Cellar Door Skeptics 161: Hugs or High Fives with Sara Cunningham of Free Mom Hugs

Cellar Door Skeptics is bringing you not one, but two charities of the week. Their segment talking about local charities is extended this week as they interview Sara Cunningham of Free Mom Hugs, an organization dedicated to help other parents realize the having children whom are LGBTQ is wonderful and normal. Sara tells her story about how she left conservative christian beliefs and came to the understanding that her beliefs should never dictate who she loves. She talks about her organization Free Mom Hugs, how it started, and the desire to help make an impact on society to shed the ridiculous idea that LGBTQ people are not deserving of love.

Check out our full unedited interview on Patreon for a longer version of our discussion.

After talking about the different charities, the duo tackle the highly controversial video of the MAGA hat wearing youth, their confrontation with a Native American Elder, and why even with the longer video we need to stop and examine the evidence before letting these children off the hook. Chris Squared take a deep dive into an emotional subject and look at some of the reasons they feel the situation should be given a second look without just accepting what the media said. This segment is full of passion, as both of the Chris’ wade through how the situation could have been handled better by the children, and how even if they were screaming, how their MAGA hats represent the hate and racism embodied within our society.

The show ends as always with Hanna’s and Tanner’s Infamous Quick Saves of the week.

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Intro Segment: RIP Heretic Women
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3665qM1r42N9LZArM31wg
https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheTrailerPark/
Segment Local Charity of the Week: VFW National Home for Children
https://www.vfwnationalhome.org/
https://greatnonprofits.org/org/veterans-of-foreign-wars-national-home-for-children
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbT2GqrKjJI
Segment: Interview with Sara Cunningham founder of Free Mom Hugs
https://www.freemomhugs.org
https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/FreeMomHugsInc/general
https://www.facebook.com/FreeMomHugsMichigan/
https://www.amazon.com/How-We-Sleep-At-Night/dp/1499725388/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Segment: MAGA Hat Kid Inspiring Racism
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nick-sandmann-native-american-maga-protest_us_5c452fa7e4b027c3bbc2f869?fbclid=IwAR39OshxQ1fXQ5E2c2_KHT4NOSRNM0mVkulQO9RglIdtaEcIMonsOW4-v4I
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/viral-clash-students-and-native-americans-explained/580906/
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/us/maga-hat-teens-native-american-second-video/index.html
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/01/20/smirking-maga-hat-kid-i-was-just-saying-a-silent-prayer-during-that-encounter/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvbsqk0HOWw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3EC1_gcr34
Segment: Quick Saves of the Week
Tanner: BagMan Podcast by Rachel Maddow
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683414660/rachel-maddow-draws-lessons-from-spiro-agnew-on-bad-behavior-by-people-in-office
Hanna: How Tax Brackets Work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJhsjUPDulw

Cellar Door Skeptics 160: Does Capitalism Fund Science Research?

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Each week the duo tries to bring important topics to the forefront of the conversation. This week they examine some of the proposed bills that are pushing the Democratic Party more progressive. They talk about what this means for the party, and if it is just a wave from this last election or is the party starting to look at other options to help encompass other voters who felt isolated after the 2016 primary.

The Charity of the Week focuses on Wigs for Kids. This amazing charity helps make it possible for children to receive wigs if cancer has helped remove the hair on their heads. This organization has played a big role within Michigan providing over 4000 wigs to children in Michigan.This episodes in depth analysis segment reviews research funding. Chris squared look into whether Federal Funding has played a bigger role in new technology and advancements or if Capitalism and Big Business are the drivers of where we are at today. They review several papers along with research articles that talk through some of the history as well as the standard for research inside of the US.

The show ends as always with Hanna’s and Tanner’s Infamous Quick Saves of the week.

