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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Links
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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/

Cellar Door Skeptics 153: Thankskilling the Ranked Choice Ballot

Cellar Door Skeptics is back this week with a full installment of mayhem and conversations. Join the duo as they talk about their new segment highlighting local businesses who make a difference locally. They also talk about Rank Choice Voting and the pros and cons that come along with this different type of voting measure. The move on to their science segment of the week where they discuss Hanna’s favorite science segment, Crispr, and a new discovery that maybe or maybe not set the project back. They end the show talking about their Quick Saves this week. While Hanna talks about his love of watching engineering videos, Tanner throws it back to a discussion about Thanks Killing the holiday horror extravaganza of a Thanks Giving Horror Movie. Don’t miss out on the laughter this week along with the knowledgeable conversations.

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Intro: Local community focus of the week
https://www.miwf.org/about/primary-initiatives/
https://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180424/news/658871/michigan-womens-foundation-rebrands-to-michigan-women-forward

Segment: Ranked Choice ballot
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/18/maines-pioneering-ranked-choice-election-likely-to-catch-on-nationally/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHRPMJmzBBw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNxwMdI8OWw

Science Segment Crispr Update
https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2018/11/412356/new-slice-tool-can-massively-expand-immune-systems-cancer-fighting-repertoire
https://xconomy.com/boston/2018/10/29/pre-existing-immunity-to-crispr-found-in-96-of-people-in-study/

Quick Saves:
Tanner: Thanks Killing
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1129441/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThanksKilling
Hanna: How a Transmission Works (Manual)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOLtS4VUcvQ

Cellar Door Skeptics 147: Early Prevention with the Blue Wave Vaccine, Featuring Heidi Zuniga

Cellar Door Skeptics has started the push to help give a voice to the local candidates running for office in Michigan. They start their series talking with the candidates that will make a difference if elected into office this year.

The series kicks off by talking with Democrat, Mother, and Teacher Heidi Zuniga. We talk a look at the 88th district and the changes that Heidi could bring to help decrease the amount of Red we all see in our state. She is facing off against Luke Meerman, an ultra conservative Republican who has a hard time working for women’s rights while using his status, money, and friends to help get him a seat on the ticket this November.

We talk with Heidi about the beginning of her campaign, what she is doing to better her community, and why we should work toward voting in grassroots campaigns that care about the constituents without succumbing to large corporate interests.

Check out a down to earth women who deserves your vote this November.

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https://www.zunigaformi.com/
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/zuniga18
https://www.facebook.com/HeidZuniga/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1605330073099320/
https://www.hudsonvilleevents.com/urban-hayday
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https://www.facebook.com/OttawaDems/
www.ottawadems.com
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https://www.ailantha.com/blog/the-grad-student-the-archivist-and-mitch-mcconnells-wife
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_McConnell
https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC

Ottawa County Democrats
https://www.facebook.com/OttawaDems/
www.ottawadems.com

Quick Save
https://www.ailantha.com/blog/the-grad-student-the-archivist-and-mitch-mcconnells-wife
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_McConnell
https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC

Cellar Door Skeptics 127: Center For Inquiry and Civics Day

Today’s episode is special and one that Tanner felt was needed after a long day of talking to legislators. This episode is done in solo as Hanna has taken off a few weeks to be with his wife and newborn daughter.

This episode will focus on the recent Civic’s Day hosted by CFI Michigan at the Michigan State capitol building. The episode will talk about his experiences, the desire to start working toward changing people’s minds when it comes to interacting with local politics, and staying involved with up to date information about the bills going around in Michigan.

The goals the Chris Squared Duo have set for themselves and their desire to promote local politics first, lead them to start researching and attending different events in an effort to continue their pursuit of a better government.

Sit back, relax, grab a drink (especially unsweetened ice tea), and listen in as Tanner talks about learning to become more involved politically.

Links
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https://cfimichigan.org/
https://cfimichigan.org/events/
https://states.secular.org/states/michigan
https://cfimichigan.org/event/civics-day-2018/
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https://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(bg4dlrctqzvgduna2dvqednn))/mileg.aspx?page=Bills
https://votespotter.com/
www.house.mi.gov
www.senate.mi.gov
www.openstates.org
https://www.govtrack.us/
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/opp/opp_work/category/bills/
https://hq.salsalabs.com/dia/api/getLocal.jsp

#4: Through The Attic Window – Chocolate Cake Trumping Your Palette

Over the last week, Tanner just found out that #45 happened to be talking to a reporter from Fox News Business and happened to express his love for Chocolate Cake. In all fairness who does not like Chocolate Cake, but in this instance, #45 happened to be telling the reporter how he had authorized the Syrian attack. The best part is that Tanner had to have a mini opinionated rant … er.. discussion with Hanna over why the cake has become so infamous in the media. Listen in on their fourth installment of the opinion portion of the show as they talk about #45’s love of bombing … er …. dick measuring … er … safety of the children.

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/trump-syria-chocolate-cake-mar-a-lago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eSz8GM5hvM
https://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/chocolate-cake-missiles-iraq-err-syria?utm_term=.qxpR2yO32a#.gx11WXnJW0

Letter from the Editor: I’m Just Tired

As the title says, I’m just tired, exhausted, worn down, exasperated… Does anyone else feel it?

 

Wait, let me elaborate before you sigh and cast your weary gaze to the back button, expecting this to be nothing but a series of complaints from a millennial who actually has to work for his money. You would be quite wrong, of course, as I rarely give people exactly what they expect.

