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 105: Toasted Misogynist Thanksgiving

Episode 105: Toasted Misogynist Thanksgiving

After last week’s amazing full show interview Chris and Chris return to roast the number one meal in American news right now, Misogyny and Sexual Misconduct. Heads are rolling in the media, in politics, and in Hollywood which is good news to Cellar Door Skeptic ears! After that attention moves to Michigan’s Safe Delivery Law; which protects women who wish to give up their child in a safe way in exchange for a no questions asked policy. Then it’s time to plug your t shirt in and light up the night with electrified circuits in fabrics. Closing out the show, a down and dirty guide to survive your holiday break if tensions flare when the whole clan in gathered around the table.

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Links:
Trump/Moore/Franken
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/17/politics/donald-trump-al-franken-roy-moore/index.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/woman-says-roy-moore-tried-to-rape-her-at-16-i-was-begging-him-to-stop
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42054780
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/business/media/charlie-rose-fired-cbs.html

Safe Delivery Law
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/08/200th_newborn_surrendered_unde.html
http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_7200-15674–,00.html
https://youtu.be/oeLUxP3rBM8
http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-law-has-found-homes-200-unwanted-newborns
Electric Fabric
https://phys.org/news/2017-11-fully-circuits-fabric.html
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/fully-integrated-circuits-printed-directly-onto-fabric
Thanksgiving guides
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/11/condescend-to-your-relatives-a-handy-bipartisan-guide/508406/
https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-survive-thanksgiving-when-politics-loom-large-ncna821206
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/11/26/grace-for-an-atheist-thanksgiving/
https://thehumanist.com/arts_entertainment/culture/thanksgiving-non-prayers-for-humanists-2

An Atheist Expresses Gratitude

An Atheist Gives Thanks Expresses Gratitude

(To whom, exactly, would an atheist “give thanks?”)

Earth King Goza!

There are four calendric events – the equinoxes and solstices – that have meaning for me because of what they reveal about our planet’s relationship to the star it orbits and of what they meant to the ancients. On those occasions I always spend some time thinking about the Earth’s axial tilt and Newton’s laws of planetary motion; I usually take the time to look at some diagrams of the solar system while meandering through some photos of Stonehenge and other ancient calendars.

 

There are also national holidays that I hold in high regard, Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day foremost among them. To me, those holidays speak of justice formerly denied my brothers and sisters but later hard-won by courageous men and women who laid their lives on the line; of a country wise enough for all its failings to recognize value in the struggle for fairness and to commemorate it. Those days occasion my watching of Matewan and reading of Letter from Birmingham Jail respectively.

 

There are national and religious holidays for which I have mixed feelings yet observe nevertheless in a way that lends them meaning; these include Independence Day (which for me involves the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights), Veterans’ Day (when I read the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon), and the Christian holiday Good Friday – an occasion for auditing J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion. The holiday we are about to confront (celebrate? enjoy? endure?) in our various ways is another; I speak, of course, of that holiday known colloquially as Turkey Day, when I usually make a list.

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Bi Weekly Blasphemy 8: The Black Friday Blues

Another year has come to a close with the black bells ringing in the merry holidays of the one true god, the all mighty US Dollar. Deafilosophy weighs in on the loss of character for what, to him, is simply the loss of a holiday season consisting of family, good food, and relaxation. Somewhere that was replaced with raging first world shopping fits and camping outside in the cold… Even Atheists can miss the peaceful snowy days of winter… Without the guilt of course.