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Virtual Skeptics #23 - 1/16/2013

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Streamed live on Jan 16, 2013

This is the Virtual Skeptics; A hour of discussion of the latest interesting skeptical news bits. "It's like Meet the Press, but with chupacabras"

Weekly, Wednesday, 8pm ET - Google+ Hangout ON AIR

This Week's Panel:

Eve Siebert -- Editor and blogger at Skeptical Humanities
Bob Blaskiewicz -- Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Conspiracy Guy web columnist, JREF Swift Blog contributor, and blogger for Skeptical Humanities
Sharon Hill -- Editor of Doubtful News and author of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Sounds Sciencey web column
Tim Farley -- JREF Fellow, creator of whatstheharm.net and skeptools.com
Brian Gregory - Host

Bob's links:
Where conspiracy theories come from:
http://www.salon.com/2013/01/16/newto...
Conspiracy Theorists Are Harassing A Man Who Sheltered Students After Newtown Shooting: http://www.businessinsider.com/sandy-...

Eve's links:
io9 "How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana's creationists"
http://io9.com/5976112/how-19+year+ol...
Repealing the Louisiana Science Education Act: Endorsements
http://www.repealcreationism.com/endo...
77 Nobel Laureates Call for a Repeal of LSEA
http://www.repealcreationism.com/397/...
Louisiana Science Education Act
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata...
Zack Kopplin's Repeal the LSEA YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/Repealth...

Sharon's links:
Looking for the best answer: Sorry it burst your paranormal balloon
http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/01/edito...

Tim's links:
Terry Michaels' edit earlier today on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?t...
And here's what happened:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_tal...
Tim's TAM2012 Workshop on crowdsourcing is now on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/XOrkE-0yP8E
JREF has announced a hotel code for TAM2013:
http://www.amazingmeeting.com/
Kickstarter for the Honest Liar documentary about James Randi:
http://kck.st/W3RVWs

Brian's Robot's links:
Make at CES 2013: Lego Mindtorms EV3
http://blog.makezine.com/2013/01/11/m...
Window cleaning robot was a hit at CES
http://bostonglobe.com/business/2013/...
Fifty-foot electromechanical snake prowls CES (pictures)
http://news.cnet.com/2300-10797_3-100...
CES: iRobot's Telepresence Bot, Ava, Has Emotions
http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabeth...

Closing information: The Virtual Skeptics is an independent production of Doubtful News,
WhatsTheHarm.net, Skeptical Humanities, and Brian Gregory. Our logo was designed by Sara Mayhew at SaraMayhew.com. Our theme music is by Tremor and is used with permission.

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