Cellar Door Skeptics 177: Has Trump been a good President?

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Tonight the episode looks into a debate that was had between two passionate individuals. One of those individuals is a trump supporter and believes that Trump has been a great president. The other debater does not feel that trump is a good president and is hopeful of a change next election cycle.

The debate format is casual, with Christopher Tanner acting as the moderator. The concept of the debate is to allow for the two to discuss some major points about his presidency, policies and some overarching issues of the Republican Party.

The debate initially started when Dallas offered $300 to anyone willing to debate him on if Trump is a great president. They agreed to donate the money to charity once the debate is over.

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Dallas D is taking the side that Trump is a great president and has done a great job.

His bio: “I’m just a guy who likes debating ideas. I am a Nashville musician with a casual interest in politics. Mike and I grew up in the same town and went to elementary school and middle school together.”

Miike S is taking the opposition and doesn’t think Trump has been good as a president.

His position: “I hold the belief that Donald Trump as our president is bad for both America and the world. I believe Donald Trump’s rhetoric of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ has cultivated a following that is willing to dismiss facts and scientific research as left wing media and liberal conspiracies. I think it is dangerous to have American voters groomed to distrust any media that challenges their political beliefs. I find his inept tweets and speeches condoning violence embarrassing and dangerous. He has failed domestically, where he demonstrates poor leadership and continues to drive a divide within our nation. He has failed abroad, where he embarrasses our nation, disrespects allies whilst celebrating violent regimes, and abandons the international community’s drive to protect our environment.”

His bio: “I grew up in Evans, GA where I met Dallas in elementary school. I’ve since been friends with him mostly through social media where we’ve discussed different perspectives. I left Georgia in 2005 and moved to California, where I graduated college. I currently work and live in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the pharmaceutical industry as a Group Leader/Scientist in Laboratory Automation and Programming. I don’t discuss politics often since Trump’s election. However, I hold a general interest in different world perspectives and how politics shape societies. This interest has guided my travels to places like the Crimean peninsula, the Middle East, and North Korea. I don’t believe I hold any merit that especially qualifies me to understand Trump’s presidency better than anyone else, and I hope to be viewed as an average voting American sharing my perspective.”

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Cellar Door Skeptics 174: Wight Walkers Carbon Foot Print

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The shows starts off with the duo talking about End Game and the recent GOT epic battle. They try and leave out all the spoilers and focus just on their experiences with these shows.

The show continues with examining if Non-believers could be the key to swing the election for the democrats or if it will just be another Trump 2020 pony show. They look at the recent studies that show non-belief has surpassed christians and how this could affect things.

A great article from a local paper sparked their interest and they delved into what is the difference between Liberal Socialism and Democratic Socialism. If you believed that Bernie is a Democratic Socialist do not miss this segment as they dissect the beliefs of some of the recent candidates.

Last article for the night covers an NPR report on whether or not companies like Blue Apron are better for the environment than grocery stores. No the duo has not sought sponsorship, but they are interested in examining the carbon footprint each has.

The show closes as usual with their Quick Saves of the week.

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Links
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/opinion/is-trump-good-for-trump.html
http://ryanburge.net/
https://twitter.com/ryanburge/status/1108183399364263936
http://www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/general-social-survey.aspx
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https://www.hollandsentinel.com/opinion/20190420/ray-buursma-no-its-not-socialism?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_Newsletter&utm_content=GTCP_HS&utm_term=042119
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_socialism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_socialism
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https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/04/22/716010599/meal-kits-have-smaller-carbon-footprint-than-grocery-shopping-study-says?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190422
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Quick Saves
Tanner: Munchies and Weight Gain
https://www.michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-marijuana-users-gain-less-weight-non-users
Pupper Firefighter
https://i.redd.it/kk7kprajuvt21.jpg

Cellar Door Skeptics 169: Budgeting for a Crisis

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This episode brings an analysis of the Trump budget. The duo looks at the differences between last year’s budget, this years budget and how it compares to other administrations budgets. They also look at the history of the deficit VS GDP and if Trump’s claim that Obama was worse fiscally than him is true or not. If that was not enough they also look into a conservative analysis of the federal deficit for a unique perspective.

The show ends as usual with Tanner and Hanna’s quick saves of the week.

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Links
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Segment: Trump’s budget plan
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_of_the_United_States
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_public_debt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-proposes-47-trillion-budget-with-domestic-cuts-86-billion-in-wall-funding/2019/03/11/de11cfa4-43fe-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html?utm_term=.95ef101bd788&noredirect=on
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-releases-budget-seeks-billions-more-for-border-wall-and-work-requirements-for-welfare
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/us/politics/trump-budget.html
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/budget-fy2019.pdf
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf
https://www.thebalance.com/us-deficit-by-year-3306306
https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/nov/02/five-charts-about-debt/
https://www.pgpf.org/chart-archive/0023_federal-deficit-surplus
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Quick Saves
Tanner: Death Metal doesn’t breed violence
https://to.pbs.org/2VZnJlb
Hanna: The Next Step in Human Evolution
https://youtu.be/_ZpVSgclw2M
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/08/701632247/love-sex-and-robots

Cellar Door Skeptics 166: Black History Month & More with The Triple C’s

This show’s guest for the night is Christopher Banks, whom is currently running for the State House in Michigan in 2020. He joins us tonight to discuss Black History Month, share his stories, and help give credit to the minorities who have helped shape this country. Without Minorities, we would not be the nation we are today. We discuss the origins of Black History Month, experiences with helping others learn about black culture and contributions, all while enjoying each other’s company. The show is almost like the trifecta of Christopher’s as there are three on this episode. The team even gets Mr. Banks to throw out a Quick Save as they look at what they learned for the week.

