Cellar Door Skeptics 167: Will the Real Israel Please Stand Up

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During this episode we head back to warmer waters of our podcast by bringing back some of our traditional segments. This week the team talks about Cohen and his little quips he threw out every few minutes. Also they talk through a new proposed Michigan Road Tax that Tanner asks the honest question of how to pay for the roads if the people do not want more taxes. The show continues to the final segment with a discussion on the current state of Israel, the corruption of the current government, and what the future will hold if the Prime Minister is convicted and removed from office.

The show ends on the usual note talking about their Quick Saves of the week.

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Intro
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/us/politics/cohen-documents-testimony.html
Segment: discussion on tax increases in Michigan
http://via.wxmi.com/FRzfV
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/03/04/gretchen-whitmer-proposes-45-cent-gas-tax-hike-to-fix-roads/3057483002/
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/budget/FY19_Exec_Budget_613184_7.pdf
https://www.bridgemi.com/special-report/michigan-gives-more-tax-breaks-it-collects-schools-government
Segment on science:
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-2d-material-can-purify-10-litres-of-water-in-under-an-hour-using-only-light
https://www.cell.com/chem/fulltext/S2451-9294(18)30572-2
Segment on Israeli Prime Minister’s potential indictment.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/03/04/the-end-is-nigh-for-netanyahu/
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/netanyahus-corruption-charges-have-republicans-preparing-for-life-after-bibi
https://www.apnews.com/78b9a30dc13743158aca5dd90c35dbac
https://www.apnews.com/42d795e65dc14376ad6301aa99275987

Quicksaves
Hanna: Welcome to the millennial political machine, new and improved with extra atheists.
https://youtu.be/6Yg9MfgdbRg?t=1226
Tanner: Space X Finally comes through.
https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-crew-dragon-capsule-nasa-demo1-mission-iss-docking-2019-3?r=US&IR=T

Lessons Learned Atop Mount Carmel

Think of what follows as a kind of love letter to any Christian fundamentalists who might have stumbled onto the trove of impious wisdom that is AtheistAnalysis.

 

*In my best stained-glass Sunday-School-teacher voice*:

 

Boys and girls, let’s open our Blessed Old Leather-Bound Bibles (NRSV) to I Kings chapter 18 and read together this inspiring story from the Word of God, beginning with verse 17:

 

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When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” He answered, “I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and followed the Baals. Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
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Israel/Palestine Logical Fallacy

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Here we are again. The plague of anger that formally began in the early 1960’s is back to haunt us once more. Many times through the history of my family (all of our families in fact) my descendants turned on the T.V. to witness another bomb in the middle-east. How sad that this is seen as a broad statement, you could literally mention hundreds of conflicts, and thousands of bombs in that area between 1964 and 2014. I am talking about Israel and Palestine. I will not attempt to stand on one side of the fence regarding this conflict; many people do this and miss out on a fundamental opportunity to lay blame squarely on the idiocy of humanity.
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