 

As an activist, blogger, podcast host, engineer, homeowner, small business owner, husband, responsible pet owner, and soon to be father of a tiny human female I accept the weariness this will dispel. I understand that life can be filled with siestas and 40 hour cog in the machine workweeks if one can willingly submit. I understand all of these things but that is not the reason for my fatigue, it is the repetition.

 

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Repetition in argumentation, repetition in political idiocy, repetition in online bigotry, repetition in financial irresponsibility, repetition of traditional oppression, and the list goes on and on…

 

I am so tired of the same arguments from the right wing arch conservatives: gay marriage will destroy all moral structure ending in malicious bestiality, deregulation of the economy will create more jobs not slave wages and serfdom, tax breaks-school funding / social programming cuts will force the poor to actually work, and Obama is a Muslim Nazi.

 

I am so tired of reading stories of political leaders announcing their intentions to take big money out of politics when we can see the list of their campaign contributors are the top wall street mega corporations. I am tired of politicians charged with protecting the American people putting “Freedom”, “Patriot”, or “Religious Freedom” at the beginning of some of the most subversive legislation to ever attack our basic human rights. And, I am tired of a two party system that uses unethical financial bullying to prevent decent discourse and the diversity of the people from being represented in our “Democratic Republic” election cycles.
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The Evolution of Charismatic and Pop Culture Christianity Vs. Punk Rock

An exploration of Order and Charism as expressions of culture and counter culture: A comparison with Pop music and the Punk Rock Movement.

The 1960s was a time of global social revolution, when counter culture became a centre point of popular culture, and tensions which had been building since the 1940s between traditional societal values and a generation who seemed to instinctively revolt against the conservatism that these values enforced, came to a head.

These tensions peaked early in the decade and saw infant movements such as the women’s rights movement, the anti-war movement, the African-American civil rights movement, the gay rights movement and the artistic and literary movements explode into the forefront of public awareness and become world changing – revolutions in their own right. The ideals of each of these revolutions seem to centre on a desire for equality and a peaceful integration of all humans, a utopia[1]. Even the negative aspects being promoted within some these movements – such as the literary revolutionists’ affinity with free love (meaningless sex) and the encouraging of drug use – still embrace these ideals.

In this essay I will be exploring how these movements influenced two conservative institutions that were also revolutionised during this era: the traditional church and pop music. I will also draw parallels between two related counter cultures that spawned from this social climate: the Charismatic Christian movement and the punk rock movement. My objective is to demonstrate that both the modern ordered and charismatic churches are ultimately direct expressions of social culture – either mainstream or counter – and both ultimately follow the same responsive path in spite of being in tension with each other. Finally, I will discuss how these parallels eventually merge, and what the outcome of this convergence might mean for the future direction of the church.http://hatethechristiannotchrist.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

Justice League – Justifying The Comparison.

To draw parallels between these institutions I first need to show how their histories and growth patterns relate to one another. I will do this by showing the timelines of (a) pop music VS the ordered church and (b) the punk movement VS the charismatic movement. This timeline will also highlight the similarity in causality and rapid growth pattern between the latter.

(a) Pop Music and the traditional Church.

For the purpose of my objective, I will not be exploring a complete world history of pop music or the ordered church as both these topics are of too massive a scale to be appreciated properly in this essay. I will instead primarily focus on the 1960s and 1970s and discuss what changes came into fruition for both of these institutions due to the social revolutions occurring at the time, and how these changes helped  sow the seeds for their respective counter cultures in the next decade.

Pop music has origins rooted in the late 1930s (and as far back as the Victorian era when one relaxes the definition to encompass the entire concept of ‘popular music’)[2] and, like the traditional church, largely remained bound to its roots and core structures (values and traditions) until the social revolution of the 1960s. During this time however, the influence of the surrounding social revolutions saw the inception of drastic changes to the foundations and ideals of both.

While pop music saw a shift away from the traditional content of politically correct love songs, written by professionals and performed by purposefully employed signers and classically trained musicians, to a new wave of rock ’n’ roll inspired pop musicians who wrote and performed their own compositions, the lyrical content of which began to reflect the revolutions and current events of the time with bands such as The Beatles (often considered a revolution in their own right), Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan openly expressing anti-war, pro-drug use, pro-free love and pro-peace driven sentiments in a majority of their lyrics during this era. This shift in pop music permanently redefined the genre in both a literal and conceptual sense and for a time, pop music could be viewed as less a product of  and more a movement in itself.

Likewise, the church underwent significant, similar changes during this time[3]. The ideals of peaceful integration being rallied for by the feminist, anti-gay and African American civil rights were making their way into congregations around the globe and saw many churches allowing women more authoritative involvement in the church, a relaxing of the exclusion of homosexuals and an integration of African American churches with all white churches.  Most notable are the changes introduced into the Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, which aimed to engage the Church more closely with the present world and saw many long-upheld traditions either modified[4] (such as a relaxing of the rules and regulations of both lifestyle and dress requirements for those in the priesthood) or completely updated (such as encouraging all people to read the bible, which had previously been an activity assigned to clergy, or at best, the faithful).

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Why Did Jesus Choose You?

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I just moved back to Texas, but I have an evangelical, Creationist relative whom I began an email conversation with while I was still in Vermont. The exchange has been incredibly frustrating. Perhaps I am not cut out to argue with these people.

However, I have had an insight into the evangelical mind, if not all of them, at least his. Continue reading “Why Did Jesus Choose You?”