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Intro Segment: Have the Democrats finally proposing more progressive bills?
https://www.npr.org/2018/12/14/675655962/here-are-the-outside-the-box-progressive-ideas-2020-democrats-are-pitching?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2055
Segment Local Charity of the Week: Wigs 4 Kids
https://www.wigs4kids.org/
https://greatnonprofits.org/org/maggies-wigs-4-kids-of-michigan-inc
Segment: Who Picks Up the Tab for Science
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/what_is_the_optimal_balance_between_basic_and_applied_resear/
https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000235406
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/09/18/3590519.htm
http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/funding-for-scientific-research/
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/29/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/
https://www.enago.com/academy/is-basic-research-harder-to-fund-than-applied-research/
Quick Save Segment:
Tanner: What My Daughter Brought Home
NRA Pamplet from School
http://www3.nssf.org/share/PDF/safety/FRITH.pdf
http://www.projectchildsafe.org/sites/default/files/FirearmsResp15_small_1.pdf
Hanna: The Public Domain
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvq99b/how-to-download-the-books-that-just-entered-the-public-domain?utm_source=reddit.com

Cellar Door Skeptics 154: A Trail of Tear Gas

Cellar Door Skeptics starts the show off talking about their Thanksgiving experiences and if the politics divided their dinner tables this year. They also talked about their charity of the week BeNice. Mental health is the main focus for this program as it works to educate schools on bullying and techniques to help schools better cope with the issues that are affecting students now a days. Their science segment this week looks at Plants and Ants, which came first and how evolution played a role between species that are not able to breed. The political segment this week talks about Trump’s desire to take control of the military troops to “protect” the border without running afoul of Congress. He has authorized “Force” for the troops to deter individuals seeking asylum. The duo looks at what legal asylum is and if Trump is violating the law. They also examine the border spectrum to determine what the long game that Trump is trying to play. The show ends as usual with the Quick Saves of the week.

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Local Charity of the Week: The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
https://www.benice.org/
https://www.givegr.org/donate
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Science Segment: Plants VS Ants
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2018/11/13/ants-plants-symbiosis-evolution/#.W_HrURZOmaO
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/11/07/1719794115
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Politics Segment: Trump Fires At the Border
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/14/flake-coons-border-troops-stunt-989876
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/11/trump-troops-border-caravan-stunt
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2018/11/23/trump-approves-use-of-force-by-troops-at-the-border/
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/21/white-house-approves-use-of-force-some-law-enforcement-roles-for-border-troops/?fbclid=IwAR0-Q-Bect6SOr25GZv5R-y7shZTh_kk7kQg8OsuG1G_IcNLJrF_Lyq583w
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-closes-major-crossing-as-caravan-migrants-mass-at-border-in-mexico/2018/11/25/f94aabe0-f0ea-11e8-99c2-cfca6fcf610c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ea4652f5e6e1
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/25/children-screaming-and-coughing-mayhem-trump-border-patrol-fires-tear-gas-mexico
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/trump-has-no-legal-authority-to-make-asylum-seekers-stay-in-mexico
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Quicksaves Segment
Hanna: Hitchens starts his war!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA57_Pjqf_0
Tanner: Dogs love high pitched voices?
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43315466
https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2018/research/dog-speak-important-for-social-bonding/

Obligations of Atheism

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and haven’t been able to focus on anything for long, before my mind starts to wander. This has resulted in me wanting to write, but not being able to hear myself think in order to do so. Anyone else have that problem sometimes? I’m sure everyone does. We’re all only human, after all.

 

Anyway. I thought it would help if I asked for some “assignments” from others. What would they like to see me write about? What topics do they want to hear my perspective on? So, here is my first “assignment.” Thanks for these questions, Will.

 

Obligations of Atheism?

 

Does atheism have to take on the same issues that religion continually screws up?

 

Well, the simple answer is: No. Atheism doesn’t have to do anything.
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Grillin’ with Atheists: Humble Beginnings and Helping Those in Need

Charity is very important to helping those in society that have fallen on hard times or those that are less fortunate than we are.  Ultimately, charity is a necessary function to help move humanity forward; the government should’nt be the only ones providing charity.  Many non-profit organizations provide a way for people to engage, help out, and support humanity.  We here at Atheist Analysis feel this is a very important function and one that we want to contribute to as much as we can.
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A Late Merry Christmas – Even to Non Christians

I thought it would be best to post this after Christmas lest I ruin someone’s day,even when I say nice things I seem to wreck something or other. Being an atheist who celebrates Christmas I may be looked at as a disappointment from a secular point of view; in truth most atheists I know also follow the holiday out of tradition. For me, the most important thing is to spend at least one day a year with your closest family – I don’t say all as that would be a nightmare. Giving thoughtful gifts to loved ones; drinking a silly amount of alcohol (although I drink much less than others and I’m relatively t-total all year round); trying to be a better person or at the very least trying to convince ourselves to be the person we aspire to be. That is what the season is all about for me; I can safely say I took the Christ out of Christmas many years ago.

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