Cellar Door Skeptics 179: Are Aliens buying back stocks in Africa?

As we come back from memorial day, we have another amazing episode. We talk about companies buying back their own shares and how it is harming the economy. Also we reviewed a cool science article about extraterrestrial matter found in Africa. Lastly we have to talk about Mueller’s retirement.

Cellar Door Skeptics 178: New Theory on Distribution Method for Salaries

Cellar Door Skeptics have an extended weekend but cram out an episode between cooking and working this holiday week. We apologize for not releasing on Wednesday but we promise this episode is worth the wait.

The show begins with a conversation on a new theory that has been tested by a few companies where they give more money to those on the bottom of the workforce verses distributing it back to the top.The team also talks about Ford’s job restructuring and how Trump’s awesome plans have really “helped” that industry. We also look at an article that talks about how Trump has maneuvered his tax returns and created standards for others in a similar class to do the same.

The show ends with a discussion on a new scientific discovery about how volcanoes form as well as the Quick Saves of the week.

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Links
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/15/executive-pay-salaries-carecentrix-senior-team-employees
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https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1183-6
https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=298562&org=NSF&from=news
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https://n.pr/2LXcNV5
https://twitter.com/berniesanders/status/1130504934884085761?s=21
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https://www.thenation.com/article/irs-taxes-trump-audits/
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Quicksave
Hanna: Time to bury grandma and then eat her nutrients
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-becomes-first-state-to-legalize-human-composting/
Tanner: NASA Deep Space Missions
https://www.space.com/nasa-deep-space-radiation-mission-biosentinel.html

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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#175: Secular Parenting at the Michigan Atheist Convention

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 #172: Sir Scams A lot 

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Cellar Door Skeptics are back this week after a one week hiatus. We apologize for the week off and come back full force this week to talk about some important topics. This week the duo talks about digital remote diagnosis that has been sweeping the country and is what some has lauded as an answer to expensive doctors visits. The discussion centers around if this is worth it and what the constraints to this method of diagnosis could be. The show continues talking about a supplement study that shows that supplements are not what they are cracked up to be. The show also will cover a discussion on social media scams that have started to become more prominent. The show ends as always with the team’s quick saves of the week.

Segment: Digital Remote Diagnosis
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-04-08/kids-prescribed-antibiotics-more-often-with-telemedicine
https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/04/04/peds.2018-2491
Segment: homeopathy study
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/the-nutrition-study-the-30b-supplement-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-see/
Segment:Mail and Social Media Scams
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article224131925.html
https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/news/dont-be-fooled-facebook-messenger-con-artists
Quick Saves
Tanner: Birds eye color changes
western parotia bird
https://youtu.be/rX40mBb8bkU
https://www.audubon.org/news/why-do-birds-eyes-change-colors
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3886329/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2010/12/14/bird-of-paradise-creates-colourful-dance-with-microscopic-mirrors-in-its-feathers/
Hanna: Spaceballs the Medicare for All
https://www.vox.com/2019/4/10/18304712/read-bernie-sanders-2019-medicare-for-all-plan

Cellar Door Skeptics 171: Examining Bernie Sanders VS Andrew Yang

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The show takes a dive back into politics this week as we look at the difference between Andrew Yang’s policy proposals and Bernie Sanders Proposals. With the 2020 election geering up, we felt it would be a benefit to look into if there was differences between two candidates. We our joined b y our podcast friend Boyce from Mindful Skeptics right here in West Michigan as we meet up to share our opinions on the subject.

This episode broke on of our oaths to not discuss candidates till closer to the election, but we felt that there was enough buzz between the two candidates that it was worth examining. We still will not side with any one specific candidate, but we will look at these two and determine if there is any similarities between them and if it is worth even looking at Mr Yang.

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https://www.yang2020.com
https://ventureforamerica.org/meet-our-founder/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Yang
https://berniesanders.com
https://www.sanders.senate.gov
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-andrew-yang-could-win-the-2020-democratic-primary/
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/03/2020-candidates-president-guide/582598/
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/what-does-andrew-yang-believe-where-the-candidate-stands-on-5-issues
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/25/why-your-first-job-out-of-college-really-really-matters.html
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https://www.instagram.com/stupidtrumptweets/channel/
https://twitter.com/MindfulSkeptics
https://www.facebook.com/Mindfulskepticspodcast/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mindful-skeptics-podcast/id1438359423?mt=2
http://mindfulskeptics.libsyn.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwqNdS6HkSM

Cellar Door Skeptics 170: Vaccine Science with Doctor Abbie

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This week we bring on Scientist Dr Abbie Smith to talk about vaccinations for humans and insects alike.

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https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2018.03163/full?fbclid=IwAR2wRJm189j8y-vU5XqOShzBpJDk7kpfYXClW-rHh356Iu7_Agb5HcVUPQE
https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/595494/publications
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Anti-Vaxxers Run Scared
https://worldmercuryproject.org/wp-content/uploads/rfk-hhs-stipulated-order-july-2018.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/pdf/data-summary-hpv-gardasil-vaccine-is-safe.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/research/publications/index.html
https://www.vaccines.gov/basics/safety/index.html
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Analysis of Scientific Evidence Hierarchy: https://thelogicofscience.com/2016/04/28/vaccines-and-autism-a-thorough-review-of-the-evidence/
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Vaccination and Bees: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/12/07/674587061/worlds-first-insect-vaccine-could-help-bees-fight-off-deadly-disease
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/sustainability-news/the-first-ever-insect-vaccine-primebee-helps-bees-stay-healthy
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Quick Saves
Hanna: Sometimes slayer has to go to church
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF-10c261Vw
Tanner: The Dark Tower as a Series?
https://deadline.com/2019/03/the-dark-tower-sam-strike-cast-gunslinger-roland-deschain-jasper-paakkonen-amazon-nears-pilot-order-1202556652/?fbclid=IwAR0TEJO7POlmacgqBmbMzYFGT8F7E7PHi7ePACwbg2LxX-buOx525jCpkPo
Abbie: Trailer Heaven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8dLwiT2KOo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdN4_X850ag

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 168: Inspection Metal Ramble Cast with a Board Game Cherry on Top 

This weeks episode Tanner and Hanna freestyle the show as they catch up on their lives. They talk about their love of music, past musical concerts, and what they feel should come back for them to see and enjoy, They talk through Tanner’s daughters obsession with Kirby along with a new restaurant in Japan. As the episode continues they talk about their dream vacations along with some recent documentaries they havewatched. The show ends talking about board games and Tanner’s obsession with them.

Enjoy their random ramble cast as they relax and unload this week.

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http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/01/japans_kirby_cafe_is_being_updated_with_adorable_new_merch_and_menu_items
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_(series)
https://skinnylister.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._McGrath
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Inch_Nails_discography
https://thearmed.bandcamp.com/
https://sectioned.bandcamp.com/album/annihilated
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varg_Vikernes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_the_Light_Takes_Us
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_We_Do_in_the_Shadows
https://www.netflix.com/title/70140450
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/83330/mansions-madness
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/150376/dead-winter-crossroads-game