron10’s baby boy. Then news from ERV of Dembski and Dave Scott leaving Uncommon Descent. Much of the rest of the night was spent sharing videos found on YouTube: Sesame Street comedies, misheard lyrics, and literal music videos.

Come chat with us.

New Members This Week:
Grim Ungainly

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Elsewhere in the World:
The 100th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The trouble with Orac


Age of Ignorance

British Prosecutors Refuse Obscene Jesus Case

Campe-ing it Up

DaveScot is No Longer With Us

Scientists say Copernicus’ remains, grave found

Sequencing a mammoth genome

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter #97

Skepticality #89: The Secular Vote

Think they’ve cured AIDS, then along comes Debbie Downer!

Thirty Years Ago Today…

What’s New by Bob Park

When it comes to a cold, you might as well try goat entrails

Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.

Book of the Week:
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End…, by Phil Plait.

“According to astronomer Philip Plait, the universe is an apocalypse waiting to happen But how much do we really need to fear from things like black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and supernovae? And if we should be scared, is there anything we can do to save ourselves? With humor and wit, Plait details the myriad doomsday events that the cosmos could send our way to destroy our planet and life as we know it. This authoritative yet accessible study is the ultimate astronomy lesson.”

— Book Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Killing the car companies (412 views)
  2. PZ expelled from Expelled — Dawkins slips in! (376 views)
  3. Possum on the half shell (314 views)
  4. Art or oxygen theft? (266 views)
  5. A Half of a Wing & A piece of A Prayer (236 views)
  6. Beelzebufo ampinga (235 views)
  7. Stop laughing, dammit! This is serious shit! (195 views)
  8. That @#&!! Limbaugh (185 views)
  9. Cheney and Gonzales indicted (140 views)
  10. This year’s cynical holiday humor (111 views)
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (1,789 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (1,204 views)
  3. Skeptic Summary #152 (164 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (133 views)
  5. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (62 views)
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray (54 views)
  7. Skeptic Summary #212 (35 views)
  8. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (30 views)
  9. Evolution is a Lie (28 views)
  10. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down? (26 views)
There were 8,370 daily visitors this week.

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