Cellar Door Skeptics 115: Care in Chaos

Cellar Door Skeptics dedicated the podcast to helping bring to light stories that may enrage you, enthrall you, educate you, and entertain you. Tonight’s episode comes with a content warning.

CN: Abortion Clinic Violence / Anti-Choice Violence

This episode has a special place in the hearts of the host. Their first topic for the tonight is a great interview with Lindsay Beyerstein and her new documentary “Care in Chaos”. The filmmaker talks about her experiences with a couple of women’s health clinics that are being bombarded by antics from Anti-Choice groups that will make your blood boil. This heartfelt look at how awful our nation can be, shows the strength and courage of the women who work at these clinics.

As the episode rolls onward, the duo discuss extreme poverty in America, and how the a new study finds poverty of the world is not always combated with compassion and action, but with laws forcing homeless people to struggle and dig themselves a deeper ditch. They do not go off about healthcare this time but about the poor treatment of our nations and the world’s poor people.

The last segment they lighten up the show with a discussion on Hanlon’s Razor and a new study on dogs breeding the best traits from wolves. Both are a unique inquiry into some of the suttle thoughts the team has as they prep for each episode.

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Links
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https://rewire.news/videos/2017/06/06/care-in-chaos/
@beyerstein
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/14/care_in_chaos_new_documentary_uncovers
https://rewire.news/tag/the-breach/
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/extreme-poverty-america-un-special-monitor-report
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22533&LangID=E
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/15/america-extreme-poverty-un-special-rapporteur
http://considerthehomeless.org/pdf/CA_New_Vagrancy_Laws.pdf
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HanlonsRazor
https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor
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https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/dogs-breeds-pets-wolves-evolution/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20171117news-resurffriendlydogs&utm_campaign=Content&sf99255202=1&sf173577201=1
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/williams-syndrome

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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Somebody took my folding table, so I’m out of business

Inspiration comes in small packages. Meet “Jeff” “47” from New York as he shares his story:

books“I’d been doing nothing but drinking for months on end, so I was getting pretty despondent. Then one day, a guy walked by with a hand truck, and dropped off two big boxes of books for anyone to take. I decided to set up a bookstand. I got a folding table, and three milk cartons, and set up right across the street. Pretty soon, more people were bringing me books, and I would sell them for $1 apiece. I had a pretty cool selection. I even had books from the 1800’s. But I sold them all for just $1. I called my business The Book Worm. I had a logo and everything—a little worm with reading glasses. I didn’t make much money. Just enough for food and some drinks, but it increased my self-esteem 10,000 percent. I never thought I’d be running my own business. I was drinking less and everything. But somebody took my folding table, so I’m out of business until I can find a new one. It sounds kind of ridiculous, but the whole business hinges on a folding table.”

 

“If this man can create such a dramatic change in his life’s path with a folding table – ask yourself what you can do with seemingly unlimited resources. What’s your folding table?” – Jennifer Rahe

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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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