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Local Charity of the Week: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation
https://greatnonprofits.org/org/book-industry-charitable-foundation
https://www.bincfoundation.org/
Segment: Black History Month with Christopher Banks
https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/
https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/celebrate-black-history-month/
https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/black-history-month-for-white-people
https://blavity.com/why-there-is-no-white-history-month
Quicksave
Hanna: Chris Hanna is a half red
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ezv38a/why-do-so-many-men-have-red-beards-but-not-red-hair?utm_source=reddit.com
Tanner: The only border wall i support.
https://www.facebook.com/priley01/posts/10218036494479329
Banks: Pyramids of Power
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-reveals-great-pyramid-giza-focus.html

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

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can’t Afford a Washington DC Apartment, Can You?

So, the machine is running again, and it’s going after the poor AGAIN, you know, cause the election is over* (shhhh don’t ask Scott or Kemp about it unless you are ready for some tears)

What fandangled doodiddley fallacy is currently running around your feed this weekend? I’m seeing an awful lot of Democratic Socialist Ad Hominem action from America’s Unofficial State Media Channel, Fox News. All these blond haired, blue eyed folks, are telling me: If you cannot uproot and move your life from a moderate, middle class city to one of the most expensive cities in the country you are obviously terrible with money and should never be in charge of anything. So, as my inner engineer is wont to do, lets see what the numbers say.

Lets just look at averages for DC right now:

Quick questions: If you were told to move to another city and had to put down a full month’s rent as a security deposit and the first month’s actual rent could you? That’s $4,000 buckaroos on average my dear bonzai, and that’s without your 2.7 kids.

Could you come up with that after paying to move everything, and settling up any debts for your old homestead? Are there any early termination fees for your old lease? Do you have  a car that needs parking permits, a garage spot? Could you do this and not work a few weeks while you do it? Could you do it two months before your new job starts? Thats 8 weeks not getting a check from when this story broke.

Assuming a national average wage $857 per week average before taxes, so that’s around $668.46 weekly take home according to the new tax brackets since she is not married. If she kept that pay grade and tried to move her rent would be between $1,642-$1,996. Her take home is $2,673 monthly so dividing the difference between her rent and her take home 4 times:

  • $2,673(Income) – $1,642 or $1,996(Rent) = $677.84 or $1031.84 (Studio vs. One Bedroom)
  • $677.84 or $1031.84(Money Left Over After Rent) / 4 = $135 or $257

Could you live life on $135-$257 a week?

Lets just look at a few costs and see

  • Average fuel cost per week: $57.69
  • Average internet cost per week: $15
  • Average food cost per week: $115
  • Average phone plan per week: $15
  • Total: $202.69

Conclusion: If you made the average salary in the United States and your Washington DC apartment magically had no utilities or parking or anything, so your only costs were your rent, fuel, internet, phone, and food; if you chose to live in a one bedroom apartment you would short $67.69 a week or $270 a month. If you chose a studio you would have $54.31 a week to spend on luxurious things like heat and electricity and water and healthcare and dental and vision and soap. DC tied with San Francisco for 4th most expensive city in the US and 37th worldwide so maybe we can stop giving the youngest woman ever elected to the senate a tough time on finding an apartment when the majority of people in this country could not do the same damn thing.

Or do you prefer your candidates as big time rollers instead of working class like you?

I thought so.

Cellar Door Skeptics 149: Changing the Political Landscape with Ron, Garnet, and Jerry

The local political discussion continues with Cellar Door Skeptics as they interview politics at the local level who will help make a difference in our society. The GOP continues to want to claim states rights is the only way to go. Well we feel we need to fight back by taking local politics back while moving Michigan from a hazy red toward a strong blue. The wave is coming and without your voice, we can not change society to be more progressive without you.

This week we talk with Ron Draayer running for office in the 72 district, Garnet Lewis in the 26th District, and Jerry in the 89th district. The common theme we talk about is helping the populous of Michigan, while continuing to help those in need. Each candidate focuses on how they can help shape Michigan to be more humanistic in their values while protecting minorities and creating as fair a landscape as possible.

