SIO16: Debunking Liberal Fake News

This week, Thomas talks about the recent increase in “fake news” coming from the more liberal outlets. From “spin”, to misinformation, to outright lies there are plenty of examples to choose from among recent headlines! Is this just what happens to the party that is not in power?

Thomas also tackles some Trump updates and some listener voicemails.

Atlantic interview with the managing editor or Snopes

New York Magazine article on possible election hacking
538 article debunking it

Washington Post Article about State Department Resignations
CNN article debunking it

Woman dies because of Trump’s “Muslim Ban
Follow-up debunking it

Police Raid and burn Tipis at Standing Rock
Debunked here, here, and here.

Bill Maher and Piers Morgan Clip

 

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SIO14: President Bannon

Today Thomas is taking a closer look at the other terrible hairstyle in the White House, Steve Bannon. There has been a lot circulating about how much power and influence Bannon may have, many say it’s far too much. So we decided to look into just who this guy is and exactly what kind of power he actually has. As seems to be the case with most current political news, what we found is…concerning.

Thomas also replies to some of our wonderful listener comments and voicemails. Keep them coming, we love hearing from you!

NY Times OpEd- I Was on the National Security Council. Bannon Doesn’t Belong There.

CNN- David Axelrod: I woke up this morning as an alternative fact

NPR- FACT CHECK: Spin Aside, Trump’s National Security Council Has A Very Big Change

 

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SIO13: Food Fight! With Kavin Senapathy

Today Thomas talks with Kavin Senapathy about science, food, and the misinformation and pseudo science that is so prevalent in the food industry today. Kavin is co-Executive Director of March Against Myths, a Forbes contributor, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House”.  You can find more from her on Facebook and Twitter.

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SIO10: Jordan B. Peterson is Just Wrong (or lying…or both).

This week we listened to Waking Up with Sam Harris and as big fans we were very disappointed in how he handled his interview with Jordan B. Peterson.  So in this episode Thomas goes over exactly why that is, in the hopes that this message reaches Sam.

We also have some more great listener voicemails, thank you so much for all the great feedback and keep it coming!
Find the record of Bill C-16 from the Canadian Parliament here
Find the Ontario Provisions Peterson mentioned here
Find Brenda Cossman’s article rebutting Peterson’s Claims here
Some even argue that C-16 doesn’t go far enough! here
And VICE has a pretty good breakdown of everything here

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SIO5: Fake News Epidemic

Today I’m talking with Dr. Joel Breakstone, director of the Stanford History Education Group. He was co-director of a recent study that looked at thousands of students, from middle school through college, and tested their ability to discern fake news from real news. The results are worrying, and may give us some insight into why this is such a problem in America today.

Then I take a few minutes to talk to Bruce Gleason, Director of LogiCal LA about their upcoming conference. 

Find the Executive Summary of the Stanford University research study here

And an article discussing the study here

Learn more about LogiCal LA and get tickets to the upcoming event here

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SIO4: Trollology 101

In this episode I am joined by Scott and David. We discuss some of the science behind the rise in internet trolling. They share their ideas about the ways psychology, sociology, and our ever increasing dependence on technology for socialization; have led to more trolling. We also discuss some other behaviors and traits that correlate with online trolling, some of the possible origins of these behaviors, and speculate as to what can be done about it.

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SIO3: Trump’s Cabinet: Filling the Swamp 2

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In this episode we cover more of Trump’s cabinet picks. This time we take a look at his nominations for Attorney General, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, and Secretary of Energy. This isn’t funny anymore.

10 things to know about Sen. Jeff Sessions- Washington Post

Will Rick Perry Promote Science at the Department of Energy? -The Atlantic

Betsy Devos and the Plan to Break Public Schools- The New Yorker

 

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SIO2: Trump’s Cabinet: Filling the Swamp

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In this episode, we start taking a look Trump’s picks for his cabinet members; beginning with his choices for Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury. Just to be sure we have some perspective, we go over the job descriptions and look at some of the individuals that held these positions during the Obama and G.W. Bush administrations. You might say we have some concerns…

Will ‘drain the swamp’ be Trump’s first broken promise?- Politco

Rex Tillerson, an Aggressive Dealmaker Whose Ties With Russia May Prompt Scrutiny- NY Times

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick is a Lucky Man. Very Lucky. -ProPublica

 

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