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Segment: Ron Draayer Michigan State Representative for District 72
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/committee-to-elect-ron-draayer
https://www.rondraayer.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RonForStateRep/

Segment: Garnet Lewis Michigan State Senator for District 26
https://www.facebook.com/GarnetLewisforStateSenate/
https://www.garnetlewisforstatesenate.com/
https://www.garnetlewisforstatesenate.com/support-us

Segment: Jerry Sias Michigan State House Dist 89
https://www.jerrysiasmi89th.com/
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jerrysiasmi89th
https://www.facebook.com/bluecollar89/

Quick Save
Hanna – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj6XAvuRn4Q
Tanner – https://www.facebook.com/1231683663/posts/10217447499759372/

Cellar Door Skeptics 145: Demon Rats Summon Brett Kavanagh from the Dead

“In the immortal words of BMO: Sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.”

Cellar Door Skeptics takes a serious turn this week looking at the Brett Kavanagh situation and some the ridiculous arguments people are using to try and demonize those who support the women he abused. We look into why people feel the need to try and minimize women like they have been doing for thousands of years while looking at why this is NOT a witch hunt but society starting to come to terms with how we need to change how we treat women. They side step into a science segment on a new discovery of how a new non-toxic glue could help revolutionize the toxic waste our societies produce. The shows last segment covers China’s new social credit score. Chris Squared discuss amongst themselves their hesitancy toward this new policy all while Hanna poses a solution that Tanner does not quite agree with. This segment they talk through the pro’s and con’s of Hanna’s solution while looking at alternative ways to help deter the problematic parts of the internet. The show’s final note rings true with a new quick segment called “Quick Save” where they discuss an article or circumstance that they each quick saved and looked back on later as a new idea that made them stop and think while appreciating life a little bit more.

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Kauvengh’s Lies and Demon Rat Problem
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=demonrat
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/23/christine-blasey-ford-letter-alleged-assault-brett-kavanaugh/1406932002/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/18/politics/ford-letter-fbi/index.html
https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/406933-schumer-senate-must-postpone-vote-on-kavanaugh
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/business/brett-kavanaugh-yearbook-renate.html
https://abc7news.com/politics/brett-kavanaughs-yale-roommate-says-he-believes-second-accuser/4330055/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/24/new-kavanaugh-allegation-is-precarious-legal-ground-former-sex-crimes-prosecutors-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8d3141486c41

Science of Underwater Glue
https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q3/is-your-furniture-putting-you-at-risk-for-cancer-underwater-glue-could-provide-safer,-sustainable-solution-for-100-billion-industries.html
https://youtu.be/rhblikR3SBU
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adsu.201700159

Chinese Social Credit System
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit_System
https://www.forbes.com/sites/audreymurrell/2018/07/31/pushing-the-ethical-boundaries-of-big-data-a-look-at-chinas-social-credit-scoring-system/#5091ddf125e5
https://www.coursera.org/lecture/data-science-ethics/case-study-social-credit-scores-7TBhz
https://www.newstatesman.com/world/asia/2018/04/no-china-isn-t-black-mirror-social-credit-scores-are-more-complex-and-sinister#amp

Quick Save the Universe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_hypothesis
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2180504-riemann-hypothesis-likely-remains-unsolved-despite-claimed-proof/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Prize_Problems
https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/4/17819856/adventure-time-finale-ending-marceline-princess-bubblegum
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit_System
https://www.forbes.com/sites/audreymurrell/2018/07/31/pushing-the-ethical-boundaries-of-big-data-a-look-at-chinas-social-credit-scoring-system/#5091ddf125e5
https://mashable.com/2018/08/12/adventure-time-series-finale-song-rebecca-sugar/#hM4FwgBlHSq3

Cellar Door Skeptics 110: Kicking Off 2018

In Cellar Door Skeptic’s first show of the New Year, after a two week hiatus, the duo is back to talk about some weird and wild things as Johnny Carson used to say. They talk through “New Years Resolutions”, Trumps Tweets and Tantrums, along with which button on which desk is the biggest. The show gets a little more serious as they review an article about how a neuroscientist discovered that he was a psychopath. The show ends with a look at whether the Republican economic plan has generated more work for the US and if Trump has actually grown jobs or are his numbers are nothing more than fake news.

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https://www.facebook.com/Michigan-Atheists-Official-114980168603103/
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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-neuroscientist-who-discovered-he-was-a-psychopath-180947814/
https://newatlas.com/psychopath-brain-mri-study/50365/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/03/how-i-discovered-i-have-the-brain-of-a-psychopath
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http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/job-growth-slows-six-year-low-trumps-first-year
https://qz.com/1144201/under-trump-us-jobs-are-moving-overseas-even-faster-than-before/
http://www.newsweek.com/comcast-fired-500-workers-christmas-after-pledging-give-employees-1000-bonuses-771789
https://www.indystar.com/story/money/2018/01/02/t-touting-bonuses-and-investment-fueled/992690001/

Bi Weekly Blasphemy 10: Life and Death with Dignity

Recorded last week but tying in nicely with the wonderful show we had on Sunday December 7th 2014 Deafilosophy ruminates. A few weeks have passed and Brittany Maynard has been given the peace and respect she deserves, I have decided to ask the big questions, embrace the thousand yard perspective, and if we really need the government to make laws on what should simply be the ultimate freedom over your life or death with dignity.

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